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C.J. Sullivan Elementary

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Elementary Office Staff

Jessica Paquet, Secretary
906.524.6000 ext. 3

I was born and raised in L'Anse and I'm a 2004 graduate of L'Anse Area Schools. For the past 6 years I was employed by BHK Great Explorations Program as Instructor/Tutor Coordinator. In 2010, I began by career at L'Anse Area Schools as a Special Education Aide and then in 2011 I was a Library Aide for two years. My hobbies are camping, reading, baking and spending time with my husband and our two children.


Melissa Scroggs, K-12 Principal
906-524-6000 ext. 3

My name is Melissa Scroggs. I am the K-12 Principal her at L'Anse Area Schools. I previously taught Special Education for 20 years. I have two sons who graduated from L'Anse.


Darrin Voskuhl, Director of Student Services, Food Service Director & Athletic Director
(906) 524-6000

I began my teaching career 10 years ago as a second grade teacher at C.J Sullivan Elementary school. I then moved to fourth grade for one year, and for the past 8 years, I’ve been teaching Elementary Physical Education. Along with teaching, I am also the Athletic Director for L’Anse High School.

I was born and raised here in L'Anse, MI, and graduated from L'Anse High School in 1999. I attended Northland College in Ashland, WI, and graduated in 2004 with a major in Elementary Education and Physical Education for grades K-12.

My hobbies include anything athletic. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. If you have any questions please feel free to call or e-mail me anytime.



Lisa Cichosz
Grade 4
(906) 524-6000

My name is Lisa Cichosz and I teach 4th grade. I was born and raised in L’Anse. I received my Elementary Education degree with a major in math and minor in language arts from Oakland University. I also have a masters degree in Instruction from Northern Michigan University. I currently reside in L’Anse with my husband Chad and our children Lola and Kale. Besides teaching, I enjoy sports, reading and being with my family.


Rachel Cox
Grade 3

My name is Rachel Cox. I started teaching third grade at L'Anse Area Schools in 2010. I graduated from Ferris State University in 2005. I am currently working on my Master's in Special Education. In my spare time I enjoy running, spending time with my friends and family, and enjoying the great outdoors.


Callie Cram
At Risk
(906) 524-6000

I am a graduate of L'Anse High School and Central Michigan University.

I am the At Risk teacher. I live in L'Anse. I enjoy spending time with my daughters, my dogs, and a good book!


Janet Gerzetich
Title I
(906) 524-6000

I am a graduate of the L'Anse Area Schools and proud parent of three L'Anse Area Schools graduates as well. I began my teaching career in 1980 at the Laird School in Alston. I have taught at the kindergarten through fourth grade levels. I am currently the lower elementary Title I teacher.


Dawn Howe
Physical Education
(906) 524-6000

I'm Dawn Howe and I will be teaching Kindergarten in the fall of 2018. Last year I taught 5th grade at C.J. Sullivan. I have a Bachelor's degree from Spring Arbor University in Elementary Education with a Language Arts endorsement. I have taught six years of kindergarten (non-consecutive), one year of middle school English, and two years of fourth grade. My husband Brian and I recently moved to Covington, and we have two grown children who love having such a great place to visit. When I am not at school you will find me enjoying the outdoor life with the husband and our two dogs, Angus and Yukon, around our camp at Big Lake.



Jennifer Lynn
Grade 5
(906) 524-6000

Jennifer Lynn brings 26 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator. Although raised in southeast Michigan, she fell in love with the Upper Peninsula while attending Northern Michigan University. She hoped to find a way to stay in the Upper Peninsula after student teaching, in England. She returned to Marquette where she lived with and tutored student/athletes at the Olympic Education Center, while substitute teaching. She spent these summers working at Bay Cliff Health Camp.

Her first classrooms were at Father Marquette Middle School, Negaunee Middle School, Pineview and Lakeview elementary schools where she led science instruction and curriculum development. She also ran literacy programs and immersed herself in children’s literature as the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library Children’s Librarian before moving to Baraga County.

Mrs. Lynn moved to Skanee with her twin daughters, Mackenzie and Winter, to be the Arvon Township School k-5 principal/teacher. Five years later, Baraga Area Schools hired her as the elementary principal. This position evolved into a combined superintendent/principal position. After seven years in Baraga, she made the tough decision to move closer to her parents, due primarily to health factors. She recently returned from Lower Michigan to rejoin her husband who stayed in Skanee. Her twin daughters are finishing their undergraduate degrees and starting careers in journalism and material science engineering.

