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A full iPod, Golf and Basketball are Among His Favorite Things (Besides Kids)

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.

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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 or email Erin.


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