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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 or email Erin.

East Kentwood moves to remote learning due to COVID-19 cases

East Kentwood High School and Freshman Campus has pivoted to remote learning until Friday, Oct. 30 due to positive COVID-19 cases...

Operation Face Shield: complete

The nine-week project resulted in 10,000 pieces of PPE that were distributed in West Michigan to more than 100 organizations...

Fourth-grader’s pickle stand inspired by school marketplace

‘With my tiny fingers, I am good at stuffing them,’ said the young pickle peddler. ‘You can see how they are packed in, so you get more for the money’...

Gladiola Elementary shifts to remote learning for two weeks due to COVID-19 case

The Kent County Health Department notified Superintendent Craig Hoekstra of the positive case, and due to the extent of possible students and staff who made contact with the individual recommended the school close for in-person instruction...

Jump like a squirrel

While the industrious creatures are spending their fall days collecting acorns and preparing for cooler days ahead, students are learning just how they go about what they do so well...

Dental programs return to in-person learning

Like many students facing a new reality for courses, Alayna Helmer was stressed out when the lab and clinic portions of Grand Rapids Community College’s dental programs shut down last March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus...

Longtime art teacher receives two major education awards

East Kentwood High School teacher Le Tran was named the Michigan Art Education Association secondary art educator of the year and the 2020 Overall MAEA art educator of the year...

Spreading out in the great outdoors

Outdoor education mid-pandemic is proving to be a welcome and successful alternative to indoor, masked learning in Byron Center this fall...

‘Who we are as teacher and student is essentially the same’

Wyoming Junior High School teacher Shantel VanderGalien was named Region 3’s top teacher by the Michigan Department of Education in May, donning the title during a pandemic, when education is flipped on its head...

Dashboard tracks COVID-19 cases in Kent County Schools

Parents and community members now have a new tool to use in tracking COVID-19 cases in Kent County schools and districts...

Better-than-expected K-12 budget brings relief, unknowns remain

State legislators approved a flat per-pupil foundation grant and a one-time increase of $65 per pupil following tumultuous months of uncertainty...

Plotting for a plot

Students’ hand-drawn maps are meant for the safekeeping of memories and to spur ideas for when they write personal narratives...

‘I want it to look happy’

With help from generous donors, elementary teachers worked to make welcoming, kid-friendly space while following the rules of social distancing and sanitation...

Essential workers can attend GRCC free

They spent the two months of the stay-at-home order working in hospitals, grocery stores and public safety. Now they will be able to attend Grand Rapids Community College for free...

Charts indicate when students should go to school, stay home

The Kent County Health Department has created flow charts for students and staff to reference if they have symptoms that are concerning for COVID-19...

District welcomes new administrators, ready to ‘lead through uncharted waters’

New administrators share their thoughts on starting their posts during a pandemic...
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