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OUR LEADERSHIP

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Mona L. Boersma,  Principal

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education—Albion College
  • Master’s degree in reading and language arts—Oakland University
  • English language arts certification—Western Governors University
  • School leadership and administration certification—Northern Michigan University

 

Previous education experience and number of years in the field

Ms. Boersma has more than 20 years of educational experience, with the past 15 here at Walton. She previously served as the dean for kindergarten through second grade, ELL coordinator, reading specialist, and fourth-grade teacher.
 

Why did you choose education as a profession? 

“I want to help people be the best they can be. There is no better way to do that than by helping them become independent readers, thinkers, and problem solvers.” 
 

Personal

In her free time, Mrs. Boersma enjoys spending time with her family, playing baseball, swimming, skiing, and watching funny movies. 
 
 
  

 
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Sarah Stickney, Dean of Intervention 

Education

  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology - Michigan State University 
  • Professional Certification Program Elementary Education - Michigan State University
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching Reading and Language Arts - Oakland University
  • Michigan Certified K-12 Reading Specialist
  • Pursuing Masters in School Principalship Charter School Leadership Focus - Central Michigan University

 

Previous education experie​nce and number of years in the field

Mrs. Stickney has worked at Walton for more than 10 years.  Before becoming a Dean she was a Reading Specialist, and prior to that a First Grade Teacher.  Sarah has been a mentor, instructional leader, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award. 


Why did you choose education as a profession?

"Every day I have the opportunity to witness the joy on students' faces as they experience success." 

 

What do you like most ab​out working at Walton?

"Walton is a special place.  The families and staff have a shared passion in making our community better through the education of our children.  I feel privileged to be a part of that and do what I love every day."  


Personal  

Mrs. Stickney lives with her husband and two children. They enjoy spending time together swimming at the lake, traveling, and going to the movies. Mrs. Stickney lives with her husband and two children.  They enjoy spending time together swimming at the lake, traveling, and going to the movies. ​ 




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Cassandra Blust, 3-5 Dean

 

Education

  • Michigan State University: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education 
  • Michigan State University: Master's Degree in Curriculum and Teaching
  • Northern Michigan University: Administration Certificate (in progress)

 

Previous education experie​nce and number of years in the field

Mrs. Blust previously served as a fifth-grade teacher at Walton for 10 years.  She received the Teacher of Excellence Award in both 2012 and 2013.  She also served as a mentor teacher for several years. 

 

What do you like most ab​out working at Walton?

"Walton's staff and families truly care and support each other.  We also have the most hardworking and dedicated teachers.  I really enjoy seeing our students grow and learn each year!"  


Personal  

In her free time, Mrs. Blust enjoys spending time with her husband and two children (Emma and Zach) by going to the park, zoo, and lots of other fun places.  She also really enjoys watching her favorite team, Michigan State, play football and basketball. Go Green! ​ ​

 
 

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Laura Hall, Dean of Lower Elementary

Education

  • Oakland University​: Bachelor’s Degree from  in Elementary Ed. with a major in ELA
  • Walden University​: Master’s Degree in Reading Literacy
  • Northern University: Administration Certificate (in progress)  
 

Previous experience

I began my educational career with NHA in August 1999. I loved starting my education career in a fifth grade classroom at Walton. When I taught seventh grade English I had the best job in the school.  I then moved out of the classroom to mentor new teachers which began my administration experience.​

What do you like most about working here?

What I like most about Walton Charter Academy is the feeling of being a family with our students, parents, and staff members. You can walk in our school and see everyone working together with the goal of students learning to be college ready.

Personal  

I am married and I have been blessed with two daughters. They are finished with college and have started working in their careers. 

I love history, football, reading, and going to relax at our cabin. 

 

Christopher Williams, Dean of Middle School

Education

  • Middle Tennessee State University: B.S. Education
  • Jones International University: M.S. Educational Leadership

   

Previous education experience and number of years in the field:

I have been in the educational field for 20 years. I started working at Walton in 2002 as the Student Services Coordinator. I have held various positions at Walton throughout the years; Student Services Coordinator, Student and Family Liaison, Athletic Director, Dean of Students, Dean of Special Education, and currently Middle School Dean. Prior to coming to Walton I worked for the Pontiac School District’s Student Services Department.
Before moving to Michigan I taught Science (9th and 10th) and Physical Education (K-10th) at Roane County Christian School in Kingston, Tennessee.
 

Why did you choose education as a career?

I chose education as a career because I wanted to help children be the best they can be! I enjoy seeing my students succeed!
   

Personal

I am married to my lovely wife Renee  and we have to children (boys) Christopher Jr. (CJ) and Corey.
I enjoy spending time with my wife and children and I love sports. I enjoy coaching basketball and football. I also enjoy attending my son’s athletic contests.




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