International Academy PTIA Meeting: February 9th, 2022

The movement to approve the minutes from the last meeting passed with no adjustments.

EVOLVEK12+: Maria Kopicki

A retired teacher from Avondale Middle school, Ms. Kopicki received her real-estate license just before the pandemic began.  She has a heart for community service, and donates masks, lunches, and care packages to local nurses through her nonprofit EVOLVEK12+.  Additionally, she is sponsoring a cheer team and buying meals for Lake Orion Schools band members.  In total, she has donated over $50,000 during her limited time as a realtor.

As a realtor, Ms. Kopicki goes above and beyond to find great deal and grants for her clients, and she has been recognized as the number one in Michigan Coldwell Banker real estate, as well as the top 3% of realtors in the country.

Check out her website at

Business Coalition Update: Kyle Tecmire and Katja Fischer

The purpose of the Business Coalition is to connect students with professionals in the field of career they are considering.  Parents at the IA can offer job-shadowing opportunities for students or offer their services to improve school facilities.  Additionally, the Business Coalition will bring in guest speakers to the IA to present on various career paths.  The roll-out happened during the week of Febrary 13th and parents interested in offering their services will meet with Mr. Tecmire and Ms. Fischer over Zoom in early March.

Open PTIA Positions: Steve Broutin

The PTIA is looking for people to fill the following positions:

  • Secretary
  • Hospitality Chair
  • Webmaster
  • Facebook Coordinator
  • Health and Wellness Chair
  • BHS Welcome Back Celebration Rep
  • PTIA Member at Large

Treasurer Report: Steve Broutin

Most transactions are related to the Senior All Night Party.  There are additional funds for larger projects, and other funds allotted for the development of an outdoor classroom.

New Vice Principal Introduction: Anthony DeGrazia

This marks Mr. DeGrazia’s 13th year in education.  His background includes teaching high school English in downtown Detroit, continuing as an instructional coach and then leading the 9th grade, and serving as the assistant principal at Oak Park High School.  He and his wife, a social worker in Troy Public Schools, have two children, ages four and six.

Principal’s Report: Lynne Gibson

  • The IA assessment and grading policy is changing and the administration is looking at how to bring in student voices.
  • The addition of a Core Class (Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and CAS) is to fulfill a need based on student and teacher feedback of stress and not completing the Extended Essay by the deadline.
  • The IA is starting a Student Senate: 1-2 recommended representatives from each club will meet to continually improve the IA experience.  This is being overseen by Margaret Schultz of Bloomfield Hills Schools.  The first meeting will be held on March 2nd.

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