August 5, 2020

KENYATTA HUGHES NAMED PRINCIPAL OF PLEASANT RIDGE ELEMENTARY

SALINE, MICHIGAN August 5, 2020: On Wednesday evening, Kenyatta Hughes was introduced to the Saline Area Schools (SAS) Board of Education as the next Principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School.

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August 5, 2020 

KENYATTA HUGHES NAMED PRINCIPAL OF PLEASANT RIDGE ELEMENTARY

SALINE, MICHIGAN August 5, 2020: On Wednesday evening, Kenyatta Hughes was introduced to the Saline Area Schools (SAS) Board of Education as the next Principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School. When reflecting on Mrs. Hughes, Superintendent Graden spoke to her leadership. “Kenyatta is a veteran leader with strong experience as a teacher & principal. Her passion for educating young children comes through when you talk with her."

Kenyatta was previously the Principal at Beacon Elementary in Harper Woods, Michigan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Masters Degree with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education, and a Certificate from the Pathway to Leadership Administrator Program. Prior to her current leadership position, Kenyatta served the Harper Woods School District as a teacher and took on various support roles. 

Taking on this new leadership position in Saline is important to Kenyatta. “I feel leadership is about motivating and empowering others to succeed. To me leadership means loyalty, courage, and respect for all human beings. I believe as a leader I should be loyal to the mission and my team. It’s about building strong teams who work together for a common goal/purpose. It’s about being a champion for the cause. I feel it is necessary to be a supportive and considerate leader which will in turn motivate the team around me. Leadership isn’t always about managing others. It’s about being a role model for others to aspire not only professionally but personally and for the community. My actions speak louder than my words. I believe in leadership by example.” 

Kenyatta is ready to assume her new role. “My first priority as building principal would be to spend time building and establishing relationships amongst and between staff, students and the community. I will take an active interest in learning as much as I can about them. I will help to create a shared vision for students, staff and community members. I will take the time to gather input and knowledge from as many stakeholders as possible. I will support and encourage those around me. I will work to embrace a sharing and collaborative school culture that takes risk in an effort to do great things. I will work to create supportive classroom environments through building a strong sense of community, creating structures that foster belonging and emotional safety and establishing student centered discipline practices that promote Social Emotional Learning. I will base every decision I make on what is best for students. I will make every effort to put students and their needs first.” 

When seeking her next leadership position, Kenyatta viewed Saline as a strong destination. “The district provides great opportunities for children. The district not only sees academic success as a priority but it also recognizes the need to equip students with practical life skills. The 4C’s does just that…..equips students with relevant skills that will contribute their success beyond their educational career. These skills can be viewed as the cornerstone for success. Practical life skills are receiving the time and the attention they deserve in Saline. I am a firm believer that graduates should have a complete educational experience where academics were enriched through curriculum but also with practical life skills.” 

Kenyatta resides in Canton, Michigan with her husband Calvin and two daughters, Bailey Raye (12) and Kendall Raye (6).