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Staff in the Spotlight

Profiles of staff members in The Ann Arbor Public Schools

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 …

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 …

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 …

Robyn Skodzinsky talks with a student at King Elementary. Photos by Jo Mathis. Born just outside of Cleveland, Robyn Skodzinsky was raised in upstate and central New York. She moved to Ann Arbor in 1998 to serve as an AmeriCorps member for two years with …

  Jim Stock makes sure Haisley Elementary is safe and clean. Photo by Jo Mathis. Jim Stock was raised in Livona and Hamburg, and attended Pinckney Community Schools. He then attended U.S. Truck Driver Training School in Detroit where he received his Commercial Driver License …

Jonathan Stern in his Pioneer High School office. Photo by Jo Mathis Jonathan Stern grew up in Englewood New Jersey, a diverse suburb of New York City. Education is the family business. His mother had a 60-year career as a public high school teacher and …

  Amie Snapke grew up in Southfield and was a nature and animal lover from a young age.  After graduating from Southfield Lathrup High School, she began studying zoology at Michigan State University, but transferred to Eastern Michigan University when her focus shifted to science …

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