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Beth Heinen Bell

Beth Heinen Bell
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Beth Heinen Bell is a reporter and copy editor, covering Cedar Springs, Godfrey-Lee, Grandville and Lowell. She is an award-winning journalist who got her start as the education reporter for the Grand Haven Tribune. A Calvin University graduate, she later returned to her alma mater to help manage its national writing festival and edit and write for enrollment communications. Beth has also written for The Grand Rapids Press, Fox 17 and several West Michigan businesses and nonprofits. She is fascinated by the nuances of language, loves to travel and has strong feelings about the Oxford comma. Read Beth's full bio

‘You can see their minds expanding’

This multi-award-winning physics teacher and robotics coach has made it his mission to keep doors open for students and encourage young women to pursue STEM careers...

Artist-in-residence helps students tap interests to grow creative skills, independence

Teacher Nichol Handwork said the partnership was a marked change from the typical, quiet R1TS classroom setting, where students often don’t seek out much social interaction...

A graduation victory for this band of brothers

A quartet of fifth-year seniors at Unity High School weren’t sure they would be able to graduate, until they met each other and realized that they could do it together...

Determined leader sprints past K-12 finish line, pushed by her little ‘star’

Growing up, DaJa West always knew she was going to graduate from high school. But when she became pregnant, “some people doubted me,” she said. They shouldn’t have...

Red Hawk Elementary team headed to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

After a season of virtual competitions, Red Hawk Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind team is headed to Florida for the World Finals...

Board names interim superintendent to succeed Polston

The Godfrey-Lee Public Schools Board of Education has tapped Dirk Weeldreyer to take over as interim superintendent, beginning July 1...

Great day, all day, to read

With beach chairs and sunscreen in hand, students hit the books...

Is there a place where no one gets sick? Yes, inside children’s minds

After a year of virus-related ups and downs, Godfrey Elementary third-graders recently had the opportunity to meet an author who knows just how they’re feeling...

Stressed? Anxious? They’re all ears — and tails and fur

Between Cherry Creek Elementary and Lowell Middle School, the district has three therapy dogs to help students regulate emotions, reduce stress and connect with others...

Godfrey-Lee’s Kevin Polston selected to lead Kentwood Public Schools

The Kentwood Board of Education chooses the superintendent of a neighboring district to take the helm...

More than a sandbox: Augmented reality lets students explore changing landscapes

An aspiring Eagle Scout created a unique augmented reality classroom resource to give back to the teacher who sparked his love of science...

Peacocks, goats, Legos: this fifth-grade farmer does it all

Not many fifth-graders can say that they live on an exotic peafowl and pheasant farm. But to Cole, life on the farm is hard to describe because it’s just… life...

Tech Center’s Hospitality & Culinary Program, instructors honored

The Kent Career Technical Center’s culinary arts program and two of its teachers have received awards from the Grand Rapids chapter of the American Culinary Federation...

Rain, snow or shine, you’ll find them learning outdoors

In Audrey Debri’s Young Fives class at Cedar Trails, you can expect the unexpected. Except for one thing: Class will always be held outside...

Cooking classes offer creative way to work on social, life skills

At Bushnell Elementary, these young students with special needs are learning to take turns, ask questions, havepatience and solve math problems...

One novel published, second in process

An independent study period at school allows this high-school senior time to revise and learn about the publishing industry...
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