New Executive DirectorExecutive Director for Curriculum and Instruction Named
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.
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December 16, 2021
Dear Royal Oak Schools Families,
We have received reports this evening that there are some general, anonymous school threats regarding Friday, December 17, circulating on social media, specifically on Instagram and TikTok nationwide.
We are taking the reports of this information extremely seriously and are working directly with the Royal Oak Police Department. There is no credible information that these threats are in any way related to specific schools or districts, including Royal Oak. The posts are vague and are circulating around school districts across the country.
The Royal Oak Police Department patrols all school grounds daily and will continue to do so including tomorrow. We encourage everyone to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity. We again want to remind our students and families to immediately report any potential threats toward Royal Oak to the police. You can also use OK2Say where anyone can report tips confidentially on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Safety is a collective responsibility, and I would like to emphasize the importance of using social media responsibly. Please do not re-share any suspicious or concerning posts on social media. Instead, if you or your child see something resembling a threat, the most impactful step to take is to report it immediately.
Student safety is our priority and by working together, we can continue to keep Royal Oak Schools a safe place to learn.
Mary Beth Fitzpatrick
Royal Oak Schools