Community & School Partnerships

Our team strives to work with children, youth, and families to help address barriers to participating in education services through partnerships with local schools and community partners. We are working to create anti-racist practices and disrupt systemic inequalities. Current projects include Education Project, General Education Clinical Mental Health Services, Success By Six/Great Start Collaborative, Trusted Parent Advisors, Children’s Savings Accounts, Washtenaw Futures College Access Network, School Safety Initiatives, Adult Education programming, School Attendance, Handle with Care, and Education Services in Washtenaw County Jail and Youth Detention Center. 

Our team also provides support and technical assistance for school grant proposal development and post-award grant management. For this service, please contact Sarah Hierman or Jessica Carruba.

Holly Heaviland, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Community & School Partnerships
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1250
Sara Saylor
Children's Savings Account Coordinator
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1745
Sarah Hierman
Grants & Special Projects Coordinator
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1274
Lisa Stanton
Children's Sav. Accnt Prog.  Assist.
(734) 994-8100 ext. 3085
Shannon Novara
Program Manager
(734) 994-8100 ext. 2177
Liz Alpert
Transition Manager
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1207
Margy Long
Director, Success By 6, Great Start Collaborative
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1277
Jessica Carruba, MSM
Office Professional
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1273
Colleen Klus
Community Engagement Specialist
(734) 994-8100 ext. 2178
Jenna Blair
Court Involved Youth School & Interagency Transition Supervisor
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1273
DarNesha Green, LMSW
Mental Health Clinical Supervisor, The Bridge Team
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1557

Chelsey Tuxbury-Elliott
Youth Center Special Education Teacher

Stacey Doyle, LMSW
Interagency Mental Health Coordinator
(734) 255-7620

Frazier Townsend
Youth Center Teacher

Dawn Stewart
LEA Mental Health Coordinator
(734) 590-0828
Thomas Rasor
Jail Teacher
Gina VanDuinen, LMSW
Clinical Social Worker
(734) 548-5850
Robert Plumer
Adult Education Teaching Consultant
Kara Williams, LMSW
Clinical Social Worker
(734) 548-3570


Click here to view the Community & School Partnerships Meet the Team Document 

ADA & Accessibility

Our School Strives To Ensure Our Website Is Accessible To All Our Visitors 

Washtenaw ISD is committed to providing a website that is fully accessible and we are currently in the process of developing a new website to better meet the needs of our customers. Our new website will include improvements to ADA compliance and accessibility, and during this transition, we remain committed to maintaining our existing website's accessibility and usability. 

ADA Compliance

Non Discrimination

It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.

Non Discrimination Information

ADA and Title IX Coordinator ADA and Title IX Coordinator
Brian Marcel
Associate Superintendent
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1402
Cassandra Harmon-Higgins
Executive Director, HR & Legal Services
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1311