Meet the Staff

Fred Parker

Director of Operations


rayMr. 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.

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.

Maureen Hesslau

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.

Lori Dailey

Teacher Mentor

My name is Lori Dailey. This is my second year as a SCMV Teacher Mentor.  I also teach Careers, Business and Marketing classes at Jackson High School.  I have also taught at Baker College and Michigan Virtual University.  In my spare time, I love to read, learn new technology, bake, and travel with my family.  I look forward to meeting you – Welcome!  

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.

Grace Bowersox


Grace is a 3rd year teacher over at Middle School at Parkside. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. She is currently working in a resource room and has students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities. She lives in Holt with her fiancee, dog and cat. 

Kim Waito


I was born in raised in Albion.  I attended Albion Public Schools for elementary, middle school, and high school.  After graduation from Albion High School, I attended Albion College and graduated with a BA in history and English.  I started teaching at Albion High School in 2003.  I came to Parkside in November of 2014 to teach 6th grade Language and Literature.  I have been married to my husband Lance for 10 years.  We have three children: Max, Reese, and Braxton.

Gregory Marsh 

Teacher  Download Bio (PDF)

I am Mr. Marsh and I am looking forward to helping you successfully complete your online math classes. Together, we can make the process of completing your courses easy and rewarding.  


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