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Ryan West named the new principal at Commerce Elementary

Ryan West named the new principal at Commerce Elementary
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The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools’ Board of Education appointed Ryan West the new principal of Commerce Elementary School during the October 5, 2023 meeting. His first day will be Monday, October 16.

“It is an honor to join the Commerce community and embark on a journey of learning, growth and excellence alongside your children,” said West. “I am committed to fostering an environment where every student feels valued, supported and empowered to reach their full potential.”

“Together with our amazing staff, I look forward to supporting a safe, nurturing environment at Commerce Elementary while continuing to strive for academic excellence,” added West. “It is my goal to have the community be an extension of the school working together to shape the educational experience for your children.”

West comes to Commerce from Roosevelt Elementary School in West Bloomfield School District, where he has served as principal for the past five years. Prior to his time in the West Bloomfield School District, he was an elementary principal in Lapeer for five years and a middle school assistant principal for one year. West has worked in public education since 2003 and started his career as a teacher and coach at Clawson Public Schools.

“We are fortunate to have an administrator of Mr. West’s caliber join our District,” said Dr. John Bernia, superintendent of schools. “He has proven himself to be a building leader and community partner throughout his career. I look forward to seeing him lead the Commerce Elementary community.”