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Dog Groomer, Band Fan, Roving Boater

Meet Your Principal: Carol Franz

School: Cedar View Elementary

Other positions you have held in education: Previously I was a teacher, a school principal, a program coordinator, and a discipline coordinator.

How about jobs outside education? I was a dog groomer and pharmacy tech prior to my career in education.

Family: a husband, two daughters and three grandchildren.

Carol Franz in fourth grade

Hobbies/Interests/Little-known talent: Boating the lakes of upper Michigan, doing home improvements and running with friends.

What kind of kid were you at the age of students at this new school? I always loved school and was always very involved in the arts, band, choir, choral, musicals.

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is … that sometimes the best thing to do is laugh.

If I could go back to school I would go to … fifth grade because I got to go the “big school” and do band.

If you walked into your new school building to theme music every day, what would the song be? “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree.

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Janice Holst
Janice Holst
Janice Holst was a reporter for SNN covering Kent City and Sparta. She has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and enjoys spending some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts.


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