Phillip Pittman, 38

Keith Elementary
Walled Lake School District

Philip PittmanPhillip Pittman is the principal of Keith Elementary School in the Walled Lake School District. Since he became principal in 2011, Keith Elementary has received recognition and numerous awards including ranking in the 92nd-98th Percentile in Michigan's Top-to-Bottom Rankings. It was designated a �High-Performing Reward School,� earned the Michigan Green School: Evergreen Award (Highest Distinction) three times and it was named the Best and Brightest in Wellness Elite Award Winner (Top School in State) for the past two years. The school was recognized for having the top-selling Scholastic Book Fair in Michigan and for raising the most money ever collected in the Walled Lake School District, for the 20th Jump Rope for Heart event supporting the American Heart Association.

In 2014, Pittman was nominated for the MEMSPA Region 7 Principal Honor award. In 2012 he received the Scholar of Excellence for Department of Leadership and Counseling at Eastern Michigan University. He was named Rookie of the Year at North Farmington High School as assistant principal in 2010 and Teacher of the Year in 2009. For several years Pittman volunteered as soccer coach with Team Farmington Special Olympics, where he received the volunteer award in 2011. He worked with disabled children and adults, including his son. Pittman received his undergrad, graduate and doctoral degrees from Eastern Michigan University.

The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2016.