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Meet Your Administrator: Kristine Yelding

Forest Hills – Kristine Yelding is the new principal at Eastern Middle School. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Administrator. 

Other positions you have held in the district:

  • Assistant principal, Eastern High School; counseling & systems administrator
Principal Yelding, her husband, Jason, and their children, Jaidan and Nyemah (courtesy)

What are you most excited about in your new role? “I was happy to support work that impacted our students district-wide (last year), but to be back in the building where you get to see those impacts each day is the absolute best.” 

‘(My vision is) ‘to build a culture of kindness and respect where kids love to be at school and where true learning takes place every day for every kid.’

She said she’s committed to creating a culture where everyone belongs: Her vision includes the desire “to build a culture of kindness and respect where kids love to be at school, and where true learning takes place every day for every kid.”

What do you like to do when you are not working? Yelding said she enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughters. They like “being outdoors and enjoying the Michigan weather, with the exception of the snow,” she said.

Fellow seniors compete alongside Yelding, No. 5, in a ‘Mock Rock Super Bowl Shuffle’ for West Ottawa High School’s Homecoming (courtesy)
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Carol Lautenbach
Carol Lautenbach
Carol Lautenbach is a reporter and columnist for School News Network. She has been a writer since second grade when her semi-autobiographical story, "The Magic Pencil," earned her a shiny Kennedy half-dollar in a metro-Detroit contest. For three wonderful decades, Carol served Godfrey-Lee Public Schools in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. In her current work as a consultant and at SNN, she continues to be part of telling the story of the great promise of public education. Carol has also written for The Alan Review, The Rapidian and Midwest Living, and is co-author of the book, “Making Schools Work: Bringing the Science of Learning to Joyful Classroom Practice.” She loves to not cook, and she keeps her bag packed for art, outdoor and writing adventures.


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