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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

Spinning off the stress

Every now and then, two teachers bring out the wheel so students can spin for prizes — creating joy and levity...

Elementary school recognized for English learner achievement

Endeavor Elementary was recently selected for a special recognition for its English learner student achievement...

More than just a good buy

This history teacher is known for getting her students thinking as they learn. And she doesn’t gloss over issues that impacted America and its growth, even if controversial...

In-person programs, events ‘pausing’ at Kent District Library

While the libraries remain open and serving residents, all indoor programs and events have “paused” according to an announcement from Kent District Library (KDL)...

Learning hub offers drop-in tutoring for college students

Thanks to a grant from AT&T, the GRCC Seymour Learning Hub offers a quiet place to study, snacks and English tutoring to students...

Employers, meet your future workforce

About 120 students learned of the many jobs out there from representatives of nearly 30 different professions...

A safe landing for Santa’s helpers

Materials for the project came from a Discovering STEM kit, donated by Grand Valley State University. The recently discontinued program was run by the GVSU’s Regional Math and Science Center...

Profesor de Rockstar: Randall Domeier

Songs, festivities and decorations make for a lively and bright classroom, but Spanish teacher Randall Domier’s energy is what inspires and impacts his students and colleagues...

Food, lessons & bonding

Getting to know one another is part of the experience...

Always in the action, gym teacher connects through play

After 37 years teaching, this teacher refuses to stand on the sidelines...

Professor co-authors antiracism glossary

The Antiracism Glossary for Education and Life includes 48 terms and how people have experienced them...

School Supply Santa plans to gift staff to show support, thanks

Denise Kooiker realizes school staff members are tired and weary. so she’s started an initiative to support their mental health...

Science through toys, squirrels and boats

Kent County was included in research that shows students in PBL classrooms across the U.S. significantly outperformed students in typical classrooms...

Cast resurrects ‘Young Frankenstein’

More cast members were added to give current students the opportunity to perform...

‘A vivid reminder’ of the need to be prepared

School officer had student, gun in custody within moments following another student reporting it...

Principal steps up to take school photos for all his students

Principal Al Vigh set up his Nikon camera, speed lights and tripod to take school photos of all of his students...
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