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‘Whatever it takes’ to support students

Meet Your Administrators: Tom Hosford

Rockford — Tom Hosford is the new principal at Rockford High School (10-12 Building).

Previous positions in the district: Hosford is in his 19th year in education. He previously was principal at the Rockford Freshman Center, and before that, principal at Crestwood Elementary, assistant principal at Rockford High School and East Rockford Middle School, student activities coordinator at East Rockford Middle School and teacher at East Rockford Middle School.

On changing grade levels: Over the course of his career, Hosford has worked with students throughout grades K-12. “After reflecting on my experience, my approach to working with all students is simple: Support student learning and growth in academics and co-curricular opportunities. Whatever it takes.”

What he’s most excited about in this new position: “I am excited to work alongside an incredible community of life-long learners and educational supporters, as well as partner with families, to achieve a safe climate for our students to learn and grow into capable and successful adults in the next chapter of their lives.”

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Beth Heinen Bell
Beth Heinen Bell is a reporter and copy editor, covering Rockford, Lowell, Grandville and Cedar Springs. 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


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