Meet the Staff

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Fred Parker

Director of Operations


Deanna Simpson

Special Education Mentor

Hi, my name is Deanna Simpson. I am one of the special education mentors here at South Central Michigan Virtual. This is my first year working at SCMV, and I really enjoy the experience. During the school day, I am also a special education teacher at Jackson Public Schools. This is my 17th year of teaching, how time flies! Outside of school, my hobbies include reading, travel, photography, home decorator/re-modeling, biking, spending time with family and friends, and devoting time to my Saint Bernards. I look forward to meeting you.


Amy Barton

SCMV Secretary

Hello, I am Amy Barton. I am a recent addition to the SCMV team. I was hired at SCMV in August 2017. Previous to this job I worked as a Preschool/Childcare Teacher at St. John Elementary for two years. I was a Preschool Aide at Queens, and prior to that I lived in Springlake Mi, where I was a Preschool Teacher. I love this new adventure and look forward to meeting you.


Paul Slater

My name is Mr. Slater, I am a professional educator who has been teaching students in Florida and Michigan for twenty-seven years. In Brooksville, Florida I served as a lead teacher in an innovative physical education program that included activities such as rock climbing, fitness trail biking, and kayaking. As a teacher at Jackson Public Schools I have served students at the former Tomlinson School and T.A.Wilson Academy and is currently teaching at Fourth Street Academy. I have coached boys and girls basketball, tennis, football and is currently coaching Jackson High School’s girls’ golf team. I enjoy fitness and am a regular at the YMCA. In the summer, you could find him me in the water riding around on a jet ski or chilling on the boat. I am married and the father of two daughters who are also teachers. I am a graduate of Spring Arbor University who holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.


John Brandon

My name is John Brandon and this is my 6th year working for Jackson Public Schools. The majority of that time was spent teaching, but while pursuing an advanced degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University, I was offered the opportunity to work for South Central Michigan Virtual. I currently work with Focus 30 students to establish interventions that lead to success. I am very fortunate to have been a product of Jackson Public Schools and to give back as a professional. Go Vikings!

Christine Chaparro

Hello! My name is Christine Chaparro and I look forward to supporting students with English and Electives at SCMV.  I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Spanish, History, English, and Secondary Education.  Soon after starting my teaching career, I returned to school and completed master’s programs in Education, Educational Leadership, and TESOL. Since 2002, I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach English language learners at Jackson Public Schools. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and doing CrossFit! (I also think our secretary at SCMV is totally awesome!)


James Garner Jr.

Hello, my name is James Garner Jr. I’m the Success Coach at SCMV.  I was born and raise most of my life in Chicago, IL. As a student I was a member of the key club, football, wrestling  and the academic blow team.  I graduated from Spring Arbor University with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Professionally I pride myself on being effective, efficient and innovative. Which I use in my current position to help each student achieve their goals. In my spare time I enjoy writing, food( eating &cooking) and spending time with my son Kobe. I look forward to working with each student, helping them not only achieve their goals but also develop the skills they need to be successful. 

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Sheri Jones

Hi! My name is Mrs. Jones, I am the Elementary Teacher at SCMV.  I am so excited to be a part of South Central Michigan Virtual, and am thrilled to be your child’s mentor through Jackson Public Schools.  I have been teaching K-2 students for 24 years.  It is a wonderful experience to be able to step out of the traditional classroom and  provide services for virtual learning. It is my goal not only to motivate students to learn and complete their coursework, but to encourage “peer engagement” where students can use their peers as a support network in their learning.  I offer monthly events and activities that your child may attend, so they can get to know other students who are also enrolled in SCMV. Once again, welcome and I look forward to working with your child.


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Barbara Holsey

Lead Teacher

Hello my name is Mrs. Holsey and I am a Mentor Teacher for SCMV in charge of 6th - 9th grade English Curriculum.  I am a product of Jackson Public Schools, graduating from Jackson High School. Now I have the wonderful opportunity to be an educator for 24 years for JPS as well.  Since being employed by JPS, I have been a Special Education Teacher, a Teacher Consultant and currently I am an Instructional Coach/Reading Interventionist.  I received both my Bachelors (Special Education & English Language Arts) and Master degree (K-12 Curriculum) from Eastern Michigan University.  

I am so glad to be working with you all and want to provide you with a smooth academic year. 

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