Royal Oak Secondary School welcomes new Principal Sharida Lewis


Royal Oak Secondary School welcomes new Principal Sharida Lewis

(Royal Oak Schools, August 14, 2022)

Royal Oak, MI – There will be a new face leading the students at Royal Oak High School this fall. Royal Oak Schools is proud to welcome Sharida Lewis as the new Head of School. It was approved by the school board on July 26, 2022.

“We are delighted to have Sharida Lewis join our administrative leadership team at Royal Oak Schools as the new Head of High School. Her experience will be invaluable as she steps in to lead and serve the students, families and staff of Royal Oak High School,” said Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick. “Her commitment to building strong relationships and maintaining strong communication with everyone are two of the many positive aspects of Ms. Lewis.”

Shandra Lewis says being part of a community that has a long-standing reputation for unity, shared responsibility and pride was what drew her to the job. “The most intriguing aspect of the school is the ability to grow as a lifelong learner and the connection to the community,” she said.

Lewis plans to bring servant leadership, community involvement and an enthusiasm for teaching and learning to his new role.

“I am delighted to take the reins as the next principal of Royal Oak High School,” Lewis said. “I look forward to meeting the entire educational team at Royal Oak High School and, more importantly, I look forward to meeting our outstanding students.”

Lewis was most recently Principal of Canton Secondary School. She also taught math and IB math for 19 years at Renaissance High in Detroit and Harrison High School in Farmington and served as associate principal at Bloomfield Hills High School.

Lewis is from Pontiac and went to Pontiac Northern High School where his favorite teacher was Mrs. JoAnne Battle who taught English. “I want to pass on the same inspiration she gave me to every student I meet,” Lewis said.

Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University, as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University. She lives in Southfield with her three daughters, whom she describes as “the absolute loves of her life”.

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