Teacher Bios - College for Kids
Joedy Annis has formal training in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. She danced professionally for three years and teaches Hip Hop dance at NMC.
Debra Anton-Coburn, B.F.A., is a middle school art teacher, and teaches creative art weekend and summer workshops for students.
Scott Birch, B.S.-elementary education, is a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate, a wilderness guide, certified Wilderness First Responder, and a former summer camp director. He currently is the Intervention Specialist at Cherryland Middle School in Elk Rapids.
Lisa Bracey, B.A.-communications, is a certified elementary teacher and currently substitute teaches throughout the area. She has been teaching with College for Kids since 2010.
Mary Bridges, M.A. has taught technical writing, web content design, and research writing at National Louis University, Benedictine University, and College of DuPage. Her background as a newspaper columnist and feaures writer and her love of language and style inform her teaching.
Nathan Brush, B.S.-science education, M.Ed., has taught middle school science and technology classes with TCAPS since 2002.
Bo Burke, ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Tree Worker and Climber Specialist, who has taught tree climbing for many years. He has over 12 successful years in the preservation, restoration, and care of trees
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli is a published novelist and journalist who teaches writing seminars and workshops for NMC-EES. She is now working on a non-fiction book with a survivor of 9/11. Her work has been produced on stage and for NPR.
Jeffrey Cobb, M.M.-choral conducting, is the Director of Music Programs at NMC. He has over 20 years of experience in music education as a teacher, choral director, composer, and church Director of Music. Choirs under his direction have received state and national awards and invitations; several of his compositions have received awards. Jeff also performs as a Jazz vocalist and pianist.
Brandy DeBarr, B.S.-elementary education, has been a paraprofessional with Forest Area Schools, VBS preschool teacher, and is currently teaching Head Start.
Scott Diment, B.S.-education, has been teaching since 1988 including the past 11 years with TCAPS. He has been a skateboard enthusiast most of his life.
Val Domkiv, M.A.-human behavior, has been a classroom teacher for 13 years. She is co-author of several Teacher Education books.
Julie Doyal B.A., has 12 years of elementary teaching experience. She is a Program Coordinator for NMC-EES.
Gael Eschelweck, A.A., is an accomplished classical and Spanish guitarist. She taught guitar classes for TCAPS and gives private lessons.
Dick Evans, B.A., has taught cartooning for over 25 years. He owns Bear Clause Publications and has published three cartoon and coloring books.
Kate Fairman, M.S.-education, is an adjunct instructor at Grand Valley State University and artist who has taught art and outdoor education courses since 1984.
Tina Norris Fields, M.A.-leadership, B.S.-business/CIS, owns Tall Pines Computer Training and teaches computer courses for NMC-EES.
Kevin Freund, B.S.-engineering, has worked over 10 years in engineering, primarily in Aerospace and in 3-D CAD design for over 5 years. He has served as a mentor to CAD drafters. Currently he works in tech programs at NMC.
Shanna Girrbach, B.A.-business administration, is a certified elementary teacher with a major in language arts. A mother of two energetic preschoolers, she previously taught preschool for 3½ years and was a summer camp supervisor for 3 years.
Cheryl Gordon, A.A., has over 25 years experience teaching art to students from age 4 to 90, and has taught for College for Kids since 2004. She is currently a teaching assistant for TBAISD.
Annie Grammer, B.A.-early childhood endorsement, has been teaching since 2008. She currently teaches first grade in Mancelona and is finishing a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She is also the middle school basketball coach.
Melody Hamill, co-owner of the Circle H Stables at Ranch Rudolf, has been teaching children to ride for the past 10 years. She created and continues to run a variety of horse camps.
Kate Hansen, teaches journalism and Spanish with TCAPS. She has also taught Photo Story and Prezi to her students.
Natalie Hebden, M.A.-English, B.S.-education, is a certified elementary teacher and has been teaching for over 30 years. She has been involved in numerous fairs as a participant, judge, and organizer.
Lisa Hockin, A.A. B.F.A.-art education, is currently an elementary art educator with Elk Rapids Public Schools. As an artist, she uses a variety of art mediums including clay.
