Lansing, MI – Michigan’s State Board of Education has named Sheila Alles as the Interim State Superintendent, following the death last week of State Superintendent Brian Whiston.

Alles has been the Chief Deputy State Superintendent at the Michigan Department of Education since March 2017.

“I want to thank the State Board of Education for their confidence in appointing me as Interim Superintendent,” Alles said. “I am honored and humbled by this appointment. I am completely dedicated to continuing to implement Brian’s vision, his direction, and maintaining the momentum he has started in this department.”

Alles brings a wealth of educational and leadership experiences to the position. She began her career at the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, where she taught students in kindergarten through eighth grade, except first grade. She also had administrative experience as a curriculum coordinator and curriculum director. Alles then moved to the Livonia Public Schools, where her administrative positions included elementary principal, director of elementary instruction, director of academic services, and chief academic officer.

Her passion for teaching and learning is reflected in the positions she has held with professional organizations, such as a member of the Michigan Association for School Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Board, member of the Michigan AdvancED Council, past chairperson of Metropolitan Bureau of School Studies—Council of Academic Leadership, member of Wayne County Curriculum Planning Team, and member of the Madonna University Teacher Education Committee. Sheila also has experience as an adjunct professor of literacy at the undergraduate and graduate collegiate level.

A few of the many aspects of her career in which she is most proud include developing and implementing a district-wide school improvement monitoring system, an elementary teacher leader program, a multi-year technology professional learning program to support classroom technology tools, a school administrator mentoring program, and several instructional coaching programs.


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