Dr. Desmon Daniel
Drdaniel@pontiacacademy.org

Superintendent/CAO

When it comes to electrifying an audience with a powerful, entertaining motivational speech, Desmon Daniel is one of the most quintessential speakers in the area. With over 17 years in the educational field, his talent and skills have heightened with every powerful and electrifying presentation. As CEO of MOTIVATING FACTOR, an organization focused on motivating individuals to excel, Desmon has dedicated his specialization to: empowering individuals to achieve goals and be successful, diversity training, and leadership development and training. His motto is “Education Is A Liberating Process.” As a bona fide Saginaw, Michigan resident, Desmon credits St. Mary’s Cathedral High School with providing him with his first opportunity to speak. Even though he played recreational basketball, football, tennis, baseball and track, it was his “gift of gab” that became his passion. After graduating from high school, Desmon attained his Bachelors of Psychology and MSA from Central Michigan University. But he didn’t stop there! Following his own motto, he earned a Masters of Theology from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in Education from Capella University. Desmon is welcomed throughout corporate America and the educational community. Among his client list are companies and groups such as Dow Corning Chemical, the United Way, Saginaw Community Foundation, Saginaw Valley University, Saginaw Intermediate School District, and Michigan State University. His numerous awards and recognitions include the Frederick Douglas award for Meritorious Community Service and Leadership awarded by the Mayor of Saginaw, and the King Chavez Parks Fellow bestowed by his alumni CMU. His award winning dissertation: “Strength for the Journey: a portrait of African American Achievers . . . African American Educational Leaders” was well researched and illustrious. In 2009, Desmon retired from the Bridgeport-Spaulding School District, where he served as the Superintendent of Schools. He is the former Principal of Buena Vista High School and Ricker Middle School, and Assistant Principal of Bridgeport-Spaulding Middle School. After retirement Desmon completed another goal and published his first book “Giant Slayers.” Notwithstanding his passion as an inspirational coach, he is very active within his community. He is the Executive Minister of Mt. Olive Institutional Missionary Baptist Church. Periodically, his congregation is treated to an inspiring sermon and very potent singing. Additionally, he is the Immediate Past Chaplain of the NAACP Saginaw Branch, former Board Member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saginaw/Bay City, Vice-Chair of the Advisory Council for St. Mary’s Hospital, a member of the Saginaw Community Foundation Executive Board, Immediate Past President of the Michigan Association of African American Superintendents, and a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., where he is currently serving as the Polemarch of the Northern Province. As a community leader, Desmon continues to be sought for his leadership, knowledge, and ability to deliver a timely, informative, and whit-filled message. He strives for energizing and leaving his audience craving for more.

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Karen Pond
pondk@pontiacacademy.org

Director of Categorical Programs, School Improvement and Professional Development

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Pamela Williams
williamsp@pontiacacademy.org

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

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Dr. Thursenia DeHart-Jones
dehart-jonest@Pontiacacademy.org

Elementary School Principal

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Dr. Elizabeth Ruff
RuffE@pontiacacademy.org

Secondary Principal

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