To those who touch the future


May 8, 2015

I touch the future. I teach.

     Christa McAuliffe

Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Staff and Community,

Over this week, our staff, students, parents, leaders and community have honored and celebrated Teachers during this National Teacher Appreciation week. It has been a tremendous week to participate in celebrations at schools around the district, and today, I want to add my voice to the collective honor and appreciation of our own exceptional AAPS teachers.

I believe that for so many among us teaching is a calling, even more than a profession, and I see that ‘higher calling’ played out in classrooms every day across AAPS.  Our teachers are amazing, and the powerful and positive difference an effective teacher makes in the lives of our students is significant.

Effective teachers serve as ‘game-changers’ for our students every day, and we are fortunate in Ann Arbor Public Schools that our students thrive under the competence and care of a constellation of quality teachers across our classrooms and schools.

I hope that you can take a few minutes to note the feature articles about our teachers we posted earlier this week on our website on the AAPS News page. We have been working, along with the AAPS News team, to develop this exciting new feature.

These teacher profiles share the beautiful, individual stories of some of our best and brightest, everyday heroes in the classroom. I know that you will enjoy learning more about Deborah Joseph who teaches at Bryant Elementary,  Tom Clarkson, from King Elementary, and Clague choir teacher Dianna Hochella,  in this week’s feature articles.

We look forward to continuing to publish these teacher profiles weekly as a permanent feature in our AAPS News.  You may access these stories at the AAPS News website:

Please join me in honoring and thanking our teachers for all that they do every day on behalf of their students.


Jeanice Swift


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