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Posted on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 5:56 a.m.

Estabrook Elementary principal announces retirement

By Danny Shaw

Ypsilanti's Estabrook Elementary School’s principal Joseph Guillen unexpectedly announced Wednesday he will be retiring effective Friday.

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Joseph Guillen, center, appears at a 2010 meeting for the Ypsilanti school district.

Emma Jackson, Ypsilanti Public Schools public relations director, said Guillen’s retirement was prompted for “personal reasons” and he notified his staff late last week. Guillen joined Estabrook as its principal in January 2010.

“It was met by everyone with mixed emotion,” Jackson said. “He is a beloved administrator and will be missed.”

Jackson said Karla Graessley, a second-grade teacher at Erickson Elementary, has been named interim principal. The district will begin looking to fill the position after it’s posted in the spring.

Guillen started in the district 18 years ago. He was previously the principal at Perry Child Development Center and Chapelle Elementary, according to a news release.

“I’m looking forward to more time with family and friends, yet I will miss the colleagues and students who have become my family,” Guillen said in a statement. “I leave knowing that great things are going to continue to take place every day in the classroom.”

There is a community farewell planned for Sunday, Feb. 12 at Estabrook Elementary beginning at 2 p.m.

Contact reporter Danny Shaw at 734-623-2544 or



Fri, Jan 20, 2012 : 4:32 p.m.

We had the pleasure of knowing Joe as a teacher in the Ann Arbor Schools as well as Principal both at Perry and Chapelle. He is one of the best. Yspilanti school district is losing a wonderful educator.


Fri, Jan 20, 2012 : 1:19 a.m.

Best wishes to Mr. Guillen. All those that know him know that he always put the best interest of the students first. He will be missed by many!


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 3:04 p.m.

Best wishes to Joe! He is a wonderful person & I'm sure his district will miss him.