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Dr. David A. Lewis


Dr. David Lewis is a native of Saginaw, Michigan, and attended Chesaning Public Schools. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Saginaw Valley State University. In 2016 he received his Doctorate of Education from Central Michigan University. Prior to working in the School/University Partnership Office, Dave worked as an administrator in three different school systems in Michigan. Before his public education experience, he worked at SVSU in Admissions and as Director of Minority Services. Dave returned to SVSU in July 2010 as a School Improvement Specialist in the School/University Partnership Office. As Director, Dave's main function is to lead the operations of the office, focusing on the best outcomes for students in the academies authorized by SVSU.

Dawn Gillespie

Administrative Assistant

Dawn is the only School/University Partnership Office staffer who has worked in the office since its inception in 1995. During that time, she has assisted six different Directors and countless other staff members. She is an invaluable resource to the office staff, to SVSU in general, and to all stakeholders in the academies SVSU authorizes, including teachers, school leaders, management companies, and board members. Office staff rely heavily on her historical perspective concerning all aspects of charter school operations during the past 22 years and her keen planning, analytical, and organizational skills. Dawn also serves as the University State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) Coordinator.

Joseph Rousseau

Special Projects Assistant

Joe formerly served as the School/University Partnership Office Director. In this capacity, his responsibilities include planning trainings for academy board members, vetting prospective board members, reviewing application for charter school authorization, general planning, and related tasks. His 52 years of experience in K-16 education have included roles in teaching at all levels from early elementary through university graduate level, counseling, and administration, serving as elementary and secondary school principal, central office administrator, and school district superintendent.

George Copeland

Public School Academy Transition Coordinator

George supports our Public School Academy students on campus as well as works with Academies to facilitate next steps for college preparation. George graduated from SVSU in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Management and began his career in SVSU's Academic Advising Center. He brings with him a wealth of institutional knowledge and a passion for helping our PSA Scholars succeed. If you would like to schedule a visit, please contact George for more information.

Candice Casey

School Improvement Specialist

Candice provides academic support to teachers and leaders through professional development, educational program reviews, and assessment monitoring. Previously, she served as a high school English teacher and as an instructional coach and literacy specialist for schools in the Saginaw and Flint regions. Candice earned her Master of Arts in Literacy Education, Bachelor of English, and Secondary Teaching Certificate from Saginaw Valley State University.

Chantra Williams

School Improvement Specialist

Chantra provides academic support to teachers and leaders through professional development, educational program reviews, and assessment monitoring. Chantra previously worked as a Curriculum Coach, Intervention Coordinator, and Educator at Francis Reh Public School Academy. She brings 16 years of education experience to our team. Chantra received her M.Ed. in Principalship from SVSU in 2016. Her educational philosophy is to serve by leading and lead by serving.

Kayleen Kindy

Student Assistant

Donald Bachand


SVSU Board of Control

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Gilbertson Hall GN-135


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