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She brings balance, laughter to dean position

Meet Your Administrator: Marissa Lanser

KelloggsvilleMarissa Lanser is the new dean of students at Kelloggsville Middle School. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Administrator.

Other positions you have held in education:

  • Early childhood teacher, NorthPointe Christian Schools, Grand Rapids 
  • Elementary teacher, Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Fifth- and sixth-grade English language learner teacher, school improvement chair, Wyoming Public Schools

How about jobs outside education? Lanser has also worked in marketing and sales for Ruby Lake Glass and Andela Products in New York and remotely. She has also coached freshman volleyball at East Grand Rapids High School, and worked in her family’s business, Lanser Construction. 

‘Enjoy the small moments, build relationships and find the humor in situations.’

— Marissa Lanser, Kelloggsville Middle School Dean of Students 
Marissa Lanser and husband, Zach


  • Bachelor of arts, education, Cornerstone University
  • Master of educational leadership, Grand Valley State University

Outside of school, she spends time with her husband while also making time to play volleyball, soccer and golf. She plays in leagues for indoor and beach volleyball, and cornhole. Other interests are traveling and camping in Northern Michigan.

What kind of kid were you at the age of students at this new school? “Social and energetic. I participated in a lot of extracurricular activities.” 

The biggest lesson she has learned from students is… the importance of finding balance. 

“Enjoy the small moments, build relationships and find the humor in situations.”

If you could go back to school, to which grade would you return? Eighth grade, she said, “because of the amazing teachers and staff.”

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Sean Bradley
Sean Bradley
Sean Bradley is a DeWitt native who has worked as a news reporter in several cities in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. He moved to Grand Rapids in March 2022 to be closer to the entertainment scene including live music and comedy. After graduating in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University, he started his writing career at the Manistee News Advocate, covering city government and law enforcement. He later moved onto The Morning Sun in Alma, and in 2018, went to the Livingston Daily Press and Argus. At these newspapers, he covered school boards and got to know superintendents and staff, learning the ins and outs of education reporting. He is excited to be reporting on Kelloggsville Public Schools for School News Network.


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