LIVONIA, Mich.—Alan Harper has been named principal
for Grand River Academy. Grand River is a free public charter school scheduled
to open in September 2014. It is managed by National Heritage Academies (NHA),
which operates 49 public charter schools in Michigan.
“I am honored
to take on the role of founding principal at Grand River Academy,” said Harper.
“I believe Grand River Academy will provide an excellent educational choice to
families in the community.”
For the past five
years, Alan has served as principal of Stambaugh Charter Academy in Youngstown,
Ohio. Prior to his leadership within NHA, Alan served as principal of three
schools, ranging from elementary to high school.
“I am looking
forward to creating a strong learning environment at Grand River,” said Harper.
“This begins with developing a quality team of educators, dedicated to the
success of our students.”
in creating a positive culture among everyone involved with school, from
teachers to parents everyone plays an important role.
the best way to foster high learning is to make sure everyone involved in each
students education understands what it takes,” said Harper. “Our school will
thrive with the help of inspired teachers, involved parents, and supported
students. All these factors help prepare students for high school, college, and
believes the school should serve as a place for families to feel welcomed and
“My goal is
to create a culture at Grand River that is more than just a school building,” Harper
stated. “Grand River is more than just classrooms filled with teachers and
students. It is a place for families to meet, interact, and support the greater
goal of student success”
Academy, set to be located in Livonia, Mich. will open in the fall of 2014. Grand
River will serve students in grades kindergarten through sixth for the
2014-2015 school year.