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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

Having previously served as the Business Manager at L'Anse Area Schools from 2018 to 2022, I am thrilled to return to this familiar role. My previous experience besides being the Business Manager includes HR Director at KBOCC, Accounting Assistant at MI DNR, and Billing Clerk for Bayview Family Practice.

Beyond my professional endeavors, I cherish the simple joys of life. You'll often find me casting a line while fishing in our beautiful Lake Superior, firing up the sauna, nurturing my garden, or embarking on adventures with my husband, children and grandchildren. These moments not only bring me happiness but also keep me connected to what truly matters.

Returning to L'Anse Area Schools isn't just about a job for me; it's about the team I work with in Central Office, the friendships, contributing to the growth and success of our community. I am excited to once again collaborate with dedicated board members to ensure our school continues to thrive.

Joanne Hochstein
Administrative Assistant

Having graduated from L’Anse Area Schools, I have enjoyed my role as Administrative Assistant since 2013. Prior to this role, I was employed with BHK Child Development for 19 years and established many friendships while helping parents and children.

Outside of work, you will find me in the kitchen, reading or spending time with my family. I also enjoy the 4 seasons we are so fortunate to have.
Working in Central office has had a great impact on me and I look forward to the new challenges every day!

April Niemi
Accounting Clerk

I am a 1998 graduate from L’Anse Area Schools. For 8 years I worked in Food Service where I enjoyed seeing the students on a daily basis. Recently I have transferred into the role of Accounting Clerk and although I do not have this daily contact with students, this new role has been a great change in my career.

Aside from work, my children keep me busy with extracurricular activities. Family time is very important to me, whether it’s on a beach or hiking through the woods. When I have free time, I enjoy picking beach glass or being in the garden. My priority is being a devoted mother and wife.

Working in Central Office has been a great opportunity.




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The L’Anse Area School is a drug/alcohol/tobacco-free campus
for everyone including students, faculty, parents, and community members.

Susan Tollefson

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


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