Community High School

Ann Arbor Public Schools

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Tracy Anderson

Advanced Journalism, 20th Century Popular Literature, Introduction to Literature,
email: andersont
Tracy Anderson

Tracy has been teaching high school since 1997. She is the adviser for "The Communicator" online and print editions, which are student-run publications that have won numerous state and national awards. She also teaches Intro to Literature, Poetry, Modern Readings, Journalism I, Advanced Journalism, and Forum. Tracy loves to spend time with her family, bake cookies, and travel. She co-authored two books that are published by Heinemann: They Still Can't Spell? and Purposeful Writing. Neither of them have been made into movies. Her right arm is significantly stronger than her left thanks to all of the papers that she grades.


Sara Blake

Teaching Assistant
email: blakes

John Boshoven

email: boshoven
John Boshoven
I have been a happy counselor serving at the middle school and high school level in Ann Arbor for over 25 years. I also serve as the AAPS Counselor Department Chair, where I plan and organize professional development and enrichment activities for the counselors from middle and high school. I am available to help students and families with high school orientation, personal counseling, class scheduling, college counseling and system support.

Cherie Charbeneau

Standardized Test Administrator
email: charbeneau
Cherie Charbeneau
I have worked as the Test Supervisor for the last 13 years at CHS. While I am not particularly fond of standardized tests, I do love working with high school students. I substitute teach throughout the building when I am not administering a test. I find it most helpful when advocating for our students who need accommodations. Working with our students is invigorating and always interesting. I never cease to be amazed at the creativity expressed by our teens and love coming to work every day!

Steve Coron

Digital Photography,
Italian Art & Culture, Photography/Film,
Advanced Art/Portfolio Development, Forum
email: coron
Steve Coron
I have had the distinct privilege of teaching at Community since 2003, and have served as a teacher in the Ann Arbor schools since 1989. I previously taught kindergarten and pre-school for the University of Michigan. I currently teach classes in photography, drawing and painting, open studio, Italian Art and Culture, and Advanced Art/Portfolio Development, and sometimes I help with the Yearbook. I have a wonderful Forum group that makes me smile and laugh every day! I am a practicing artist, currently working on a body of photographic pieces based on how humans interact with landscape. I am a native of the Upper Peninsula, and presently live in Ypsilanti with my wife Karie and two children, Philip and Julia, and our German Shepherd sisters.

Kevin Davis

Community Assistant 
email: davisk

 Judith Dewoskin

American Literature, Forum
email: dewoskin
Judith Dewoskin
Judith is the matriarch of CHS, having taught here 31 years. She teaches a variety of literature and writing courses. Hobbies include reading, cooking, dancing, and quilting. Family includes three grown children, four grandchildren, and a husband of 50 years!

Dianne Dudley

Personal Fitness, A2 Virtual, Forum
email: dudleyd
Dianne Dudley
I love teaching Fitness and Forum at Community High School. I appreciate using the community as an extended classroom. My students enjoy some of our class activities at the Arboretum, Argo Pond Loop, Wheeler Park, and the cascades.

Gretchen Eby

Counseling Secretary
email: ebyg
Gretchen Eby
Gretchen is the secretary in the counseling office and is thrilled to be working at such a fabulous school. She has two sons who are Community graduates and a third son who is still a student at Community. In her spare time, she likes to run with her friends Robbie and Tracy, knit, and spend time with her family.

Mohamed El-Hussieny

Algebra II, Math Analysis, Forum
email: elhussim
My name is Mohamed El-Hussieny but everyone around here calls me Moe. I've been at CHS for six years and I'm grateful to work in such an amazing environment. I have taught a range of mathematics courses at all grade levels and have also been a Forum leader during my time here. I believe in making connections with students and am committed to helping them grow both personally and academically.

Elena Barillas Flores

Mixed Media, Ceramics,
Graphic Design, Forum
email: flores
Elena Flores
Since September of 2007, I have had the good fortune to teach visual art at Community. Over the years, I have enjoyed and encouraged the high level of creativity and talent of our students. I take pride in creating a studio environment that fosters individual explorative thinking as well as providing a curriculum that assists in the development of artistic skills and aesthetics.

