Manistee Area Public Schools Faculty & Staff

On the Leading EDGE

Our educators empower and inspire our 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: 525 12th St, Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: (231) 723-3521
Fax: (231) 723-1507
Central Office Hours: M-F: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Superintendent: Ronald Stoneman
Board of Education President: Theresa Anderson

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 to meet 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

Our Staff

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MMHS Staff  
 Name Title / Grade / Content Area Email
 Administrative Staff 
 Andy Huber HS/MS Principal
 Morgan Nowicki Assistant Principal
 Bridget WarnkeDean of Students
 Karen BeldoAdministrative Assistant
 Kasandra JohnsonAdministrative Assistant
 Paul Howes Guidance Counselor
 Tara Lange Guidance Administrative Assistant / Registrar
Kenn KottAthletic
 Beth ForbesActivities Secretary/Assistant Athletic
 Kendra MikolajczakActivities Secretary/Assistant Athletic
  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
 Chelsea BurnsPE/Health
 Dan Burns Language Arts
 Troy Bytwork Social Science
 Amanda Clemons English
 Jane Deising Special Education
 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
 Brooke Koller Special Education
 Michelle LaPrad Science
 Andrea Mack Instrumental Music
 Cassie Miller PE/Health
 Troy Nezki Math
 Cheryl O'Connor Social Studies
 Ryan O'Donnell Science
 Mary Olson Science
 Amber Poortvliet Science
 Kevin Postma Science
 Amber Puchtel Art
 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
Ingrid BondBand
Carrie CameronGeneral
Courtney ColeGeneral
Alyssa DewittGeneral
Todd GarberGeneral
Erryn MooreGeneral
Kristen MezeskeSensory / General
Chad RivetteGeneral
Nichole SchroederOne to One
 Robert Von HerbruckBuilding Substitute
 Jennifer WilliamsMS Activities Director / Sensory / Library
 MMHS School Custodial
James Kropacek Custodian
Dan Lloyd Custodian
Steve Sciba Custodian
Nutrition Service
 Keri CarlsonNutrition Service Director
Stacy ApplegarthNutrition
Jessica BrownNutrition Service 
 Richard KoonNutrition Service (Driver)
Bonnie KruseNutrition
 Terri MorskiNutrition Service (Meals on Wheels)
 Jennifer RogersNutrition Service (Senior Meals Program)
 Linda WandrychNutrition Service
Don Olk
Jeff Bowerman
 Paine Aquatic Center 
Eric Thuemmel
Corey VanFleet


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Administrative Team

Principal: Joanie Wiersma |

Administrative Assistant: Carly Cheever |

Instructional Staff

Jennifer Abel
5th Grade Teacher

Wendy Adamski 
Specials - PE/Health 

Leah Antal 
3rd Grade Teacher 

Krista Bennett
Math Coach

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 
4th Grade 

Taylor Mellon 
5th Grade Teacher 

Alayna Neilly
3rd Grade Teacher

Emily Noteware 
Resource Room  

Sarah Padgett
4th Grade Teacher

Michael Rosteck
Specials - Elementary Art

Linda Slotegraaf
Elementary Art

Josh Smith 
3rd Grade Teacher 

Kayla Szokola 
3rd Grade Teacher

Sam Zeller
Elementary Coding

Kelly Zimmerman  
4th Grade Teacher


Jackleen Bartell

Ingrid Bond

Logan Bond

Melissa Drake

Jill Johnson

Natalie Knickerbocker

Maggie Madsen

Nutrition Services

Carol Hansen

Laura Olk

Custodial Staff

Don Froncek

Johnny Skocelas



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Administrative Staff

Julia Raddatz, Principal

Kasandra Johnson, Administrative Assistant

Instructional Staff


Elizabeth Adams, Kindergarten

Wendy Adamski, Elementary PE/Health

Krista Bennett, Math Coach

McAnn Bradford, Second Grade

Linda Coyle, Special Education

Isabella Doolittle, Second Grade

Amanda Feyen, Elementary Music

Debbie Forward, First Grade 

Chasity Gouker, Title I Reading/Literacy Coach

Staci Johnson, First Grade

Cindy Lundberg, Kindergarten

Michael Rosteck, Elementary Art

Tracy Shimel, SafeNet

Christine Slawinski, Kindergarten

Bryan Tomaszewski, Second Grade

Emily Tomaszewski, First Grade

Allison Veine, Kindergarten

Michelle Wilson, First Grade

Sam Zeller, Elementary Coding


Bay Anderson

Shawna Burns

Hilary Edwards

Macie Goodspeed

Michelle Johnson

Katy Lacki

Amy Miller

Joanie Pointer

Kristie Schlafley

Misty Weber

Custodial Staff

Bill Cole

Susan Steinberg

Nutrition Services

Melissa Gutowski


View Childcare, Preschool & GSRP Staff
Childcare, Preschool & GSRP Staff - 231-398-3758

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

Amber Hiipakka - Pre-School Teacher Assistant

Julie Zajac - Daycare Lead

Brittan Manke - Daycare

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

Amy Brown, Lead Teacher

Renee Turmel, Lead Teacher

Ashley Johnson Classroom Helper

Brenda Struble, GSRP Teacher Assistant

Nancy Zatarga, GSRP

View Transportation Staff
Transportation Department (Bus Garage:  231.732.4821)
Kenn Kott, Director of Transportation,
Heidi Bradford,
Bonnie Dutkavich,
Mark Feliczak,
Holly Fortier,
Marty Johnson,
Lori Miller,
Kendra Mikolajczak,
Linda Robbins,
View MAPS Child & Adolescent Health Center Staff

Lori Hopkins, PA-C, Medical Provider, Northwest Michigan Health Services,

Christine Olen, Clinical Services Manager, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc,

Cheryl Wolfram, Community Health Worker, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc,

Derrick Martinez, LLMSW, Behavioral Health Specialist, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc,

Alicia Harmon, Enabling Services Coordinator/Marketing, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc,

Mikayla Bajtka, Patient Registration Specialist/Medical Assistant, 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

Students hands reaching together

MAPS Behavioral Health Services

In 2019, the MAPS Behavioral Health Services program was developed through grant funding and in partnership with the Manistee Intermediate School District, CentraWellness, and Northwest Michigan Health Services to address the behavioral health needs of our MAPS students.  The early successes of this program led to consideration of expanding upon the health services provided to our students. 

In 2021, the MAPS Child & Adolescent Health Center opened onsite at MMHS to offer comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services for MAPS students ages 5 to 21 years.  It is open year-round and is comprised of an integrated team of practitioners to address medical and mental health needs.

When the basic health care needs of our students are met, they are better able to perform in school.  Offering accessible care for both preventative and acute care within our district, we intend to provide our students with a holistic approach for overall wellbeing.

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.