September 15, 2022

New Executive Director

Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction Named

Leadership Announcements (4) Youanes

Dr. Joseph Youanes, current Principal of Addams Elementary, has been selected as the new Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction for Royal Oak Schools.

Dr. Youanes will fill the vacancy left by Sarah Olson as she assumes a new role at the St. Clair County RESA. 

Dr. Youanes loves the Addams family and Royal Oak, and while it will be very difficult for him to leave that leadership role after serving since 2014, he will be able to serve the entire community in the areas of curriculum, technology, grants, and instructional practices in this new position.  

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to help and support our district leadership efforts around the area of curriculum and instruction," Dr. Youanes said.  "I’m also looking forward to ensuring high levels of student engagement and good instructional practices in our classrooms."

He brings forth a wide variety of experiences from being a building leader at the middle and elementary levels, and district and county leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion since hiring into Royal Oak Schools from the Troy School District in 2013.  Dr. Youanes holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, a  Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, a Central Office Administration Endorsement, and most recently, a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.), all from Oakland University. 

"I am very excited to have Dr. Youanes join the central office and continue to be an important member of the Royal Oak Schools leadership team," said Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick. "Please join me in congratulating Dr. Youanes on his new appointment."

“It is important in this transition that Dr. Youanes remain as the leader of Addams while we seek the next principal,” added Fitzpatrick. She said that the district has a goal to have the new leader selected within the next month.