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Susan Tollefson

It is my pleasure to serve as the Superintendent of L’Anse Area Schools. I look forward to leading our school in a positive direction. My commitment is to the success of each of our students.

I was born and raised in Covington, Michigan. I attended the Covington and Sidnaw elementary schools and graduated from L’Anse High School. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan Technological University in Materials Science Engineering along with Teaching Certification in Secondary Science and Mathematics. I began teaching at L’Anse Area Schools in 1995 and have taught many different math and science classes in grades 7-12 over the years. I earned my Master’s Degree from Northern Michigan University in Educational Administration. I also completed coursework at Wayne State University School of Law. I have served as the National Honor Society advisor, middle school cheerleading coach, school improvement chairperson, sophomore class advisor, 4-H leader and High School Figure Skating Team manager. My hobbies include watching my daughters’ sporting activities, walking, skiing, fishing and spending time with my family.

In the years that I have been at L’Anse Area Schools, it has become evident to me that we have an outstanding school faculty and staff and a community that takes pride in their town and school. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to continue my career in this community that has been my lifelong home. I believe that our students are second to none and I am committed to assuring that our school provides a variety of opportunities that meet the diverse needs of our students. The best part of my career in education has been when former students return to our school and express appreciation for the education they received here or the memories that were made here.

Theresa Bianco
Business Manager

I was born and raised in Aura, Michigan. I attended the L'Anse Area Schools and Northern Michigan University where I received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Loss Prevention and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to being employed at the L'Anse Area Schools, I worked in the billing department for Bayview Family Practice and most recently was an Accounting Assistant for the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources. In my free time I enjoy gardening, reading, fishing, woodworking and spending time with my family.

Joanne Hochstein
Administrative Assistant

I was born and raised in L'Anse and am a 1988 graduate of L'Anse High School. I attended Gogebic Community College graduating with an Associate of Applied Business degree. For 19 years, I was employed with BHK Child Development working with families. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Ashlyn Ahola
Accounting Clerk

I was born and raised in L’Anse, Michigan, and graduated from L’Anse High School in 2010. I attended Northern Michigan University where I graduated with an Associate of Business degree in Health Information Processing. I was previously employed by L’Anse Area Schools as a special education aide and Align Chiropractic as an office manager. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hunting, being outdoors and traveling new places.





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Susan Tollefson

L’Anse Area Schools Central Office
201 North 4th Street  •  L’Anse, Michigan 49946  •  906.524.6000


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