Jeanette Booth, Special Education Teacher/Coordinator
Ms. Jeanette has been teaching for nine years. She has taught in the city and other local districts around Metro Detroit. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and a Special Education endorsement at Marygrove College. She has worked as a behavior interventionist as well as a reading and math interventionist. Jeanette has always loved working and spending time with children. Her best asset is building relationships with students and encouraging children to persevere and reach their full potential. Her passion has always been helping students with learning and behavioral challenges. She believes every child can and wants to learn; they simply need the tools to achieve personal success. Jeanette is entering into her sixth year at Boggs. "They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel." —Carl W. Buehner
Jacinda Bowman, Tiger Lilies Homeroom (Grade 6), 6-8 Science & Social Studies
Ms. Jacinda is excited to start her fourth year teaching at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jacinda completed her education at Northern Michigan University in “da U.P.” She recently moved back to the United States after three years in Peace Corps – The Gambia. Before training teachers in The Gambia, West Africa, Jacinda taught in Grand Rapids Public Schools, worked at childcare centers, Girl Scout camps, and YMCA youth programs. She feels most inspired in nature, whether she is hiking, backpacking, or kayaking. Jacinda loves being transported to far off places, whether it’s through the books she reads or through travel. This year at Boggs, her fifth, Jacinda hopes to build strong relationships with students, parents, and the Boggs community. 
Sarah Brooks, Painted Turtles Room (Grade 1)
Ms. Sarah holds a BA in English with a Fine Arts minor and recently completed a degree in Urban Education. Outside of school and her work at Boggs, she is mentor in the Big Sister program through Alternatives for Girls and sits on the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Board. Sarah began volunteering at the Boggs School in 2013 and felt so connected to the community that she was thrilled to join the team as an after-school teacher last year. She is excited to return as a classroom teacher this year.
Michael Fenton, Pheasants Room (Grades 3 & 4)
Mr. Michael was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and spent his early career leading community development and peace and reconciliation initiatives with children and teens from both sides of the sectarian divide. He was selected to participate in an EU exchange program to travel to across Europe and South Asia for twenty-one months, which is where he fostered his passion for education. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Cumbria in Northwest England. He believes that education should help children make sense of the world around them and that they should be provided opportunities to take positive risks to promote personal growth. He is excited to begin his second year with the Boggs family as the 3rd/4th grade classroom teacher. When not at school, you’ll find him spending time with this wife and two young girls or cheering on his beloved Aston Villa F.C.  
Charlene Jones, Starlings Homeroom (Grade 7), 6-8 Math Teacher/Coordinator
Ms. Charlene is a Math Corps Mathematics Instructor, Data Manager, and Expansion Consultant with the Center for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics at Wayne State University, promoting the truth that all students can achieve at high levels academically and compassionately. She is also an educator and student in WSU’s Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. program with an emphasis in Mathematics Education.  She has recently participated in Project REALM (Realizing Equity and Achievement for Learning Mathematics) and in the Impuls Lesson Study Immersion Program in Tokyo, Japan.Charlene became motivated to teach when she witnessed a university student weep after a counselor suggested that he change his major due to poor performance in mathematics courses. She thus decided to become a mathematics teacher to safeguard as many students  as possible from this type of experience, focusing on the community where she was born, raised, and educated. By building positive relationships through teaching math, Charlene helps students, teachers, administrators, and parents recognize their greatness and envision portraits of themselves as mathematics students.  This is Charlene’s third year teaching math at the Boggs School and her first year as a full-time staff member.
Nickelette Law, MTSS Coordinator/Curriculum Coach
Ms. Nicki began working with children in 2002 as a volunteer for the AmeriCorps program and quickly learned the importance of humility in service.  Her involvement within the Reading Recovery, after school, and summer camp programs heightened her interest in literacy and highlighted the importance of reading across the curriculum and beyond. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Language Arts and Integrated Science, she taught at the elementary level for eight years and the middle school level for two years.  In 2019-20, she started a forensics team at the Boggs School to coach students in public discourse. Ms. Nicki is eager to witness students gaining confidence and having pride in their own voices. She is starting her second full-time year at the Boggs School.
