Who We Are


The Project Team



The Project Team, with the support of the board and other community members, has been working on the day-to-day logistical, research, and creative issues involved with starting a school.




Julia Putnam taught for five years in Detroit, including serving as writer-in-residence for the InsideOut Literary Magazine program.  As a teenager, she was Detroit Summer’s first volunteer, later taking a leadership role.  Julia has worked with the Commission on Research in Black Education sponsored by the AEA.  She chaired a panel at the 2000 American Studies Association Conference entitled “Scholars Walk the Talk: Rebuilding Community from the Ground Up.” She also coordinated the 2002 event, “Creating Community Connections: Tell Your Family Story.”  Julia wrote a regular column on education (“Learning for Life”) for the Michigan Citizen, which has been required reading at major Michigan universities. She has a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter.  Julia brings expertise in teaching and community organizing.

Amanda Rosman taught for eleven years in Detroit schools.  She was a lead teacher and a member of the School Improvement Team, the District Council, and the Resource Coordinating Team and started an annual collaboration with EMU’s Office of Urban Education.  In law school, she worked with the Public Interest Law Association, the Student Defenders Association, the Nonprofit Corporations/Urban Development Clinic, and was an assistant to Professor Jocelyn Benson, 2010 candidate for Michigan Secretary of State.  Amanda is trained as a civil court mediator, interned with the MI Department of Civil Rights, and researched students’ rights to alternative education for the ACLU’s 2009 School-to-Prison Pipeline report.  She serves on the boards of the Michigan Center for Election Law and the Birmingham Temple.  She currently serves as the Boggs Educational Center’s Project Coordinator.  She has a seven-year-old son.  Amanda offers expertise in teaching and educational law.

Marisol Teachworthtaught for six years in the Bronx, NY, Hollywood, FL, and Detroit.  She has taught language arts and social studies in a true inclusion model classroom, self-contained ESOL, and science.  For three years, Marisol worked with Hispanic Unity, the largest non-profit organization in Broward County dedicated to serving the community’s Latino population, where she designed curriculum and enrichment activities through art, music, science, dance, and nutrition.  As a visual artist, she has led five youth groups in creating large murals in their schools and communities.  In 2011, Marisol served as the Educational Track Instructor for Detroit Future Media, where she worked in collaboration with other teachers to design and teach education participants and skilled local media artists, exploring educational theory and teaching methodology, digital justice principles, and popular education.  She currently works with Detroit Summer as an Adult Coordinator where she supports youth in using digital media to ignite change around our community.  Marisol offers expertise in teaching, community organizing, and leadership.