LSEA Board of Directors

Chuck Alberts

LSEA President

20 Years of Teaching Experience

Michigan State University Alumni

BA in Elementary Education with endorsements in Geography and History.

MA in Curriculum and Administration.

Recipient of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" Award 2005 and 2006, Disney Teacher of the Year Nominee 2007, and Elsie Maile Nominee 2008

Favorite Book:  Where the Red Fern Grows

Hobbies:  Camping, fishing and sports

Holly Daniels

LSEA Vice President

1st Grade Teacher at Riddle Elementary School

15 Years of Teaching Experience

Michigan State University Alumni

BA Elementary Education and MA Literacy

2006 Hinman Award Recipient

Riddle School Liason

Hobbies:  Kayaking, ukulele, and reading

Ellen Wheeler

LSEA Secretary

5th Grade Teacher at Mt. Hope STEAM

22 Years of Teaching Experience

Western Michigan University

Mt. Hope STEAM Liason

Favorite Book:  The Watson's Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Hobbies:  Kayaking, running, knitting, crafts, technology and reading

Emily Oberlitner

LSEA Treasurer

IB Coordinator at Eastern High School

Central Michigan University and Michigan State University Alumni

BA Seconday Education with Endorsements in Social Studies

Eastern High School Liason



Erika Bushey


7th/8th Grade Middle School 

9 years of Teaching Experience

Ferris State University

BS in Education and MA in Administration in progress

Endorsments in K-8 All Subjects in  Elementary Education, 6th-8th Grade Social Studies and ELA

Middle School Montessori Certification

Liaison to Pleasant View and Cavanaugh

Favorite Book:  

To Kill a Mokingbird by Harper Lee

Hobbies:  Reading, traveling with students, and attending sporting events for my children


Ryan Ward

1st Grade Teacher at Gier Park Elementary

9 Years of Teaching Experience

Central Michigan University Alumni

BA Elementary Education and MA in progress

Endorsed in Language Arts and Geography

Hinman Award Recipient

Gier Park, Lyons and Fairview Elementary Liason

Favorite Books:  Maggie and the Pirate by Ezra Jack Keats and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena

Hobbies:  Camping, skiing reading and traveling

Kristan Small


4th-6th Grade Multi-age

28 years of teaching experience

Attended Lansing Community College, BS from Michigan State University, and MA from St. Catherine's University

Board Liason to Gier Park Elementary and Sheridan Rd. STEM

Favorite Books:

The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

The Dirt Cure by Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD


Composting, Pottery, Gardening, Eating, and Cooking


Lee Howell


7th-12th Grade Counselor

28 years of teaching experience.

Attended Lansing Community College, Northern Michigan University and Central Michigan University.

BS, Business Education (GX) and Vocational Business Service (VB), Occupational Education Certificate-Business Services and Technology, MA, School Counseling (NT)

Awarded the "Hugh Spaguolo Excellence in Teaching Award" , 2013

Board Liason to Eastern High School and Pattengill

Hobbies are travel, camping and volleyball.


Randy Heck


Currently teaching 7/8th grade Gateway Engineering, 9-12th grade Principles of Engineering, 9-12th Grade Digital Electronic, 9-12th grade Civil Engineering and Architecture, and 7-12th grade Computers.

24 years of teaching experience.

Attended Rio Hondo Community College, California Lutheran College, Lansing Community College, Davenport University and Michigan State University.

MA in History, Minor in Art History and Anthropology.  Michigan Cerifiacte in History and Anthropology.

Favorite Books:  

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Fierce Invalids Home from hot Climate by Tom Robbins
  • Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen


  • Model Building
  • Electronics
  • Robotics

Judy Kramer


Special Education Teacher for grades 9th-12th grade, Co-Teach 9th Grade Earth Science; Co-Teach 10th grade U.S. History; 10th grade Special Education Reading; 9th-12th Grade Study Skills

17 years of teaching experience

Attended Hope College, University of Illinois at Chicago

BA and MSW

Liason to Forest View and Lewton

Favorite Book:  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Hobbies:  Reading, Traveling and Boating

Keri Benjamin


 Kindergarten Teacher

6 years with Lansing, 6 years in private field

Attended Spring Arbor University (BA) and Northern Michigan University (MA)

Elementary Education with ZA endorsement, Science DX endorsement, Reading BT endorsement  and  Masters in Reading

Liaison Schools: Dwight Rich, Reo, Cumberland

Favorite Book: Anything that I can just read without analyzing it, especially fiction

Hobbies: Swimming, Reading, Hiking with the family

Other: I greatly enjoy spending vacations and weekends visiting Lake Michigan. I find it beautiful and relaxing with amazing fruit picking farms. Bring on the blueberries and cherries!

Christina Frenzel

Speech and Language Pathologist

Pleasnt View and Wexford

6 Years of Teaching Experience

Michigan State University and Western Michigan University Alumni

BA Elementary Education and MA in Language

Pathology Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech.  Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Endorsed in Language Arts and Geography

Elementary Special Education Willow and Beekman Liason

Favorite Books:  Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Hobbies:  Running and Reading

Linda Williams

Insights Teacher at Pattengill Academy

46 Years of Teaching Experience

Howard University and Michigan State University Alumni

BA and MA in Elementary Education

Endorsed in Language Arts and Geography

Recipient of the Firefly (Michigan Technology Award) and MLAG Coach Award (Michigan League of Academic Games)

Pattengill Academy Liason

Hobbies:  Spending time with family and friends

Dee Halstead


School Level Improvement Coordinator

25 years of Teaching Experience

Attended Central Michigan University

BA in Secondary Education English/Reading

MA in Educational Administration

Awarded International Reading Association President of Michgan Reading Association Leadership Award and the SADD Advisor of the Year Award 2002

Favorite Book:  Sweet Forgiveness by Lori Nelson Spielman

Hobbies:  Adult Coloring Books, Reading and doing crafts with grandchildren

 Zondra Sickles Blake

GSRP Teacher at Averill Spanish Immersion 

6 Years of Teaching Experience

Alumni of Lansing Community College, Wayne State University, Central Michigan University,  and Michigan State University 

 BA Elementary Education K-8 with emphasis in  Integrated Science and Reading

ZA Endorsement-Early Childhood PK-General and Special Education

Hobbies: Watching Hockey