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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

Cook’n up the dance moves

Aaron Berlin is the new dean at Wyoming Junior High. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

District begins multi-year effort to improve equity, scholar success

A multi-year initiative, District Equity and Scholar Success Team, will work to embed equity practices into all areas of education...

Pre-teach, teach, reteach

Students learn through a “pre-teach and reteach model,” sometimes receiving instruction three different times as additional support...

School coordinators tap into communities, connect resources

Eighteen months into the pandemic, there’s perhaps never been a time more pressing for families to have a sense of belonging in their schools...

KSSN coordinator has neighborhood connection to school she serves

What’s extra special about Breanna Vasquez being Kent School Services Network coordinator at Meadowlawn Elementary is that she also lives in the neighborhood...

Happy to be back to serving younger students

Jon Blackburn is the new Wyoming Intermediate School principal...

‘Kids want to be seen, heard, and feel valued’

Alex Schukow is the new Wyoming Junior High School principal and Rhonda Varney is the new Wyoming High School assistant principal. SNN gets to know them in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

IT, culinary arts launching as middle-college options

The Kent ISD middle-college program, Launch U, is offering two new programs, IT and culinary arts, as pathways to earn GRCC college credits...

All dressed up with somewhere to go

Students in the Student Life and Leadership class provided girls with lots of Homecoming Dance dress options -- for free -- by collecting donated dresses from around the community...

New role merges remote learning, instructional technology

David Emeott is the new director of remote learning and instructional technology at Kentwood Public Schools. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Administrator...

Teachers weigh in on lessons of the pandemic

Teachers are recognizing what they've learned after 18 months in pandemic-mode

Safety comes first for new bus drivers

Eighteen new bus drivers recently received training in safety measures at Kent ISD...

GRCC renovations put student services under one roof

Financial aid, enrollment, admissions and student records have merged on the first floor of the newly renovated Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall...

Parents are nervous, excited; students, ready to learn

Some are returning to in-person learning for the first time since buildings were shuttered in March 2020...

‘The plan for me is to get them out, no matter how’

Instead of classes and student life, his singular focus is on his family and the plight they face in surviving the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and getting over the border to Pakistan, Iran or Uzbekistan...

‘My personal vision is to change the world’

Kevin Polston is the new superintendent for Kentwood Public Schools. He plans to “stand on the shoulders of the great things that have happened in Kentwood previously,” building on efforts to serve the diverse population...
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