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Dear Salem Families-

Let me be the first to welcome new families and welcome back returning families to Salem Elementary School. I am beyond excited to continuing working alongside the students, parents, and staff that make Salem a great place to learn, fail, try our best, and be better today than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than we are today!

I am married with three children and we make our home in the Royal Oak area. My wife is a middle school teacher at a private school in northern Oakland County.

I came to South Lyon Schools and Salem Elementary as principal to start the 2017-2018 school year. Prior to South Lyon and Salem I made my professional home as a teacher in the Royal Oak Schools. I earned my bachelors degree at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant and earned a teaching position in Royal Oak upon completion of my degree. While in Royal Oak Schools I taught 4th, 5th, and 7th grade over 16 years. During this time I earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.

Salem is defined by community, as every member is committed to all students learning everyday and I cannot be more proud to help lead this great learning community.

If you have questions or want to learn more about Salem Elementary School don’t hesitate to contact the office. If you are in the neighborhood please stop by, I have an open door policy (after you buzz at the front door, show picture id, and get through the secure entrance)!


Mr. Knapp