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Dianne Carroll Burdick

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Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.

A and B student strives for success, from a motel room

A homeless Kent County teen talks about stressors, family, schoolwork and life in a motel...

‘He makes us feel like we are home’

Dan Takens, who retired Dec. 31, was one of School News Network’s first advisory superintendents...

A creature to comfort students: ‘She brings me happiness’

At North Rockford Middle School, a trained counseling assistance dog is helping students manage their stress, focus on their work and feel better about themselves...

‘He makes us feel like we are home’

Dan Takens, who is retiring Dec. 31, was one of School News Network’s first advisory superintendents...

GRCC culinary students create magical land of sweets

Now on display at DeVos Performance Hall, the larger-than-life candy land was created by students in the Pastry Centerpieces and Wedding Cakes in the Secchia Institute for Contemporary Arts...

Students supplement learning with ballet, clay creatures & Billie Holiday

A grant-funded partnership between Brookside Elementary and the Salvation Army Kroc Center sees third, fourth and fifth grade students make a trek twice a week through their backyard for classes in ballet, clay and jazz...

Order’s up!

In a busy Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts kitchen, two-person teams of students from GRCC, Mexico, Canada and Scotland competed to create the best dishes during Nation’s Cup...

A creature to comfort students: ‘She brings me happiness’

At North Rockford Middle School, a trained counseling assistance dog is helping students manage their stress, focus on their work and feel better about themselves...

Curious kids and adults explore robots, recycling and gadgets galore

Children and adults got a chance to make interesting 'stuff' as the Grand Rapids Maker Faire took over the Grand Rapids Public Museum at the end of August...

College makes extra effort to get students enrolled

In an effort to get all prospective students enrolled and ready for class this semester, community college staff used a two-fold approach: outreach and a one-stop event for students to get connected to all sorts of services...

Welcome to kindergarten!

The district’s four elementary schools hosted a two-hour Kindergarten Smart Start the Friday before school started to help little ones feel comfortable with their new surroundings...

Dean Transportation: It’s all about the kids

Dean Transportation, which carries some 80,000 students to and from school in Michigan, operates on a philosophy of caring for each one of them under the leadership of Kellie Dean, a former special-education teacher...

What’s not to love? Bubbles, water, music, art and the Gardens

Hundreds of children and their families enjoyed a summer evening at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in May. This Laugh and Learn event takes place annually for families participating in Kent ISD’s Early Childhood programs...

‘I gave it my all’

Retiring after seven years as superintendent, and 44 working for Grand Rapids Public Schools, Teresa Weatherall Neal said she is proud of the work she did to help students believe in themselves...

Innovation brought to life

Students in Kentwood’s’ gifted and talented program presented long-term projects on innovation at Discovery Elementary -- everything from drones and phones to light bulbs and 3-D printing...

Pine Grove Learning Center offers profoundly challenged students an opportunity to learn

The Pine Grove Learning Center is where 103 of the most challenged special education students and their families in Southwest Kent County find unconditional acceptance. They also find an opportunity to learn and grow despite their physical and learning disabilities...
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