Cindy Haidu-Banks

U.S. History, Community Resource, Forum
email: banksc
I came into the teaching profession in the middle of my life and have been teaching at CHS for 15 years. I feel fortunate to teach at Community where a critical look at the history of our country is valued and not feared. I try to balance my critical approach with celebrating the tremendous advances our country has experienced in its quest for a democratic nation. I value the tradition of oral history and encourage my students to explore and value the unique experiences of their family members. I admire the historian Howard Zinn for his courage to write A People's History of the United States, and use his text for my class. My passion is Native American history and culture; this was my concentration as an undergrad at U of M. I have a Master's in teaching and am a life long learner and lover of history. I appreciate the knowledge my students bring to my class. I love being a mother and grandmother. I garden, camp, value art and music, read all the historic markers I see, and gaze at stars.

Keely Hoffman

email: hoffmank
Keely Hoffman

 Brandon Jackson

U.S. History, World History
email: jacksonb

Janelle Johnson

Community Resource, Forum
email: johnsonja
I was born and raised in Ann Arbor and I am a former Pioneer. I have been teaching in AAPS for 10 years and I absolutely love it! My first degree is in advertising and, after a short nine months, I decided to go back to college to become a teacher. It was one of the best decisions that I made!

 Matthew Johnson

Introduction to Literature,
Art of Writing, American Literature,
email: johnsonm

Though Matt only officially became a Rainbow Zebra in 2014, he has been a longtime fan of Community High School. As an Ann Arbor student, he took classes and CRs through CHS and in 2006 he sought out CHS for his student teaching. At CHS he teaches The Art of Writing, Harlem Renaissance Literature, and Intro to Literature. He is also the advisor for the Diversity Council and leader of the amazing Johnson Forum. Along with that, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Lewis & Clark College, the author of Finding Success the First Year: A Survivor's Guide for New Teachers, and the cofounder of the Mindful Writing program.

Courtney Kiley

Ecology, Foundations of Science (FOS) I & II,
Ecology, Forum
email: kileyc
Courtney Kiley
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, I always wanted to go to Community. That didn't quite pan out in high school, so I feel fortunate to have been hired to teach science here at CHS. I love working with such inspiring colleagues and students! Outside of school, I love spending time outside with my family.

Brett Kilgore

email: kilgorer
Brett kilgore
After a year of student teaching with Chloe Root and Anne Thomas, I am delighted to return this year as Community’s Economics teacher. Community’s hard-working, thoughtful, and creative students are a great group to work with. When I am not in the classroom, I try to make the most of my time with my wife and son. As U of M grads, we love living in Ann Arbor, but also enjoy finding any and all excuses to travel.

Pam Kirchen

Independent Learning Center (ILC)
email: kirchen
I been a staff member at Community for over 20 years and a proud member of the Ann Arbor Public Schools for nearly 30 year. I am married and have two children, both graduates of CHS. I work in the Individualized Learning Center (ILC), an academic support center.

Ed Kulka

Computers, Math Analysis,
Geometry, Forum
email: kulka
I am a Forum leader and a math teacher. I have taught a little of everything over the years.

George Lancaster

Engineering, Geometry
email: lancasterg

This is my first year teaching at Community. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I spent the next ten years as a design and project engineer of automotive safety products, primarily steering wheels and airbags. I then returned to school to earn a teaching certificate and have been teaching high school math and physics for the past 13 years. I am looking forward to combining those two careers and teaching Engineering (Project Lead the Way) this year, in addition to Geometry. 

 Laurel Landrum

Spanish 2, 3, & 4
email: landruml


Spanish 3 website

Laurel Landrum
I love teaching Spanish at Community! I believe in promoting communicative competence and cultural awareness through task-based activities in my classroom. I feel lucky to be teaching such great kids in such a great school. I am an AAPS alum and I feel fortunate to be raising my daughter near my family in my hometown. Outside of Spanish, my interests include reading, traveling, and spending time with the people I care about.

Craig Levin

Geometry, Community Resource
email: levin


Craig Levin
Craig has been teaching math at Community since 1999. He works diligently to support all his students through their trials and tribulations throughout their math career. In addition to teaching math, Craig also functions as the Community Resource liaison for math and science. Originally from Chicago where he taught for CPS a few years, he just loves Community and has made solid roots here in treetown with his wife, Gabrielle, and girls, Ariana and Skye.

