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Yvonne Thomas, Princi​pal


  • Central Michigan University: Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Development
  • Margyrove College: Master’s in Education
  • Grand Valley State University: Master’s in Educational Leadership (in progress)

Previous experience

  • Teacher at H.O.P.E. and Pam’s Academy of Champions (2 local private schools)
  • 2nd grade teacher at Windemere Park for 6 years
  • Principal at Windemere Park for 3 years

What do you like most about working here?

I like working among motivated individuals that have students’ best interest as a top priority.

Other work experience

My first job was at Wendy's. 

Personal i​nformation​

I am married, have three children, and two wonderful grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with family, reading a good mystery book and going to the movies.


Dawn Griffin, Dean of Lower Elementary


Brigham Young University: Bachelor of Science with a major in Elementary Education
Trevecca Nazarene University​: M.Ed. degree with a major in Curriculum and Instructional Design

Previous experience​

I have taught 5th grade for 15 years, both at NHA and in Tennessee. The last three years, I’ve worked with 1st –3rd grades as a reading specialist before accepting my latest position as dean of grades 3–5.

What do you like most about working ​here?

I enjoy working with the people of NHA. The teachers are extremely dedicated to their profession and work very hard to help each child succeed. I enjoy associating with that caliber of professional.

Personal information

I have two children, a daughter and a son, who are both in high school. I enjoy spending time with my family camping and hiking. Our family also enjoys going to the high school sporting events. ​


Laura Noffke, Middle School Dean


  • Associates Degree from Muskegon Community College
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley State University in Elementary Education
  • Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership

Previous education experience and number of years in the field:

Taught all grade levels from Kindergarten to 5th grade and have also been a Reading Specialist. I have been teaching and working in education for 12 years.

What do you like most about working here?

I love that the families, students, and staff of WPCA work together to promote, educate, and be positive role models for our students. 

Personal Information

I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and traveling.  I have been married for 9 years to my husband and we have a son.   We also own a miniature schnauzer named  Mace. 

Erin Guess, Dean of Academic Intervention


  • Western Michigan University: Bachelor of Science with a major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Grand Valley State University: M.Ed. degree with a major in Educational Leadership (in progress)

Previous Experience:

  • Fifth and Fourth grade teacher at Windemere Park Charter Academy 
  • Math Specialist at Kalamazoo Public Schools

What do you like most about working here?

Our students are given an opportunity to grow both academically and morally due to our high expectations and efforts in the classrooms.

Personal Information:

My husband and I just bought our first house.  We spend our free time remodeling and decorating.  Next summer, we plan to build a deck and work on planting flowers and possibly a garden.

Sean Anderson, Dean of Upper Elementary


  • University of Michigan-Dearborn,  BS in Elementary Education
  • Marygrove College,  MA in teaching
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn, MA in educational leadership


Previous education experience and number of years in the field:

Taught grades 3-5 for 13 years in the city of Detroit and surrounding suburbs.

Why did you choose education as a career?   

I chose education because when I was in elementary school, I always loved helping my classmates learn and so it was something I’ve always liked to do.  Getting into administration happened because I now felt that I wanted to help teachers grow and become better teachers and teach them how to connect to students better as well.


I have been married to my wife, Sarah, for a little over a year.  We have 2 pets, a puggle dog named Murphy and a cat named Angel.  We love to travel and just have fun.  We also just found out that we are expecting our first child who will be born in September of this year.


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