Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education
Marygrove College Detroit, Michigan Master in the Art of Teaching
I enjoy reading short stories and biographies. I enjoy watching sports and going to northern Michigan in the summer. The thing I enjoy most is being able to watch my own children play sports.
I have been teaching in a variety of school settings for over twenty years. I enjoy the middle school setting and all the unique qualities students bring to the classroom.
Every place I have taught has been very special. These opportunities helped me grow and develop as a teacher. I have taught in big cities and in very rural communities. One thing that I have seen is that all students have a need to learn and be part of a learning community. The places and grades I have taught are: Louisville, Kentucky grades 6-8 Baltimore, Maryland grade 5 Rockingham, North Carolina grades 1-4 Ann Arbor, Michigan grades 6-7
My favorite part of Tappan is the diversity of opportunities we are able to provide for students because our school is located is in this fantastic college town. Go Wolverines!!
My favorite book to read is Animal Farm by George Orwell. It is a timeless book that reminds us that we cannot stay silent when injustices occur, or we ourselves my fall to the same injustices.
I have a Bachelors Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Elementary Education K-8, Special Education - Emotionally Impaired and Hearing Impaired - K-12, and a minor in Industrial Education. I have taught in Ann Arbor for 25 years, and the last 16 years have been at Tappan. I was also a Recreation Administrator for Special Populations for AAPS Community Ed. & Recreation, along with private tutoring of special needs adolescents. I have been a Cooperative Teacher for EMU student teachers for 10 years, and a Mentor of new AAPS Special Education Teachers for 4 years. I enjoy being with my family, music, reading, flowers, photography, vacations, and nature.
I am highly committed special educator who truly cares for my students, believes in their potential, and will advocate for their rights and needs. I love Tappan because I believe the staff here are highly qualified, and committed to the success of their students.
*Education: University of Michigan School of Natural Resources undergraduate degree in Environmental Education. Master's degree in Science Education with an emphasis in Field Biology- University of Michigan. I've attended all of U of M's field stations: Geology Camp in Wyoming, Camp Filibert Roth in the UP, and the Biological Station in Pellston, MI(4 summers!).
*Interests/passions: I own a small farm where I board horses and give riding lessons. I have two horses of my own, which I ride dressage, trail ride. I also have 2 pet goats at home. I also love hiking in the woods and looking at the natural world.
*Strengths I bring to Tappan: I began teaching life science in 1979. I've also taught high school biology, AP biology, and at U of M, secondary science methods. I was also a T.A. for Ecological Issues and Wildlife Biology.
*Teaching experiences: My first teaching job in biology was at The Pathfinder School in Traverse City from 1979-1986. I was an adjunct lecturer at U of M one semester for secondary science methods.
*Favorite part of Tappan: I love the supportive atmosphere here at Tappan.
*Favorite book: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. She did such a great job researching all the details for the book about the plants and animals in her story.
Craig Beery is in his second year as the Associate Director of Bands at Ann Arbor Huron High School and is starting his first year at Tappan Middle School. Prior to teaching in Ann Arbor, Mr. Beery taught band for five years at Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools and one year at Central Lake/Ellsworth Schools.
Mr. Beery completed his Master of Music degree in 2008 at Central Michigan University. He received his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Central Michigan University in 2000 where he studied saxophone with professor John Nichol. Mr. Beery and his wife Esther have a daughter, Jayden and a son, Oakley. Mr. Beery likes to listen to Jazz music and enjoys spending time with family when not working at school.
Gwen Bonnee, Tappan Middle School counselor, received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Eastern Michigan University. She loves being able to follow her students for their entire time at Tappan. "I am so fortunate to have and to have had, the pleasure to work with such wonderful, talented, and enthusiastic students." Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, bike riding, canoeing, relaxing at the beach, and reading.
I grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Ann Arbor Public Schools. I went to Haisley, Forsythe, & Pioneer. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with my teaching certificate and BA with a major in math and a minor in science. I am currently working towards a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and will graduate in April.