Mrs. Lynn loves both traveling and coming home. She has traveled with students from Baraga's International Club through the British Isles and toured the Finnish education system in Helsinki. Her most recent adventure was 20 days in India. This included a full week of talks on K-12 social emotional learning research.

When home, she spends time outdoors in the woods, garden and orchard or on the water. When indoors she enjoys cooking, reading, writing and painting what inspires her from the natural environment.

Mrs. Lynn is currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership. She will be teaching fifth grade in L'Anse. She is excited to be home and returning to full-time classroom teaching to share her love of literacy, the arts and science directly with children again.


Kristin Marczak
Grade 1
(906) 524-6000

Hi! My name is Kristin Marczak. I began my teaching career here in L'Anse in the fall of 2007. I taught one year of kindergarten and have been in first grade since!

I attended Northern Michigan University where I received my Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education in December 2006 and received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University in 2019.

I currently live in L'Anse with my two children. In my free time I enjoy playing and watching sports, reading, and spending time with loved ones.

Please feel free to contact me at or contact our elementary office. Thank you!


Emily Maxson
Grade 2
(906) 524-6000

My name is Emily Maxson and I am a 2nd grade teacher. I began my teaching career at C.J. Sullivan Elementary School in 2010. I am originally from Kingsford, Michigan, where I graduated from high school in 2004. I hold a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and also a Masters in Education with a focus on being a Reading Specialist, from Northern Michigan University. I am part of the 1:1 technology initiative at our school and my 2nd grade classroom currently has Chromebooks. I LOVE technology, especially using it in my classroom to help students enjoy learning!

In my spare time I like to hunt, go berry picking and hang out with my husband, daughter, and huge golden retriever named Fluke. We are usually out at camp or on a road trip adventure.

Please don't ever hesitate to contact me via email, Edmodo, telephone or stopping by our classroom!

Classroom website: CLICK HERE
Facebook: Mrs. Maxson's 2nd Grade 2015


Brian Perry
Grade 4
(906) 524-6000

Brian Perry is a 4th grade teacher at C.J. Sullivan Elementary School. During switch time Mr. Perry teaches reading and writing. Mr. Perry graduated from Grand Valley State University Honors College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and an Elementary Education minor. He earned his Masters Degree in Education Administration at Northern Michigan University in May 2014. Mr. Perry taught 6th grade at Stangel Elementary in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, before coming to L'Anse. He lives in Crystal Falls with his son.


Aaron Poniatowski
K-12 Music & Yearbook
(906) 524-6000

Aaron Poniatowski started teaching at L'Anse in the fall of 2005. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Education (2005) and a Masters in Music Education (2012). Aaron's primary instrument is the trumpet, but does play all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. She will be teaching K-5 General Music, Sixth grade beginning band, Junior High Band (grades 7 and 8), Senior High Band, and Yearbook. She is also the director of the Marching and Pep Band for the football and basketball games and the Senior Class Advisor. Aaron lives in L'Anse with her son James.


Marsha Salo
Grade K-1
(906) 524-6000

Marsha Salo is a graduate of Houghton High School. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Northern Michigan University with and Elementary Education major and an English and Speech minor. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as a Reading Specialist. She has spent most of her career teaching in Wisconsin at various levels. She currently resides in Hancock, and is happy to be back in the U.P.


Anne Schumer
Grade 3
(906) 524-6000

Hi! I am Anne Schumer and I began teaching third grade at L'Anse Area Schools in the fall of 2010. Prior to that, I was the principal of Sacred Heart School in L'Anse for five years. My teaching experience includes working in Curtis and South Lyon, Michigan and Pine City, Minnesota. I have taught first, third, and fourth grade, Title I, and a combination class of fifth and sixth grade. I grew up near Skandia, south of Marquette and graduated from Gwinn High School. I received my degree in Elementary Education and my Masters degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Northern Michigan University. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, and being outdoors in all seasons with my husband and my dog.


