Instruction - Achievement Initiatives Team

Who are we and who do we serve?

  • K-12 Educators and Administrators

What do we offer?

  • Professional learning experiences for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment centered in Equity and Responsive Teaching.


Educators will believe that...

  • Differences should be valued authentically
  • All students enter the classroom with assets and are capable of excellence


Educators will know/understand...

  • How to explore and reflect on their own practices as it relates to culturally relevant teaching
  • How knowledge is continuously shared by teachers and students
  • How biases influence teaching and learning 
  • Child development and connect it to culturally responsive teaching and pedagogical content knowledge


Educators will be able to...

  • Foster a joyful disposition towards life long learning (for students and themselves)
  • Share responsibility for learning with students
  • Take action towards social justice at the individual, interpersonal, institutional and/or cultural levels


Professional Learning Opportunities

2023 Winter Professional Learning Catalog

Team Members

Dr. Jennifer Banks
Director of Instruction

Melissa Brooks-Yip
Supervisor of Instruction

Amy Olmstead-Brayton
Assessment Coordinator

Erica Rodriguez-Hatt
Early Literacy Coaching Coordinator

Heather Holshoe
Math & Science Coordinator

Danielle Dros
Regional Health Coordinator

Greg Myers
EISJ Program Manager

Puja Mullins
Coordinator of Newcomer Supports

Alyssa Nicol
Early Literacy/English Learner Coordinator

Elette Collins
Coordinator of Adult Education & Grants Manager

Ghufran Al-Sheemary
Newcomer Support

Annie Fortunato
Project Specialist

Sheri Montoye
Project Specialist

Brenda Hegwood
Office Professional

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