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Tuttle talks

Q&A with the new GPPSS Superintendent
Dr. Andre Tuttle reads a book to elementary school students, nurturing educational literature at a young age.

On Dec. 12, 2023, the Grosse Pointe Board of Education voted unanimously in a 7-0 decision to appoint Dr. Andrea Tuttle as the new GPPSS superintendent.
After earning three bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree and a doctorate, Tuttle worked on several different fronts to enrich her experience as an educator and an administrator. From teaching abroad in both Australia and the Dominican Republic, to leading the Owosso Public School System for 14 years, Tuttle is eager to begin yet another experience in a school district with a “stellar reputation.”

What are your goals as the new superintendent?

“Establishing strong, constructive relationships is paramount. Broadening opportunities for every student to reach their potential; focusing on learning and attainment; providing an engaging, rigorous and pertinent education; equipping students to become critical thinkers, balanced individuals, reflective learners, knowledgeable citizens, compassionate beings, inquisitive minds, daring explorers, principled actors and effective communicators, ensuring they are well-prepared for the opportunities they may face in their personal and professional lives.”

Do you plan on changing anything?

“I embrace the cherished values and traditions of our wonderful school district and community. I’m dedicated to finding innovative ways to advance the district all the while ensuring our students are fully equipped to pursue their aspirations with confidence and success.”

Do you plan on establishing anything new?
“I’m dedicated to always seeking ways to propel our district forward and nurture positive growth. While I have several ideas in mind, my first priority is to listen to the community’s aspirations for the education of our youth.”

How do you think you can achieve your goals, taking budget restrictions into account?

“It’s imperative that we collaborate effectively to maximize the opportunities available to our students while adhering to the constraints of our district budget.”

What is something that you have implemented so far that you’re proud of?

“During my first three months, I’ve made it a top priority to engage in active listening and learning from our invaluable sources: students, team members and community stakeholders.”

What has impressed you about GPPSS?

“I’m impressed with and grateful for the support of our wonderful community, families and students. The collaborative efforts between the community and our district team are pivotal in ensuring the success of all students. The genuine care and tireless dedication shown by the people of Grosse Pointe towards our students’ well-being and success exemplify the true spirit of teamwork.”

What is something that you look forward to in the future?

“I’m committed to immersing myself in understanding the district and building upon its strengths while actively seeking avenues for improvement. From preschool through 12 grade, I believe it’s vital to offer students a wide array of opportunities both in the classroom as well as extracurricular to explore and cultivate their passions.”

How do you plan on connecting with the students in the district?

“The highlight of my role is visiting schools and classrooms, as well as engaging with district and community events. I find immense joy in connecting with students and team members, soaking in the vibrant energy of our district and being inspired by the endless possibilities and innovative ideas to ensure our students receive the best in education and extracurricular opportunities.”

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead the Grosse Pointe school district into the future, and I’m eager to collaborate as a team to ensure the success and well-being of every student.”

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