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New principal says students teach him to ‘smile and be joyful’

Meet Your Principal: Gregg Bruno

Gregg Bruno is the new Page Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal.

Other positions you have held in education:

  • Principal at St. John Vianney, Diocese of Grand Rapids, Wyoming
  • Assistant principal and middle school athletic director at West Middle School, Byron Center
  • Teacher, assistant track coach, freshman football coach at Byron Center High School, Byron Center
  • Teacher, freshman baseball coach at Sharon High School, Sharon MA
  • Teacher, girls’ varsity cross country, boys JV hockey and JV Baseball Coach at Blackstone-Millville High School, Blackstone MA

Education/degrees: 

  • I earned my BA, summa cum laude, in history from the University of New Hampshire.
  • I earned my MA in teaching and curriculum from Boston University, and I earned an MA in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.
New Principal Gregg Bruno poses with his family during a recent vacation

How about jobs outside education? Warehouse worker, forklift operator, plumbing assistant, construction laborer

Spouse/children: Linda (Spouse), Lucas, Evan and Anna

Hobbies/Interests/Little-known talent: I’m an avid distance runner.

What kind of kid were you at the age of students at this new school? I was a bit of a challenge as a fourth and fifth grader. I was very active. I was very intelligent, but didn’t always apply myself at that age. I was really into hockey.

Bruno introduces himself to the students of Page Elementary

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is… to smile and be joyful.

Finish this sentence: If I could go back to school I would go to … senior year in college. Had a great group of friends and it was when I found my love of education.

If you walked into your new school building to theme music every day, what would the song be? “Whatever it Takes” by Imagine Dragons

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Hannah Lentz
A 2017 graduate of Grand Valley State University and a lifelong teacher’s kid, Hannah Lentz has worked as a journalist in and outside the Grand Rapids area for more than five years. After serving as editor-in-chief at the GVSU student newspaper, Hannah interned at the Leelanau Enterprise where she learned a lot about community journalism. In addition to her work for School News Network, Hannah has worked as a freelance blogger in the furniture industry, focusing on design trends, and as a social media manager for World Medical Relief in Detroit.

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