Alena Zachery-Ross


Ypsilanti Community Schools

Dr. Alena Zachery-Ross is an accomplished educational leader with extensive experience in K-12 school administration and central office management. She has served as the Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools since 2018 and has previously held leadership positions in Okemos Public Schools and Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System. Dr. Zachery-Ross is widely recognized for her exceptional leadership skills. During her tenure in Muskegon Heights, she successfully transformed the entire district, improving student discipline, attendance, and graduation rates and reducing dropout rates. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education/Psychology from Grand Valley State University, a Master's Degree in Education Psychology from Wayne State University, and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University. She has also completed several leadership programs, including the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators Horizons Leadership Program, AASA's National Superintendent's Certification Program, and AASA's Howard Urban Superintendent's Academy. As a visionary leader, Dr. Zachery-Ross is passionate about leadership development and group collaboration. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, multicultural education, school safety, budget and finance, professional learning communities, group facilitation, team building, grant writing, community relations, and data analysis. Dr. Zachery-Ross is a sought-after speaker, educational consultant, and professional development trainer. She has presented nationally for organizations such as AASA, Edmentum, Thinking Collaborative, Teachers As Facilitators, Michigan State Police, and the Warden's Conference. Her upcoming book series, "Unstoppable Leadership," expands on her vision for everyone to become unstoppable leaders. In addition to her leadership roles in education, Dr. Zachery-Ross is also the Pastor of Isom Memorial CME Church. Her passion for youth and educators is evident in all that she does, and she continues to inspire and empower others through her work in education and ministry.