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Erin Albanese

Erin Albanese
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Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

Summer course serves as bridge from high school to college

The program aims to help boost academic skills following more than a year of learning during the pandemic...

Parents show gratitude to beloved bus driver

Parents appreciate bus driver Donna Tipton so much that they presented her with a $1,000 check...

Student earns high school diploma, associate degree at age 15

Voca Ford, 15, graduated with both her Tri County High School diploma and her GRCC associate degree last month. She’s now looking forward to continuing her education to become a psychiatrist...

Post-pandemic years will focus on student recovery

Several West Michigan educators contributed to the MI Blueprint for Comprehensive Student Recovery, recently released by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state education leaders to support student recovery from the pandemic’s impact...

Students focus on equity in letters to Board of Ed

The Equity Project is a new twist on an argumentative writing unit. Normally, teacher Katie Sluiter assigns a topic, but this year she knew students had a lot on their minds...

For once-homeless mother and daughter graduates, ‘dreams do come true’

Ayjia Jones and her mother, Monique Williams, are both graduates of the Class of 2021. Their accomplishment comes after two years living in motels, searching for housing and pathways to stability...

The minds behind the designs

Next year, they will learn about innovations and their progressions. In fifth grade, they will become innovators themselves and design their own products...

Series addresses vaccine information for students

Educators and medical experts provide information and answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, during the three-part series “Keeping Our Students Safe” offered by Spectrum Health, in partnership with Vaccinate West Michigan...

District breaks ground on new fifth- and sixth-grade building

Come fall of 2023, about 700 fifth- and sixth graders will have a new Nickels Intermediate School building...

‘I will always be a Falcon’

Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff retires from his position on June 30. He reflects on a career spent in a district where he feels immense pride...

Learning something new expands life, social skills

Students in an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Moderately Cognitively Impaired program explored many types of art and dance, thanks to a grant...

Raising fish and growing foliage

Connecting students with the wild world around them is a priority at Countryside Elementary, where students have spent the school year learning both inside a classroom that is home to fish habitats and plant ecosystems and outside where wetlands teem with scaly and furry friends...

Trash becomes treasure during bucket art project

Students in teacher Laura Sluys’ special education class and general education students recently worked together on an artistic project in partnership with the program, Artists Creating Together...

Mission accomplished: students design spacecraft

Bowen and Endeavor ARCH programs were selected to participate in engineering challenges...

Graduating seniors can boost math, reading skills to prep for college this summer

Graduating high school seniors will have the chance to boost math and reading skills in the Bridges to College – Raider Ready program this summer...

Wyoming High School offering vaccine clinic

Wyoming High School will be hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic for staff, students, families and community members 12 years old and older from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 20 and Friday, June 11...
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