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Hazel Park Public Schools introduces new administrators, staff

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published September 10, 2019

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HAZEL PARK — The new school year at Hazel Park Public Schools features some fresh faces in key positions.

They include:

• Ken Milch, principal at Hazel Park High School.

• Latoya Hall-King, assistant principal at HPHS.

• Lindsay Smith, supervisor of student services. 

• Vanetta Towns, manager of human resources.

• Edward Fisher, director of human resources.

Milch, the new principal at the high school, is no stranger to getting large groups of people to work together in harmony — he started his teaching career in 1993 as the director of bands at Lamphere High in Lamphere Public Schools. He also taught at several elementary schools and served as an adjunct faculty member at Oakland University. From 2011 to 2018, he was the assistant principal at Kettering High in Waterford — the same position he held at Lamphere High from 2007 to 2011. His education includes degrees from Syracuse University, Michigan State University and Oakland University. A resident of Bloomfield Hills, Milch is married with four kids. 

Hall-King, the new assistant principal at the high school, started as an English teacher and has more than 20 years of educational leadership experience, working in Van Dyke Public Schools and Inkster Public Schools. She served as the principal and academic engagement administrator of Detroit Public Schools for the last six years. She has also spent nearly 10 years as a trainer and content validator for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, and has done consulting work. 

“I’m excited about my new role in the Hazel Park Public Schools. It’s almost like coming home,” Hall-King said. “Having attended a private elementary school and church in Hazel Park for nine years, it will be good to see familiar faces within the schools and community. I look forward to working with an experienced team of educators with positive attitudes and a collaborative approach to providing educational leadership to the students at Hazel Park High School.”

Smith, the new supervisor of student services, began her teaching career in 2010 at Summit Academy North Middle School as an English language arts teacher, and then transitioned into special education as a resource teacher at Summit Academy North High School. From 2012 to 2018, she taught at Lincoln Park Middle School. She joined HPPS last year as a teacher consultant and transition coordinator for both the high school and the junior high. Now she will be supervising all student services. 

Smith holds degrees from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Grand Valley State University. She lives in Livonia with her husband and their two sons. She said she is especially passionate about advocating for students with disabilities, and that she appreciates the tight-knit sense of camaraderie in Hazel Park’s school district. 

Towns, the HR manager, will be involved in the day-to-day staffing of the school system, ensuring the right people are hired for school jobs and that the staff is functioning correctly within the district’s overall strategy. A graduate of Wayne State University with a master’s degree in business management from Columbia Southern University, she served as a human resource operations administrator for Detroit Public Schools and has eight years of experience in the field.

“As the human resources manager, I look forward to assisting with the overall development of human resources operation strategies that support (HPPS) staff and stakeholders,” including staff compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, employee relations and more, Towns said. 

Fisher, the new human resources director, is responsible for developing long-term strategies on staffing, from recruitment to their development and education. Fisher is a product of the district — a 1983 graduate of Hazel Park High — and most recently worked for BP, prior to which he retired in 2018 as a U.S. Army colonel after 33 years of service to the country. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology, his Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and his Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife have four children and plan to reside in Oxford. 

“My career in the military provided many lessons and experiences at multiple levels, and in some pretty challenging environments. Thankfully, I was always surrounded by the best young men and women that our military had to offer, representing a cross-section of our great nation. There was no mission or task that couldn’t be accomplished because of their desire, motivation and grit,” Fisher said. “In my new role, I find myself once again surrounded by incredible people that exude that same desire, motivation and grit, who want to create the best environment for the students, district and city of Hazel Park.”

Call Staff Writer Andy Kozlowski at (586) 279-1104.