Manistee Area Public Schools Faculty & Staff
On the Leading EDGE

Our students are engaged by educators that empower and inspire their students to recognize their potential, dream big, and make a difference in the world around them.

With a strong desire to rise to the needs of each and every student, the MAPS Administrative Team ensures the campus and faculty offer a diverse and expansive learning environment incorporating innovation in all facilities and programming with strong fiscal management.

Chips Lead!

E – Enrichment– Driving all students toward their full potential

D – Diversity– Providing opportunities meeting the goals of every student

G – Goal-centered– Focusing on individualized ambitions and achievement

E – Endurance– Equipping all learners with physical, emotional and academic skills for success

District News

Central Office & Administration

Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: (231) 723-3521
Central Office Hours: M-F: 8am – 4:30pm

Superintendent: Ronald Stoneman

Board of Education President: Paul Antal, MD

Central Office Staff

Ronald Stoneman
Superintendent -

Howard Vaas
Business Manager -

Sue Gustad
Assistant Business Manager -

Sara Schubert
Payroll/Insurance/Lunch -

Nancy Day
Administrative Assistant -

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MMHS Staff    
 Name  Title / Grade / Content Area  Email
  Administrative Staff  
 Andy Huber  HS/MS Principal
 Jason Traviss  HS/MS Assistant Principal
 Denise Slonecki  Administrative Assistant
 Paul Howes  Guidance Counselor
 Penny Kiss  Guidance Secretary
 Todd Garber  Student Recovery Classroom
 Karen Sundbeck  Student Recovery Classroom
 Kelsey Rhodes  MCAN College Adviser / Credit Recovery Coordinator
 Matt Kieffer  Athletic Director
 Beth Forbes  Activities Secretary
   District Technology  
 Kenneth Blakey-Shell  District Technology Director
 Gabe Delgado  Elementary Device Support
Matt Froncek  Apple Certified Technician
David Gagstetter  Data & Device Systems
Sonya Broadbent
   MMHS School Instructional Staff  
 Stacey Andrews-Ramsey Spanish / Social Science
 Gregg Bennett Social Science
 Dan Burns  Language Arts
 Troy Bytwork  Social Science
 Amanda Clemons  English
 Amanda Feyen  Choir
 Joe Hendges  Social Science
 Marcy Huber  Math
 Kristen Johnson  Special Education
 Sam Joseph  Language Arts
 Connie Josvai  Language Arts
 Monte Klein  Art
 Brooke Koller  Special Education
 Michelle LaPrad  Science
 Andrea Mack  Instrumental Music
 Chelsea Matley  PE/Health
 Cassie Miller  PE/Health
 Troy Nezki  Math
 Morgan Nowicki  Language Arts
 Ryan O'Donnell  Science
 Wendy Orton  Family & Consumer Science, Special Education
 Matt Phillips  Science
 Kevin Postma  Science
 Dan Saylor  Social Science
 Polly Schlaff  Spanish / ELA
 Joel Smith  Social Studies
 Kathy Smith  Math
 Hannah Starmann  Language Arts
 Michael Swanson  Math
 Eric Thuemmel  Math
 Michael Tilmann II  PE/Health
 Brian Veine  Video/Math
 Bridget Warnke  Science
 Amy Watkins  Math
 Sara Workman  Special Education
 Nicholas Zacek  Language Arts
Devin Schweigert Lt Sub 7th Grade Science
Ingrid Bond  Band Paraprofessional
 Nina Bromley  Paraprofessional
Kristen Mezeske One to One Paraprofessional
Cindy Sheathelm One to One Paraprofessional
Sarah Wallett One to One Paraprofessional
 Jennifer Williams  MS Activities Director
 MMHS School Custodial
Don Froncek Custodian
Dan Lloyd  Head / Day Custodian
James Kropacek  Evening Custodian
Mark Thrailkill  Evening Custodian
Nutrition Service
 Keri Carlson Nutrition Service Director
Stacy Applegarth Nutrition Service
Melissa Gutkowski Nutrition Service
 Kendra Mikolajczak Nutrition Service
Melissa Thomas Nutrition Service
Ray Summers Nutrition Service
 Linda Wandrych Nutrition Service
Don Olk
Jeff Bowerman
  Paine Aquatic Center  
Corey VanFleet
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Administrative Team

