2552 N. Maple
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Principal: Sulura Jackson
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|Ms. Laurie Adams
Office Professional - Athletics
Education: Purdue University
Hobbies and Interests: Reading, knitting, bicycling. Traveling with my husband to NMU to drop off and pick up our daughter as needed. I love sports of all kinds(especially Skyline and Purdue)!
Strengths I bring to Skyline: Love of athletics and the desire to see all of our students succeed in and out of school. I believe I am very personable and able to help anyone in need. I like to help and try to offer before help is requested.
Length of service in Ann Arbor: 10 years- 5 as an elementary library clerk and with Skyline since we opened in 2008.
Length of service in Education: 17 years
|Dr. Grenmarie Agresar
-Education: PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Scientific Computation, MA in Education, and BSE in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Michigan.
-Hobbies: volleyball, Tae Kwon Do, yoga, drawing and painting.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I bring a passion for teaching and learning, strong interdisciplinary content knowledge and research experience in science and mathematics, and volunteer experience working with children and youth in the Ann Arbor community. I believe in the power of education, not only to convey knowledge, but also to help students become critical thinkers, independent learners, and good, productive citizens. I enjoy developing positive relationships with students, while spreading my love of learning and employing the best educational practices available.
-Length of Service in Education: I have taught one term at the Early College Alliance at EMU, and at Forsythe Middle School for one year as a pre-service teacher. I also directed a course at the University of Michigan.
|Mr. Lee Arthur
|Mr. Jeffrey Austin
-Education: B.A. English, Political Science, The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; M.A. Teaching, The University of Michigan-Dearborn; M.A. Educational Administration and Policy, The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Social Studies Certification, Eastern Michigan
-Hobbies: Reading, writing essays, writing music, attending concerts, traveling, and going to sporting events.
-Strengths I Bring To Skyline: I have a wide range of educational and professional experiences that I can utilize to engage students in classroom learning. In this, I believe that I can help any student meet the high expectations and standards at Skyline. My range of experiences have equipped me to assess students using a variety of different mechanisms and methods. My first priority is my students, and I will work diligently to help them succeed.
-Length of Service in Education: I have been teaching for six-and-a-half years. I have spent time at Athens High School in Troy, Berkley High School in Berkley, The Center for Advanced Studies in Oak Park, and, now, Skyline High School.
|Mr. Adam Baillio
|Ms. Rebecca Ball
-Education: BA in History and BFA in Theater from the University of Michigan; Year abroad at the British-American Drama Academy in London; MFA in Theater from UCLA; Teaching Certificate in Social Studies and Speech from California State University at Northridge
-Hobbies: At the moment, my time is entirely dominated by my two small children, Sam and Joey, but at other times of my life, I have enjoyed reading historical fiction, writing fantasy, quilting, wandering through quaint small towns, watching movies with my husband, and listening to folk music.
-Strengths: I am passionate about history, and I attempt to bring to life the astonishing stories of those who set the foundations for the world we now inhabit. I expect my students to work as hard as they are able, and I hope to instill in them spirit of curiosity mixed with a reasoned, critical approach to all they see and hear. I do my best to show them my gratitude for their energy and joy. They are tomorrow's generation, and I try to give them a few tools to use in their task of healing the world.
-Length of Service: I taught at Pioneer from 2003 - 2011, when I transferred to Skyline.
|Mr. Chris Bannick
-Education: Bachelors degree in math and history for secondary ed. from EMU
-Hobbies: Collecting coins and military uniforms and field equipment
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: an easygoing personality
-Length of Service in Education: 2 years teaching and 2 years as T.A.
|Ms. Nicole (Nikki) Barrett
-Education: American University, Washington D.C.; Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching; Played field hockey and lacrosse all four years on scholarship and was the graduate assistant coach while I obtained my Master’s Degree.
Certification: DA & DX
-Hobbies: Spending time with my family and our 3 dogs, coaching (field hockey and lacrosse at the varsity level for over 10 years), traveling, boating (wakeboarding, water skiing), snow boarding, scuba diving and art.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I create a classroom environment that is accessible and engaging to all students, one that enhances student development and academic growth via the use of various technologies and real world applications. I articulate and model high expectations for all students. I believe all students can master a challenging curriculum. I encourage students to be self -advocates and life long learners.
-Teaching experience: 15 years. 11 years in the Washington DC Metro Area (Montgomery County, Maryland) and 4 years in Michigan.
|Mr. Melvin Baskin
|Ms. Anne Bezeau
Health and Physical Education
-Education: I received my Bachelors Degree at Central Michigan University in Health Education and Recreation. I also went to Eastern Michigan University to pick up an additional endorsement in Physical Education. I obtained my Masters Degree in Education through Spring Arbor College.
-Hobbies: My husband and I have two children (boys 6 and 4) so many of my hobbies revolve around them. I love watching their baseball, t-ball, soccer, and lacrosse games. I also enjoy reading, working in my flower beds, walking, boating, swimming, eating and UM football & basketball.
-Strengths I Bring to Skyline: I love teaching Health and Physical Education. I want kids to know they have have control and choice over the decisions they make. So I feel my job is to help them discover and understand that how they choose to live now can alter their path to the future.
-Years Teaching: 12 Years (8 years at Monroe Jefferson High School & Middle School) and 4 years in Ann Arbor at Huron High School
|Mr. John Birko
Ann Arbor Student Building Industries Program: Instructor
|Ms. Alexis Boyden
Teacher Consultant, Special Education Department Chair
-Education: M.Ed. Secondary Education, DePaul University; BA Communications with a minor in Public Relations, Oakland University. I am endorsed in Learning Disabilities, History, and Journalism.
-Hobbies: I enjoy reading, listening to music, singing, knitting, watching my children play soccer and dance, and advising the Inclusive Schools Club.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Experienced and knowledgeable about co-teaching, Positive Behavior Support Systems, Response to Intervention, and working with students and families from a variety of backgrounds and needs. I have a passion for educating all students.
-Length of Service in Education: Twelve years — I have been with Skyline since we opened in 2008. I have previously worked in Ann Arbor at an alternative high school and a private school for students with special needs, as well as taught for five years in Chicago Pubic Schools.
|Mr. Jeffrey Bradley
Science Teacher, Lead Teacher Health & Medicine Magnet
-Education: BS, MS University of Michigan, Bio & PhySci. Nationally Board Certified Teacher
-Hobbies: Family, skiing, running with my Siberian Husky, playing the bagpipes. Podcasting http://GuyInATie.com
-Strength that I bring to Skyline- My philosophy is the ancient Chinese proverb; You hear it you forget, You see it you remember, You do it you understand. I believe in labs and activities to move student’s science education forward. The one doing the work is the one doing the learning.
-Academic Interests; Pedagogy, Infectious diseases, epidemiology, virology, bacteriology, pathology, macromolecules, anatomy and physiology, homeostasis, genetics, engineering, dinosaurs, Mastodon our State Fossil, Solar Energy, physics, chemistry, women involved in science and engineering too.
-Length of Service: I was at Slauson Middle School for 25 years. 22 years teaching, 3 as a student and 1 year as a student teacher. I did my student teaching with a wonderful person, Mrs. Marilyn Williams who retired - I got her job and then met her daughter, Sarah, who I then married. She is a teacher at Abbot Elementary! We have two girls.
-I teach Principles of Biomedical Science and work for the CDC, CDC.gov, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
|Ms. Mary Brinker
Education: BA in art education and general education, MA in Education Leadership, both earned at EMU.
Hobbies: Cooking for friends and family, xcountry skiing, walking, hiking, exercise classes, camping, and sewing creative projects.
Strengths: At Skyline, I hope to model a passion for learning. I encourage the students I work with to appreciate themselves and their learning, while teaching strategies for comprehension and critical thinking. To Skyline HS, I bring a long history of working with a wide variety of students in different settings, and with varied styles of learning.
Academic interests: With a belief that problem solving is at the core of all learning, I am researching and analyzing the connection between the creation of art and the process of learning.