Maneesha Mankad

Algebra II, Finance, Forum
email: mankadm
Maneesha Mankad
This is my second year teaching at Community. I am excited about being a part of a professional community that values personal relationships and invests in the academic, emotional, and social growth of our students. I teach Algebra 2, Finance, Statistics, and Decision Making, in addition to being a Forum leader. I am passionate about making mathematics education relevant and equitable for all students. I love theater, music, dance, and reading and I teach dance in my spare time.​

Marcy McCormick

Foundations of Science (FOS) I & III
email: mccormick
Marcy McCormick
Marcy has been teaching science for 13 years and this is her fourth year teaching at Community. She couldn't be happier being a Rainbow Zebra! She has taught FOS 1, FOS 2, and FOS 3 and loves the Foundations of Science curriculum. She feels very lucky that she gets to work every day with such an incredible group of students and colleagues. When Marcy isn't teaching, she really enjoys being outdoors, staying active by playing Ultimate Frisbee on a club team, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Ken McGraw

World Literature,
Introduction to Literature, Forum
email: mcgraw
Ken McGraw
Ken teaches World Literature, Creative Writing, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Forum.

Jason McKnight

Latin I & II, Advanced Latin Poetry
email: mcknight
Jason has been teaching all levels of Latin at Community High since 2002. His interests include classical rhetoric and translating Latin lyric poetry. When he isn't at school, he loves spending time with his family, cooking, hiking, gardening, and reading. He is currently teaching Latin I, Latin II, and Advanced Latin Poetry (Catullus).

Robert Morgan

email: morganr
This is my third year as a CHS teacher. While I previously taught World History, I now teach a variety of English elective classes. I am so happy to be here at CHS and look forward to educating our next generation as to why literature is just so dang neat!

Danelle Mosher

French II, French Literature/Conversation,
Community Resource
email: mosher
Danelle Mosher
I've been teaching French and Forum and monitoring CRs at CHS for 20 years and am very happy to be here. I have three children, ages 16, 13, & 11, and a husband who is a teacher in the district as well. Outside of teaching, I love to travel, knit, read, garden, and spend time with my family.

Julianne Muir

Social Worker
email: muir

Jen Niner

American Sign Language
email: postj


Lauren Opra

Teaching Assistant
email: opral

 Wendi Parks

Secretary to the Dean
email: parksw

Melissa Poli

Dance Body, Yoga Fitness
email: polim

Katie Richardson

Independent Learning Center (ILC)
email: richardk
Katie Richardson
I have been working in Ann Arbor Public Schools for eight years, but this is my first year at Community. I feel so grateful to work with such an amazing staff and wonderful students! I encourage a home and school connection. I pride myself in my ability to form meaningful connections with students and their families to foster student growth. I am committed to supporting students' needs and helping them gain access to the core curriculum.

Chloe Root

Economics, Gender Studies, U.S. History,
email: rootc
Chloe Root
This is my 8th year teaching in AAPS and I am so lucky to be here. This is my 7th year teaching at Community, but we go way back. Our previous adventures together include my being a high school student, a student teacher, and a part time teacher. I teach U.S. History, Government, Gender Studies, Law, Mock Trial (8-time State Champs!), and my beloved and entertaining Forum. I'm also lucky enough to get to be the staff advisor for the QSA (Queer Straight Alliance) and ACE (Advocates for Change & Equality). I believe that Community is one of the best high schools in the world, and even the toughest days here are marked by the kindness, creativity, and hilarity of the students and staff. After graduating from Community, I attended Brown University and the University of Michigan, where I received my Bachelor's degree in History and Gender Studies and my Master's degree in Education.  I live with my wonderful roommate, Aiden, owner of Mudpuddles toy store in Kerrytown, and our sweet dog (Carmen), and sweet cats (Leo and Myles).  I am grateful to have our families in town.

Katy Sanderson

Records Clerk, Scheduling and CR Secretary
email: sandersk

Jeri Schneider

Library Media Specialist
email: schneidj
Jeri Schneider
Jeri is the media specialist at Community. Her love affair with libraries began in 1986 when, while studying history, she became a clerk/driver of the bookmobile for the Ann Arbor Public Library. Since then she has completed a Master's in the Science of Information and teaching certification from U of M. In addition to running the media center, promoting reading, and teaching information skills, she advises Veg Club and Book Club. Away from work, Jeri enjoys hanging out with friends and family, reading, running, canoeing, and teaching vegan cooking classes.

Robbie Stapleton

Personal Conditioning, Health & Wellness,
email: stapleto
Robbie Stapleton
Years at CHS: Quite a few (since 1987).
Favorite quote: "If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
Love to: run, hike, teach, knit, and read.
Plan to: hike in all the national parks (20 so far).
Philosophy: Work hard. It's fun!

