Jeanette Booth, Special Education Teacher/Coordinator
Ms. Jeanette was born and raised in Highland Park and has been teaching for ten years, both in Detroit and other local districts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education with a special education endorsement from Marygrove College. Ms. Jeanette has always loved working and spending time with children; her strongest teaching skill is building relationships with students, especially those with learning or behavioral challenges, and encouraging them to persevere and reach their full potential. She is married with two adult children, two beautiful grandchildren, and a funny little dog named Pumbaa. Ms. Jeanette is in her seventh year at the Boggs School.
Jacinda Bowman, Tiger Lilies Homeroom Teacher (Grade 6), 6-8 Science & Social Studies
Ms. Jacinda grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and got her education degree from Northern Michigan University in Da U.P. She met her husband, Dan, while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa. She and Dan live in Detroit with their dog, Honor. This is Ms. Jacinda's sixth year as a middle school science and social studies teacher at the Boggs School. Ms. Jacinda loves biking, camping and searching for moose bones in the summer, and playing board games all winter.
Sarah Brooks, Painted Turtles Room Teacher (Grade 1)
Ms. Sarah was born and raised in Detroit. She received a bachelor's degree in English and fine arts from Wayne State University and a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan. Ms. Sarah first became connected to the Boggs school in 2014 as a math assistant and then again in 2017 as an after-school program teacher. She is thrilled to be entering her second year at the Boggs School as a first grade teacher this year!
Michael Fenton, Pheasants Room Teacher (Grades 3 & 4)
Mr. Michael is originally from Northern Ireland but for the last eight years has called Clawson home. Mr. Michael completed his bachelor's degree in elementary education at the University of Cumbria, UK. In the classroom, Mr. Michael believes that education should help students make sense of the world around them and provide them the knowledge and skills to maneuver through that world. This is Mr. Michael’s third year teaching the Pheasants classroom.
Charlene Jones, Starlings Homeroom Teacher (Grade 7), 6-8 Math Teacher/Coordinator
Ms. Charlene worked at the Boggs School for three years as a guest math instructor from the Center for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics at Wayne State University (WSU) and formally joined the school as a middle school math teacher in 2020. She was born, raised, and educated in the city of Detroit. She has continued her studies as an educator and student in WSU’s doctoral program with an emphasis in Mathematics Education. She is married with twin daughters in high school and another daughter in college. At the Boggs School, she would like to continue the work of helping students realize their greatness as they develop portraits of themselves as confident mathematics students.
Nickelette Law, MTSS Coordinator/ELA Teacher
Ms. Nicki began working with children in 2002 as a volunteer for the AmeriCorps program and quickly learned the importance of humility in service. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in elementary education with endorsements in language arts and integrated science from Wayne State University, she taught at the elementary level for nine years and the middle school level for two years. She is looking forward to her fourth year at the Boggs School and is excited to continue in her role as the MTSS Coordinator. Her favorite aspects of teaching are learning from her students, relaying the importance of compassion and understanding for all life, and place-based learning. Outside of school, she enjoys being silly with her husband and four children (including a current Boggs School Solutionary and a 2020 graduate), organizing, reading, and running.
Trina Martell, MTSS Math Teacher
Ms. Trina first came to the Boggs School through Wayne State University's Math Corps program, and she returns this year as the school's full-time MTSS (intervention) math teacher. She was part of the Math Corps since her days as an undergraduate at Wayne State and served in multiple roles during her time there, including as the Dean of Students in Detroit, as well as taking her expertise to consult with the expansion site at Cleveland State University. This is Trina’s fifth year at the Boggs School.
Jenna Sabolboro, Blue Herons Room Teacher (Grades 4 & 5)
Ms. Jenna grew up in Illigan City, Philippines, and moved to Michigan in 2000. She attended the University of Michigan to pursue a career in teaching and earned a bachelor's degree in education with endorsements in math and science in 2009. In the classroom, Ms. Jenna wants to help her students realize their strengths and foster their desire for genuine learning. Outside of the classroom, she is the mother of two daughters who are students at the Boggs School, and she is the pet-mother of two rabbits and one painted turtle. This year will be her fourth at the Boggs School.
Alison Scott Denomme, Rainbow Room Teacher (Kindergarten)
Twenty-five years ago, Ms. Alison considered three career options - Muppeteer, constitutional attorney, and teacher. She would say that teaching chose her and that she has never regretted it. Her passion in teaching is helping children explore and discover their world by asking questions - lots and lots of questions. Ms. Alison is a transplanted Canadian who mostly recently earned her master's degree at the University of Windsor. This is her third year at Boggs. When she is not navigating the wild world of kindergarten teaching, she can be found hanging out with her children, engaging in various fiber arts, playing the guitar very badly, or baking rather well.
Ella Stanley, Ravens Homeroom Teacher (Grade 8), 6-8 English Language Arts
Ms. Ella was born and raised on the east side of Detroit. Before teaching at the Boggs School, she earned degrees in special education, elementary education, and English as a second language from Loyola University of Chicago. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Ella enjoys running, camping, drinking coffee, and cheering on any Detroit sports team. She currently lives on the east side of Detroit with her partner, Jake, and their dog, Lola. This is her sixth year teaching at the Boggs School. Ms. Ella hopes to foster a love of reading, encourage curiosity and thinking, and create joy through trusting relationships.
Matt Tucker, Special Education Teacher
Mr. Matt grew up in North Carolina, has lived in a number of states across the country as an adult, and moved to Michigan and the Hyde/Lafayette Park area of Detroit this past summer. He has a master’s degree in special education from Northern Arizona University and has been a teacher focusing on inclusive education for all students for the past thirteen years. Besides teaching, some of his other passions include pottery, hiking, cooking, gardening, dogs, and spending as much time as possible in nature. Building relationships is his greatest educator quality, so he is very excited to become a member of the Boggs School community and get to know everyone!
Lauren Van Heeke, Gray Wolves Room Teacher (Grade 2)
Ms. Lauren is returning for her seventh year of teaching and third year at the Boggs School. Born in Detroit, Ms. Lauren grew up mostly in Colorado. She studied French at Grinnell College in Iowa before discovering her passion for education and psychology and moving to Boston to earn 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 teaches with the intent of challenging thinkers young and old to ask questions and to 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.