Middle Cities Education Association was developed out of a shared commitment to improving education opportunities for the urban learner and advocating for quality educational programs for all students. Middle Cities Director and former President Sue C. Carnell truly embodies this mission. Although she is retiring, Sue has made a lasting impression with Middle Cities and in school districts throughout the state.
For more than 37 years, Sue has worked to better Michigan schools, most recently serving as superintendent of the Westwood Community School District. There, she was able to establish a cohesive working system to meet the needs of students, staff and the community. Sue has also worked in Detroit Public Schools and Southgate Community School District, successfully implementing new programs and policies in both districts.
At the statewide level, Sue was appointed education policy advisor during Governor Jennifer Granholm’s term in office and has also held positions with the Michigan Department of Education. In these prominent leadership roles, Sue initiated the development of Michigan’s K-12 Grade Level Content Expectations, developed and positioned 39 Family Resource Centers in urban schools, and actively advocated for education and economic development issues throughout the nation.
Middle Cities thanks Sue for her commitment to quality education and keeping our mission at the forefront of her duties. We look forward to seeing what retirement has in store for Sue and wish her the best on her next great adventure.