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Partnership

Avondale Partnership Overview: An overarching goal of the Avondale/OU Partnership is to create a culture that supports a true community of learners, inspiring children of all abilities to learn and thrive. Further, the partnership, by design, insures that all participants see themselves as leaders, problem-solvers, and critical thinkers. This learning environment is grounded in four key areas

Partnership
Overview

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Educational Research Opportunities
We hold true that acknowledging an issue is different from understanding an issue. To that end, together we can better understand key educational questions and seek ways to positively impact success by leveraging Oakland University capacity for quality educational research and the opportunity to study Avondale’s real world challenges.

Enhanced Teaching Methods
As educational standards and expectations become more rigorous and our student body becomes more diverse, our teachers need more tools in their toolbox. The Avondale / OU Partnership provide our educators with a peer group to expand and enhance new and existing teaching methods. Teachers need additional strategies in their tool box to meet the demands of an ever more complex educational landscape. Helping teachers learn to better identify student needs through assessing  educational situations, diagnosing  the critical issues involved and applying the best teaching practice for any set of variables becomes crucial to the success of all learners.

Improved Student Engagement
Lev Vygotsky once said, “Children grow into the intellectual life of those around them.”  The Avondale/OU Partnership School promotes a culture of thinking, where the group’s collective thinking as well as each individual’s thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted as part of the regular day-to-day experience of all group members.  As the students are invited into multiple learning opportunities, covering a wide range of content areas, learners of all ages are invited to engage, explore, and think deeply about the world around them.

The health and wellness of Avondale’s families and community can be supported and encouraged through additional resources that are available within the Oakland University community.  Wrap around services are provided through the SEHS Counseling Center, which provides no-cost personal counseling on Oakland University’s campus.

OUWB School of Medicine provides health and wellness lessons within Avondale’s elementary Schools through the Medical School Student as Educator experiences as well as a co-teaching model at Avondale High School, where OUWB Medical School students work closely with Biology students to learn more about communicable diseases and immunizations.  The lessons and experiences are co-created and intentionally designed to integrate the Michigan Core Science Standards as well as the Michigan Core Health Education standards.

Improved Student Performance
To ensure that we are developing high performing young adults, several measurement methods are employed. The results will be used to drive further understanding and improved educational delivery. Teachers work together through job-embedded professional learning opportunities (Teacher lab, Study Groups, to study and analyze data, read professional literature, and observe and discuss best practices in instructional delivery, educational research, and pedagogy.
Staff
Directory
Kimberly Hempton Head Shot

Kimberly Hempton
Principal

Email
(248) 537-6500


Molly Abbott

Molly Abbott
Kindergarten Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6538

Jackie Allison Head Shot

Jackie Allison
First Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6512

Colleen Bugaj

Colleen Bugaj
Kindergarten Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6511

Cynthia Carver

Cynthia Carver
Scholar in Residence

Email
(248) 370-3081

Beth Collyer Head Shot

Beth Collyer
Secretary, Auburn Elementary

Email
(248)537-6501

Kelly Folger Head Shot

Kelley Folger
Art Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6553

Melissa Fortino Head Shot

Melissa Fortino
Fifth Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6529

Liz Guzniczak

Liz Guzniczak
Visiting Assistant Professor

Email
(248) 370-3174

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Marcia Hudson
Teacher Leader, Avondale/OU Partnership, Elementary Literacy Consultant

Email
(248) 537-6040

Shawn Kilbourn

Shawn Kilbourn
Physical Education Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6548

Karen Head Shot

Karen Koberstein
Secretary, Auburn Elementary

Email
(248) 537-6503

Kristen Little Head Shot

Kristen Little 
Fifth Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6555

Alex Lorentz

Alex Lorentz
Special Education Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6516

Lauren McNurlen Head Shot

Lauren McNurlen
Music Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6576

Lyn Moore

Lyn Moore
Third Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6518

Annie Ossewarde

Annie Ossewarde
Social Worker

Email
(248) 537-6020

Kimberly Read Head Shot

Kimberly Read
Level 4 Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6522

Sophia Riccardi Head Shot

Sophia Riccardi
Third Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6565

Lori Sakalian

Lori Sakalian
Fourth Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6525

David Secord Head Shot

David Secord
Partnership Coordinator

Email
(248) 370-4251

Erika Sorensen Head Shot

Erika Sorensen
Second Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6582

Jennifer Howard Head Shot

Jennifer Spencer
Third Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6566

Serena Stock

Serena Stock
Second Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-414-3920

Daniela VonAllmen

Daniela VonAllmen
First Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6554

Shari Williams

Shari Williams
Fourth Grade Teacher

Email
(248) 537-6546