Meet our outstanding teaching staff!
Annie Markey, Rainbow Room (Kindergarten)
Annie has been teaching in Detroit for four years and is excited to start her second year at the Boggs School. She grew up in Ann Arbor and taught Kindergarten there while earning a Master's degree in Education from the University of Michigan. She also holds a BA in Spanish and Sociology from the University of Michigan. In the classroom, she encourages children to explore, create, and question the world around them. This year, she is looking forward to working with the students and families in the Boggs community to create a learning space that works for everyone in the Rainbow Room. When she is not in the classroom, you can find her teaching and performing with the Detroit Circus.
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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 Master's degree in Education at the University of Michigan. This will be Kelly's fifth year teaching and fourth 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!
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Nickelette Law, Pheasants Room (3/4)
Nicki Law 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 for literacy and highlighted the importance of reading across the curriculum and beyond. As she progressed through the elementary education program at Wayne State University, she gained immeasurable experience as a student teacher in both Detroit Public Schools and the Utica School District. After graduating with a B.S. in Elementary Education with endorsements in Language Arts and Integrated Science, she taught at the elementary level for seven years and the middle school level for two years. Currently, she is completing a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and is looking forward to celebrating an entire decade as a classroom teacher. Her favorite aspects of teaching are learning from her students, relaying the importance of compassion and understanding for all life, and service learning. Outside of school, she enjoys being silly with her husband and three children, organizing, creating art, reading, running, and honing her meditation skills.
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Jenna Sabolboro-Taylor, Blue Herons Room (4/5)
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, a catechist for her church, and 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 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. Her goal for this year is to create a welcoming classroom environment where her students feel free to be their best selves.
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Jacinda Bowman, Tiger Lilies Room (6/7 Homeroom, 6-8 Science & Social Studies)
Jacinda Bowman is excited to start her third 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.
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Ella Stanley, Ravens Room (7/8 Homeroom, 6-8 Language Arts)
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 third 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.
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Jeanette Booth, Special Education Teacher/Coordinator
Jeanette has been teaching for seven 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 fourth year at Boggs.
They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel. —Carl W. Buehner
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Liz Kirk, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Coordinator
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 is 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 sixth year at the school.
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Trina Martell, Wayne State University Math Corps (6-8)
Trina is a Senior Instructional Specialist with the Center for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics at Wayne State University. She has been a part of the Math Corps since her days as an undergraduate at Wayne State. Trina has served in multiple roles in her tenure with the Math Corps, including the Dean of Students in Detroit, as well as taking her expertise to consult with our expansion site at Cleveland State University. As an Instructional Specialist with the WSU Math Corps, Trina has worked at several metro Detroit schools. This is Trina’s third year at the Boggs School, where she teaches Integers, Real Numbers, Operations, Algebra IA, and Homework Club.
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Charlene Jones, Wayne State University Math Corps (6-8)
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 second year at the Boggs School, where she teaches Geometry.
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