Coming from a family of teachers, I greatly appreciate the effort, commitment and challenge necessary to educate children of all ages. My brother Mark is a retired band director from the Mattawan school district and my sister Shelly is still teaching elementary school in Battle Creek.
For a year and a half, while working on my master’s degree at North Dakota State University, I was a graduate assistant who taught journalism 101 labs. In the role of educating college students, I learned the discipline and commitment it takes to teach people.
Early on in my career, I helped develop and manage a copywriting team at Meijer, Inc., where I oversaw print ads, mailers, brochures, signage, several dozen in-house magazines per year and much more. After leaving the advertising world at Meijer, I became a freelancer working out of my house with various clients and had a strong desire to watch my children grow. It was a great change of pace to spend time with my family as I worked with new businesses from home.
Through those years, I stayed in touch with journalism as a freelancer for The Grand Rapids Press, the Advance, and other publications, and then accepted a job at MLive at the Statewide High School Sports Desk. At MLive, I helped grow a team of up to 28 sports reporters, guiding and editing the staff through eight newspaper deadlines per night, along with a large presence on mlive.com
I look forward to this opportunity at School News Network and hope my sports background helps grow this website in that direction as well. The sports world is not just about winning and losing, but most times reveals a human interest angle. There is an interesting story behind every team, athlete, season, etc., and I hope to cultivate that for our readers.