My name is James Pack, and I am happy to introduce myself as the Director of Programs at WAY Michigan. I have been in education for nearly 10 years, working in a variety of roles in special education, elementary and secondary schools, as well as positions in central administration. In these roles, I have developed a strong commitment to student success and a passion for creating a positive school culture. I am particularly interested in working with students from diverse backgrounds and helping them reach their full potential. I believe that every child deserves a quality education, regardless of their circumstances.
I hold a bachelor's degree in Human Services and a Masters in Educational Leadership and I am confident that I have the skills and experience necessary to be a successful principal here at WAY Michigan. I am eager to get to know the students, staff, and families of this school community and work together to create a bright future for all.
I am blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart, Jessica. Together, we have the joy of raising our four beautiful daughters - Juliana, Jacenia, Jocelyn, and Jiselle. And, of course, there's our Bernese mountain dog, Ezra, who adds a touch of furry warmth to our lives. When not at school, you can often find me walking or hiking with my family, kayaking in the serene Michigan waters, or grilling on my Blackstone.
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.
Jackee' Smith 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.
Kimberly graduated from the University of Michigan Dearborn with a BA in History (minor in English) and a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Social Studies and English. She arrived on the education scene very traditionalist and idealist, but once she started teaching with WAY in 2010, 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. As a mother of 3, she is also very aware of the role of the parents and guardians in her students' education and works as the parent liaison to help and encourage parents find their way through their student's educational journey.
Stacy has been an educator for 12 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.
Hi! My name is Jairia Williams and I am happy to be a Math teacher at WAY. I’m a wife, mom, and stepmom. Together my husband and I have 5 children - Sophia, Paisley, Jack, Terren, and Lucy. We also have 4 cats - Sasha, Phoenix, Sabrina, and Marshmallow. In my free time, I enjoy going to Boot Camp classes at the gym, playing board games, and spending time outside with my family.
I graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with my bachelors in elementary education and a minor in math. I recently earned my masters from ACE in integrated curriculum with a concentration in math and science. I have been teaching for over 10 years in a variety of schools from Pittsburgh, PA to west Michigan, most recently in an online/blended setting. I’m passionate about getting to know my students and teaching them as individuals. I enjoy working with students one-on-one to help them figure out math concepts and reach goals that they previously thought were unattainable. I’m excited to bring my knowledge and experience to the students at WAY.
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.
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.
Ronda joined WAY Academy Flint in 2018. She serves as the Special Education Teacher, Transition Coordinator, and is the Special Education Administration representative at the GISD. This is her 10th year of teaching. Ronda enjoys gardening, spending time with her family and camping.
Sabrina has been with WAY as the School Social Worker since 2021. Prior to joining us here at WAY Sabrina worked as a Clinical Therapist in a private practice therapy office and a Mental Health Assistant through Head Start. Sabrina holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan -Flint and a Master's in Social Worker form Spring Arbor University. She also attended Michigan State University to become certified to work in the school setting. While at the lab Sabrina spends time working with students on Social Emotional learning and creating healthy habits for better mental health.
When not in the lba, Sabrina enjoys spending time at the campground with her family, attending sporting events with her husband, and making all types of crafts. She has 2 cats, Lola and Lucy, and a puppy named Mocha that she adores.
Samantha is our newest staff member and is the Social Emotional Counselor. She has degrees from both U of M Flint and Eastern Michigan University. Samantha spent much of her career working with children who had an autism diagnosis. She will assist our researchers in finding the best ways to be productive in the lab and she will also host restorative circles for various situations. She has a daughter named Rylie who is 2.5 years old.
My name is Amanda Coughlin and I am starting my 14th year as a mentor with WAY. I have my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and am a certified physical education teacher. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing video games with my sons, and reading.
Teacher for over 25 years. I have taught from middle school through community college classes. I teach English at Cody High School in Detroit. I have a bachelor's in English from Eastern Michigan University, a master's in English Education from Wayne State University, and a specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Wayne State University. In my spare time I am an avid runner and musician.
Hi, my name is Katie Hartranft. I am a mentor with WAY Michigan. This year begins my 5th year with WAY and I'm looking forward to another successful year! Previous to joining WAY, I was a middle and high school math and science teacher in the Cleveland, Ohio area. I love these subjects and enjoyed my 7 years of teaching. I stopped teaching in the classroom when I had my first daughter. I am now blessed to have two daughters, ages 4 and 2, and one son who will be 1 in December. Outside of school, I am very involved in my church, I love to work out and am currently training for a half marathon at the end of October. I am very close with my extended family and we have been blessed to all live close by so we are involved in each others' lives almost daily. I look forward to our year together!
I've been a teacher for over 20 years in northern Michigan. I earned my BA and MA in music education at Central Michigan University. I love to learn new things and learn new skills, including making music videos. I also love to read a variety of books and listen to audiobooks while I drive, listen to music, ride my four-wheeler, play flute and piano, and work with technology in a variety of ways! I like to play games, enjoy nature, and love animals, especially cats. I have been with WAY/Centric for 10+ years, enjoy meeting new people, and look forward to meeting you and helping in any way I can.