New school year, new faces! Kingsley Area Schools is excited to welcome several staff members to the district. Read on to meet our newest educators. This article will be a series, stay tuned for more new staff profiles.
Olivia Akerly, Second Grade Teacher
Hometown: Lansing, MI
Alma Mater: MSU (BA in Elementary Education, Language Arts specialization, and a ZA endorsement in early childhood education)
I am most looking forward to...building relationships with my students, families, and staff here at Kingsley!
My favorite part of teaching: What I love about 2nd grade is the joy kids bring to learning! They come in continuing to build upon their foundational skills and are ready to be challenged in their learning and independence. I can’t wait to see the kiddos soar this year and to grow alongside them!
Something surprising about me: I love lacrosse! I was a goalie for over 12 years at the varsity and collegiate level where I played year-round. I coached some at my high school alma mater as well while playing on the MSU club team. I hope to one day coach again to spread the love of this sport in northern MI!
Melinda Boudot, Assistant GSRP Preschool Teacher
Hometown: Eastpointe, MI
Alma Mater: Wayne State University - psychology
My hobbies: I enjoy going on hikes, playing basketball, and spending time with my four kids and husband.
I am most looking forward to...meeting all the new preschoolers and helping them have a great experience in school!
My favorite part of teaching: I love watching and seeing all the different personalities. Also watching how each student grows and learns throughout the year
Laura Rowley, High School Spanish & English Teacher
Hometown: Millington, MI
Alma mater: Central Michigan University
I am most looking forward to... I am excited to share the enjoyment and benefits of speaking a second language with KHS students.
My favorite part of teaching: Learning Spanish myself as a teenager in a small town enhanced my life with meaningful travel, friendships, rewarding work, and even improved English skills. Seeing students attain these skills while enjoying the process is why I love teaching languages.
Something surprising about me: I have hiked the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu, Peru. I dreamed of seeing it as a teenager in Spanish I class and worked hard to make it happen 26 years later.
My husband, our two goofy pups, and our seven adult children enjoy "everything outdoors" that Northern Michigan has to offer: fishing, hunting, hiking, and exploring.
Kathy Stein, Behavioral Coach at Kingsley Elementary
"Hello! My name is Kathy Stein. I am not really new to the district, but new to the job of behavioral coach. I have worked at Kingsley Area Schools for almost 10 years as a long-term substitute teacher. I live in Fife Lake with my family and I am a retired Delta Airlines flight attendant.
My oldest son, Konrad graduated from Kingsley High School and is currently a Lieutenant in the US Army. My youngest son, Oliver is currently a junior at KHS.
My alma mater is Olivet College and I attended high school at Lake Leelanau St. Mary. In my free time, I love to travel with my family and always look ahead to the next adventure!
I look forward to helping our smallest students adjust to their new surroundings and helping our staff wherever needed."