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Choir teacher featured on national TV after SNN profile

Grandville – A middle school choir teacher received an early holiday surprise on the national television talk show, “The View,” this week, thanks to School News Network. 

Grandville Middle School choir teacher Rachel Niewiada and her students were featured in this October SNN story on the ways Niewiada adapted class procedures to be able to sing together safely during the pandemic. A producer from the ABC show found the article online and contacted GMS Principal Ken See, wanting to feature Niewiada on the show and give her a few holiday surprises.

In the episode that aired Dec. 15, “The View” hosts Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin interviewed Niewiada about the challenges of this school year and how it has affected her both personally and professionally. You can see the episode here.

After the interview, the show surprised Niewiada with pre-recorded interviews from several of her students, talking about how much they appreciate her as a teacher, mentor and friend. As a final big surprise, Haines and Hostin introduced special guests and “American Idol” reality-show stars Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, who joined in with Niewiada’s students to sing a Christmas carol for her. 

The segment on Niewiada and her students has been shared widely on both YouTube and Facebook. 

“Thank you! Your original article made this possible,” wrote See in an email to School News Network. “(Niewiada) and all of our Grandville staff are working tirelessly for our students.”

Choir teacher Rachel Niewiada reacts to her students’ surprise performance on an episode of “The View” (screenshot)
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Beth Heinen Bell
Beth Heinen Bell
Beth Heinen Bell is a reporter and copy editor, covering Cedar Springs, Godfrey-Lee, Grandville and Lowell. She is an award-winning journalist who got her start as the education reporter for the Grand Haven Tribune. A Calvin University graduate, she later returned to her alma mater to help manage its national writing festival and edit and write for enrollment communications. Beth has also written for The Grand Rapids Press, Fox 17 and several West Michigan businesses and nonprofits. She is fascinated by the nuances of language, loves to travel and has strong feelings about the Oxford comma. Read Beth's full bio or email Beth.

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