Madeline has been a leader in blended and project based learning since 2008. She provides our partnerships with experience gained from years in education serving as a classroom teacher, building leader, community outreach and quality assurance director. She is a mentor for students, teachers and administrators.
James has worked for WAY in several roles over the last four years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education Social Studies and a Master's degree in History from Eastern Michigan University. He is currently working on completing his Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration through the George Washington University. While working at WAY he has enjoyed working one on one with students to make Graduation and Work Plans to help students create a path to graduation. James tries to challenge the students he works with to get better and learn something new everyday. Since joining WAY Michigan James has enjoyed the challenges that stem from working with an online educational community. In his free time James enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter
Charlene Wolson is a retired special education teacher who goes by the name of Charlie. Charlie graduated from MSU with a degree in Industrial Design/Graphic Design and took a job as a Program Assistant at Beacon Day Treatment in order to have insurance. She discovered she loved working with troubled youth and went back to school at EMU to earn her Teaching Certificate and her Master’s Degree in Education. Besides teaching Charlie likes to read, garden, draw, and travel.
Katey is an online mentor, responsible for the education of several of our researchers. She states that she loves to teach since she was a young child. Growing up she often “tortured” her brother with extra school time at home, and when he wasn’t available, she claims she taught her stuffed animals. She earned her degree in Special Education and Elementary Education with an emphasis in English from Western Michigan University. After marrying and having four beautiful children, she chose to homeschool them. Now she teaches Public Speaking, K’nex education, and Lego robotics for a homeschool partnership as well as working with students enrolled in WAY Michigan. She loves seeing kids succeed and understand concepts!
Erica Breshgold graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2009, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. She earned her teaching certificate in teaching students with Emotional Impairments. She has taught in various special education settings throughout Oakland County, Detroit and Ann Arbor. In 2011, Erica helped create a Day Treatment Center in Oak Park for severely Emotionally Impaired students living throughout Oakland County. This program was very successful, and she worked there until coming to WAY in 2016. In 2016, Erica began working at the WAY program in Washtenaw. She was instantly drawn to the WAY program because of the creativity of lessons involved, the individualization it offered, and the peaceful atmosphere it provided for all of its students. Erica's main teaching objective is to motivate and inspire students, as well as help them gain confidence and self-esteem so they can lead successful and productive lives.
Kimberly graduated in 2009 from the University of Michigan Dearborn with a Master of Arts in History (minor in English) and a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Social Studies and English. She is currently attending Central Michigan University Online and working on her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on literacy. She arrived on the education scene very traditionalist and idealist, but once she started teaching with WAY in 2010 and with WAY Michigan in 2015, she quickly learned to value and appreciate the uniqueness of each and every student and their individual path to a high school diploma and beyond. She loves working with each student within their unique circumstances and helping them figure out the best way to complete their school work and earn their diploma. She believes that with the proper support and encouragement, every student can earn an education that will help them succeed on their path in life.
Mark's nineteen year career in Information Technology experience includes, but not limited to, Network LAN WAN implementation, Management of technical department personnel. Technical Lead for the installation of a multi campus Windows and Apple server farm. The development Lead of new data center operations and security procedures.
Kelyn is the administrative assistant and attendance liaison for WAY Michigan. She became a member of the WAY Michigan team in January of 2019. She is a dedicated team player and is excited to support our students in reaching their fullest potential.
Joy has been with WAY since November 2014, she was the District Site Technician for our academy schools. She has moved to WAY Michigan to be one of our Team Leaders in August 2019. When it comes to WAY, Joy is very passionate about watching all of the researchers succeeding. She loves talking to them on a daily basis, empowering them, and motivating them to do better. She loves to make an impact in their lives in any way possible. She reminds the researchers that they all have the potential to do great and positive things throughout their lives.
On Joy’s free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her teenage daughter, family, and friends.
Peggy is one of our WAY Michigan fulltime staff members. She is a secondary science teacher, certified to teach all sciences, grades 6 through 12. Peggy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in Environmental Science, and a master’s degree in secondary education from Central Michigan University. After working many years in a local public high school, Peggy joined WAY Michigan in September of 2018. She works as a science expert and a mentor, teaches science in an online live format, and helps to train new students through WAY Michigan’s induction process. Married for close to 40 years, Peggy and her husband have 5 daughters, 3 sons-in-law, 3 grandchildren, and has a constant companion in Daisy, her labradoodle. She loves to spend time with her rapidly growing family as well as in the outdoors, whether camping, hunting, fishing, hiking or just enjoying nature. With a passion for education and a caring concern for her students, Peggy has formed bonds with many of her former “kids”. She keeps up to date with many and is proud to call them friends. She loves to see all youth grow and succeed in life!
Jackee' Patterson is completing her associates degree at Wayne County Community College. Jackee' is the paraprofessional and the College & Career Coach for WAY Michigan. She has been a member of the WAY Team since February of 2019, and enjoys working with the students to help them reach their future goals and plans.
Stacy has been an educator for eight years. She is certified to teach Social Studies, with an additional certification in History. Prior to becoming a teacher, she spent 17 years as a state and nationally certified athletic trainer, working at the professional, collegiate, and high school settings. She was thrilled to work with Detroit’s former WNBA team, the Detroit Shock, but counts her time in the high school setting as her most rewarding. Her desire to share her interest in history fueled her decision to go back to school to become a licensed teacher. Stacy came to WAY as a mentor and online Social Studies expert in 2012 and joined WAY Michigan in October 2018.