- Meemic Insurance supports AAPS teachers with book, conference grants and more
- Dr. Swift completes Listen and Learn report out, shares new initiatives coming to AAPS
- Mobile Dentists Provide Cleaning, Dental Health Lessons at Preschool and Family Center
- Burns Park fourth graders send cozy Valentines to Cancer Center patients
- AAPS Celebrates NAAPID
Profiles of staff members in The Ann Arbor Public Schools
Roberto Clemente teacher Jonathan Royce shows off his debut children’s book. By Tara Cavanaugh Roberto Clemente High School English teacher Jonathan Royce’s debut children’s book, “Detective Dwayne Drake and the Alphabet Thief,” is a tale that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Especially the adults. …
“Ann Arbor is a special place and I am enormously proud to join its heritage of excellence,” says Ann Arbor’s incoming superintendent who begins on July 1. She writes an introductory letter here and a brief article offers background about Green.
She is an extraordinary educator, visionary and leader,” says Interim Superintendent Robert Allen. “She has been a pleasure to work with and her efforts have been tremendous and their effect immeasurable and far-reaching. I don’t know if we can ever thank her enough.” Dickinson-Kelley said she is looking forward to spending more time with family.
Test begins his second stint as head football coach at Pioneer this fall, just after he wraps up his teaching career. He will retire from his phys ed teaching post at Thurston Elementary in June.
Jeff Kass hopes his new book, “Knuckleheads,” will encourage young, male students to develop a love of reading. “I guess, in my heart, I really, really want those kids in my class – those dudes who hide in their sweatshirts – to pick this thing up and read it. And I hope the general audience will like it, too,” he adds. A release party for “Knuckleheads” will be hosted at 7 p.m. March 31 at The Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor.
It is a small world, indeed, for Ann Arbor physician Dr. Eric Straka. He was pleased to hear the news about newly selected superintendent Dr. Patricia Green, as he was a sixth-grade student of Green’s in Maryland – and she was his favorite teacher.
School trustees made their decision on Saturday, conducting final interviews and deliberating in the afternoon. This followed a community forum on Friday evening, in which the community was able to hear the candidates and submit questions to hear their responses.
Looking at teacher assistant Lori Estermyer, you wouldn’t know that she functions with just one lung, and why.Like everyone else, she goes to work each day, spends quality time with her family and muddles and slogs through the winter weather.
Michael White comes back to his job as principal for second semester, following a one-year deployment at Fort Benning, Ga.
WITH SLIDE SHOW: Joan Fitzgibbon visited a variety of schools in different parts of the country as part of a cultural exchange through the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University. She hopes to be a resource as the district looks ahead to possibly expand its foreign language offerings in the future.
A series of briefs from around the Ann Arbor Public Schools including: Sulura Jackson named top high school principal; Kathy Scarnecchia to lead partnership effort, Edward Broom moves to Mitchell in interim post; Pioneer juniors sell cookie-gram; Forsythe Science Fair is Sunday, Feb. 13; Orchestra Night on Feb. 15 showcases secondary music.
This middle school Language Arts teacher has earned both state and national honors for her law unit that gives students a peek into the legal system and the importance of the U.S. Constitution.
Fit & Fun: This mother-daughter team in Ann Arbor has taken the peaceful, stress-relieving practice of yoga and enhanced it to help causes both locally and internationally.
Chris Barry has been hired as the district’s Grants and Volunteer Coordinator, tapping grant resources and assisting teachers and other staff members who are pursuing individual grants.
Marketing professional and Ann Arbor parent Annette Ferguson will lead the district’s revamped office of partnerships, working closely with the AAPS Educational Foundation.