Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (CCS's art and design middle and high school) welcomes new principal, Rashid Faisal, for the 2012/2013 school year. His responsibilities include day-to-day operations at the middle and high school, ensuring the development of a strong school culture, and implementing an educational program that: promotes high achievement for all students; prepares them for a rigorous post-secondary school experience; and fosters their appreciation for and development of talent and skills in art, design and creativity.
An accomplished educational leader, Faisal is a state-certified principal, reading specialist and teacher. He comes to Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies from Pearson-America’s Choice, where he was an Achievement Advisor and Program Manager, providing school improvement and leadership consultation to persistently low-performing schools in the Detroit area. Prior to joining Pearson, he served as an elementary and middle school principal where he helped to transform the academic and school climate of schools classified as low-performing. His experience also includes ten years as an elementary school teacher, facilitator of Title I services, reading specialist, and dean of young men in public school academies. His motto, “Ideals and Excellence: No Excuses, No Crutches,” summarizes his belief that all students can achieve academic and career success with appropriate investment –not intervention.
Faisal has received numerous awards and honors, including being named a finalist for Educator of the Year by the Michigan of Association of Public School Academies, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities, Kappa Gamma Pi Catholic Honor Society, Educator of the Year by the Alabama A & M Alumni Association and the State of Michigan.
A lifelong learner, Faisal earned a Masters of Education (Ed.M) in School Leadership and Organization at the Teachers College of Columbia University, a Masters of Arts in Education in Reading from University of Michigan-Dearborn, a Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Minor in Elementary Education from Madonna University. He is a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Mr. Faisal is currently pursuing doctoral studies in urban education and district office leadership at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His research interests are in the areas of college and career readiness in underserved communities, leadership for educational equity and excellence, and literacy acquisition in high-risk social and economic environments.