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Bank manager turned educator now leading Harrison Park

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Public Schools recently appointed an interim principal at Harrison Park Academy, according to a recent release from the district.

GRPS announced that Steven Reynolds had been tapped for the spot; Reynolds previously served as assistant principal at Riverside Middle School.

Prior to entering education as an elementary school teacher, Reynolds worked as a bank manager in Grand Rapids for about 20 years. His former career helped inform his decision to pursue teaching. 

“I started working with young kids in various capacities while in the business world, and felt that it was a passion — that it was a calling — to work with young kids,” Reynolds said in the release. 

He added that skills from his first career translated well into his second. 

“I get to use those skill sets because your scholars, your parents, your families — they are your customers, at the end of the day. You want to make sure that they feel satisfied with the services that you’re providing to them.”

Reynolds said his experience thus far with the staff at Harrison Park has been “absolutely amazing.” 

“I’m happy to say that it’s been a collaborative environment and that’s something that is very important to me,” he said. “We all have the same goal in mind, which is to support our scholars, which is to make sure our scholars are feeling welcome here, which is to make sure that they’re feeling safe.”

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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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