In fall 1995, Glenn Maleyko started his education career as a substitute teacher at Oakman Elementary School in Dearborn.

He went on to fill many roles in Dearborn Public Schools over the years: full-time teacher, principal, human resources director, head of staff and student services.

On Monday, the Dearborn Board of Education selected Maleyko as the district's new superintendent — his "dream job."

"I'm ready for this position," he said. "I've been dedicated to the district. ... I'd love to continue to work for the students and accelerate achievement."

Maleyko, 41, succeeds Brian Whiston, who next month officially starts as Michigan's superintendent of schools, to lead the district with more than 19,600 students.

The board is finalizing contract details. He and John VanWagoner, associate superintendent of general education for the Shiawassee RESD, completed final interviews during a special public meeting Thursday.

Though both candidates were qualified, Maleyko's "experience with our district boosted him up," board President Aimee Schoelles said. "Glenn has demonstrated to us his ability to work not just with our faculty but our students. It's becoming more and more important that our superintendents are involved."

After starting at Oakman, Maleyko was a teacher and assistant principal at Salina Elementary, then principal when the school changed to a fourth through eighth grade building, the district said.

"Dr. Maleyko was instrumental in leading the team that designed the new Salina Elementary and community center/gymnasium addition at the existing Salina School," district officials said in a statement.

After two years as principal at DuVall Elementary, Maleyko became a human resource director at the district's central office, then executive director of staff and student services.

In the latter role, he helped the district save more than $600,000 through administrative staff restructuring and "was instrumental in building strong relationships between the administration and unions during several difficult contract negotiations that resulted in cost savings, protecting jobs and ensuring resources remained in the classroom," officials said Monday. "Most importantly, Dr. Maleyko directed the efforts to train more than 80 administrators in the use of a teacher evaluation system developed through a partnership between the district and the Dearborn Federation of Teachers."

Maleyko, who earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Wayne State University, has also received several awards, published articles in national academic publications, joined several leadership academies as well as presented at conferences, district officials said.

Broad experience in instruction as well as administration, Maleyko said, helps as he pursues plans such as enhancing the district's English language learning program, developing a collaboration between the school levels and forming a student advisory committee.

"It's going to be easy for me to hit the ground running because I know the district," he said. "I go to all the schools. It's not going to be a difficult transition."

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