Principal's Page


Welcome to Carlson Elementary School!

My name is Melissa Pluszczynski and I am so grateful to be the principal of Carlson Elementary School. This is my 24th year in VDPS and I look forward to working closely with students, families and staff this year! I have worked with students from Pre-K to 12 and have been in all elementary buildings! I am an Oakland University Graduate with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Master's Degree in Special Education, and my Education Specialist in Leadership. I taught special education, was an academic coach, an elementary principal, and the director of the Kennedy Early Childhood Center. Van Dyke is my family!

I have been married to my husband Brad for 22 years. My son Brendan is 16 and will be a junior at Lakeview High School. We have 2 French Bulldog puppies we love, Chandler and Beau!

The 2024-2025 school year is going to be wonderful! I look forward to another fantastic year!

A Carlson Knight Does What's Right!  

Carlson Elementary will be committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment where every student can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. 


  • 1.  Communicate and collaborate to guarantee each student is receiving the help they need.

  • 2.  Be positive in our belief that every child can be successful.

  • 3.  Value students as individuals and work together as a team for the achievement of all.

  • 4.  Hold high expectations for each student.

  • 5.  Be active in the Carlson community, and work toward common goals to help ensure student success.