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We have reached that point in the year when faculty and staff changes begin to come to light. The following teachers are among those who will be departing or transitioning to new roles at the end of this school year.

Students will continue to learn from the best teachers. We are already looking for new candidates and will begin interviews shortly. More information will be shared as soon as it is available.

Please join me in recognizing the outstanding teachers below and wishing them the best in their new endeavors. 


Jerry Loewen
Head of School


Judy Barthwell, Lower School Music and Chorus Director

Judy Barthwell is retiring after 12 years of teaching music at Emerson. Judy was named the Michigan Music Educators Association’s 2012 Music Educator of the Year and a 2012 Michigan Youth Arts Touchstone Award recipient—among other accolades—and established a love of music for hundreds of students. 

“It has been a privilege to share music, song and dance with Emerson children all these years. I will miss the students’ energy for learning and their willingness to find musically creative expressions. I will always remember the joy, and cherish the time I spent at Emerson.”


Matt McCoy will take over for Judy at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Nancy Dever, 6th Grade Social Studies

Nancy has been a teacher at Emerson School since 1983, making her one of Emerson’s most veteran teachers. Generations of students have been fortunate to learn from Nancy. But with 31 years of teaching under her belt, she has decided to put down her chalk at the end of this school year. 

Dr. Mary Ellen Flaherty, 6th Grade Math

After 11 years of teaching at Emerson—with her unique and beloved caffeine-infused style—Dr. Mary Ellen Flaherty will be leaving at the end of this school year. She will be returning to the medical world and expanding her medical training business. 

“I'm grateful for the opportunity I've had to spend time with so many wonderful students over the years. And I truly appreciate all of the support I have received from the Emerson community during that time.”
—Dr. Flaherty

Joyce Gerber, 5th Grade

During Joyce’s 26 years at Emerson, she has taught hundreds of students and helped them grow. At the start of the 2014-2015 school year, Joyce will continue to do so as she moves to a new learning support role, adding another resource to Emerson’s support and enrichment offerings. 

“My life has always about helping kids and I’m looking forward to this new challenge.”

Yukiko Kobayashi-Miller, Middle School Japanese

Since taking over the Middle School Japanese World Language program at the beginning of this year, Yukiko has given full-time effort to a part-time position. She will be moving on from Emerson School at the end of this school year and looks forward to new opportunities and spending more time with her family. 

“It's been a great experience working with Emerson students and I've grown a lot as a person as well as a teacher. It will be hard to leave, but I'm looking forward to having more time with my family.”



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