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High School Office Staff

Lisa Cichosz, 6-12 Principal
(906) 524-6000 ext. 2

My name is Lisa Cichosz and previously taught 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.

This is my first year as principal and am looking forward to it!

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.


Kimberly Hendrickson, Social Worker

My name is Kimberly Hendrickson and I received my clinical and macro graduate degree as an MSW from Michigan State University. I received my School Social Work certification from MSU and have always enjoyed working in the schools.

I am fully licensed to practice in Michigan as an LMSW with ACSW certification. I have worked as a Director of Social Services, Medical Social Service Director, a private contractor for 10 years with 5 years full time as the School Social Worker for an Intermediate School District and as a contracted therapist for Access Psychological. I currently provide on call crisis services for Copper Country Mental Health and Pathways mental health, serving 8 counties. I currently work for my local school district in L’Anse as the Student Services Supports Director and have my School Social Work certification and I provide crisis services for R3 continuum as a contracted provider offering disruption, response and recovery services, when my availability allows.

I have extensive training and experience in Trauma work and serve on our local FAN chapter board (Families against Narcotics) and have held National Certification In Addictions. I am also a member of BARCC (building a resilient copper country).

My interest in Trauma work has lead me to work on becoming an ACE (adverse childhood experiences) train the trainer and hope to provide education and engage parents and families.

I live in Skanee with my husband Dean. I have been a lifelong member of our community and am a member of the KBIC Tribe. With all of that said, my biggest accomplishment has been in raising our 5 girls and having four beautiful grandchildren. I love family gatherings, boating, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, traveling, daily mindfulness practice, spending time with our dog, Charlie Rocket and gardening.


Katie Martinac, Secretary
(906) 524-6000 ext. 2

My name is Katie Martinac I was born and raised in Ishpeming, MI then graduated from Republic-Michigamme. I was previously a Para Pro here at L'Anse and then moved into the Middle School/High School Secretary position.

I currently reside in L'Anse with my husband Tyler and our two children, Aria and Hayden. Outside of work I enjoy time with my family, friends, playing/watching sports and traveling.


Darrin Voskuhl, Director of Student Services & Athletic Director
(906) 524-6000 ext. 2

Hello, my name is Darrin Voskuhl.

I am currently the Director of Student Services and Athletic Director. In the past I have taught K-8 Physical Education and have been at L'Anse for nearly 17 years.

My hobbies include anything athletic. Outside of school, I enjoy hunting, fishing and spending time with my family and friends. I'm looking forward to another great school year!

Go Hornets!



Tyler Belanger
Math Teacher

Hi! My name is Tyler Belanger, and this year I will be teaching 8th grade math and Algebra 2/2A. I grew up in Marquette, MI and graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 2018. I attended Northern Michigan University where I got my degree in Secondary Education Mathematics. I did my student teaching in 6th grade at Bothwell Middle School . I am married, have a two year old son, and two dogs. In my free time I enjoy hiking and going to the beach. I am also an active member of the Michigan Army National Guard, where I am a Human Resources Specialist. This will be my first year teaching and I am so excited!


Jason Briggs
Substitute Teacher

I am married to the Middle School English Teacher, Sarah Briggs-McNeal. She moved to L’Anse from Negaunee Township in 2020 and I moved here the next year. We have built a house on Lake Superior after living in a camper for a couple of years on our property. I went to NMU for Art & Design in 2000 and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I met my wife Sarah at College and we have lived in Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming and Newberry before moving to L'Anse. We love going to the beach on Lake Superior with our dogs and canoeing.


Sarah Briggs-McNeal

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

Mrs. Cangemi is a L'Anse Area Schools graduate and has taught for over 20 years. She is repected by her students and peers.


John DeLine
Social Studies

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 & Health

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.


Elijah Emmer
At Risk Teacher

Coach Elijah Emmer Assistant Varsity Football Coach and At Risk tutor.

I graduated from Finlandia in 2023 with a degree in liberal studies with concatenations in History and Philosophy with an English minor. I’ve lived in the U.P. since 2018 and played 4 years of college football for WLC and Finlandia.


Rebecca Frost

Hello! My name is Rebecca Frost and this is my first year at L'Anse schools. I graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2007 with a degree in German Language and Literature, and then came up to the UP to go to Michigan Tech for graduate school. I earned my masters in Rhetoric and Technical Communication in 2010, and my PhD in Rhetoric, Theory and Culture in 2015. I've taught composition at both Tech and KBOCC, and I'm happy to be able to continue to call the UP home.

I teach English III and NMU English, and I'm also a published author. In my free time, when I'm not reading or writing, I like to knit.


Heather Grentz
Guidance Counselor

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.


John Jacobson
Special Education

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!!!


Austin Keranen
Chemistry & Science
(906) 524-6000

Hello! My name is Mr. Austin Keranen and I started working at LAS in April of 2023. I teach classes in both middle and high school science. My biggest goal is to see all of my students succeed. I design my classes to have lots of labs and hands-on learning alongside applying the topics they are learning in class to the real world. In my free time I enjoy reading, walking, watching movies, and learning more about science! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Go Hornets!


Jennifer Knisely
Social Studies

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.


Kinnon Kurtycz

I’ll be teaching a mix of junior high and high school science this year. I graduated from NMU with my bachelor's in Secondary Education Integrated Science. I’m from downstate in Grand Rapids, but I’ve been visiting family in the U.P. since I was little. My wife, Tara, and I just bought a house in the area, and we’re excited to settle into U.P. living. When I’m not working, you might find me bird or rabbit hunting or exploring a new hiking trail. I look forward to getting involved in the L'Anse Community!


