Meet the Staff
Director of Operations
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
School Counselor (10th-12th Grade, N-Z)
Hi I'm Delaney! I am very excited to work with and assist the SCMV students and families! This is my 2nd year with Jackson Public School District, where I am still currently one of the school counselors over at Jackson High School. Before this, I counseled elementary school students in St. John's Public Schools. I also worked as an adoption recruiter through St. Vincent Catholic Charities. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University. I then went on to get my Masters in Counseling Education through Western Michigan University. I come from a large family of 8 brothers and sisters and 14 nieces and nephews (and still counting!), whom I love to spend my time with. I love reading, painting, listening to music, and pretty much every holiday. I can't wait to meet all of you!
Special Education Teacher
I am one of the special education teachers here at South Central Michigan Virtual. This is my first year working at SCMV, and I am really looking forward to this new adventure! I graduated from Central Michigan University and started teaching in 1998. I am a proud graduate of Jackson Public Schools and have 5 children that attend (or graduated from) JPS. I am excited to meet you and work with your family this year!
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.