Al Waters, Director
University of Delaware, BA, English Education
Wilmington University, MA, Educational Leadership
Began teaching in 1994, administration 2004,
Honey Creek Executive Director starting in 2007
Honey Creek has an outstanding community whose contributions create a rich and supportive environment for learning. Children are challenged to grow through a rigorous, engaging, project based curriculum.
Shellee Almquist, Assistant Director
University of Michigan, BGS
University of Michigan – Flint, MBA
Started at Honey Creek in 1995, became Assistant Director in 1996
I appreciate the opportunity to work with and advocate for children and their adults. I enjoy managing the financial and human resources needed to make our community school a successful and functional one. Every day I am happily reminded why Honey Creek Community School exists and why it is successful – the children, their families and the hard-working staff.
Jessica P'Simer, Technology Specialist
Eastern Michigan University, BA, Elementary Education
Eastern Michigan University, Educational Media & Technology MA (in progress)
Jessica began teaching at Honey Creek in 2014
Honey Creek is like no school I've ever been a part of. It's truly amazing to see the dedicated teachers and staff differentiating instruction to reach each individual's learning needs. It's something that I think all teachers strive to do, but the small class sizes and emphasis on educating the whole child through project-based and hands on learning makes it possible. I feel truly blessed to be a part of such a supportive community.
Sue Hofbauer, School Age Advisor
Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Roosevelt University, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Roosevelt University, Master of Arts in Elementary Education
Teaching since August 2000
Working at Honey Creek since August 2001
What I treasure most about working at Honey Creek is that we are truly a strong community that supports and values the gifts and talents of each individual person.
Karen Giltrow, Administrative Assistant
Attended Eastern Michigan University and worked previously in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Began working at Honey Creek in 2006.
It is a pleasure to work with the entire Honey Creek community – students, teachers and parents. I especially enjoy interacting with the kids. Our community is very proactive. Everyone contributes and shares their talents.
Stephanie Boling, Early Elementary Teacher
Eastern Michigan University, B.S. Summa Cum Laude
Eastern Michigan University, M.A. in Early Childhood Education at EMU
She has taught K-1 at Honey Creek since September, 2003
What I like most about teaching at Honey Creek is that I feel like a member of one big family. The faculty, the students, and the parents function as a collaborative community to create a school environment that nurtures both cognitive and social development.
Barbara Naess, Early Elementary Teacher
University of California, Davis, M.A. in International Agricultural Development (and worked as an agricultural scientist)
University of Illinois, Chicago, M.A. in Instructional Leadership
She began teaching preschool and Kindergarten in Chicago in 1999.
She has taught K-1 at Honey Creek since April 2005.
I love teaching at Honey Creek for so many reasons: I enjoy developing engaging, hands-on thematic curriculum, having my students for two years and getting to know them and their families so well, I love the sense of community here, and I feel lucky to work with an amazingly talented and dedicated teaching team!
Alexa Korpal, Early Elementary Teacher
Eastern Michigan University, B.A.
She has been a part of the Honey Creek staff since 2006 and began teaching K-1 in 2010.
What I like most about teaching here at Honey Creek is being part of a supportive and encouraging teaching team and being able to develop strong positive relationships with students.
Mary Bassett, Middle Elementary Teacher
Eastern Michigan University, B.A.
Eastern Michigan University, M.A.
She began teaching in 2001 and came to Honey Creek in the spring of 2003.
I originally came to Honey Creek because I was able to plan and teach the way we learned at EMU. I stay at Honey Creek because families and staff really are a community and everyone works together for the students’ benefit.
Jeannie Crayne Middle Elementary Teacher
Oakland University, BA English
Adrian College, BA Elementary Education
Eastern Michigan University, MA Reading Specialist
Jeannie has worked at Honey Creek since 2003
Being a teacher at Honey Creek is an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. The Honey Creek staff focuses on the value of each individual student and works hard to keep their students engaged in ways which provide a well-rounded education. As a member of the 2/3 team, I enjoy helping students improve their reading skills, which in turn expands their knowledge in all the subject areas as they go through school.
Salli Kropp, Middle Elementary Teacher
Eastern Michigan University, B.A.
Concordia University, M.A.
She began teaching in 2002 and has been at Honey Creek since 2006.
I love teaching at Honey Creek because I have the opportunity to teach to the whole child and because Honey Creek families and staff come together as a community to ensure success for all students. The ability to be creative with the curriculum – ensuring a stimulating and engaging learning environment – is another reason why I teach at Honey Creek.
Teresa Gonzalez-Woods, Later Elementary Teacher
University of Michigan, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with endorsements through middle school in Language Arts and Social Studies.
Ferris State University, Master’s in Education with endorsements in Curriculum and Instruction and Philanthropic Studies.
Teresa began teaching in Grand Blanc in 1999. She started teaching at Honey Creek in the Fall of 2003.
I like the feeling that I belong to a family here. Everyone is incredibly supportive. We celebrate together and embrace those facing adversity. I also appreciate the professionalism and dedication that the teachers bring as a team to this school. There’s a real drive for teachers to be learners too.
Cheryl Quinn, Later Elementary Teacher
Michigan State University, B.S., Animal Husbandry
Eastern Michigan University, M.S. General Science Education
Before joining the Honey Creek team as a substitute teacher in 2009, Cheryl taught 4th and 5th grade in Virginia and Colorado. She joined the 4/5 teaching team full-time in 2012.
I first joined the Honey Creek Community as a parent and was immediately drawn-in by the supportive and collaborative environment. From the beginning, I really appreciated the opportunities to share my passion and expertise with these amazing children. I feel very fortunate to be working full-time now with a wonderful team of teachers and I am truly thankful to be able to interact with the students and parents everyday!
