Meet the Staff
Director of Operations
Mr. Ray Savicke
Science Teacher – Download Bio (PDF)
I’m Mr. Savicke and I am here to assist you in your online science classes. Learning science can be tough, especially when not in the physical presence of an actual teacher. My job is to make you feel at ease and guide you along some of the more difficult aspects of online learning.
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.
Middle School & High School Mathematics Mentor
Hello, my name is Maureen Hesslau and I am one of the secondary math mentors at SCMV. I provide support to any student taking mathematics course in grades sixth through twelfth grade. I am currently in my 28th year of teaching and I am lucky to continue to do what I love. I grew up in the Jackson area and I am a Spring Arbor University graduate. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my three grown sons. I look forward to meeting you and helping you improve your math skills.
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.
Hello everyone, my name is Ysallia Boyer. I am the New Lab attendant at the Jackson SCMV. This is my first year, and I am really excited to be joining the team. I’m a recent graduate from Siena Heights University, with a Bachelors of Arts in Professional Communication Management. I will be in charge of all the scheduling, attendance, and much more, as we begin to open the new lab. I hope to make this a great experience for students and staff, and I look forward to working with each of you. Let’s have great year!
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.