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“Exceptional Teacher” profiles

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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