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OUR lEADERSHIP


 

Mr. Jamie Sheldon, Principal

Education

  • Administrator’s Certificate Program from Eastern Michigan University, 2013
  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Michigan, 2009
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University, 2004


Previous experience

Mr. Sheldon began his teaching career teaching in a Head Start classroom for two years. In 2006, he joined National Heritage Academies as a sixth grade math and ELA teacher at Triumph Academy in Monroe. He taught third grade for one year before transitioning to Taylor Exemplar Academy as the Upper Elementary Dean (grades 3 -5) for four years. Mr. Sheldon then joined South Pointe Scholars in the fall of 2014 as the Y5K – 2nd grade dean.

 

What do you like most about working at South Pointe?

South Pointe is truly an amazing place to be! It has been an exciting experience to see such a diverse student body interact with and support each other on a daily basis. It has been an equally enjoyable experience working with the staff who embody the care and enthusiasm for teaching that I would want for my own children. My oldest son will be at South Pointe this year!

   

Personal

Mr. Sheldon and his wife have three children, 2 boys and a girl. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, painting, and playing all types of sports.

 

 

 


Mr. Tim Kartje, Dean of Grades 3 & 4 and Special Education

Education

  • Eastern Michigan University: Bachelors of Science in Education, Elementary, Math and Social Studies, 2004 
  • Concordia University: Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, 2013

Previous experience

Mr. Kartje joined National Heritage Academies (NHA) in 2005 as a Fifth Grade teacher at Fortis Charter Academy in Ypsilanti after a year of teaching middle school math with Milan Area Schools. He transitioned to sixth grade then to middle school math. In 2011, he moved into the role of Dean for grades 4, 5 and middle math. During the spring of 2012 Mr. Kartje was offered the opportunity to be the Dean of Middle School and Special Education at South Pointe Scholars in 2012.

 

What do you like most about working at South Pointe?

The strong positive relationships we have with our families, their children and especially our wonderful staff. My favorite part is seeing and talking with staff, students, and parents every morning when I come to work. We have created a safe climate and culture where everyone feels respected and all have opportunity to attain success and that means a great deal to me. I truly believe that all children have incredible potential and are capable of being active learners. If we continue to set and maintain high expectations, all of our students and their teachers will achieve great things.

  

Personal information

Mr. Kartje has one college aged son. His life is guided by his beliefs in faith, family, and hard work. He loves music, photography, and to read….anything. As an avid outdoors person, he enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring historically significant places.

 


 

Mrs. Sonya Williams, Dean of Grades 5-8  

Education

  • Eastern Michigan University: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, 2006 
  • Grand Valley State University: Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership​, 2011

Previous experience

I joined the National Heritage Academies family in 2007. I taught 5th grade for 5 years at Metro Charter Academy. Then, in 2012, I got the wonderful opportunity be part of South Pointe Scholars! I was the 3rd-5th grade Dean for two years, then I transitioned over to the Middle School Dean for two years, and I am currently the 5th-8th grade Dean.

 

What do you like most about working at South Pointe?

I know that our students are receiving an excellent education and our teachers are dedicated and passionate about what they do. I enjoy getting to know our parents and families. But what I love the most about working at South Pointe is our amazing kids. I have had the opportunity to watch them grow and blossom as they prepare for high school, college, and beyond. I love everything about South Pointe. I am truly excited to be a part of the leadership team at South Pointe. The staff, teachers, administration and parents are invested in the students and in their success!

 

Personal information

In addition to my passion for education, I love spending time with my family. I have a wonderful husband of 22 years, an amazing son who attends Eastern Michigan University, and a very cute Boston Terrier named Domino. I love to travel, read, shop, and spend time with my family. A quirky fact about me is I only eat bananas with stickers on them.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Emily Reitz, Dean of Intervention

Education

  • Michigan State University: Masters in K-12 Educational Administration, 2016
  • Bowling Green State University: Bachelors in Middle Childhood Education, specialized in math, 2009

Previous experience

Mrs. Reitz joined National Heritage Academies in 2013 as a third grade teacher at South Pointe Scholars. Since beginning at South Pointe, she has also taught fifth grade and was a math academic specialist. Prior to working at South Pointe, Mrs. Reitz taught and lived in Chicago. She taught middle school mathematics for grades 5-8 at a private Catholic school.

 

What do you like most about working at South Pointe

The best part about South Pointe is the kids that attend our school! They make every day exciting and always keep me smiling. I love working in a school that always makes decisions with our students’ success as the top priority.

 

Personal information

Outside of my love for education, I love to cook and spend time with my family. I have one child who will turn one in September! He keeps me very busy, but I adore watching him grow so quickly!

 

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