Teachers

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 fifth 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 (6/7) Homeroom, 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, Jacinda hopes to build strong relationships with students, parents, and the Boggs community. 
Michael Fenton, Pheasants Room (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 join 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.  
Kristin Giorgio, Math Teacher/Coordinator
Ms. Kristin is beginning her first full year at the Boggs School, serving a variety of roles in the instruction and development of our mathematics program. She joined the school in the spring of 2019, filling in as the substitute for Ms. Liz's 3rd grade mathematics class, running homework club, and shadowing Ms. Trina. She holds a K-8 Michigan teaching license with an endorsement in mathematics and a master's degree from the University of Michigan. She has worked as a researcher in mathematics education for the University of Michigan, studying equitable practices and quality of instruction in 3rd through 8th Grade mathematics classrooms. Prior to her research role, she taught 5th and 6th Grades in Pinckney, Michigan. Ms. Kristin hopes to make mathematics classrooms more equitable, collaborative, relevant, and engaging. Outside of school she enjoys running, reading, baking, traveling, and spending time with her new cat.
Annie Markey, MTSS Coordinator/Curriculum Coach
Ms. Annie has been teaching in Detroit for five years and is excited to be in her third year at the Boggs School. She earned a master's degree in Education from the University of Michigan and has experience teaching Kindergarten and First Grade. In the classroom, she encourages children to explore, create, and question the world around them. This year, she is looking forward to supporting students in all classes as the MTSS Coordinator. Outside of school, she teaches aerial classes and performs with the Detroit Circus.
Trina Martell, Wayne State University Math Corps (6-8)
Ms. 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 the 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 fourth year at the Boggs School.
Jenna Sabolboro Taylor, Blue Herons Room (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 second 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. 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 (7/8) Homeroom, 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 fourth 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, Painted Turtles Room (1/2)
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. 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.