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Beth Heinen Bell

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Beth Heinen Bell is a reporter and copy editor, covering Rockford, Lowell, Grandville and Cedar Springs. 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

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...

Grateful to ‘bee’ in person

Twenty regional winners competed for the chance to represent West Michigan at the National Spelling Bee. This was the first time some students competed in an in-person event since the pandemic began...

Drier of tears, returner of backpacks, bus driver extraordinaire

Mr. Jeff has made a big impact on families since he first got behind the wheel of a district bus a little more than a year ago...

Remote learners unplug, get outdoors & connect

Because of the pandemic, the Wittenbach Wege Center wasn’t able to offer its regular programming. Instead, the team decided to offer seasonal nature study classes for LAS Academy virtual students and homeschool students throughout Lowell...

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...
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