Jennifer Hoffman, M.A.-early childhood education, is a certified elementary teacher. She has taught kindergarten and first grade at Kingsley Elementary since 2002.
Ana Maria Hopkins, B.A.-journalism, comes to Northern Michigan from Bogota, Columbia. She enjoys sharing the customs of her homeland.
Kristen Hori, B.A., is a certified teacher with experience teaching Kindergarten through high school in both public and charter schools. She also has been a teacher/coordinator for summer fun camps.
Margaret Hori, M.A., B.A., has taught for over 30 years, from Kindergarten to college courses, remedial to gifted, in public, private, and charter schools.
Nan Horstman, M.A., a retired teacher and elementary school principal, has taken many cooking classes and teaches cooking classes for NMC/EES.
LeeAnn Jacobs, B.A., grew up with horses and has worked with children and horses teaching novice through advanced levels of riding since 2000.
Peggy Johnson, B.S.-elementary music education and piano performance, has been teaching piano for over 20 years. She accompanies the NMC GT Chorale, Chamber Singers, and two of the children’s choirs. Peggy also does freelance accompanying and coaching in the GT area.
Chad Kahler, B.S.-environmental education, earth science, and biology, has taught in the College for Kids program for many years. He is a part-time instructor in the Physical Education Dept. at NMC.
David Kenny has worked with TC athletes for 20+ years, coached elementary sports for five TCAPS schools, and coached Little League baseball for 10 years. He teaches at Blair Elementary and coaches football at TC West High School.
Jessica Lang, M.A.-curriculum and teaching, is presently teaching at Bingham Arts Academy in Alpena, where she teaches 2nd grade. Her passion is teaching science.
Julia Lawson, B.A.-language arts, is a certified elementary teacher. She has guest taught with TCAPS and GRPS.
Kathleen Merrill Leach, M.A., taught since 1972 in Lansing and Grand Rapids. She has been teaching cooking classes for teens for many years, cooked for summer camps, and cooked as a personal chef.
Joan Longton, M.S.-early childhood development, has 25 years of teaching experience in lower elementary. She has participated in the Project Wet and the Grand Traverse Stewardship Project.
Erin Lord is the freshman-senior varsity cheerleading coach at Traverse City West. She is certified in UCA stunting safety and runs clinics during the school year.
Shannon McCann, B.A.-secondary education, has taught at Grand Traverse Academy since 2010. She holds a teaching certificate with a biology endorsement.
Theresa Mulcahy has been a guest teacher with TCAPS since 2008. She previously owned and operated a daycare.
Nicole Mullin, B.A., is a certified elementary teacher who has been a guest teacher with TCAPS since 2010 teaching Kindergarten through high school.
Kathleen Neeland, B.S., has been working with children since 1989 as a Title 1 assistant and classroom teacher to her current position as an Academic Intervention Specialist for Mancelona Public Schools.
David Noller, B.A.-philosophy and English, M.A.-humanities, is the Curriculum Technology Coordinator at TC West High School and is the faculty advisor for their online magazine, The Compass. He was advisor for 6-time Spartan Award winning TC West HS newspaper The Occidentalist. He is also working on an M.S. in educational media and technology.
Brad Novak has been a drummer/percussionist for over 20 years. He attended The Berklee College of Music in Boston and Central Michigan University. He currently teaches over 60 students at Marshall Music and at Grand Traverse Academy.
Megan Olsen, M.F.A.-printmaking and drawing, has been a tried and true recycler for over 20 years. She has taught art to children of all ages since 1997.
David Parrish, B.M.E., M.M.E.-music education, M.F.A.-humanities, is a retired music and humanities teacher. He taught choral music and served as Music Coordinator for TCAPS. David has been a major presenter at state and national humanities conferences.
Mary Parrish, B.M.E.-music education, has been teaching elementary general and vocal music with TCAPS since 1965. She has taught private piano and been a conductor/accompanist for the Traverse City Elementary Honors Choir.
Bill Queen, B.S., is Program Coordinator for NMC-EES. He also instructs a variety of recreational activities for children and adults.
Clayton Queen has extensive kayaking and canoeing experience on Lakes Michigan and Superior, along with whitewater excursions into the Canadian wilderness.
