Meet Superintendent Dr. James Spruill

Dr. James E. Spruill, Ph.D., is an administrator with over 17 years as a school administrator Assistant Principal/Technology Director, and IT/educational technology consultant. Dr. Spruill lead the turnaround the Michigan Technical Academy Middle School, a bottom 10% school, which realized the following positive changes after just one year: Academics: Increased percentage of students meeting annual growth targets – Reading 48% (up from 14.1%), Math 28% (up from 7.1%); Discipline: 40% Reduction in Behavior Incidents; 37% Reduction in Suspensions; and 46% Reduction in Fights. Dr. Spruill was Principal of Plymouth Educational Center K8, Vivian H. Ross Campus where the school met state Adequate Yearly Progress goals (AYP, 4 years),exceeded the school’s Authorizer Performance Series online testing goals; received NCA Accreditation & Reaccreditation; was awarded Skillman High Performing Schools (Elementary and Middle); and became a Restorative Practices School. Dr. Spruill has written and successfully submitted educational technology plans, grants and e-rate applications resulting in over $1.5 million in awards. Dr. Spruill led implementations of the Michigan Department of Education’s Teacher Technology Initiative and the Freedom to Learn laptop programs. Dr Spruill served two years as a Regional Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) Classroom Readiness program. In his role as a Regional Coordinator, Dr. Spruill was assigned with training (using a blended learning model) over 130 educators with integrating educational technology into the curriculum/classroom in order to prepare students for the MSTEP next generation of computer testing. Dr. Spruill also serves on MDE’s statewide Advisory Council for the TRIG Classroom Readiness program and MDE’s MTRAX Instructional & Tech Planning Workgroups tasked with creating Common Core aligned educational technology standards for classroom instruction and merging the school improvement and technology planning processes. Last, Dr. Spruill serves on MDE’s State of Michigan Educational Technology Plan Committee (Teaching & Learning and Leadership subcommittees).

Dr. Spruill has presented at the listed conferences:

Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning Annual Conference

TRIG and Classroom Readiness: How to Get Tech Ready (presenter & panel member, 2014)

North Carolina Alliance for Charter Schools’ Annual Conference

Preparing for Smarter-Balanced/PARCC’s Technology Enhanced Assessments: Holistic Educational Technology Integration Supporting Instruction (presenter, 2013)

Michigan Association of Public School Academies’ (MAPSA) Annual Conference

IT Support and Preparing for Smarter-Balanced Assessment’s Technology Enhanced Assessment: Holistic Educational Technology Integration Supporting Instruction (presenter, 2012)

The Promise of Educational Technology (co-presenter, 2005)

Society for Applied Learning Technology’s Interactive Technologies Conference

Toward Ubiquitous Computing: One-to-One Across the States (co-presenter & expert panel discussion participant, 2006)

Dr. Spruill is an Honorably Discharged U.S. Army veteran where he served as a Missile Electronics Repairman. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University. He also has an Educational Specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Dr. Spruill received his Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from NSU. Dr. Spruill is married with four children.

Meet PAE leadership

Karen Pond
Director of Categorical Programs, School Improvement and Professional Development

Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University
Master of Arts in School Principalship from Central Michigan University
Certification in School Administration for K-12

Previous experience:
Pond has been at PAE her entire academic career. She started in 2000 as a third grade teacher. In 2004 she became the director of academic services then from 2008 to 2011 she served as the coordinator of elementary education. In the fall of 2011 Pond took on the position she has now.

Favorite part about working at PAE:
“The culture at PAE brings me great joy – it feels like a family here. It is fantastic to see that staff, teachers, parents and students all have such a genuine interest in seeing one another happy and successful,” said Pond.

Life outside of PAE:
Pond loves to travel, especially to Disney World and sandy beaches. When she isn’t out exploring the world, she likes to spend her time reading a good book, scrapbooking, spending time with family and friends or going to the theater.

Rosalind Brathwaite
Middle School Principal

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in psychology from Chicago State University
Master of Arts in Supervision and Administration from University of Phoenix
Certification in School Administration for K-12

Previous experience:
Brathwaite started her academic career in Chicago as an elementary school teacher where she taught for two years before moving to Detroit. From 1997 to 2004 Brathwaite was with the Edison Schools Project in Detroit. She began as a teacher, moved up to a lead teacher and then traveled as a reading and writing coordinator. In 2004 she became the dean of students at Old Redford Academy Preparatory High School in Detroit and the following year was the principal at Old Redford Academy Middle School. In 2007 she took the principal position at HEART Academy in Harper Woods and stayed in that position for six years. She joined PAE in 2013. She began as the middle school principal and then became the secondary school principal, serving as both the middle and high school principal.

Favorite part about working at PAE:
“As a charter district that serves kindergarten through twelfth grades in an urban community, PAE is full of students, parents and staff that span a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds. I greatly enjoy the diversity I am surrounded by here,” said Brathwaite.

Life outside of PAE:
Brathwaite’s favorite thing to do is spend as much time as possible with her daughter when she is home from college. She also likes to cook, play volleyball (a sport that has been a part of her life since high school) and root for her fiancé during his softball games.

LaShema Marble
Elementary School Principal

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University
Three Master of Science degrees in Career and Technical Education, Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Instruction from Ferris State University
Certification in School Administration for K-12

Previous experience:
Marble started her career path in 1994 at Dukette Catholic School in Flint. She began as a teaching assistant then taught kindergarten, first grade and physical education over the span of five years. In 1999 Marble joined the staff at Academy of Flint. During her ten years there she was an elementary and middle school teacher, a title one facilitator, assessment coordinator, assistant principal and then principal. The year before coming to PAE she served as lead instructor at Imagine Indiana Life Sciences Academy West in Indianapolis. She joined PAE in 2011 as an instructional coach and became elementary school principal in 2013.

Favorite part about working at PAE:
“I am inspired by the passion everyone has here. There is a collaborative effort by the staff, teachers, students and parents to see PAE as a whole succeed,” said Marble.

Life outside of PAE:
Marble’s interests are expansive. She loves traveling (her dream destination is Hawaii), shopping of any kind, interior decorating, playing basketball and watching football.

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