Who We Are

Who are the people that support you at Relevant Academy?

Jennifer Varney -

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 with an educational background beginning her career as a business and technology teacher. After several years in the classroom, Jennifer has been a media/technology director and high school administrator for several years.  Jennifer lives in Charlotte with her husband Chris and enjoys traveling, golfing and being outdoors.

Loretta Williams -

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.

April Delecki -

As the Office Manager, April comes to us with a lifetime of working with kids. April has 18 years of High School Office experience. She uses that experience here to assist learners, and the staff with the necessities to run the program efficiently.   

Julia Przybyla-Kuchek -

Julia is the Math Learning Coach at Relevant Academy. She has taught math at the high school and college level, working at Central Michigan University and the University of Georgia (UGA). She is currently completing her doctorate in Mathematics Education. Her area of research is in gender and racial equity in mathematics classrooms. She and her husband recently moved back to Michigan after living in Georgia and have four dogs. When not working on teaching, she volunteers her time with an animal shelter, doing social media to help get animals adopted. 

John Ley -

John is the science learning coach at Relevant Academy.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan.  John has spent over 20 years in the field of Education with the goal of promoting student success. He believes building rapport with learners and their parents is key in motivating students.  John’s goal is to create an educational environment where students are provided with the proper knowledge, skill, and attitude to be successful. To empower students one must encourage them every day to be active learners.  John resides in Okemos with his wife and four children. He enjoys many outdoor activities. His favorites are fishing, playing golf and riding ATVs.

Diana Thompson -

Diana is the Social Studies/English Learning Coach at Relevant Academy. She began obtaining her credentials at Grand Valley State University and has spent the last three years applying them in diverse learning environments. Before Relevant Academy, Diana worked with various grade levels (7-12) teaching English at the Muskegon Community Education Center, Kraft Meadows Middle School in Caledonia, and Wyoming Junior High. She also coached 7th and 8th-grade robotics while at Wyoming Junior High. Diana lives in Freeport with her husband and their two dogs, Maya and Rollo. She enjoys Olympic weightlifting, exploring new restaurants, and spending quality time with family and friends. She cannot wait to share her academic passions with her students and introduce them to her ever-growing classroom library.

 

Staff Information

Relevant Academy

220 Lamson St, 3rd floor
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Phone: 517-925-5450
Fax: 517-925-5459

Adminstration

Dominic Eldridge
Office Manager
Loretta Williams
Team Leader

Special Education

Diane Hyatt
Special Education Consultant

Learning Coach

Julia Przybyla-Kuchek
Math
Diana Thompson
English, Social Studies

Support Coach

Leah Warner
Student Services Support Coach

After Hours Learning Coach

Michaelle Converse
Art