Heather Quick, B.S.-elementary education, is a retired teacher with 20 years experience teaching kindergarten.
Steve Quick is a musician/singer/songwriter with over 25 years’ experience as a recording engineer and record producer. He teaches Music Technology in NMC’s Humanities Area. He was lead recording instructor at the Recording Institute of Detroit, and was trained by former Motown personnel. He runs True North Audio, an audio processing and mastering service.
Pattie Ramoie is a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design. She is a designer and returning College for Kids teacher. She has taught art workshops and classes for over 25 years and her experience spans pre-school through adults.
Steve Raths, B.A., is a certified SCUBA instructor recognized by NAUI, PADI, and ANDI. An active instructor at Scuba North since 1999, he has previously taught for NMC’s College for Kids program.
Rebecca Richardson, B.S.-mathematics with a chemistry minor, is certified to teach math and science through 12th grade. She is currently a guest teacher with TCAPS where she has had several long-term teaching assignments.
Annette Richter has worked in early childhood education since 1993. She has completed Early Childhood I and II and has worked for pre-schools in Cedar Rapids, IA. Recently, she worked for Head Start and is currently a church Children’s Director.
Rosemary Rokita, B.S., lived and traveled in Japan for three years where she taught English.
Mark Rozeboom, M.A.-education, teaches English and drama at Traverse City Christian Schools. He has directed many theater productions.
Michael A. Rutledge holds undergraduate degrees in military history and history and geography and an M.A. in humanities. He teaches history, geography, and humanities at TC College Preparatory Academy and history and humanities at NMC. He is a retired U.S. Army NCO.
Stephanie Schall-Brazee, M.M.E., B.M.E., teaches elementary music for TCAPS. She has worked with elementary, high school, and college choirs and currently directs NMC’s Advanced Children’s Choir.
Kim Schrader, M.S.-forensic science, participated in undergraduate field research that analyzed the effects of environmental extremes on corpses and a burial excavation.
Andrew Sias, B.S.-education, is a certified teacher. He has taught history, English, art, photography, and design in since 1998 and currently teaches art at Kingsley Middle School.
Elizabeth Sonnabend, M.B.A., has 15 years of marketing experience working for various companies throughout northern Michigan.
Janet Steinhoff, B.S.-education, with a major in elementary-level sciences, has over 20 years of experience in K-8 classrooms. She has also been a Girl Scout leader, Odyssey of the Mind coach and judge, and a 4H leader.
Gerry Swaney, B.S., has worked in engineering and education, including 8 years at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center designing packaging of space foods for Apollo and other space missions.
Carolyn Swift, M.F.A., has been teaching art to children and adults since 1985. She is a professional artist whose work has appeared in numerous state and national exhibits.
Melissa Tengdin, B.A.-elementary education, is a certified elementary teacher. She has guest taught grades K-5 and has volunteered and instructed Junior Achievement for 2nd graders. She currently teaches 5th grade at Fife Lake Elementary.
Trent Tomlinson, M.A.-telecommunications, is a TV producer with years of experience in network, regional, and corporate productions. As a teacher/trainer, he enjoys sharing his knowledge of production techniques with others.
Adam VanHouten, M.A., B.F.A.-art education, teaches art and photography at TC West Middle School.
Todd Vipond is Director of the Dolce Ensemble of the Northwestern Michigan College Children’s Choir.
Rebecca Walters, B.A., K-12 certified, currently teaches American Foods, Global Foods, and Creative Living at West Middle School. She has been a part of TCAPS since 2008.
Kathy Wiejaczka, R.N., has over 35 years’ experience working with children. She has been a school nurse with TBAISD since 1999.
Kent Wiejaczka, M.A., is a licensed builder and an award-winning artist specializing in realistic painting and drawing.
Sarah Wilcoxen, B.A., has been teaching since 2003 and currently teaches at Traverse City College Preparatory Academy. She has taught children’s cooking classes since 2006.
Dave Wilson, recently retired from a career as a Master Electrician and is now actively involved in the wind industry. He teaches Wind Energy classes for NMC.
Janine Winkler, B.S.-elementary education, has been a certified teacher for over 18 years. She currently teaches with GTACS.