I did my student teaching in Ann Arbor at Thurston Elementary School and subbed in many schools in Ann Arbor. I spent one year teaching 6th grade math at Clague, 7th grade math at Tappan, and Algebra 1/3 at Huron before becoming full time at Tappan. This is my fifth year at Tappan.
I love to read, scrapbook, bake, travel, and do anything crafty. I am a huge Michigan Football fan. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. I have a two-year-old daughter and a baby due in November.
Favorite Part About Tappan:
I love that Tappan is a place where I enjoy being each day. I love getting to meet and learn with so many new students each year. I also love being able to work with people who inspire me.
Teaching Experiences: 3 years at Pioneer High School, teaching Humanities, U.S. History, and World History and Geography, grades 9-12; 1 year at Scarlett Middle School, teaching Ancient History and World Geography, 6th and 7th grades
Favorite part of Tappan: I'm looking forward to finding out this year!
Education: Bachelor's Degree in English Literature Eastern Michigan University
Interests: Cooking is my passion and I especially enjoy making new recipes for my family and friends. Pizza on the grill is my specialty. I also love hiking, camping, traveling, visiting National and State Parks, hanging out with my family, and reading.
Experience: I've been a Teaching Assistant since 2000, working the first 2 years in the Dexter Community Schools, and the remainder in AAPS. In Ann Arbor schools, I've always worked in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program, first at Abbot, then Lakewood, and now Tappan. While I've enjoyed working in the elementary level, I am really liking middle school because of the students and the energy and enthusiasm they bring to the classroom. Prior to working in the schools, I stayed at home with my four kids.
Strengths: My love of working and talking with all kids. Every day I learn so many different things from them.
Favorite part about Tappan: The caring, friendly staff and awesome students. I look forward to coming to work at Tappan.
Room: Media Center
Phone: 35428 x994-2017 (Staff Voicemail)
Education: I graduated from The University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biology.
Interests/Passions: I enjoy reading, crocheting, vacationing at Lake Michigan, playing tennis, watching football and volunteering at my sons’ school (Lawton).
Experience: I have been at the Tappan Media Center since Fall 2008. Favorite Part of Tappan: I am continually impressed by the dedicated staff here at Tappan and by the quality of students. It’s a very positive atmosphere—and fun. Our (still new) Media Center is pretty impressive, too! Favorite Books: Some of my favorites from Tappan: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Some of my other more recent favorites: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson.
Tappan Orchestra Director Joe DeMarsh was born in Ohio and has lived in Michigan since first grade. He holds degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music. Mr. DeMarsh began teaching music in the public schools in 1981 and has been the orchestra director at Tappan since 1990. His groups have consistently received First Division ratings at MSBOA District Band and Orchestra Festival. Mr. DeMarsh also teaches Music Technology, a creativity/composition class for 8th grade students. Mr. DeMarsh has been a presenter on Music Technology at music teacher conferences and maintains a busy performing schedule with the Flint Symphony Orchestra and other groups. He is also a published composer and arranger and is an MSBOA Adjudicator.
Teaching – 24 years 10 Elementary PE. 14 years Tappan Middle school
Huron High School Coaching Staff – 22 years
HHS Varsity Baseball Coach – 16th year
HHS Head Jv.Coach – 6 years
Steve Goffee was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and was a Pittsfield, Scarlett, Huron graduate in 1979. Steve and his wife (Kim, also a Huron grad) have four children, 3 girls and a boy, and a new grand son. Other interests include: music ( the guitar), movies, and food. Steve enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He was an All-Conference shortstop at Huron his senior year, and also received honors as a 2nd team All-State defensive back on the football team. After High School, Coach Goffee played one year of junior college baseball then transferred to the University of Toledo. After playing fall ball for the Rockets, Steve opted to return home and finish up his degree at EMU. He spent 22 years coaching baseball at Huron (16) varsity head coach, and has since retired from coaching to watch his son who is now a sophomore at Dexter High School play. Steve's favorite part of Tappan is the kids. Everyday is different, and the kids are the ones who make each day different. You never know what each day will bring.
University of Michigan: Bachelor of Arts in Education (Major: Integrated Science. Minor: Math) Eastern Michigan University: General Science Masters
Interests/Passions: Teaching! Playing golf and soccer, running, and spending time with my family and friends.
