Eric Freeland

Omar Hakim

Executive Director, Kids and Education

Kids and Learning

Senior Staff

Dr. Omar Hakim is a certified Michigan teacher and administrator who has diverse experiences serving a variety of school communities in the state of Michigan, including public, private, and magnet schools. Since 2006, Dr. Hakim has served schools in multiple capacities and roles—as a paraeducator, teacher, curriculum & instructional leader, and building administrator in Troy and Birmingham Public Schools, as well as Detroit Country Day Schools (DCDS).

Dr. Hakim holds a B.A. and M.A. from Oakland University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University where he was a recipient of the Keith Goldhammer Endowed Scholarship in Educational Administration. His dissertation project, “Student Voice: The Acoustics in Michigan Schools,” explores the value and impact of student voice initiatives as they relate to school engagement, motivation, and educational outcomes.

Dr. Hakim is committed to diversity, engagement, and civil discourse, and he has been awarded numerous international fellowships in education from organizations like Fulbright in Morocco and Tanzania and the National Endowment for the Humanities in England. He participated in Harvard University’s Globalizing the Classroom Fellowship in partnership with Harvard University’s Project Zero, creating high-quality, culturally responsive educational resources for teachers.

As an administrator, Dr. Hakim was instrumental in supporting Seaholm High School (2020) and Birmingham Covington School (2023) in their journeys to attain designations as National Schools of Character through Character.Org. He served as principal of Birmingham Covington School (BCS) during the COVID-19 pandemic and spearheaded responsive instructional platforms that prioritized students’ academic learning needs and personal well-being while navigating the challenges of the pandemic. He also contributed to various district committees in Birmingham Public Schools, including the district’s Diversity Council and K-12 College & Career Readiness Committee.