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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

New dean of students: Empowering students gives them a voice

This former self-described class clown and NFL player says meeting students’ needs starts with being a good listener...

Second-round interviews set for Kentwood superintendent

Two finalists will interview for superintendent of Kentwood Public Schools Wednesday, May 5...

‘The most beautiful experience I have ever seen’

Dozens of nursing students administered shots recently into the arms of fellow GRCC students and others at DeVos Place...

Musicians, actors, artists celebrated in video presentation

The show has gone on in Byron Center schools, with music made, theater performed and art created despite the pandemic...

Voters to consider bond, millage renewal

Tuesday, May 4, is Election Day and voters have issues on the ballot in just two public school districts, Kentwood and Kelloggsville...

Journey of survival, hard work, inspires him to inspire others

Six years ago hewas in an Indonesian detention center. Today he is a recipient of Western Michigan University’s most prestigious merit-based scholarship...

Six to interview for superintendent position

Interviews will be held April 28 and 29. Community members, staff and students are encouraged to watch the interviews online...

Professor works to honor legacy of grandfather

GRCC English professor Mursalata Muhammad is working to bring recognition to her grandfather, Claude Harvard, the creator of more than 25 inventions at Ford Motor Company in Detroit...

District shifts to hybrid schedule for two weeks

An increase in quarantined students and the number of students in isolation has led to a shift to hybrid instruction at West Middle School and Byron Center High School...

Newcomer paves her way in biology, business

This Wyoming High School senior has overcome language barriers and other obstacles of succeeding in the U.S. and now is choosing from among major college scholarship offers...

New equity fellowship open to more Kent County teachers

Area educators have a new opportunity to become Equity Fellows, trained in creating more equitable schools and classrooms...

In the mood for music? Student musicians present collage concert

‘Musical Moods,’ a recruiting tool for high school students, is a long-standing tradition, started 73 years ago. The performance debuts at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26 in a livestream format...

Teaching in the ‘virtual world’ and jumping from Zoom to Zoom

Spending the school year teaching her 29 students remotely has been a new experience full of challenges for Wyoming Public Schools fourth-grade virtual teacher Lysa Stockwell -- but there is a lot going on that is positive...

Partnerships, at-home literacy focuses of reading month

While 30 percent of Gladiola students continue to learn remotely, staff members are making efforts to connect families with digital and print resources. A main partner in the effort is Kent District Library...

Students create art to bring to local nursing homes

So far, more than 10,000 pieces of artwork from 18 schools have been distributed to 18 facilities in the Grand Rapids area...

Students explore the globe, zoom in on where they are from

The ongoing project is a way for the school’s 137 ELL students to learn more about where they are from and share it with others...
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