Meet Denise Forrest
— a proven leader
Denise Forrest was born in Detroit and raised in Oak Park. As a former school teacher at Huron Valley Schools, a mom to three daughters, and a Milford resident for almost 40 years, Denise understands the value of an educated workforce. Her passion for great public schools motivated her to run for public office in 2018, and continues to fuel her desire for a government accountable to the people, not special interests.
Denise is a proud member of the Michigan Education Association and National Education Association, and a past president of the Huron Valley Education Association (HVEA) from 2014-2018. Denise understands the importance of leadership that represents the people and not personal agendas. She worked hard to improve the working conditions and compensation of the 540 teachers, social workers, speech pathologists, and psychologists of Huron Valley Schools, during a time of incredible political scrutiny.
Denise was instrumental in the successful passage of the 2020 Huron Valley School Bond/Building Site and Sinking Fund, partnering with community leaders from across the political spectrum to bring about an over 70% approval of funding to improve education in schools.
As an elected member of the Huron Valley School, Denise serves as Board Secretary, Committee Chair of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and a Committee Member of the Finance Committee.
Denise attended Wayne State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art, Studio Art, Painting and Printmaking, before attending the University of Michigan – Flint to earn a Michigan Provisional Certificate in K-12 Art Education. Denise also earned a Master’s of Education – Educational Leadership from Wayne State University.
In her free time, Denise enjoys gardening, painting, making jewelry, and multimedia collage work, using fabric and papers dyed with natural flower and plant materials.