The Board of Education approved the appointment of Marques Stewart as the new principal of Harper-Archer Middle School effective on January 6, 2014.
Per Mr. Stewart’s LinkedIn profile (see here), he currently serves as a Master Principal with the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan and previously served as a Turnaround Principal for the same organization. Prior to that, he served as a Principal for two years in the Kansas City School District and as an Assistant Principal in the Tuscallosa City Schools. Stewart earned a BS and an M.ED. from Alabama State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.
At the time he worked in the Kansas City School District he was the subject of a brief news report by Kansas City NBC Action news regarding the turnaround in the district – here is the 2 minute video.
In addition, when Mr. Stewart’s was appointed as a principal at the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, they published the following profile.
Marques Stewart-Brenda Scott Elementary/Middle School
Marques Stewart was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and was raised in Pensacola, FL where he later graduated from Woodham High School in 1996. Upon graduation from high school he continued his educational career at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL., where he received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He continued his pursuit of acquiring a higher education at Alabama State University and received a Masters in Administration & Supervision and also acquired an Education Specialist Degree in Education Leadership. Currently Mr. Stewart is pursuing a Doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri and is scheduled to complete in the Spring of 2013.
Mr. Stewart began his teaching career in Montgomery Public Schools in 2001 in Montgomery, AL and later within Selma City Schools in Selma, AL. In 2005, Mr. Stewart entered the field of administration in Lowndes County Public Schools in Hayneville, AL and served in various administrative capacities spanning from Reading Coach, Assistant Principal, Principal, and as a Middle School Education Specialist. During this time Mr. Stewart helped with the implementation of the Alabama Reading Initiative, Men in Motion mentoring program, wrote and secured several grant proposals, and assisted in the development of a new curriculum.
During the 2009-2010 school year, Mr. Stewart served in an administrative capacity within the Tuscaloosa City Schools system at Eastwood Middle School. Mr. Stewart joined the Kansas City Public Schools as Principal at Longfellow Elementary School in July 2010. He is extremely excited about being a part of the Education Achievement Authority and looks forward to assisting students in becoming college, career, and work-force ready. Mr. Stewart believes that there are no elevators to success, everyone must take the stairs.