Principal: Kevin Schmutzler |

Assistant Principal: Kenn Kott |

Administrative Assistant: Holly Dahlquist | 

Instructional Staff

Wendy Adamski 
Specials - PE/Health 

Leah Antal 
3rd Grade Teacher 

Laura Brown 
4th Grade Teacher 

Don Demeuse 
5th Grade Teacher 

Dana Dobis 
Resource Room

William Edmondson
Title 1 Teacher

Amanda Feyen
Elementary Music

Sara Franklin
4th Grade Teacher

Tanya Hunter
5th Grade Teacher

Amanda Johns 
4th Grade Teacher 

Taylor Johnson 
5th Grade Teacher 

Andrea Mack 
Specials - Instrumental Music 

Emily Noteware 
Resource Room  

Josh Smith 
3rd Grade Teacher 

Scott Solberg

Kayla Szokola 
3rd Grade Teacher

Jaclyn Trahan
5th Grade Teacher

Mary Wahr
Specials - Art

Andrea Wegener 
Resource Room 

Jane Wojciechowski
3rd Grade Teacher 

Kelly Zimmerman  
4th Grade Teacher


Johanna Beverly

Ingrid Bond

Karla Hilliard

Tara Lange

Krissy Onstott

Amy Rankin

Beryl Salzman

Austin Slawinski

Sandra Turk

Michele Traviss

Nutrition Services

Carol Hansen

Terri Morski

Julie Polcyn

Custodial Staff

Clarence Shultz

Ray Willim


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Administrative Staff

Julia Raddatz, Principal

Kenneth Kott, Assistant Principal

Connie Miller, Administrative Assistant   camiller@

Instructional Staff

Sherry Anderson, Long-term Sub Kindergarten

Jennifer Abel, First Grade

Elizabeth Adams, Kindergarten

McAnn Bradford, Second Grade

Daniel Brown, Second Grade

Linda Coyle, Special Education

Andrea Dejong, Second Grade 

Bill Edmondson, Physical Education

Deb Erdman, First Grade 

Amanda Feyen, Music 

Debbie Forward, First Grade 

Staci Johnson, First Grade Ruth Simoneau, Literacy Coach 

Cindy Lundberg, Kindergarten

Tracy Shimel, SafeNet

Ruth Simoneau, Title I, Literacy Coach

Christine Slawinski, Kindergarten

Bryan Tomaszewski, Second Grade

Allison Veine, Kindergarten

Mary Wahr, Art  

Michelle Wilson, First Grade


Mary Chick               

Sheila Kaminski                         

Rachel Lindeman  

Randee Oleniczak                     

Connie Rybicki        

Laura Savela           

Sara Schultz           

Jan Wills                 

Anna Wojcik           

Julie Zajac                

Custodial Staff

Ken Guenthardt      

Tom Madsen          

Nutrition Services

Laura Olk                     

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Instructional Staff

 Amber Hiipakka - Pre-School Teacher Assistant

Sandy Ludwig - Pre-School Teacher & After School Program -

MAPS Great Start Readiness Program

Amy Brown, Lead Teacher

Guiding Our Philosophy


“Chips lead by providing an inclusive, high-quality, diverse educational environment that inspires and fulfills the goals of all learners at every stage of their journey.”


“Leading a connected Manistee learning community, which supports the educational journey of each individual student, delivering The Chippewa Edge.”

MAPS Leading-Edge Promise

We provide every student with the knowledge and values necessary to become productive and successful citizens of our world. With innovation, dedication, and integrity, we create a learning environment that inspires every student and educator to reach their highest potential.


– Deliver on our promise to help every student learn
– Support a collaborative learning and working environment
– Bring focused and positive energy to everything we do
– Minimize behaviors/actions/decisions that drain our resources

Guiding Principle: We believe all students can learn.

Non-Negotiable: Achievement – We will find the potential in each student and create an environment that supports their learning.
  • Every child that enters our school district will receive our attention and dedication to finding the keys to their personal success.

Guiding Principle: All decisions we make are based upon impact to effect learning.

