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Staff in the Spotlight

Profiles of staff members in The Ann Arbor Public Schools

Debbie Bondy in the Scarlett Middle School courtyard she helps tend. Debbie Bondy grew up in Dearborn,  graduated from Fordson High School with a focus on automotive repair, and continued her automotive education on a full scholarship at Henry Ford Community College.  Over the years, …

Nat Powell in the Pioneer High School media center. Photo by Jo Mathis. Nathaniel Powell grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia. His love of learning led to multiple degrees, including: North Carolina A and T State University, bachelor’s in economics, 1968; North Central Michigan College, associate’s …

Ben Graham in his office at Skyline High School. Photo by Jo Mathis. Ben Graham was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and attended Burns Park and Slauson before graduating in 1994 from Pioneer High School. He attended the University of Michigan’s Residential College for …

Ashley Moore attended AAPS before becoming a teacher in the district. Photo by Jo Mathis   Ashley Kemp Moore grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Allen Elementary, Scarlett Middle School and Community High School. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a double major …

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 …

Thirteen years ago, Liam Scott was a struggling Community High School freshman who could find no reason to get up in the morning and get to school. He was socially anxious, depressed, and much preferred the excitement and distraction of video games to sitting in …

“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.

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 …

Many AAPS music teachers are seasoned performers and share their passion for performing with students daily. For the first time, they are coming together in a showcase for the community. Your attendance and generosity are requested for “An Evening of Music” with the music teachers …

Ellen Banta meets after school with junior Tavahna Paige, who had a question about her homework. Photos by Jo Mathis. By Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor Ellen Banta says she first considered becoming a math teacher when she was in the ninth grade at …

Clague Middle School teacher Soon Morningstar is a co-recipient of the 2015 Science/Math Teacher of the Year Award for Middle/High Schools in the Greater Washtenaw County Area. The award is given annually by the University of Michigan Chapter Of Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society. She …

Mitchell Principal Kevin Karr at the 20-mile mark of the Boston Marathon   Mitchell Elementary School and the entire Ann Arbor Public School community are so proud of our own Kevin Karr, who completed his first Boston Marathon this past Monday! Mitchell students and teachers …

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. …

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