Dear Apple Blossom Families,
Welcome to the Apple Blossom Classroom! I am so excited to be your teacher for the 2021-22 school year. Begindergarten will be an exciting adventure for you and your parents as you learn many new skills and continue your journey as life-long learners. I know that together we will create a fun, exciting, and educational year.
I have a long and varied history as an educator. This will be my 14th year teaching in Okemos but my 18th year total. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to teach grades ppk through fourth grade. In 2002, I graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Development. Shortly after graduating from CMU I was hired as a Pre-Primary directress at Walter French Academy in Lansing. I taught PPK for two years at Walter French Academy and then for two years at Stepping Stones in East Lansing. In June 2008, I was honored to be chosen as the new lower elementary teacher at Edgewood which I taught for two years. When Okemos Public Schools reconfigured the district in 2011 I had the privilege of becoming an upper elementary teacher. After teaching upper elementary for five years I was excited to have the opportunity to become part of the lower elementary team again. Even though I've enjoyed teaching each grade level I have longed for the opportunity to return to teaching the younger children. So when the chance arose I knew it was a perfect match. I am completely thrilled to be the Begindergarten teacher! The past thirteen years in Okemos have been absolutely magnificent. I look forward to our adventure together this year. I know it will be a fantastic year!
Besides being a teacher I am a wife and mother. My husband, Marty, and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary in July. In February 2014, we welcomed our daughter, Penny, into our family. Every day is new and exciting! It is hard to believe that Penny is already 7 years old. In the fall, Penny will be returning to OPM at Central as a second grader.
Mrs. Jennifer Schlicher