North Administrators

 Kate Murray - Principal

Phone: 313.432.3204

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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.

 Catherine Vernier - Assistant Principal

Phone: 313.432.3211

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Catherine Vernier - Assistant Principal

Catherine Vernier has been a mathematics teacher at North since 2001, and chair or co-chair of that department since 2012. She has taught classes ranging from Pre-Algebra to Honors Algebra II and worked for four years as a collaborative Geometry co-teacher with a colleague from the Special Education department. Ms. Vernier has also taught summer school, participated in the Galileo Leadership Academy for teachers, led professional development sessions for the district, served as a class advisor and Valkyries Club advisor, and coached cross country, volleyball and tennis. Outside GPPSS, she has been a People to People Delegation Leader for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties, leading groups of students to Australia, France, Italy, Greece, Austria and Switzerland. 

 Geoffrey Young - Interim Assistant Principal

Phone: 313.432.3213

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Geoffrey Young - Interim Assistant Principal

Geoffrey Young started serving as interim assistant principal when Tom Beach retired. This allowed time for an optimal search to find the next Assistant Principal for North High School. To do so, GPPSS used an inclusive hiring process.  In Mr. Young’s words about leading at North, “I don’t just know this place and its vision; I live it. I have lived it as a teacher, a mentor, an advisor, a department chairperson, a Summer Learning director and an Interim Assistant Principal.” Mr. Young will draw upon all of these experiences, as well as serving on curricular committees, helping to create the award winning Freshman Assist program, developing the Professional Learning Community concept, teaching Advanced Placement courses, and leading professional development. He has been a teacher at North since 2000. In all of those years, he has worked diligently to lift students up, leading and modeling the pursuit of excellence for which our district is known.

 Michelle Davis - Assistant Principal & Athletic Director

Phone: 313.432.3255

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Michelle Davis - Assistant Principal & Athletic Director

Michelle Davis has been promoted to Athletic Director and Assistant Principal of North High School. She has been a member of the North family since 1998, and taught Business Education classes here for 18 years; as well as a few Television Production classes when she first joined the North staff.

She attended Central Michigan University majoring in Television Production, Speech, Debate, and Communications with a minor in Marketing and Business Education. She also received a Masters Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Educational Leadership/Secondary Administration.

Her coaching and athletic experiences date back 30 years. She has enjoyed coaching girls basketball at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as in Michigan’s AAU program. She has coached softball at the middle school and high school level as well as Boys and Girls Little League baseball.

Michelle is passionate about education at all levels. She believes as educators it is our responsibility not only to educate our students, but to also embrace and continually grow in our own professional development as well.

She is the proud mom of two Norsemen; Nathan, Class of 2018 and Hannah, Class of 2020. Her husband Eric is an AP Economics high school teacher in the South Lyon School District. She is also the vice president of a non-profit organization called the Jacob Michael Davis Foundation. The foundation is named after her oldest son Jacob who battled leukemia for 5 ½ years finally succumbing to the disease in May of 2005. The foundation is dedicated to helping families touched by childhood cancer. jacobmichaeldavis.org