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Meet Angela and Brent Freeman

Grandparents of UCS Students
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Brent Freeman
Representative, Primerica Financial Services
Treasurer - Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Angela Freeman
Community Relations Director at First State Bank
Ambassador, Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry



Our Story


We are the proud grandparents of three Utica Community Schools students. We have two grandchildren at Flickinger Elementary and one at Eppler Junior High School. We are also active business representatives in the community and part of the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

As grandparents, we have seen the tremendous work of UCS educators to build leadership skills and character in their students. We know that our grandchildren are getting these skills now to prepare them for college and their careers. The team leadership roles we have seen them assume at school show us the emphasis the district places on producing graduates who will be successful in tomorrow's workplace.

The strength of Utica Community Schools is evident at every layer of the district, starting with Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns and throughout the organization. We believe that Utica Community Schools teachers are the most caring individuals we have ever encountered. We have seen teachers during the summer at our grandchildren's football practices and games.  I don’t know if that happens in other districts. They truly pour their hearts out to these children and help them achieve.

In addition to being grandparents, we also see the quality of Utica Community Schools from the perspective of community business leaders. Businesses are attracted to communities with strong school districts. We believe that you become who you associate with in business and in life, and if you are part of a community with a successful school district, you reflect that quality in business. You are also going to have a strong customer base for your business if you have quality schools and neighborhoods.

We also share that same belief as residents of this community. Utica Community Schools supports a good, safe residential community and enhances the overall quality of life. UCS helps to protect the investment we have made in our home.

Our hopes and dreams for our grandchildren are that they become responsible and confident individuals. The schools are giving them these tools now so they will grow into successful adults. Strong leadership is so essential in today's world, and we are proud to be part of a school district community that is preparing children so well for the future.

Utica Community Schools Board of Education

Dr. Carol Klenow, President / Gene L. Klida, Vice President / Michele Templeton, Secretary / Dr. Robert A. Ross, Treasurer
Jennifer L. Prybys, Trustee / Ken Krolczyk, Trustee / Dr. Mary K. Thomas, Trustee
Dr. Christine Johns, Superintendent of Schools
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