After high school graduation I attended Oakland University for three years obtaining a BA in education, was hired by Huron Valley Schools and worked as a first grade teacher for four years. Jerry Mantela and I were married on August 12, 1967 at the Milford Presbyterian Church. I focused my efforts as a mom and volunteer while our children were young and returned to the education field when they were in high school. I completed a Master's degree in Reading in 1991 and an Educational Specialist certification in 1996. I taught in Fenton and Hartland then served as principal of Kenwood Elementary School in Clawson from September 1997 through June 2011. I worked as an educational consultant from June 2011- June 2013. Jerry retired as a machine designer from Numatics, Inc., Highland in 1999 and has been a very busy volunteer ever since. We will be spending more time with our children and grandchildren as well as other adventures we select along the way. We both are in good health and look forward to many wonderful years ahead.
Our daughter lives in the Grand Rapids area with our 10 year old grandson. Our son lives in Mount Sterling, KY with his wife and our 5 year old great-granddaughter.
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