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Principal's Message

Principal Whitaker

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It is with great enthusiasm that I serve as the Principal of PACE Academy.  I have loved and served this dynamic school for 10 of my 19 years in education.  I began at PACE Academy when we were Edison Oakland Public School Academy in Ferndale Michigan and have been privileged to see our school evolve into the welcoming family atmosphere that we have today.  I am a graduate of Michigan State University and I was born and raised in Flint, MI.  While attending Michigan State University, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations & Education, a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction, and School Administrator certification.


As a parent of a student educated here at PACE Academy from grades 1-8, I understand the importance of providing a solid, well-rounded academic program for each of our students.  Grades Kindergarten through eight are our children’s foundational academic years.  Knowing this, it is imperative that we ensure the resources and academic programs we provide for students support the rigor and depth needed to take them from here to the best high schools in our region.  Over the past few years, we have made shifts in our Reading/ELA curriculum and instruction that have helped to enhance student academic growth.  It is our desire to prepare our students to be prominent and confident leaders in our community.


Educating our future leaders is something about which I am extremely passionate.   As Principal of PACE Academy I am committed to creating and sustaining an educational environment that is positive, vibrant, student centered, and high achieving.  Reaching these four goals will involve all of the staff members at PACE Academy joining hands and hearts with all of you, our parents and community members, to work with one accord for student success.  I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move PACE Academy toward “Legendary Greatness”.


Educationally yours,

Jamila Whitaker