Spanish - Nallely Alvarado
4th Grade Teacher - Meghan Armstrong.
5th-8th Literature & Writing - Katie Buckley grew up in Dexter, MI. She studied English, secondary education, and history at the University of Michigan. She taught middle and high school in Ann Arbor and Southwest Detroit, and is now in her 3rd year at Charlotte Mason. Teaching at Charlotte Mason Community School is her dream job. Outside of school, she tutors high schoolers for the SAT and college writing, and attends Woodside Bible Church. In her free time, Katie enjoys being with her family and friends, exploring nature, running slowly, writing music, going to see live performances, and hanging out with her lovable, big shaggy dog, Scout.
5th - 8th Science & Math - Simone Cato is a wife and mother of four children, three of which are all currently attending Charlotte Mason. She was born and raised in St. Catherine, Jamaica and has lived in Detroit for over 15 years. Simone loves people and has served children for years by working as a youth minister in Jamaica and the US, a high school information technology teacher, camp counselor and mentor for young people. She is energized by listening to good music, dancing, writing and engaging in good conversation. One of her greatest joys is to see people live up to their full potential despite challenges and setbacks. Simone looks forward to the adventure of serving in the kindergarten classroom at CMCS.
1st Grade - Toni Gibson grew up in Albuquerque and after graduating from the University of New Mexico got her first preschool teaching job in Hawaii. That’s where she met her husband, John, a Michigander, and when he was discharged from the Navy they moved to Michigan in a January snowstorm. It took her a few years to get used to cold winters but now she loves it. Toni continued teaching in public and private schools in Whitmore Lake, Mason, St. Clair Shores and Detroit at several grade levels including kindergarten, 3rd and 5th grade. In 1995 she received her master’s degree from Wayne State University in Early Childhood Education. Toni loves books, gardening and ballroom dancing and she is delighted to be teaching first-grade at Charlotte Mason Community School.
2nd Grade - Seth Lehman-Martin grew up in central PA with his mom, dad and eight brothers and sisters. He began teaching third graders at the church he grew up in during his teens. After high school, he moved to South Carolina and studied in a broad range of fields, culminating in an MA in English. Seth and his wife Cassie met in 2008 and now have three children. He has always loved teaching and children of all ages (being a bit reluctant to grow up himself) and has spent his “grown-up” life teaching children and teens in a variety of church settings. In 2015, Seth and Cassie and their children moved to Detroit where Seth and a friend merged their online bookstores into the Detroit Book Exchange. He is now excited to fulfill his lifelong teaching dreams full-time, helping children discover themselves, their Creator and the beautiful world they live in.
Left to his own devices outside of school, Seth would typically hole up in a quiet place with a good book of stories or poetry or a novel and some delicious food. But with an extroverted wife and three vibrant children six and younger, he’s more likely flying around the living room in a dance party or surrounded on the couch reading The Wind in the Willows or The Hobbit or, later on, sitting at his table late into the night with friends.
Principal - Ann 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.
3rd Grade - 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.
Social Worker - Vanessa Simkins grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. She obtained her Bachelors of Psychology and Masters of Social Work at Wayne State University. Vanessa's oldest daughter attends CMCS and that sparked the interest for her to become more involved at CMCS by becoming the school social worker and using the gifts that she has. Vanessa lives in the North End with her husband Sam and six children. Her passions are reading, adventuring, naturing, decorating, playing tennis, crafting, hanging with the neighbors, and eating great food!
Teacher Aid - Bobbie Simpson loves children. She loves their curiosity, innocence, and their ability to love without conditions. She appreciates the Charlotte Mason philosophy because she has always felt that children need to express themselves freely while they are exploring the world. She is the mother of six: two boys & four girls, ages 3, 9,10,11,15, and 24. Bary, the 11 yr old, attends CMCS. She was born and raised in Detroit. She attends Mack Ave Community Church. She gets to hang out with, teach, and learn from children for a living at Charlotte Mason... She's in heaven!!!
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.
Kindergarten - Kristen Van Andel hails originally from West Michigan, but after 6 years in Plymouth and 13 years in Detroit, Southeast Michigan has become her home. She holds degrees from Calvin College (BSW) and the University of Michigan (MSW). She loves spending time with her husband Mark and their three sons (2 CMCS graduates and a current 7th grader). They have particularly enjoyed traveling around the country and visiting a variety of National Parks. She has a long history of serving with children in a variety of settings (church, school and home) and is excited to love and learn with the Kindergarten class.