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.”