Laura Draper has assumed the top leadership position at the Juvenile Home Schools. She was hired as principal to replace Adam Danapilis, who is now principal at the Young Adult Program.
Draper was the Administrator of Educational Services at Three Rivers High School. She has also served as Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Dean of Students and was a classroom teacher at several Detroit Public Schools
Draper was chosen after a thorough process that involved stakeholder input, background checks, and a match of leadership skills specifically needed at the Juvenile Home Schools.
“Laura is the right person to pick up the great work being done at the Juvenile Home Schools and take the program to the next level,” said Kalamazoo RESA Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Laurie Montgomery. “She has a deep passion for helping students with multiple disadvantages in life, and a track record of success working with such students,” Montgomery said.
Draper earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Western Michigan University, and went on to earn her master’s in educational leadership from Michigan State University.
“I am passionate about building a culture of high expectations and accountability, while engaging families and communities, developing teacher leadership, and executing sound, data-based decision making,” Draper said.