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Sports enthusiast, music fan, family man

Meet your Administrator: Eric Alcorn

Eric Alcorn is auxiliary services director and the new athletic director at Kelloggsville Public Schools. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Administrator.

Other positions you have held in education: “I have taught everything from kindergarten to eighth grade, with most of the grades in between, too.” At Muskegon Public Schools, Alcorn taught junior high social studies and U.S. history, and was the high school’s dean of students. He has held various positions at Kelloggsville Public Schools, including dean of students and assistant principal.

How about jobs outside education: Inside education, outside traditional education: “I worked at John Ball Zoo in the education department. I got to teach kids about animals, including their unique characteristics and the environments they live in.”

Education/degrees: Alcorn holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in human resources/management, group social studies and minor in elementary education; and a master’s degree in education with K-12 administration certification — both from Grand Valley State University. He is working toward an educational specialist degree.

Spouse/children: Married with four children: one in high school, one in middle school and two in elementary school.

Hobbies/Interests/Little-known talent: “I love anything sports related! Currently I am enjoying watching my kids grow up and beginning to show love and passion for the sports they are involved in.”

What kind of kid were you as a K-12 student? “I was highly involved in sports all through K-12 and very active in school. I played three sports in high school (football, baseball, wrestling), played bass trombone in the wind symphony and was in jazz band, full orchestra and marching band when it did not conflict with sports. I was also in the National Honor Society, Varsity Club and Spanish Club.”

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is … “Really just to have fun, enjoy life, never stop learning and to always have goals to achieve. It seems like yesterday when I was in our students’ shoes. Having a sense of humor and goals to strive for keeps me feeling young.”

If I could go back to school I would go to grade… “I’d have to say kindergarten: naps, snacks and half-day school. What could beat that! If only kindergarten was like that now!”

If you walked into your new school building to theme music, what would the song be? “I love a wide range of music, from country to rap to R&B, to classical to hard rock. If it gets the blood pumpin’, I could probably make it work.”

Eric Alcorn as a high school senior in 1993
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Phil de Haan
Phil de Haan
Phil de Haan covers Grand Rapids and Kelloggsville and also is a general assignment reporter and the point person for the SNN Facebook and Twitter feeds. He hails from Exeter, Ontario, but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985. He is the son of a longtime public school teacher who taught both English and machine shop! Phil took both classes at South Huron District High School, but English stuck, and at Calvin College, where he met his wife, Sue, he majored in English and minored in journalism. His background includes both freelance writing and public relations work, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level. In the summer of 2019, he began his own freelance writing and communications business. In his spare time, Phil plays pick-up hockey and pickleball and tries to keep tabs on his two adult children.  Read Phil's full bio or email Phil.

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