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New position ‘like coming home’ for Breton Downs principal

East Grand Rapids — Katie McIntosh has been involved with Breton Downs Elementary in various capacities since she was a child — first as a student, then as a teacher. Now she’s back, leading the school in a new role.

McIntosh is starting her first year as the new principal of Breton Downs. She said she’s delighted to find herself at the school once again, likening her new role to a homecoming.

“I am thrilled to be back at Breton Downs,” McIntosh said. “I was a student and a teacher at Breton Downs. Now as a principal, it is like coming home for me.”

McIntosh previously served as assistant principal of East Grand Rapids Middle School for two years. 

Prior to that, she was an early elementary teacher at Breton Downs, North Holland Elementary, West Ottawa and Lakeside Elementary; and a reading specialist and literacy coach for East Grand Rapids.

McIntosh said she has a holistic approach to education, with a focus on making sure the needs of all students are met. 

“I am excited about doing what is best for all students,” she said. “I am here to support the whole child, supporting the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students.” 

McIntosh is confident that the Breton Downs staff shares her vision for helping students succeed: “We have a phenomenal staff and I am looking forward to a great year of growing and learning together. Breton Downs is my family and I am so grateful to be working amongst the greatest students, staff and families.”

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Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley is a reporter covering Cedar Springs, Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids and Sparta school districts. An award-winning journalist, Riley spent eight years with the Ludington Daily News, reporting, copy editing, paginating and acting as editor for its weekly entertainment section. He also contributed to LDN’s sister publications, Oceana’s Herald-Journal and the White Lake Beacon. His reporting on issues in education and government has earned accolades from the Michigan Press Association and Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. Riley’s early work in journalism included a stint as an on-air news reporter for WMOM Radio, and work on the editorial staff of various student publications. Riley is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He originally hails from western Washington.


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