Ms. York, Principal
Hello Future & Current Thurston Families!
My name is Natasha York and I am proud to be the principal of Thurston Elementary School. There are so many wonderful things that I would love to share with you about our amazing school but let me begin by telling you a little about myself. I am what people like to call a "Homegrown". What does that mean? It means that I have truly experienced everything that AAPS has had to offer! I began my journey at Mack Elementary School, followed by Slauson Middle School and on to Community High School. This was quite the adventure for me but I made it through with a fantastic education and the desire to learn more. After graduation I left Ann Arbor and headed to Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, LA. There I obtained a degree in psychology. Still not quite ready to come back home, I moved to Houston, TX where I obtained my certification in early childhood and taught Preschool/Kindergarten. After two years of southern hospitality, I decided to head back to Ann Arbor. Upon returning I was hired into the Ann Arbor Public Schools system. During my 9 year stay I was fortunate enough to teach 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades and completed a Master's Degree in the Art of Teaching and Curriculum Design. I have to say that through it all, there has not been a grade I didn't enjoy. In 2011, I was fortunate enough to be hired as the Principal of Thurston Elementary. For the last 9 years, I have gotten to know and love our heron community.
On behalf of the Thurston Staff, WELCOME to the most wonderful and amazing experience Ann Arbor has to offer! We look forward to all of the fantastic memories we will share together.
Mrs. Callahan, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Callahan has been working in the Ann Arbor Public Schools for almost twenty years. She started her journey as a classroom teacher in 2002 at Bach Elementary. She continued there until 2010, while simultaneously earning her Masters of Science in Education at Walden University. Before Bach, Mrs. Callahan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with minors in Science, Math and English Literature in Elementary Education.
Before coming to Thurston, Mrs. Callahan worked as a Curriculum Coordinator for AAPS, coordinating professional development training and writing multiple grants to develop math and science teaching in the district. Since coming to Thurston in 2017, she has established the “Safe Routes” committee that secured funding to implement a safety education program.
Mrs. Callahan loves being part of the Thurston family and is committed to upholding Thurston’s great reputation by supporting her students, staff, and community through hard work and creative problem solving. When she’s not at work, she likes to camp with her husband Keith of 30 years, try new restaurants with her son Brock, and travel to new places with her daughter Brittany.