Distinctive Schools Announces New Leadership and Community Investment in Metro Detroit

Dr. Derrick Harrison (left) has joined Distinctive Schools Network as Director of Plymouth Educational Center, and Erika Dietz (right) will be Director of Distinctive College Prep – Harper Woods.

Distinctive Schools announces new leadership at two metro Detroit area campuses, new community investments for the 22-23 school year.

During the pandemic, we realized that the unmet needs of our students and families were impacting our communities in ways not previously shared.

—Scott Frauenheim

DETROIT, MI, USA, Sept. 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Distinctive Schools is proud to announce new leadership at two of its managed campuses in Michigan. Dr. Derrick Harrison has joined the Distinctive Schools Network as Director of Plymouth Educational Center, and Erika Dietz will serve as Director of Distinctive College Prep – Harper Woods. Dr. Harrison joins Distinctive Schools after 5 years as Deputy Principal at the New York City Department of Education and Ms. Dietz enters her new role after a highly successful tenure as Deputy Principal of Harper Woods Distinctive College Prep (DCP). Both leaders began their careers as classroom teachers and are incredibly dedicated to student success and the importance of the home-school connection.

“I believe that through education and genuine investment in our children and staff, we have the opportunity to close the wealth and opportunity gap. By joining the team at Plymouth Educational Center, I am excited about the possibilities for the community and the future,” said Dr Harrison.

As Director of the Plymouth Education Center (PEC), Dr. Harrison will continue to build connections within the Detroit metropolitan community in service of student learning and family engagement. Distinctive Schools is embarking on a new model, bridging the gap between school and community to develop the school as a community hub. Distinctive Schools campuses will partner with families and community organizations to provide comprehensive educational opportunities, programs and support in the service of academic success. The goal is to build a foundation of learning, expand enrichment opportunities, and actively engage families and the Metro Detroit community.

Dr Harrison brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, having earned a BA from Ivy League, Dartmouth College in English Studies (with a major in Victorian Literature) as well as an MA in Mathematics Education from City College of New York. As a real estate investor and entrepreneur, Dr. Harrison believes education is a tool for transformation.

As Principal of DCP Harper Woods, Erika Dietz believes that student success is a top priority for all students and has a vision for excellence at DCP Harper Woods. She shared, “Love the DCP Harper Woods community. We work hard to ensure that every researcher has the access and opportunities they need and deserve. I know that with our continued focus on accelerating learning and developing unique pathways for each student, the future our students choose is within reach. I am thrilled to be appointed Director and look forward to our continued growth! »

Dietz brings over 15 years of experience educating Michigan youth and developing an intuitive connection with students. She joined DCP Harper Woods as a founding teacher in 2017, in 2020 she accepted the role of Deputy Principal and has since worked to ensure that the specific needs of each learner are met. His commitment to raising student and family voices has been an asset to the Distinctive Schools community and will continue to support the community hub model.

“During the pandemic, we realized that the unmet needs of our students and families were impacting our communities in ways not previously shared. We have learned that when we are able to provide deeper support to the whole family, we see our students thrive academically, socially and emotionally,” said Scott Frauenheim, CEO of Distinctive Schools. “We know that our students need more from us. , and we invest in the community to better meet the needs of students and to remove barriers to education.

Distinctive Schools has named Matt Pitucco Assistant Principal of Michigan Schools. Pitucco brings years of enrollment and engagement experience and will continue to support access and opportunity for all Distinctive Michigan learners. In partnership with principals and the Michigan Distinctive Schools regional leadership team, Pitucco will continue to lead and support school leadership and lead Distinctive Schools with a strong focus on culture and achievement. .

There are a limited number of places available for the 22-23 school year. For more information, including applications, registration information, and partnership opportunities, please visit https://www.distinctivemi.org. This year, Distinctive Schools will serve its largest student population of nearly 5,000 students, welcome more than 600 staff members, and provide access to rigorous learning and curriculum while continuing to develop schools as community centers.

About Distinctive Schools
Distinctive Schools is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the work of charter schools serving children from historically marginalized backgrounds. The team includes passionate educators and determined leaders who innovate, lead the way, and collaboratively lead a transformation of public education, while ensuring that each student at Distinctive Schools thrives in college, in his career and in life. To learn more, please visit http://distinctiveschools.org/.

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