Mason’s new principal brings experience to a public school academy


Following Roy Bishop’s promotion to Assistant Superintendent of Education Services, a search process was initiated to find his replacement as Principal of Mason Elementary School. The research recently came to an end, with the recommendation of Anita Hassan, current school administrator in metro Detroit.

Anita Hassan was chosen to be the new principal of Mason Elementary School following the promotion of Roy Bishop to the position of Assistant District Superintendent. Photo by Renée Landuyt

Hassan has held several different educational positions during his career. She started as a third and seventh grade teacher in Virginia before moving on to another teaching position in Michigan. Shortly thereafter, she became the Curriculum Coordinator, then worked as Director of Star International Academy in Dearborn Heights and Universal Academy in Detroit for a period of 12 years. Directly prior to being recommended for the vacant position at Mason, Hassan worked as Director of Educational Improvement at Hamadeh Educational Services, the central administration of a group of different charter public school academies. Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Detroit and Dearborn Heights.

Grosse Pointe Public School System Superintendent Jon Dean at the August 9 Education Council meeting in which Hassan’s selection was announced, said that while Hassan’s excellent experience was was one of the main reasons she was chosen, her unique leadership skills put her on top.

“She brings a wealth of experience (with her),” Dean said. “Beyond her background, the team was really impressed with her desire to get things done, her very empathetic approach to the way she deals with issues and her commitment to listening.”

As Mason’s principal, Hassan will oversee the entire operation of the school, including staff and student life.

Hassan said she is excited to start this work and knows that with the many resources available in the district, her students’ success will be amplified.

“The sense of community engagement and the recognition that everyone has something important to contribute to positively impact student learning are two traits that I see very strongly (in the district),” Hassan said. . “The wealth of resources available is certainly very helpful in enabling any school or district, you know, to be able to meet the needs of stakeholders from so many different perspectives. “


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