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Susan Tollefson

It is my pleasure to serve as the Superintendent of L’Anse Area Schools. I look forward to leading our school in a positive direction. My commitment is to the success of each of our students.

I was born and raised in Covington, Michigan. I attended the Covington and Sidnaw elementary schools and graduated from L’Anse High School. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan Technological University in Materials Science Engineering along with Teaching Certification in Secondary Science and Mathematics. I began teaching at L’Anse Area Schools in 1995 and have taught many different math and science classes in grades 7-12 over the years. I earned my Master’s Degree from Northern Michigan University in Educational Administration. I also completed coursework at Wayne State University School of Law. I have served as the National Honor Society advisor, middle school cheerleading coach, school improvement chairperson, sophomore class advisor, 4-H leader and High School Figure Skating Team manager. My hobbies include watching my daughters’ sporting activities, walking, skiing, fishing and spending time with my family.

In the years that I have been at L’Anse Area Schools, it has become evident to me that we have an outstanding school faculty and staff and a community that takes pride in their town and school. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to continue my career in this community that has been my lifelong home. I believe that our students are second to none and I am committed to assuring that our school provides a variety of opportunities that meet the diverse needs of our students. The best part of my career in education has been when former students return to our school and express appreciation for the education they received here or the memories that were made here.

Laura Mathieu
Business Manager

I was born and raised in the Copper Country and grew up in an education household as my father was a teacher. A graduate of Portage Township Schools and Northern Michigan University, I have a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Office Services and a minor in Health Education. I worked in retail and the manufacturing sector prior to 1988. The Baraga Area Schools employed me as a temporary secretary during the 1988-1989 school year. In September of 1989, I came to the L'Anse Area Schools as the Junior High/Counselor's Secretary. During the 1993/1994 school year, the district went through a change in administration and I became the Accounting Assistant for the district. I enjoy spending time with my son, Michael, reading, and am an avid NASCAR fan.

Joanne Hochstein
Administrative Assistant

I was born and raised in L'Anse and am a 1988 graduate of L'Anse High School. I attended Gogebic Community College graduating with an Associate of Applied Business degree. For 19 years, I was employed with BHK Child Development working with families. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Theresa Bianco
District Accountant

I was born and raised in Aura, Michigan. I attended the L'Anse Area Schools and Northern Michigan University where I received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Loss Prevention and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to being employed at the L'Anse Area Schools, I worked in the billing department for Bayview Family Practice and most recently was an Accounting Assistant for the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources. In my free time I enjoy gardening, reading, fishing, woodworking and spending time with my family.




Posted July 13, 2018
Fall Sports Registration Night ~ 5:00 p.m.
This event is for athletes planning to participate in Football (7th - 12th grade), Volleyball (9th - ...

Posted July 13, 2018
Residential or Comparable Project Proposals Wanted


Posted July 9, 2018
2018-19 Calendar
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for everyone including students, faculty, parents, and community members.

Susan Tollefson

L’Anse Area Schools Central Office
201 North 4th Street  •  L’Anse, Michigan 49946  •  906.524.6000
Tel  •  906.524.6001 Fax


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