Length of service: As a retired teacher, I have experience in several districts teaching general education and art. I concluded my teaching career as a fifth grade teacher in Manchester Community Schools. Presently, I tutor and am designing a teacher-training program aligning art education and the core curriculum. I began my work at Skyline Winter 2008.
|Ms. Alberta Britton
-Education: MBE (Masters of Business Education), Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI; BA Social Studies and Business Administration, LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN; Extended Coursework and Professional Development in leadership, curriculum, and technology from various learning institutions in Michigan, and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
-Hobbies: Reading, Music, and Digital Gadgets
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I bring experience in Smaller Learning Communities, Digital Learning Communities, Career and Technical Education, integrating technology into the curriculum using digital tools for 21st Century Learning, working as a team player, and a passion for education and the ability to work with all children.
-Length of Service in Education: 20+ years, which includes experience as an assistant principal, curriculum leader, and teacher.
|Ms. Toni Burton
-Education: BA and MA , Education, University of Michigan
-Hobbies: Travel, Reading, Jazz, Eating Out
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Twenty years of team teaching and interdisciplinary instruction, teaching independence and responsibility in students, a love of collaboration and fun!
-Length of Service in Ann Arbor: 21 years
-Length of Service in Education: 25 years
|Ms. Toni Cain
Resource Room Teacher
-Education- I have a BS from Eastern Michigan University in Elementary Education with a Math major and Group Sciences minor. I have an MAT from Madonna University in Learning Disabilities. I also have several additional classes of coursework in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
-Hobbies- I love to read, especially mysteries featuring forensic science. I also enjoy taking walks around the neighborhood with my husband and our two Chihuahuas, Gabby and Zena.
-Strengths- I bring experience as both a general education teacher and as a special education teacher. I have had experience in co-teaching as both a general and special education teacher. I am Reading Apprenticeship trained and have been using these strategies for teaching reading in content areas for three years. I also bring a strong background in building positive relationships with students, parents and staff.
-Service in Education- I started my career as a general education teacher at a charter school in Ypsilanti where I worked as a middle school math teacher and then as a 5th grade teacher. While I was finishing my degree in special education, I spent a year at Novi Middle School. During that year, I was a long term sub in 7th grade math and then completed my special education student teaching in a 7th grade Resource Room. I have spent the last four years as a Resource Room teacher in Howell.
|Ms. Stephanie Carter
|Ms. Lyn CieChanski
-Education: Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance, University of Michigan 2002, Master of Music Education, University of Michigan 2007 -Hobbies: Music, Sailing, Skiing, Writing, hanging out with my family and friends including my husband and our two dogs. -Strength that I bring to Skyline: In addition to sharing the extensive musical training I've received throughout my life, I strive to bring professionalism into the field of vocal music for our young students. I value the importance of teaching many genres and styles of music to expose students to the richness of various musical cultures. I truly love vocal music and hope to instill a similar passion in my students. A philosophy I strive to live by is this; Character and professionalism are equal partners to talent and intelligence in any situation. -Academic Interests: Vocal and choral music, contemporary a cappella music, reading and writing about music education, art and culture, music history, music theory, and music theater. I also enjoy attending and presenting at professional music and education conferences. -Length of Service: After teaching vocal music at Henry Ford II High School in Utica for 5 years, I transfered to Skyline High School in 2008 and look forward to many more successful years here!
|Ms. Andrea Clyne
World Languages (French)
-Education: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: MA in Secondary Education (Certification in French and Environmental Studies); BA in French; BS in Environmental Policy & Behavior
-Hobbies: I enjoy running, biking, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, hiking, camping, skiing, kayaking, live music/dancing, gardening, foreign films, meeting foreign people, reading, and traveling.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I love working with youth and have extensive experience in academics, athletics and extra-curricular activities in formal and informal settings. I have a passion for foreign languages and cultures and love to share my favorite music, films and food with my students. I promote travel and study abroad opportunities to my students and try to take advantage of local cultural activities. I have studied French in Switzerland and France during high school/college and worked as an Environmental Educator for 3 years in Madagascar through Peace Corps. I have traveled throughout Europe and Eastern Africa and hope to take my students to some of my favorite places. In the summers I have worked with Putney Student Travel leading tours in Madagascar and recently working with Community Action Network, leading a summer youth employment program for at-risk youth.
-Length of Service in Education: I officially began teaching in Ann Arbor last year at Huron, Tappan and Pioneer Schools, but I have been a substitute and student teacher in almost every school in Ann Arbor since 2006. I have also taught in St. Clair, Marysville, Richmond, Wayne-Westland, and Dearborn Heights (long-term sub in French) and coached volleyball in some of these schools.
|Ms. Johnna Coleman
-Education: B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University
-Hobbies: Cooking Italian cuisine for my friends and family, reading, gardening, Cardio Boot Camp, and knitting.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: A passion for science and engaging all students in scientific inquiry.
-Length of Service of Ann Arbor: I taught at Huron High School for five years and Pioneer High School for one year.
-Length of Service in Education: I taught at Saint Johns Public High School in Saint Johns, Michigan for the first four years of my teaching career.
|Ms. E. Lynn Copeland
Office Professional - Records
|Mr. David Coupland
-Education: MA in Education and MS in Geophysics, both from University of Michigan.
-Hobbies: Hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, gardening
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: My passion is supporting the personal and intellectual growth of young people through creative learning experiences. I am very interested in how people learn as revealed through physics education research. I love the outdoors and love giving young people opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. My 21 years in the computer industry and 5 years leading a nonprofit organization have given me a broad perspective on careers paths and why education is important.
-Length of service in education: 3 years at Kensington Woods High School in Howell, MI.
|Ms. Andrea Cowper
Director of Orchestras
-Education: Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO. Master of Music Education Degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.
-Hobbies: Playing the violin and viola, spending time with family and friends, traveling, camping, and relaxing.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I bring an excitement for teaching orchestra to Skyline High School along with experience and knowledge of building a string program. My passion for teaching and strong drive will help to build a very strong program.
-Length of Service in Education: 8 years teaching orchestra and assisting with band in Spring Hill, Kansas
|Ms. Kelly Czajka
-Education: Hope College majors: Ancient Civilization/Studio Art; minor Latin
Millikin University major: Secondary Ed. concentrations History/Political Science
-Masters in the works!
-Hobbies: My daughter, Sewing for my business TwoStepStudio, Reading
-Career: 7th year in the district
|Ms. Kim Dean
|Ms. Suzanne Dickie
Resource Room Teacher
-Education: Bachelor's in English from Michigan State UNiversity and Masters and Teaching Certificate from Eastern Michigan University in Special Education, Emotional Impairments.
-Hobbies: Playing/coaching soccer, scuba diving, being with friends and family, traveling
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I am very passionate about teaching and I love coming to work each day. I hope to teach my students to be advocates for themselves and for them to find their own successes.
-Length of Service in Education: 3 years
|Ms. Freda Didlake
|Ms. Patricia Douglass Jenkins
Communication, Public Policy and Media Magnet Lead Teacher
-EDUCATION: BA in History from Dartmouth College and BA in Education with Social Studies major from University of Michigan; Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning from University of Michigan.
-HOBBIES: reading, listening to jazz music, bargain shopping
-STRENGTHS I bring to Skyline: (a) work experience as financial analyst, policy analyst, administrator, business owner and management consultant; (b) life experience from residing in New York (NY), Essex County (NJ) and Irvine (CA); (c) “can do” attitude; (d) a passion for teaching -- and learning from -- high school students.
-YEARS IN EDUCATION: 4 years
|Ms. Ashley Ducker
-Education: B.S. in History and Secondary Education from Vanderbilt University
-Hobbies: international travel, reading, photography, painting, tennis, gymnastics, snowboarding, and watching dance movies.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I believe everyone has something to say and something to learn. I strive to help my students expand their cultural literacy and become analytical and thoughtful members of society. I love teaching social studies and hope that my passion for the material and commitment to student success enhances all that we do in the classroom.
-Length of service in Education: 5 years
|Mr. Ross Dunbar
-Education: B.A. in History and Government from Oberlin College, M.S. in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University, M.Ed. from George Washington University.
