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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 …

Photos and profile by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Sarah Schemanske grew up in Highland and completed her undergraduate degree at Albion College. She then taught for seven years in North Carolina, gaining experience in second, third and fourth grades while leading the district’s LEGO …

Photo and profile by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News  Shaenu Micou grew up in Ann Arbor in the Arrowwood Hills community, and attended Northside and Logan elementary schools, Clague Junior High, and Huron High School. Micou earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, specializing in juvenile …

Neha Shah, King Elementary fifth grade teacher

April 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Neha Shah grew up in East Lansing, where she attended Pinecrest Elementary School. In middle school, her family moved to Farmington, where she attended Power Middle School and  Farmington High. Then it was back to East Lansing, where Shah …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Cheryl Haller grew up near the beaches of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications & marketing from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and teacher certification from Notre Dame College …

Dawn Dennis Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Dawn Dennis was born and raised in Detroit, the daughter of Herman and Marva Jenkins, a retired postal supervisor and retired executive secretary for the UAW.   Family and education were greatly stressed in her …

Jenni Wilkening, Huron High School science teacher

February 27, 2017 // 5 Comments

Photos and profile by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Jennifer Wilkening grew up in Alma, the daughter of Gabriel and JanaLynn Almeida. In addition to teaching in Grand Blanc and in Durham, N.C., Jennifer Wilkening has taught at Tappan Middle School, Stone High School, and …

  Profile and photo by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Melissa Schmidt says that her parents, Eric and Mary Anne Jaeger, determined long ago that if they were blessed with children, those children would attend schools which were diverse and challenging. Schmidt and her sister, …

Anthony Lauer, A2 Virtual+ Online Coordinator

January 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Anthony Lauer was born in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota while his family was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base.  While attending Rapid City Public Schools,  Lauer always gravitated towards …

Michael Benedict was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and attended Allen elementary, Tappan Junior High, and Huron High Schools.  He studied chemistry and visual art at the University of Michigan, where he earned a BFA in 1984.  After working in the ceramics manufacturing industry, …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Jen Duman and her brother, Dan, grew up in Livonia, the daughter of Sam and Diane Deckard. She started playing the flute in fourth grade, and continued on the flute and piccolo at Churchill High School in Livonia, …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Kim Garber grew up in Michigan, and has been a resident of Ann Arbor for more than 20 years.   She earned a bachelor’s of engineering degree from Michigan Technological University, a master’s of engineering from Oakland University, and …

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