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“When we consider that we managed the Allen Flood event disaster, on top of these great resources that we were able to put in for students, I would put this fiscal year in the ‘W’ column, it was a win for children, and it was a win for our community,” says Superintendent Jeanice Swift.

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor On the last day of school in June, a Lawton Elementary student turned to Principal Shannon Blick and said: “Kids like me don’t get yearbooks.” Blick responded: “What do you mean you don’t get a yearbook? Everyone can get …

  Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Elliot Hammarlund Wills-Begley grew up in the woods, fields, and waters of the Old Mission Peninsula in Grand Traverse County where he spent most of his free time playing music, having bonfires, sailing, hunting, or …

    By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Pittsfield and Pattengill’s Elementary physical education teacher Darcy Knoll was recently named SHAPE Michigan’s Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.  She is very passionate about physical education and its importance in a student’s educational experience and …

    By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor When AAPS teachers last year were asked to form Personalized Learning Plans for each student, A2 STEAM first grade teacher Caroline Semrau looked online to the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) for specific ways to improve her students’ …

Don Packard, Pioneer High School English teacher

November 8, 2017 // 1 Comment

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Ann Arbor native Don Packard grew up on the northwest side of town and attended Newport, Forsythe, and Pioneer. Following his 1983 high school graduation, he made the long journey to West Quad as a University of Michigan freshman. …

Kyle Yenor, Logan Elementary fourth grade teacher

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Kyle Yenor grew up in the rural town of Morenci in Lenawee County, where he attended Morenci Area Schools K-12,  was active in sports and enjoyed the simplicity of country living. After high school, Yenor moved to Ann …

Video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Jean Holmes became King Elementary’s first kindergarten teacher when the school opened in 1969, and taught there for 19 years. On Monday, her two sons surprised her with a trip back to King, where Principal Mary Cooper …

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