Admin Team


Melanie Nowak

DHS Principal Melanie Nowak, a graduate of Siena Heights University and Concordia University, taught Algebra 2, PreCalculus, and English IV at Ida High School for ten years. Melanie also coached softball and basketball. After leaving the classroom, Ms. Nowak went on to become an elementary principal, middle school principal, and, most recently, a curriculum coordinator at Farmington Public Schools. In addition to her school administrative positions, Ms. Nowak served several districts as a Competency-Based Education consultant. Innovative teaching and learning practices as well as curriculum design are a passion of Ms. Nowak. Outside of her professional career, Melanie loves to play with her two young children.
Phone extension: 7001

Assistant Principals

Ken_KoenigAssistant Principal Ken Koenig has worked at Dexter High School since 2001. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University, Ken taught Social Studies and Physical Education at East Detroit High School as well as being a varsity assistant football coach, JV baseball coach, and an assistant track coach (1995 – 2001). Ken became a Social Studies teacher and assistant varsity football coach at Dexter High School in 2001, moving into the assistant principal position in 2008. Ken is happily married to his wife, Kara, and has two adult sons, Kyle, and Caden. In his free time, Ken enjoys working out, playing softball, fishing, golfing, cooking and spending time with his family.
Phone extension: 7003

Karen_WallsAssistant Principal Karen Walls has worked at Dexter High School since 2006. She spent her first eight years at DHS working as a Teacher Consultant in the Special Education Department. Karen holds her bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University. Karen and her family moved to Michigan from Kentucky where she taught in both elementary and alternative high school settings. Karen and her husband have one college-aged son. The three of them love to travel and are always up for an adventure, especially if it involves the ocean.  In her spare time, Karen enjoys baking, walking the family dog, Hayden, and watching college football; especially when her beloved Seminoles are playing!
Phone extension: 7002


Frances Bastion has worked for Dexter Community Schools since 1992. She started as a substitute secretary, then worked with Food & Nutrition as the Student Account Manager, and transitioned to a secretarial position in 2007. Fran has been the Principal’s secretary at the high school since 2009. Both her children are Dexter High School Alumni. During her time off, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking walks, golfing, and skiing.
Phone extension: 7013