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!

Central Office & Administration

Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: (231) 723-3521
Fax: (231) 723-1507
Central Office Hours: M-F: 8am – 4:30pm

Superintendent: Ronald Stoneman

Board of Education President: Jim A. Thompson

Central Office Staff

Ronald Stoneman
Superintendent -

Howard Vaas
Business Manager -

Amber Kowatch
Curriculum Director -

Sue Gustad
Assistant Business Manager -

Sara Schubert
Payroll/Human Resources/Insurance/Lunch -

Nancy Day
Administrative Assistant -


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


Care Connect Resources

Emergency Referrals: If any student or family member is experiencing a mental health crisis they can reach out to Centra Wellness Network at 1-877-398-2013.  Centra Wellness has Therapist available and provides crisis services 24/7.

Our MAPS Care Connect team is working alongside you in providing services.  They are continuing to do outreach with their caseload.  Sonya, Cheryl and Priscilla are actively working with students and families and are available for new referrals.  They would also like to provide clarity regarding the types of services that they are able to offer.  Please remember that these services are available by referral for our students and their families, but you are also welcomed to reach out with any individual concerns that you have or support you may need.

  • Stress or Trauma Screening– Emergent issue screening and coordination with supportive services.
  • Resource Insecurity – Resource connections for families with community agencies providing healthcare, food, insurance, housing, and more.
  • Serious and/or Chronic Mental Illness – Home based services for students/families can be provided. Video interactions available where appropriate and applicable.

Feeling anxious about COVID-19 is a normal reaction that many of us are currently managing.  Under these circumstances our anxieties can motivate us to take steps for staying safe.  For some, however, managing this anxiety can feel uncontrollable.  This is when we know to take action.  Understanding that distance learning may create challenges in understanding what a student might be experiencing, the MAPS Care Connect Team wanted to provide some guidelines for what to listen or watch for when interacting from a distance with students and families:

  • Mention of strong fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak. Understanding that prolonged fear can trigger existing or underlying panic, anxiety, or depression.
  • Any mention of not feeling safe in current environment or strained relationships.
  • References to extreme stress and inability to manage responsibilities of work, distance learning, and home.
  • Comments about loneliness and isolation that exceed sharing about missing friends.
  • Reference to lack of resources causing family stress.
  • Comments regarding fear of losing home or inability to support family.

Referrals can be made using this form, link is also available on the Care Connect page of our website.

Referral Form:

The health and wellbeing of every member of our MAPS family will remain our first concern.  Behavioral Health Therapist, Sonya Broadbent can be reached during the school closure by calling 231-655-3744 from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  We encourage you to reach out to the MAPS Care Connect Team with any questions or concerns you may have during this time.  They are here to provide any level of support necessary.

Our Staff

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MMHS Staff  
 Name Title / Grade / Content Area Email
 Administrative Staff 
 Andy Huber HS/MS Principal
 Kenn Kott Assistant Principal
 Kevin Schmutzler Assistant Principal / Athletic Director
 Matt Kieffer Student Support
 Denise Slonecki Administrative Assistant
 Kasandra Johnson Administrative Assistant
 Paul Howes Guidance Counselor
 Penny Kiss Guidance Administrative Assistant / Registrar
 Todd Garber Student Recovery Classroom
 Karen Sundbeck Student Recovery Classroom
 Kelsey Rhodes MCAN College Adviser / Credit Recovery Coordinator
 Kevin Schmutzler Athletic Director / Assistant
 Beth Forbes Activities Secretary
  District Technology 
 Kenneth Blakey-Shell District Technology Director
 Gabe Delgado Elementary Device
Matt Froncek Apple Certified Technician
David Gagstetter Data & Device
  MMHS School Instructional Staff 
 Gregg BennettSocial
 Dan Burns Language Arts
 Troy Bytwork Social Science
 Amanda Clemons English
 Rachel Edmondson Language
 Cindy Erdman Special Education
 Amanda Feyen Choir
 Joe Hendges Social Science
 Marcy Huber Math
 Kristen Johnson Special Education
 Sam Joseph 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
 Cheryl O'Connor Social Studies
 Ryan O'Donnell Science
 Wendy Orton Family & Consumer Science, Special Education
 Matt Phillips Science
 Kevin Postma Science
 Tobia Purple Special Education
 Dan Saylor Social
 Polly Schlaff Language Arts
 Devin Schweigert
Whitney Simic-Finch Math
 Joel Smith Social Studies
 Kathy Smith Math
 Hannah Starmann Language Arts
 Eric Thuemmel Math
 Michael Tilmann II PE/Health
 Bridget Warnke Science
 Amy Watkins Math
 Sara Workman Special Education
 Sonya BroadbentSafenet
Ingrid Bond Band
 Nina Bromley Paraprofessional
Kristen MezeskeOne to One
Cindy SheathelmOne to One
 Robert Von Herbruck Paraprofessional
 Jennifer Williams MS Activities Director
 MMHS School Custodial
James Kropacek Custodian
Dan Lloyd Custodian
Steve Sciba Custodian
Mark Thrailkill Custodian
Nutrition Service
 Keri CarlsonNutrition Service Director
Stacy ApplegarthNutrition
Courtney GibbsNutrition
Melissa GutowskiNutrition
 Kendra MikolajczakNutrition Service
 Terri MorskiNutrition Service
 Richard KoonNutrition Service
 Tiffany RemkesNutrition Service
 Linda WandrychNutrition Service
Don Olk
Jeff Bowerman
 Paine Aquatic Center 
Corey VanFleet
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Administrative Team