Strengths I bring to Tappan: I think I bring a fun and enthusiastic attitude to Tappan. I'm in charge of after school athletics and clubs so I get to spend a lot of time with the students outside of the classroom.
Teaching Experiences: Student taught at Burns Park Elementary Taught 7th grade math and science in Charlotte, NC for a year following college. Teach 7th and 8th grade science at Tappan
Favorite part of Tappan: The wonderful staff who have become my close friends and the uniqueness of the kids I get to work with every day!
Education: B.A. Journalism, University of Michigan M.A., Education, University of Michigan, Elementary Certified, Language Arts and ESL endorsed
After twenty-some years as a professional writer (television commercials to newspaper feature stories and a lot of real estate brochures in between), I decided to take my literacy skills in a new direction and teach. That was about 7 years ago and since then I’ve taught at UM, a community college and the Ann Arbor district at the elementary and middle school level. In this second career, I find I make half as much money, work twice as hard and am 5 times happier. I’ve lived in Ann Arbor for 20 years and any morning at anytime of the year you’ll see me out jogging – sometimes with my current best friend Dahlia, a yellow lab. It’s great to be part of the Tappan learning community.
Bonnie Kidd has been the choir director at Ann Arbor Tappan Middle School and co-choir director at Ann Arbor Huron High School since 1993. She is also the Concert Choir Conductor for the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, as well as soprano soloist at First Baptist Church in Ann Arbor. For many years, Ms. Kidd has had students from Tappan Middle School accepted into both the SA and SSA 6,7,8,9 State Honors Choirs. Ms. Kidd’s middle and high school choirs have consistently received outstanding ratings at both District and State level MSVMA events. In April 2006, her Huron High School Bel Canto Choir won the Gold prize, and a special judge’s prize at an international choral competition in Verona, Italy. In January 2010, Bel Canto Choir was awarded the opportunity to perform at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ms. Kidd’s Ann Arbor Youth Chorale Concert Choir has performed with major symphony orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Ms. Kidd trained as an opera singer at the Juilliard School, Boston University School for the Arts, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Michigan. She has sung opera professionally throughout the country and most recently performed “The Snow Queen” by Nancy Faber in Kansas City in June 2010. Ms. Kidd holds a BM degree in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, in Cleveland, Ohio, and an MM degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Bonnie has been married to Robert for the past 28 years and they have one wonderful son named Samuel who is 16 years old.
Mr. Rene Limon grew up in South Texas. He came to Michigan after receiving an academic scholarship to Eastern Michigan University where he earned degrees in Elementary Education, Bilingual Education, Science and Art and is currently in a Masters Program for Educational Leadership.
Mr. Limon started teaching in 2001. He has experience teaching elementary, middle and high school. He has also held positions such as lead teacher, school improvement team member, coach and athletic director.
When not teaching, Mr. Limon likes to travel, go camping, playing sports and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
I grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Ann Arbor Public Schools including Community High School. At Eastern Michigan University I studied Elementary Education and earned a degree in Special Education: Emotional Impairment with a minor in Language Arts.
My teaching experience began in 2009, starting with my Student Teaching Experience at Tappan Middle School. Every year I teach something a little different including System 44 (reading), Math Support, Resource Math, and Academic Support. I have also coached 6th grade boys and girls soccer since the 2010/11 school year.
There are so many great things about Tappan, but my favorite part might be how involved the parents of the students are. Middle School is a time of great growth and maturity and I have been lucky to follow two sets of students from 6th to 8th grade. I enjoy watching them learn, change, grow and finally get promoted. Of course the staff at Tappan is amazing and care deeply about the success of each child; the staff works together to help struggling students.
*Education: I have a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Education & Elementary Education from Michigan State University. I also have an Associate’s Degree from Alpena Community College.
*Interests/passions: My family is the most important thing to me. I have a wonderful husband, who is also a teacher in AAPS, and two beautiful daughters. We also have three dogs!
