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High School Office Staff

Jarvis Craig, Student Support Coordinator

cjarvis@laschools.us

Mr. Jarvis is new to our school this year and is our Student Support Coordinator. We are excited to have him as part of our team.

His bio is forthcoming...

 

Gina Magaraggia, Secretary
(906) 524-6000 extension: 2
gmagaraggia@laschools.us

Gina has been a Special Education Aide for the past 2 years. She is new in the High School office in her new role as secretary and we are pleased to have her on our team!

 

Martin Meleen, Assistant Principal
(906) 524-6000 Ext. 2
mmeleen@laschools.us

Mr. Meleen has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education at Ferris State University and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at Northern Michigan University. His teaching career began in 1987 at L'Anse High School.

His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and spending time at camp. He lives in Aura and is married with one son and one daughter.

 

Melissa Scroggs, K-12 Principal
906-524-6000 ext. 3
mscroggs@laschools.us

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

 

Darrin Voskuhl, Physical Education Teacher, Food Service Director & Athletic Director
(906) 524-6000
dvoskuhl@laschools.us

 
 

Faculty

Holly Belanger
French/Spanish
(906) 524-6000
hbelanger@laschools.us

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Hola! Bonjour! My name is Holly Belanger and I have been teaching world languages for 23 years. I currently teach French & Spanish to middle and high school students. Before coming to L'Anse, I taught at Berkley High School for seven years. I have a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and a master's degree from Wayne State University. In my free time, I enjoy being with my husband and friends. I also like to ski, fish, snowshoe, hike, kayak, go to the movies, read, travel, cycle and entertain my dogs.

 

Jason Briggs
K-12 Art
(906) 524-6000
jbriggs@laschools.us

Mr. Briggs is new to L'Anse Area Schools beginning September 27.

We are very excited to have him on our team!

His bio is forthcoming...

 

Sarah Briggs-McNeal
English
(906) 524-6000
sbriggs@laschools.us

My name is Sarah Briggs, and I joined L’Anse Area Schools in 2020. Previously, I worked at Gwinn Middle and High School as an English and Special Education teacher.

I graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2004 with a B.S. in Political Science/Psychology. I later decided to earn my teaching certification and have now been teaching for seven years. I am excited to be here!

My husband and I are rock pickers, and we love this area. In my spare time, I also enjoy reading, gardening, canoeing, camping, and spending time with my family and critters.

 

Betty Cangemi
Science & Math
(906) 524-6000
bcangemi@laschools.us

 

Lisa Cichosz
Math - Middle School
(906) 524-6000
lcichosz@laschools.us

My name is Lisa Cichosz and teach Middle School Math. 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.

 

John DeLine
Jr/Sr High Social Studies Teacher
(906) 524-6000
jdeline@laschools.us

My name is John DeLine. I joined L'Anse Area Schools in 2021. Previously, I worked at L'Anse-Baraga Community Schools as an Alternative Education Teacher.

I graduated From Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, with a B.S in Social Studies Education. I am a graduate of L'Anse Area Schools and have lived here most of my life. I feel fortunate to live and work in Baraga County.

I enjoy spending time on or near Lake Superior. My son and I have recently taken up fishing and we are eager to find the best parts of the earth that are covered by water. I also enjoy camping, snowshoeing, swimming and riding in my side by side.

 

Eric DeMink
Physical Education
(906) 524-6000
edemink@laschools.us

Hello, my name is Eric DeMink. I graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2009 with a degree in secondary education. This will be my 3rd year with L'Anse Area Schools; however, I've been in the community since 2006. My eldest child graduated from LAS and my youngest is currently a junior. I really enjoy encouraging students to try new things and grow as individuals in fitness and socially.

I have coached many sports in the community in the past including: Little League Baseball 2010- 2016, Little league 12u and 14u Girls Softball 2014-2019, Junior High Basketball 2016, Junior High Volleyball 2020-2021 season, and I've run an afterschool weight lifting program in the community since 2008. Also, this will be my 13th year coaching football and and my 3rd year in LAS as a Varsity coach.

Physical fitness, nutrition, and teaching are things I'm very passionate about.

 

Heather Grentz
Jr/Sr High School Guidance Counselor
(906) 524-6000
hgrentz@laschools.us

My name is Heather Grentz and I am the Jr/Sr High School Counselor. I graduated from Northern Michigan University in the Spring of 2000 with a degree in elementary education. I started working in the District that fall teaching 5th grade. In 2004 I received my Masters from NMU in K-12 guidance counseling. After 7 years in the District teaching 5th grade I made the move to the Guidance Office. The counseling office can be used for individual student planning, responsive services, guidance curriculum, and system support.

