Lapeer Community Schools and the Lapeer High School Alumni Association are proud to announce inductees for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor: Michelle Bradford (Class of 1990), Jason Johnson (Class of 1993) and Pete Lynch (Class of 1975).
All of these inductees have distinguished themselves as tremendous stewards of the education and training they received from Lapeer Community Schools; they are role models for all students.
Michelle Bradford, Lapeer West High School Class of 1990: Bradford, a proud Lapeer West graduate, has worked for the District in numerous capacities throughout her career. She started as a substitute teacher and quickly worked her way into one leadership position after another. Bradford started working as a substitute in 1995, she became a program support employee in 1996, then an elementary school teacher and principal. She is currently the District’s Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In this position, Bradford is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of achievement for students and staff. She has a passion for teaching and learning that permeates everything she does.
Bradford has been the driving force behind the District’s focus on student-centered learning, data-driven decision making and shifts toward innovative instructional practices. During her tenure, the District has seen tremendous growth in student achievement metrics at all levels. Bradford graduated from UM-Flint with a BS in Elementary Education and holds two advanced degrees from Saginaw Valley State University.
In 2018, Bradford received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her achievements on behalf of the students and staff of Lapeer Community Schools.
Jason Johnson, Lapeer West High School Class of 1993: Jason Johnson has parlayed his military training and passion for public service into a non-profit organization that helps K-9s. Jason is founder and CEO of Project K-9 Hero, an organization created to ensure the best quality of life for retired Military Working Dogs and Police K-9 Heroes. Project K-9 Hero provides assistance with medical costs, food and end of duty services for these animals.
Johnson formerly served as a Field Canine Coordinator for the US Government as well as a similar position within the ATF. Prior to working for the ATF, he served as an Explosive Detection K-9 Handler, Trainer, Kennel Master and Protective Security Specialist for the US State Department. He is a US Army veteran who served as a Military Police Officer. He earned two degrees in Security Management from Bellevue University and has published a children’s book about his first K-9 partnership, Flash.
Johnson is currently the President & CEO of K-9 Solutions International where he manages contracts and consults with civilian and government agencies that utilize K-9 services.
Pete Lynch, Lapeer High School Class of 1975: Lynch, the son of Edward Lynch, the former Superintendent of Lapeer Community Schools, is a lifelong resident of Lapeer who graduated from Central Michigan University in 1978. Lynch has devoted his life to serving the intellectually disabled. He met his wife, Kathy, while working at the Oakdale Regional Center in Lapeer.
Lynch has worked for the Macomb-Oakdale Regional Center in Clinton Township for over 38 years.
Lynch became a Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church in 2017 after attending Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He has been an active member of Immaculate Conception in Lapeer for 54 years and has served as a catechist for 24 years.
A ceremony will be held to honor our inductees at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in the Irwin Board Room at the Administration and Services Center, 250 Second St., in Lapeer. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.