Hi. My name is Brianna LaPeer. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and another Bachelor of Science in Health Education.
I am very excited to have a gymnasium to teach in this year. In the gymnasium I will be teaching grades 3-7 in physical education and in health education. My classes are all structured to be developmentally appropriate to the grade level. Grades 3-5 will be introduced to various sports skills that they will hopefully use later in their lives. Grades 6 and 7 will be taking classes for a quarter and they will learn multiple skills of that one specific sport. Example: If a student has signed up for the basketball class, they will learn about basketball and the many skills and rules of just that sport for a whole quarter.
Also for Middle School students, they will be required to take a Health class. Students will learn a variety of different health skills. Those health skills will include analyzing influences, assessing information, communication, making decisions, setting goals, practicing healthy behaviors, and advocacy. Students will use these seven skills in the following categories: social/emotional health, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, safety, personal wellness, and HIV/AIDS (Students are able to opt out for the HIV/AIDS portion of the class without penalty).
I arrived at Huron Academy in November of 2011. This will be my fifth year teaching your students. I hold a Bachelors of Music degree from Alma College and a Masters of Music Education degree from Oakland University.
I structure all of my classes to adhere to The National Standards of Music and the Michigan Benchmarks for Music. Both of these documents emphasize singing, the playing of instruments, and especially, improvisation and composition. These are emphasized because they are the only creative outlets in a music classroom.
In Kindergarten and first grade the students spend a lot of time moving to music, playing percussion instruments, singing songs, and learning about the basic elements of music. They also compose a class song. In the older grades these skills are built upon, gradually becoming more complex at each grade level.
In the 2012-2013 school year we started Huron Academy’s first band program, open to sixth grade students only. This year fifth and sixth grade students will have the opportunity to participate.
Please visit my website to see pictures, videos, and explanations of what your child will learn throughout their career as a musical scholar at Huron Academy.
I have loved being the art teacher at Huron Academy since the schools opening in 1999. I graduated from Siena Height University with a fine arts teaching degree. I have a professional level certification to teach art in grades K-thru 12. I am currently finishing my master’s degree at Wayne State University.
Hello! My name is Margaret Hinton. I graduated from Oakland University in April of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a major in Social Studies and a minor in Language Arts. This is my fourth year teaching at Huron Academy. Many of the students already know me as I have interacted with their class last year. This year I will be teaching “EXPLORE”. In this class your child will dig deeper into the subjects of language, social studies and science to enhance the kindergarten through second grade curriculum. I will use movement, music, centers and hands on exploration to help your child develop a deeper understanding of the topic we a studying.
In Kindergarten our main focus will be on letters, sounds and sight words for language portion. Plants, animals, weather are some of the topics we will cover in science.
In First Grade we will focus on letter blends, sight words and decoding words. Science exploration will include light, sound, animals, Sun. moon, and stars.
In Second Grade we will begin with sight words and then add science topics covered in second grade. firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking forward to a great year at Huron Academy.
Mrs. Mills Art Teacher K-2
Hello, I am Robin Mills and I am the new kindergarten thru 2nd grade Art Teacher. I graduated from Oakland University in April of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I am very excited to be here at Huron Academy and love that I was given the opportunity to share my creative side with the students here. I have always felt that children learn best with hands on activities and in Art class they make their best masterpieces when getting messy. In my free time I love spending time with my husband and four children. I also enjoy crafting, reading and camping on the beach. I am looking forward to getting better acquainted with the Huron Academy community.
I am Claudia Payne. After teaching language arts at the middle school level for sixteen years, I am moving in another direction this year to embrace my performing arts background as an enhancement teacher at Huron Academy Middle School. During my tenure at Eastern Michigan University, I performed in various theatrical and musical groups as an undergraduate, including a stint in England with a madrigal singing group.
After graduation, my husband (John Payne) and I owned and operated Orion Music where we sold various musical instruments and I taught voice and piano. I have sung with many local bands in both clubs and wedding venues.
Middle school students thrive on relationships and respond well to praise. Having fun, letting your hair down, sharing personal (relevant) experiences with them builds those relationships. On the other side, getting to know the students' likes and talents creates a connection that allows you to push a student to greater heights than would otherwise be possible. To foster those connections, I use teams for collaborative learning which encourages mutual interdependence and full engagement.
My Love & Logic classroom empowers students to make choices which builds internalized control and self-responsibility.
I value our stakeholders, students and parents alike. Therefore, I welcome your comments and suggestions. This year I will be teaching Publisher, Keyboarding, Comic Literacy, Piano, Choir, Drama, Newspaper, Life Skills, Create-a-Culture, and Social Studies.
Hi, I am Tiffany LaGorio, and I am excited to be the new K-2nd grade music teacher. Though this is my first year at Huron Academy, this will be my 8th year teaching music. Over the past 7 years, I have had a wide variety in my experience as a teacher. I have taught both music and band, all grades Kindergarten through 12th grade, and in private and public schools. This wide variety has allowed me to develop my teaching style and skills in order to better connect with my students and provide the best experience for young musicians. I graduated in 2004 from University of Louisiana at Monroe in with a Bachelors of Music Education, specializing in instrumental music, in 2008 from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Christian Education, specializing in adolescent education, and in 2014 from DePaul University Chicago with my Orff-Schulwerk certification.
In my classroom, I adhere to the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy of music education, which is children learn through play! Students can expect to be moving, imitating, and exploring personal expression through musical games, folk dancing, and playing instruments. By exploring music in the classroom, students are able to think more creatively, become better problem-solvers, and learn to work well with their classmates. Needless to say, we rarely sit still in music, which is ideal for young elementary school students.
My name is Mrs. Schwartz (formally Miss Jasmund) and this is my ninth year teaching computer class. I teach K-5 computer class, as well as act as Huron’s Webmaster.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a major in Child Development and minors in History and Physical Science from Central Michigan University in 2008. I also hold an Early Childhood endorsement (ZA), and I received my Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Central Michigan University in 2011.
Kindergarten-First Grade: You can expect your child to acquire/enhance basic computer knowledge and techniques. Your child will learn how to utilize the mouse and keyboard. Your child will also participate in activities that use technology to reinforce Huron’s curriculum. In addition, your child will be introduced to beginning keyboarding lessons. As with the older grades, your child will get the experience of working in the Microsoft programs, the Internet, as well as gain experience working on our classroom webcams, SMART Board, and interactive projector.
Second-Fifth Grade: You can expect your child to acquire/enhance basic computer knowledge and techniques. Your child will learn proper keyboarding techniques by participating in Dance Mat Typing and Typing.com. Your child will also have the opportunity to work in the Microsoft programs: Paint, Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint. In addition, your child will get the experience of working on the Internet (Research and Internet Safety) and Google Earth. Fifth grade students will get the experience of working in Gaggle, which is a monitored email, blog, chat, and message board program. You can expect your child to also gain experience working on our classroom webcams, SMART Board, and interactive projector.