Staff

STAFF DIRECTORY

Kindergarten - Mrs. Cromwell OR (810) 294-0632 ext.127
1st Grade - Mrs. Lundberg OR (810) 360-2176
2nd Grade - Ms. Przybysz OR (586) 842-3732
3rd Grade - Mrs. Cramer OR (586) 842-3678
K-3 Learning Specialist - Mrs. Pleak OR (586) 372-9780
4th Grade - Ms. Hill OR (586) 459-0777
5th Grade - Mrs. Duvall OR (586) 690-6465

6th Grade Advisor & MS/HS Math Teacher  - Mrs. Wesley OR (810) 360-2134

7th Grade Advisor & MS/HS PE/Health/Electives Teacher - Mrs. Simmonds OR (810) 360-2370
8th Grade Advisor & MS/HS English/Psychology Teacher - Mrs. Terpstra OR (810) 360-2271
9th Grade Advisor & MS/HS Science/French Teacher - Mrs. Leib OR (810) 377-6347
10th Grade Advisor & MS/HS Social Studies/German Teacher - Mrs. Gould OR (810) 360-2128
11th Grade Advisor & MS/HS Spanish/Electives Teacher - Mr. Sanchez OR (810) 377-5741
12th Grade Advisor & MS/HS Math/Art Teacher - Mrs. Jones OR (810) 360-2169

Special Education Lead Teacher - Mrs. Pielin OR (810) 377-6336
Special Education Teacher - Mr. Duran OR (810) 294-0632 ext 103
Special Education Teacher - Mr. Kerwin OR (810) 360-2362

Guidance Counselor - Ms. Kime OR (586) 894-6006
Registrar - Mrs. Malone OR (313) 335-3218

Assistant Principal - Mrs. Wesley OR (810) 360-2134
Superintendent/Principal - Mrs. Lowry OR (810) 360-2319

Tonya Lowry | Superintendent

Degrees: BA History Secondary Ed, MA Educational Leadership and Administration

Favorite thing about UMOS: I love working at Uplift Michigan because UMOS has such a unique culture. Our focus is on modeling well-rounded and respectful lives. We treat our students with the utmost respect and love. Uplift provides a level of caring that I’ve never experienced before and I love it. It makes every day worth it. 

Life outside of school: The Lowry household is big and always exciting. Mr. Lowry and I have four beautiful children, two dogs, chickens and ducks. We love being outdoors as a family. We fish, kayak, hunt, hike, forage, really anything outdoors. I also love donating my time to local dog rescues and homelessness initiatives.

Fun fact: I am an avid mushroom forager and absolutely love talking about mushrooms. I’m a real fun-gal. My favorite food is lasagna (with mushrooms). As a child my favorite author was Dr. Seuss. As an adult I really enjoy reading Dr. Seuss to my children and watching their excitement over the words and characters.

Lindsay Wesley | Assistant Principal, Math 6-12

Degrees: BS Mathematics, MA Online Learning and Leadership

Favorite thing about UMOS: I love working with students who need something outside of the normal school experience, especially with math. Sometimes taking the pressure of “performing” away from the course work can really take the anxiety out of learning a tough subject.

Life outside of school: Outside of school I take pictures! I have a small photography business and, that keeps me pretty busy. I also teach tap dancing, garden and spend a lot of time remodeling my old house!

Fun fact: I have been to Japan twice and LOVE cooking and eating Japanese food.

Dayna Lundberg | Elementary

Degrees: BA Language Arts, MA Curriculum and Instruction

Favorite thing about UMOS: I love that I get flexibility! I am an early bird, and do my best work in the quiet/dark, so being able to lesson plan at 4:30am suits me. I love that I don’t have to be in a brick and mortar building by myself feeling unsafe.

Life outside of school: We live on an organic farm and I love all that it brings to life – animals, growing fruits and vegetables, and spending time outside.

Fun fact: One of my favorite books is Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. It is the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. I received it as a gift when I was in 2nd grade and I was enchanted with the silver leafing on the edge of the pages.

 Erin Pielin | Special Education Lead

Degrees: BA Elementary and Special Education

Favorite thing about UMOS: My favorite thing about Uplift is how we are one big family. At UMOS, we support one another, we lead by example, and have high expectations, and are always reaching for the stars!

Life outside of school: I am married and have two children. I love spending time exploring and being outside with my family. I also love to workout, travel, play games, and spend time at the beach.

Fun fact: I am a New Year’s baby! I was the first baby born in Southwest Michigan in 1986.

 Erin Terpstra | English 6-12, Testing Coordinator

Degrees: BA English Secondary Ed, MA Teaching and Curriculum

Favorite thing about UMOS: I really enjoy being able to meet and teach students from different backgrounds, different lives, different talents and joys. Our diversity as a school and student body makes us a strong force in the global community.

Life outside of school: My family (me, my husband, and our two kids) live just outside of Ann Arbor; we love to be outside hiking or enjoying Michigan’s lakes. I also spend time volunteering for The Arc in Livingston County, supporting students with disabilities to ensure they get the support they need in the community and at school.

Fun fact: My most favorite book as a child was “Wump World” by Bill Peet. I still have the copy that I read with my brother growing up, and I love reading it to my kids!

