My family moved to Sterling Heights when I was in junior high school. My story in Utica Community Schools started when I attended Davis Junior High School and then moved on to Stevenson High School. After graduation, I worked for the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) where I met my husband, Doug. When our daughter was four, we began to think about where to raise our family. We knew that Utica Community Schools was the best place for our daughter and moved here when she was four years old.
When we were building our house in 1997, we moved next to several young couples who were also new to the neighborhood. I mentioned that I was a graduate of Utica Community Schools and each of them said that they had also gone to Stevenson High School. After getting married and establishing careers, they were returning to their community to raise their kids because of the school district. To come back to Utica Schools is like coming home.
I always wanted to be involved in my daughter's education. As she began to get older, I started looking for additional opportunities to impact my school district. I was fortunate to be elected to the Board of Education, where I am currently the secretary. I am proud to be part of a team of colleagues that respect the long history of academic excellence in our district and are looking to preserving that legacy for generations to come.
I do not believe that those of us who are graduates ever imagined in our wildest dreams raising our families where we went to school. There are so many of our own staff members who were UCS graduates and have remained here to raise families and build careers. In fact, we have a number of principals who are in buildings where they went to school. You do not find that in other communities. I think that deep down it is that sense of home that always brings us back here.
As a member of the Board of Education and community member, I am struck by how far our schools have grown and improved since I attended Stevenson High School. I don't think I have ever been more proud to be a graduate of Utica Community Schools than I am today.
My story with Utica Community Schools begins in preschool when my family moved to Sterling Heights. I started in UCS in preschool at Maynard and then went to Schwarzkoff for elementary school - k-6. From there I attended Davis Junior High for 7th to 9th grade and then went on to Stevenson.
I would absolutely recommend Utica Community School to anyone who is interested in moving to a strong school district. You can tell that everyone involved in the district makes their decisions for how it impacts kids - all the way from volunteers to teachers and administrators to the Board of Education. They care about the kids and their success.
Utica Community Schools Board of Education