Dr. Monica L. Merritt was named superintendent of Plymouth-Canton Community Schools in December of 2015, becoming the 14th person to lead the district. She also was recently named the 2023 Michigan Superintendent of the Year.
Merritt, a resident and parent in P-CCS, assumed the title while also serving as the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations. Merritt recently furthered her own education, earning a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Michigan State University College of Education in May, 2022.
Merritt, who hails from Alexandria, Virginia, has extensive experience in education as a teacher, building principal, and administrator. After graduating with a BA in English and an MA in teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993, she began an eight-year run as a High School English teacher, eventually bringing her to Southfield Lathrup High School in Southfield. Her strong leadership in the classroom then led to opportunities in school building leadership, serving as Assistant Principal at Ypsilanti High School from 2001 to 2003 and then as Principal of Ypsilanti’s West Middle School from 2003 to 2010. After successful runs leading both buildings, Merritt made the leap to central administration being named the district’s Executive Director of Human Resources in 2010 before joining the P-CCS administration team in 2011.
Merritt resides in Plymouth Township with husband Darron, daughter Mackenzie, and son Myles. Monica is the daughter of Carol and Herman Boone, who received great attention and accolades for his time as football coach of the TC Williams High School, as portrayed in the Disney movie Remember the Titans (2000).