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Profiles of staff members in The Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools has been named a winner in the annual Michigan School Public Relations Association Communications Contest.   AAPS District News Editor Jo Mathis  AAPS District News Editor Jo Mathis received Distinguished Achievement awards in the photography and social media categories. MSPRA, an affiliate …

Story, photos and video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor When Jane Landefeld wakes up tomorrow, it will be the first time in 40 years she will not have a role to fill within Ann Arbor Public Schools. Landefeld is retiring as the Executive Director …

Caroline Fitzgerald grew up in Pearl City, Hawaii and started learning the saxophone in seventh grade. Her band teacher was the most influential teacher in her life and the reason she decided to pursue music education. After spending several summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, Fitzgerald attended …

Andy Meyer, Abbot Elementary first grade teacher

September 27, 2016 // 3 Comments

  Andy Meyer, shown with his first graders at Abbot, loves to look back at the end of the school year to see how his students have grown as individuals. Andy Meyer grew up with three brothers in the Kalamazoo area, the son of a …

“We encouraged all principals this past year to reach out to their school communities on Twitter, and they eagerly responded. As a result, our students and families, staff and stakeholders have a better understanding of what makes Ann Arbor Public Schools exceptional,” said AAPS District News Editor Jo Mathis.

  “Mr. Reggie” hopes to continue working with children after he graduates from EMU. Photo by Jo Mathis. For students who need child care before and after school, child care assistants are among the first and last staffers of the day to make an impact. …

Christie Lower is treated to a concert by some of her music students at Logan Elementary. Photo by Jo Mathis. During National Teacher Appreciation Week this week, AAPS District News is profiling teachers who are completing their first year at Ann Arbor Public Schools. Christie …

Erica Thomas was in her final year of law school when she realized her heart was in education. Photo by Jo Mathis. During National Teacher Appreciation Week this week, AAPS District News will profile four teachers who are completing their first year at Ann Arbor …

Ryan Hansen is thrilled to be working at Pathways to Success. Photo by Jo Mathis. During National Teacher Appreciation Week this week, AAPS District News will profile four teachers who are completing their first year at Ann Arbor Public Schools. Pathways to Success math teacher …

Story, photos and video by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor They know every name, can handle every emergency, and answer the doorbell 80 times a day. On Administrative Professionals Day, AAPS honors its 105 office professionals and five executive assistants who fill so many …

  Tracy Anderson was walking out of the Ann Arbor District Library in 2000, balancing a stack of books for her thesis research, when she stopped by the job posting board and saw the opening at Community High.  She had a job that she loved …

  Story, video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Wines Elementary vocal music teacher Beth McNally thought she was simply going to an ordinary school assembly when Principal David DeYoung surprised her with some great news: She has been named the UMS/DTE Energy Fund …

Bethany Tabaka attended Chelsea Public schools through high school, then majored in both elementary education and Spanish at Western Michigan University. She learned to speak Spanish fluently by participating in a study abroad course in Queretero, Mexico. After college, she married Josh Tabaka (“the love …

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 …

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