Office of Deputy Superintendent of Schools

Jessica Benavides

Deputy Superintendent of Schools

Schools, Instruction, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), Evaluations, Assessment, Athletics, MICIP

Principals, School Improvement MICIP, Data Evaluation, Research Requests, RGB3, IRIPs, Steering Committees, Curriculum, DIAFL, Instructional Council, New Visions Portal, Partnership, Professional Development

Taryn Almquist
Sarah Hipps
Executive Assistant Project Manager


519 W. Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 755-2090 Office
(517) 755-1049 Fax

Schools Division

Kim Johnson-Ray
Ariel Rodriguez Peña
Senior Director of Elementary Education Senior Director of Middle Years and Academies  
Mitch Foster
Senior Director of Secondary Education    


Instructional Division

Yvonne Thomas
Sarah Odneal, Ed.D.
Director of Instruction (K-8, Math & Science) Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Heather Guerra
Anna DiPonio
Director of Instruction (K-8, Literacy & Social Studies) Director of Assessment and Evaluation
Lisa Dean
Michelle Lake
Director of Instruction (High School) Instructional Systems Improvement & Professional Development Coordinator

Leigh Schafer
James Galloway
Asst. Director of Educator Quality Supports School Accountability Analyst

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