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Motivating others is passion of new athletic director

Meet your athletic director: Fred Townsend

Fred Townsend is the new athletic director at Caledonia High School 

Other positions you have held in education:

  • Athletic director at Arthur Hill High School, in Saginaw Public Schools
  • Head football coach at Arthur Hill High School
  • Advanced Placement computer coding teacher at Arthur Hill High School
  • Behavioral interventionist at Sanford Meridian in Meridian Public Schools

How about jobs outside education?

  • Head football coach at Saginaw Sting Indoor Professional Football League
  • Assistant football coach at CMU, assistant football coach Saginaw Valley State University
  • sales representative for Coca-Cola

Education/degrees: Master’s in Educational Leadership, bachelor’s degree with a major in industrial arts and a minor in physical education from Central Michigan University.

Spouse/children: Spouse: Shelley; children: daughter Sequoyah, 30, sons Brevin, 20, Blake, 16, and Brock, 12

Hobbies/Interests/Little-known talent: Playing sports, coaching individuals, fishing and motivating others.

What kind of kid were you at the age of students at this new school? I was a very quiet student. I never talked a lot, and I was very observant of others. I was self-motivated and driven. I knew what I wanted to do and be in life since I was 6 years old. I studied and worked extremely hard to be great in the classroom and on the field. I also loved to go play sports and fish.

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is … that all students want to be something in life. All students want love, friendships and success!

Finish this sentence: If I could go back to school I would go to grade ? because … I would go back to the 12th grade because I would work even harder to build a better relationship with all of my friends and family.

If you walked into your new school building to theme music by a favorite artist or band, what would the song be? “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

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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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