Tara Kurtycz
K-8 Physical Education

My name is Tara Kurtycz. I graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2022 with a degree in English. I obtained my teaching certificate through the alternative certification route #T.E.A.C.H. in both K-12 Physical Education/Health and 6-12 English. I'm originally from the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, but I've lived in the U.P. since 2018 and now reside in L'Anse with my husband. I love all things related to athletics, and I'm excited to share that appreciation with the students at LAS. In my free time, I’m always looking for ways to enjoy being outside, reading, or spending time with family and friends.


Lauren Lachen

My name is Lauren Lachen, and I've been teaching and living in the Keweenaw since 2012. I grew up in Romeo, Michigan, and got my Bachelors of Arts in English from Oakland University, before going to Saginaw Valley State University where I got my teaching certificate for both English and Spanish. I started off as an AmeriCorps volunteer when I moved here, spent a year teaching at Lake Linden, and 5 years with Baraga High School. I have 3 little boys, and when my twins were born, I switched to teaching online for a few years so I could be home with them. All three will now be coming to L'Anse along with me. At home, we have a hobby farm called Giggling Goose Farm where we raise birds, and bake bread and treats for local farmer's markets, which has been a lot of fun. I have also been the Regional Administrator with International Cultural Exchange Services for the past 4 years, working to bring high school foreign exchange students to the Upper Peninsula, matching them with families, and guiding them through their year here. I am excited to be able to teach at L'Anse and reach a new group of kids, while still continuing to work with the exchange program which has become a part of me.


Tyler Markle

Hello, I am Tyler Markle. I am new to L'Anse, teaching 8th grade English, English IV, and Publications. I was born and raised in Gwinn, graduating from GHS in 2012. After high school I attended Northern Michigan University, receiving a B.S. in English: Creative Writing. For five years I worked at WLUC TV6 and FOX UP as an anchor, multimedia journalist, and technical media producer. During that time I got to travel across the Upper Peninsula and tell stories.

In 2021, I made the decision to return to NMU for my Secondary English Teaching Certification, and after student teaching in Hancock, I found a job here in L'Anse. I love education and am actively furthering mine as well as I work towards my Master of Arts in Education Instruction with a concentration in Pedagogy online through NMU.

I'm so excited to get into my first classroom and share my love of reading and writing with my students. When I'm not teaching, I like to spend time with my wife Alexzandra, who is earning her Ph.D. from Michigan Tech. I also love reading, writing, baking, hiking, and watching sports.


Ben Maycunich
Industrial Education

My name is Benjamin Maycunich and I am the instructor for Woodshop, Welding and Manufacturing, and CTE welding. I am a graduate of Kingsford Highschool and Northern Michigan University. I am glad to be able to work and play in the Upper Peninsula, and reside on Lake Michigamme. In my spare time I enjoy building/restoring antique cars, traveling, and exploring our beautiful area.


Shelsey Mleko
Special Education

My name is Shelsey Mleko and I'm a special education teacher. I work with students from upper elementary through high school. I graduated from NMU with a B.S. in Emotional Impairment and a minor in Chemistry. I live in Negaunee with my family and our German Shepherd dog. I love gardening, reading, archery, boating, and fishing. I am originally from this area and I am happy to be working in the community!


Paul Moore
Special Education

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

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

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. After 5 1/2 years of working as a RN 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 three girls.


Aaron Poniatowski
K-12 Music & Yearbook

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.


Jacqueline Rowlison
K-12 Art

My name is Jacqueline Rowlison and I am the new K-12 Art Teacher. I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. I have a BFA in Art Education with a minor in Sculpture and Interior Design. I worked with an Interior Designer for a couple of years before finding a job in Education. I worked as an Elementary Art Teacher in Indiana for two years before taking a job at my old Middle/High School as their Art Teacher. I am so excited to start my 7th year of teaching here at L'Anse and to be able to be teaching K-12 students.

It has been my dream to live in the U.P. and enjoy all the activities it has to offer. In my free time I love to look for rocks, fish, hike and to make my own art.


David Ruhman

Graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a BA in Psychology with minors in Math and Science, Webster University with a Master's in Counseling Services, NMU with a Specialist's degree in Education Administration and from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a Education Doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis. I have taught or been an administrator in Missouri, Michigan, and Wisconsin. I have been a Math teacher, Middle School Counselor, Assistant Middle School Principal, Alternative School Director, Career and Technical Education School Director, Dean of Students and Superintendent. Before working in education I served in Residential Treatment Centers and worked with College and University Housing. I am living in the Upper Peninsula to help my wife care for her parents. We love the area, the people and are proud of the schools we serve.


Richard Sarau
Jr-Sr High Study Skills

Hello, my name is Richard Sarau. I am excited to be part of the L’Anse school family. I have been in education going on 26 years. I started my teaching career down state and then moved to the U.P. to be with family. I have been a teacher, Principal and Superintendent. I received my undergrad degree in biology and teaching certificate from MTU. I received my master in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. I currently reside in Chassell with my wonderful wife and our four wonderful children. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing, photography, gardening, and scuba diving.


Brittany Wadaga

Hi! My name is Brittany Wadaga. I will be one of the school nurses along with teaching Biology and Health 7.
I am very excited to begin teaching and continuing my nursing career here at LAS. I also work prn as a Family Nurse Practitioner at BCMH.

I am originally from WI but have resided in the U.P. for the past 20 years. My education includes a BSN degree from Finlandia University in 2016 and MSN-FNP degree from the University of Michigan - Flint in 2018.

I live in Baraga with my husband, Kyle and our 3 daughters. Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do. I also enjoy watching football, baking, and traveling . I am looking forward to the upcoming school year!





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