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Detroit Enterprise Academy Principal Chanavia Patterson Wins 2017 Administrator of Year


Detroit, Mich., May 2, 2017 Chanavia Patterson, principal of Detroit Enterprise Academy (DEA) entered a gymnasium filled with more than 600 students, staff, and family members to learn that she had won the 2017 Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) 2017 Administrator of the Year Award.DEA_2017 (500x333).jpg

Patterson was awarded the top honor by Dan Quisenberry, president of MAPSA, in front of her biggest supporters. National Heritage Academies President and CEO Brian Britton was on hand to congratulate and thank Mrs. Patterson for her dedication to the students of DEA.

“On behalf of everyone at National Heritage Academies, I want to congratulation Chanavia Patterson on this top award,” said Britton. “Chanavia exemplifies the characteristics of an outstanding educator and leader. She has dedicated herself to building a school culture where students are not only thriving academically, but they are learning to become outstanding citizens within their community.”

Michigan is home to 300 charter schools with 1,500 administrators. This year 1,000 administrators were nominated throughout the state. Chanavia Patterson is the first National Heritage Academies principal to be named the Michigan Charter School Administrator of the Year since Shawn Leonard of East Arbor Charter Academy in Ypsilanti in 2013. She’s the first winner from a Detroit school since 2010.

“Chanavia Patterson is working miracles at Detroit Enterprise Academy, and we’re so thrilled to be able to honor her with this award,” 


Quisenberry said. "Chanavia is a lifelong Detroiter who decided to stay and work in her hometown so that she could make a difference in the lives of students there. In just four years, she has turned Detroit Enterprise Academy into not just one of the best schools in Detroit, but one of the best schools in all of Michigan. She embodies the charter ideal - that when educators are empowered to be creative and innovative, there’s no limit to what they can achieve. Chanavia has shown the world that it’s possible to have great schools in Detroit.”

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award from MAPSA,” said Patterson. “This award is not just for me, it is for all of my students and staff who helped me build this school and this community. Four years ago I arrived at Detroit Enterprise with a vision and I am so proud to witness this vision come to life each day. This is an outstanding honor and a testament to building great schools in the city of Detroit.”

DEA was designated as a “beating the odds” Reward School in 2015-16 by the Michigan Department of Education for outperforming the school's predicted top-to bottom ranking and under Chanavia’s leadership, the school continues to outperform the local district on the state assessment. 

Detroit Enterprise Academy is a free public charter school that serves more than 600 students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.  


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