Sequoyah Families,

It is with great excitement and pride that I introduce myself as the new principal of Sequoyah Elementary School.  This will be my 17th year as an educator, and it is an honor to have been chosen to lead in a district that has such a strong commitment to student learning!  I am looking forward to getting to know all of the members of the Thunderbird community and working together to build on the excellent work that has already been done here!

I earned my Bachelor’s from Western Michigan University and my Master’s from Saginaw Valley State University.  I also earned a certification in special education from SVSU.  My most recent position was Principal at Roseville Middle School.  My husband is also an educator, and we have two children - Dominic (12) and Katelyn (9). 

I believe that strong relationships are critical to student success.  I am committed to working closely with students, staff, parents, and community stakeholders to ensure that we are doing our absolute best to meet the needs of the students we serve.  I know that when we establish strong relationships with our students, they will be successful and safe.

Maintaining solid academic programs for students and developing research-based instructional practices for teachers will be at the top of my priority list.  It is undeniable that the world around us is rapidly evolving.  Accordingly, I promise to stay at the forefront of current research in educational practice and work tirelessly to ensure our students will be equipped and fully prepared to transition into whatever path best suits them after high school.  

The social and emotional needs of our students is also a top priority.  We work hard to teach our students to be positive members of our school and greater community by being SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, and RESPECTFUL.  We acknowledge students who are demonstrating these characteristics with tickets to our Thunderbird Store and with Thunderbird Three Hero nominations.  

We are thrilled to bring back some more “normal” activities along with some new events this school year.  We hope you will consider getting involved in our PTO.  Meeting dates and PTO sponsored events can be found under the PTO section of our website. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you ever have a question of concern.  We are on the same team, and it is important that we keep the lines of communication open. Together, we will do great things for all kids!


Monica Gabriel, Principal

Sequoyah Elementary School

Monica Gabriel

Sequoyah Elementary
Phone: 586-723-7000