Two Detroit Public Schools principals were singled out for special honors at the recent annual NABSE (National Alliance of Black School Educators) national conference. NABSE is the nation’s premiere non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success of the nation’s children – particularly children of African descent. Now in its 36th year, NABSE boasts a membership of more than 12,000 educators including teachers, administrators, and superintendents as well as corporate and institutional members

Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill was elected the 18th president of the organization. She is currently the Principal of Owen Academy and has been with the District for 29 years. Other appointments include Principal of McMichael Technological Academy and the Whitney Young Magnet Middle School. As an active member of NABSE, Dr. Hunter-Harvill helped create the NABSE Foundation, served as the chairperson for 8 years and served as the chair of the Local conference Planning Committee for the 1996 and 2005 conferences held in Detroit.

Dr. Beverly M. Gibson, Principal of the Alonzo Bates Academy was named the NABSE Principal of the Year/2007. She has been the Principal of the Bates Academy for 24 years. Gibson has received recognition as an outstanding educator from former President William Clinton, Governor Jennifer Granholm, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and former Mayor Dennis Archer. She received the honors for her dedication to providing a motivating and supportive environment, and the proper curriculum for gifted and talented minority students.

Both honorees also serve the community as long-time members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

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