High School Administration and Support Staff
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 daughters who are both alumni of Saline High School.
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 then spent 8.5 years at Saline Middle School.
This year marks my 6th year 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 for Curriculum and Assessment, Theresa Stager
Contact (734) 401-4203
Theresa Stager is in her sixth year as 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 has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Wayne State University, a Master's in Educational Leadership - Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University.
Theresa lives in Saline with her husband Brian and two children who attend school in Saline. A cornerstone of her educational philosophy is always putting students first, and she is excited to continue making a positive impact on the Saline community!
Assistant Principal, Joe Palka
Contact (734) 401-4204
Mr. Joe Palka is in his tenth 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 prior to Saline Area Schools, 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.
Musetta Deneen is in her first year as an Assistant Principal at Saline High School. She values listening, collaboration and working to provide an education that centers the needs of all students. Her previous administrative experiences have been as an Assistant Principal at Heritage School in Saline, MI and FlexTech High School in Brighton, MI. Prior to working as an administrator, Musetta was a Spanish teacher for six years in Ann Arbor Public Schools and Van Buren Public Schools. She is excited to continue working within the Saline community.
Contact (734) 401-4371
Ryan Rowe, Ph.D. serves as the Executive Director of the South & West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC). The SWWC facilitates Career & Technical Education (CTE) programming for the consortium school districts of Dexter, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Chelsea, and Manchester. Rowe earned a B.S. in Agriscience from Michigan State University in 1997, M.A. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 2004, an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Siena Heights University in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Career and Technical Education from Western Michigan University in 2017. His dissertation titled, “High School Seniors’ Educational Experience Influencing the Decision to Pursue a Career in Nursing” aligns with his passion and purpose to assist high school students with their career decision-making process as they prepare for college and career. Ryan has been an educator for 24 years. Prior to arriving to the SWWC Rowe served as superintendent of Madison School District
Contact (734) 401-4211
Andrew Parrish begins his fourth year as Director of Athletics for Saline Area Schools in 2021. Andrew has eighteen years of experience in athletic administration, previously working at the collegiate level. Andrew has worked in athletic departments at Georgia Tech, the University of Minnesota, and, most recently, Southern Utah University.
Andrew received his Bachelor's degree from Miami University in Business Management as well as a Master's degree from Georgia State University in Sports Administration.
Andrew resides in Saline with this wife Jill and their children Harper, Henry, and Emily.
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 is now on her sixth year working at Saline High School, and she spent two prior years working at Saline Middle School. This is Patti's first year as the High School Registrar. She spent the previous years as the Dean Of Students. She is a wonderful go-to person for our students to utilize. She loves getting to talk with all the students and loves to see how they grow throughout their high school careers.
Hello! I’m Jen Barnard and am excited to be a part of the High School team serving as Dean of Students. The 2021-2022 school year will mark my first year in this position but will be the start of my 18th year in this phenomenal District. My career began in Saline Community Education supporting students in summer camp, safety town, and before and after school care. In more recent years, I had the absolute pleasure of serving staff in my role as Benefits Coordinator in the Human Resources Department (2015- June 2021).
Outside of work, I’m a proud military spouse to my husband Jeremy and mother to Ava (10) and Levi (2). I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my family and friends on foot, on water, and on ATVs.
I look forward to an amazing year at Saline High School! Go Hornets!
Administrative coordinator, Angie Bekkala
Contact (734) 401-4202
Angie begins her first year at SHS as the Administrative Coordinator. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 2000 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. After graduating, she worked at WMU as well as the University of Michigan counseling students in financial aid. In 2007 she began working at Harvest Elementary as an Administrative Assistant, and after spending 13 years at Harvest, transferred to Woodland Meadows Elementary for the 2020/21 school year.
Angie has enjoyed working with students of all ages and is excited to begin her role working at the high school level. Angie resides in Saline with her husband Steve, and their children Sabine and Mason.
Athletic coordinator, SAM HOTOPP
Contact (734) 401-4213
Sam Hotopp begins his third year as Athletic Coordinator at Saline High School in 2021. Prior to coming to Saline, Sam coached basketball at the collegiate level. He served as an assistant coach at Thomas More University (2018-19), and at the University of Findlay (2016-18). He also coached high school basketball at his alma mater, Harrison High School (OH) from 2008-2016. While at Harrison, Sam also served as the school’s Study Hall Monitor from 2013-2016. Sam received his Bachelor's Degree from Northern Kentucky University in Secondary Education as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Findlay in Education.