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“Exceptional Teacher” profiles

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 …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Sophia Dubreuil grew up in New York, the daughter of Haitian immigrants Antoine and Marie-Solange Dubreuil. In 1986 she accepted a full track scholarship to The University of Michigan, and graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s …

Caroline Fitzgerald grew up in Pearl City, Hawaii and started learning the saxophone in seventh grade. Her band teacher was the most influential teacher in her life and the reason she decided to pursue music education. After spending several summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, Fitzgerald attended …

His classroom is the great outdoors

October 14, 2016 // 5 Comments

 See a few moments from a recent Bryant second grade field trip: Story, photos and videos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News One of Szczygiel’s favorite spots to take AAPS students on field trips is Green Acres Farm in Scio Township. It’s a sunny fall day …

Meredith Giltner, Skyline High School art teacher

October 10, 2016 // 2 Comments

Meredith Giltner grew up in Milford and now lives in Dexter with her husband of 24 years, her 8-year-old son, three cats, 13 fish and a snail. This is her seventh year teaching art, and her third year as the Graphic Design and Digital Photography teacher …

    Sean Slay is an Ann Arbor native who attended Haisley Elementary School, Forsythe Middle School and Pioneer High School. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1996, and earned his master’s degree in Educational Studies and Teaching Certification in 2011 from the University …

Andy Meyer, Abbot Elementary first grade teacher

September 27, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Andy Meyer, shown with his first graders at Abbot, loves to look back at the end of the school year to see how his students have grown as individuals. Andy Meyer grew up with three brothers in the Kalamazoo area, the son of a …

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