School is always in session at MIPS! We will continue to work in our courses as usual. However, for safety reasons, all drop-in Learning Labs are temporarily closed as we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tara has devoted her career to helping people. She started out in the serving industry, worked her way up to management, to marketing, and finally becoming a sales specialist in the retail industry. She has a real passion for people! Tara is a customer service and sales expert with sixteen years of experience in the field, handling customer needs and delivering effective solutions to problems.
Tara received her 301 Masters certification through an MBA program. She has an unwavering commitment to customer service with the ability to build productive and long lasting relationships, resolve issues, and earn customer loyalty. Tara loves bringing energy into a room and not taking everything too seriously. According to Tara, she talks too loud sometimes and her jokes aren’t always funny…but she enjoys making people feel comfortable around her when she meets them.
Outside of the office,Tara is a dedicated wife and mother of three strong minded children that keep her running constantly. Tara describes her work as sometimes being her “escape…but when you believe in it…when you truly find that you are making a difference in kids’ lives…it doesn’t feel like work at all.”
Why Tara chose MIPS:
“Through my career I’ve realized that building relationships with people is what I was meant to do and what I’m most passionate about….which has lead me here to MIPS. Falling in love with your work creates something special about it. My “why” for being here with this amazing school isn’t something I can copy and paste from the internet….I myself am a mom of a middle schooler that has been ‘falling through the cracks’ for years.
My understanding for what virtual school offers to students just like my own child has opened my mind up to so many possibilities, when I honestly thought all of my options were exhausted. Is the virtual world the best choice for every child? No, it’s not! But is it the perfect fit for some kids that have lost all hope for school and need to feel successful again? You betcha!”
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Caroline graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor of science in advertising and public relations. In her time at Grand Valley, she was involved in multiple organizations throughout campus including Greek life, Public Relations Student Society of America, advertising club, and the American Marketing Association. Caroline worked in the admissions office at Grand Valley and is thrilled to be back in the educational field.
Caroline lives in Lake Orion with her mom, dad, and brother. In her free time, she loves to read, go to new coffee shops, attend sporting events, and play golf. She is passionate about helping others and is excited to see students grow through MIPS.
Why Caroline chose MIPS:
"I was extremely excited to enter into the educational field, especially one like this. I think it is absolutely amazing that MIPS offers students a different way to learn that is on their terms. I think the virtual school is an awesome way for students to switch from the traditional school environment and find a way of learning that works for them. I love that MIPS cares not only about giving students a quality education but also providing these students with everything that they need to succeed. When I was at Grand Valley I worked in the admissions office which allowed me to talk to students and parents often so I am extremely excited to be able to continue that here at MIPS. I haven’t been here very long yet, but I can already tell how much everyone here cares so much for every single student."
Director of Technology
Why Faisal chose MIPS:
"MIPS has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the excellent behavior of its pupils. I'm thrilled to be a part of such a committed team and to add my own skills and experience to further strengthen the high-quality experience that this school offers to its students.
I'm grateful to feel that I can help to make a difference in the lives of MIPS students, and to contribute to a supportive and nurturing environment that allows every child to achieve greatness, regardless of the challenges they may face.
Marketing & Communications Director
Ben Hoppe is a creative digital marketer. He oversees all branding, marketing, and communications activities at MIPS.
Mr. Hoppe graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Guitar Performance from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI. He also studied performance and songwriting at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, TN. Hoppe taught private music lessons for over ten years, providing guitar, drum, piano, and vocal instruction. Along the way, he developed a passion for branding and digital marketing. He’s currently in the process of completing a Masters of Business Administration
Ben lives in Howell, MI. He enjoys songwriting, music production, art, graphic design, soccer, and reading.
Why Ben chose MIPS:
“I believe the future of education lies in unique, custom-fit training. I personally was much more interested in creative, artistic pursuits, so I can relate to students whose interests don’t particularly align with traditional academia. At MIPS, we resist the tendency to make education a uniform, ultra-standardized experience. No two kids are the same, and we don’t feel that it makes sense to treat them as if they were. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that runs on integrity, excellence, and a genuine care for the success of students as unique, talented individuals. It’s a privilege to serve with these people!”
Ms. Adams is a Middle and High School Mentor at MIPS. She works from the Ortonville Learning Lab. She attended Central Michigan University and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies in 2017. Elizabeth joined the MIPS family in November of 2018 and is excited about the growth she’s experienced since entering the education field. Ms. Adams is known for her warm, enthusiastic, and passionate care for students.
Elizabeth (Liz) enjoys reading, painting, and cooking in her spare time. She has an energetic Boxer-Terrier mix at home who loves to bury herself in blankets. She’s a Broadway musical enthusiast and would love to see Hamilton performed live someday. Liz likes to spend most of her time with friends and family.
Why Liz chose MIPS:
“Joining the MIPS family has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I get to spend my day interacting with students from all over the state, who bring so many new and unique perspectives with them. I like that MIPS not only cares about providing a quality education, but also providing everything a student and their family would need in order to be successful. Instead of students having to try to live their lives around school, MIPS provides the flexibility needed in order to fit schooling into their lives and have the two blend perfectly.”
