Contact (734) 401-4201
My name is David Raft, Principal of Saline High School. I graduated from Saline High School and attended Eastern Michigan University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. I also received a master’s degree in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. I am married to Trisha, a Kindergarten teacher here in Saline and we have two teenage daughters.
I have been very fortunate in my educational career to have had many experiences. I spent my first three years teaching in Indiana before returning to Saline. At Saline I taught Marketing at the High School; was a Career & Technical Education instructor; coached High School Football and Baseball; was a Driver’s Education Instructor; an Assistant Principal at Heritage School, which at that time was a 5th/6th grade building; and then was named Principal of Harvest Elementary, a brand new school within the district.
I have spent the past 8.5 years as Principal of Saline Middle School, in which I truly enjoyed my time there. I am looking forward to my new experience as Principal of Saline High School. Whether I am working with seniors, redirecting a 7th grader, or reading with a first grader, I have come to one conclusion: Kids are kids, and they all possess many of the same needs, but we as educators have to understand what those are and tailor them to their developmental stages.
Mr. Raft can be contacted at Saline High School at (734) 401-4200, or via email.
Assistant Principal, Joe Palka
Contact (734) 401-4204
Mr. Joe Palka is in his fifth full year as Assistant Principal at Saline High School. Mr. Palka currently also serves as Saline’s Varsity Head Football Coach. Joe has over seven years of administrative experience, serving previously as Principal or Assistant Principal in both Ohio and Michigan. Joe also has over 20 years of educational experience serving as a teacher and coach at several high schools and universities including Eastern Michigan University and Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Palka has his undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University and a graduate degree from The University of Toledo in Educational Leadership. Joe is married and has three children--two graduates of Saline High School. Mr. Palka is a strong supporter of the educational mission of Saline Schools. His duties include 12th-grade discipline, teacher evaluation, attendance, and supervision.
Contact (734) 401-4203
Theresa Stager is an Assistant Principal at Saline High School. Theresa believes that communication is the key to any leadership position, including communication between administration and staff, staff and students, school and parents, and the community. She spent three years as Principal of St. Mary Catholic School in Rockwood, MI and eight years teaching high school choir and K-5 general music and band in Anchor Bay Schools in New Baltimore, MI.
Theresa lives in Saline with husband Brian and two children who attend school at Harvest and Heritage. A cornerstone of her educational philosophy is always putting students first, and she is excited to make a positive impact on the Saline community! For more information on Theresa, please click here.
Contact (734) 401-4206
Kirk Evenson came to Saline in the Spring of 2015 after spending 20 years with Hartland Consolidated Schools. In Hartland, Kirk served in a variety of positions, all of which helped prepare him as Assistant Principal for Saline High School. With a background as a classroom teacher in HS Biology and as a Football and Baseball Coach, his experiences have prepared him well for this current position in Saline. Also, he also served as Hartland's Athletic director for seven years and helped design and build their new modern high school campus. Kirk also served as President of the KVC Athletic Conference and eventually helped create the KLAA, the state's largest Division I Athletic Conference.
Previously, Mr. Evenson served as a High School Principal of an Alternative program. This small-caring environment was named the School of the Year in 2013 in the state of Michigan. His experiences with the at-risk population have proven invaluable to future success in any educational setting. Mr. Evenson said deciding to come to Saline Area Schools was an easy one. He feels that Saline is the best school district in the state and loves it here.
Contact (734) 401-4260
Patti is a 2009 graduate of Saline High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Business from Adrian College. She then went on to receive her Masters from Eastern Michigan University in Sports Management. Patti has spent the last two years working at Saline Middle School as the Student Success Coordinator and Middle School Athletic Coordinator. While at the middle school, she played a big role in overseeing and monitoring all state-mandated testing, helped monitor the needs of all students and handled discipline. She is excited to see and get to know all the amazing and talented kids we have at Saline High School.
Contact (734) 401-4371
My name is Jody Gielinski, and I am the Principal/Director of the South and West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC). I received my Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University, and Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. I have been with Saline Area Schools, Career & Technical Education with the SWWC for over 30 years; 17 years teaching, and 13 years in administration. I was a part of developing and growing the Cosmetology program in 1985, and continue to promote Career & Technical Education for the South and West Washtenaw Consortium today. I also am the CEPD Administrator for Career & Technical Education programs of Washtenaw County, which includes Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Whitmore Lake and SWWC.
Students from Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan, and Saline have the opportunity to enroll in over 18 programs ranging from Automotive Technology to Zoology at the SWWC.
Contact (734) 401-4211
Scott Theisen is SHS’s new Athletic Director. Scott received his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Guidance & Counseling. Scott has been a science teacher, guidance counselor and PE teacher at Saline for the past 26 years. Mr. Theisen has also been the head baseball coach at Saline since 1993, winning the State Championship in June 2017. Scott lives in Saline with his wife Amy, an employee at Central Office, and their two children: Heather, a second-grade teacher at Pleasant Ridge and Trent, a student at Ball State University. Scott is excited about this new position.