New hires for Riverview Community School District

Melissa Sullivan – Speech

Hello, my name is Melissa Sullivan and I have been a speech language pathologist for over three years now. 

I attended Michigan State University for undergrad studies and Western Michigan for graduate school. 

Right after grad school, I moved to South Carolina and worked in a school district for two years. I have spent the last year back in Michigan doing home health, center based services and private practice therapy for children on the autism spectrum. 

I love gardening, exercising (I have been doing aerial arts for almost four years), reading and spending time with my friends and family. 

I am very excited to be a part of the Riverview team. Go Pirates!

Alexandra Frederick – Cosmetology Instructor

My name is Alex Frederick and I am Riverview alumni, class of 2009. I was born and raised in the Downriver community where I still live. 

After graduating from RCHS I attended Paul Mitchell the School Michigan for the full time cosmetology course. Through my education there I learned the “Just say yes!” culture, and that opened me up to so many new experiences: Fundraising, giving back to our local community, working with different fashion shows and plays in the metro Detroit area,  creating hosting and winning first-place in the school hair show, and so much more. 

One key theme to my time as a student was mentoring and teaching other classmates what I learned. This was noticed by my instructors, where then they encouraged me to invest in my instructors license and join the team. 

I worked as clinic floor instructor, core leader, makeup, texture, long hair and state board prep specialist. I joined the MAC family for three years, first as an artist at the MAC store Somerset, then into management at MAC Macy’s 12 Oaks. 

Following MAC, I explored the world of waxing at European wax centers and eventually into training new hires. 

Throughout my entire career, I have been an on location bridal hair and make up specialist for Primp Beauty Bar. 

Coming back to education is what feels the most natural. 

I have been able to create industry connections that I hope to bring into my new role as the lead Cosmetology program instructor. 

I vow to do my very best to create a learning environment that creates disciplined, skilled, creative professionals for our community to be proud of. I have many ideas and a vision I can’t wait to come to fruition. 

Kathy Walinsky – Secretary

Kathy Walinsky left a 32-year career in healthcare, only to realize that she still wanted to work and be part of a team making a difference in the lives of others. What better place to do this but the Riverview Community School District?  

Kathy is the secretary at the Saint Cyprian campus that houses the GSRP preschool program, early childhood program, developmental kindergarten, and Riverview Virtual Academy.

Kathy has been married 30 years to her husband Dan, has one son, Daniel, and recently gained a daughter In-law, Leah, when her son married in July. 

Kathy enjoys working with young children at her location and is prepared to support her team with the challenges they face this school year due to COVID-19.

Alexandria DeJules – first grade

My name is Allie DeJules and I am a new first grade teacher. 

I live in Southgate with my husband, Eric, and two sons, Garrett (3) and Owen (1). 

I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Science and minor in Math. My first Masters degree, from Wayne State University, is in Bilingual Bicultural Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language and my second, which I am currently obtaining, is in Learning and Technology. This is my eighth year teaching. I have previously taught four years in fourth grade and three years in third. 

Dominic Rosa – Chemistry/Biology

Dominic Rosa is a Riverview graduate from 2009. While at Riverview, he was a part of the rowing crew, where he found his love for the sport, coaching and teaching. 

After leaving Riverview, he went to Kalamazoo to study biology, chemistry, and education at Western Michigan University. He did his student teaching at Kalamazoo Central High School, after which, he moved back home. 

He has worked at Lincoln Senior High School in Ypsilanti for the past three years, where he taught biology, chemistry, and anatomy. 

He is looking forward to teaching and coaching at Riverview, a place that is very near and dear to him and his family. 

Alyssa LaFace – Physical Education

My name is Alyssa LaFace. I was born in Cape Coral, Florida, and lived in Winston Salam, North Carolina, with my two sisters and brother, Hayley, Shayna, and Logan. 

We moved to Allen Park, Michigan, in 2007 to be with my Italian family. I graduated from Allen Park High School in 2015. From there, I accepted an athletic volleyball scholarship to Eastern Michigan University, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Language Arts Comprehension. 

I’m so excited to start my first year teaching Physical Education at Huntington Elementary. 

In my spare time, I love to be with my family making homemade spaghetti sauce, playing with my old English sheepdog named Maggie, and coaching Riverview varsity girl’s volleyball.

Kaitlyne Ruehle – Developmental Kindergarten

Hi! My name is Kaitlyne Ruehle and I teach Developmental Kindergarten. I am a recent graduate from Madonna University, where I double majored in Early Childhood and Comprehensive Elementary Education. 

Prior to this position, I completed my student teaching in the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District and taught preschool for 2 1/2 years. I love my three cats as well as taking road trips!

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