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

Meet Your Principal: Gregg Bruno

Gregg Bruno introduces himself to the students of Page Elementary

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

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. Read Hannah's full bio.

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