Joanne Harris

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Harris has more than 25 years of professional experience with the Dearborn Public Schools and has spent the last seven years as the Administrative Assistant to Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko. She is also Office Manager for the Superintendent’s Complex overseeing the day to day operation of the 4 person secretarial staff. Her knowledge, experience, and expertise makes her a trusted and valued member of the Superintendents executive team. Working with the Superintendent, Ms. Harris has been instrumental in creating an efficient and highly effective communication system between the Board of Education and Administration. During her tenure she has served as part of several committee’s and planning groups including those involved with the District’s Strategic Plan, bond planning, safety and security, and Board study sessions. Prior to her current position, Ms. Harris worked in the District’s Human Resource Department where she started in an entry level position and advanced to Office Manager for the department. In 2016 she was named the Outstanding Human Resources Support Staff of the Year by the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators (MASPA). Ms. Harris started her career in the financial field working at A. G. Edwards for eight years before joining the Dearborn Public Schools.

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Day 2
January 25, 2024
1:45 pm

The Importance of Superintendent-Board Communication [Leadership Development]

Nicolet B (Level 5)
25 January
Time:  1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:  Nicolet B (Level 5)

Effective Board Communication is an essential part of becoming a successful Superintendent. A team approach is best when communicating with the Board of Education. Learn how Board communication has become an art and a science in the Dearborn Public Schools. Incident Reports, Weekly Board Brief Reports, in-person meetings, and other forms of communication are essential to prevent surprises at the Board/Superintendent Leadership level. In addition, this session will provide strategies for Board meeting preparation when unexpected events can happen at any time. The new norm post pandemic and prosocial media with misinformation has created a venue for Board meetings to be the target for radical agendas. Dr. Maleyko has faced adversity but has survived with the implementation of effective strategies and the formation of a solid team to deal with extremely challenging situations.

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