Business Support Specialist
Krystal Moore is our Business Support Specialist with years of successful experience in employee management and customer service. Krystal specializes in employee onboarding, payroll, accounts payable, and customer service. She is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace. Krystal will go above and beyond to collaborate with employees to ensure internal wellness of MIPS employees.
Krystal enjoys going up north with her three children and husband. She enjoys fishing, bike riding, and spending time with her family and friends.
Why Krystal chose MIPS:
"I chose to join MIPS because I believe in educational excellence. MIPS goes above and beyond to create many different programs to cater to each individual student. I am honored to work for a school that recognizes the need to meet each individual family and student where they are. The MIPS mission is a true testament of why I chose MIPS. I know MIPS will strive for the best for our families, students, and employees. I am so grateful to be a part of the MIPS Family because I know the sky's the limit for our students and MIPS always puts it’s students first."
Special Education Compliance
Leslie Bragdon is a Special Education Case Manager for MIPS. She has worked in special education for over 30 years serving as a special education transition teacher, center-based building principal, and special education supervisor/monitor in the mid Michigan area.
Leslie completed her undergraduate and masters degree for special and general education teaching from Michigan State University. She received her special education supervisors approval from Saginaw Valley State University.
Leslie and her husband have four boys that live in Michigan. She and her husband recently moved north to Thompsonville, Michigan with their dog Otto.
Through her career in education, Leslie has embraced the responsibility of assisting in providing special education students with a free, appropriate education, providing equal opportunity for all students to develop as individuals according to their intellectual and social potential. During her work as a special education monitor, her path crossed with MIPS administrators and special education teachers. She witnessed first-hand the commitment that MIPS has in working cooperatively with parents of students who are identified as needing special education and related services.
Why Leslie chose MIPS:
“In working with MIPS when I was a monitor for CCRESA ISD, I was impressed with the MIPS administration and special education staff and their commitment to providing instruction of grade level curriculum to all student with IEPs to meet the rigorous state standards, as well the ability of the staff to individualize the academic and emotional needs of the special education student. I am so excited to be a part of the MIPS team, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with others in order to provide effective educational programs and services to children and youth with educational disabilities.”
HIGH SCHOOL COUNCELOR
Why Dan chose MIPS:
Business Office Accountant
Ashly Foreman is an Accountant in our Business Office. She specializes in journal entries, account reconciliations, and financial reporting. She particularly enjoys data analysis, ad hoc reporting, and pretty much anything she can do in Excel, which allows her to put to use a few savvy Excel skills she has picked up over the years.
Though she has been doing accounting in other industries for almost a decade, Ashly is excited to be learning and growing in the Educational Services sector here at MIPS.
In her free time, Ashly enjoys spending time with her family, playing group solitaire, reading, and playing exploration and strategy video games.
Why Ashly chose MIPS:
"What first drew me to MIPS was their focus on each individual student and their needs instead of a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I believe that having an option like MIPS is essential for our community – bringing quality Educational Services to students who might not otherwise have access due to their needs, situations, or circumstances. And to be honest, I was impressed that everyone I met from MIPS was so kind and had so much passion for their work. It is refreshing to be a part of an organization that really does combine compassion and care with an innovative and driven spirit, in regards to both internal and external interactions, goals, and tasks."
My name is Pamela Mitchell, Social Worker for MIPS! I am passionate about helping others in any way
possible through both work and volunteering. I have a background in social work and earned my
undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University and my master’s degree at Wayne State
University. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with more than a decade of professional experience. I
have had clinical assessment and therapeutic positions throughout southeast Michigan.
I have also
served as a juvenile probation officer in both Wayne County and Livingston County. In recent years I
served as the program coordinator for a local adult homeless shelter.
My career focus has been working
with individuals and families and helping them to make positive changes to live more fully. Daily, I strive
to follow God’s lead, find the lesson and joy in all circumstances, and share that with others! A favorite
quote of mine is: “Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard
work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
In my spare time, I love
anything creative including dance and music, all types of new and physical challenges, time with my sons
and family, reading and writing, and meeting new and old friends.
Why Pamela chose MIPS:
"I chose MIPS because of the innovative
approach to guiding and teaching young people! Everyone is unique with a special and personal set of
interests, talents, and skills. MIPS truly embodies that truth in education and I am excited to be a part of
that team and approach!
Why Krista chose MIPS:
Digital Integration Specialist
Peter is a Digital Integration Specialist at MIPS, which means he
works to tie different computer systems together to help make
things work better for everyone else, and improve the experience for
students. He also works with the computer science and information
technology curriculum at MIPS, serving as an instructor in some
A graduate of Saginaw Valley State
University's computer science program, Peter lives in Midland,
Why Peter chose MIPS:
"I believe it's important that students and their families have access to
a variety of educational options to suit their needs. I'm proud to be
working with the wonderful people at MIPS to provide our students with
one of those options."
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