Leelanau School announces trustee

GLEN ARBOR, Michigan — The Leelanau School in Glen Arbor Michigan recently announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees, including a former Marquette business owner, Peter Claybaker

Claybaker holds both a bachelor of science and a master of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked in machine design for many years. He got his start with a group doing groundbreaking research and development but eventually moved into designing and building custom manufacturing machinery as part owner in a small business. Along the way, he earned five patents for his work.

After moving to Marquette, Claybaker turned his hobby of bread baking, into a full-time business. He created and successfully ran Marquette Baking Company for 10 years before selling the business to the current owners.

Claybaker and his wife, Dr. Kelley Mahar, have two sons, Emmett who attends The Leelanau School and Simon who attends Marquette Area Public Schools. Claybaker’s interest in boarding schools, and in particular, The Leelanau School, began when it became clear that Emmett needed something other than the local public schools to succeed, according to a release from the school.

Leelanau is the second boarding school his family has tried, so they feel they have some experience in seeing the advantages and disadvantages in different approaches.

Claybaker plans to help The Leelanau School continue its excellent approach to education, the release said.


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