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Administrative Team


Ryan Bruder is entering his fourth year as principal of Beacon Elementary.  He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan and a master of arts in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.  Ryan is a graduate of the Dexter Community Schools.  Ryan says, “It’s great to be back home. The opportunity to serve as leader of Beacon is truly a dream come true.”  

Before coming back to Dexter, Ryan worked for seven years in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.  He taught the fourth grade for five years at John Allen Elementary and spent two years serving as Lead Teacher and Project-Based Learning Coordinator at A2STEAM @ Northside.  

Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Leah, and his children, Clara and Beck.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, golfing and being outdoors.  

Phone extension: 3001


Heidi Lakey has been with DCS since 2008. Heidi is married and has three children, two daughters who graduated from Dexter High School in 2013 and 2014, and a son who is in the class of 2019. Heidi enjoys spending time with her family and loves to play golf.
Phone extension: 3012

Sue Gowen has been employed with Dexter schools since 2001. She has two children who went through the Dexter Schools. When she is not at school, she enjoys any activity that takes her outdoors.  Her favorite way to relax is spending time with her family and dogs.
Phone extension: 3011

 Bates Elementary School Entrance 

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Bates is a community of people who recognize and appreciate what quality education is all about.” - Bates/Beacon Parent  Michael L.

Contact Us

  • Beacon Elementary School
    7480 Dan Hoey Road
    Dexter, MI 48130
  • School Hours
    M-F 8:14am - 3:06pm
    Half Days
    8:14am - 11:40am
    Office Hours
    M-F 7:30am - 4:00pm
  • (734) 424-4130
    (734) 424-4139 fax
  • Principal Ryan Bruder

  • Dexter Community Schools  734-424-4100
  • Bates School, 2704 Baker Rd.
    Dexter, MI 48130 
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