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Derek Bezeau, Lakeshore Virtual School PrincipalDerek Bezeau
Director of Virtual Learning
bezeaud@gibdist.net

Welcome! My name is Derek Bezeau and I am honored to be the principal at the Lakeshore Virtual School. I look forward to all this year has to offer and can’t wait to share the experience with all the Lakeshore Families.

My path to education began at Monroe Community College. From there, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. After six years of teaching, I pursued a degree in Educational Leadership from Marygrove College.

In my eight years in education I have developed a wealth of experience. I began teaching in North Carolina as an 8th grade science teacher. After my first year, I primarily worked in grades 3rd-5th but also coached high school cross country and football at SMCC.

On a personal note, I have been happily married for 6 years to my wife Mary, who is also a teacher. We have two daughters, Lucy and Josephine. I like to stay active by playing sports and running. In high school, I played baseball, soccer, and football. Then in college I played club ultimate frisbee for Eastern Michigan. Throughout the past four years, I have become an avid runner, completing one marathon, two half-marathons, three 10Ks, and numerous 5Ks. My wife and I are big Disney fans and are looking forward to our first family Disney World vacation in the summer of 2018.

 

Antoinette Bilot
School Secretary
bilota@gibdist.net

I have volunteered / worked in the Gibraltar School District since my children started kindergarten at Weiss Elementary 16 1/2 years ago. I have worked as a substitute para professional and secretary throughout the district over the years along with being Medical and Library Aides. 

I graduated from the Detroit College of Business (now Davenport University) with a degree in Accounting. Prior to working for the district, I worked in accounting for ANR Pipeline Company. I have been happily married for 23 years and am the proud mom of boy/girl twins that graduated from Carlson in 1995.

 

Crystal Firsdon, Lakeshore Virtual Staff member

Crystal Firsdon
6 - 12 Social Studies Teacher / Mentor
firsdoc@gibdist.net
 

I’m honored to be a teacher in the community that I live in and love! I’ve been working with students in a variety of settings for many years as a teacher, coach, and parent volunteer. My 2 children attend Gibraltar Public Schools, so I’m invested in helping this district thrive--and that includes supporting our virtual learners and helping to ensure they’re meeting the program’s expectations. There are many reasons why students choose a virtual education, and I’m proud to be a part of a program that helps these students achieve their goal of a high school diploma.

I earned my Bachelor of Education from the University of Toledo and am currently working toward my Master of Education with an Educational Technology Endorsement from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In my spare time I hang out with my family, read, write, and sleep.

 

Kristine Moritz
6 - 12 Math Teacher / Mentor
moritzk@gibdist.net
 
My name is Kristine Moritz.  I am a daughter, a sister, a wife (happily married since 2005), a mother to four sons, a cook, a maid, a chauffeur, a referee, a huge Disney fan, and the list goes on.  Included in my long list of hats I wear is that of an educator, which is one of the most meaningful roles I fill each day.  I believe the teaching profession is one of the most important, because you impact, influence, and help shape the lives of our future generations.  I am happy to be part of Lakeshore Virtual School where we able to meet the needs of students who benefit from a less traditional approach to school. Teaching requires patience, understanding, compassion, and enthusiasm - all things I am more than willing to provide on a daily basis.

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and my certification in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics and Biology.

My interest in mathematics really picked up upon entering high school.  I truly love the certainty that math offers; no matter where you are, or who is teaching you, two plus two will always be four.  There is no doubt in the answers; it is either right or wrong, no matter what.

I know my love and appreciation for my subject area will be a major asset.  My goal as an educator is to spark the interest of my students by making learning about math fun and interesting and creating a comfortable environment.

Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics

~ Dean Schlicter

 

Brianne Swift
K - 12 Special Education Teacher / Mentor
swiftb@gibdist.net
 

I am excited to join the Lakeshore team as the Special Education Teacher. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and my Master's degree in Special Education, both from Wayne State University. I have been a teacher for 15 years, and have taught 6th grade math and science, K-12 special education, and College and Careers. In 2007, I was a top 3 finalist for Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year. I love being a teacher because I get the chance to help already amazing students realize how amazing they are, and I enjoy the challenge of finding creative ways to teach difficult concepts.

I have been happily married for 6 years and I am a proud mom of two boys who keep me very busy. I have always loved to bake, and a few years ago I taught myself how to decorate cakes. Baking is the best because people are never sad when they’re eating cake. I’m a big fan of 90’s grunge/alternative music, game shows, Star Wars, autobiographies, and going on vacation.

 
Cheyla Wagner
6 - 12 English & Resource Room Teacher / Mentor
wagnerc@gibdist.net
 

I earned my Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan - Dearborn with a double major in Secondary English and Special Education. I have been a teacher for four years and have taught 10th and 12th grade English, high school Play Production, and K-6 Drama. I also direct plays at Trenton High School.

My favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and my favorite authors are Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe. I've been a vegetarian my entire life and have four dogs. In my free time, I love to travel, watch movies and plays, and attend local concerts. I'm hoping to visit Alaska, Maine, Iceland, and Switzerland over the next couple of years.

I like Lakeshore because it gives students the opportunity to take ownership of their learning and work at their own pace. Our team recognizes that students learn differently and that a traditional classroom isn't always the best fit. I'm happy to be working for a school that has the flexibility to help those students succeed and reach graduation.