Erickson Elementary School
Pierre Rice, Site Coordinator
My name is Pierre Rice. I bleed blue - that is, Maize and Blue!!! I have been a fan of University of Michigan Football since the days of Desmond Howard and Elvis Grbac. When I graduated from high school there was no doubt where I would attend. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts in history. In 2006, I received my teacher certification from Eastern Michigan University, and in 2011, I received my Masters in School Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. I have worked with EMU’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers since January of 2007 when I worked at the Willow Run Middle and Elementary School Programs. From August of 2009 until August of 2014 I was the site coordinator of Ypsilanti High School and later Ypsilanti Community High School. Having worked with both school districts, Willow Run Community Schools and Ypsilanti Public Schools I am in a great position to use my expertise and experiences working to support students’ transitions into Ypsilanti Community Schools.
Nicole Holtzman , Assistant Site Coordinator
My name is Nicole Holtzman and I am the Assistant Coordinator of Bright Futures at Erickson Elementary. I am a graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where I studied English Literature, creative writing, and Gender and Women’s studies. I was the president of the Student Health Advocacy Group which focused on bettering the physical and mental resources for students on campus. In addition, I was a part of the student senate. I fought for a more energy efficient campus. I was also a teacher’s assistant. I lead college courses and conducted research in Classical Studies and English literature. I love working with children and I hope to use my skills and experience to help my students at Erickson Elementary to learn and grow.
The Bright Futures Program is super excited about entering its second year at Erickson Elementary. The aim of our program is to create a space that is safe and engaging in which students have an active voice. Bright Futures meets Monday through Thursday, from 3:25pm to 6:30pm.
The purpose of our program is to help our students succeed in and out of school. Our goal is to support academic growth and community ties through teaching students leadership and grit. The Bright Futures Program is offering a wide variety of after school activities that are available to students. The program will have a regular schedule that will focus on physical and mental activities like yoga, arts and crafts, currents events, and creative writing.
The Bright Futures Program recognizes the important role parents play in their child’s education. The Parent Advisory Board is a great opportunity for any parent to get involved in the program. The Parent Advisory Board will plan activities for students. There will be parent nights and performances from students throughout the year. Lastly, there is a 6-week summer program that runs from mid-June until late July.