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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

Sense of community, colleagues help new teacher build confidence

A first-year teacher shares the highs and lows of beginning a teaching career during a global pandemic, and how the challenges could be a benefit in the future...

Superintendent pinpoints funding needs during pandemic and beyond

Federal COVID relief funding will help, but larger needs remain in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Kent County’s poorest school district, says Superintendent Kevin Polston...

Applications open for School Leader Fellowship program

The goal is to empower leaders to confront systemic inequities in order to achieve equitable outcomes for all students. Applications will be accepted through the end of day on Friday, Feb. 19...

STEM students build for good

It’s about much more than construction skills in this middle-school class...

Local district chief appointed to lead state recovery advisory council

Godfrey-Lee Superintendent Kevin Polston has been named by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as chairperson of Michigan’s new Student Recovery Advisory Council, which will help the state’s education system recover from traumatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Who would you take with you to the moon?

From purifying water at home to reading about a barrier-breaking mathematician, students are learning about space from a variety of perspectives and disciplines...

Lowell, Rockford secondary students returning to classrooms

Citing recent trends in the decreasing number of COVID-19 cases in their communities, Lowell Area Schools and Rockford Public Schools are planning to take one step closer to 'normal' next week...

Rain gutter regatta showcases buoyancy, engineering skills

An annual boat race has become a highlight of sixth-grade science class. At stake: bragging rights and 'a goofy trophy'...

Capitol riot gets personal in heart-sinking moment for history teacher and Michigan elector

The day after a violent mob broke into the U.S. Capitol, teacher and Michigan elector Blake Mazurek sat down with School News Network to discuss Wednesday’s events and how teachers and parents can help children navigate trauma and uncertainty in the wake of such events...

Nate Fowler named new superintendent for Lowell Area Schools

Interim superintendent given the nod by Lowell Board of Education to lead the district...

Students switch to Zoom for traditional visit to senior home

Students at Murray Lake Elementary didn’t want to miss the chance to spread holiday cheer to their senior neighbors, even though they couldn’t visit in person...

Choir teacher featured on national TV after SNN profile

A middle school choir teacher received an early holiday surprise on the television talk show, “The View,” this week, thanks to School News Network...

History geek with unique role in this year’s national election hopes to inspire students

Since 1837, fewer than 700 people have served the state of Michigan as an Electoral College elector. This year, a middle-school teacher from Grandville was one of them...

Bond projects making progress in Lowell

Contractors at TowerPinkster have been busy at Lowell schools this fall, making progress on the bond projects passed by voters in 2019...

Health Department helps schools tackle challenges of instruction, during winter, in a pandemic

Working with the health department has been crucial in helping area school leaders understand the nature of COVID-19, the types of mitigation strategies that can be most effective and how to plan for the future...
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