Welcome to Fifth Grade!

We have departmentalized 4th and 5th grade this year so you will find your students teachers here and under 4th grade.
Ligon (1)Patricia Ligon

5th grade ELA

I have been an educator for a very substantial length of time. I Love teaching, guiding, and coaching young people. I have been married to the most Awesome husband for many years and am a mother of three. A fabulous young lady Shannel, and two wonderful young men Kenneth the II and Nathaniel . I received my Undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit and a graduate degree from Michigan State University "Go Green." I believe that we must perpetuate our future by training up our future citizens and encouraging each child to reach far beyond anything that may try and limit them. I also believe learning and teaching must be Passions that are vigorously pursued not for a season but throughout life.



Mrs. Miller

4th and 5th grade Science








Fifth grade teachers collaborate as a team to create project-based learning experiences.

"Service is Learning"

In 5th Grade at Vandenberg we focus our learning on service to others. Throughout the year students are able to participate in a variety of activities that help to cultivate their leadership in the school community, in a wide range of settings. Students are encouraged to build their capacity for learning by giving their time and talents to many clubs and services. The teachers collaborate as a team to create project-based learning experiences.

We promote the participation of students in:

5th grade


  • Service Squad
  • Life Skills class
  • Sports Club
  • Battle of the Books
  • Academic AP program
  • Promethean and SMARTboard technology integrated into the classrooms
  • Document Projectors in the classroom
  • Quarterly Curriculum-based field trips

Through our business partnerships with:

  • Michigan First Credit Union
  • Arab American Chaldean Council

Our students gain valuable life skills. 

In addition, students explore through many hands-on learning activities to include but not limited to, science investigations, field trips that reinforce curriculum, “Holidays Around the World; Muliticultural Luncheon” and 5th grade Camp which is a highlight in our year!

Patricia Ligon, Teacher


Lisa Kline, Teacher 



Stacey Lewandowski, Teacher



Vandenberg World Cultures Academy