Education: MA English, BA English with secondary education; minors in art and religion from Andrews University
Favorite Hobbies: Drawing, cross-stitch, and baking
Professional Endorsements: History
Why I Love Teaching: There is no greater joy than watching young people grow and learn. Added to that, I get to share Jesus!
Special Joys: My husband Matthew and my two daughters Madison and Natalie
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take."
Nilza Trizon Physical Education
Ms. Nilza is originally from Hermosillo, Mexico. She is a lifelong Seventh-day Adventist. Growing up she enjoyed Adventures and Pathfinders which led her to earn her Master Guide. Recognizing her ability to lead children, her church asked her to lead their Adventurer club and later on the Pathfinder club. Having both parents working in the Education field, increase her desire to become a teacher. With that in mind she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She taught in several public and private schools in the state of Sonora including serving as the principal of the Mexitli Kindergarten in Imuris prior to moving to the United States. During the summer of 2007 she got married to a lifelong Seventh-day Adventist Engineer and loving husband Joseph. Who appreciates and greatly supports Adventist Education. Since coming to Michigan, Ms. Nilza has taught Art, Physical education, and Spanish at: Metro Jr. Academy, Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary, and Oakwood Jr. Academy all SDA schools. When Ms. Nilza is not having fun teaching, she enjoys playing with her dog Peanut and traveling with her Husband.
Jennifer Brummett Facilitator/Music Teacher
I attended Metropolitan Junior Academy from Kindergarten - 10th grade. I went on to finish high school at Great Lakes Adventist Academy. I attended Andrews University and graduated with a BS in elementary education. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy reading, baking, photography, and sports.
Kathi Ingleby Secretary
Ms. Ingleby spent several years managing medical offices and insurance billing. Her retirement job at MJA is "the best" in this Christian education environment. Watching the students grow and move from elementary school to middle school and then academy age has been delightful and rewarding.
Marcia Moore (grades K-4)
Education: Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Andrews University
Years of Teaching: 25 in Adventist elementary schools, 1 in public school
Professional Endorsements: Standard Certification, Elementary, all subjects K-8
Why I Love Teaching: The students make it all worthwhile: watching the joy on their faces when they have mastered a difficult skill, learned something new and how amazingly wonderful our Lord is.
Favorite Hobbies: Gardening, crafting, scrapbooking, cooking, reading Interests I would like to pursue: Drawing & painting; especially painting murals
Special Joys: My three sons: Brian, Bradley and Kevin
Favorite Bible Verse: "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." --Romans 8:38 & 39
Isai McGrath Math Teacher Grades 5-8/Precalculus Grade 11
Isai and her husband, Pastor Daniel McGrath, recently moved to the area where he is pastors at Metropolitan SDA Church. She has a degree in education and was previously on staff at Grand Rapids Adventist Academy. The McGraths have 2 children, a son Ian and a daughter Aila.
Tonya Nougaisse Teachers Aide
Miss Tonya is once again our Teachers Aide for grades K-4. She brings a soft-spoken calmness to the younger students and they appreciate her assistance. She is the mother of 3, son Uriah, daughter Shekinah and younger son, Ezra who attends MJA.
Metropolitan Junior Academy exists to nurture in our students a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to educate them for a life of unselfish service.