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David Bates

David Bates

Education

BS in Elementary Education, EMU

MA in Educational Leadership, EMU

State of Michigan Administrative Certificate

Ocupation

Educator

Community Involvement

More than 25 years in education

President, Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education

President, Ypsilanti Public Schools Board of Education

Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Certified Board Member

Served on the Commutation and Collaboration Task Force

Board member Friends of Rutherford Pool

David Bates is an educator who has worked in a variety of educational settings over his 26-year career. He has taught Special Education CI adult classes, 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade, and now teaches middle school science for the Dearborn Public Schools. He has also served as a summer school principal and elementary foreign exchange teacher.

David has served on the Board of Education for the Ypsilanti Public Schools since 2006 and served as President of the Board since 2007. He is a certified Board member who has achieved the Award of Distinction from the Michigan Association of School Boards.

David moved to Ypsilanti in 1987 because of the strong sense of community that he found there and because of the close knit neighborhoods that are the heart of this community. He has two children who both attended Ypsilanti Public Schools: his daughter is currently a History major at the University of Michigan. His son graduated from Northeastern University and is employed as an engineer with Sperry Product Innovation Inc. in Boston.




Education

BS in Psychology and MSW, Eastern Michigan University

Ph.D. in Educational Studies-Urban Education, EMU

Ocupation

Professor in the College of Health and Human Services, Social Work

Community Involvement

More than 15 years of social work experience in the areas of advocacy, juvenile justice, counseling and administrative experience in homelessness and housing, family services, literacy, and education.

Trustee, Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education

Washtenaw County Family Resource Center Committee member

Vice President, Washtenaw Association School Board, Executive Committee

Served on the Communication and Collaboration Task Force

Member of the Achievement Gap Critical Friends Workgroup in Lansing, MI

NAAPID at Night Committee member

PTO Member, Estabrook Elementary School

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Christian Education and Youth Ministry

Volunteer Marine Corps Toys for Tots

Dr. Celeste Hawkins

Dr. Celeste Hawkins

Dr. Hawkins is a wife and proud mother of three wonderful children in Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS). All of her children have attended Ypsilanti Public Schools since kindergarten. Her two daughters are currently students at YCS’s International Baccalaureate school, Washtenaw International Middle Academy (WIMA) in the fifth and seventh grades, and her son is a third grader at Estabrook.

She holds a doctorate in Education from Eastern Michigan University (EMU), a Master’s degree in Social Work, and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. Dr. Hawkins' professional career has been dedicated to working with vulnerable, oppressed, and underserved populations and has been a tireless advocate for children and families, particularly those gripped by poverty and social injustice. In addition to her role as professor at EMU and volunteer service as a school board member, she further contributes to the community through advocacy and volunteerism in various programs and agencies in Washtenaw County.

Dr. Hawkins is passionate about educational excellence and equity in K-12 public schools. She is committed to the community of Ypsilanti more broadly and the local school district more specifically, understanding that both are intrinsically linked and contribute to the overall health and viability of a thriving community. She believes far too many children are not reaching their full academic potential and is committed to working towards a solution that brings all children into the fold of full participation to promote successful outcomes.

Recent honors include being awarded the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award from the College of Health and Human Services Department of Social Work and Scholars of Excellence Award from the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Hawkins is a co-author (with Valerie Polakow and Martha Baiyee) of the book chapter, “Children’s Rights and Educational Exclusion: The Impact of Zero-Tolerance Policies in Schools,” which was published in an edited volume Children’s Rights and Education: International Perspectives in 2013.

Dr. Hawkins' research interests include linguistic diversity, culturally responsive pedagogy, and educational equity in K-12 public schools.




