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Amanda Miller (previously Amanda Novak) has been working in the Lake Orion Commuinty School District since the Fall of 2011.  Some of her favorite lessons include "The Black Book of Colors" where students are asked to think if people who are blind can understand color;  a project where 2nd grade students learn to draw layered cylinders(cakes), 5th graders learn about gothic architecture (with the help of a CD being the rose window), and where kindergarten students are given only primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and by pure curiosity discover secondary colors (green, orange, purple).  Also, don't forget the students favorite lesson about painting with light during 'light graffiti'  - where students move around with flashlights in the dark to create powerful light paintings. 

Mrs. Miller moved here from Iowa, where she taught at an Elementary School for 3 years and graduated from Luther College, a small liberal arts colleged nestled in the bluffs of Decorah, Iowa.

Art: Amanda Miller amanda.miller@lok12.org
 

"Dance is an art of the body and mind."

My name is Florie D'Annunzio and I have have been honored to teach Dance at Stadium Drive Elementary School of the Arts for the past 16 years.  I hold a Bachelor of Arts not only majoring in Dance, but in all of the performing arts. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature as well.   I ABSOLUTELY love the arts of movement and have a true passion for teaching children.  I truly believe ANYONE can dance and that it is the door to so many possibilities, not only with performance, but also in the understanding and learning of basic concepts that are part of our lives each and every day.

Dance at Stadium Drive is a unique experience.  We pride ourselves on giving students the opportunity to perform, explore movement and learn kinesthetically.  I am so proud of our students on a daily basis for their creative abilities and their participation in so many afterschool opportunities like Dance-a-thon and Dance Spectacular. 

Dance: 
Florence D'Annunzio

florence.dannunzio@lok12.org
 

My name is Dan Dabrowski.  I have been teaching in Lake Orion for 13 years. I attended Michigan State University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Education. I hold a Master's degree in Education from Central Michigan University.  

My favorite part of teaching is seeing the face of a student that "gets it" or understands something for the very first time.  

I am proud to be a dragon!

Media Center:
Dan Dabrowski
daniel.dabrowski@lok12.org
 

Hello! My name is Beth Simms and I am the Music Teacher at Stadium Drive. I started teaching at Stadium Drive in 2010. Before that, I taught Choir at Waldon Middle School for two years. 
 
I received my Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Oakland University in 2003. In 2005, I received my Master's degree in educational leadership from Central Michigan University. 
 
I enjoy teaching elementary general music because I get to share my love of music and help students grow in their musical understanding throughout the years. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family.  I also love to read and watch the Detroit Tigers! 
Music:
Elizabeth Simms
elizabeth.simms@lok12.org
 

My name is Megan Firis (formerly Smith) and I have been teaching Theatre at Stadium Drive since Fall of 2011.  I thank my lucky stars every day to be able to work with such smart, creative, and all-around wonderful students and staff here at Stadium!

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Grand Valley State University, where I also minored in English Literature.  At Grand Valley I was actively involved in main stage productions, other students’ acting and directing projects, and a student theatrical group called STAGE. 

I am also a proud Lake Orion alum!  During my four years at Lake Orion High School I was involved in many performing arts activities including Drama Club, Productions, Choir, Honor Choir, LOcommotion (Show Choir), Children’s Theatre, and Dance. 

After college I opened my small business, Onstage & in the Wings.  I always knew I wanted to share my love of theatre, the arts, and performing with children.  Through my company I teach production workshop classes through community centers and community education in Oakland and Macomb counties. 

Mr. Firis and I recently welcomed our first child, Peter, into our family this past winter.  He is growing fast and we love him more and more with each passing day.  We live in Lake Orion with our pet chinchilla, Stitch, and our kitty cat, Maeby.

I love teaching Theatre here at Stadium Drive!  My philosophy is that Theatre, in its simplest form, is storytelling.  I believe that telling stories is a major part of the human experience and that we can learn many, many things through Theatre.  Through our experiences in Theatre we can learn about other people, other cultures, history, literature, language, problem solving skills, and more.  Also, by trying to analyze and understand characters’ actions and motivations, we can even learn empathy. 

We are learning about many exciting things in Theatre and I can’t wait to share them with you!  I hope you will visit my site again soon to learn more about our lessons, projects, and productions!

Theater:
Megan Firis
megan.firis@lok12.org
 

I have been working in the district for 12 years. Before I came to Stadium Drive Elementary I taught 6 years at the Lake Orion High School where I taught Special Education for four years and then taught Physical Education and Health.

   My philosphy for Physical Education is to empower all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life. At the elementary level, Physical Education is an essential program in which basic skills are learned in lower elementary and continually developed and enhanced in upper elementary.

   Students will understand that physical activity provides an opportunity to apply cognitive concepts in making wise lifestyle choices and the ability to demonstrate approrpiate personal-social character traits. The physical education program is based upon physical participation in an active, caring, supportive and fun atomsphere in where every student is challenged and successful.

Physical Education:
Eric  Rutledge
eric.rutledge@lok12.org