There are 111 professional staff members, including 91 teachers, six counselors and five administrators and additional certified support personnel such as social workers and psychologists. Eighty percent of the staff have Master's Degrees. Two percent also have Doctorates.
Mr. Pace was hired into the West Bloomfield School District in August 2006 as a science teacher at Abbott Middle School. He then assumed the role of assistant principal at Abbott Middle School in July 2011 before his most recent position as assistant principal of West Bloomfield High School in August 2014.
In the spring of 2019, Mr. Pace was appointed to the position at WBHS of assistant principal of innovative learning design. In this position, Mr. Pace worked to advance teaching and learning at WBHS by coaching staff in their instructional practice, worked to develop and retain newer staff members, and led the efforts to develop 9th-grade instructional models to best support students in the early stages of their high school careers. He also worked closely with the teaching and learning team and the department leaders to advance professional learning and utilization of student data to inform instructional practices.
During his time as assistant principal, Mr. Pace was also critical in the district’s development and rollout of the Portrait of a Graduate and the 4Cs (Collaboration, Contribution, Communication, and Critical Thinking) including creating rubrics and instructional strategies. He also has been instrumental in the development of the student ambassador program and direction of the school improvement team at West Bloomfield High School.
Mr. Pace graduated with his Bachelor of Sciences degree in education with an emphasis on the secondary level in 2006 from Central Michigan University. He then earned his Master of Arts in educational leadership in 2012 from the University of Michigan Dearborn. Most recently, Mr. Pace earned his Education Specialist certification in educational leadership in 2015 from Oakland University.
Dr. Stephanie Griffin
Dr. Griffin joins the West Bloomfield School District after serving in a variety of instructional and administrative positions in her previous school districts at both the public and private levels, including Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Charter Schools, and the Education Achievement Authority.
Dr. Griffin began her career in education in 2009 as an English teacher at University Prep High School in Detroit.
Dr. Griffin most recently served as an assistant principal with the Detroit Public School Community District. Her career journey has included positions such as testing coordinator, instructional leader, behavior dean, Section 504 coordinator, IEP compliance, dual-enrollment coordinator, extended day administrator, and SIS administrator. She has also served as a master teacher/IB coordinator, curriculum coordinator, and department head.
Dr. Griffin excels in the arenas of both staff and student engagement. Her connections with staff have yielded fewer staff openings in the buildings she’s worked in and her approach to student wellbeing resulted in improved attendance and discipline rates across the board.
Dr. Griffin graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 2004 from Michigan State University. She earned her Master of Arts in educational leadership in 2014 from Eastern Michigan. Most recently, Dr. Griffin earned her Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Central Michigan University in 2020.
Ms. Ashleigh Larkin
I have been working in education since 2010. Prior to my time as assistant principal, I taught civics and student leadership at the high school. I also served as the student activities director and student government sponsor. I attended Michigan State University where I received my bachelors degree in social science. I also attended Wayne State University where I earned my masters degree in teaching and received my teaching certification.
When I am not working with students, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, Grace, and my husband. We love to travel to different places within Michigan!
Mr. Pierce has held a variety of positions in his time in the West Bloomfield School District. He taught Marketing, Advanced Marketing, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Business Internship, and World History during the first thirteen years of his career. During this time, Mr. Pierce also coached in several of our school's athletic programs. He is the current Varsity Head Coach for Baseball and spent time as the Girls Golf Head Coach as well as a Varsity Assistant Football Coach. While still teaching, Mr. Pierce was very active with the school store, Laker Landing, and also with the school's DECA program. In addition, he helped out by supervising the lunchroom, parking lot, and after school sporting events.
Mr. Pierce's administrative experience included several years as both an assistant principal and athletic director for West Bloomfield High School. He now serves as the district's full time athletic director.
This is his first year as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. His areas of responsibility include discipline, Career Focused Education, and all athletic teams and events. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Business Education from Central Michigan University, his M.A. in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College, and is currently completing his Administrative Certificate at Eastern Michigan University.