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Science Teacher - 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.

6th Grade - Katie Buckley grew up in Ann Arbor and Dexter, MI. She majored in English and secondary education, as well as minored in history, at the University of Michigan. She taught for a semester after graduation in Ann Arbor public schools, and then moved on to teach high school English in Southwest Detroit. After four years in Southwest, Katie took a break from the classroom and helped run a tutoring center outside of Detroit. Charlotte Mason Community School drew her back to her calling of being a classroom teacher. Outside of school, she is a member of Woodside Bible Church, she writes and performs music, and she loves running. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to see live performances, and dreaming about owning a dog. 

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.

Art Teacher - 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.

Facility Manager - Bruce Jones is awesome!

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.  

Lead Teacher - 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 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.  

2nd Grade - Pauline Simmonds is from the island of Jamaica.  She has been living in Detroit for almost three years.  She is trained teacher, with a diploma in Teachers' Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies, majoring in Guidance and Counseling.  Her teaching experiences span over twenty-eight years. She is a Christian, a wife and a mother, with seven adult children.  She possesses a strong love for children and an undying love for the Lord and His work.  She is thankful to be a part of Charlotte Mason Community School and to help continue the legacy that she began.

7th & 8th Grade Teacher
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.

Office Manager - 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.

Darcie Yobp

3rd & 4th Grade Co-Teacher - Darcie Yobp earned her bachelor's degree in public relations from Westminster College in 2001 and her master's degree in special education from Loyola Marymount University in 2005.  She grew up mainly in Pittsburgh, but spent most of her adult life in Los Angeles, where she taught special ed language arts at Pacoima Middle School for 8 years.  She, her husband, Matthew, and her daughters, Charlotte (8) and Ruby (5), moved to Detroit a year ago, looking for deeper community, a more sustainable day to day life, and to be closer to family. They live on the Eastside and attend Mack Ave Community Church.  Darcie enjoys painting, drawing, singing, cooking, reading, thrift shopping, and repurposing, and is passionate about social justice.