North High School Administrators, Grosse Pointe Public School System

  • Kate Murray - Principal

    Kate Murray has been a proud Norsewoman for 17 years. She taught French and English at North for 15 years and has spent two years as part of the administrative team. She grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Michigan where she majored in French and English. She was placed at North for student teaching, and never left. Like everyone who has the opportunity to walk through our doors, Kate was immediately drawn into the family-like atmosphere and the commitment to all students. Kate is passionate about teaching and learning and is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at Oakland University.

    Brian Shelson - Assistant Principal & Athletic DirectorShelson

    Brian Shelson returned to our district and joined the North administrative team as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director in September 2014, after spending a year in a similar role in the Lapeer Community Schools.  Prior to his time in Lapeer, Mr. Shelson was a Science Teacher for 5 years at both Grosse Pointe South and Grosse Pointe North High Schools.    During most of the 2011-12 school year, Mr. Shelson served as an Interim Assistant Principal at South High School, and was also the Director of the Secondary Summer School program here in Grosse Pointe for two summers.    He began his teaching career working in Colorado and also in the Plymouth-Canton School district.   Mr. Shelson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University.

    Tom Beach - Assistant PrincipalTom Beach

    Mr. Beach has been a True Green-blooded Norseman since 1997. He came to North out of private practice to become the North High School social worker. He was the summer school director for 2 years and in 2003 was promoted to Assistant Principal in this school I love.  He grew up in Royal Oak in a large family that valued
    education. In high school, he had the opportunity to help students who were struggling and discovered my passion for working with others. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from  Michigan State University and two Master’s Degrees: one from the University of Michigan and another from Saginaw Valley.

    David Reed-Nordwall - Assistant PrincipalDavid Reed-Norwall
    David Reed-Nordwall became the new assistant principal at North in the spring of 2013. Before that he served as the Coordinator of 21st Century Teaching and Learning in Birmingham. He earned both his B.A. in English and History and his M.A. in Education and History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He obtained his Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University. He has 10 years of classroom teaching experience, also in the Birmingham Public Schools.

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