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The Grosse Pointe Academy makes two key administrative changes

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Jennifer Kendall will become the school’s assistant head of school for early and lower school education and director of curriculum beginning with the next school year.

The Grosse Pointe Academy, southeast Michigan’s premier independent pre-K through 8 school, announced two key appointments today.

Jennifer Kendall, currently assistant head of school for early school education and admissions, will become the school’s assistant head of school for early and lower school education and director of curriculum beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

Didi DeBoer, who has served most recently as a grade-4 teacher and lead teacher for both the intermediate and lower schools at the Academy, has been named assistant head of school for grades 4-8, also effective beginning with the new school year.

In her new position, Kendall will be responsible for managing the operations of both the early and lower schools at GPA and will focus additional efforts on the scope and sequence of the Academy’s entire academic program.

Tommy Adams, GPA’s head of school, said Kendall will no doubt be a great benefit to the school due to her strong experience and expertise in curriculum design and teaching models.

“While she will assume this role beginning July 1st, Jen will continue to play an important role in the programmatic initiatives on which we are currently working,” Adams added. “And I am extremely grateful for all of Jen’s good work with overseeing and managing the admission process over the past several years.”

Kendall first came to GPA in 2008 as principal of the early and lower school. Prior to the Academy, she served in successive roles as district technology coordinator, supervisor of instruction, director of curriculum, and elementary principal in the Midland Park School District in Midland Park, New Jersey. She holds a Master of Education degree from Columbia University, Master of Arts degree from Caldwell College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College.

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Didi DeBoer, currently a grade-4 teacher and lead teacher for both the intermediate and lower schools at the Academy, has been named assistant head of school for grades 4-8, beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

DeBoer’s new responsibilities include oversight of grades 4-8 as well as the forthcoming programmatic changes proposed for the upcoming school year and beyond, including the new direction of the math curriculum. (More info here.)

“We know that many parents will be disappointed to see Didi leave the classroom, but we are confident that with her help and guidance we will find a terrific 4th-grade teaching candidate to succeed her,” Adams said. “I am impressed with Didi’s desire to become a strong leader and mentor as well as her commitment to want to make GPA the best it can be. I believe that her strong work ethic and earnest nature will be of great benefit to not only our students and faculty in grades 4-8, but to the entire school.”

DeBoer’s major in college was math and science and she also holds Master of Education degree. Prior to coming to GPA seven years ago, DeBoer taught in Warren and Mt. Clemens, and was a long-term substitute teacher in the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

Both Kendall and DeBoer officially begin their new positions on July 1, 2017.

More about The Grosse Pointe Academy and its current academic offerings is here.

About The Grosse Pointe Academy
The Grosse Pointe Academy is an independent, coeducational day school serving children age 2-1/2 through Grade 8. We foster an inclusive environment that respects all cultures and religious beliefs. We seek to remain faithful to our heritage as a former Academy of the Sacred Heart and to those who through their Catholic faith and perseverance sought to preserve and enhance the legacy of this past for generations. Incorporated as a non-profit institution,  The Grosse Pointe Academy is directed by a Board of Trustees working together to serve the Southeastern Michigan community.

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