About the Dean of Climate and Culture



Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Mike West

Contact Info: 

Mike West




Parent Office Hours:

11:30 am – 1:30 pm Weekdays 


Mr. West began his educational career by entering the field of Adult Education as an Administrator within Detroit Public Schools.  For over a decade, he successfully brought the education of our City’s adults into the 21st century, by opening new adult learning sites across the City, while incorporating distance learning and evening classes.  He oversaw the design and implementation of multiple computer labs for use by adult students across the District, along with an adult-focused online curriculum,  further decreasing the amount of time required to graduate and become successful citizens.  Mr. West is also a Certified GED Test Examiner.  He oversaw the design and implementation of two in-house GED Testing Sites, for our own DPSCD students to use as well as the public.  Since January 2020, he has been Elementary Dean of Culture at Edward “Duke” Ellington Conservatory of Music & Art @ Beckham Academy, fulfilling the District’s vision of the Whole Child concept, ensuring student success.