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.
Our language arts coach, Austin, brings to the classroom his unique and unwavering passion for the written word. His educational career began at Camp Rotary, a Boy Scout camp in Clare, Michigan, teaching firearm safety to Boy Scouts. He graduated from Central Michigan University and brought his talents to Relevant Academy with hopes of instilling in our learners a lifelong interest in writing and reading. His history hero is Abraham Lincoln and his favorite book is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. He is also a part-time poet.
Greetings! I’m Chris Krupka and I am excited to be a part of the Relevant Academy team. I will be assisting our learners to read at grade level. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Language Arts major and a Reading minor. Following graduation, I taught for the Ovid-Elsie School District for 12 years in a variety of positions, including Chapter I Reading. More recently I taught for two different Charter Schools in the area, where I assisted with the literacy program and developed Reading Month initiatives. I look forward to connecting with your learner, and supporting him/her to achieve success.
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.
Maggie is our mathematics learning coach. She brings a passion for mathematics content and learning in the classroom. Maggie believes and instills, in the classroom, the Core Values at Relevant Academy, Relationships, Relevance, Respect, Perseverance, Integrity and Celebration. Maggie graduated from Purdue University and received a Bachelors degree in Mathematics Education. Following graduation, she worked at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy as a mathematics teacher for three years. She was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Michigan in 2013. Maggie currently lives in East Lansing with her husband. One of her favorite quotes about math “Math doesn’t teach us to add love or minus hate, but it gives us every reason to hope that every problem has a solution.”
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). Him and his wife reside in Eaton Rapids and have 3 kids and 6 grand children. 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.
Jessica is a support staff member at Relevant Academy. She is currently working to complete her Bachelor’s in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Mathematics online with Grand Canyon University. Previously, she worked with Potterville CAP Alternative and Adult Education programs. Jessica works with students in their math and foreign language classes here at Relevant Academy as well as with the lunch and breakfast program. Jessica also manages Relevant Academy’s participation in the Fuel up to Play 60 program. Currently, Jessica lives in Eaton Rapids with her two young children and their dog