Meet our outstanding teaching staff!


Jon Francois, Rainbow Room (K/1)

Bio and photo coming soon!

Contact Jon at jon.boggsschool@gmail.com



Kelly Rickert, Painted Turtles Room (1/2)

Kelly Rickert grew up in the woods and fields of rural Little Valley, NY (southwest NY state) before moving to Rochester, NY to study Anthropology, Religion, and Economics at the University of Rochester. During her time there, and while studying abroad in Berlin, Germany, she developed her love of cities as spaces rich in people and histories to learn from. It was also in Rochester that Kelly developed her love of children and teaching, working in various Americorps and early childhood literacy programs throughout her time as a student there. She moved to Detroit in 2013 to teach and pursue a Masters in Education at the University of Michigan. This will be Kelly's third year teaching and second year at Boggs. She believes that there are opportunities for learning in the people and places all around us and is excited to work with Boggs families, community members, and spaces around the school to further extend her classroom's boundaries and root the learning done there in place. When she is not at school, you can find Kelly riding her bike (anywhere and everywhere), reading, cooking/fermenting foods, gardening, dancing, camping, and (a recently discovered passion) gathering and arranging wildflowers! She also enjoys watching and playing soccer and basketball, and she is looking forward to another season as Coach Kelly for the Boggs soccer team! 

Contact Kelly at kelly.boggsschool@gmail.com.


Janelle Schaeffer, Tiger Lilies Room

Janelle has been teaching in Detroit for four years. She also taught in Grand Rapids and Philadelphia for a year each while completing a Master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in various roles in Metro Detroit as an after-school program leader, Americorps volunteer, and summer program director. In her classroom, she encourages students to learn cooperatively, become problem solvers, and think creatively and critically about the world around them. She enjoys learning outdoors with her students and creating projects that apply real world skills that help make learning memorable and engaging. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys running, biking, gardening, and traveling. Her goal this year is to work with parents, community members, and teachers to create a classroom environment where all students feel safe and challenged to do their best. Janelle is entering her third year at the Boggs School.

Contact Janelle at janelle.boggsschool@gmail.com.


Ella Stanley (5/6 Homeroom, 5-7 Language Arts)

Ella grew up on the East Side of Detroit. For the past four years, 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 the last school year as a sixth and seventh grade math and English special education student teacher at Jordan Community School in Chicago. For the last two summers, 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 returning home to Detroit and rooting herself in this community. 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.  This will be Ella’s first year at the Boggs School. 

Contact Ella at ella.boggsschool@gmail.com.


Jacinda Bowman (6/7 Homeroom, 5-7 Math, Science & Social Studies)

Jacinda Bowman is excited to start her first 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, Jacinda hopes to build strong relationships with students, parents, and the Boggs community. 

Contact Jacinda at jacinda.boggsschool@gmail.com.


Jeanette Booth, Special Education

Jeanette has been teaching for six years. She has taught in the city and other local districts around Metro Detroit. She earned her Bachelors 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 second year at Boggs. 

They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel. —Carl W. Buehner

Contact Jeanette at jeanette.boggsschool@gmail.com. 



Liz Kirk, Interventionist 

Before joining the Boggs School family, Liz began working with youth as a camp counselor and a GED prep tutor for young men in a delinquent facility. She taught elementary special education for three years in greater New Orleans. Liz also worked on community food security issues, serving on the board of the New Orleans Food Cooperative in its first year of operation. Most recently, she taught Kindergarten in Ann Arbor through a Master's degree program at the University of Michigan. As a lifelong camper and hiker, Liz loves bringing learning outdoors. In the classroom, she works hard to connect academic skills and knowledge with real world applications to make learning meaningful and memorable. When she's not teaching, Liz enjoys painting, cooking, and gardening. Her top priority as a teacher is to really get to know her students well, and that means getting to know their parents and families, too. As a founding Boggs School teacher, Liz is entering her fourth year at the school.

Contact Liz at liz.boggsschool@gmail.com.


Meet our Community Educators!  

Kim Sherrobi, P.E.



Paige Watkins, Youth Speak








Dakarai Carter, Youth Speak








Shoshanna Utchenik, Art








Casey Rocheteau, Creative Writing

(Photo coming soon!)


Logombo Potter, Play Life








Baba Shomari Matthews, African Drum & Dance