-Hobbies: Playing with my kids.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I love teaching!
-Length of Service in Education: 10 years.
|Dr. Sara Duvall
Department Chair, Media & Technology
-Education: Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Curriculum
-Hobbies: Travel, gardening, political action
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: envisioning the 21st century school library – think: a cross between Border’s and an Internet Café.
-Length of service in A2: I have been teaching in AAPS since 2000.
|Ms. Rochelle Eaddy
Office Professional - Library
|Mr. Rolando Eccleston
|Ms. Sharell Elam
World Languages - Spanish & Psychology
-Education: M.A., Wayne State University; B.A., Kalamazoo College: Diploma, Cranbrook Upper School
-Hobbies and Interests: Travel; Conducting cross-cultural research about PTG; Anime
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: An appreciation for the diverse experiences that my students possess; creating a comfortable classroom environment for an open exchange of ideas without fear of ridicule.
-Length of service: This is my ninth year in education as a profession and my first year with Ann Arbor Public Schools.
|Ms. Casey Elmore
-Education: Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI (April 2011); MA in Reading, Eastern Michigan, Ypsilanti,MI; BS major:English, Language and Literature/ Secondary Education, minor: Art Education.
-Hobbies: reading mystery and crime novels, music, spending time with my family and traveling
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I bring deep knowledge of adolescent literacy across content areas. I have extensive training in Reading Apprenticeship and have facilitated professional development for many teachers across Washtenaw County. I am also skilled in integrating technology into the curriculum. Furthermore, I work as a team player and believe in the power of collaboration. My strong belief that all students can learn drives me to continue to be an advocate for the best interest of all students.
-Length of Service in Education: 12 years
|Mr. Chris Erickson
English Language Arts
-Education: The University of Michigan, English and history
-Hobbies: music, ultimate frisbee, backpacking, gardening, cooking, travelling
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I bring my experiences in public and private school as well as the non-profit sector. I also bring my fluency of Spanish and French. In addition I bring my interest and commitment to further developing critical thinking and writing skills.
-Length of Service in Education: I have been a teacher for seven years, working in Northern Virginia, Austin, and Ann Arbor. I have also worked at a college access non-profit.
|Ms. Sunnie Esper
|Ms. Sabrina Ficano-Petricca
World Languages: Spanish
-Education: I am a 6th year Spanish teacher and also taught Italian for Wayne State University. I am presently attaining my Ph.D. in Foreign Language Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Italian. I received my Masters of Art in Teaching from Wayne State University with certifications in Italian, Spanish, and French. Prior to attending Wayne State, I graduated with a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where I studied international relations and business.
-Experience and hobbies: I have worked in several business positions prior to becoming a teacher. Upon graduation from UofM, I moved to Manhattan, NY where I worked as a public relations executive for a pharmaceutical firm. My many hobbies include running, bike riding, traveling, music, and spending lots of time with my dog Gini (who understands Italian!).
I have also traveled quite extensively, and one of my most interesting trips was on a trade mission with my father to the Middle East (Dubai and Doha). I have also been to China, France and Spain. My favorite destination, however, is Italy, which I have visited on over 15 occasions. One such occasion was a study abroad, “Wayne in Aburzzo,” in Gagliano-Aterno where both of my great-grandparents once resided.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: A hard work ethic, dedication to students, and absolute love for all languages and cultures. I specialize in authentic or “real-world” assessments through which I hope to bring joy and meaning to what students learn in Spanish to their everyday lives.
|Mr. Jeff Finnan
-Education: Master of Arts in Education (MAT), U of M-Dearborn; Ph.D. in chemistry, Northwestern U; BS in biochemistry, Stony Brook U.
-Strengths: Past corporate research and development. Not only am I teaching science, I have lived the life of a scientist. Ever the experimentalist, inveterate tinkerer, never satisfied, I have explored alternative methods that go beyond a slide presentation or a traditional worksheet. In particular I am developing interactive online content through the use of my own MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) site: http://jfinnan.com/shs/moodle.
-Length of Service in Education: I taught the past five years chemistry, AP chemistry and biology at Southfield High School and Lathrup High School. This is my first year at Skyline High School.
-Industrial Experience: Research and Development in vitamins and flavor and fragrances for 20 years with 15 patents.
|Ms. Elena Flores
World Languages: Spanish
|Ms. Amy Frontier
English Language Arts
-Education: BA in English from The University of Michigan, M.Ed. in English Education from Vanderbilt University
-Hobbies: I enjoy traveling in the US and abroad whenever I can! I also love spending time with my family, running, playing soccer, reading, and reminiscing about my former life in New York City.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: A great enthusiasm for teaching. I love introducing students to new ideas, helping them understand different points of view, and connecting their own lives to the literature and writing that happens in English class. I also have a distinct interest in interdisciplinary teaching and learning; I strongly believe that students can learn more effectively if they examine related art, music, history, and even science as they learn about literature.
-Length of Service in Education: I started teaching in 1997 and have taught 6th-12th grade English in four different states since then. Most recently, I taught for five years in Darien, Connecticut and three years at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills. In mid-2012, I began work as a mentor to home-bound high school students enrolled in the Washtenaw WAY program. I am so very delighted to be teaching at Skyline High School!
|Mr. Collin Ganio
World Languages: Latin
-Education: B.A. in Classical Languages, University of California at Berkeley (GO BEARS!); M.A. in Classics, University of Michigan.
-Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, weightlifting, listening to music, computer gaming, traveling, annoying my students, and accidentally breaking stuff.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I have extensive experience teaching in a small community environment where emphasis is given to educating the whole student. I can communicate (with varying degrees of success) in ancient Greek, Latin, French, German, and Italian.
I believe that learning is a collaborative experience through which student and teacher can learn from one another. I firmly believe that the only time we stop learning is when we die. I love learning, and I love working with my students.
-Years in Education: 1 year at Bentley High School in California and 6 years at Roeper Middle and Upper School in Birmingham, MI I've been at Skyline since the school opened its doors in 2008. Go Eagles!
PE/Health and Athletic Trainer
-Education: I attended my first 2 years of college at Oakland Community College where I prepared for a transfer to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. I received a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training and Movement Science. After discovering that my favorite part of my job was educating my patients and athletes, I returned to UofM to obtain my teacher's certification in Physical Education and Health. I am currently working on a Master's degree in the Art of Education.
-Hobbies: I enjoy listening to all types of music, singing, dancing, running, reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family, particularly my two little boys.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: My background as an athletic trainer has given me in-depth experiences and education related to my current content areas of PE and Health. I feel I can introduce students to areas of interest they may have never thought to pursue before such as sports medicine, sports business, occupational and physical therapy. I have a passion for not only my content areas but ensuring that all of our students have an opportunity to become successful in all aspects of their life. I love to share what I have learned from my educational background and life experiences in hopes that it may help students make healthy decisions for themselves.
-Length of Service in Education: I have been working as a part of the Ann Arbor District 2005, my first year as assistant athletic trainer at Pioneer High School and was welcomed to Skyline their inaugural year. Before coming to Skyline, I taught 2 years at Robichaud Jr./Sr. High School.
|Ms. Corrine Gignac
Visual & Fine Arts Teacher
-Education: 1990 M.A. Art Education/ University of Michigan Rackham School & The School of Art & Art History, 1985 B.A. (cum laude) Art K-12, English 9-12, University of Detroit-Mercy College, 1974-5 Fine Arts/ Center for Creative Studies-College of Art & Design, 1987-89 Vocal Music, Art History/ Oakland University, Rochester, MI. 1994 Summer/ Arrowmount School of Art, Gatlinburg, TN., 1997 Computer Tech./ Notre Dame, Cleveland, OH., 1984-5 Ceramics/ Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge, Farmington Hills, MI.
-Hobbies: Choir, Watercolor Painting, Drawing, Equestrian, Fashion.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I truly enjoy teaching, making & showing Art. I like bringing insight to students per newfound Art abilities and supporting their confidence with them.
