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Middle School - Jeri Ann Batten graduated in 2006 from Wayne State University with a degree in Elementary Education with science certification.  After initially volunteering at CMCS, she joined the staff in January 2007 teaching the middle school grades.  She teaches science to students from 4th to 8th grade.  She enjoys nature, reading a good book, and spending time with family and friends.

Kindergarten - Sarah Berger grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. She majored in psychology and violin performance at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Ohio. She completed Teach For America, teaching for two years in public schools in Detroit. Outside of school, she is an active member of Mack Avenue Community Church, and she plays violin in the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, Sam, and their dog, Donut.

3rd & 4th Grade - Katie Glandon graduated from Miami University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Art Education.  She has partially completed a master's degree in Elementary Education at Wayne State University.  She has been an elementary teacher and art teacher at CMCS for the past 5 years.  She enjoys reading and painting.  Katie is involved in the central Detroit neighborhood where she and her husband John live, and they are active members of Restore Church.

3rd & 4th Grade - Originally from Georgia, Liane Jackson graduated from Auburn University in 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education. She then taught 1st grade in Colorado for eight years, where she pioneered Charlotte Mason’s philosophy at her classical school – refining curriculum, promoting narration, and teaching Composer, Picture, and Nature study to her precious students. She also helped to start a new teacher mentoring program where she trained and guided teachers toward effective practice and reflection. Subsequently, Liane taught 2nd grade at a classical school in Kansas City for two years, and most recently 4th grade at a classical school in Orlando, Florida for two years. Liane and her husband Matt live in Royal Oak and attend New City Church. For fun, Liane loves writing, exercising, and sharing good food and good conversations with friends, old and new.

Facility Manager - Bruce Jones is awesome!

 - Suai Kee is a lover of the performing arts with many years of private music instruction and performance experience. Her training led to a recording contract with Universal Motown Records Group in 2005. After publishing her music and touring, she returned home to Detroit in 2010 and began teaching private piano and vocal lessons at Grosse Pointe Music Academy. In 2012 she opened The 88 Kees School of Music to provide affordable private and small group instruction to children ages 5-16. Suai is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Film at Wayne State University. She loves vegan cuisine, cycling around Detroit, yoga and teaching.

PrincipalAnn Pattie graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.  She has been involved in education in Detroit for the past sixteen years as an elementary school teacher, the director of a community-based literacy clinic, and a board member of the Charlotte Mason Association of Detroit. She resides on the Eastside of Detroit with her husband and six children---four of which attend Charlotte Mason Community School.  Ann is currently working on a Master of Education degree at Calvin College and is an active member of Mack Avenue Community Church.  She enjoys sports and is a fan of the Lions, Tigers, Wolverines, and any team her kids play on.  

5th & 6th Grade - Therese Racklyeft attended Detroit Bible College in the middle 70s, and transferred to Wayne State University, receiving her BS in Education in 1980. She taught in Catholic and Lutheran schools, and while raising her children, discovered the writings of Charlotte Mason. She, Evelyn Hoey, and Bonnie Schow were among the founders of Charlotte Mason Community School, where she acts as Assistant Principal, develops curriculum, and teaches Literature, Math, and History to various grade levels. Her interests include reading, writing, crosswords, classic films, hiking and traveling.

Ninoska Rice graduated in 2011 from The University of Michigan-Dearborn with a double major in Sociology and Urban and Regional Studies. She has been  the recess coordinator, a teacher's aid and Spanish teacher at CMCS, for the past 3 1/2 years. Ninoska lives in Southwest Detroit. She enjoys being newly married to her husband Ricky, playing music, making art, and working towards justice for the poor and needy.

1st & 2nd Grade - Bonnie Schow received a B.S. degree in elementary and special education from Eastern Illinois University in 1980.  Her teaching experience includes four years of special education, twelve years as a preschool teacher, and 11 years at Charlotte Mason Community School teaching the early elementary grades.  She loves handcrafts and nature, and shares these interests with the students in afternoon classes. Bonnie is a Detroit resident who is actively involved in her community and church.  

5th & 6th Grade Intern
Nathan Van Noord grew up in Southfield, MI in a loving and Christian home. He attended Southfield Christian School and after graduating from Calvin College, he taught English as a Second Language in Seoul, South Korea for a year. He since has travel extensively through Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. For the last ten years, Nate has lived in an intentional Christian community in the New Center area of Detroit. He is finishing his Master of Arts in Teaching at Wayne State and enjoys playing sports and sharing a good meal with friends and family.

Administrative Assistant - James Worden graduated in 1996 from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in English Literature.  He is a russophile and lived in Moscow, Russia for 2 years at the twilight of the 20th century.  Having traveled extensively, he has developed a passion for cycling.  In his spare time, he enjoys operating a community bike repair shop with a couple of his neighbors on the Eastside of Detroit.