Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology | Connect With Your Teacher (High School)
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Connect With Your Teacher (High School)


Ryan Lane – Social Studies
Ryan Lane is the High School Social Studies Teacher  here at Ellington Academy; this will be his 3rd year at Ellington. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Education and double majored in History and Social Studies in May of 2012. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, video games, and watching sports. He also enjoys visiting different historical sites across the country; he has visited Civil War battlefields (Gettysburg and Bull Run), the homes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Washington DC, and many others places of historical significance.

Mrs. Amanda Orr      Mrs. Orr’s website

Jena Razor – English (ELA)    Ms. Razor’s website
Jena Razor is from Benton Harbor, MI and she recently moved from Kalamazoo, MI where she lived for eight years. Jena Razor graduated from Western Michigan University in 2009 where she obtained a Bachelors of Arts in English Education. Jena Razor has been working in the school setting for the past four years, where she has served in multiple capacities. Jena Razor recently finished her second year of teaching at Ellington Academy , where she learned how to better perfect her teaching craft and also she built great relationships with students that pushed her to grow personally and professionally. Jena Razor loves to read and she enjoys spending time with people. Jena Razor believes that reading and writing equals peace to her and she hopes to give a piece of that peace of mind to her students. She is excited to once again to embark on this journey at GREAAT and she is looking forward to engaging and learning with all students.

Mr. Robert Bickel   Mr. Bickel’s website

Mr. Bickel is our new high school science teacher. He comes to us by way of Seattle. He earned his undergraduate degree right here in town at Grace Bible College and his master’s degree from Antioch University in Seattle. Mr. B (as most students call him) enjoys teaching all the sciences and making a positive influence on young people.

     He is married to Vicki and they have three children, Sarah, Heidi, and David.