-Length of Service in Education: I began teaching Art right out of High School in 1972 at Civic Centers with Rec & Edu. (Southfield, Birmingham, Lake Orion, and Ann Arbor), The Cleveland Music School Settlement, Cleveland, Ohio, and The Fairmount Fine Arts Center, Novelty, Ohio, up until 1999. Since then I have been a teacher of the Visual Arts for: Birmingham, MI., Lake Orion, MI., The Dept. of Defense Dependents Schools (Torrejon AFB High School Madrid, Spain), and The Ann Arbor Public School (1999) districts.
|Ms. Rebecca Godek
-Education: MA in Education (University of Michigan) BA in Sociology (University of Michigan)
-Hobbies: I coach both the men's and women's water polo teams at Skyline, I love to travel, and spend time with friends and family
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I hope to serve as an energetic personality in which students can trust and feel comfortable and confident around. I strive to provide an environment in which students learn from different approaches and perspectives, and attempt to make history come alive in the classroom.
-Length of service in Education: I have been teaching since 2008, all years within AAPS
|Mr. Paul Goyal
|Mr. Benjamin Graham
-Education: I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I attended Burns Park, Slauson, and graduated from Pioneer in 1994. I also attended the Residential College at the University of Michigan, where I graduated with a BA in English & Drama and my certification to teach secondary English and Spanish in 2000. I later earned my MA in Guidance/Counseling from EMU in 2007.
-Hobbies: Growing up, my hobbies included acting in plays and playing wheelchair basketball for the Ann Arbor Thunderbirds. During college, I played a lot of chess and I wrestled with the U of M Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club. Now I enjoy swimming, working out, creative writing, reading, and watching TV and movies.
-Length of service in education: In 2000 I taught Performing Arts at Tappan. In 2001 I taught Spanish at Huron. Since then, I have worked as a records coordinator, para-educator and young adult counselor in Ypsilanti. This will be my first year at Skyline.
-Strengths: I have always connected extremely well with students, especially students trying to overcome the difficult challenges of their teenage years. I even wrote a novel based on my own struggles. Much of the book focuses on the difficulties of growing up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and on finding the resilience to succeed in spite of them. I think resilience may be the most important quality that educators can foster in our students. No matter how smoothly things are going right now, there will be bumps in the road. Getting over those bumps in one piece and learning how best to handle them in the future are skills we can all work on. Teens need compassionate, consistent counselors who will help to guide them down the road. After all, they’re just starting to drive.
|Ms. Cassandra Guidry Benion
Assistant Director, Student Intervention & Support Services (SISS)
-Assignment: Assistant Director for Student Intervention and Support Services (SISS), responsible for coordinating special education programs/services for all high schools and supervising speech and language therapists and the Hearing Impaired Program
-Education: B. A. and M.A., Michigan State University; General and Special Education, M.A., Western Michigan University; Educational Leadership
-Hobbies: traveling, baking, and spending time with my daughter and husband
-Strengths: I am passionate about all students, especially my work with students with special needs. I also enjoy working with people that help facilitate positive and effective change. I am a strong advocate for students and parents. I also believe in empowering others.
-Length of Service to AAPS: 2 years
-Experience in the Field: 24 years in education, 15 years as a special education teacher and consultant, three(3) years as an general education administrator and six (6) years as a special education administrator
|Ms. Cheryl Haller
|Mr. Will Hart
|Mr. Harry Hayward
|Ms. Ann Hendrick
Visual Arts: Graphics & Photography
- Education: BFA Industrial Design from College for Creative Studies; Teaching certificate in art and technology from Eastern Michigan University.
- Hobbies: Family activities, photography, watercolor, outdoor activities in Northern Michigan
- Strengths I bring to Skyline: I value creativity.
- Length of Service in Ann Arbor: since 2004
|Mr. Jack Hentz
- Education: BBA (Computer Systems) and MS (Physical Geography) from Eastern Michigan University. Secondary science certification: Earth Science (major), General Science (minor).
- Hobbies: I enjoy reading science fiction and mystery novels, and science magazines to keep me current with new discoveries.
- Strengths I bring to Skyline: I grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Huron High School. I have lived in this community for most of my life. I believe that science is an essential part of a students education. I feel that my enthusiasm for this subject helps to motivate students to both enjoy and excel in science.
- Length of Service in Education: After working in the business sector for years, I returned to school to become certified to teach science. I began my teaching career in 1999, teaching one year in Allen Park. In 2000 I began teaching in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
|Ms. Kathe Blue Hetter
Science Curriculum Lead Teacher
-Education: Michigan Technological University: BS Biological Science Chemistry Minor; BS Business and Engineering Administration; Eastern Michigan University: Secondary Education Certification; MS General Science, Eastern Michigan University.
-Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, Gardening, Biking, walking/hiking, and a science workshop junkie.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: A love and enthusiasm of science and sharing this with students and peers. A great desire to learn about new trends in education and science, especially science education by taking workshops around the country and courses at universities and staying current in the latest topics in science. Experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. I love doing “hands on” science which means lots of labs and demos and taking my annual Halloween Chemistry Spooktacular to Skyline. Desire for all students to learn that science is something that is all around us and fun!
-Length of Service in Education: I have been teaching for 14 years in Ann Arbor.
|Mr. Otha Hill
|Ms. Laurie Hochrein
-Education: BS from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Physical Education MA from Eastern Michigan University in Educational Technology
-Hobbies: I love photography and traveling. I enjoy reading a good book and doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles. Spending quality time with my family is also very important to me.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I have a passion for teaching and I have an intense desire to help students achieve great things!
-Length of Service: Prior to coming to Skyline HS, I have taught 24 years, mostly at Clague MS and Pioneer HS.
|Ms. Patrice Howard
English Language Arts
|Ms. Kathleen Ilaoro
-Education: BS mathematics U of M, MA with certification U of M
-Hobbies: reading, cooking, driving cross country, wilderness, healing, art, topology, writing
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I am an eager and practicing student of the art of collaborative communities. I am confident that every person can learn algebra/geometry and I know that even if (a remote possibility) a person never uses the content, the learning itself will open new dimensions in thinking capacity. My chosen field is how people learn algebra/geometry and I learn from my students as they learn from me. I believe that learning, change and growth happen through the medium of relationship and that safety, belonging, respect and engagement are essential. I'll do what it takes to authentically teach mathematics and I don't give up on anyone.
-Length of Service in Education: 13 years
|Ms. Rhoda Isenberg
-Education: MBA from Eastern Michigan University and BS in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan.
-Hobbies: reading, needlepoint, skiing, gardening and spending quality time with my family.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: As a lifelong learner I bring a passion for learning and a belief that education is the key to success. I share this with my students as I help them do their best.
-Length of Service to Education: I began volunteering in schools many years ago and became a Teacher Assistant in 2002. I have been a Teacher Assistant at Skyline since Winter 2009.
|Ms. Kristal Jaaskelainen
English Language Arts Lead
-Education: BA, English, University of Michigan; MA, Teaching for Diversity, Eastern Michigan University
-Hobbies: Reading (anything and everything!), writing, Texas Hold ‘Em, UofM Football
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Passion for and belief in public education. Strong educational philosophy based in the ability of every individual to learn. Experience with cross-curricular and team teaching. Strong work ethic, enthusiasm and positive energy.
-Length of Service in Education: 7 years in AAPS at Stone High School
|Ms. Heather Jackson
Office Professional - Scheduling
|Ms. Kim Jackson
Education: B.A. in Education with Physical Education and Health majors and a Psychology minor from Saginaw Valley State University; M.A. in Physical Education Pedagogy from Eastern Michigan University.
Hobbies: I enjoy many forms of exercise including weight training, elliptical, jogging, biking, yoga and swimming. I also like to travel, shop and read.
Strengths I bring to Skyline: I bring a passion and enthusiasm for physical fitness. I participate regularly in a variety of fitness activities and I understand the benefits of being physically fit and the implications from not being physically fit. I have strong content knowledge, I believe in the importance of lifelong fitness and I am determined to help each student find a sport or fitness related activity they can benefit from, succeed at, and have fun with.
