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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

GRCC offering more in-person classes this fall

After more than a year of mostly virtual courses and services, students can expect an increase in on-campus options for next semester...

New courses allow students to earn IT certifications

A new program at Wyoming High School offers the opportunity for students to earn credentials in information technology, helping pave the way toward in-demand, high-wage computer jobs...

‘I know a lot has changed … but kids haven’t’

After four years as principal at West Middle School, Wierzbicki looks forward to his new role at the central office...

A fun classroom, by design

This fifth-grade teacher, a finalist for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, loves to get her students involved in STEM projects using design thinking...

Demand for pharmacy techs leads to new program

Another hybrid session runs April 12 to July 30 and has room for up to 16 students...

District works to increase staff diversity to mirror student population

Kentwood leaders say word of mouth brings teachers of color and those looking to teach in the most diverse district in the state. Staff members are trained to be aware of biases and remove them from the hiring process...

Students feel welcome in a district with ‘flags of every country’

In the state’s most diverse district, students weigh in on what it means to them to go to school with peers from all over the globe...

Black history lessons ‘acknowledge the great leaders that came before us’

In Byron Center, kindergartners are learning about Black leaders throughout history, while in Kelloggsville, high schoolers are engaged all year in learning about the excellence of Black innovators and trailblazers...

May 4 bond vote would fund new K-8 balanced calendar school, tech ed center

Voters will consider a $192.15 million bond proposal Tuesday, May 4 that if passed will fund a new K-8 school for students who opt for a balanced calendar school-year schedule, a new Career Technology Education Center and upgrades and enhancements to all district facilities...

Districts ready to spend COVID relief dollars — once state allocates them

Area school districts are waiting for federal relief funding to address the year-long impact of the COVID-19 pandemic...

New director: enthusiasm of young learners is inspiring

Meet Your Administrator: Cindy Viveen, the new Byron Center Early Childhood Center Director...

Survey, search under way for new superintendent

Staff and community members can weigh in on what qualities, experiences and skills they’d like to see in their next superintendent...

Thankful for parents, thankful for teachers

The pandemic has expanded parents’ role in education, from homework helper and field trip chaperone to full-time teacher and Zoom monitor. Educators, too, have adapted...

Help wanted: auto mechanics

Kent ISD and GRCC programs create a pathway to careers that can pay top technicians anywhere from $80,000 to more than $100,000 per year...

Pass the midterm, move ahead to second semester

Despite challenges of school during a pandemic, test results were higher on average than last year in Byron Center High School’s AP Psychology class...

Young constitutional scholars view current events, politics through historical lens

East Grand Rapids and East Kentwood high school We the People team members have qualified for the national competition, becoming well versed in civics and critical thinking along the way...
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