Each spring retirements, promotions, and other staff realignments create openings and opportunities for staff members. This spring the district has made changes that could bring new faces to schools and will bring some familiar faces to new locations.
Cotter, Becker, Miller, McDonald, and William Ford Elementary and Edsel Ford High School will have new principals when the 2012-13 school year gets under way in September.
Ms. Amy Biolette will move from Cotter, home of the district’s Great Start Readiness Program, to McDonald Elementary. Ms. Biolette has had a great deal of success with the early childhood program and is now anxious to bring her expertise to the McDonald community.
Current Becker Principal Ms. Nada Fouani will bring her skills as an instructional leader to William Ford Elementary. Becker is one of the top performing elementary schools in the district. The work of Ms. Fouani and her staff has twice been recognized by the State of Michigan.
William Ford Principal Mr. Mahmoud Abu-Rus will move to Miller Elementary. Mr. Abu-Rus has been at the helm of the 600-plus student William Ford School for the last 5 years. He has been with the district since 1993 working his way through the education field starting as a para-pro then teacher moving to assistant principal and then principal. Mr. Abu-Rus has proven himself as a caring principal dedicated to student achievement at all levels.
Mrs. Megdieh Jawad, principal at McDonald and Ms. Lisa Napolitan, principal at Miller will be taking on new assignments in the district. Their long time commitment to the well-being and education of students in Dearborn is to be commended. They are exceptional educators who have demonstrated their passion for teaching and helping all children learn.
Staff, students, and parents are sad to see their beloved principal Mr. Hassane Jaafar leaving Edsel Ford but are excited for him as he moves up to a Central Office position to take on new responsibilities and share his expertise with other educators in the district. Mr. Jaafar has had the top spot at Edsel Ford for five years where he has been able to build a strong school community, restore a school wide focus on achieving academic success, and create a unity among staff and students.
“The district is very fortunate to have instructional leaders of this caliber and, although I realize that change can be difficult, I thank them for taking on these new responsibilities, bringing their expertise to a new school, and making the academic needs of children their first priority,” commented Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Mr. Brian Whiston.
These cost natural moves are part of an overall plan to better meet the academic needs of students and create a more efficient operation. Additional retirements and or reassignments could lead to other changes during the summer months. The search for applicants to fill vacant principal positions at Cotter, Becker, and Edsel Ford is underway and the lengthy interview process involving parents, students, staff, and administration will take place during summer recess. The district will work diligently to fill any vacant positions before the start of the new school year.