Administration & Office Staff
B.S., Nursing, Bethel University; MSN, Nursing, Vanderbilt University
Heidi first joined the AACS family in 2008 when her oldest child entered 3rd grade. All three of the Eliason children went on to graduate from AACS with the final graduation in 2019. Heidi is excited to be back at AACS serving the school in a different capacity. AACS provided a wonderful community for their family and all have lifelong friendships. Heidi and her husband will be forever grateful for the years their children attended AACS.
Bachelor Studies, Washtenaw Community College
Mike attended Washtenaw Community College for a time and then changed directions and was hired as an Instructors Assistant in their auto body shop. He accepted Christ on January 10, 2011, at 22 years old at Camp Barakel and attends Calvary Bible Church in Ypsilanti. He teaches Sunday school and is an AWANA leader. He loves to serve, and this position has opened a great opportunity to serve the staff, kids, and families every day. He lives in Dexter with his two sons, and if not at work he is with them out in the woods on their mountain bikes. Mike is also an amateur blacksmith.
B.A., Spanish, Grand Valley State University
Jeanne was born and raised in Holland, MI and attended public schools her whole life. After moving to Ann Arbor, she worked in the Ann Arbor Public Schools as a parapro in a Special Education class for 4 years. When she and her husband decided to send their 3 children to AACS, her entire family fell in love with the school. Jeanne joined our staff as a part-time aide in the aftercare program in 2015. Outside of school, she has co-directed a women’s Bible study program (Coffee Break), taught Sunday School, and is currently the GEMS coordinator for 2nd-5th grade girls at the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.
B.A., English Literature and Education & Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Elementary Education, Digby Stuart College, University of Surrey
With over 30 years of teaching experience, Maggie hails from Wimbledon, England and began her teaching career in England before moving to the United States in 1991 with her American husband. She has been blessed to be part of the AACS community for over a decade, where she shares both her love for teaching and her love for Christ with the students and excellent staff. She and her husband are members of Christ the King Church in Ann Arbor.
B.A., Elementary Education, Calvin University (formerly Calvin College)
Starting in 2001, Kellie was a teacher at AACS for 9 years and then stepped away to be home with her growing family. Kellie remained closely connected to AACS in many ways, including substitute teaching and serving on the school board for 5 years. She has also enjoyed her role as an AACS parent as her own children have embarked on their educational journeys here! She was thrilled to rejoin the staff in 2020. Kellie resides in Whitmore Lake with her husband Paul and their two sons. They are members of Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.
B.S., Business Administration (Marketing), Miami University; Secondary Mathematics Education, Xavier University
Tama began her career teaching middle school mathematics and language arts while her husband, Mike, was attending seminary. After his graduation they moved to Ann Arbor. They are the parents of six children, all of whom graduated from AACS. Tama loves seeing students’ progress in their analytical, reasoning, and problem-solving skills and use of various strategies to tackle challenging math problems. Tama’s husband Mike is a retired Associate Pastor from Knox Presbyterian; they are currently serving at Restoration Outreach Ministries.
B.S.M.E., University of Michigan; M.B.A., University of Michigan
Dan is excited to be teaching the 6th grade Bible class after retiring from being an engineer at Ford. Previously, Dan has taught bible at Community Bible Study and Reach the Forgotten Ministry, and feels that it is a great privilege to teach God’s word to the next generation. In his spare time, Dan raises blue velvet shrimp. Dan and his wife, Jill, attend 2|42 Community Church in Ann Arbor. They have three children who are now married; two of them attended AACS and one met his future spouse there! Ann Arbor Christian School has been a huge blessing to their family!
Colegio de Ciencias y Humanidades, Durango, Mexico; Eastern Michigan University
Born and raised in Mexico, where most of her family still reside, Anilú is excited to join the AACS community. She has taught Spanish at the elementary and junior high levels for over 25 years in several area schools. As a certified grief counselor, she also has the privilege to work with women and children in difficult situations, and she has led several mission trips to impoverished parts of Honduras. She and her husband are members of Christ the King Catholic Church.
B.A., Special Education, Calvin College
Karen has been a part of Ann Arbor Christian for over 25 years, as a parent, substitute teacher, and kindergarten teacher. Though she had to leave the school community when her husband accepted a job placement overseas, her love for AACS and her commitment to Christian education remained strong. Karen began serving on the school’s Board of Directors while living overseas. Returning from the overseas assignment, Karen returned to her home in Dexter, her home church at Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, and also joins the middle school team as a support to teachers and students.
Education Methodology, Changchun Normal University (China)
Hongli was born and raised in China where she majored in Education Methodology in college. After graduating she became a certified teacher in China, but went on to work in business most of her career including leadership positions in Alcatel and NEC, and later starting her own corporate event company in Beijing. Despite this work in business, Hongli always hoped for a chance to teach again. Now after moving back to the U.S. with her American husband, John, she’s been delighted to have a chance to teach the language she loves to AACS students. Hongli and her husband and children are members of St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Ann Arbor.
B.A., Music Education and Classical Piano Performance, Zurich Music Conservatory (Switzerland)
Manuela is so thankful to be joining AACS! She moved back to Michigan (where she is originally from) 2 years ago after living overseas for more than 25 years. She speaks 4 languages: English, Swiss, German, and Arabic. She and her husband have 4 amazing children. Manuela loves to play the piano, sing, and lead worship. Her passion is to each children music and is looking forward to seeing all that God has planned for this year!
B.A., Humanities, Hope College
Hailing from Holland, Michigan, Abbie-Jo brings over 20 years’ experience teaching PreK-12 music in both public and private schools in Minnesota and Michigan. She earned a BA in Humanities from Hope College where she played French horn. During her time in Minnesota, she conducted and started various children’s choirs, taught both private piano and horn lessons, and played in a church orchestra. For 10 years, Abbie-Jo was the Musical Director for AACS Theater Club. She currently attends The Naz in Brighton and plays with the worship team in addition to being a guest French hornist for area churches.
B.A., Sports Management and Communications, University of Michigan
April was part of the first Women’s NCAA Championship field hockey team at the University of Michigan. She also played on the USA National Team and coached at both Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and Pioneer High School here in Ann Arbor. April has a passion for teaching kids that fitness can be fun, intellectually enhancing, and functional. April, her husband Ryan, and their 4 children reside in Ann Arbor where they attend 2|42 Community Church. Keep an eye out: you might see her running through Gallup Park training for her next marathon!
B.F.A., Studio Art (specializing in Graphic Design), Calvin University
Esther was born and raised in Beijing, China, and has now lived in Michigan for 9 years. Prior to joining AACS High School, Esther worked on user interface design for YouTube, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto and worked at FOX News as a graphic designer. She also has experience as a teaching assistant for college-level Chinese classes at Calvin University. When she’s not teaching, Esther enjoys playing golf and creating oil paintings. Esther and her husband are members of the Ann Arbor Chinese Christian Church.
B.A., Political Science, History, & Education, University of Michigan; M.A., Education, University of Michigan; M.S.W., University of Michigan
With over 25 years of experience guiding high school students and their families through the college selection and admission process, John Boshoven is an exceptional college counselor. John recently retired from Ann Arbor Public Schools in that capacity, but still stays involved with the district in other roles while also maintaining his personal business of providing private consultation to families on the college admission process. He also has experience as a social worker. John attends Grace Ann Arbor North Church, which is also the location of our high school campus.