Meet the Staff of Milan Adult and Community Education!

  • Photo of Connie Cox light brown bob, wearing a colorful striped blouse with a black top and silver necklace

    Hello, I'm Connie Cox and I am the director of Milan Community Education. I have worked for Milan Community Education for 30 years running Adult Education, Alternative Education, and enrichment for the community. I am very fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful community members, staff, and students.

    I have served on the MACAE (Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education) Board for eight consecutive years and have just been re-elected for another two year term. I received the Director of the Year award in 2013 from the state wide adult education association. In 2008 I established the first Milan Adult Education Scholarship for graduates who complete their high school diploma and attend college.

    I love running the Community Education Department in Milan because we have so many resources to offer to our community. We offer the “Fast Track to Graduation,” high school completion, free credit counseling, Manufacturing Boot Camp, Resource Night, Literacy Night, field trips, College Night, after school classes, employment opportunities and much more!

    Milan Community Education offers a multitude of diverse learning opportunities for people of all ages! From sports to physical fitness to culinary arts and everything in between...we have something for you here at Milan Community Education!

  • Photo of Heidi Kaminski, long curly blond hair, pink glasses atop her head, a bright pink dress and black sweater and tights

    Hi, my name is Heidi Kaminski and I'm the English Teacher for the Milan Adult Education program at the night school, as well as the English and Math teacher at the Milan FCI high school. I have a Master's Degree in Special Education and an undergraduate degree in English Communications. I have always been very passionate about working with struggling students. Even as a child, I was always the first one to befriend other kids and help them with their studies. I have three children: Sarah is an English teacher in Brooklyn, N.J.; Angela is currently getting her doctorate in Public Policy at the University of Chicago; Tommy will graduate with a bachelor's in Environmental Science from the U of M at the end of 2019. This goes to show that education is very important to my family!

  • Photo of Terry Owings with auburn hair, wearing a teal and blue striped shirt, black vest, and black slacks.

    My name is Terry Owings and I have been teaching here at Milan for 21 years. I currently work with the E2020 program which is an online program where students complete classes for credit that is required for graduation. I also work full time at the University of Michigan as a programmer analyst where I have been for 23 years.

  • Headshot photo of Malissa Smith with red hair, hoop earrings and blue, white, and black top

    (Malissa Marie Smith, B.S., M. Ed.) A little about me...I am a first generation American, who values her Hungarian culture. I have lived my entire life in the state of Michigan, and would not want to live in any other state, although I have been to countless other states.

    I am a 1996 graduate of Milan High School, and since high school, I have added a Bachelor's of Science Degree as well as a Master's Degree to my educational accomplishments, and am currently working on my next degree. I am a certified K-12 teacher with endorsements in English Language Arts and Social Studies. Teaching has always been my passion, and influences all aspects of my life.

    I have worked for Milan Area Schools since 1996, but only as a teacher since 2003. My teaching career began in the Adult Education Program teaching math, admittedly, my least favorite subject. Eventually, I transitioned into teaching History, Geography, and Government among other subjects. In the spring of 2009, I was asked to teach at the Milan Federal Correctional Institution, where I teach multiple subjects.

    I was one of the first teachers in the state of Michigan to teach a new curriculum called Preparing Workers for the 21st Century, and in 2012, I won a state award recognizing my teaching of that curriculum. Later that spring, I was awarded a federal commendation for my teaching. That winter, the state of Michigan asked me to help rewrite the Preparing Workers curriculum.

  • Photo of Terri Foreman wearing a white top embroidered with pastel flowers, holding a pencil, writing

    Terri Foreman I am the assistant in the office at Milan Community Education. I work part-time and help with the enrichment program as well as the Adult Education program. I help out wherever it's needed. I sometimes help with Floor Hockey, answering the phone, creating and distributing fliers, making copies and collecting money. Each day I come to work with a different project! My favorite part of the year is Graduation Day! The students work so hard to achieve their goal; it's so important that they have the Milan Adult Education program to attend.

  • Brunette woman in red dress standing in front of a tree

    Hi, I'm Stephanie Compton, an assistant here at Milan Adult and Community Education in the public and FCI programs. I do work as a data entry specialist, tech advisor, and website maintenance person, as well as perform various office duties as they come up. Working for Milan Adult and Community Education has been such a rewarding experience because I get to see people working hard to achieve goals that they sometimes never thought they could. I love being a part of the community, both in the high school completion program and with all of the wonderful enrichment programs we offer! I am a mom to three kids and three animal "kids", and they all keep me pretty busy! I am also a full-time student myself, working towards a degree in nursing. 

  • Sue [Crysler] Krichbaum I am the counselor/student adviser here at Milan Adult Education. I am also the Assistant to the Director of Special Education here in Milan during the day. I've been with Milan Area Schools for 12 years. I live in Chelsea with my Taxidermist husband Joel. We have three children and 2 grandchildren. Our oldest son is a foreman for Infrasource, our daughter is graduating from Law School with honors this May, and our youngest son is a pre-med student at MSU. I received my degree in Nursing from Lake County College in 1983. I was a nurse for over 20 years before changing careers 12 years ago. I was also a flight attendant for a few years. My main role here at Adult Ed is to support students and guide them towards high school completion. I review their previous transcripts and advise them on what classes they will need to take to earn their high school diploma. I also provide our students with other supports regarding family, life situations, and career path. I enjoy supporting our students and watching them grow and succeed. Many have overcome a lot to get to the point of graduation. Seeing how proud they are of their accomplishments makes this job very rewarding!

  • Ann Racette I have been teaching cooking classes to kindergartners through eighth graders for the past 14 years. Although I have a degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan Dearborn, I have always loved to cook, especially with my kids. I learned to cook at a very young age which inspired a lifelong love of all things culinary. While I lived in Toledo, I hosted a regular segment on Channel 13 WTOL's Your Day called Kid's Kitchen.

    The philosophy of my classes is to teach kids recipes they can make independently, without adult help. This empowers them to make healthier choices at meals and snack times as well as makes them more open to trying new things. Cooking club is a safe, relaxed environment where kids are free to learn, make messes, mistakes, and masterpieces while having a lot of fun.

  • I'm Sheila Meyer and I've been with Milan Schools for 26 years now. I am a Milan resident with all 3 of my girls graduating from Milan. I started here by working with the before and after school programs at Paddock, moved over to Symon's and was a para for 5 years and am now back with Paddock's Early Childhood Center as the director of School-Age child care, infants & toddlers, and Summer Camp. I have also worked with Community Ed teaching after school classes. I have been teaching the floor hockey class for 15 years now. My educational background is I am a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Physical Education teaching degree. I look forward to continuing to be a part of the Community Education programs.