Elizabeth Stern

Foundations of Science (FOS) I & III,
Forensics, Forum
email: stern
Liz Stern
I have worked at Community my entire career. I love teaching science with fabulous colleagues to engaging students.

Ellen Stone

Individualized Learning Center (ILC)
email: stone
Ellen Stone
I have taught at Community since 1997. I love working with my students in the ILC (Individualized Learning Center, also known as Academic Support). I co-teach Intro to Lit. in the fall and a poetry class in the spring with Tracy Anderson. Additionally, I advise the CHS Poetry Club. I have a chapbook of poetry, The Solid Living World, published in 2013. I was lucky to have two of my three daughters graduate from CHS. Whatever I do, I try to teach with joy and a passion for life. I am blessed to be a teacher at this wonderful school.

Quinn Strassel

Acting, Forum
email: strassel
Quinn Strassel
I have been teaching at Community since 2010, where I also direct the Community Ensemble Theatre (CET). I feel so lucky to be working my dream job, teaching theatre classes and Forum and directing an afterschool theatre program. I currently teach at Community, Clague, and Pathways to Success. I have been teaching for ten years--seven in Ann Arbor and three in Brooklyn, NY. I received a BFA in Theatre Performance from U of M in 2001, teaching certification from Eastern Michigan University in 2002, and a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University in 2007. I have been married for nearly fifteen years and am the proud father of two beautiful children.

 Kim Tehranipour

Teaching Assistant
email: tehranik

Anne Thomas

Algebra I, Calculus, Math Support, Forum
email: thomas
Anne Thomas
Anne Thomas has been teaching at CHS for more years than she can count. She loves her job and is fortunate to work with students and staff who share her passion for learning. She is both a Forum leader and a math teacher, as well as a wife and a mother.

Jonathan Thomas-Palmer

Foundations of Science (FOS) IV
email: thomaspalmerj
Jonathan Thomas-Palmer
Non-matching sock wearing proud father of two daughters. Part-time high school physics teacher and owner of Flipping Physics®, a one employee business dedicated to providing the world with free, entertaining educational physics videos which anyone can use to learn physics and teachers can use to flip their students’ learning. Devoted husband of substance abuse prevention social worker and incredible wife. Maker and wearer of tie-dyes.

Jack Wagner

Jazz I, II, III, IV
email: wagnerj
Jack Wagner
Jack feels so fortunate to be the Jazz Program Director at Community which, to him, is a dream job! Jack has been at CHS since 2008. Jazz performance and pedagogy are his passions, so teaching jazz combos all day to dedicated students is a real delight. The CHS Jazz students are getting hands on experience, playing frequent gigs and concerts. They also get to work with Grammy winners and world-class musicians during CHS Jazz Guest Artist Series master classes, a program Jack began in 2008. Jack loves jazz history and sharing what he knows in this field, and he loves playing his saxophone. Jack recently wrote the jazz and improvisation textbook The Straight Ahead Toolshed: 55 Tools for the Beginning Jazz Musician. Jack lives happily with his wife, Jaimie, and their two children, Natalie and Zachary. They are extremely fun. Jack also likes to run, SCUBA dive, tinker around the house, hike, and camp in the mountains.

Peter Ways 

U.S. History
email: ways
Peter Ways
U.S. history teacher at CHS
Humanities teacher at Ann Arbor Open
Former CHS Dean
Former organic farmer
Graduated East Lansing High School 1979

 Christia West

Foundations of Science (FOS) II & III, Forum
email: westch
Christia West
Teaching is my passion and I’m so excited to be starting my second year at Community. This year, I get to be here full time! I’m looking forward to having my own forum and to continuing to coach the Zebrotics, CHS’s FIRST Robotics Team. In my free time I love the water, swimming, kayaking, or playing on the beach. My indoor interests include reading and playing board games with my friends.

Brian Williams

email: willia18
I have been fortunate to be working as a counselor in Ann Arbor for the past seven years. I am available to help students and families with high school orientation, personal counseling, class scheduling, college counseling, and system support. Please feel free to drop on in, send me an email, or call at anytime.

Sandra Wong

email: wongs
Sandra Wong
Sandra is a transplant from California, but has been living in Ann Arbor since 2006. She received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and previously worked for Oakland Public Schools, Ypsilanti Public Schools, and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. She is excited to be working in Ann Arbor where there is such a diverse and open community and where parents are very invested in their children’s education.