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Ci'Erah Holmes
Classroom Teacher, Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten

Hello! I am Ci’Erah Holmes, and I am so excited to teach kindergarten in the RCS Virtual Campus! I have been teaching kindergarten in the district for four years, but have been teaching for seven years! I truly enjoy being partners in education with families, and love that I am able to help build a strong foundation in education for my soon to be kinders! Kindergarten is all about exploring, while growing a love for learning! When I’m not teaching, I love to listen to music, try new recipes and spend quality time with my family! Looking forward to creating fun memories with you and your little one!!


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Merna Younan
Classroom Teacher, Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten

Hello! My name is Merna Younan and I’m so happy to be teaching kindergarten this year! I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Oakland University in May 2021. I completed my student teaching at RCS Virtual Campus in a first grade classroom with my mentor Valerie Ruckes. I have a passion for teaching young children and being a great role model for them. In my free time I love reading, walking, and spending time with my family.



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Val Ruckes
Classroom Teacher, 1st Grade

I've been teaching for 21 years with Rochester Community Schools. I taught at McGregor Elementary before coming to the Virtual Campus. I taught third grade for 10 years and the rest of the time I've been teaching first graders. First graders will blow you away if given the opportunity to demonstrate what they can do. What excites me about virtual education is having the opportunity to connect more closely with our families and being able to cultivate an environment that promotes great home-school partnerships around learning. I love all things active, including biking, walking, roller skating, and dancing! You need lots of energy to keep up with first graders!


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Sarah Kirby
Classroom Teacher, 1st Grade 

I am so excited to be on this new adventure teaching at the RCS Virtual Campus! During my 15 years with RCS, I have taught first, second, and fourth grade. My favorite thing about teaching is READING! I grew up in Rochester, and now live in Clarkston with my husband and 2 boys, Alex and Ben. When I'm not looking for new books to share with my class, you can find me up north in Traverse City where I loves to hunt for Petoskey stones with my boys! Fun fact about me... I love to cook! My specialty is gluten free chocolate chip cookies!


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Emaleigh Ryba
Classroom Teacher, 2nd Grade

Hello! My name is Emaleigh Ryba and I am so incredibly excited to teach 2nd grade at the RCS Virtual Campus! I graduated from Oakland University in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education along with an Integrated Science endorsement. I completed my student teaching internship in 5th grade last Spring at Musson Elementary in Rochester. Additionally, I have experience working with students in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. I cannot wait to get to know you and your children and greatly look forward to what the rest of the year holds! :)


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Andy Krupp
Classroom Teacher, 2nd Grade

I have enjoyed teaching in the district for the past 26 years. Over the last year, I have been very inspired by the experience of teaching virtually. It has opened things up for exploration, new potentials and the ability to teach in new and creative ways. The Virtual Campus has become a learning environment where kids are both learning and thriving. I am excited to see how the virtual experience expands and informs education as we move forward. I have always loved teaching children, their insights continually amaze me and expand upon my own thinking. I am grateful to be a part of the RCS Virtual Campus and to be working with your children.


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Liz Schroeck
Classroom Teacher, 3rd Grade

My name is Liz Schroeck, and I teach third grade in the RCS Virtual Campus. I've been a third grade teacher for the past 17 years. My favorite part about teaching third grade is watching students begin the year as "little kids" and leave as "big kids." They learn so much, especially in writing! When I'm not teaching, I enjoy traveling, knitting, gardening, reading, and canning food I've grown. Teaching in the Virtual Campus has opened my eyes to all the incredible digital tools that help kids learn and grow outside of the traditional classroom.


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Rick Krause
Classroom Teacher, 3rd Grade

Hello Virtual Campus families! I am so excited to be on this voyage with you.
For 20 years I have riding the wave of teaching. This is my 15th year with Rochester Community Schools - my previous 14 RCS years were spent with my family at Brooklands Elementary School. My passion for teaching is something that I was born into - I am actually the 14 teacher in my family! Each day is a educational masterpiece as I get see to the awesome smiles of each of my 3rd Graders. The Virtual Campus has provided me with a great opportunity to share my teaching with some fabulous learners in new adventurous ways. Bringing education to the students in fun, interactive ways is always my virtual goal.

