2014-15 AAPS Back to School Guide
Thursday, Aug. 28 : Popsicles in the Park
Wednesday, Aug. 27 : Building PD day for staff
***Tuesday, September 2 : First Day for Students
***Young 5's Program - Expanded Locations!
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Young 5's program offers an alternative educational program for children whose parents feel that they are not yet ready for a traditional Kindergarten experience. Students are eligible for the Young 5's program if they live in the AAPS district and have turned 5 by May 1, 2014 but no later then October 1, 2014, or by December 1, 2014 with a waiver.
For more information and the locations of the Young 5's program, please follow this link.
Back to School Safety Tips
From Your Principal,
Dear Burns Park Families,
I have a few more staffing announcements for you.
Michelle Stevens, our recent teacher clerk, has left Burns Park, seeking a more active job. We’ll miss you Michelle.
Let’s say a big welcome to Kathy Cramer who will be taking her place. Kathy has been involved with Burns Park Elementary for many years now. First, as a wife to our great 5th grade teacher, Mr. Cramer and then as a parent to Chloe and Madison. Kathy has enjoyed working with the PTO in many different positions, including co-chairing the 5th grade graduation for this school year. Kathy enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her hobby is scrapbooking. Kathy is also looking forward to being our new teacher clerk and getting to know the staff and parents in a different light.
Here is a list of classroom teachers by level at Burns Park this year:
- Kindergarten : Ms. Fisher, Ms. Roderique, Ms. Steward, Ms. Wade
- First Grade : Ms. Ambrosino, Ms. Chappius, Ms. Monts
- Second Grade : Ms. Chatigny, Ms. Kind, Mr. Thompson
- Third Grade : Ms. Chen, Mr. Staples
- Third and Fourth Grade : Ms. Crankshaw
- Fourth Grade : Ms. Chester, Ms. Spiegel
- Fifth Grade : Mr. Cramer, Ms. Kreger, Ms. Pryce
Theresa Compton has been reassigned to Forsythe Middle School as a Science teacher for the upcoming year. Anne Andrus retired last year as our Teacher Consultant. She will be replaced by Jen Barnes and another half time teacher who has yet to be determined. John Cowman retired last year as our Social Worker and he will be replaced by Julianne Muir.
I am including biographical information for all of our new teachers
Scott Thompson, Second Grade
Scott is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Elementary Masters and Certification Program (ELMAC) which is offered for students with undergraduate degrees and experience outside of elementary education.
Scott student-taught in Ann Arbor at King, Allen, and Pattengill. He was also a Special Education Para Professional at Burns Park before he began the ELMAC Program and enrolled with Kathy Morehous’ encouragement.
Scott studied music and English as an undergraduate, and received a Masters of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His instrument is voice, (He is a a bass). Vocal performances lead him to the world of voice-overs. Scott trained and studied to do commercials and books on tape. He continues to explore that world but has found his passion in teaching.
Scott has four sisters, parents, two nieces, and two nephews who all live within about six blocks of each other. He is extremely creative and invents items for bikes and the classroom.
Priscilla Fisher, Kindergarten
Originally from California, Priscilla moved to Michigan to attend the University of Michigan’s School of Education. There, she completed her degree in Elementary Education with a major in Language Arts. Priscilla is very excited to be teaching Kindergarten for her first year of teaching and is thrilled to be returning to Burns Park after completing her year-long student teaching with us last school year.
Priscilla lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and Shih Tzu dog, Jackson. When she is not teaching she enjoys reading, writing poetry, and being active! She is currently training for the Tough Mudder in September and has been busy this summer visiting the gym twice a week in preparation for the muddy event!
Jen Barnes, Teacher Consultant
Jen Barnes is excited to be a new member of the Burns Park Elementary Family. She has been working in the Ann Arbor Public School District, as a Teacher Consultant and Resource Teacher since 2000. Jen received both her Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Degrees from Eastern Michigan University with Special Education Endorsements in Cognitive Impairments and Learning Disabilities. She has been teaching since 1995 and has worked with children with all types and levels of disabilities.
Jen says, “I love teaching! I believe that ALL children have strengths and can learn. I feel that it is our responsibility and role as educators to support students in discovering their learning strengths. I look forward to working with your children and having a very positive and successful year.”
Julieanne Muir, School Social Worker
Julieanne is excited to join the Burns Park Elementary staff this school year as our school social worker. She is a University of Michigan graduate and is passionate about supporting staff, children and families to maximize student achievement and outcomes.
Julieanne is a lover of music and enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, traveling and indulging in science fiction.
We begin the year with strong additions to our high-performing teaching staff. As principal, I could not be more pleased.