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“Exceptional Teacher” profiles

Alivia Maus, Dicken Elementary first grade teacher

December 15, 2017 // 0 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 was involved in agricultural programs throughout the county and state. …

  Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Elliot Hammarlund Wills-Begley grew up in the woods, fields, and waters of the Old Mission Peninsula in Grand Traverse County where he spent most of his free time playing music, having bonfires, sailing, hunting, or …

    By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Pittsfield and Pattengill’s Elementary physical education teacher Darcy Knoll was recently named SHAPE Michigan’s Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.  She is very passionate about physical education and its importance in a student’s educational experience and …

Don Packard, Pioneer High School English teacher

November 8, 2017 // 1 Comment

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 journey to West Quad as a University of Michigan freshman. …

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 of country living. After high school, Yenor moved to Ann …

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.  After earning her degree at Western Michigan University, Gracey headed …

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 development for youth. He has been an AAPS intervention specialist …

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 a criminal psychologist.  But after she had an experience in …

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 Maria, Spain so her father could collaborate with other business …

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 Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, and to volunteer on organic farms …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Brandon Bedinger was raised in Trotwood, Ohio (near Dayton) and graduated from Trotwood-Madison High in 2005. He then attended Eastern Michigan University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine/exercise science. Bedinger interned with the Detroit Lions during …

Story and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Nobody who knows Anne Bezeau would be surprised to learn that in addition to teaching health and physical education at Skyline High School, she also organizes three key social events there. After all, as a Swartz …

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