Non-NegotiableImpact– We will focus all efforts on seeking ways to support and extend learning.
  • Our focus is always on student learning.
  • We are open-minded, lifelong learners who stay in touch with, share, and use research-based practices.
  • We identify and revise practices that do not help students learn.

Guiding Principle: We focus on goals that drive achievement.

Non-Negotiable: ResultsWe will set measurable goals, identify improvement strategies, and skillfully adapt instruction to meet student needs.
  • Assessment results are used to inform us about the effectiveness of curricular and instructional decisions.
  • We analyze assessment results hold data-driven discussions and make impactful decisions for improved student achievement.
  • We establish attainable goals for specific measurables, in both instructional efforts and individual student progress.

Guiding Principle: We are committed to an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.

Non-Negotiable: Accountability– We will lead by example and take responsibility for the energy we bring to all that we do.
  • We reflect the values of our Mission & Vision in our daily practice. When our actions match our words, we build trust and respect with each other, our students, and our support community.
  • We work together to establish an atmosphere of trust and respect, in which we can all feel safe to communicate.
  • Our interactions with students and each other are characterized by the tenets of TRACK.
  • We allow individuals to feel comfortable discussing their observations or concerns with one another because they know they will not be judged or punished.
  • Disagreements are treated with respect and acknowledged as an opportunity to learn and grow.
  • Each individual is given equal time to express an opinion or share an idea.

Guiding Principle: We believe that all students belong to all of us.

Non-Negotiable: GuidanceWe will hold ourselves responsible for supporting the educational experience of all MAPS students throughout our district.
  • We accept and act on the belief that all students belong to all adults.
  • We are committed to working beyond the boundaries of our classrooms and buildings to serve the needs of every student.
  • We work together for the success of all students, there is no blame when things do not go well, but instead we are committed to seeking solutions to problems or setbacks in the interest of each and every student’s achievement.

Guiding Principle: Working together enables us to attain our desired outcomes.

Non-Negotiable: Collaboration-We will reach beyond our classrooms and work with each other to identify and support the strengths of every student.
  • We work together to positively impact student achievement and deliver the Leading-Edge Promise.
  • We focus on and speak only in solutions.
  • Participation in culture building is both a right and a responsibility.
  • TRACK guides the development of character and a positive school environment and is primary to our success as individuals and our ability to instill these values in our students and each other.
  • Our commitment to communication allows for a productive work environment and therefore student success.
  • We put education first, and we know we can deliver on this when we encourage each other to share our best ideas and work collaboratively.
  • Ideas which lead to increased student learning are recognized and praised by peers.

Staff Resources

Strategic Plan
Letter from Board President and Superintendent

Manistee Area Public Schools 2012-2017 Strategic Plan: Participants Help Shape Vision and Goals for Future of MAPS

The documents below contain the 2012-17 MAPS Strategic Plan. We’re excited about this plan and the possibilities it provides for our students, parents and community to improve education at MAPS.
This plan is the culmination of three community forums, four staff forums, one student forum, one Strategic Planning Team retreat and an electronic survey of more than 109 students, parents, staff and community members.
Throughout the planning process the community expressed high expectations of MAPS becoming a world class school district and having all students graduate from high school. Even though some of the goals are extremely high, they reflect the strong desire that has been expressed to embrace significant change and dramatically improve the school system.
There were several clear and consistent themes that emerged from this process.
  1. While much more work needs to be done, MAPS is headed in the right direction with positive momentum behind the academic growth, instruction reforms and innovative new school choices.
  2. The future of growth and success of MAPS must be a top community priority that requires support from all stakeholders (students, parents, taxpayers, businesses, non-profits, foundations, government agencies, etc.).
  3. As a district, we must do a better job of positively engaging and aligning internal (students, parents, staff and the school board) and external (taxpayers, community organizations, businesses, non-profits, government agencies, elected officials) stakeholders around common goals and strategies to significantly improve academic achievement and high school graduation rates.
Our Strategic Planning Team, comprised of a very broad and diverse group of more than 30 stakeholders, developed the goals. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with all sectors of our community to implement these goals and suggested strategies.
President of the Board                                                                Superintendent

Manistee Area Public Schools Employment Postings

Manistee Area Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer.

District Policy:  Nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, disability, height, weight or marital status in all activities and employment.


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