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EGR selects new superintendent


The district’s Board of Education voted unanimously on June 21 to offer the superintendent’s position to Heidi Kattula. She would replace Sara Magaña Shubel, who will retire at the end of July after 12 years in that position. It is hoped that Kattula will take the helm on Aug. 1.

“Dr. Kattula stood out among the highly-qualified field of candidates for her proven track record in making student-focused decisions that support academic success,” School Board President Natalie Bernecker said in a press release. “She has in-depth expertise in instructional strategies, innovative professional development programs, and breadth in curriculum. Her strength as a communicator and a collaborative leader to inspire and …We believe that Dr. Kattula will be a visionary leader and a great match for our staff, students and community.”

Kattula has been executive director of district and school services at Oakland Schools since 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree from U of M, a master’s degree from Northern Michigan University, and an Ed.S. and doctorate in educational leadership from Wayne State University. Previously, she was director of learning services for Bloomfield Hills, principal at Bloomfield Hills for 10 years, and assistant principal at Wayne Westland for three years. She taught math for eight years.

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

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