Length of service: Five years in Ann Arbor Public Schools at Clague, Slauson and Tappan.
|Ms. Sulura Jackson
-Education: Ed.S Secondary Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; MED Secondary Education, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA; BS Business Education, Louisiana College, Pineville, LA; AA Accounting/Business Administration, Grambling State University, Grambling, LA
-Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Socializing
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I believe in the power of public education. I am passionate about being a part of a team that is working to prove that public education can work for all children in the 21st century. I bring over 20 years of experience working in high schools with children from all walks of life, and am well trained in leadership and curriculum and instruction. I am passionate about educating children and am working to ensure that students graduating from Skyline are well prepared and equipped with the life-long learning tools necessary for success in a global economy.
-Length of Service in Education: 20+ years
|Ms. Michelle Janson
|Ms. Katrina Jenkins
Office Professional - Attendance
|Mr. Michael Jones
-Education:I graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Cellular Molecular Biology and completed my teaching certification work and earned a Masters of Education from Marygrove College.
-Hobbies: I enjoy watching action and science fiction movies. Star Wars and Star Trek are my favorites. I also love playing Sudoku, Chess, Boggle, Scrabble an a host of other board games. One of my other favorite hobbies is cooking, especially grilling.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline:I bring to Skyline a great passion for teaching and learning in creative and exciting ways. I enjoy making lessons come to life, highlighting the practicality of the material I teach, and having students experience the concepts in tangible ways! Being competitive, I strive for excellence and expect those around me to do the same. I also bring to Skyline the experience of coordinating and writing integrated curriculum-based projects for language arts, science and math - thus making the curriculum come to life and providing real-world experience for students.
-Length of Service in Education:I have been teaching since 1992 beginning at Cass Technical High School for 18 years and then moving to Skyline High School in 2010.
|Ms. Dulce Kappler
World Languages: German and French
- Education: M.A. in Germanic Language and Literature, from The University of Michigan;
B.A. from the University of Michigan, with teaching majors in French, German and Social Studies.
- Hobbies: Reading, listening to classical music and jazz, singing, gardening, biking, hiking in the Rockies, speaking German and French, visiting Europe, spinning, knitting, sewing, and beading. My family is also very important to me. My husband and I enjoy spending time together, and with our three children, Paul , Karl and Lindsey (aged 25 - 21), whenever they come over to visit, or when they just call to talk.
- Strengths I bring to Skyline: a love of learning, a passion for sharing this love, empathy for others, and dedication to helping all students succeed. Over my years of teaching I’ve taught French, German, ESL, Civics, American History, IDC classes, Strategies and acted as Student Council advisor.
- Length of service in Education: 22 years
- Length of service in the Ann Arbor Public Schools: 21... at Pioneer, Huron,Clague, Slauson and Tappan.
|Ms. Cynthia King
Resource Room Teacher
-Education: BS Wayne State University
- Elementary Ed. K-8 all subjects Special Education CI K-12; M.Ed candidate Wayne State University Special Education EI/LD Highly qualified in English and Social Studies. -Hobbies: Music (amateur violinist), reading, cooking, sewing, visual arts
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I consider myself an excellent team player who absolutely loves children, teaching and LEARNING!
-Length of Service in Education: I've been a teacher since age six, however, those years don't count toward my retirement. I have been employed in the state of Michigan as a teacher for more than twenty-four years. Having been a student of education for as many years, I have both seen and been a part of educational reform. Guiding each of my professional decisions has been my belief that all children can learn.
|Ms. Kathi Kobylarz
- Education: Austism Spectrum Disorders, Madonna University;
M.Ed Special Education-Learning Disabilities, University of
Michigan-Dearborn; B.A. English Language Arts & Public
Speaking, Madonna University
- Hobbies: Jazzercise, Zumba, reading, music, nature walks with
my husband and dog, vacations with my family
- Strengths I bring to Skyline: Highly Qualified to co-teach all
core curriculum classes; experience and love of working with
different cultures; strong collaborator and advocate for my
students and their families; strong problem solver; Applied
Behavior Analysis experience from my work with children in
Beaumont Hospital’s CARE program.
- Length of Service in Education: 11 years: 4 at Inkster High
School (Inkster), 2 at Fordson High School (Dearborn), 1 at
Ypsilanti High School’s Saturday Academy program, 1 at Livonia
Public Schools (Non-verbal Autism Spectrum Disorders Extended
School Year) and 3 at Skyline High School. I love it here and
hope to teach here for many years to come!
|Mr. Chris Kohl
Health - P.E.
|Ms. Rachel Kopka
Office Professional - SLC
|Ms. Marcia Krasko
Resource Teacher - Mild Cognitively Impaired Program
|Ms. Wendy LaPere
-Education: MA, Special Education and BS, Science, Eastern Michigan University
-Hobbies and Interests: Yoga, Biking, Walking/Hiking, Traveling, and Cooking.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Enthusiasm for teaching, experience in co-teaching and passion to help all students achieve their academic potential.
-Length of service in Ann Arbor: 4 years, in Ann Public Schools
-Length of service in Education: 8 years
|Mr. Mike LeCloux
Special Education Resource Teacher
-Education: BS Secondary Education, Political Science major, 1991 – University of Wisconsin-Madison MS Special Education, E/BD emphasis, 2001 – St. Cloud State University, Minnesota Currently attending Eastern Michigan University working toward a Specialist Degree in Special Education Leadership
-Hobbies: I enjoy many outdoors activities including: road-cycling, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and camping.
-Strengths I bring to the school: The greatest strength that I bring to Skyline High School is my ability to create and maintain meaningful educational relationships with families and students. I take pride in my work as an educator, advocate for families, and as a team member. I have taught students in grades 4 through 12, with the bulk of my experience working with interdisciplinary academic teams at the middle school level. I have a strong content knowledge and excellent skills in creating and providing effective accommodations that allow students with special needs to be successful in school.
-Length of Service in Ann Arbor: 3 years at Scarlett Middle School
-Length of Service in Education: 3 years Auburndale High School, Auburndale WI, grades 7-12; 4 years South Middle School, St Cloud MN, grades 7-8; 1 year Beach Middle School, Chelsea MI, grades 6-8; 2 years Adams Elementary School, Ypsilanti MI, grades 4-5; 3 years Scarlett Middle School, Ann Arbor MI, grades 6-8
|Mr. Jim Leach
- Education - B.A. with honors University of Michigan, double major of English and Philosophy
M.A. Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Philosophical Aesthetics. Thesis title: "Instructive Ambiguities: Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Müller's experiments with Lehrstücke."
Ph.D. (A.B.D.) Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam / Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Philosophical Aesthetics.
- Hobbies - I am an award winning playwright though currently I mostly publish fiction and the occasional article. I like ghost stories, difficult thoughts, organic gardening and Peace and Justice.
- Strengths I bring to Skyline - The primary strength I bring to Skyline is that I am a technologist who does not believe that technology can ultimately resolve the enduring problems of human society. I see past the gizmos and the "gee-whiz" effect of new toys. A good teacher can instruct using a stick to scratch in the dirt. My job is to make 21st C technology feel as natural as that stick.
-Length of Service in Education: I have served the Ann Arbor Public Schools for 10 years providing technical support. Previously, I designed and taught adult education courses in Toronto and at the University of Toronto.
|Ms. Peggy Lederer
World Languages - Spanish
|Ms. Pingping Liu
World Languages: Chinese
- Education: Liaoning University in China, BA, Chinese language and cultures. Computer Science training at Washtenaw Community College.
- Hobbies: traveling, singing, dancing and reading.
- Strengths I bring to Skyline: I have been a Chinese journalist in China Xin Hua News Agency for six years. Through reporting cultural educations and economic development in China, I have accumulated vast amount of knowledge of ancient and modern Chinese cultures and history. I am able to present a profound perspectives about Chinese language and cultures in front of students. After many years of Chinese teaching in the US, I have found my passion in teaching Chinese and bridging multi-cultures into a harmony world.
- Length of service in education: 1 year at public school and 3 years at Chinese weekend school.
|Mr. Mike Lovelace
Math, Science, and elective Engineering courses
-Education: Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. I received a teaching certificate from Eastern Michigan University with a math major and a minor in physics. I am also Skyline's Head Basketball Coach.
