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.
Gordon Miller is a lifelong Allen Parker and a graduate of Allen Park High School. His wife Mary is also a lifelong Allen Park resident and AP high school graduate, along with their two children.
Gordon is an attorney at the law offices of Miller & Miller, P.C. in Allen Park. He was first elected to the School Board in 2004 and has been president since 2018. Gordon also has an extensive background in coaching, as he was the Allen Park Bulldogs coach from 2006-2013, Youth Baseball coach from 2006-2012, a member of the Allen Park High School Sports Hall of Fame (2007), and member of the City of Allen Park Sports Hall of Fame (2017).
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 works for the Macomb ISD as a science consultant and is the director of the Macomb Math and Science Center and a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 three Lindemann Lions, and wife to her husband Benjamin who is also a lifelong Allen Parker and an Allen Park High School graduate.
Dr. Warren graduated from Michigan State University, followed by Logan University. She 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.
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