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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.

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.

Detroit Enterprise Academy Principal Chanavia Patterson

Source: Michigan Association of Public School Academies / Katie Baker

“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.

(Kate Baker – Senior Communication Specialist/National Heritage Academies)


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