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Charles Honey

Charles Honey
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Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.

Teacher recruits from Puerto Rico find welcoming new home in Grand Rapids

A recruiting trip to Puerto Rico brought two new teachers to Grand Rapids as part of an innovative district effort to address a shortage of bilingual instructors...

High school, Freshman Center closed for two weeks after virus outbreak

Rockford High School and Freshman Center are closed until Oct. 23 after 17 students tested positive for COVID-19...

Districts hit with enrollment losses amid pandemic

While a few Kent County districts gained students on the annual fall count day, most saw enrollment drops ranging from a few dozen to 100- and 200-plus students...

COVID-19 cases prompt two-week closing of middle school

Lowell Middle School has been closed for two weeks due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, moving to online instruction...

Challenge Scholar on campus: avoiding the virus, shooting for the stars

Francisco McKnight arrives at Grand Valley State University, only to face a two-week stay-home order due to a coronavirus outbreak...

Small-town girl, athlete, talker, with her eye on the tiger

Kelly Amshey is the new principal of Rockford Virtual School. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

The virtual classroom: 18 students, three screens and one busy teacher

Teaching online, from a classroom, requires multitasking and multiple screens for this fourth-grade teacher...

Oh no, I’m late! Oh wait, I’m not

Teacher Matt Banta wakes up in a panic on the first day of school, in his video for students about starting the school year online

Here come the students; schools try to be ‘prepared for everything’

Area school districts have to be able to switch instruction plans if the pandemic fires up again, and be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in one of their schools...

Changes in virus trend prompts change in opening plans

The board unanimously approved teaching all students online through Sept. 11, then giving them a choice of in-person or virtual learning...

Ready or not, school year begins as leaders adopt plans to teach, protect students

With most of Kent County’s public school districts opening next week, superintendents talk about their plans to educate students while trying to keep them safe from an unpredictable virus...

Two local districts ask voters to approve funding proposals

The Cedar Springs and Lowell school districts are going to voters Aug. 4 with proposals to improve buildings, grounds and educational technology...

Stepping into leadership at a time of school change, social upheaval

Leadriane Roby, the new superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools, comes to the post facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval around the George Floyd protests...

The year of schooling at home: hard work, loneliness and little blessings

In this time of distance learning, parents like Keshia Alhasan have truly lived the adage that parents are their children’s first teachers...

Celebrating senior singers with a final concert, virtually

Over 120 choral students in grades 9-12 will join voices in a virtual choir to celebrate the graduations of about 45 senior singers, in a prerecorded concert to be posted on the Rockford Choirs YouTube channel...

Setting out with a camera to change the world for the better

Mariah Barrera, who has already made her mark with several award-winning short films, plans to pursue her passion at Columbia University in New York City...
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