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Staff in the Spotlight

Profiles of staff members in The Ann Arbor Public Schools

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 …

On AAPS’ Professional Development Day Monday, 1200 professional teachers, principals, teaching assistants, nurses, and support staff chose among 62 sessions focused on learning and teaching which were located at six locations around the district. The sessions were facilitated by AAPS teacher leaders as well as nationally …

Christy Yee, AAPS occupational therapist

January 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

In a sentence or two, why do you love what you do? http://news.a2schools.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Christy-Yee.m4a Profile and photo by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Christy Yee joined the Ann Arbor Public Schools in 2002, and has a passion for working with children with sensory processing differences. As an …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Dawn Blair completed her elementary and high school years in Somerville, which is outside Memphis. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a master’s degree in education …

  Listen to Leslie Landrum, pictured above in her classroom, introduce herself in French: http://news.a2schools.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Leslie.m4a Leslie Landrum earned bachelor degrees in interior architecture and French at Michigan State University, and studied at the University of London and the Sorbonne during summer semesters. She also has a …

Story and photos by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor When Tyrone Weeks was growing up on Detroit’s historic North End, his house was unique to others in his neighborhood because his father lived there. “This is not an exaggeration; I’m not embellishing: My mother …

                     Shawn Davis is shown with a few of his students. Photos by Jo Mathis. Shawn Davis grew up in Ann Arbor and was a student at Eberwhite, Slauson, and Pioneer. He earned his bachelor’s degree …

Community High dean wins National Educators Award

November 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU), a global leader in nonprofit educational exchanges, recently presented Dean Marci Tuzinsky of Community High School with its inaugural Award for Education and Innovation at its annual fundraising gala in Washington, DC. “We are so proud of what Dean Tuzinsky …

Robert Fox has taught at Huron High School for 10 years. Story and photo by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Huron High School English/video production teacher Robert Fox hopes that readers of his new memoir “Love & Vodka” will finish the book inspired to step out …

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