Established in 1942, MacDowell Elementary School has served as the backbone of excellence in the community for decades.


Our mission is to provide an excellent education for our scholars, prepare them for college, and build upon a tradition of excellence at the MacDowell campus. Generations of families have attended MacDowell Elementary and have fond memories of their time as students.


At MacDowell, our team is dedicated to providing a world-class education to empower our scholars and help them make their dreams a reality. The importance of a college education is rapidly increasing in our 21st-century economy. As part of our enduring commitment to creating opportunities for our students, we offer a college prep curriculum and a clear path to college through our network of schools, Promise Schools. At the same time, we take a holistic approach to learning by supporting the unique interests of each child and helping our students develop individual excellence on the path toward achieving their goals.

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Our Team
Board of Directors

Board of Directors


The MacDowell Board of Directors is a diverse collection of professionals from the business, policy, and education sectors who are all committed to ensuring an excellent education for MacDowell scholars. Click here to learn more about the strategic plan at MacDowell

The MacDowell Preparatory Academy Board of Directors:

President - Nicole Wells Stallworth
Vice President - Robert E. Thomas
Member - Desiree Jones
Secretary - JohnNae Reynolds

Member - Edgar Vann

Member - Marnita S. Harris

Board Attorney - Greg M. Meihn

Board of Directors Budget Hearing

Budget Hearing Agenda

The MacDowell Board of Directors on the third Wednesday of each month and provides oversight of all financial and academic matters at the school.

Public Notice of Regular Board Meeting

Pursuant to Michigan Open Meetings Act, Act No. 267 of the Public Acts of 1976, being Sections 15.261 to 15.275 of the Michigan Compiled Laws

Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Topic: MacDowell Regular Board Meeting 
Time: September 21, 2022, 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

In-Person Meeting

MacDowell Preparatory Academy Auditorium

4201 W. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48221

Public Virtual Attendance Option

Meeting ID: 864 6161 6248

Passcode: MPA22

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A copy of the meeting minutes is available for public inspection at MacDowell Preparatory Academy, 4201 W. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48221 within 8 business day for proposed minutes and within 5 business days of approval for approved minutes. The Academy shall comply with subtitle A of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Public Law 101-336, 42USC § 12101 et sec or any successor law. Should you require specific accommodation(s) please contact 313-494-8141 or prior to the meeting.




School Leadership Team

Superintendent/ Chef Academic Officer- Dr. Brian Banks

Interim  Principal, Dean of Instruction - Brandy Croce

Dean of Operations - Natasha Thomas

Dean of Scholars + Culture - Martez Williams 

External Relations Officer - Tarajah Ramsey 


Office Staff

Office Manager - Kim Banks

Facilities Team

Building Maintenance - Tyrone Williams

Building Maintenance - Ivory Forest





Kindergarten - Katrina Bell

Kindergarten/Paraprofessional - Lakeisha Bates

1st Grade - Contrina Hinton

2nd Grade/Scholar Engagement Specialist - Selena Dozier

3rd Grade/Paraprofessional - Alana Hubbell

4th Grade - Doris Freeman

5ht Grade/Paraprofessional - Ashlie Spencer

6th Grade - Danielle Walker

7th Grade - Alijah Brown

8th Grade - Volanda Frazier

8th Grade - Chalcee Norwood

Physical Education - Daevon Robinson

SEL- Robert Hill

Intervention/Paraprofessional: Michael Siebert


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