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“Exceptional Teacher” profiles

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 …

Amie Snapke, Forsythe Middle School science teacher

September 16, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Amie Snapke grew up in Southfield and was a nature and animal lover from a young age.  After graduating from Southfield Lathrup High School, she began studying zoology at Michigan State University, but transferred to Eastern Michigan University when her focus shifted to science …

Debbie Bondy in the Scarlett Middle School courtyard she helps tend. Debbie Bondy grew up in Dearborn,  graduated from Fordson High School with a focus on automotive repair, and continued her automotive education on a full scholarship at Henry Ford Community College.  Over the years, …

Brit Satchwell, in his Tappan Middle School classroom. Photo by Jo Mathis. Before becoming a teacher, Brit Satchwell spent about five years working on Great Lakes ore freighters.  He says it was constant work, like driving a 600 foot truck slowly over slick ice.  He …

Ashley Moore, A2STEAM fifth grade teacher

May 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

Ashley Moore attended AAPS before becoming a teacher in the district. Photo by Jo Mathis   Ashley Kemp Moore grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Allen Elementary, Scarlett Middle School and Community High School. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a double major …

Sam Stern is a social studies teacher at Pathways to Success.    Photo by Jo Mathis. Sam Stern was born, raised and has continued to pursue his education in Ann Arbor. Stern began teaching in Ann Arbor Public Schools after earning a bachelor’s degree in …

“I love it when my students get the “ah-ha” moment. Sometimes it happens quickly and sometimes it is a long process but in the end, every time it’s worth the effort,” says Pattengill fifth grade teacher Marie Embry.

Tonya Whitehorn teaches English/language arts at Skyline High.   If it hadn’t been for the 1995 Newspaper Guild strike in Detroit, Tonya Whitehorn might have kept to her career plan to become a newspaper reporter. As it was, she has spent the last 15 plus …

Dianna Hochella: Clague choir teacher

May 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

“I like to introduce them to art forms that inspire them and I love to highlight how impressive and deeply artistic they already are. This age group is constantly thinking and analyzing and growing,” Clague choir teacher Dianna Hochella on teaching middle school aged students.

Tom Clarkson: King second grade teacher

May 4, 2015 // 8 Comments

I know school is a key for future success and that they’ll be there for a minimum of 13 years. So, why not enjoy at least 13 years of your life?

Deborah Joseph teaches kindergarten at Bryant Elementary. Photo by Jo Mathis. Deborah Joseph grew up in Detroit in a family of educators. She was an avid reader as a child, and would spend her summers sitting on her front porch with a book. She received …

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