Who are the people that support you at Relevant Academy?
Jennifer is the Executive Director of Relevant Academy. After graduating from Maple Valley High School, she attended Western Michigan University. While at WMU, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s in Career and Technical Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. She comes to Relevant from Charlotte Public schools where she was a business and technology teacher, media/technology director and administrator for several years. Jennifer lives in Charlotte with her husband Chris and enjoys traveling, golfing and being outdoors.
Loretta is the Team Leader at Relevant Academy. After graduating from Lansing Sexton High School, she earned a Bachelor's Degree (Criminal Justice) from Michigan State University and a Master's Degree (Management) from Cornerstone University. Loretta has been with Relevant Academy since planning and development of the Academy began, joining the Relevant Academy team after 20 years of working with at-risk populations in both Ingham and Eaton counties. Her experience has given her the ability to work with learners to set goals and overcome any barriers that may interfere with achieving them. As an active member of several human services collaboratives in Eaton county, Loretta is able to connect learners and their families to additional supports in the community.
As the Office Manager, April comes to us with a lifetime of working with kids. April worked for 13 years at a High School Main Office. She brings that experience here to help organize Learners, Learning Coaches and Team Leaders with whatever they need to run efficiently.
Lauren is the social studies learning coach, technology instructional specialist, and test coordinator at Relevant Academy. After graduation from Rochester Adams High School, she attended Michigan State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science and German. Lauren earned her Master's Degree in 2015 from The University of Michigan, Dearborn in Educational Technology. She taught high school social studies for two years before coming to Relevant Academy at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science and Holt High School. She is also the assistant age group swim coach for the Charlotte Tiger Shark swim team. Lauren lives in Haslett with her husband Ryan and dog Indy. She enjoys traveling and being outdoors when she’s not at school.
Our new math coach at Relevant Academy is Brian Barden. He has previously taught Algebra and Geometry at Battle Creek Central High School and worked in the math classroom at Ingham Academy in Lansing. He is a graduate of Albion College and added Math and Social Studies endorsements to his teaching certificate in the spring of 2014 (Baker College). He and his wife reside in Eaton Rapids and have 3 kids and 6 grandchildren. He is looking forward to getting to know the students and parents at Relevant.
Andrew Fergus is our science learning coach. He hails from West Michigan and went to West Ottawa High School in Holland. He got his Bachelor's Degree in Integrated Science and Biology at Central Michigan University. Andrew’s interest in science stems from the curiosity he possesses of the world around him. He loves games of all varieties, dogs and cats equally, and fiction literature. The one person he looks up to the most is Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Rose is the ELA learning coach at Relevant Academy. She is from a tiny town called Burt and graduated from Birch Run High School. She then attended both Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University, where she studied literature, creative writing, history, and education. She taught English in Saginaw for three years before becoming an EL facilitator in Genessee county, which she pursued for another three years before coming to Relevant. Rose's biggest goal for her time at Relevant is to create a classroom environment where all students feel valued for who they are, no one is afraid to take risks or ask for help, and learning is accessible to everyone. She is passionate about writing as a method of expression and wants to teach students to create solid arguments that are strongly supported by research and evidence, as well as creative pieces that show a more human side of the subject. Her favorite authors include Anne Rice, Virginia Woolf, Jim Butcher, and Anne Sexton.