- Sheila Alles - Interim State Superintendent
Sheila Alles was appointed Interim State Superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education by the State Board of Education on May 8, 2018. Prior to the appointment, Sheila Alles had been the Chief Deputy Superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education since March 2017. One of her biggest priorities is to continue the implementation of Michigan’s Strategic Plan to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years.
She brings a wealth of educational and leadership experiences to the position. The first half of her career was spent in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools where she taught students in kindergarten through eighth grade except first grade. She also had administrative experience as a curriculum coordinator and curriculum director. The second half of her career was spent in the Livonia Public Schools where her administrative positions included elementary principal, director of elementary instruction, director of academic services, and chief academic officer.
Her passion for teaching and learning is reflected in the positions she has held with professional organizations, such as a member of the Michigan Association for School Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Board, member of the Michigan AdvancED Council, past chairperson of Metropolitan Bureau of School Studies—Council of Academic Leadership, member of Wayne County Curriculum Planning Team, and member of the Madonna University Teacher Education Committee. Sheila also has experience as an adjunct professor of literacy at the undergraduate and graduate collegiate level.
A few of the many aspects of her career in which she is most proud include developing and implementing a district-wide school improvement monitoring system, an elementary teacher leader program, a multi-year technology professional learning program to support classroom technology tools, a school administrator mentoring program, and several instructional coaching programs.