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Blues Guitarist, Author, School Leader


School: Kenowa Hills High School

What and where was your previous job? Principal, Belding High School

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Lake Superior State University; Master of Arts in secondary education, administrative certification, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Other positions you have held in education (title, school, district, state): Athletic director, Belding High School

How about jobs outside education? Head men’s basketball coach, Emory University; head men’s basketball coach, Colorado College

Brett Zuver, who coached college basketball, keeps his hoops skills sharp

Besides getting to know the staff and families, what are you most looking forward to as principal here? Kenowa Hills is an incredibly progressive district educationally. I am looking forward to being a part of the school community that is doing some amazing things.

What kind of kid were you at the age of students at this new school?  Very interested in basketball and music (still am) …

Spouse/children: Wife, Janice; son, Brendan, senior at Albion College; daughter, Cassidy, senior at Belding High School

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, playing blues guitar, working out, working on my hoops game

What inspires you, both in your educational role and in your own life? Having the opportunity to hopefully have an impact on people who need direction, whether it is students or adults. I love people and having the opportunity to interact with them.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? I have a tendency to run into celebrities, including meeting B.B. King backstage. I am also a published author, with two articles on blues musicians in the Journal of American Folklore.

Tell us about a non-professional book you recommend and why: “Off Magazine Street” chronicles the story of a brilliant man’s fall from grace, but also shows that he still has a love for fellow humans. It is set in a seedy part of New Orleans and you can almost smell the salty air and crayfish, and hear the music in the streets.

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey
Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio

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