Anthony VanDerworp

Anthony VanDerworp

Education

BA in Natural Resources, University of Michigan

MA in Regional Planning, U-M

Executive Leadership, Harvard School of Government

Ocupation

Executive Director Eastern Leaders Group

Community & Economic Development at Washtenaw County Government

Community Involvement

Current trustee and treasurer, Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education

Eastern Leaders Group

Ann Arbor Region Success Strategy

Southeast Michigan Food System Economic Partnership

Metropolitan Growth and Development Corporation

Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau

Washtenaw County Planning Advisory Board

Michigan Suburbs Alliance

Washtenaw County Workforce Development

Tony VanDerworp has been a resident of Ypsilanti since 2003 and chose Ypsilanti over other places in Washtenaw County to live because of its diversity and heritage. He has been involved in numerous community efforts, including the consolidation of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts. His reason for dedicating his time as a School Board Trustee is to ensure that all students in the district have a chance to succeed in life through educational and career attainment. To Tony, helping all students achieve success means keeping our public school doors open through fiscal responsibility, while enhancing education and career options to better fit individual student interests.




Education

BA in English and provisional secondary teaching certificate, University of Michigan

MA in Written Communication, Eastern Michigan University

Ocupation

Communication Specialist

Community Involvement

More than 15 years experience in communications and public relations

Trustee, Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education

Board member, Ypsilanti Community Schools Foundation

Co-chair of the Friends of Education committee for District Consolidation

PTO member, Washtenaw International Middle Academy (WIMA)

Ypsi P.R.I.D.E. Site Coordinator (2010-2012)

Assistant den leader for Cub Scout Pack 495 (2009-2014)

Maria Sheler-Edwards

Maria Sheler-Edwards

Maria Sheler-Edwards believes that every single child in Ypsilanti deserves an excellent education. As a mother who sought the best fit for each of her three sons, she has experienced nearly every type of local educational system available: public in-district, public out-of-district, charter school, and private school. This experience gives her a broad view of the educational landscape. Maria recognizes that a strong public school system is at the heart of a healthy community, and she is committed to making Ypsilanti Community Schools the first choice for an exceptional education for families in Ypsilanti. She feels that one of the best things about Ypsilanti is that everyone belongs — in the same manner, our schools should reflect our community and be a place where every single child knows they are cared for, and they are challenged to excel.

Maria’s oldest son is a 2005 graduate of Ypsilanti High School and 2010 graduate of Western Michigan University; her second son is a 2013 graduate of Lincoln Consolidated High School and is studying math and physics at Michigan State University; and her youngest son is in the 6th grade at YCS’s International Baccalaureate school, Washtenaw International Middle Academy.



Daniel Raglin

Daniel Raglin



Education

Associate degree, Washtenaw Community College

BBA Eastern Michigan University

School of Business, University of Michigan

Ocupation

Financial Services Representative

Community Involvement

More than 30 years experience in the fields of finance and human resources

Trustee, Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education

Established the Al Townsend endowed scholarship at EMU

Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Resource Board, EMU

Member of the EMU College of Technology Resource Board

Recipient of the John W. Porter Award for Community Service

Lay Leader, St. Matthews United Methodist Church

Dan Raglin is currently a Financial Services Representative and has over 30 years experience in human resources. Dan is currently a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Resource Board and the College of Technology Resource Board at Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife also established the Al Townsend Endowed Scholarship at EMU. Dan is currently a Trustee on the Ypsilanti Community School Board.

Dan is married to an educator who has taught for over 30 years in Ypsilanti Public Schools. He and his wife have four children and two grandchildren who have graduated for Ypsilanti Public Schools. Their children’s careers include aviation, fire fighting and law. Education is a theme in the Raglin household. Dan and his wife both support public education and understand that it is the life line of a vibrant community where an excellent education must be available to everyone.




Education

Eastern Michigan University, math and secondary education

Ocupation

Wayne County Corrections

Community Involvement

Secretary, Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education

Former Trustee for Willow Run Community Schools Board of Education

Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Certified Board Member

Past Chair of the Washtenaw County Head Start Parent Policy Council and served on the Communication and Collaboration Task Force

Served on the Communication and Collaboration Task Force

Community volunteer through Burning Bush International Ministries

Gregory Myers

Greg Myers