 

Alanna Hamel
Science
(906) 524-6000
ahamel@laschools.us

This will be my second full year teaching at L’Anse Area Schools and the fifth year of teaching in general. I currently teach biology, chemistry, physics, and a career prep class. Previously, I taught middle and high school science at Ewen Trout Creek School, was a chemist at the Eagle Mill in Humboldt, and a practicing mural artist for 20 years in Texas and the UP. I love bringing the wonder and inspiration of science to young minds and to help prepare them for careers of the future. I obtained my teaching degree in Integrated Science from Northern Michigan University in 2014, and earned my Masters in the education track of Clinical Molecular Genetics at in 2019 and hope to provide more experience for students in this growing field of science.

My hobbies are many but I spend most of my time sailing with my husband on Lake Superior, gardening, hiking, kayaking, and reading.

 

John Jacobson
Special Education
(906) 524-6000
jjacobson@laschools.us

This is my 23rd year teaching at L'Anse High School. I have a son who is in college and I'm very proud of him, and I guess I am now qualified as an empty-nester. I recently retired from coaching high school football.

It was a tremendous 20 year experience working with so many young men in that position, but it was time to move on. I now get to be a fan and I can focus more on other things, such as teaching special education during a pandemic. It is sometimes hard to believe, but every year it seems like I appreciate my students even more than the year prior. So many of them surprise me by what they can overcome and achieve. I do try to push them hard to achieve their highest potential, and when they can't do anymore than what I am asking from them then that's when I try to provide as much support as I can. I consider education to be an incredible gift, and as I have gained more experience I have come to realize that achieving in education is one of the greatest accomplishments a person can do. It is absolutely one of my greatest thrills to see a student's confidence grow because they realize that they can learn and that once they get an education it is something that no one can ever take away from them. I work with students a lot in math, and I absolutely love the challenge of that discipline as it keeps me in touch with my inner nerd. So anyway, that's all I got, thank you for reading this to the very end, you did good!!!

 

Bruce Kerry
Science & Social Studies
(906) 524-6000
bkerry@laschools.us

Hey everyone. My name is Bruce Kerry. I am so happy to be teaching in L'Anse. I have been teaching for almost 15 years, mostly in Colorado but also in Farmington Hills, MI and Winston-Salem, NC. I have also coached Football and Boy's and Girl's Tennis. I was voted Coach of the Year in 2010 for the Boy's Tennis Team at Evergreen High School in Evergreen, CO. I have taught students from 5th grade to 12 grade. I have been fortunate enough to teach Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, English, LIfetime Sports, Study Skills, and Family Consumer Science but I have spent most of my time teaching Middle School Science. Last Year, I was honored to be nominated as Teacher of the Year for Thompson School District in Loveland , CO. I believe that the best thing about teaching is building relationships with students so that I can discover the best learning pathway for each student and guide and support them to discover their strengths so they can be excited about becoming lifelong learners.

I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Environmental Science. Then I continued my education at the University of Denver, where I received my Teaching Certificate in Secondary Science with a focus in Literacy. I continued my education at the University of Denver and received my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, with emphasis on Twice Exceptional, The Underachievement of Boys, and The Inclusion of Students with Asperger's in the Mainstream Classroom which is the focus of my post-coursework PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.

I have enjoyed becoming part of the L'Anse school and community. It has been great getting to know everyone in this strange time of teaching and learning. I look forward to a continued safe and healthy school year for all.

 

Jennifer Knisely
Social Studies
(905) 524-6000
jknisely@laschools.us

Hello, my name is Jen Knisely. I grew up in Baraga and graduated from Baraga High School in 2004. I then attended the University of Michigan where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education in 2008. In 2017 I graduated with my Master's Degree in Learning Disabilities from Northern Michigan University. I was hired by the district in the fall of 2008. This school year I am teaching Civics & Economics, Psychology, and U.S. History.

I currently reside in Baraga with my husband and three children. I enjoy watching and playing sports, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends.

Parents and students, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns throughout the school year.

 

Nicole Maddux
English & Computers
(906) 524-6000
nmaddux@laschools.us

Hello! My name is Nicole Maddux. I currently teach English I, II & Computers. I have a B.S. degree in Education with a major in English and a minor in Speech Communication. I have a M.A. degree in Communications/Media Arts, both from Wayne State University. I live with my husband and our daughter. When I am not a school, I love to spend time with my family, watch movies, and travel. I am happy to be teaching at L’Anse Area Schools and participating in this wonderful community!