Johnny Thompson, Later Elementary Teacher
Western Michigan University, B.A. Elementary Education
Marygrove College, M.A. in Elementary Reading and Literacy
She has taught 4/5 at Honey Creek since November 2007.
Honey Creek has felt like home since the day I walked in for my interview. The philosophy, curriculum and culture align directly with what I have always pictured in an ideal school and the community spirit is more that I ever would have dreamt. I feel privileged to work with the unique and wonderful students we have. Regarding the things we have control over, there is not a single thing I would change about this school!
Jonathan Baek, Middle School Science Teacher
University of Michigan, B.S.E in Chemical Engineering
Eastern Michigan, B.S in Integrated Science, Minor in Mathematics
University of Michigan, M.A. in Elementary Education
Jon began at Honey Creek in 2006
I enjoy helping young individuals learn more about the world and themselves, building lasting relationships with their peers and the faculty, and growing to become more responsible citizens. I’m lucky to work with great teammates.
Joe Griffith, Middle School Social Studies Teacher
University of Michigan, Bachelor's in Literature, Science and Arts
University of Michigan, M.A. in Education, Major in History, Minor in math
Joe began teaching at Honey Creek in 2002. He took a two-year sabbatical to teach in Dubai, and he rejoined the Honey Creek community in 2015.
I love the community aspect of Honey Creek. I enjoy coming to work everyday and feel supported in everything I do. I also love the fact that we get to know students and their families for three years and are able to develop relationships that continue into high school and beyond. Finally, I love the freedom to be able to create non-traditional lessons and assessments and to do so in a project- and theme-based setting.
Elizabeth Scott, Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Eastern Michigan University, B.S. in Secondary Education, English
Eastern Michigan University, M.A. in English Education
Began teaching in 2004 and started at Honey Creek in 2007
What I love most about Honey Creek is the closeness and supportive climate of the staff and community members. In addition, I value the opportunity to make decisions about curriculum in ways that will positively impact students and to see them to grow in meaningful ways throughout their middle school career.
Cindy Wauer, Middle School Math Teacher
Eastern Michigan University, B.S. in Secondary Education, with a major in Mathematics
Michigan State University, M.A. in Education
Cindy taught high school for two years in the mid-eighties. She returned to teaching when she began teaching middle school math at Honey Creek in 2005.
Before returning to teaching full time, I was a parent at Honey Creek for five years. I grew to appreciate the community environment here. As a member of the faculty, my respect has grown for the functioning of the school even more. I most appreciate the relationships that I am able to build with the students, the staff, and the community members. Honey Creek truly views each student as a whole person not just the compilation of subject competencies.
Kristyne Cole, Physical Education and Water Safety Teacher
University of Michigan, B.S. in Physical Education and Health, 2012
Began teaching at Honey Creek in 2014
I love Honey Creek not only for the sense of community amongst the staff and students, but all the unique opportunities the school offers to help enrich the lives and education of students with hands-on experiences. I am very lucky to have found a school that allows me to teach both swimming and physical education on a daily basis at both a middle school and elementary school level.
Ashley Hagadon, Music Teacher
Eastern Michigan University, BA in Music Education, 2015
Began teaching at Honey Creek in 2016
From the day of my interview I felt like I was in a family atmosphere here at Honey Creek. The strong community support is a unique trait that I hadn't experienced in my visits to other schools. I love the ability to be creative and teach a hands-on curriculum that challenges my students. There is a great opportunity to create meaningful experiences for students to be lifelong appreciators of music.
Chris Bruxvoort, Art Teacher
Aquinas College, B.A. in Studio Art
Aquinas College, K-12 Art Education LX
Eastern Michigan University, MFA in Studio Art
Christine Began teaching at Honey Creek in 2015
I love the environment at Honey Creek. Staff, students and parents work to support each other in a way I have never experienced at another school. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to share what I know about the arts but also to learn from the creative community here at Honey Creek.
Laura Krinock, Special Education Teacher
Michigan State University, B.A.
New York University, M.A.
Eastern Michigan University, Teaching Certification, Special Education
I am so grateful to be part of the Honey Creek Community. The environment is incredibly supportive and I really appreciate how all of the staff work together to ensure each student's success in and out of the classroom.
Tracy Cummings, Speech Therapist
B.A. University of Michigan
M.A. Eastern Michigan University in Speech and Language Pathology
Began working at Honey Creek in 2009
I love working at Honey Creek because of the community and parent involvement, caring and devoted teachers and the innovative approach to education. This is a place where the whole child is taught and individuality is valued and recognized. It is a very special place and I am thankful to be a part of it.
Amber Byers, School Social Worker
Juniata College, Bachelor’s in Social Work.
University of Michigan, Master’s in Social Work.
Amber began working at Honey Creek in 2007.
I have worn many hats at Honey Creek, including aftercare staff, lunch/recess supervisor, camp counselor/developer, and editor of Honey Bunches of Notes. Honey Creek embodies my love for working with children using an experiential approach to education. I enjoy being an active part of a greater community.
Dianne Baker, Reading and Math Interventionist
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts in Education
University of Michigan, Masters in Literacy Language and Culture
State of Michigan endorsed K – 12 Reading Specialist
Taught Reading Intervention and Elementary in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Dianne joined Honey Creek in 2012.
As a lifelong learner who is passionate about ensuring all students reach their full potential I am delighted to be an integral part of the Honey Creek team. From the moment that I perused the HC website I knew that it was a place that would encourage and challenge students and staff alike to do their very best work. Honey Creek’s friendly and collegial community is what makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning. I am looking forward to a long and dynamic future with Honey Creek.
Kayla Haviland, Occupational Therapist
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Denise Cain, Teacher Consultant
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