Board Members

Allen Park Public Schools' Board of Education

The Allen Park Board of Education is a seven-member legislative body elected by the residents of the school district. The Board consists of a president, vice presidents, secretary, and treasurer. These positions are elected by the Board during the first meeting in January. The Board is dedicated to the education of all children in the Allen Park School District. They research issues; lobby for the District's fair share of funds from state and federal legislators; attend school events; serve on multiple committees; discuss and vote on policy issues. To carry out its policies and other decisions and to manage the K-12 schools, the Board selects a chief executive officer, the Superintendent of Schools. The Superintendent and the administrative staff operate the schools according to the policies established by the Board. The Board considers recommendations from the Superintendent for approval.
Jeannette MacDonald and her husband have five children and seven grandchildren. Two of their grandchildren live in Allen Park and attend Allen Park Middle School. Jeannette was an elementary teacher at both Lindemann and Bennie from 1991-2003. During the fall of 2003, she transferred to Allen Park High School, where she served as a counselor until her retirement in 2018.  During those years, Jeannette also served as a representative and co-chair of the District’s Instructional and Curriculum Council (ICC).

Jeannette initially earned a degree in nursing (RN), followed by a bachelor of science degree in teaching from Madonna University, a Master’s degree in counseling from EMU and a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.  Since her retirement, she has continued her commitment to children by serving on the Allen Park School Board, as well as maintaining ongoing membership with the Allen Park Kiwanis and the Allen Park Citizens Civic Fund. She has a true passion for teaching and learning, along with a clear understanding of the rigorous academic demands on both teachers and students.  Jeannette shares the District’s mission of creating an uncompromising commitment to excellence.
CBA 101 - Fundamentals of School Board Service
CBA 234 - Using Persuasive Skills to Reach Consensus
CBA 259 - Creating Trust: Key Ingredients in School Improvement
MASB Effective Governing Workshop
Preparing for Your Organizational Meeting Workshop
2022 Legislative Priority Setting Meeting
2019 MASB Workshop
Superintendent Evaluation Tool Specific Training
CBA 223 - Parliamentary Procedures
Stephen Martin is a lifelong resident of Allen Park and a graduate of Allen Park High School. His wife Maureen is also a lifelong Allen Park resident, APHS graduate, and currently teaches at Allen Park Middle School. Stephen and Maureen have two children, one a 2019 APHS graduate, and one a member of the class of 2022, both of whom were actively involved in various clubs and athletics. 
Stephen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Human Resources from the University of Michigan, along with an MBA from Madonna University. Stephen has worked in large corporate accounting and finance settings for over 25 years serving as a Director of Finance for Dell Computers, and currently as the Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis for BASF Chemicals. Stephen has also taught Personal Finance at Baker College, is currently a volunteer within the APHS Athletic Department, has served on the Allen Park Parks and Recreation Commission, and coached youth sports for several years. He was first elected to the APPS School Board in November 2020, with the goal of ensuring that every student receives the best education in the most positive environment possible.  Stephen’s decisions are always based on what is best for the student, and fiscally responsible for the community and school district.  
MASB Effective Governance Workshop
Superintendent Evaluation Tool Specific Training
Sarah Filipiak is a third-generation Allen Parker and an Allen Park High School alumna. Sarah currently has a daughter attending Allen Park Public Schools and two-year-old who will attend Arno in a few short years. She has been an educator for over 20 years and has worked in both elementary and secondary schools as a special educator, general education teacher and an administrator. Sarah is currently the principal of an elementary school in Hamtramck.

