Ralph C. Bland began his career in education as a 1st grade teacher at an all-boys academy in Detroit Public Schools. Since then he has served as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent. Under his leadership, Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) was the first charter school in Michigan to be named a Michigan Blue Ribbon School and is consistently the city's highest performing PK-8 school, also outpacing state-level academic performance. In 2010 Mr. Bland founded New Paradigm For Education (NPFE) to expand the DEPSA instructional model across the region, ensuring access to a rigorous world-class education for thousands of Michigan scholars.
Paris Hodge, C.P.A. serves as the organization’s CFO. She leads the finance and accounting functions for NPFE, as well as the NPFE schools. She directs and manages budget development, financial planning, cash receipts and disbursements, financial reporting and banking relationships. Paris is an accomplished financial executive who has over 15 years of solid school accounting experience.
Chief Academic Officer, Kimberly Motley-Bland, possesses over 20 years of school leadership and curriculum experience. As the founding principal of Detroit Edison Public School Academy, Kim created a sound academic plan to outperform the surrounding district and state averages on a number of indicators. She is responsible for developing the network’s curriculum, completing data analysis, providing professional development, and aligning supplemental instruction with state standards and the Common Core.