New assistant principals chosen for North and Parcells

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 15, 2013

GROSSE POINTE WOODS  — With Kate Murray taking over as North’s principal and the retirement of Parcells Middle School Assistant Principal Allan King, the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education needed two strong assistants to help run the ships.

They found them.

The administration presented their picks for the assistant principals at North and Parcells during the May 13 school board meeting.

“Our Human Resources Department engaged in a very rigorous process,” Superintendent Thomas Harwood said of the search for new leaders at those schools.

There were 240 applications. Many applied for both positions, but some focused on one.

The district used administrators, parents and staff during the interview process, and the final interviews lasted one hour for each candidate.

“It was a very difficult decision,” Deputy Superintendent for Educational Services Jon Dean said. “We had outstanding applicants.”

The new assistant principal at Parcells is Steven Wolf. Wolf is a Michigan native who earned his initial teacher certification at Central Michigan University. He is currently an administrator at a school in North Carolina.

Due to his current position in North Carolina, he was unable to attend the meeting.

North’s new assistant principal is David Reed-Nordwall, who recently served as coordinator of 21st century teaching and learning in Birmingham, according to information from the district.

He earned his degrees from the University of Michigan and Oakland University. 

Murray was on hand to help introduce him to the community during the board meeting.

“He’s committed to connecting with diverse groups of people and has a heart for all kids,” she said.

Reed-Nordwall also spoke.

“I’m delighted to be a part of Kate Murray’s team, the North family and the community,” he said.

While the changes at North have been big ones, many in the district have expressed their excitement over Murray at the helm. The school board approved Murray’s new appointment in February.

The SERVE program, which coordinates volunteer opportunities,  held a luncheon in Murray’s honor last week, with a number of district and community representatives in attendance to welcome her as North’s principal.

One school employee at the luncheon said that she had been considering retirement but changed her mind when she heard Murray was taking over North.

Others expressed their excitement over Murray in the new role.

“It’s such a wonderful school,” SERVE coordinator Alicia Carlisle said. “It’s going to be even better now that Kate’s at the helm.”

Harwood also commented at the luncheon.

“We are so fortunate to have Kate to be leading Grosse Pointe North High School and having such a vision of where we want to go and what we want to do.”