Pierce Administrators

Phone: 313.432.4704


Degrees and Certifications:

Sara Dirkse - Principal

Prior to coming to Pierce Middle School, I spent three years as the principal at Woodworth Middle School in Dearborn.  Before that I spent five years as a high school assistant principal in Dearborn Public Schools and Gull Lake Community Schools.  I started my career in education in Rockford Public Schools as a high school teacher and swim coach. I completed my undergraduate course work at Oakland University and my masters degree at Michigan State University.  Go Green!


I have always been interested in middle school, and have loved my middle school experiences thus far.  This is an important and uncertain time for our students. We are the bridge between elementary and high school; I believe as middle school educators we have a unique opportunity to set our students on a path of success both socially and emotionally, as well as academically before they step into high school.


My life outside of school is filled with family.  My husband and I have two daughters, a seven year old, and an 18 month old.  We love spending time at the pool and playing in the backyard.  My family and I were drawn to the area because of its great sense of community and strong commitment to its public schools.  


I enjoy building relationships with students and families.  I have quickly learned what a special place Pierce is, and I am looking forward to continuing and growing our successes as a school community.


Phone: 313.432.4711


Degrees and Certifications:

Judy Gaffrey - Assistant Principal

Judy Gaffrey began her teaching career as a social studies teacher at Waverly High School in Lansing. After two successful years at Waverly, she returned home to the Metro Detroit area and continued her career as a social studies teacher at Allen Park. While in Allen Park, she also attended Wayne State University where she earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. In the fall of 2004, she joined the staff of Grosse Pointe Public schools as the Coordinator of the Community High School. In September 2006, she joined the staff of Pierce Middle School as Assistant Principal.