-Strengths: I bring an enormous amount of enthusiasm and love of life into the school atmosphere. I will get involved in many different aspects of the school community and will be a major factor in promoting strong school spirit. I am extremely organized and I focus on consistent and highly informative communication with families through various media. My teaching style is centered on focusing all curriculum on appropriate student contexts and real world application. At the heart of it all, I believe in developing and sustaining strong student relationships while increasing student confidence and interest, to promote a high level of academic success.
-Hobbies: I enjoy teaching, coaching basketball, playing golf and spending time with my son Wesley (4) daughter Josie (1.5) and my wife Meredith. Meredith and I love to attend many sporting events and we love to travel and try to do one big trip a year. In 2006, we went to London England for 10 days and would suggest this to everyone! We are planning a trip to Milan Italy for April 2012! Finally, I thoroughly enjoy working with the very professional and ambitious staff that is Skyline High School.
-Length of Service: I have been teaching in Ann Arbor since 2000 and have coached athletics in Ann Arbor since 1995.
|Ms. Kathryn MacKercher
-Education: MA, Special Education, Eastern Michigan University; BA, History and Sociology, Central Michigan University.
-Hobbies: Travel, music, hiking, family.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: My career encompasses a range of experiences requiring innovation and building strong relationships with students and their families.
-Length of service in education: 12 years
|Ms. Kristin Mahler
-Education: Bachelor of Science-Nursing, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Masters of Public Health, University of Michigan
-Hobbies: Reading, Exploring different approaches to health and illness, Gardening, Spending time with family and friends
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I have a range of experience, in a variety of health delivery/maintenance areas: hospital, doctor’s office, camp, working with migrant farm worker teens, and teaching nursing students. I am excited to be a part of the Skyline community. I am committed to working with parents and educators to help prepare all students to succeed at school.
-Length of Service in Education: 20+ years
|Mr. Bob Mardeus
|Ms. Jenni Marsh
World Languages - Spanish
-Education: BA in Spanish and Natural Science from Alma College; Master in Public Adminstration from University of Michigan
-Hobbies: Aside from being a mom to my daughter, Morgan and atteding her swimming events, I LOVE travel, travel, travel!, cooking, baking, chocolate making, reading, singing, watching the Green Bay Packers, camping, kayaking, and spending as much time as I can near water.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I am proud to bring to Skyline a passion for Spanish language and culture, unique experience and knowledge of scholarship and college admission applications, and experience as a key participant in college admissions and scholarship selection processes. I believe that maintaining a level of high expectations, supported with a foundation of personal guidance and assistance, is key to academic success. My students often comment about how they learned study skills that they were able to use in a variety of areas after high school Spanish class.
-Length of Service in Education: I have taught all levels of Spanish language since 1997. I began my career in a small high school in mid-Michigan, Pinconning High School, before spending 12 years teaching Spanish 1, 2, 3 and AP Spanish, as well as physical science and Chemistry at Woodhaven High School in Brownstown, MI. Additionally, I served as the coordinator of National / International Fellowships and Scholarships at Michigan State University, a role in which I coached and mentored all of the university's major scholarship and fellowship candidates.
|Ms. Amy McLoughlin
-Education: Masters of Education in School Counseling from Bowling Green State University.
-Hobbies: Soccer, softball, power tool projects, art, music and political activism.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Humor and patience.
-Length of Service in Education: 8 years in the schools, 10 years in Boys and Girls Clubs and non-profit youth organizations.
|Mr. Chris Naar
-Education: BA in Teaching of History, University of Illinois at Chicago.
-Hobbies: Traveling, camping, reading, playing guitar, and spending time with my family and friends.
-Strengths I Bring to Skyline- I bring a strong passion for teaching and learning. I strive to ensure meaningful learning for every student I have the pleasure of teaching. I bring experience teaching in a diverse urban environment where a positive attitude and a sense of humor are keys to motivating student learning. I also bring a commitment to connecting the social sciences to my students’ lives, and providing them with opportunities to realize the power that they have to affect positive change.
-Years of Service in Education: 2 years teaching high school social studies in Chicago, Illinois
|Mr. Andrew Nalepa
Education: B.A. Psychology, Michigan State University, Ed.S. Loyola University of Chicago
Hobbies: I love sports of all kinds. I enjoy playing and coaching Ice Hockey, travel, and spending time with friends and family
Strengths: A strong belief that all students can learn and a willingness to find the best solution for each student and situation. I have experience working with students individually and in groups and use skills to provide consultation, evaluation, intervention, and prevention in the school environment.
Length of Service: I've been teaching since 2005. Also, I am a product of the Ann Arbor Public Schools. I attended Abbot Elementary, Forsythe Middle School, and Pioneer High School as a student.
|Mr. Dan Neaton
Math Department Chair
-Education: BA Economics; University of Michigan ; Ed. Certification Mathematics; University of Michigan; MA Mathematics; Eastern Michigan University
-Hobbies: I am a huge hockey fan. I wish I could golf, I like to ride my 10 speed. I read voraciously.
-Fun experiences: backpacked the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Ranier with my wife, ran a marathon, canoed Algonquain North Ontario, enjoyed playing hockey for 48 years.
-Strengths: I love teaching. I am very motivated to help all students to successfully learn math. I am very patient.
-Length of Service: I am beginning my 36th year as a math teacher, 9 years at Clague MS/JHS, 18 years at Huron HS, 5 years at Community HS and the rest at Skyline HS serving as our Lead Mathematics Teacher. I also worked two years for the General Foods Corporation.
|Mr. Corey Nowitzke
-Education: B.S. – Eastern Michigan University (Mathematics Major, Earth Science Minor)
-Hobbies: running, fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I am very organized, motivated and hard working. I look forward to passing on my enthusiasm for math to my students.
-Length of Service in Education: 1 year with Ann Arbor Public Schools (Huron High School, Pioneer High School)
|Ms. Stacey Nunley
-Education: BS Physics, Secondary Education; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, M.Ed. Elementary education w/ middle school endorsement; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
-Hobbies: Performing arts: singing and songwriting, acting and dance. Listening to jazz ( live and recorded), fitness, healthy cooking, reading, travel, and living an organic lifestyle.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I bring creativity and an enthusiasm and love for life long learning to Skyline. Science is a real part of our everyday lives and should be taught with that in mind. My goal is for each of my students to leave my charge equipped with skills and knowledge to think critically and solve problems so they may be productive citizens.
-Length of Service in Education: 3 years Levey Middle School (science and drama) in Southfield, 9 years in Detroit Public Schools grades 8-12 science, Chemistry, dance, and drama)
|Mr. Rob Oden
College & Career Center Coordinator
-Education: Bachelors, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Concentration in Mathematics and Kinesiology, Student of the School of Education and Division of Kinesiology. I completed my student teaching at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and Chappelle Elementary.
-Hobbies: Football, Music, Screen Printing and Sports Agent work.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I bring the extraordinary skill set of advising, mentoring, guiding, implementing creativity and innovative ideas, and the ability to foster relationships. I had the honor of sharpening these skills as an advisor at the University of Michigan, as a High School teacher in Inkster, MI and as the Outreach Manger for Young and Educated Services of Detroit, MI. Furthermore, I am a founding member of two community serving organizations in Ann Arbor, MI – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, Delta Rho Chapter and The Enspired Group.
-Length of Service in Education: 8+ years, this includes experience as an Advisor for incoming freshmen for the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
|Mr. Jeff Oleksinski
-Education: Bachelors of Science Education from the University of Michigan and Masters of Arts in K12 Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University
-Hobbies: Bowling, Chess, Photography, Snowboarding, Watching Sports, New Technology
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Enthusiasm, Hard-working, Loyal, Team-player, Excitement for Student Success
-Length of Service in Education: Six years in Ann Arbor Public Schools at the Roberto Clemente Student Development Center
|Ms. Elizabeth Ouellette
Hearing Impaired - Interpreter
|Mr. Tom Pachera
Design Technology & Environmental Planning Lead Teacher
-Education: MS in Technology Education from Eastern Michigan University and a BA in Industrial Education and Theatre from Central Michigan University. Technology & Design Certification, K-12, from Eastern Michigan University.
