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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 is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She 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, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.


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