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Being principal of alternative school ‘really speaks to my heart’

Meet Your Principal: Danielle Hendry

Danielle Hendry is the new principal of MySchool@Kent, which offers students a blended learning experience that combines online courses, individual coaching and, in some cases, classroom instruction in their home districts. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal…

Other positions you have held in education: Principal and Curriculum Director at South Haven Public Schools; taught at Seminole County Public Schools in Florida; Bremerton Public Schools in Washington; and Simi Valley Unified Schools in Florida.

Education and degrees: Master’s in secondary education from Indiana University, Bloomington; master’s in educational leadership and administration from American College of Education; bachelor’s degree in English from DePauw University; Catholic Central High School, Grand Rapids.

Danielle Hendry’s high school yearbook photo

Spouse/children: Married to Dr. Jason Umfleet; two daughters.

How MySchool@Kent is different: “We’re able to offer that out-of-the-box experience for students in all of our districts. We blend an online experience with a traditional learning experience.

“This position really speaks to my heart. This is the opportunity for (our students) to have a successful life. For some of these kids, this is the first time they’ve had any academic success.”

Childhood Inspiration: “My mom was a special education teacher at Caledonia Public Schools. I have a very vivid memory of her telling me about how awesome the ISD was. It was like a mecca. The ISD was like this magical place for my mom.”

If you walked into your new school building to theme music every day, who would be playing? The Decemberists.

Danielle Hendry is the new principal of MySchool@Kent, a nontraditional high school aimed at students who are unable to attend traditional classes or have other special circumstances

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James Harger
James Harger
James Harger left School News Network in January of 2020. James previously reported on West Michigan's economy, courts and politics for The Grand Rapids Press and Mlive.com for more than 37 years. He also is employed as Servanthood Leader at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Grand Rapids. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he also has worked for publications in Holland, Mount Pleasant and Lansing. He is married to Lisa and has one daughter, who lives in Ann Arbor.


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