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  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 …

Don Packard, Pioneer High School English teacher

November 8, 2017 // 2 Comments

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Ann Arbor native Don Packard grew up on the northwest side of town and attended Newport, Forsythe, and Pioneer. Following his 1983 high school graduation, he made the long …

Kyle Yenor, Logan Elementary fourth grade teacher

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Kyle Yenor grew up in the rural town of Morenci in Lenawee County, where he attended Morenci Area Schools K-12,  was active in sports and enjoyed the simplicity …

Becky Gracey, King Elementary fifth grade teacher

October 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Becky Gracey grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Lawton Elementary, Slauson Middle School, and Pioneer High School.  While she was in Marlene Milazzo’s first grade class, she decided she wanted to be a teacher. …

Photos and video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor For the last 29 years, Harold Wimberly has been serving struggling Washtenaw County youth and families in various capacities, particularly in behavioral counseling, life-skills training and program …

Danielle Grosos, Pattengill Resource Room teacher

September 27, 2017 // 1 Comment

Photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Danielle Grosos grew up in Dearborn Heights, the daughter of Mark and Anita Griffin.  During high school, she worked for Dearborn Heights 20th District Court and thought about becoming …

Veronica Nowicki, Lawton Second grade teacher

September 18, 2017 // 2 Comments

Photos and profile by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Veronica Nowicki grew up in Saginaw, the daughter of Tony and Maria Moreno. When she was seven years old, her family moved to Puerto de Santa …

Photo and profile by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Larissa Czuchnowsky grew up in  Windsor, Ontario,  the daughter of Polish immigrants Dan and Mica Czuchnowsky. After high school, she took a gap year to travel to …

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