 

Paul Moore
Special Education
(906) 524-6000
pmoore@laschools.us

I have been teaching in L'Anse for 20 years in the Special Education Resource Room working primarily with grades 7-12. I am also the school's Youth in Government Advisor.

I can be found in room 316 or can be reached at extension 379. My e-mail at school is listed above. Please drop me a line through e-mail, if I can be of assistance to you or you have a question for me.

 

Jacob Ogea
Social Studies
(906) 524-6000
jogea@laschools.us

Hello, my name is Jacob Ogea. I currently teach 6th and 7th grade Social Studies and 9th Grade World History. I’m a life-long Yooper born and raised in Marquette, graduate of Marquette Senior High School. I graduated from Northern Michigan University this past December with a B.S. in Secondary Education with a major in Social Studies and a minor in Political Science. I coach Middle and High School Track along with John Jacobson.

In my spare time, I DJ weddings for my dad’s company, Pierre Ogea Entertainment. For the past eight years I’ve done radio broadcasting for Marquette Senior High School sports; calling football, basketball, baseball and softball games over the airwaves.

I’m thrilled that I get to continue calling the Upper Peninsula home and make a difference in the local community. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

 

Brooke Osterman
School Nurse & CTE Health Careers
(906) 524-6000
bosterman@laschools.us

My name is Brooke Osterman and I am the K-12 school nurse, CTE Health Careers instructor, and HOSA advisor. I graduated from L’Anse High School in 2011. I went on to attend Northern Michigan University where I graduated in 2015 with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. After 5 years of working as a Registered Nurse at UPHS-Marquette and BCMH, I decided to make the leap to the school setting. This position has given me the opportunity to practice both nursing and teaching, two things I really enjoy. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, watching football, baking, and spending time with my family. I live in Aura with my husband and our two girls.

 

Douglas Ploe
Middle School Science & Math
(906) 524-6000
dploe@laschools.us

My name is Doug Ploe, and I joined L’Anse Area Schools in 2020. I’ve been a teacher since 1997, but my path to L’Anse was a long one. I’ve taught at many levels - middle school to college. For years I worked outside of education (office manager for a local business, lab technician for a large company), but I always had the desire to get back into a classroom. Late in the summer of 2020, I was hired to teach here and the experience has been terrific!

I’ve been married to my awesome wife, Gail, for 34 years. We have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren, a great dog, and two okay cats. In my spare time, I enjoy getting out on my motorcycle, hiking, gardening, and enjoying all that the UP offers. In the other 9 months, I suffer through our long winters. :)

 

Aaron Poniatowski
K-12 Music & Yearbook
(906) 524-6000
aponiatowski@laschools.us

Aaron Poniatowski started teaching at L'Anse in the fall 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.

 

Mark Smith
Math
(906) 524-6000
msmith@laschools.us

I'm originally from Ironwood, MI and graduated from Ironwood High School in 1983. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Michigan Tech in 1988, and my Master’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Northern Michigan University in 1994. This will be my 34th year of teaching, of which 33 will have been at L'Anse High School. This school year I will be teaching Algebra 2, NMU Precalculus, NMU Calculus, Algebra 2A, and Algebra 2B.. I currently reside along the Falls River in L'Anse. I enjoy steelhead fishing, running, and watching sports in my free time.


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Kendra Turpeinen
English
(906) 524-6000
kturpeinen@laschools.us

Hello, my name is Kendra Turpeinen and I grew up in the Copper Country. I attended Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, studied English education, and received my teaching license in 2000. Teaching has taken me on many adventures! My first job was at a boarding school in central China where none of my students spoke English. I returned to the U.P. and have worked for most of 2 decades in Copper Country schools helping young people and teachers reach their goals. In 2007 I completed my Master’s in Teaching, and in 2018 I completed my PhD in Education.

At L’Anse High School, I work with students in 11th and 12th grade. Recently, I have become an instructor for the Northern Promise Program, giving 12th grade students the opportunity to earn college English credits at NMU.

My family and I live in Baraga County. We spend a lot of time at our family camp on Twin Lakes. I enjoy the U.P. in every season -- kayaking, hiking, and snowshoeing. I love baking bread (especially Nisu!) and of course my night stand is stacked with books to read.

English 3
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College Prep English 3
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English 4
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