-Hobbies: The Pachera family; Tom, Amy, Nicholas (age 9) and Zachary (age 7) make their home in the Skyline attendance area, and love being a part of the Ann Arbor community. During the summer months he owns and operates, Pachera Construction, a small construction company specializing in decks. Mr. Pachera is active in the community through Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity where he serves as Zion Lutheran Church’s representative for the Thrivent Build's House sponsor group.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Technical and hands on skill, communication and relations to our youth; each of which is equally important in Design Technology. I teach Design Technology because students can use all of what the learn in their academic classes to do real world problem solving.
-Length of Service: Mr. Pachera has taught Technology Education for Eighteen Years, Skyline last year, tenyears prior at Forsythe and the first seven at Parcells Middle School in Grosse Pointe. He currently teaches CAD I,II, & III, IED(A) & (B), and POE(A) & (B) courses as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor at EMU. Mr. Pachera utilizes his Theatre Education and experience as Skyline’s Theatre Manager.
|Mr. John Packard
Resource Room Teacher
-Education: BS, Special Education, Eastern Michigan University; MA, Learning Disabilities, Eastern Michigan University
-Hobbies: Anything involving the Muskegon River (especially fishing and floating), camping, golfing, bowling, and being with my family.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I started as an elementary educator before moving to high school. I’ve always been in special education and pride myself in staying current with special education laws and adaptive technology. I love my job.
-Length of service in Ann Arbor: I've been teaching since 1995, all in Ann Arbor. I started my first 6 years as a teacher in an elementary self contained classroom for the Emotionally Impaired. I then moved to Pioneer as a Teacher Consultant for the next 7 years. Finally, I came here to Skyline to become a Resource Room Teacher. I've been at Skyline since the beginning.
|Ms. Mary Packard
-Education: MS in Urban Planning, MS in Education Speech & Language Pathology and BA in Psychology, Speech & Hearing Sciences all from the University of Michigan
-Hobbies: Sports - playing & watching, Golf, biking, knitting, reading and keeping up with my 3 sons!
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I have a wealth of experience helping students succeed academically and discover their own strengths. I also bring a great enthusiasm for teaching, learning and helping students, parents and teachers understand the connection between language skills and lifelong learning. My career has provided many opportunities to develop creative educational programming which I hope to share as well.
-Length of service in Education: I've been a practicing SLP since 1988, working with adults and children in the clinical and school settings in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Oak Park, MI. I have also provided clinical training and participated in educational research at University of Michigan and Wayne State University. This is my first experience working with high schoolers and I find it incredibly invigorating!
|Mr. Anthony Pariano
|Mr. Peter Pasque
Instructional Technology Lead Teacher
-Education: MLS in Interdisciplinary Technology and a BA in Technology Education from Eastern Michigan University.
-Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, backpacking, kayaking, woodworking, live music, exploring the technological world.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I am constantly taking courses, both formally and informally to further my education, and I very much enjoy sharing ideas with students and teachers to further develop educational environments.
-Length of Service: I have been teaching in public schools since 1995 with 12 of those years teaching at Roberto Clemente.
|Mr. Chris Peterson
-Education: Bachelor's & teaching certificate from U-M.
-Hobbies: Playing with my sons, DJing on a local radio station, making music, reading.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Sincerity, creativity, a love of ideas & a belief that they can change the world for the better.
-Length of service in Education: I've been teaching since 1997.
|Mr. Elvontio (Von) Peterson
|Ms. Tanishia Peterson
Office Professional to the Principal
-Education: University of Michigan
-Hobbies: There nothing like a good book during the winter months, being with my family and Games (Scrabble, Suduko, Tetris, Snood & Puzzles)
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Empathy; The number one requirement in a public service position is being able to assist every individual above and beyond expectation. That's when I employ empathy, because sometimes you have to place yourself in that person's shoes in order to service their needs in a prompt and efficient manner.
-Length of Service in Education: 4 years with Ann Arbor Public Schools
|Ms. Jennifer Pool
-Education: B.S., Packaging, Michigan State University; M.B.A., University of Detroit; Secondary Education Certificate, Math Major and Psychology Minor, Eastern Michigan University.
-Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, reading, running and indoor soccer.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: A love for learning and working with students. I draw on my previous work experience as a packaging engineer in the automotive industry to relate relevant math topics to industry. The computer, hands on and small group activities are used in my classroom to explore and reinforce math concepts. I am looking forward to being a part of the Skyline -team!
-Length of Service in Education: Part-time faculty at Washtenaw Community College for two semesters, and teaching at Pioneer High School for one semester.
|Mr. Allen Porter
-Education: Saginaw Valley State University, B.A. History Major English Minor, M.A. Educational Leadership, Wayne State University
-Hobbies: Very involved in staying physically active. I also read and enjoy being with my family as much as possible.
-Strengths: I have taught a variety of subjects within both academic disciplines. I also am very involved with the extra curricular. I believe that by being an advisor for several different clubs and a high school coach for six years has helped me to round out students’ experiences and their education as a whole.
-Years of Public School Service: 9 years, 3 in Ann Arbor Public Schools.
|Ms. Brittany Prochnow
-Education: BS from Eastern Michigan University in Special Education (EI) and History, received "Highly Qualified" accreditation in 2008 in English and Social Studies. MA (expected 2012) from Eastern Michigan University in Reading Intervention.
-Hobbies: I love art--both creating and appreciating--especially making jewelry and sculptures out of found objects. I consider food to be an artistic medium, too; I thoroughly enjoy both cooking and eating. I also love anything that involves being outdoors; camping, hiking, biking, and just walking around town people-watching.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I am creative and patient, and believe in encouraging students to embrace their individuality, as well as accepting and embracing others' individuality. I value building relationships with students, families, and staff, and truly believe "it takes a village."
-Length of service in Education: I began teaching at the school formerly known as Stone High School in 2008, and transferred to Skyline in 2011.
|Mr. Eric Purcell
English Language Arts
Education: I received a Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Secondary Education with a major in Communication & Theatre Arts and a minor in Language, Literature, & Writing.
Hobbies & Interests: I really enjoy theatre (i.e., acting, attending plays, directing, etc.). Also, I absolutely love to read and write; I am currently working on a script for a play that I am writing. In addition, I am a huge sports fan!! I enjoy watching and playing. I also just started playing Fantasy Football with some of my friends this year, and I am currently really enjoying that as well.
Strengths I bring to Skyline: One of the biggest strengths that I believe I bring to Skyline is my genuine passion for teaching. I truly enjoy working with students.
Length of Service in Education: I have taught in Ann Arbor since graduating from Eastern Michigan University in December of 2005. I taught Theatre Education at Forsythe Middle School from January 2006 - June 2012. This is my first year at Skyline High School.
|Ms. Anne-Marie Roberts
Speech & Theater
-Education: B.S, Eastern Michigan University; M.A; Educational Technology Eastern Michigan University; Master classes, American Conservatory Theater
-Hobbies: sewing, gardening, reading, camping with my husband and children.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: A passion for education and theater.
-Length of Service in AAPS: 8 years
-Experience in the Field: 15 years work in the professional theater.
|Mr. Treavor Rowton
|Mr. Joe Samulak
|Ms. Merritt Scheffler
-Education: Assoc. Degree from WCC Eastern michigan (almost complete) in Physical Ed./ health minor
-Hobbies: Baking, bowling, reading, music, and travel. Sports has its own category because I live and breathe Maize and Blue!!!!
-Strengths: I have a passion for working with kids in all facets. I enjoy coaching and working with our students in the POHI classroom. I bring a
compassionate and humorous approach to learning that seems to work very well for my personality. I want to leave a positive imprint on those that I connect with at Skyline.
-Length of Service in Education: 2 years of Substitute Teaching in Ann Arbor. 3 years of coaching at Forsythe, Pioneer, and Skyline. 5 years of assistant teaching with POHI.
|Ms. Heather Schimmel
-Education: M.A. in School Counseling from the University of Detroit Mercy, K-12 Endorsement and LLPC; B.S. in Secondary Education from Eastern Michigan University, 6-12 Biology and Chemistry Endorsements.