Jamie Senske
Grade 1
(906) 524-6000

My name is Jamie Senske and this is my second year teaching. My first year I taught at Bark River Harris Schools in Harris, MI. I currently live in Ishpeming with my husband, two daughters (Mariah is 5, Mylee is going on 3 weeks old), our dog Nytro, and cat Chloe.
I am from Munising and graduated from NMU in 2013. I did two long term substitute positions following graduation and then I was the Math Interventionist at Aspen Ridge Elementary School.

I have an older brother and sister as well as a younger sister. In my free time I love being at home and spending time with my family. My favorite time of year is summer where I can be at the beach and enjoy the warm sunshine.


Michelle Seppanen
(906) 524-6000

Having grown up in Ontonagon, I was excited to become a teacher for L'Anse Area Schools in 1996! I had just graduated with honors with my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education having majored in math and minored in science. While I have spent time as a middle school teacher, most of my career has been spent teaching first-graders! I have since attained a Master of Arts in Education with my courses focusing on language arts. As my students may tell you, I love reading and cannot name just one favorite book! When I am not at school, I love to spend time with my husband, Tim, our daughter, Aurora, and our three spoiled dogs! We love to enjoy our beautiful Lake Superior and all that our area has to offer in the summer. In the winter, you might find us snowshoeing or watching the Huskies play hockey! Please feel free to call, email or stop by!


Stacey Simonsen
(906) 524-6000

I am excited to be teaching Kindergarten here at C.J. Sullivan; I began my time here as a substitute and was hired as a full-time teacher in 2010. It is awesome watching students grow and change as they enjoy their first year at "the big school."

I'm originally from Harrison, Michigan and moved to the U.P. in 2002 to attend Northern Michigan University. At NMU, I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Minors in Mathematics and Science.
I am currently pursuing my Masters be be a Reading Specialist.

In my spare time I like to learn new things and spend time with family and friends. Please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached through your student's red folder, by telephone, through email, or by a classroom visit.

CLICK HERE for my classroom Facebook page.


April Thor
Grade 2
(906) 524-6000

Hi there! My name is April Thor, and I am very excited for my fifth year of teaching here at C.J. Sullivan. As one of the second grade teachers, I am looking forward to a wonderful year! I am a graduate of Baraga High School, and have since earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, with minors in Math and Language Arts, from Western Michigan University. Outside of school I love spending time with my daughters, Tessa and Kyla, or curling up with a good book. Please feel free to contact me at any time via phone or email, as listed above.


Hillary Treadeau
Special Education
(906) 524-6000

Hello, my name is Hillary (Froberg) Treadeau. I graduated from Baraga High School in 2006. After high school, I attended Northern Michigan University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Special Education and a minor in Integrated Science.

This is my third year teaching at L’Anse Area Schools. I am currently teaching Functional English, Functional Math, Math Lab and Academic Lab in the Resource Room.

Parents please feel free to contact me throughout the school year with any questions or concerns. I can be reached by email or phone (ext. 365).


Jane VanBuren
Grade 5
(906) 524-6000

Hello! I teach 5th-grade at C.J. Sullivan Elementary School. I grew up in the Detroit area and "discovered" the Upper Peninsula when I attended Northern Michigan University. Not a day goes by that I don't appreciate the beauty of this area, the closeness of our community, and the fact that I don't have to wait ten minutes to turn left at an intersection. I enjoy reading and spending time at home with my husband and two young daughters.


Risa Williamson
Elementary Counselor
(906) 524-6000

Hello! My name is Risa Williamson. I am the Kindergarten-6th grade School Guidance Counselor at L'Anse Area Schools. I graduated from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in Psychology. I worked in health care before pursuing my Masters Degree in Education Guidance Counseling K-12 from Northern Michigan University. I have worked as a Guidance Counselor since 2001 in the Baraga, L'Anse, and Hancock Districts.

During my day, I see individual students, groups of students, consult and plan with teachers, parents and administration, provide monthly classroom lessons, and help with test coordination. In my free time, I like to camp, golf, coach softball, hike, explore and travel, and be a wife and mother.






Posted July 22, 2020
Employee of the Month ~ July
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Posted July 20, 2020
2020-2021 Board of Education Meeting Schedule

Posted June 15, 2020
Summer Office Hours
Summer Office Hours are as follows:

Central Office
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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