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Photo and profile by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News  Shaenu Micou grew up in Ann Arbor in the Arrowwood Hills community, and attended Northside and Logan elementary schools, Clague Junior High, and Huron High School. Micou earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, specializing in juvenile …

Neha Shah, King Elementary fifth grade teacher

April 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Neha Shah grew up in East Lansing, where she attended Pinecrest Elementary School. In middle school, her family moved to Farmington, where she attended Power Middle School and  Farmington High. Then it was back to East Lansing, where Shah …

Story, video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Luckily for Tappan Middle School music students, Joe DeMarsh broke the vow he took 35 years ago that went something like this: “I will never ever teach again.” DeMarsh’s first teaching job was in a …

Dawn Dennis Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Dawn Dennis was born and raised in Detroit, the daughter of Herman and Marva Jenkins, a retired postal supervisor and retired executive secretary for the UAW.   Family and education were greatly stressed in her …

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 …

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 …

Julie Walstra, AAPS Data Systems Manager

June 7, 2016 // 1 Comment

Pictured in her Balas office, Julie Walstra describes her position as a DJ of data, “recombining stuff in new and interesting ways.”  Photo by Jo Mathis. Julie Walstra split her childhood between Lansing, Illinois (just south of Chicago) and Orange Park, Florida (just south of …

  “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 …

Joe Sims says he’s honored to have a “dream job” teaching at AAPS. 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. Joe B. Sims grew …

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 …

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