Ferndale Lower Elementary School (K-2)

Offering Grades K-2Ferndale Lower and Upper Elementary Schools have received the 2019-2020 Whole Child Award from Michigan ASCD.

As a primary school, Ferndale Lower Elementary is designed with the young learner in mind. Teachers use curriculum and learning techniques based on brain-research that enhance visual learning and include music and movement while taking into consideration the individual strengths and needs of each child. Additionally, the program's reputation for excellence is based on a philosophy that fosters independence, promotes self-directed learning, and provides instruction in a project-based environment. Students attending Ferndale Lower Elementary School transition to Ferndale Upper Elementary School for grades 3-5.

 

Back to School Story

Our Lower Elementary team has made a helpful book for our early learners, to help explain what is going on. Look through this PDF at your next story time!

PDF DocumentBack to School Story

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Character Education

Students at Ferndale Lower Elementary School learn more than academics. We prepare our students for success inside and outside of the classroom and into the future. Guided by our district-wide Character Education initiative, we are helping our students SOAR. View our Matrix!

Points of Pride

  • Award-winning National School of Character
  • Awarded Michigan Expert Super Green School for incorporating sustainability into everyday practices for 5 consecutive years
  • Programs designed specifically for primary students
  • Strong intervention programs to support diverse learning needs
  • Parental involvement support and engagement programs
  • School Family atmosphere for the whole family

First Fives

This program is designed for students who: 

  • Are eligible to attend kindergarten, having turned five on or before September 1st of the school year; 
  • Are developmentally young; 
  • Will benefit from classroom instruction designed with more frequent movement, reduced length of instructional periods, increased use of manipulative and motor activities, and a focus on social and emotional development;
  • The Ferndale Schools kindergarten curriculum serves as the basis for the First 5s program with instruction provided in all core content areas. Pre-reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are emphasized as are mathematics skills.

Learn more about First Fives!

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Lower Elementary Principal: Diana Keefe

 Mrs. Keefe

Diana Keefe has been principal of Ferndale's Lower Elementary program since 2014. Ms. Keefe is committed to developing relationships and connecting with staff, students, parents, and the surrounding community. A high priority of hers is to forge a strong partnership with the Ferndale early childhood community, including outreach to home childcare providers, private & public preschools, and anyone involved in early childhood. She invites any parents of young children or childcare providers to contact her and set up a visit. If you are interested in meeting with Diana Keefe, please call (248) 586-8800 or email her at Diana.Keefe@ferndaleschools.org.

Returning to Learning

Our Lower Elementary team has made a helpful book for our early learners, to help explain what is going on. Look through this PDF at your next story time!

PDF DocumentBack to School Story

Other documents, including pcoming event dates and times can be found on our Returning to Learning Building Info page.

Lower Elementary School

(Grades K-2)
2610 Pinecrest
Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: 248-548-1950
Fax: 248-469-4378

Bell Schedule
  • 8:28am to 3:28pm (M,T, Th,F)
  • 8:28am to 2:28pm (W)

 

Principal

Diana Keefe

Secretaries

Carly Barnard

April Showler

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Administration

Name
Position
Carly Barnard
Secretary
Diana Keefe
Principal
April Showler
Secretary

First Fives

Name
Position
Hayley Majeske
Teacher

Kindergarten

Name
Position
Teacher
Bethany Leist
Teacher
Teacher
Diana Mickles
Teacher
Heather Pirronello
Teacher
Giovanna Santangelo
Teacher
Kayla Tobin
Teacher

1st Grade

Name
Position
Donna Biermann
Teacher
Teacher
Nicole Mikolajewski
Teacher
Sandra Moffitt
Teacher
Brieann Moore
Teacher
Shannon Piornack
Teacher
Emily Wize
Teacher

2nd Grade

Name
Position
Kathleen Hayden
Teacher
Tasnima Islam
Teacher
Margot Moorfoot
Teacher
David Poirier
Teacher
Judy Randle
Teacher
Glynis Tyler
Teacher
Beth Yoakam
Teacher

Art

Name
Position
Ashley Balogh
Art Teacher

ESL

Name
Position
Jenan Kakos-Nieman
ParaProfessional

Language Arts

Name
Position
Sahar Azar
Language Arts Teacher Assistant
Jodi Cusmano
Reading Intervention Specialist (K-2)
Libby Funk
Language Arts Teacher Assistant
Stacey Hall
Reading Specialist
Susan Humphreys
ParaProfessional
Jasmine Jarmon
Language Arts Teacher Assistant
Kelly Provo
Language Arts Teacher Assistant
Julie Saunders
Media Specialist

Music

Name
Position
Meagan Grammatico
Music Teacher

Physical Education

Name
Position
David Garlow
Teacher
Koby Hileman
Teacher

Special Education

Name
Position
Akisha Allen
ParaProfessional
Torre Church
Physical Therapist
Katelyn Golding
Resource Room
Amy Hawtin
Psychologist
Deborah Holt-Foster
ParaProfessional
Delante Johnson
ParaProfessional
Krista Learman
Teacher
Andrew McCaskill
ParaProfessional
Megan Meloche
Occupational Therapist
Connor Middlebrook
ParaProfessional
Elizabeth O'Halloran
Speech Pathologist
Ashara Simmons
ParaProfessional
Bradley Tanguay
Speech Pathologist
Michele Thomas
ParaProfessional

SACC

Name
Position
Carolann Stan-Scrimger
SACC Assistant
Sabrina Stark
SACC Assistant
Michele Thomas
SACC Assistant

Staff

Name
Position
Jamie Brooks
Building Substitute
Tracey Yacks
Teaching and Learning Specialist

Student Services

Name
Position
Jodi Cusmano
Behavior Interventionist
Jenelle Gondek-Stankos
Mental Health Specialist

Social Worker

Name
Position
Meredith Berlin
Social Worker

Parent Organizations

Name
Position
Andrea Burley
PTA President