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Greetings Barber Preparatory Academy Families,

I am so excited to be a part of the amazing history here in Highland Park, Michigan! I want to welcome all new and returning families back to Barber Preparatory Academy. The staff and I are working to make sure that your students are safe. I understand as a parent that you are entrusting us with your prized possession. I’m a believer that all students can and will learn.

Thanks to all the families that continue to support the educational programs at Barber. We have some new programs for the 2022/2023 school year. We will be using restorative practices to enforce positive behavior. Increased electives for students. Making learning fun is essential to students making academic progress. Students should never want to miss a day of great educational instruction.

Your Partner in Education,
Timeka N. Brown, Principal

Timeka N. Brown, Principal

Timeka N. Brown, Principal

Timeka N. Brown has over 10 years of experience in education with expertise in the areas of special education and school leadership. Her education career began as a resource teacher at Burton Glen Charter Academy in Burton, Michigan. She holds a BS in Business Administration and two master’s degrees in K-12 Administration and Special Education. Over the course of her career, she has empowered students, staff, and parents to improve school culture and climate. Whether as a teacher, dean, or principal, she has focused on reforming systems, finding efficiencies, and boosting student outcomes. 

Pamela Farris, Regional Vice President

Pamela Farris, Regional Vice President

Pamela Farris joined ACCEL Schools in 2018 with over 25 years of experience as a K-12 educator and administrator. She has dedicated most of her career to closing achievement gaps in urban school districts. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, Mrs. Farris oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Michigan. Mrs. Farris holds a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Education Specialist degree in Administration from University of Detroit Mercy. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Education Leadership & Policy at Wayne State University. She additionally studied education in Oxford, England, led several education delegations to Kusatsu, Japan, and studied/toured International Baccalaureate schools in Israel and China. Mrs. Farris was inducted into the Metropolitan Detroit Women of Excellence Class of 2017.

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Barber Preparatory Academy is a public, community school authorized by the Highland Park School District. Community schools (also known as charter schools) are free and open to all students and focused on meeting student needs for success. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high-performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.

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