Meet the Principal


Seth Petty, Principal  sethpetty

Seth Petty Sr.currently serves as Principal of Ypsilanti Community Middle School in Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

As Principal of YCMS, Mr. Petty significantly reduced suspensions and increased daily attendance when he was principal at Holmes Elementary. In the past, academically, he initiated a pacing plan & calendar for Holmes Elementary. This was a first for Holmes Elementary. In addition, he coordinated a partnership with Ypsilanti Community High School STEM Academy to bring STEM-related activities, as well as robotics & manufacturing components into the elementary school.  

His previous experience includes serving as Principal of Henry Ford Academy Elementary School in Detroit as well as Ann Arbor Public Schools. During his tenure at Henry Ford, Mr. Petty developed extremely strong relationships with parents, students, staff and community partners alike. He worked with several local organizations to provide resources & services to parents and students in need. Academically, he increased the daily attendance rate to 90% and reduced overall suspensions by 44%. He initiated programs that resulted in students exceeding growth targets in 4 out of 5-grade levels as measured by the NWEA. In addition, he developed a school-wide data tracking system to monitor student writing and fact fluency proficiency.

In Ann Arbor, Mr. Petty proudly served as an educator for more than 10 years. He was a Lead Teacher at Martin Luther King Elementary School (2014 National Blue Ribbon Award winner), a Title One Interventionist Support Specialist, and after-school Program Coordinator. In addition, he served as a member of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Strategic Planning Team and the Curriculum Advisory Team for both English and Social Studies. While in Ann Arbor, Mr. Petty partnered with the University of Michigan’s School of Engineering, General Motors AWIM Program, and Square One Robotics to bring STEM Education into the Elementary Classroom.

Mr. Petty has served for the last seven years on data assessment committees at the state and national levels including M-STEP, MEAP, Smarter Balance Consortium, MI-ACCESS, Dynamic Learning Maps and the University of Kansas. He is experienced in and enthusiastic about curriculum and increasing student achievement.  He has extensive training in Balanced Literacy, Everyday Math, Responsive Classrooms and Restorative Practices.  In addition, he was selected to work directly with Dr. Deborah Ball, Dean of Education at the University of Michigan, in support of the Math Laboratory Summer Program.

Mr. Petty began his career in the automotive industry when at age 18, he went to work at Ford Motor Company’s Wayne Assembly Plant. Through determination and resiliency, he was able to work and attend college. Education opened the door to additional opportunities with Ford Motor Company; at his core, educating our youth remains his passion. With Ford’s support, he earned a B.A. from Marygrove College and a Masters in Education through the Griot Program at Marygrove College. He has also studied at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Michigan. In 2003. Mr. Petty left the company to pursue his dream job in K-12 education.  He is married and the father of two wonderful children. More than a decade later he is honored to lead Ypsilanti Community Middle School in Ypsilanti Community Schools.