Name: Andrew Steketee
School: Godfrey Elementary School
What will be your first priorities as principal be?
Before I was hired, the staff had made tremendous strides in the last couple years. They have incredible momentum going, and my No. 1 goal is to keep that momentum moving forward.
What are you most looking forward to as principal here?
I am excited to be in an elementary setting. As I was finishing college, being in the elementary level is where I saw myself. Having chatted with a couple students in the summer program here, it was very refreshing to see the smiles on their faces and the genuine excitement they were showing. I look forward to seeing that every day.
What and where was your previous job?
I was the sixth-grade social studies teacher at Lee Middle School for seven years.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love sports. I love watching football and baseball. I played basketball in college, so I still like to try to get out and play as much as I can. I also love to golf.
What inspires you?
My family inspires me the most.
What makes you laugh?
My kids make me laugh the most, but my friends also. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a silly text message that makes me laugh.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
People might be surprised to know that I enjoy any type of music. My old iPod is filled with over 3,000 songs, with everything from classical, rock, country, hip-hop, R&B and reggae.
What college degrees did you earn?
I have a bachelor’s degree in social studies and a minor in physical education with a elementary teaching certificate from Aquinas and a master’s in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University.
Spouse and children?
I have been married to Courtney Steketee for eight years. Courtney is also in education. She is an eighth-grade math teacher at Knapp Charter Academy. We have a 4-year-old daughter, Alaina, who is starting preschool this year. We also have twin boys, Calvin and Micah, who turned 2 in July.