Sarah was inspired to join the school board to give back to the community that has given so much to her and four generations of her family. Sarah makes decisions based on "what's best for kids" and uses that as her grounding principle when faced with tough choices. She prides herself on being a great listener and always seeking both sides of the story.
CBA 109 - Data-Informed Decision Making
CBA 232 - Communicating Effectively in Difficult Times
MASB Effective Governance Workshop
Superintendent Evaluation Tool Specific Training
Dr. Jennifer Warren is a lifelong Allen Parker and an Allen Park High School graduate. She is a current small business owner of Allen Park Family Chiropractic. Dr. Warren is a mother of 3 boys who all attend Allen Park Public
Schools. She is a wife to her husband Benjamin who is also a lifelong Allen Parker and an Allen Park High School graduate.
Dr. Warren graduated college at Michigan State University and then Logan College of Chiropractic. Dr. Warren
also teaches at Henry Ford College. This afforded her the ability to understand the academic demands on both teachers and students. Dr. Warren is invested in her community and the continued growth and development of the Allen Park School System.
MASB Effective Governance Workshop
Superintendent Evaluation Tool Specific Training
2011 MASB Workshop
Jason Babbage is a lifelong Allen Parker and an Allen Park High School graduate. He currently has two children attending the Allen Park School Systems.   His parents were both teachers and his mother a former Allen Park School Board president/member. His whole life he has been devoted to Allen Park as an active member of the community. He is currently the Sons of American Legion Post 409 Allen Park Commander. 


Jason holds a Master’s degree in automotive systems engineering and Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering both from U of M Dearborn.  Currently he is working at Ford as an engineer in exterior automotive lighting and is considered one of the top experts in headlamp aim (HLA).


Jason was inspired to serve on the Allen Park School Board so he could give back to students, teachers, and community. One of his main goals is to prevent bullying in and out of the classroom and have fair and equal discipline for all students. 



CBA 101 - Fundamentals of School Board Service

Effective Governance Workshop


Mike Klein and his wife Maureen have lived in Allen Park for 25 years and raised three children in Allen Park Public Schools. He has served as a deacon and elder at Allen Park Presbyterian Church and Maureen is a fourth-grade teacher at Bennie Elementary.

Mike Klein is retired from the Macomb ISD as a science consultant, director of the Macomb Math and Science Center and regional director of the Michigan STEM Network. Mike currently serves on the Executive Board as treasurer for both the Michigan Math and Science Center Network and the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA). He also sits on the board of Square One Education Network. Mike is a past president of the MSTA and a recipient of their Distinguished Service Award for dedication to science educators throughout Michigan.
CBA 103 - School Finance & School Budget
CBA 104 - Basic School Law
MASB Effective Governance Workshop
2019 MASB Workshop
Superintendent Evaluation Tool Specific Training
CASBA/ISD Workshop
Laura Luecke is a lifelong resident of Allen Park. Her husband, Mark, has worked in Allen Park for decades. Together they are the proud parents of three daughters, two APHS graduates and one current student.

Laura graduated from Wayne State University and had a successful career in Hospitality Management before choosing to leave the career she loved to focus on raising her children and taking care of her aging family. She has been a strong supporter of the Allen Park school community for many years as a volunteer. She has played an active role as a member of the PTA/PTSA, a Strategic Planning Committee member 2017, the APMS-PTSA Membership Chair 2017-2020, the APHS Model UN Co-Advisor 2019-present, RAE member and volunteer 2020-present, APHS Swim and Dive Booster Club member 2020. She is also a member of Downriver F.A.N.

Laura was elected to the Allen Park Board of Education in November of 2020. She ran for office to serve a community that has afforded her and her family many opportunities of which she is incredibly grateful. One of her main goals is to work to ensure the Allen Park School community is one of inclusion where all students and families feel welcome and can be all they can be regardless of barriers they may be facing. Laura wants to help foster a community where every voice is heard, and all needs are considered when making decisions that impact our schools.
CBA 223 - Parliamentary Procedure
CBA 214 -  Open Meetings Act
CBA 294 - Civility - A Tool for Conflict Management
Superintendent Evaluation Tool Specific Training
MASB Effective Governance Workshop
MCSA Spring School Law Seminar
2022 Legislative Priority Setting Meeting
2022 Back to School Workshop
2023 Back to School Legal Workshop
2023 Preparing for your Organizational Meeting Workshop
2023 Views From the Capitol - State of the State
Behind the Scenes at the Capitol - Fall 2023
2023 Views from the Capital - Budget Edition
2023 Views from the Capital - End of the Year
Member Matters - 1/17/23
Member Matters - 3/21/23
Member Matters - 5/16/23
Member Matters - 9/19/23

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Please Note

The Board of Education of the Allen Park Public Schools will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at any meeting upon 10 days notice. Contact the office of Michael Darga, Superintendent of Schools, at 9601 Vine, Allen Park or (313) 827-2150 if auxiliary aids or services are required.