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; Multicultural Luncheon” and 5th grade Camp which is a highlight in our year!