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Former sailing instructor charting new course as assistant principal

Meet Your Administrators: Katie McIntosh

East Grand Rapids — Katie McIntosh is the new assistant principal at East Grand Rapids Middle School. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Administrators.

Other positions you have held in education: 

  • Early elementary teacher at North Holland Elementary, West Ottawa, Breton Downs Elementary and Lakeside Elementary
  • Reading specialist and district literacy coach for East Grand Rapids

How about jobs outside education? McIntosh has held a number of water-related jobs, including sailing instructor, gas dock attendant and lifeguard. 

Family life: She and husband, Matt, have three children: Lily, Rieden and Margaret.


  • Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in early childhood education and elementary education
  • Master’s degree from Michigan State University in curriculum and teaching
Katie McIntosh is the new assistant principal at East Grand Rapids Middle School (courtesy)

Hobbies, interests or little-known talents: “I love beaches and boating, and reading is always a priority. A little-known talent would be that I can touch my nose with my tongue.”

What kind of kid were you as a high school student? “I was a hard-working student. I was involved in my high school with sports and volunteering. I enjoyed swimming and spending time with my friends.”

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is… “Listening and learning about each child matters.”

If you could go back to school, which grade would you revisit? “Kindergarten, because everything you need to know you learned from your kindergarten teacher.”

If you walked into your school building to theme music that suits your personality, what would the song be? “‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ by Justin Timberlake.”

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Phil de Haan
Phil de Haan covers East Grand Rapids and Kelloggsville and is the lead reporter for Grand Rapids. He hails from Exeter, Ontario (but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985) and 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 journalism and public relations, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level for almost a decade. In the summer of 2019, he began his own writing and communications business, de Haan Communications. 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


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