Happy New Year!
Each year, the month of January represents new possibilities and hope for the future. Here at Tecumseh Public Schools, we are harnessing that hope to improve the learning experience for each and every child and family we serve.

Your child will be entering a new era in education and will experience the efforts of over one year of planning and preparation when they enter our 8th Grade STEAM Center at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year! This Center, formerly known as Herrick Park School, will be transformed into an environment that is learner-centered; designed with input from our students and organized in a way to allow each learner the opportunity to identify his or her own learning path.

Our 8th Grade STEAM Center will be a project-based learning environment, where learners will incorporate content areas within the context of real-world issues. Students will be engaged in interdisciplinary units that help them to understand the “bigger story” of the future they face. They will spend one year in this Center and will then transition to Tecumseh High School. Students will have the opportunity to master content standards at their pace and will be met at their individual level to ensure they are moving forward academically.

I would like to introduce the staff members who will be working with you and your child beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Mr. Alan Schmidt will serve as the principal for the 8th Grade STEAM Center. Mr. Schmidt was born and raised in Tecumseh, and is a proud graduate of Tecumseh High School. He did his undergraduate work, majoring in biology with a minor in general science, at Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Schmidt is a certified 6-12 educator in all sciences. He also obtained a master’s in education from Michigan State University, and is a certified K-12 administrator per the State of Michigan. Mr. Schmidt began his career in education with Tecumseh Public Schools in the fall of 2002. He taught  Biology, Biology II, Environmental Science, and Geology for eight years at Tecumseh High School. Mr. Schmidt then taught eighth grade science for three years at Tecumseh Middle School, and became a certified Project Lead the Way instructor along the way. He took his first administration job in the fall of 2013 as an assistant principal at Onsted High School. He then returned to TPS to his current position as assistant principal at Tecumseh Middle School in the fall of 2014.
In addition to Mr. Schmidt, the following educators will also be working with your child:
Mr. Michael McDowell--Mathematics
Mrs. Josette Richardson--English
Ms. Katie Marecle--Social Studies
Mr. Jon Way--Science
Ms. Mackenzie Hickner--Mathematics/English
Mrs. Beth Robertson--Social Studies/English
Mrs. Chris Anklin--Science/Mathematics
Mr. Ben Avis--Student Supports/Special Education
Mr. Paul Keyser--Student Supports/Special Education
Mrs. Mary Tommelein--Counselor
Please know that these educators were hand-selected to work in this project-based learning environment with your child. These educators are so excited to lead the way in transforming education for our learners. Your child will also have the opportunity to select courses such as choir, band, orchestra, physical education, etc. We are still working out the details in this area and will share additional information as decisions are made. 

If you have any questions, please let us know! You can reach me at the contact information below. You can also contact  Mr. Schmidt via email at or via telephone at 517.423.1105. This is such an exciting time for our district, and we are thrilled that you and your child will be part of this wonderful educational experience!


Kelly M. Coffin, Ed. D.
Superintendent, Tecumseh Public Schools