Now Enrolling Grades K - 12

Middle/High School Staff

School Leader

Ali Abdel


My name is Ali Abdel, Principal of Hope of Detroit Academy since 2010. I have had the privilege to work at Hope of Detroit since 2003. During my tenure I have served in various roles such as Office Manager, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal. I am a native Detroiter that has lived in the Southwest Community for over 35 years. Serving as a school leader has been truly a dream come true. In my pastime, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. I am currently pursuing my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership at The University of Phoenix.

School Administration


Assistant Principal


District Curriculum Director

Melody Moore

Dean of Students

Teaching Staff

Susan Petz

5th Grade

Nayelli Medina

5th Grade

Jacquelyn Ragonesi

5th Grade

Jamie Johnson

Act 18 Aide

Sarah Porter

6th Grade

James Scott

6th Grade

Marissa Payter

6th Grade

Alyssa Norton

7th Grade ELA

Sarah Timmermann

7th Grade Math/Science

Charles Elswick

HS PE Teacher

Tracy Durandetto

7th & 8th Grade Math

Shane Baranek

Middle School P.E.

Carmen Velazquez

Literacy Coach

Allie Langwald

HS Curriculum Coach

Megan Lassere

High School Social Studies

James Munce

High School Social Studies

Telma Gracias

High School Math

Sabrina Minus

High School Science

Mahmoud Badih

High School STEM

Abyashante Scott

High School ELA

Christina Slubowski

High School ELA

Susan Wonch

High School Technology

Rachel Hargrave

Art Teacher

Zachary MacLean

Band / Technology

Cinzia Acciani

Italian Teacher

Pearl Rabideau

Title I Teacher

Hajer Yahya

Title I Teacher

Ilearis Rodriguez

Special Education Teacher

Emilio Vargas

Special Education Teacher

Tiffini Joplin

Special Education Teacher

Chaz Battice

SLP Teacher

Elvia Martinez-Palos

ESL Teacher

Ryan Acuna

ESL Teacher

Shadden Sion

College and Career Readiness

Gary Fitz

MS Social Studies Teacher

Essence Gresham


Prentis Jackson


Alicia Montes


Getzemani Quiles


Maribel Bustamante

8th Grade ELA Teacher

Elvia Martinez Palos

8th Grade ELA

Kate Salines


Danielle Sanders


Nathan Mark

Communications Teacher

Colin Hatangimana

HS Math Teacher


Additional Staff

Maria Vargas

District Business Manager

Joselyn Nava

Office Manager

Hilda Payne

Clerical Assistant

William Barreto

Community Liaison

Lenora Martin


Kelsie Harper

Social Worker

Marisol Bustamante

Social Worker

Michelle Ceballos

LRE Aide

Nichole Markusic

RTI Coordinator

Linda Pinder

District Special Education Coordinator

Jason Wright

Occupational Therapist

Deneice Williams

LRE Aide

Sean Slee


Diana Morales


Diana Richards

Food Service Coordinator

Lori Johnson

Lunch Aide

Lorena Alvarez

Lunch Aide

Maria Sanchez

Head Custodian

Carolina Alcala


Maria Palacios-Sanchez


Jovita Sanchez

Lunch Aide

Rosaura Ornelas