Meet Detroit Country Day School’s Newly Appointed Assistant Head of School, Teneka Singleton.
By Kim Kisner
Sponsored by Detroit Country Day School
“When students have a learning environment that is safe, supportive, and nurturing, they can find their voices and use them to effect positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world,” says Teneka Singleton, newly appointed Assistant Head of School for Detroit Country Day School. She adds, “It is this that fuels me every single day.”
Throughout her 16 years of service to date for DCDS, Singleton has exemplified this tenet tirelessly in the classroom and in every role she’s filled.
On July 1, 2021, Singleton moved into her new position from her previous role as Dean of Students and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, where she lead a collaborative effort to improve the school community’s ability to engage with empathy and acceptance, demonstrate respect for others, and act with integrity. Her new role will involve a continuation of these efforts and much more.
As Assistant Head of School, Singleton will work cross-functionally with all divisions to affect areas of student life and faculty support that fall outside of the academic curriculum. She will focus on the Pre K through grade 12 student experience as it relates to social and emotional wellness and building life skills.
“This is the other lane … it’s the student life curriculum versus academic curriculum, and it’s the aspect of school life that brings me the most joy,” Singleton says. “Playing a part in the development of young people, helping them grow and discover possibilities and opportunities, connection and community, is humbling and entirely fulfilling.”
On the flip side, she will also work with faculty, ensuring that they have the continual support they need, reassessing the hiring process to meet the needs of the school, making certain that sufficient mentorship is available for new teachers and more.
“When students have a learning environment that is safe, supportive, and nurturing, they can find their voices and use them to effect positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world,” says Teneka Singleton
She is also excited about the opportunity to work more closely with the lower school and faculty, which is new for her. “I’m energized to interact with all divisions to better understand their experiences and goals,” she said. ”Doing so will result in a healthy school environment where nurturing students remains at the center.”
As a mother of three and part of a very large extended family, facilitating the advancement and growth of young people is in her blood. She spends her time outside of the school walls volunteering with childhood development organizations to foster leadership opportunities.
She says, “Strong character prepares students for leadership, and leadership strengthens their character in a process that is recursive and lifelong.”
Initially and always an English teacher, Singleton will continue to teach one class. “It’s important and essential for me to connect with the students in the classroom so that I can connect with them outside of it,” she says.
Of her career and new role, Singleton says, “As an educational leader, I humbly embrace the awesome responsibility of optimizing student learning and maintaining a culture where this is the primary goal.”
DETROIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
22305 West Thirteen Mile Rd. Beverly Hills, MI 48025