Rashid Faisal, Ed.M
Faisal comes to the school with an extraordinary history in education. He served as Project Manager and Achievement Advisor for Pearson School Achievement Services, Inc., where he provided school improvement and leadership consultation to schools in metro-Detroit. Prior to joining Pearson, Faisal served as an elementary and middle school principal where he helped to transform the academic and school climate of schools classified as low performing.
Faisal has received numerous awards and honors, including being named a finalist for Educator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies; Whoʼs Who Among American Colleges and Universities; Kappa Gamma Pi Catholic Honor Society; Golden Key International Honor Society and Educator of the Year by the Alabama A & M Alumni Association and the State of Michigan. His pre-leadership experience also includes ten years as elementary teacher, facilitator of Title I services, reading specialist and dean of young men.
Faisal is a life-long learner, holding two Bachelor Degrees in English and elementary education and Sociology from Madonna University; Masters of Arts in Education and Reading from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Masters of Education in Organizational Leadership and Principalship from Teachers College of Columbia University. He is a certified professional teacher, certified reading specialist and certified principal in New York and Michigan. He also earned a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.
Additionally, he is pursuing his Doctorate in Urban Education and District Office Leadership at the University of Michigan-Dearborn where his research interests are in the areas of college-and-career readiness in underserved communities, leadership for education equity and excellence and literacy acquisition in high-risk social economic environments.
As FDIA principal, Rashid Faisalʼs vision is “for all students to gain an equal and equitable opportunity to graduate from high school and enroll in college.” His mission is to ensure elementary-aged children gain access to a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum and learning environment. He believes that it is important to be a part of the international conversation on education for best practice in preparing students for success in the global village, one of the keynote educational philosophies of the Hanley Harper Group, management group for FDIA.