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District welcomes new director of teaching & learning 

East Grand Rapids — East Grand Rapids Public Schools has a new director of teaching and learning in Jason Hoogenstyn, who joined the district during the summer.

Hoogenstyn said he’s thrilled about the position, and that his first few months on the job have been a “very positive and rewarding experience.”

“Every day, I have the privilege of collaborating with teachers, leaders and professionals in the field of education,” he said. “The daily opportunities to collaborate with others allows me to make the best, most informed decisions, which have a direct and meaningful impact on students and teachers.”

Hoogenstyn said he’s excited to work for a district so “rich with history and traditions of instructional excellence,” and he aims to learn as much as he can about the EGRPS community as his first year progresses.

Hoogenstyn’s career in education began in 2004, when he started teaching students with special needs at Grand Rapids Public Schools. He spent 10 years teaching students with emotional impairments at Northview Public Schools.

He transitioned from teaching to administration as principal of North Oakview Elementary School. He also served as an adjunct professor for Grand Valley State University’s College of Education from 2011 to 2018.

In addition to holding a master’s degree in education from Cornerstone University, Hoogenstyn is a certified elementary administrator and has a special education administration degree.

Given his background, Hoogenstyn said his new position feels like a natural progression, and a great fit.

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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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