There are those moments in life that allow us to stop, think, and reflect. I recently experienced one of those moments when the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA) presented me the 2019 Superintendent of the Year award at the November 12th Board of Education meeting.  I was honored to receive the award and deeply humbled to be recognized by my colleagues from across the state.  The award is made even more special knowing that the selection committee was comprised of state PTA members and school board members as well as administrators and teachers throughout Michigan.

Receiving this prestigious award is recognition of the hard work taking place in our district to benefit the students we serve. My philosophy is built around teamwork and working together with our staff, parents, community members, and, of course, our outstanding students.  While we always have and will continue to make improvements that provide our students with a high quality education, the award really belongs to the entire school community.  All of us can take pride in the accomplishments and success happening in our schools.

On a personal level this award carries a lot of sentimental value. Former Dearborn Superintendent Brian Whiston was my mentor and a phenomenal leader. On November 11, 2013, I was by his side when he received this same award.  Having his wife, Beth, and daughter Kristen in attendance when I received the award made it even more meaningful for me.  Adding to the significance of the evening was having both current and former Board members, my incredible administrative team, union leaders, parents, students, and community members all in attendance during the presentation.

Of course, none of this would be possible if not for the continuous and unwavering support of my family.  My wife, JoAnne, our children, and my extended family have always been there to support and help me accomplish my goals.  I appreciate all they do and I know I couldn’t do it without them.  I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family.

Since November 12th I have received dozens of kind words, warm wishes, and expressions of congratulations from many people here in our community and across the state. I want to thank each and every one of you who took the time to make a call, send a card, a note, a text, or an e-mail. I appreciate your support and value the partnerships we have created.  This district is a better place because of the caring and supportive community I have the privilege of serving every day.

Our entire school community can take pride in the fact that organizations such as MASA, and many others, continue to recognize the success and accomplishment taking place in our classrooms.  All of us in education understand that our work is never done and we must always deliver the very best instruction. However, when I see our students excited to be at school, the enthusiasm in their face, and when I witness firsthand the success they are having in the classroom, I feel very optimistic about the future of Dearborn, this state, and this great nation.

Have a safe and joyous holiday season and prosperous New Year,


Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools