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C.J. Sullivan Elementary

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Elementary Office Staff

Jessica Paquet, Secretary
906.524.6000 ext. 200

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.


Risa Williamson, Elementary Counselor
(906) 524-6000

Mrs. Williamson is new this year, her bio is forthcoming...



Keith Bush
Special Education
(906) 524-6000

I am currently in my second year supporting students in Kindergarten through third grade as a teacher. I am originally from Northern New York, but spent parts of my adulthood in suburban Boston and Grand Rapids. I currently live in Marquette with my wife, Nicki, and 10 year old son, Elijah. I enjoy the student-centered, professional but fun, educational environment of the lower elementary.

I enjoy spending time with my family and supporting my wife as she studies for a Masters of Social Work Degree. I am at peace near the water of Lake Superior. I enjoy the outdoors in small doses not too far from a road or the beach.


Randy Cadeau
At Risk
(906) 524-6000

Randy Cadeau is currently teaching in the Title 1 program. He lives in the Village of L'Anse. He is married to Laura, and they have three daughters who have all graduated from L'Anse Area Schools and more recently college. Mr. Cadeau has been an administrator and/or teacher in the Baraga County Schools since 1976, and particularly in the L'Anse Area Schools since 1998. He has a Bachelor's Degree from NMU with majors in Science and Math, along with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education.


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
Special Education
(906) 524-6000

I am a graduate of L'Anse High School and Central Michigan University. I am the Special Education teacher for third through sixth grades. I live in L'Anse. I enjoy spending time with my daughters, my dogs, and a good book!


Bart Demkowicz
K-8 Physical Education
(906) 524-6000

My name is Bart Demkowicz and I will be teaching Physical Education at C.J. Sullivan and 2 classes at the middle school this year. I received my Bachelor degree from UW-Oshkosh, a Master’s from United States Sports Academy, my teaching license, and a Master’s in Education from Concordia University Wisconsin. I have substitute taught for 5 years and have coached football at West DePere (WI) High School and Middle School. I previously worked for the Green Bay Packers in the Pro-Shop along with the Equipment area. I currently live in Marquette and enjoy cars, sports, hiking, spending time with family, friends, my girlfriend and her children.


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.


Megan Hilsendager
9(906) 524-6000

I grew up in Colorado and graduated from college in Colorado. After college I began to teach preschool for Aurora Public Schools. I started off as a para-educator and then made my way to being a technology coach for the district, for three years. I have loved working with young children and seeing their excitement and inventiveness when they're learning!

My family and I moved to Michigan about a year ago. I live in L'Anse with my husband, daughter, and son. When I'm not at school I love to play and coach volleyball, spend time with my family, read books, go four wheeling, and being outside. Since moving to Michigan I have loved being able to go to Lake Superior and exploring the great outdoors!


Dawn Howe
Grade 5
(906) 524-6000

I'm Dawn Howe and I will be teaching 5th grade at C.J. Sullivan this year. 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.



Kristin Marczak
Grade 1
(906) 524-6000

Hello! My name is Kristin Marczak. I am starting my eighth year at L’Anse School District. I am very fortunate to be apart of a great staff and be able to work with the best students!

I attended Northern Michigan University where I received my Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education in December 2006. I started my career at C.J. Sullivan in the fall of 2007. I started teaching kindergarten, but moved to first grade in the middle of my second year. I have been in first grade ever since.

I currently reside in L’Anse with my husband Tim and our son Landon and our daughter Avery. Besides teaching, I enjoy sports, running, and being with my family.


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 writing and math. 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. The '15-16 school year will be Mr. Perry's 9th year in L'Anse.


Aaron Poniatowski
Elementary Music, Jr/Sr High School Band & 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 and is currently learning the guitar. She will be teaching K-5 General Music, Sixth grade beginning band, Junior High Band (grades 7 and 8), Senior High Band, and Yearbook this year. 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. She enjoys playing trumpet with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, listening to live music, walking, and spending time with her son.


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.


Michelle Seppanen
Grade 1
(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.

To view the kindergarten webpage with more information:


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.


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.


Darrin Voskuhl
Director of Student Services & 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.


Risa Williamson
Elementary Counselor
(906) 524-6000

Mrs. Williamson is new this year, her bio is forthcoming...





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