A 2017 graduate of Grand Valley State University and a lifelong teacher’s kid, Hannah Lentz has worked as a journalist in and outside the Grand Rapids area for more than five years. After serving as editor-in-chief at the GVSU student newspaper, Hannah interned at the Leelanau Enterprise where she learned a lot about community journalism. In addition to her work for School News Network, Hannah has worked as a freelance blogger in the furniture industry, focusing on design trends, and as a social media manager for World Medical Relief in Detroit.
With two teacher parents, most of my childhood memories have something to do with public education. From eating dinner in the teacher’s lounge a couple days a week to arriving in the school parking lot before sunrise, I’ve always had an investment in education.
Walking into classrooms in Kent County five years after moving away from home, I am reminded of the passion, drive and hard work that echoes from the halls of a school. The creativity and innovation that teachers pass on to their students never ceases to amaze me. New town, same story (a story I’m excited to tell).
Though I’m new to the education reporting game, the journalistic aspect of this job is something I’m all too familiar with. As editor of my college newspaper, I had the chance to interview students who had traveled the world for their passion, professors who would do anything for their students to succeed and groundbreaking events that moved and amazed me. With my background and passion for community journalism, I look forward to becoming part of the West Michigan school community.
When I’m not taking in all that Kent County schools have to offer, I enjoy traveling anywhere my feet, the roads or the skies will take me and finding new, healthy recipes and fun Grand Rapids restaurants to try out. As a bit of a bookworm, I am also always looking for a good plot to sink into.
One of my favorite parts about working for a public institution is getting to hear from those who I come in contact with along the way. I look forward to learning more about the staff, faculty, students and communities I am covering. You never know where an untold story is hiding!