Yep, She Was That Kid in Middle School

Meet Your Assistant Principal & Athletic Director: Abby Kanitz

School: West Middle

Other positions you have held in education: I was high school science teacher and competitive cheer and girls track and field coach at Thornapple Kellogg High School for 10 years.

How about jobs outside education? I worked in a factory the summer out of high school, worked at a restaurant throughout my stay at MSU, and worked in medical records at Spectrum Health for five years during summers.

Spouse/children: Brent is my husband and we have four children: Miles, 5; Elle, 4; Graham, 3; and Caden, 1.

Hobbies/Interests/Little-known talent: I love being with my family. I have three siblings and six nieces and nephews. My parents live on a lake and we all spend a lot of time together. I enjoy running and I love all things sports.

What kind of kid were you at the age of students at this new school? When I was in middle school I was a driven student. I wanted A’s! And I can specifically remember being in class, waiting for tests to be passed back, and being anxious about my grade. I wanted to please my teachers and coaches and make my parents proud. Yes, I was that kid! I loved sports — played them year-round — and loved being with my friends. I played basketball, volleyball, cheered and ran track in middle school.

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is… Every student has a story and deserves to learn, no matter what that story may be.

If I could go back to school I would go to… Junior year of high school. I loved high school! I was playing three sports, earning great grades, had great friends, lived at home with my parents (this makes life easy – ha!), and had my whole future ahead of me!

If you walked into your new school building to theme music every day, what would the song be? Tough question. … I love music! But I think “Eye of the Tiger” would have to be it. Who doesn’t get pumped up when they hear that song?!?!

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Abby Kanitz and her husband Brent Kantiz have four children: Miles, Elle, Caden and Graham
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese 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 and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2012. Read Erin's full bio

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