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 2nd - 6th Grade Learning Center at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year! This Learning Center, currently serving as our middle school, will be transformed into an environment that is learner-centered based on the age and needs of each child.

What can you expect for your child as they enter the 2nd - 6th Learning Center? Each learner will be assigned a homeroom teacher. It is so vitally important that our learners develop strong, positive relationships with the adults working with them each and every day. Children entering the Learning Center as a 2nd grade learner will work with teachers in the wing of the building that currently houses our 5th graders. As you may know, this wing is self-contained and is in close proximity to restrooms, activity areas and the lunchroom. We will be working to identify a location for additional adult support including an administrator or building secretary housed in this location as well. We want to ensure that our youngest learners are working in a comfortable learning environment and you can be confident that your child and his or her teacher can easily access necessary resources throughout the school day.

One of the significant benefits in this new building will be the ability for our educators to collaborate on a daily basis; providing support to each and every learner throughout the day. Our 3rd through 6th grade learners, while having an assigned homeroom teacher, will have the opportunity to work with teachers throughout the building; 3rd and 4th grade classroom spaces will be primarily on the 1st floor of the building and 5th and 6th grade classroom spaces on the 2nd floor of the building. That being said, our goal is to meet your learner at his or her instructional level. Teaming (where 2 to 3 teachers work with a common group of learners) will be in place as appropriate to the age of the learners. Our educators are so excited to be able to come together and serve your children!!!

I would like to introduce the Administrative Team  who will be working with you and your child beginning in the 2017-18 school year. In addition to our full time counselor, Mrs. Debbie Laney, the 2nd - 6th Grade Learning Center will be served by two Co-Principals--Mrs. Angel Mensing will serve our 2nd and 3rd grade learners and families and Mr. Rick Hilderley will serve our 4th, 5th and 6th grade learners and families.

Mrs. Mensing is a born and raised Michigander with over 15 years of experience in education. As a certified teacher and administrator, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education, with a minor in Art Education, from Adrian College. Additionally, she holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Mrs. Mensing started her career in education as an English and Art teacher in Grayling, MI, subsequently teaching in Owosso, and then Tecumseh. While in Owosso, Mrs. Mensing was the founding administrator of an alternative education school, specializing in personal education plans for over 100 learners. For the last 6 years, she has been supporting students, families, and educational professionals at Tecumseh High School. Each of these experiences has fostered Mrs. Mensing’s genuine passion for empowering learners to reach their goals.

When Mrs. Mensing is not at school, you can find her spending time with family and friends. She enjoys traveling, exercising, quilting, and watching sports (especially the Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Red Wings) with her husband and two sons.


Mr. Hilderley began his teaching career at Tecumseh Public Schools in 1990. In 1998, he became the Principal at Herrick Park, and later Patterson Elementary. Then, in 2005, he was hired for the position he currently holds--Principal at Tecumseh Middle School. Mr. Hilderley completed his undergraduate work at Siena Heights University and, in 2001, earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

In his free time, Mr. Hilderley enjoys following the Detroit Tigers and Michigan Wolverines. Traveling to Northern Michigan fills much of his summertime. During the school year, Mr. Hilderley attends many school functions and sporting events, including serving as the voice of Friday night home football games. He and his wife live in Tecumseh and are the proud parents of three Tecumseh graduates.   

It is vitally important that your child has time to participate in activities that support the work happening in the classroom. We are proud to continue to offer physical education, music and art courses each day to support the learning process. Children will also have opportunities to work in our STEM lab that will be located on the 2nd floor of the building. Our 5th and 6th grade learners will continue to have the opportunity to participate in band and orchestra.

We are still working out the scheduling details and finalizing staffing assignments and will share additional information as it becomes available. We will also be scheduling building tours of the Learning Center by grade levels for the incoming 2nd - 6th grade learners this spring. 

If you have any questions, please let us know! You can reach me by email or phone as listed below. You can also contact  Mrs. Mensing via email at or telephone at 517.423.6008 or Mr. Hilderley by email at or 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