-Hobbies: I enjoy camping, dancing, and spending time with my family.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I am compassionate, caring, dedicated, innovative, and involved. I have had a great deal of experience organizing and leading groups in various settings. I have also had much experience with event planning. I was the senior class moderator for 8 years at my last school and was responsible for planning and
implementing events such as graduation, prom, and powderpuff football.
-Length of Service in Education: 11 years in schools; This is my 3rd year at Skyline. Prior to counseling students at Skyline, I taught Science at Regina high school for 7 1/2 years. I began my career in education as a substitute teacher in Northville and Plymouth/Canton. I was also a camp director for 7 years.
|Ms. Teresa Schneider
-Education: Bachelors in Energy Management, and B.S. in Biology, both from Eastern Michigan. Masters in the Art of Teaching.
-Hobbies: Organic gardening, bee keeper, kayaking.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Native Ann Arborite who loves education, with a desire to keep the state healthy and students thinking critically about their environment.
-Length of service in education: I taught environmental education at Leslie Science Center for 5 years and Honey Creek Community School for 6 years. I taught Life Science and Earth Science at Slauson Middle School for 10 years.
|Ms. Lynn Schwind
Office Professional - SLC
|Ms. Christine Seager
-Education: Madonna University - BA in Sign Language Studies/Deaf Culture with a minor in Child Development. Michigan State University - BA in Education (focus in Deaf Education, Language Arts, Elementary Ed.)
-Hobbies: riding with my husband on motorcycle (can drive my own, but really enjoy being the passenger!) movies - I love movies!
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Diverse background of teaching from preschool - to adult education.
-Length of Service in Education: I have been teaching since 2007
|Ms. Shari Shepherd
-Education: M.A. Learning Disabilities, University of Detroit, B.A. Special Education Emotionally Impaired, Minors: Psychology, Children's Literature and Dance., Eastern Michigan University
-Hobbies: Photography and Kayaking
-Strengths: Enthusiasm for the education and the creative process; natural team player; interest and experience in culturally diverse pedagogy
-Years in Education: 26 years including clinical, private and public education settings.
|Ms. Shannon Sherman
|Ms. Carina Sietz
-Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan, Secondary Education Certification in English and Dance, Masters in Education forthcoming, DePaul University
-Hobbies: Dancing in professional jazz dance company, teaching hip-hop at Dance Alliance, reading Gothic novels, cheering on the Bears during football season, and playing with my toddler, Franklin, at home.
-Strengths I Bring to Skyline: Enthusiasm, energy, and a love of reading and education.
-Length of Service in Education: Eight years teaching English at Pioneer High School, and almost twenty years teaching dance.
|Mr. Jason Smith
Director of Bands
-Education: Michigan State University, BA, Music Education; University of Michigan, MA, Music Education
-Hobbies: I enjoy working out and spending my time outdoors biking, running and water sports. I love spending time with friends and family and would love to start taking vacations in my spare time.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I bring a level of energy to whatever I do as this reflects in my own students’ attitudes. My humor in my teaching reflects my own personality and my desire to have fun in whatever I do.
-Length of Service: 3 years
|Mr. Matt Swain
|Ms. Tina Trombley
-Education: Huron High and I attended WCC.
-Hobbies: I have horses that I enjoy trail riding with my family, and mucking their stalls every weekend. It’s awesome having the summers with my children. We go camping up north in our pop-up camper and hang out at the beach. Last but not least running and lifting weights!!!!
- Strengths: I am a no nonsense kind of gal. I am always very truthful and straightforward. I enjoy empowering the young adults I work with and help them be as independent as possible.
-Length of service in Education: 20 years.
|Ms. Catrina Vaughn
-Education: University of Detroit, Bachelors of Arts and Masters in Curriculum & Instruction. University of Michigan, Masters of Arts in Special Education (Emotional Impairment)
-Hobbies and Interests: Vacationing and Sleeping. Interested in learning sign language.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Experience, Structure and Content Knowledge
-Length of service in Education: Over 20 years of educational experience.
|Ms. Dusti Vincent
-Education: B.S. Biology—University of Michigan; Teaching Certification from Eastern Michigan University. Major: Biology; Minor: Chemistry
-Hobbies: traveling, visiting museums, cooking & eating, reading, movies, exercise
-Strengths I brings to Skyline: I am enthusiastic and I love to try new things! Being a part of the Skyline team will give me the opportunity to teach in an innovative, multidisciplinary environment. I love science and I’m excited to teach an integrated curriculum!
-Length of service in Ann Arbor: 3 years
|Ms. Briana Wade
Office Professional - Book Depository
|Ms. Kay Wade
Social Studies Lead Teacher
-Education: BA in History and an MS in Education U of M
-Hobbies: Dancing, Reading, genealogy research
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Experience-teaming, curriculum development and leadership, AP experience -Length of Service in Ann Arbor:12 years
-Length of Service in Education:36 years
|Mr. Andy Walker
|Ms. Michelle Wargo
Business, Marketing and Information Technology Magnet Lead Teacher
-Education: Undergrad: Business Education, Eastern Michigan University; Grad: Career, Technical and Workforce Education, Eastern Michigan University
-Hobbies: Camping, Canoeing, Traveling, Reading, Listening to Music
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Dedication to continued education for myself and our students, Fresh perspective and experience, Desire to achieve, Organization skills, Creativity, Empathy, Flexibility, Enthusiasm and Positive attitude
-Length of Service in Ann Arbor: 6 years
|Ms. Casey Warner
-Education: B.S. in Oceanography and Biology from the University of Michigan, M.S. in Oceanography (Marine Geology and Geochemistry) from the University of Michigan; M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan
-Hobbies: Hiking, walking my dog, playing soccer, gardening, SCUBA diving, Cardio Boot Camp, spending time with my friends and family, reading, and knitting.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I have worked as a research scientist in the field of oceanography, so I am a valuable resource for students interested in pursuing a career in science. I bring with me a love of the sciences and an enthusiasm for teaching.
-Length of service in Ann Arbor: I have been teaching in Ann Arbor since 2002.
-Length of service in Education: Prior to teaching in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, I taught Oceanography and Environmental Science labs at the University of Michigan, and a Coral Reef Diseases course in the Caribbean (Cayman Islands).
|Ms. Kenitra Webster
Education: BSW from Eastern Michigan University, MSW from University of Michigan
Hobbies: Spending time with my family and traveling.
Strengths I bring to Skyline: A heart full of compassion, a listening ear, and a connection to community resources.
Length of Service in Education: 12 years
|Ms. Tonya Whitehorn
-Education: B.S. in Journalism from Eastern Michigan University. Masters in Arts and Teaching from Wayne State University.
-Hobbies: I enjoy and cherish spending time with my son. I love reading. I do not have a favorite genre, but I try to keep up with most trends in Adolescent Literature.
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: I love teaching and learning. My strengthens include getting teens to see the connections between themselves and the characters they encounter in literature. I have also been very successful with getting reluctant readers to discover the joy in reading a great book.
-Length of Service in Education: 10 years. I spent a year and a half in Detroit Public Schools and I taught at Roberto Clemente Student Development Center for eight years.
|Ms. Kendra Wilkins
Business & Marketing
Education: B.S. Health Administration; MLS in Interdisciplinary Technology/Information Security; Post Baccalaureate Certificate Teacher Preparation- Secondary Educationin Business Management Marketing Technology (GQ), Vocational Business Services, Interim Occupational Certificates -Business Administration Management & Operations and Finance and Financial Management Services.
Hobbies: Cooking, Dancing, Traveling, Spending time with family
Strengths I bring to Skyline: My ability to motivate students and share a love of learning that fosters a successful classroom environment.
Length of Service in Education: 8 years
|Mr. Meldon Williams
-Education: BA English Western Michigan University
-Hobbies: Record/Album Collection
-Strengths I bring to Skyline: Patience
-Length of Service in Education: I've been a teaching assistant since 2007
|Mr. John Young