WELCOME NEW STAFF MEMBERS
Brian Gordon has come out of his recent retirement to take on the role of Interim Director of Athletics and Activities for Royal Oak Schools. Gordon recently retired from Novi Community Schools where he was the Director of Athletics since July 2012.
"The oversight of student activities and athletics in Royal Oak is a huge undertaking," said Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick. "We are very pleased to have Brian join our team on an interim basis as the school year begins. His experience and student-centered work ethic will provide great support to our student clubs, athletes, and the high school administrative team."
Gordon is entering his 3rd decade in Education. Prior to becoming an Athletic Director, Gordon taught at the elementary and high school levels for 20 years. While teaching, Gordon coached baseball, football, basketball, and track & field from the junior high to varsity levels, including a long stint as the Royal Oak Kimball and Royal Oak High School Varsity Baseball Coach from 1995-2010. Gordon was inducted into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011 as well as the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2021.
His motto throughout his career has been, “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”
Michael Corridor steps into a new role this fall as Assistant Principal at the high school. He says that every day will bring new challenges and that he is excited to learn and grow.
"It is an honor to have this opportunity to serve a school with wonderful students, an extremely committed staff, and a supportive school community."
Corridor has worked in education for more than 20 years. For the past 11 years, he has been a secondary special education teacher in Royal Oak working across a variety of grades and in many different facets. He says his favorite part about being in the high school now is the fact that he's seeing kids that he has known for years.
"Royal Oak is fortunate to know Mr. Corridor as a dedicated and caring teacher," said Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick. "We are thrilled to have him now step into new leadership responsibilities at Royal Oak High School and meeting the students' needs as the assistant principal."
Corridor says he'll miss the middle school events but looks forward to the activities at the high school level.
Dr. Audra Melton is serving as the Interim Principal at Royal Oak High School while Mr. Giromini is on leave. Dr. Melton has nearly 20 years of teaching experience, beginning her career at Berkley High School and then moving to the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills.
Mike Giromoni said of Dr. Melton, "Dr. Melton and I taught and later served as building administrators together at the International Academy. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the International Baccalaureate programs and in secondary education, and I am truly grateful for her willingness to support our students, staff, and families in my absence."
Dr. Melton retired in 2018 and has since assisted several local school districts with interim administrative positions. She was raised in Troy and still lives there with her husband and two high school-age sons. Dr. Melton graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio with a BA in Biology and Secondary Education. She holds a MAT from Marygrove College and a PhD in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University.
Bond Work Progress
We've been working hard all summer on improvements and renovations at some of our schools including Addams Elementary and Early Childhood Center, and Upton Elementary.
In case you missed it - a lot happened over the summer. We celebrated our parents, our dogs, challenged each other to pick between Ice Tea and Lemonade...amongst other things, and gave shout-outs to our students that sported their school gear while on vacation all over social media!
LOOKING FOR WORK?
We're hiring substitute teachers. Edustaff is the district’s partner for substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and secretaries. If you are interested in learning more, please go to http://edustaff.org/ for information and to apply.
Individuals interested in working with and caring for school age children before and after school for our Young Oaks (Latchkey) Program should contact the Addams Early Childhood Center at (248) 288-3220.
We're hiring custodians to join our team of cleaning professionals. Interested individuals can apply here.
Oakland Schools is putting out an urgent call for paraprofessionals to assist local classroom teachers. There are approximately 22,000 students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in Oakland County who benefit from the services provided by paraprofessionals. If you are interested in applying for a paraprofessional position, please visit - https://bit.ly/3x1d0ZE.
For instructional and administrative positions, check the Oakland Schools Consortium portal at http://bit.ly/ROSJobs
Now hiring school bus drivers in Royal Oak! Drivers will receive benefits, paid training and holidays, and more. Also a sign-on bonus; $1000 Fully Credentialed School Bus Drivers, $750 School Bus Drivers with CDL, and $500 for Non-Credentialed School Bus Drivers.
Employment opportunities with Royal Oak Schools can be found on our website under Employment/HR. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Beth Caverly at the District Offices: email@example.com or (248) 435-8400 x1210.