Title: Retired School System Supervisor
Location: Macomb, Michigan, United States
Mike Syropoulos, EdD, Retired School System Supervisor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.
Born in Greece, Dr. Syropoulos arrived in the United States in 1951 after his native village had been captured. Traveling over the Atlantic Ocean on his journey to the United States on his 17th birthday, he did not speak a word of English upon his arrival and had to enroll in first grade courses at 18 years old due to his lack of English language skills. Despite the odds, he managed to learn the language well enough to earn a scholarship to Wayne State University. After discovering that enrollment in the military would fund his college education, Dr. Syropoulos enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served from 1956 to 1958. Subsequently, he attained a Bachelor of Science in 1960, a Master of Education in 1965 and a Doctor of Education in 1971.
With the desire to pay it forward to the people who had helped him after he arrived in the United States, Dr. Syropoulos joined the faculty at Detroit Public Schools in 1960 as a teacher. Serving in a variety of administrative roles after leaving his teaching position in 1966, he had been a department head from 1966 to 1967, acting supervisor from 1967 to 1969, research assistant from 1969 to 1974, program associate from 1976 to 1997 and assistant director from 1974 to 1976. He attributes his vast success with the school district to seeing the progress and accomplishments of numerous students.
Dr. Syropoulos currently excels as the president of Syropoulos Educational Consultants, Inc., a position he has held since 1997. He worked with the Michigan Department of Education as a school improvement plans consultant from 2008 to 2017 and as a principal coach from 2006 to 2010. During his decades-long career, Dr. Syropoulos found success as an academic achievement consultant at the Wayne RESA from 2004 to 2008 and as a charter school consultant at Central Michigan University from 1997 to 2004. Presently he maintains professional affiliation with the National Education Foundation, Michigan Education Research Association, Michigan Association Supervision Curriculum, American Hellenic Education Progressive Association and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Upon reflection, Dr. Syropoulos recalls the highlights of his career was receiving the Hellenic Heritage Award from the Greek Community of Michigan and a Lifetime Award for state and federal projects in 2015. He has accepted six national and international awards for his work at Detroit Public Schools in the Research, Evaluation and Testing Department of the American Research Association. Outside of his primary work, he is active with the St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Syropoulos can also be found in editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.
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