April 27, 2011Dear Oakland Early College Families:It is with great excitement and pride that I introduce you to Oakland EarlyCollege's incoming Head of School, Ms. Jennifer Newman. Her appointment ispending board action at its May 9, 2011 Board of Education meeting.Ms. Newman comes to us from Abbott Middle School, where she most recentlyserved as Assistant Principal, following an extensive experience with the GalileoTeacher Leadership Consortium. During that time, she earned her EducationalSpecialist degree in Educational Leadership. Prior to that, she was a highlysuccessful, extremely innovative math teacher, and was instrumental inrevamping the mathematics program at West Bloomfield High school. Sheserved as the school's improvement chair for seven years and was responsiblefor planning professional development for over 100 teachers in the building. Shecontinues to serve as co-chair for district accreditation.Jennifer has extensive experience in creating, implementing and monitoringcurricular programs. Jennifer embraces opportunities to explore non-traditionalways of doing business. She is passionate about utilizing teacher and studentleadership for constant refinement of school systems. She believes that eachstudent should have their own educational plan and that all stakeholders shouldhave a voice in the way schools operate.In addition to being an accomplished educator and school administrator, Ms.Newman possesses great vision, energy and passion for young people.Coincidentally, I am pleased to report that she is also a long standing personalfriend and colleague. I mention this to underscore the fact that I can speakconfidently about her professional ability and her character. Both are exemplary.Please know that Ms. Newman has my strongest possible endorsement, withoutcondition or reservation. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she isabsolutely the right person to lead OEC in the next chapter of its growth.
OAKLAND EARLY COLLEGE
27055 Orchard Lake RoadFarmington Hills, Michigan 48334oaklandearlycollege.org248.522.3540 T248.471.9543 F
Head of School248.522.3542 Toec@westbloomfield.k12.mi.us