Jenna Sabolboro, Blue Herons Room (Grades 4 & 5)
Ms. Jenna grew up in Illigan City, Philippines, moving to Riverview, Michigan when she was just 13. She attended the University of Michigan to pursue a career in teaching, following in the footsteps of her grandmother. She earned a bachelor's degree in 2009 from the School of Education with endorsements for Math and Science and taught in various setting afterwards. She has lived her life in service of young people, becoming a volunteer for a speech therapy summer camp and a catechist for her church, as well as hosting after-school homework programs during her time as a teacher. Helping children learn and grow is always exciting, but she is especially excited to start her third year working with the young minds at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School. In the classroom, Jenna wants to help her students realize their strengths and foster their desire for genuine learning.  Outside of the classroom, Jenna is an art enthusiast, a nerd for a good story, and the mother of two young girls who attend the Boggs School. Her goal for this year is to create a welcoming classroom environment where her students feel free to be their best selves.
Alison Scott Denomme, Rainbow Room (Kindergarten)
Ms. Alison is thrilled to be returning to teaching after earning her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan.  She is especially excited to be teaching Kindergarten at the Boggs School. Ms. Alison holds dual citizenship with the United States and Canada, grew up all over the world, and currently calls Ann Arbor home.  In the classroom, Ms. Alison encourages students to create, explore, and ask lots of questions. She is looking forward to getting to know all of the families at the Boggs School and to sharing her many hobbies during Passions.  When she is not at school, Ms. Alison spends her time baking, hiking, and exploring the world with her children, Griffin and Willow.  
Ella Stanley, Ravens Homeroom (Grade 8), 6-8 English Language Arts
Ms. Ella grew up on the East Side of Detroit. For the four years before coming to the Boggs School, she lived in Chicago, where she earned degrees in Special Education, Elementary Education, and English as a Second Language from Loyola University of Chicago. While there, she served as a Resident Assistant, led retreats, led and coordinated alternative service immersion trips, worked as a tutor for Arrupe Community College, and helped run a food sharing program at a neighborhood farmers market. In addition to being a student, she worked as a youth mentor and tutor at Housing Opportunities for Women, a non-profit working to break the cycle of homelessness in Chicago. Most of Ella’s teaching and clinical experience has been in Chicago Public Schools. She spent her last school year there as a sixth and seventh grade math and English special education student teacher at Jordan Community School in Chicago. For the last two summers prior to graduation, Ella worked at a nature center outdoor camp outside of Chicago. Outside of the classroom, Ella enjoys running, camping, drinking coffee, and cheering on any Detroit sports team. She is looking forward to her fifth year at the Boggs School. Ella’s main goal this year is to facilitate a classroom community where all students feel important and challenge each other to learn, grow, and create their future together.
Lauren Van Heeke, Grade 2 Room (Class Name TBD)
Ms. Lauren is joining the Boggs School this year after four years of experience teaching in Hamtramck, Michigan and Sacramento, California. Born in Detroit, Ms. Lauren grew up mostly in Colorado and studied French at Grinnell College in Iowa, before discovering her passion for education and psychology. After graduation, she attended graduate school in Boston, where she earned her master’s degree in Education. Ms. Lauren has lived in many different states and loves how each one has its own unique culture, history, and community. She is excited to delve into Place-Based Education at the Boggs School and intertwine her love for social justice and thought-provoking conversations with curriculum in her second year at the Boggs School. She teaches with the intent of challenging young thinkers (as well as older ones) to ask questions and learn from experiences and those around them. When she’s not teaching, you can find her at home in Detroit with her husband, curled up with a good book and her puppy, Watson.