*Teaching experiences: I taught for five years in Lansing, Michigan in a 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade self-contained Deaf and Hard of Hearing classroom. I have spent the last 6 years teaching at Forsythe Middle School in the 6th, 7th, & 8th grade self-contained Deaf and Hard of Hearing classroom. Now, let my adventure begin at Tappan!
*Favorite part of Tappan: The staff and the students!
Education: I earned my Bachelor's degree from EMU with a major in Math, and my Master's degree from EMU in Middle School Curriculum. I have taken additional course work at several other schools, including at MSU.
Teams Coached: Knowledge Master Open, Math Counts, Michigan Math League
Teaching Experiences: I began my teaching career in 1987, including teaching at Tappan, Slauson, Clague, UofM (Dearborn), EMU, and MSU. I also work with the authors of the Connected Mathematics program, providing in-service training to teachers across the country.
Awards: I have been a state level finalist twice for the Presidential Award for
Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, in 2005 and 2011.
Education: I have a Bachelors Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Elementary Education, Special Education- Emotionally Impaired and a minor in English and American Language and Literature. I also have a Masters Degree in Special Education- Learning Disabilities from EMU.
Interests: I am an avid reader and love listening to music and dancing. I enjoy spending time in northern Michigan with my family and walking my crazy dog, Dixie.
Strengths: I am a dedicated educator who is passionate about teaching reading. I strongly believe that all students can learn and am devoted to helping all kids reach their potential both academically and socially. I pride myself on building relationships with and connecting to students. I find it very satisfying to watch students grow academically and learn how to advocate for themselves.
Teaching Experiences: Although I'm a native Michigander, I spent my first three years teaching in a self-contained classroom for emotionally impaired students at the elementary level in San Diego, California. I was lucky to be able to join the staff at Tappan in 2002 and find a place that feels like home.
Favorite part of Tappan: Tappan's students and staff are the best. The kids keep me on my toes and the staff truly cares about making sure all students are successful.
Favorite Book: I have too many favorite books to list. The one book that turned me into a voracious reader in third grade was The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit.
Education: Eberwhite Elementary, Slauson Junior High, Pioneer High School
MSU: BA: Majors in Education, Language Arts, and Justin Morrill College; minor in Fine Arts
EMU: MA: Reading
Madonna University: Reading Apprenticeship (presently enrolled)
Teaching experiences: UM Childrens Hospital volunteer in junior high Head Start volunteer in high school Student teaching completed in Lakenheath, England. Substitute teacher in Northern California and Hawaii. Bryant Elementary 1978-1985 Grades 2-6 Tappan Jr. High/Middle School 1985-present Grades 6-9
Initiatives: Community partnerships in Law Related Education 1994 - present
Annual student participation in Michigan Bar Association Lawyers Auxiliary essay contest for grades 6-8
Tappan Law Club for grades 6-8 2009 - present
6th grade trip to N. Michigan/Inland Seas 1991-present
Awards: 2000 Michigan Bar Association Lawyers Auxiliary Teacher of the Year Lansing, Michigan
2010 American Bar Association Lawyers Auxiliary Teacher of the Year San Francisco, California
Professional interests/passions: Rule of Law, literature, professional development, new technology, humor
Personal interests/passions: Being with family and friends, reading, writing, travel, photography, gardening, fishing, singing, laughing, collecting antiques and salt & pepper shakers, new technology
Room: Media Center
Phone: 994-2017 (Staff Voicemail) x35428
Education: Edinboro State College-B.S. Secondary Education, English; Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Master of Education/Instructional Media; University of Michigan-Master of Arts -Library Science.
Interests/passions: In my spare time I like to sketch, read, work out at the gym, garden, cook, and eat out with friends.
Strengths I bring to Tappan: A love of kids, dedication, and research expertise.
Teaching experiences: In Pennsylvania, I taught high school English for 5 years, as well as being media specialist part-time. In Florida I taught middle school English, followed by 5 years as a middle school media specialist. This is my 23rd year in the AAPS as a media specialist.
Favorite part of Tappan: I love the students, staff, and even the building, which reminds me of Hogwart’s School.
Favorite book: #1 favorite of all time---The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; Runner-up---Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Harvey