Ryan Young

President

Which teacher made an impact on you, and why?

My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Barretta, transitioned me from a student who was bored with school to one who loved learning. I am forever grateful to her for helping me see the power of learning and knowledge.

What inspires you to be a board member for Southwest Detroit Community School?

Southwest Detroit is my home. It’s the place where my children are growing up and receiving their education. We are fortunate to be participating in and contributing to the ongoing development of this community as a family.

What is your vision for the school?

I am committed to the vision of Southwest Detroit Community School as a community school that is developing excellent citizens through an art-infused curriculum. My vision is for this school is to offer an educational experience that competes with the best schools in the Metro Detroit area.

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George Bradford

Treasurer, CAO

Which teacher made an impact on you, and why?

“Live your dreams, or spend the rest of your life dreaming.” I would often hear this quote from my 6th grade teacher, Ms. Carley. These words inspired me to believe that anything was possible. In addition, she really believed in my ability to achieve greatness in whatever I decided to become in life.

Why are you a board member for Southwest Detroit Community School?

I have a great passion for educating today’s youth, especially in the inner city of Detroit. I want to have an enormous impact on the quality of education they receive and help sharpen their minds for the future.

What is your vision for the school?

I envision the school achieving greatness through an excellent curriculum and a strong administration focusing on leadership and the success of the students. I want to see all students achieving and maximizing their potential in a motivating and stimulating learning environment.

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Cindy Gamboa

Vice President

Which teacher impacted you and why?

I grew up in Los Angeles, California and moved to Detroit when I was in high school. It was a tough transition, but now I am a Detroiter at heart! My ninth grade teacher Mrs. Moore was my biggest “cheerleader” and made the biggest impact on my life. She gave me lots of advice during my high school years and inspired me to go to college even when I doubted I could.

What inspired you to become a board member?

Children are our future! I currently have two boys that attend Southwest Detroit Community School, and I want to show them how I care about my community and all the kids in this school. These kids will become future leaders, and I want to do my best to make sure they all have a great education and grow as individuals.

What is your vision for SWDCS?

My vision for this school is for all students to receive a quality education while developing lasting academic, social, and leadership skills that will prepare them for the future.

Sophia Chue

Sophia Chue

Secretary

Born and raised in Jamaica, Chue migrated to the U.S. in May 1982 where she began her nursing studies at Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. She is a Veteran of the United States Army where she served as a Non-Commissioned Officer for eight years.  She moved to Metro Detroit more than 21 years ago and is currently employed by Process Control & Instrumentation (PCI).  She also operates an Independent Insurance Agency as well as a Professional Consulting firm providing event planning and other services.  She serves as President, Carnival Manager, Program and Project Manager for Caribbean Cultural & Carnival Organization (CCCO) of Metro Detroit, is on the board for Global Detroit, is a member of The City of Detroit Immigration Taskforce, and serves as a Commissioner for the City of Detroit Entertainment Commission (DEC).

What inspires you to be a board member for Southwest Detroit Community School? My passion is providing students the tools and opportunity to be successful in life. This entails all aspects of education (i.e., cultural and artistic involvement and interactions).

What is your vision for the school?
To afford the students a well-rounded educational experience, while using the networks we have access to and impacting the life of the students and the community we serve.

Sandra Zull

Board Member

Who am I?

I have held positions as a college administrator, chaplain at major teaching hospital, freelance writer, and have been a teacher who is certified and experienced in three states including Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. I love to travel in the United States and abroad and have been to many interesting places. Of course, I love to read and write My biggest success was the years I spent in the classrooms of Detroit schools!

Why am I a Board Member?

I am passionate about educational excellence for Detroit’s children.

Which teacher impacted you and why?

One teacher from high school and one teacher from grad school stand out for the same reason: they demanded excellence, assumed we would succeed, and motivated us to do so.

What is your vision for the school?

To socially, emotionally, and intellectually challenge students igniting curiosity and a love for learning in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.