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Greetings to my Pepper family,

As the principal of the Dr. James N. Pepper Elementary School, it is my job to serve your children by providing them with the principles by which they may live and learn. It is my desire to connect with your child personally and demonstrate to them that they come first. Here at our school, our goal is to provide parent satisfaction by being a school where you will know us. Our doors are always open for any parent to visit. The staff at Pepper school would like you to like us. Please come by at any time if you have a question or concern. Next we want you to trust us … After all; we spend 180 days with your child.

Here, at Pepper school our belief is simple: set high standards, make expectations clear, provide meaningful data driven instruction and watch our students develop academically and socially as well. Each child is provided with the skills to succeed in the classroom and in life. An important and essential component of student achievement is the partnership between school and family. Therefore we encourage our parents to be partners in classroom instruction through attending our Title I sponsored workshops on reading, writing, math, and behavior. Together we can inspire our children to develop a love of learning, to have empathy for others, critical thinking, problem solving and other 21st century skills.

As the principal my goal is to provide a respectful, cooperative, nurturing environment committed to achieving excellence.  All students are treated as individuals and challenged to reach their maximum potential. I believe that teaching must be student centered and best implemented based on the child’s learning style.

Pepper staff members are dedicated, compassionate and determined to inspire each of our students to reach their full potential through use of technology researched based current best practices.

If you have a child, know a neighbor or relative that has a child that interested in a school of excellence, please contact me at 248-336 -7680 or send an email to ehaley@oakparkschools.org to learn more about our school.







Passionate, energetic and competent has been used to describe Emanuel Haley, the principal of the Dr. James N. Pepper Elementary School. He is a recipient of a B.A. degree from Michigan State University, M.A. in Reading from Western Michigan University and currently re-admitted into its doctorial program in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology. Mr. Haley began his teaching career in 1999 serving as a substitute teacher here in Oak Park. In the fall of that year he was hired as a fourth grade teacher at Einstein Elementary School. Additionally he taught has fifth grade has worked the district as the Title I teacher at Pepper school as well.  Currently Emanuel is serving as an ordained Deacon at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit. Among his many affiliations and memberships in various organizations he is particularly proud to be a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He is married to the love of his life Mrs. Barbara Haley, father of three girls and a proud resident of Oak Park. Emanuel has brought a breath of fresh air, a commitment to excellence and high expectations to Pepper School.

            “As the principal of this great school and a resident of Oak Park and I am truly humbled to be the recipient of so much support and encouragement from parents, students, staff and the community. I consider it a honor and a privilege to serve this community and continue make a difference in the life of our children.”