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“Exceptional Teacher” profiles

Profile and photo by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Kristal Jaaskelainen (pronounced “Ja´-ska-lie-nen”) was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, moved to the Ann Arbor area to attend the University of Michigan, and has been here ever since.  She obtained both her bachelor’s degree in …

Richard Ingram was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and lived there until 1965, when his family moved to Ann Arbor. He has lived here since.  The 1970 Pioneer High School graduate received his college training at the University of Michigan, earning three degrees there: a bachelor …

Christy Yee, AAPS occupational therapist

January 26, 2016 // 1 Comment

In a sentence or two, why do you love what you do? http://news.a2schools.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Christy-Yee.m4a Profile and photo by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Christy Yee joined the Ann Arbor Public Schools in 2002, and has a passion for working with children with sensory processing differences. As an …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Dawn Blair completed her elementary and high school years in Somerville, which is outside Memphis. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a master’s degree in education …

  Listen to Leslie Landrum, pictured above in her classroom, introduce herself in French: http://news.a2schools.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Leslie.m4a Leslie Landrum earned bachelor degrees in interior architecture and French at Michigan State University, and studied at the University of London and the Sorbonne during summer semesters. She also has a …

Story and photos by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor When Tyrone Weeks was growing up on Detroit’s historic North End, his house was unique to others in his neighborhood because his father lived there. “This is not an exaggeration; I’m not embellishing: My mother …

                     Shawn Davis is shown with a few of his students. Photos by Jo Mathis. Shawn Davis grew up in Ann Arbor and was a student at Eberwhite, Slauson, and Pioneer. He earned his bachelor’s degree …

John Birko pauses for a photograph on the construction site with his students. Photos by Jo Mathis. John Birko, Ann Arbor Student Building and Industry Program teacher, was recognized last month as Builder of the Year for the Builder and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann …

Sherri Hane is the 2016 Elementary Science Teacher of the Year. Sherri Hane was recently named the 2016 Elementary Science Teacher of the Year by the Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association. The winner was chosen for using or modeling best practices, inspiring students, …

Ray Reetz stands outside his classroom at Scarlett Middle School. Photo by Jo Mathis. Ray Reetz grew up in Sand Creek, which is just south of Adrian, and lives there today.  The Central Michigan University graduate teaches at Scarlett Middle School, where he serves as …

Robyn Skodzinsky, King Elementary office manager

November 3, 2015 // 11 Comments

Robyn Skodzinsky talks with a student at King Elementary. Photos by Jo Mathis. Born just outside of Cleveland, Robyn Skodzinsky was raised in upstate and central New York. She moved to Ann Arbor in 1998 to serve as an AmeriCorps member for two years with …

Jim Stock, head custodian, Haisley Elementary

October 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

  Jim Stock makes sure Haisley Elementary is safe and clean. Photo by Jo Mathis. Jim Stock was raised in Livona and Hamburg, and attended Pinckney Community Schools. He then attended U.S. Truck Driver Training School in Detroit where he received his Commercial Driver License …

Deborah Wolter, AAPS teacher consultant

September 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

Deborah Wolter says she is fortunate to be an alumnus of AAPS. Photos by Jo Mathis   Deborah Wolter, an AAPS elementary teacher consultant, has worked with public school teachers and their students from all walks of life, including those in special education and English …

Jonathan Stern, Pioneer High School social worker

September 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

Jonathan Stern in his Pioneer High School office. Photo by Jo Mathis Jonathan Stern grew up in Englewood New Jersey, a diverse suburb of New York City. Education is the family business. His mother had a 60-year career as a public high school teacher and …

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