Mill Creek Principal Bronson taking leave of absence

The following letter from Mill Creek Principal Jami Bronson was forwarded to Dexter residents earlier today.

Good Afternoon Mill Creek Parents.

Seven years ago, at the age of 41, I suffered a heart attack while working at Mill Creek. (Dang, the secret is out of the bag now, yes if you do the math I am 48 years old!) Of course the event was shocking and out of the blue and I am extremely thankful for the quick action of the office staff and school nurse.

My cardiologist informed me that my heart catheter showed arteries of a “ten year old” and the team surmised the cause of my heart attack was that my arteries have an issue of spasms. These spasms can restrict oxygen/blood flow to the heart, which in return can cause a heart attack.

Over the past few months the spasms have increased and I am under the care of wonderful University of Michigan physicians. I have been advised by my physicians to take a medical leave until March 21 as we document symptoms. During that time Assistant Principal Brett Pedersen will perform the duties of principal. From his past performance as a leader in the building I am confident that Mill Creek will not skip a beat…pun intended! I absolutely love my job and the thought of completely disconnecting from Mill Creek is, in some ways, more intimidating than the threat of a heart attack.

My leave will begin Monday, February 8, 2016 and the hope will be that I return March 21, 2016.

Jami Bronson

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