New staff announced for Hazel Park Public Schools

Additions include three new principals

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published August 24, 2015


HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park Public Schools have revealed seven new staff members who will be filling important roles within the district.

First are the principals at Hazel Park High School, Hazel Park Junior High and Webb Elementary, replacing principals who were working on extended contracts and are now fully retired.

Hazel Park High will now be led by Carla Postell, previously a high school associate principal in the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools district in Macomb County. She has 17 years of experience in education and earned a doctorate in education from Western Michigan University, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from the University of Michigan.

Hazel Park Junior High’s new principal is Tammy Scholz, previously a science teacher and reading intervention teacher at the school. She has 21 years of experience as an elementary and middle school teacher in the district and holds an educational specialist advanced degree in general administration and supervision, and a master’s degree in education, both from Wayne State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University.

And Webb Elementary will now be led by Corri Nastasi, previously a Title I teacher at Hoover Elementary. She has taught elementary school in the district for 18 years and holds a Pathways Administration Certificate, a master’s degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction, and a bachelor’s degree in education, all from Michigan State University.

Rachel Noth, president of the Hazel Park Board of Education, said all of the new principals are enthusiastic and full of energy.

“Every single candidate is happy to be part of our team,” Noth said. “They want to come here, and they know they’ll have to work, but they’re all passionate about teaching and learning and giving back to the kids. They all said this. And all of these people are qualified.”

The new staff extends to other roles in the district, such as director of business services for Hazel Park Schools and Oakland Schools External Services, which will be filled by Daniel Romzek, a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in general educational administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. He was previously the chief financial officer (CFO) for Rochester Community Schools.

The new director of human resources is Daryl Conrad. He has more than 20 years of human resources management experience with major corporations and school districts. Previously, he was the HR director for the Port Huron Area School District. He graduated from Wayne State University with a master’s degree in business administration, and from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and employment relations.

The new athletic director is David Muylaert, who has more than 25 years of experience as a school administrator in schools across Michigan. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Marygrove College; doctorate and master’s degrees in education administration from Rockville University in Sarasota, Florida; and a bachelor’s degree in business education with a minor in physical education from Ferris State University in Big Rapids. His previous position was director of athletics and student activities at Richmond Community Schools. It was there that he oversaw five state championship and nine runner-up teams.

Finally, there’s the new director of curriculum and grants, Megan Fuciarelli. She has served as an educator in different capacities over the years. She was director of curriculum for the Indian Springs District 109 in Justice, Illinois, and director of literacy for Crystal Lake Elementary District 47, also in Illinois. She earned an urban school leadership certificate from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in teaching and learning from Roosevelt University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (early childhood, mathematics and language arts) from Central Michigan University.

Amy Kruppe, the superintendent of Hazel Park Public Schools, said she interviewed applicants for weeks and got the teachers involved in the process.

“I was excited we were able to find some homegrown candidates that were strong and structural leaders right within the ranks, as well as others with a passion for the students and the community,” Kruppe said. “We’re just really excited. We have great administrators and team leaders from the central office down to the assistant principal ranks.”

Noth said she’s feeling better about the district’s situation, which has been financially troubled in recent years and is currently resolving a multimillion-dollar deficit.

“We’re coming out of a challenging situation, and we’re facing new challenges, but I think we’re moving in the right direction and it’s good from here,” Noth said. “We have the right people now that are full of energy and excitement, and I think that’s all we can ask for.”