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 9th Grade Social Studies Teacher and Athletic Director here at Ellington Academy; this will be his 2nd 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.

Carey Pyke (
Ms. Pyke was born and raised in Jenison, MI. She graduated from Jenison High School in 2003. She enjoys hanging out with friends by the lake as often as possible. After high school, she attended Grand Valley State University. In 2009, she graduated with a math major, economics minor, with a focus in secondary education. Since graduating, Ms. Pyke taught at Bessemer City High School for two years and Kalamazoo Central High School for a year. Now she is teaching at Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology. Recently, Ms. Pyke has started going to Western Michigan University to get her master’s in Educational Technology.

Jena Razor – English (ELA)
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 first year of teaching at Ellington Academy where she taught seventh and eighth grade English Language Arts 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.

Angela Rhoades
Mrs. Rhoades is originally from California, where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology and worked in several different medical research laboratories before moving to Michigan and deciding to pursue a career in education. She was selected as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow for the 2012-2013 school year and earned her endorsements in Biology and Chemistry through Grand Valley State University. She loves animals, especially dogs, and volunteers at John Ball Zoo. She loves music and plays guitar. In her spare time she enjoys reading and watching movies, as well as hiking, camping, and exploring nature.