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Experiences shape your life, says new high-school supervisor

Meet your supervisor: Bilal Muhammad

Bilal Muhammad is the new supervisor of 54th Street Academy, the district’s alternative high school. The role is similar to a principal.

Other positions you have held in education: 

  • Student services coordinator at Kelloggsville Middle School
  • Middle School athletic director at Grand Rapids Public Schools

How about jobs outside education? I worked in customer service for JC Penney Catalog for seven years.

Bilal Muhammad and wife Stacy; daughter Illiana, 14; and son Amir, 8

Education/degrees: Bachelor of social science and master of education from Ashford University

Spouse/children:  wife, Stacy; son, Amir, 8; and daughter Illiana, 14

Hobbies and Interests: I like sports. I coach basketball and I still play basketball. I like to travel.

What kind of kid were you at the age of students at this new school?
I was big into athletics. I played basketball and I ran track. Academically, I was stellar, I got the work done.

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is… I feel students want to know you have their best interests at heart. They won’t really learn from you if you don’t build that positive relationship with them.

Finish this sentence: If I could go back to school I would go to grade ? because… I kind of feel like everything happens for a reason so I wouldn’t change anything I went through, because I learn from my experiences. I wouldn’t go back to a grade, because everything I’ve been through made me who I am.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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