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Ambrose, Lilia
Resource Room Educator, Dyslexia Tutor & Robotics Coach

Mrs. Ambrose has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences with an emphasis in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She worked as a computer programmer and developed programs for NOAA, NAVOCEANO, and NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan to be a stay-at-home mom and raise her four children. Her passion is to help students learn and attain their full potential despite any learning differences. Two of her children are graduates from West Highland and one is currently enrolled here.  She enjoys gardening, going for walks, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with family and friends.

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Austin, Lisa
Elem. Music & Praise Band

Mrs. Austin is an Alumnus of WHCA class of '04. Her passion is music and worship. Lisa has been teaching private piano lessons for over 15 years and voice for more than 10. Lisa has been teaching PE at WHCA for three years. She has a love of physical fitness and has enjoyed seeing the kids grow in their health and physical ability. Lisa has a heart for West Highland and a desire to see the students grow in a Christ-centered environment.

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Barber, Barb
1st & 2nd Grades, Dyslexia Consultant

Mrs. Barber has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and an Associates degree in Elementary Education from Washtenaw Community College. Barb worked as a substitute teacher at an International school when serving for eight years in Malaysia and speaks fluent Malay. While there, she discovered her passion for teaching. She is a certified Dyslexia Consultant through Bright Solutions, Inc. and has been tutoring with the Barton Dyslexia System since 2012. Barb is married and has five children. One of her children currently attends West Highland and two have graduated from West Highland. 

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Betts, Heidi
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Betts is the Administrative Assistant supporting the principal, teaching staff, students and parents of our school.

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DiGiovanni, Alyssa
Elem. Physical Education, Dyslexia Tutor

Mrs. DiGiovanni has a Bachelor degree in Human Biology from the University of Michigan-Flint. Prior to coming to WHCA, she tutored students at the high school and college level for over 10 years. She has a passion for teaching and loves to help students succeed. Mrs. DiGiovanni is married and has one child, Leia.

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Diller, Julie
MS English/Bible, HS History/Science & Robotics Coach

Mrs. Diller attended Taylor University for Elementary Education. She previously taught homeschool co-op classes for over 10 years and has been at WHCA for three years. She enjoys teaching science, history, geography and many other subjects. She has been tutoring with the Barton System for four years. Mrs. Diller has worked with special needs students in a variety of settings during her teaching time. She has six children, four of whom attend West Highland. She is a huge supporter of our robotics programs and is currently the head coach for junior high and an assistant coach for the high school and upper elementary teams.

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Dorais, Chris
Vice Principal, MS History, HS English, Physics & Psychology

Dr. Dorais received his Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters degree from the University of Michigan and his Doctorate from Liberty University.  He has taught in public and private schools for over 20 years.  Dr. Dorais is married and has two children, Ethan, a WHCA graduate and Ava, who currently attends WHCA.

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Evans, Elise
Kindergarten & Robotics Coach

Mrs. Evans has a Bachelor degree from Columbia International University in Elementary Education and Bible. She was raised overseas in Saudi Arabia. Prior to coming to West Highland, she taught in the Detroit Public School System, raised her children, homeschooled, taught in co-op homeschools, and taught Sunday School. Some of her hobbies are skiing, reading, drawing, and learning more about everything (think more books, more museums, and more documentaries). She loves Jeremiah 29:11-13 that says: “…You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

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Matthews, Laurie
Business Office

Mrs. Matthews joined the staff after leaving a career as a software quality tester. She provides support to the school in a variety of areas including finance, enrollment, office and IT support. She has a passion to serve and is eager to help others. Mrs. Matthews is married with two sons currently enrolled at West Highland. In her free time she enjoys camping, kayaking, fishing and crochet.

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Nunneley, Johnna
3rd & 4th Grade
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Purdy, Laurie
High School Math & Robotics Coach

Mrs. Purdy is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She is certified to teach secondary Math and K-12 Physical Education. She has over twenty years teaching experience with the last two being here at WHCA. She believes anyone can be successful in math when enough effort is applied.

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Sturley, Gabe
Dean of Students, Junior & Senior Bible

Pastor Sturley grew up on the west coast and received his BA in Biblical Studies from Simpson University. He served for 4 years on the mission field in the Ukraine working with orphans. After returning to Michigan, Mr. Sturley began teaching Bible and American History at WHCA. He is married and has three children and is currently the Associate Pastor at a nearby church.

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Torres, Marilyn

Mrs. Torres is our amazing Spanish teacher. She has 14 years of experience teaching Spanish.  She grew up speaking the native language of her parents in Puerto Rico.  She has a heart for the students and wants to teach them Spanish, the right way!

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Washburn, Jennifer
Art, Yearbook and Dyslexia Tutor
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Whitted, Allison
MS Science/English, HS Bible, Biology, Health

Mrs. Whitted earned her BS in elementary education with minors in science and social studies from Eastern Michigan University. She and her family were missionaries in Mexico for five years. Her desire is for her students to realize that God has an amazing plan for their lives and for them to understand that a life lived for God is incredibly fulfilling. 

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Whitted, Kevin

Mr. Whitted received his Master's degree in teaching from Marygrove College and his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. He taught social studies, English, drama, science, and technology integration in the public school system for over 20 years. He has also coached soccer and cross-country for many years. Mr. Whitted's passion is to see each of his students realize their potential in Christ. He enjoys traveling, spending time with his family (all three of his adult children graduated from WHCA) and helping people. He desires to create a Christ centered, supportive, and bully-free environment.

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Williams, Clint
5th & 6th Math/History/Bible & Dyslexia Tutor

Mr. Williams is certified K-8, with a major in mathematics and a minor in science and language arts.  He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Technology Integration in the Classroom.  He and his wife, Kaye, are leaders in the children's classes at their church.

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Wilson, Debora
Student Advisor & Robotics Director

Mrs. Wilson graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry. She worked as a Chemist for several years before choosing to stay home to homeschool her children. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has taught at homeschooled co-ops, public, private and charter schools. She is very passionate about students applying critical thinking skills to their daily lives and being problem solvers. She believes that every child has the ability to be great at something and seeks God’s hand to help unfold it. She previously taught several high school science classes at West Highland and is currently our Robotics Program Administrator and High School Student Advisor. She has a passion to help students find and apply for scholarships and grants for college.