By: Chris Faulknor, Publisher
They say that in our teachers lies the hope for a new generation.
If that is indeed the case, some of our hope rests in Deanna Avery, who spends her days working and teaching the children of Boyne Falls Public School.
Avery was born in Charlevoix on an early snowy morning, growing up in Boyne City.
Her initial education was through Boyne City Public Schools, where she participated in cheerleading for four years, along with another three on the tennis team.
Growing up, Avery attributes many of her valuable life lessons from her parents.
“My parents taught me to work hard, don’t give up, be proud of yourself, be patient, be dependable, be resourceful, be strong, but compassionate, love your family and keep them close,” said Avery.
After graduating from Boyne City High School in 1988, Avery moved to Grand Rapids to attend college at what is now Grand Rapids Community College to work on her prerequesites.
“I was deciding what I wanted to be when I grow up,” said Avery.
Avery transferred to Davenport University, eventually finishing her four-year degree in business administration with a specialty in healthcare, which she took with her into the business sector for 13 years.
Following her leave from the business world, Avery moved back to northern Michigan to pursue an elementary teaching endorsement, which she attained from Grand Valley State University.
Several years of substitute teaching in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties and a lot more study led Avery to a Master’s Degree in Special Education.
Avery was hired in 2007 as a teacher at Boyne Falls Public School, and finds herself wearing many hats.
“I’ve been Odyssey of the Mind Coach and a Student Success Advisor,” said Avery.
Of her current position, Avery most enjoys the opportunity to work with students and families in the community, and enjoys Northern Michigan life.
“My favorite part of my current job is working with the students and families in the community,” she added.
Of life in general, Avery offers one suggestion to the community: Appreciate what you have.