Principal: Joanie Wiersma |

Administrative Assistant: Holly Dahlquist | 

Instructional Staff

Jennifer Abel
3rd Grade Teacher

Wendy Adamski 
Specials - PE/Health 

Leah Antal 
3rd Grade Teacher 

Krista Bennett
Math Coach

Dana Dobis 
Resource Room

William Edmondson
5th Grade Teacher

Amanda Feyen
Elementary Music

Chasity Gouker
Title I Reading/Literacy Coach

Tanya Hunter
5th Grade Teacher

Jaclyn Kaminski
5th Grade Teacher

Andrea Mack 
Specials - Instrumental Music 

Tina Mannon 
Long Term Substitute - 4th Grade 

Taylor Mellon 
5th Grade Teacher 

Emily Noteware 
Resource Room  

Josh Smith 
4th Grade Teacher 

Scott Solberg

Katie Struble
Part-Time Art (LT Sub)

Kayla Szokola 
3rd Grade Teacher

Jane Wojciechowski
3rd Grade Teacher 

Kelly Zimmerman  
4th Grade Teacher


Ingrid Bond

Nicole Bruce

Heidi Carter

Carly Cheever

Karla Lidtke

Tara Lange

Maggie Patterson

Nutrition Services

Carol Hansen

Terri Morski

Julie Polcyn

Jennifer Rogers

Custodial Staff

Clarence Schultz

Don Froncek


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Administrative Staff

Julia Raddatz, Principal

Connie Miller, Administrative Assistant

Instructional Staff


Elizabeth Adams, Kindergarten

Krista Bennett, Math Coach

McAnn Bradford, Second Grade

Linda Coyle, Special Education

Andrea Dejong, Second Grade

Isabella Doolittle, Second Grade

Deb Erdman, First Grade

Amanda Feyen, Music

Debbie Forward, First Grade 

Chasity Gouker, Title I Reading/Literacy Coach

Staci Johnson, First Grade

Monte Klein, Art

Cindy Lundberg, Kindergarten

Tracy Shimel, SafeNet

Christine Slawinski, Kindergarten

Bryan Tomaszewski, Second Grade

Allison Veine, Kindergarten

Michelle Wilson, First Grade


Mary Chick

Andi Jones

Rachel Lindeman

Amy Miller

Randee Oleniczak                  

Connie Rybicki

Kristie Schlafley

Clayton Slawinski

Anna Wojcik

Julie Zajac

Custodial Staff

Thomas Madsen

Robert Jacobs

Nutrition Services

Laura Olk

Jennifer Rogers

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Little Chips Instructional Staff - 231-398-3758

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

Amber Hiipakka - Pre-School Teacher Assistant

MAPS Great Start Readiness Program Staff - 231-398-3757

Amy Brown, Lead Teacher

Brenda Struble, GSRP Teacher Assistant

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Transportation Department (Bus Garage:  231.732.4821)
Brenda Boyd, Director of Transportation,
Jon Hansen, Mechanic,
Bonnie Dutkavich,
Keri Carlson,
Holly Fortier,
Anna Foster-Smith
Cheryl Gras,
Dana Gray,
Marty Johnson,
Lori Miller,
Kendra Mikolajczak,
Ronald Muszynski,
Linda Robbins,
Edward Seng,
Raymond Summers,
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Priscilla Anglemyer, Behavioral Health Therapist, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.,
Sonja Broadbent, Behavioral Health Therapist, CentraWellness Network, 
Kelsey Rhodes, MAPS CareConnect Coordinator,
Cheryl Wolfram, Community Health Worker, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc,

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


MAPS CareConnect provides coordinated community services for our students and their families. Learn about the services available on the CareConnect page.

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

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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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