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By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Hannah Gottlieb was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, in and around the Marquette area.   Throughout middle and high school, she loved science and thought she would …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Kristi Whitaker Krile was a military brat. Her father was in the Air Force, so she and her younger sister lived all over the world, including …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Nicole Smitka grew up in Ann Arbor and considers herself lucky to have attended Lawton Elementary, Slauson Middle School, and Pioneer High School.  With a passion for math and science, …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Scott Thobe (pronounced “Toe-bee”)  and two older sisters grew up in the small Ohio farming community of  Ft. Recovery.  Thobe says that because there wasn’t a lot to do …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Lisa Ziegler grew up in Hastings and attended Hastings Area Schools, as did her two younger brothers, Mike and Jimmy.  Her father, Dave Storms (who now …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Phyllis Newman was born and raised in Ann Arbor, the daughter of the late Dr. Rev. A.J. Lightfoot Jr. and Mary C. Kidd-Lightfoot. She attended Haisley, Forsythe, …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Amanda Houston was born in Houston, Texas, and spent her childhood in North Brunswick, New Jersey. At the age of 13, her family—including her parents, Michigan natives Donald and …

Jacqueline Moray was born and raised in Ann Arbor, the daughter of David and Michelle Moray, and sister of Katie Moray.   Growing up on Ann Arbor’s southeast side in the Buhr Park neighborhood, she …

Creal says the name plate dubbing her “queen” is a joke from colleagues. Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor  Colleen Rose Creal was born in Lima, Ohio on January 13, 1966, the …

  Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Gwen Dekker Cowhy was born and raised in Ann Arbor and attended Allen Elementary, Tappan junior High and Huron High School. She and her two …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Shaquanda Thomas grew up in  Ypsilanti, the daughter of Nolen Thomas and Shirley Love, and granddaughter of Cora A. Woods, who helped raise her.  Thomas attended …

Alivia Maus, Dicken Elementary first grade teacher

December 15, 2017 // 3 Comments

  Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Alivia Maus grew up with her two younger siblings on her parents’ small farm in Milan just south of Ann Arbor. As a child, she …

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