The Saginaw Intermediate School District would like to congratulate Kevin Summey, Program Director for the Great Lakes Bay Early Middle College, for being selected to serve in Cohort 16 of the Gerstacker Fellowship program. Mr. Summey was chosen from many exceptional leaders in the Great Lakes Bay Region and will use this experience to grow his leadership skills and build relationships with other innovative thinkers. "It is an honor to be selected as a Gerstacker fellow. I look forward to growing as an educator while working with other professionals to address the challenges of living and competing in a global economy," Summey said.
About Mr. Summey: Kevin Summey serves as the Program Director for the Great Lakes Bay Early College, a Saginaw Intermediate School District Program. Throughout his 24 years in education, Kevin has always advocated for innovative and alternative programming for students. Kevin completed his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He maintains both a secondary teaching and administrative certification.
Kevin began his professional career in 1996 as a classroom teacher at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Michigan. His passion for athletics led him to serve as the assistant and head basketball coach. In 2001, he was awarded the Big Nine Conference Coach of the Year. Within the same year, he transitioned to serve as the assistant principal and athletic director at Hamady High School. Kevin returned to Carmen Ainsworth as the assistant principal at the middle school before serving as principal for the next 11 years. As a Middle-Level Leader, Kevin played a critical role in implementing a Department of Education, multi-year, multi-district, Investing in Innovation federal grant. This five-year grant was titled STEM Early College Expansion Partnership (SECEP). SECEP sought to improve underrepresented populations; access to STEM careers by increasing the number of students enrolling in dual credit STEM courses and pursuing postsecondary credentials. Another initiative that Kevin was a part of while serving as a Middle-Level Leader was a grant funded by the Michigan College Access Network and AGO, Accelerated Graduation Opportunity. As a part of the Local College Access Network, he provided leadership for his middle school to build a college-going culture. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of AGO. AGO was a program developed to encourage middle school students to earn high school credits so that space would be available in their high school schedule to access college courses.
Kevin has been a member of the Michigan Early Middle College Association (MEMCA), the National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, and The Social Studies Council. He was a board member for a youth organization, Each One Teach One (EOTO), in Lawrenceville, Georgia that focuses on fostering positive relationships with youth. This past fall, he was a member of the planning committee for the Michigan Department of Education’s Early Middle College virtual in-service on the Landscape of Early Middle Colleges in the State of Michigan. He serves as a co-chair of the SISD’s Student Achievement Committee.
Kevin enjoys spending time traveling with his family, attending sporting events, and going to the movies. He is married to his lovely wife of 23 years, Dr. Latoya Summey. His son KJ attends Central Michigan University, and his daughter Skylar will enter her first year at Saginaw Valley State University in the fall of 2022.
About the Gerstacker Fellowship Program: The Gerstacker Fellowship Program was established in 2005 with a $1.5 million endowment by the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation. Its purpose is twofold: to provide a leadership development program for a select group of premier teachers and administrators each year, and, to create a new cadre of educational leaders throughout the State of Michigan who will increase the quality of K-12 education in their communities.
In 2011, the Board of Directors of the Gerstacker Foundation, acknowledging the success of the Gerstacker Fellowship Program, recognized that this initial leadership development opportunity, to maximize its full potential, required a sustained and advanced leadership endeavor. Consequently, the Board of Directors approved the endowment of an additional $1 million to fund the fulfillment of that initiative for all graduates of the Gerstacker Fellowship Program.
The initial leadership development is now known as Gerstacker Fellowship Program I. The advanced leadership development program is known as Gerstacker Fellowship Program II. To learn more, click here.