Interim principal hopes you have the time of your life

Meet Your Principal: Tony Quinn

Tony Quinn

Tony Quinn is the new interim principal at West Oakview Elementary School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal.

Other positions in education: assistant principal, Central Elementary School, Traverse City Public Schools; middle school teacher and coach, Forest Hills Public Schools

How about jobs outside education? Camp counselor, tutor, Green Day concert security guard: “It was for one summer when I was in college. My friend’s dad was in charge of security in Detroit, and they needed someone to stand in front of the stage.”

Spouse/children: Wife, Kori; and three children: McMillan, 16; Crandall, 14; Addyson, 11.

Hobbies/Interests: Hanging out with family, coaching lacrosse … “I enjoy the outdoors as much as I can.”

What kind of kid were you at the age of students at this new school? “I loved sports, loved to be outside, and I did love my teachers. I can probably go down the list and tell you every teacher I’ve had. Being influenced by educators made this a clear career choice for me.”

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is: “I learn lessons from students on a daily basis, but I’d have to say to not to take yourself too seriously. In my role you can get caught up in the busy-ness of the workload. Take time to notice and really appreciate students walking down the halls, smiles on their faces. I don’t think anybody got into education because they love the paperwork and the data. We do this because we love the children.”

If I could go back to school I would go to: “my freshman year of college, because I probably didn’t study enough. Not probably; I know I didn’t study enough.”

If you walked into your new school building to theme music every day, what would the song be? “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema 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

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