Tag Archives: Parent Profile

Meet culinary artist Erica Nkansah

Browsing the local food scene aside other Ann Arborites, you may have noticed the food blog of local Ann Arbor parent Erica Nkansah, an inspired culinary artist who loves to cook for family and friends. Culinary artistry as inspired living From Ghana to Holland to Michigan, Erica Nkansah’s passion for cooking began early on, as

Spreading kindness with rocks

One day this past January, Dexter resident Nicole Barczak was scrolling through Facebook when something caught her attention. A friend from Florida had posted a photo of her girls painting rocks for their local rock group. Barczak was intrigued, and did some research. She and her husband have four children who enjoy crafts and creative

Bringing Ideas from the Classroom to the Board

Despite retiring after a 38 year teaching career, Jeff Gaynor is staying involved in Ann Arbor schools. Now instead of leading in the classroom, he brings his ideas and enthusiasm to the Ann Arbor Board of Education. Elected last November, Gaynor hopes that his teaching experience can lead to positive changes. Teaching students to think critically

Celebrate Reading Month with local literacy expert Melissa Brooks-Yip

Melissa Brooks-Yip is curled up with her two girls, Ella and Izzy, reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, their new favorite book by Grace Lin. Lin weaves traditional Chinese fairy tales into her own stories. Brooks-Yip’s husband, Danny, is also hooked on the books, which have introduced his girls to tales he heard growing