Ms. Vanessa Fasse
Grade 1 Teacher
Ms. Vanessa Fasse holds Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree from Oakland University. She also holds additional teacher certifications in both Mathematics and Language Arts.
Teaching has been her passion for as long as she can remember. She believes that Great Lakes Academy is a wonderful place to work. Staff members are very supportive and demonstrate a strong work ethic. The close-knit staff helps to create a positive school climate. Ms. Fasse ensures that each student enjoys a safe and loving educational experience.
Mrs. Rachel Blum-Jose
Grade 3 Teacher
Mrs. Jose has been teaching since 2002 and has taught every grade from K-5. Mrs. Jose holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Vassar College and a Master of Science in Education from the City College of New York.
Mrs. Jose’s favorite thing about GLA is the deep level of compassion the staff and students hold for one another. She believes that building trusting relationships with families is paramount to a successful educational experience. Mrs. Jose is committed to educational equity and anti-bias, anti-racist work in the classroom and beyond.
Ms. Molly Studier
Grade 2 Teacher
Ms. Studier holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University where she graduated Cum Laude. She also holds an additional teacher certification in Language Arts. She has been working in education since 2013. While teaching in Detroit, Ms. Studier coached four seasons of 5th grade soccer though Detroit PAL.
Ms. Studier works hard to provide a welcoming classroom community where students are not afraid to take risks. She has high expectations for her students and teaches them to have a growth mind-set. She believes that every student has his or her own learning style, and she is committed to tapping into every student’s full potential. She is proud to be an integral part of the Great Lakes Academy instructional team
Ms. Evee Sampson
Grade 6 Teacher
Ms. Sampson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University, where she majored in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Northern Michigan University where she also worked as a Resident Director, Assistant Director for New Student Orientation, and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance.
Ms. Sampson loves working at GLA because she believes it is a phenomenal establishment for young minds to be molded into our future leaders and educators. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Disney movies and spending quality time with her family! One of her goals in life is to visit every Disney theme parks around the world!
Ms. Charla Holt
Middle School Teaacher
Ms. Charla Holt holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree with a major in English from Oakland University. She has been working in the field of education since 2009. She joined the Great Lakes Academy team in 2014. It is an honor to serve the Great Lakes Academy family.
Ms. Holt is dedicated to cultivating academic excellence in to every student who enters her classroom. It is her professional goal for 100% of my students to show academic growth.
Mr. Kent Baker
K-8 Physical Education/Health Teacher
District Athletic Director
Mr. Kent Baker holds Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Michigan. While attending U of M, Mr. Baker was a member of the Varsity track team.Coach Baker began his coaching career at Detroit East Catholic High where he was a part of 5 state championship track teams and 2 state runner- ups teams during his first 8 year coaching stint. From high school Coach Baker spent two (2) years teaching physical education and coaching at Central Michigan University. Coach Baker then accepted the Head Men’s Track and Cross Country Coaching position at the University of Toledo where he spent 14 highly successful years. In 2003, Coach Baker relocated to Florida where he began to guide his daughter’s career in junior tennis and also transitioned into his career in sports performance. Baker also began teaching and coaching at Pinecrest School and American Heritage Prep School where he assumed a variety of roles in athletics and elementary physical education. While at AH Coach Baker watched his daughter win the Florida High School State # 1 singles and 1# doubles championship while leading her team to 3 straight state team titles. During that same time Coach Baker led American Heritage to their first of 2 state championships in girls high school track and also oversaw his girl’s middle school track team also capture a state title.List of former students of Coach Baker:
Sony Michel Running Back New England Patriots 2019 Super Bowl Champions
Sloane Stephens (WTATennis) – 2017 US Open Champion
Brandon Knight NBA Guard Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets
Paul Sehzue 2000 Olympics Sydney Australia, Quarter-finalist Men’s 110 Meter High Hurdles
Rachael James – Baker Women’s Tennis, Baylor University-Big 12 Champions, U of NC- Chapel Hill – ACC Champions ) Nationally Ranked NCAA singles
Mr. Phillip Ververis
Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator
Mr. Ververis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University with a major in special education of the emotionally impaired (K-12) and a minor in language, literature and writing (6-12). He also holds a graduate certificate from Oakland University with a concentration area of teaching students with autism spectrum disorders (K-12). Mr. V is in his 8th year of teaching and taught in the city of Detroit for the majority of his teaching career.
Mr. V believes that it is essential to put our students first. He goes out of his way to make sure his students are getting what they need to succeed, while teaching them to be independent and encouraging them to advocate for themselves.
Mrs. Alexandrea Calme
Grade 5 Teacher
Lead Teacher – Professional Learning Community (PLC)
Mrs. Alexandrea Calme holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree from Wayne State University.
Mrs. Calme has held a passion for working with children for many years. She strives to create a positive learning environment at Great Lakes Academy. Her goal is to inspire our students to be successful members of our community. Mrs. Calme appreciates how Great Lakes Academy integrates technology into the daily educational experience of our students. She is proud to be a part of the safe and supportive environment that Great Lakes Academy provides our students.
Mr. Zane Polock
Mr. Polock holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Gannon University. He enjoys working with students to help them achieve their educational goals and appreciates collaborating with such a dedicated and professional teaching staff.
Ms. Victoria Gallup
Ms. Gallup has enjoyed working with children for many years. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology at Michigan State University and then a Master’s degree in Teaching with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. She taught at and directed several day care centers before opening her own preschool and child care center in 1988 which ran for almost 30 years. In 2019, she began her lifetime goal of teaching kindergarten at Great Lakes Academy. Ms. Gallup adores young children and feels very grateful to have the opportunity to engage with all the children she meets at GLA.
Mr. David Loos
Mr. Loos holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University, as well as an Elementary Education teaching certificate from Western Governors University. He is heading into his second year with Great Lakes academy, as a teacher and math interventionist. Mr. Loos has coached middle school and high school basketball for 12 years and also high school baseball for 10 years.
He has loved his time here working at Great Lakes Academy, and feels lucky to be able to teach our wonderful students and be part of a great staff.
Mrs. Catherine Lomnicki
Success for All Facilitator
Mrs. Lomnicki holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching Reading and Language Arts degree also from Oakland University. Mrs. Lomnicki is a certified Reading Specialist and has additional teacher certification endorsements in Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. She is a founding staff member of the Great Lakes Academy family. She began her service in 1997.
Ms. Samantha Parent
Ms. Parent attained her Bachelor’s degree in English from the college of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University in 2017. She immediately furthered her education and started her career as a substitute teacher in 2018, accepting her current position as a Support Instructor with Great Lakes Academy. Ms. Parent is very excited to watch her students blossom at Great Lakes Academy.