Fun facts: I enjoy running, reading, cooking, sleeping and spending time with family (Mrs. Krause and our son, Ethan). Little known fact: I taught in China for two consecutive summers!


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John LeClair
Classroom Teacher, 4th Grade

I have been teaching now for 14 years. In some capacity I have taught every grade level from kg-8th grade! I love sharing my passion for knowledge, mindfulness, music, and humor. Nothing makes me happier than a classroom full of smiles!


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Catherine Rabbideau
Classroom Teacher, 4th Grade 

I have been teaching for over ten years and have been with Rochester Community Schools for the past three years. I love making learning exciting, engaging, and relevant for my students! In my free time, I love reading and spending time with my family.


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Brian Peterson
Classroom Teacher, 5th Grade 

I am thrilled to be on this virtual journey with you! For the last 22 years I taught fifth grade at Musson Elementary School in Rochester. I knew since fifth grade that I wanted to be a teacher and consider myself a life-long learner. This is one of the reasons I love being a teacher, as I constantly feel I learn new things with my students. I am excited about the endless potential that the virtual platform has to offer!


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Lauren Pruchnic
Classroom Teacher, 5th Grade

Hello! I am Lauren Pruchnic. I did my student teaching in Rochester's Virtual Campus last year in fifth grade and I am excited to share everything I learned with you all! I graduated from Oakland University this past May with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I've wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a child because I love helping people grow and making a difference. I love the beach, spending time with my friends and family, and watching Marvel movies. I can't wait to see what this year holds!

Specials Teachers


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Christine Glenn
Art Teacher

I have been teaching over 20 years and this is my 4th year with RCS. Outside of the classroom, I am a mom of a 2 year old boy and a 9 year old boxer. In my free time I enjoy painting, pottery, music concerts, art festivals, and traveling. I absolutely love the Virtual Campus and spending time with our VC Art Club!


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Julie Rains
Technology Program Consultant

Hello Everyone!  I wear a few hats here at Virtual Campus as an Instructional Technology Program Consultant and Media & Technology teacher.  And let me tell you something... I absolutely love it all!  My passion is to convince all you learners out there that you are creative artists, innovators, and future leaders by remixing hands-on making opportunities with cutting edge digital tools. I find true joy co-designing alongside each of you to create unique and innovative learning adventures. 

Teaching is not only my profession, it is my passion! I'm committed to continuously improving the field of education as a faculty member at the Project Zero Classroom Summer Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education. I find inspiration from my travels around the world and appreciate the beauty of small moments.  A Maker at heart, I am always looking for the next object to transform into something new. 


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Anne Griffin
Music Teacher

Ms. Griffin is in her fifth year of teaching, and is so happy to continue working with the wonderful community of students, families and teachers at the RCS Virtual Campus. She loves singing, hiking, practicing yoga, and most of all making music with her students! :)


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Shana Poll
Physical Education Teacher

I have been teaching over 20 years and this is my 20th year with RCS. Outside of the classroom I enjoy riding my bike and paddle boarding. You will often see me walking or riding the local trails during the warmer months.  I like to visit my family in Florida often.  I look forward to getting active with all of you this year.

Support Staff


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Rebekah Smith
Social Worker

I have been a part time school social worker in Rochester or 8 years.  Before that, I was a social worker at schools in Detroit, Ferndale, and Belleville.  In addition, I’ve been providing virtual school social work services since 2014, so I was very excited to have this opportunity in my own district.  I love to work with students from kindergarten to twelfth grade and enjoy the unique experience with each age.  When I am not at school, I am usually happily chauffeuring my three children to their activities or visiting our family cottage in South Haven. 


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Amber Filipski
Speech and Language Pathologist

I have been practicing speech-language pathology in RCS for over a decade and this is my second year with the RCS Virtual Campus.  I love connecting with students in a way that makes them feel confident in who they are and I’m excited to be back here finding creative ways the virtual environment can cater to individual student needs.  When I’m not working you can find me happily mothering my two elementary-aged daughters and chasing after our mini Newfiedoodle rescue puppy, Lola.  When I can carve out some time for myself, I enjoy hiking, reading, spending time in nature, knitting, watercolor painting, and rescuing neglected houseplants from the clearance section.