Kim Dusseau, Principal
Kim Cooley-Dusseau attended and graduated from St. Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Michigan (now part of Madonna University) in 1991. Kim assumed the duties of Principal of the JC/LISD Academy after ten years of service as a Career Preparation Services Coordinator with the LISD TECH Center. Prior to her tenure with the LISD, Kim worked for the Monroe ISD as a Work-based Learning Coordinator. She grew up and graduated from Dundee High School where she met her husband, Jeff. Together they have three sons – Nate, Noah and Hayden.

"I am passionate about helping students find the educational pathway that fits them best. For this reason, I am thrilled to be a part of the JC/LISD Academy.” | 517.266.6982


Abbey Smith, Math Instructor
Abbey is a graduate of Spring Arbor University, majoring in math and minoring in chemistry. She is in the process of obtaining her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Spring Arbor University as well. Abbey began her teaching career at Sylvan Learning Center in Jackson, MI where she helped students improve their reading, writing, and math skills in order to be successful in the classroom. Abbey has also taught at Starr Commonwealth/Montcalm School located in Albion, MI. There, Abbey worked with students to meet their educational, social, and emotional needs in order for them to transition to the next stage of their lives. Abbey is very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the JC/LISD Academy teaching staff.

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the students of the JC/LISD Academy. The Academy seems to be a unique environment where students can reach their full potential. I am very excited to be a part of their success."


Rachel Morrison, Science Instructor
Rachel has crisscrossed the state to complete her educational career beginning with obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in biology with a group science minor from Western Michigan University. She worked for six years teaching high school students biology and anatomy before beginning her family. Rachel married her high school sweetheart and has two children, Luke and Veronica. After the birth of her son, she decided to go back to school. She graduated with a Master’s degree in biology from Eastern Michigan University in 2004. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Washtenaw Community College and Schoolcraft College where she has taught students biology and anatomy and physiology. When not teaching, Rachel is driven to release her creative passions. She loves to dabble in re-purposing old furniture, making mosaics, and trying her hand at stained glass. She also loves to go camping, boating, water skiing, and spending time with her family.

"I feel the best teachers are those that uplift the student, and who believe in the student at all costs even when the student does not believe in himself or herself. In addition, I feel that humor in the classroom is a necessity. A good laugh can alleviate tense situations or aid in retention. My motivation as a teacher includes the desire to assist in the cultivation of young minds in the field of science and to aid all students in reaching their maximum academic potentials."


Kathy Ewing
Kathy graduated from Grand Valley State University, majoring in Group Social Studies and minoring in Political Science and Psychology. After graduating from college Kathy moved to South Carolina where she began her teaching career at Midlands Middle College. While she was in South Carolina she earned a Master’s Degree from Walden University in Integrating Technology into the Classroom. Kathy has experience teaching 6th grade social studies, high school US History, World History, Civics, Current Events, and Economics. Kathy moved back to Michigan in 2009 where she taught at Adrian High School. Kathy is very excited to begin teaching at the JC/LISD Academy. When Kathy is not teaching she enjoys reading, traveling, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the JC/LISD Academy. I believe this program truly meets the needs of every individual student and I am grateful to be part of this learning community.


Gina Williams
Gina, a New Orleans native, obtained her bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1995. Gina and her husband relocated to Michigan in 1999, where she continued her career as a high school English teacher. To further her pedagogical studies, Gina has completed two masters degrees from both Marygrove College and the University of Michigan. Before joining us at the JC/LISD Academy, Gina was a content methods and field instructor for the M-ARC program at the University of Michigan, where she worked with teachers participating in an alternative certification program. When not teaching, Gina enjoys spending time with husband and three children.

"I am so excited to be a part of the JC/LSID Academy family. My greatest joy as a teacher is watching my students grow, and I am looking forward to being a part of their academic journey.”


Jamie Salenbien
Jamie obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College and later went on to get his Master’s degree in Social work (Eastern Michigan). He began working as a School Social Worker (LISD) in 2003. In addition to his support for the JC/LISD Academy and Tech center, Jamie is a certified Crisis Prevention trainer and behavioral consultant for the county. In his free time, he enjoys camping with his family and coaching basketball. Jamie and his Wife Debbie have 4 kids- Dani, Bree, Tyler and Jaxon.

“I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve the students at the JC/LISD academy. The staff and students have created an amazing culture that will help students reach their full potential.”


Deanna Case, Secretary | 517.266.6982