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Baseball, high school, happiness

Meet Your Principal

Amy Pallo is the new Eastern High School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal.

Other positions you have held in education: science teacher at Thurston High School, Redford, Michigan; assistant principal at Lowell High School; principal at Lowell High School

Spouse/children: husband, Mike; two boys: Jacob, eighth grade and Cameron, fifth grade

Amy Pallo

Hobbies/interests/little-known talent: I have two boys that love baseball, so we decided about five years ago that we would try to visit all Major League Baseball parks with them. We have made it to 14 out of 30! It is so much fun because not only do we see a lot of great baseball, we also explore the cities and the history surrounding the city.

What kind of kid were you at the age of students at this new school? I was involved: student council, yearbook, NHS and any other club available. I loved high school!

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is…how resilient people are. I have received some of the best advice, ever, from students. Kids don’t sweat things like adults do, and they are often really good at reminding us of what really matters in life.

If I could go back to school I would go to11th grade. I loved my junior year. I think there was confidence that came with being an upperclassman, and I was taking classes that were more specific to my interests. It was just a fun year!

If you walked into your new school building to theme music every day, what would the song be? Oh wow. I think it would change every day, depending on what is going on! Probably something happy.

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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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