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Principal Wants Front-Row Seat to Her Students’ Learning


Name: Erin Kornoely

School: Byron Center Public Schools Marshall Elementary

What will be your first priorities as principal be?
I am excited to start building relationships with the staff at Marshall Elementary. I also can’t wait to meet and get to know all the students and parents at Marshall. Byron Center is an amazing place to work and I want to continue to build on the great reputation the district already has.

What are you most looking forward to as principal here?
Number 1: to get to know all the kids at Marshall and be able to have a front-row seat to all the learning and growing they are doing throughout the year. Number 2: to meet all the families of Marshall. I have consistently heard how supportive the parents of Marshall Elementary are and I am excited to be able to be a part of that supportive network.

What and where was your previous job?
I was a classroom teacher for Caledonia Community Schools for 11 years.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy reading, playing games with my children, camping and relaxing outside.

What makes you laugh?
A lot of things make me laugh! Relationships. I love kidding around with people. We have a great staff at Byron Center and we kid each other a lot. I like to think I have a very good sense of humor and laugh often here. Good friends.

Tell me about a non-professional book you recommend and why.
To Kill a Mockingbird. This will forever be my favorite book to read. Atticus Finch is a man of high character who has strong beliefs, but yet doesn’t alienate people. Also, Scout is a reminder to always focus on right and wrong, but also to not take life too seriously and provide some comedy relief every now and then.

What inspires you?
On a professional level, watching kids work really hard to learn a new skill and then being able to see them be successful with that skill. Seeing their joy when all their hard work pays off. On a personal level, I love to read books that inspire me to try to things and take risks. Also, my husband has always been 100 percent supportive when I want to try something new and knowing I always have his support inspires me to continue to always move forward in life.

What college degrees did you earn?
Bachelor of Education from Michigan State University, masters in reading/language arts from Grand Valley State University, and also took masters-level classes to earn my school administrator certificate at GVSU.

What other positions you have held in education?

  • Kindergarten teacher, Emmons Lake Elementary, Caledonia
  • Reading teacher, Emmons Lake Elementary, Caledonia
  • Fifth-grade teacher, Emmons Lake Elementary, Caledonia
  • Fifth-grade teacher, Southwood Elementary, Kentwood
  • Fifth-Grade teacher, East Elementary, Coopersville

Spouse and children?
Husband, Jason, a teacher for Forest Hills Public Schools; and daughters Eleanor 8; Sylvia 6; and Claire, 10 months old.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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