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DPSCD ESE Educators: Working for Exceptional Needs Students is Personal

Detroit Public Schools Community District is expanding its workforce specifically in its Exceptional Needs Students (ESE) Department, most known as special education. We are looking for dedicated individuals who are committed to supporting students while working in concert with the District’s core values. 

ESE Social Worker Supervisor, Franchott Cooper, said his mom -- a graduate of DPS Central High School and mother of an ESE student, Cooper’s brother -- shared her struggles and experiences.  He added, “It’s personal for me and motivates me to do the best I can to assist every parent and student, to the greatest extent possible in DPSCD, my mom always makes sure I remember her story and as we meet the needs of our students.” 

You too can be part of our ESE team.  

  • Register for the ESE Virtual Hiring Fair by Thursday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m.  
  • The ESE Virtual Hiring Fair will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with sessions from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 4 p.m.-7 p.m.  

“I joined the DPSCD family in January 2021 as an Emotional Impairment Teacher at Henderson Academy. I went to school at Northern Michigan University which is where I learned that I loved working with students with emotional impairments. Being able to help students work through their traumas, learn with their peers, and communicate appropriately is so fulfilling,” said Anthony Rospierski, Emotional Impairment Teacher at Henderson Academy. 

DPSCD is seeking candidates for multiple ESE educator positions. Please visit for specifics on the openings. Meanwhile, two DPSCD ESE educators, from different ends of the career span, share their passion for working with ESE students and the District.