Meet the Principal



Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Roy D. Harris


Dr. Roy D. Haris has served in the field of education for over 20 years, in a variety of positions, throughout the K-12 arena.  The positions held include; classroom teacher, athletic director, vice principal, and principal in both the public and charter school settings.

Known for his commitment to urban student academic success, Dr. Harris is a lifelong learner.  A product of Detroit Public Schools, Dr. Harris graduated from Detroit Cental High School in 1986.  A veteran of the United States Navy,  Dr. Harris was honorably discharged from his military service in 1996 and two years later, in 1998, completed his requirements for a B.A. degree from Norfolk State University; majoring in English and graduating cum laude.  Upon returning to Detroit in 1998, Dr. Harris started his 2nd career as a classroom teacher.  Shortly, thereafter, Dr. Harris completed requirements for a M.A. degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2001, majoring in Education Administration; graduating magna cum laude.  In 2018, Dr. Harris completed requirements for his Doctor of Education degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois; graduating with the honor of "Dissertation of Distinction."  His dissertation efforts focused on barriers that prevented success in Algebra among urban Black males between 14-16 years of age.

For the past six years, Dr. Harris has worked exclusively with 9th-12th grade students and staff to create multiple pathways towards college readiness.  Dr. Harris was essential to the develpment of instructional practices that resulted in a 66% increase in the number of African American students passing the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examination as recently as the 2017-2018 school year-The highest percentage increase for this population of students in the State of Michigan.

As Principal of Henderson Academy, I will support each student in their efforts toward academic success and each teacher in their efforts to deliver high quality and rigorous instruction each day.  Together, we are on a quest...