Celebrating Our Partners’ Stories

  1. Dr. Philip Wheeler – Board Secretary at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

    We all know there’s more than one way to learn. That’s why charter schools exist. Because while some students thrive in a traditional model school and classroom setting, others are better served by a different approach to learning and discovery. Thankfully, that’s exactly what the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES) has to offer.
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  2. Yuliya Velhan – 2021 Graduate of A.G.B.U. Alex and Marie Manoogian School

    The road to valedictorian is never easy. It’s an achievement that never fails to impress. However, even amongst the accounts of the absolute best and brightest, there will always be stories that shine through. Yuliya Velhan’s story, co-valedictorian of the 2021 graduating class from A.G.B.U Alex and Marie Manoogian School in Southfield, is one of them.
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  3. Stephanie Yassine – Executive Director at Sanga Consulting and Alumna of The Dearborn Academy

    Today, Stephanie Yassine serves as executive director at Sanga Consulting, the educational service provider for Escuela Avancemos. But her career with charter public schools actually began much earlier, when her family chose The Dearborn Academy for her to attend as a second grader.
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  4. Shelby Hollins – Graduate of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

    When it comes to the success of students in the charter public schools it partners with, Central Michigan University goes the extra mile. The university provides Spirit of the Future Scholarships to charter alumni who choose to attend CMU after graduation—and Shelby Hollins, a graduate of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, is one of its current recipients.
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  5. Uche Uchendu – ELA Academic Specialist at Pembroke Academy

    Each year, Central Michigan University offers Charter School Educator Awards to assist charter public school educators with the cost of tuition as they pursue their graduate degrees. Uche Uchendu of Pembroke Academy is one such educator.
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  6. George McManus III – Board President at Countryside Academy

    For Countryside Academy founder and board president George McManus III, charter schooling is an approach that’s always been grounded in simple good sense.
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  7. Dr. Luay Shalabi – School Leader at Central Academy

    When school leader Dr. Luay Shalabi speaks about his experiences at Central Academy, one word comes to mind: joy.
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  8. Allan Pall – Teacher at New Branches Charter School

    Allan Pall has been teaching at New Branches Charter Academy since it was a private school, before it re-opened as one of the state’s first charter public schools in 1994. This makes Pall one of the very first charter school teachers in the entire state.
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  9. Dr. Hosep Torossian – High School Principal at A.G.B.U. Alex and Marie Manoogian School

    It is rare to find an engineer serving as a high school principal, but at A.G.B.U. Alex and Marie Manoogian Charter School in Southfield, Dr. Hosep Torossian has followed a unique path where his diverse knowledge base has provided impactful experiences for the students at his school.
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  10. Emily Doerr – Board Member at Woodland Park Academy

    Service to her community is intertwined throughout Emily Doerr’s personal and professional life. Not only does she have a background in community economic development, but she also serves her community as a board member at Central Michigan University partner charter public school Woodland Park Academy.
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  11. Dr. Firas Shalabi – Graduate of CMU College of Medicine and Central Academy

    Firas Shalabi is now known by another name. That is because in May, Firas graduated from the CMU College of Medicine and will officially begin his career as Dr. Firas Shalabi. This tremendous accomplishment is a testament to his hard work at CMU, but Shalabi would be the first to say he owes equally as much of his success to the quality education he received before he left for college.
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