Jacquelyn Leib | Science 6-12, French 6-12

Degrees: Chemistry, Minor: French MS Ed Major: Secondary Education Minor: Biology

Favorite thing about UMOS: Online students are unique and seeking something different or better than what they’ve experienced in the brick and mortar setting. Being able to use my talents to meet the needs of my unique students is a welcomed challenge.

Life outside of school: Rotary, Girl Scouts and a family brewery keep myself, my husband and our three daughters very busy.

Fun fact: I studied French in Paris.

Jenifer Gould | Social Studies 6-12, German 6-12

Degrees: BA Group Social Studies and German

Favorite thing about UMOS: I love working for Uplift Michigan because I love the relationships I have built with my co-workers and students. Our school has a small family feel and I love that. Kindness comes first here and that is a rare find.

Life outside of school: I love spending time with my husband and our three kids, Ella, Luke and Jack. We love being outside and, trying new places to eat. I volunteer at our church in the 2 year old classroom. I love to working out, interior decorating and reading books (when I have time).

Fun fact: I love good TexMex and could eat guacamole and, queso everyday. I was born in Germany and, German was my first language. I have traveled to over 10 different countries. My favorite flavor of ice cream is moose tracks with hot fudge.

Kathryn Jones | Math 6-12, Electives / Art 6-12

Degrees: BA Art Education, BA Secondary Ed. Mathematics, MA in Ed. Leadership

Favorite thing about UMOS: Working online, at Uplift, allows me to work with more students one on one and provide individualized help and support. I also feel like I’m family at UMOS; the staff is full of amazing, warm-hearted people!

Life outside of school: When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love going to the movies and, concerts as well as just wandering around the mall with my fiance. On nice days, we enjoy exploring new places.

Fun fact: My favorite job before I started teaching was operating the roller coasters at Cedar Point. You have to be willing to walk to the top of the lift hill before you can work at the ride. I’ve stood at the top of the Iron Dragon, Corkscrew, and Magnum XL 200!

Marcus Duran | Special Education

Degrees: BA Business Administration, MA Special Education

Favorite thing about UMOS: I believe online learning is the future of education, and I’m happy to be a part of that.

Life outside of school: In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife, Molly, our daughter, Brooklynn, and our dog, Bailee. I love fishing, watching sports, playing games/cards and time away from work.

Fun fact: I enjoy being outside; but, when I'm inside, I like it dark with the lights out.

Sean Kerwin | Special Education

Degrees: BA Physical Education, Graduate Certification in Special Education

Favorite thing about UMOS: The staff has been the best group of teachers/administrators that I have worked with. Everyone is so willing to go over the top to help anyone.

Life outside of school: Married with four kids (12yo, 3yo, 1.5yo, newborn). We are a soccer family. I played all levels from recreation to college and now my older son plays travel and daughter is just starting.

Fun fact: I have a huge saltwater fish tank with live coral. It is 110 gallon display tank with another 100gallons in the filter system. I’ve been keeping fish since I was young and had a saltwater aquarium for about 5 years.

Stefannie Simmonds | PE/Health 6-12

Degrees: Associates of Science: Science, B.A. of Education Degree: Physical Education, MA. Education Degree: Curriculum and Instruction

Favorite thing about UMOS: The relationships built with students and staff.

Life outside of school: Foster parents for Carolina Big Heart Big Barks Rescue, Love to be outdoors and to travel.

Fun fact: One of my favorite movie is Gone with the Wind.

Victor Sanchez | ESL Director, Spanish 6-12, Electives 6-12

Degrees: AA – International Business, BS Special Education, M.Ed Spanish , MEd Leadership in Education

Favorite thing about UMOS: I like teaching at Uplift because it truly provides an opportunity for parents, students, and teachers to work together to create unique and personalized education plans for students, that really work. UMOS places a stronger focus on teaching students life skills that will help them be successful today, tomorrow, and later on in life.

Life outside of school: Cub Scout Leader, Soccer coach and full time Papá.

Fun fact: I was born in Mexico City and I like to travel to different countries to learn more about their traditions, food, and culture. In my travels, I have eaten crickets in Mexico City, Guinea Pigs in Peru, Snake tacos in Brazil, Bull ́s meat in Barcelona and raw fish in Russia. I also play guitar in my free time and I am into hiking and, camping. However, my favorite hobby is to spend time with my kids (Diego 10, Dylan 7 and Sophia 3) and beautiful wife.

Victoria Malone | Registrar

Degrees: Associate’s Degree Office Systems/Administrative Assistant

Favorite thing about UMOS: Being at Uplift Michigan allows our students and staff to be at school anywhere and anytime we need/want to be. Of course there are expectations, but the flexibility of our program is so wonderful.

Life outside of school: A lot of family time, sporting events, spending time with friends

Fun fact: I love reading books, listening to podcasts or watching YouTube videos pertaining to self-development. I like to figure out what my weaknesses are and then use the advice from one or all of those sources to learn to help myself improve.

Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in our wonderful online school.
Due to overwhelming demand our school is fully enrolled for this academic year. Please continue to check back as we will open up a waitlist for future openings.

We look forward to hearing from you.