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Janice Holst

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Janice Holst is a reporter covering Kent City and Sparta. She has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and enjoys spending some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio

Classroom energy + student enthusiasm = math success

Four years ago, Cedar View fifth grade teachers Jennifer Kahler and Erin Cairy switched the traditional teaching style of explaining math concepts and helping...

Team Targets ‘Anything That Might Impede Education’

"I am not that person holding a sign on the busy street corner and I don't sleep under the bridge. But, I am homeless."Students...

Dog Groomer, Band Fan, Roving Boater

School: Cedar View ElementaryOther positions you have held in education: Previously I was a teacher, a school principal, a program coordinator, and a discipline...

Boosting Student Reading Takes Center Stage

While it isn't clear if nationally renowned researcher Richard Allington was excited to see staff from the school district where he started his career,...

Reading Always Comes First

School: Beach ElementaryOther positions you have held in education: Before coming to Cedar Springs, I was a teacher, an assistant principal and a principal...

‘We Support Each Other’

When Dan Crofoot recently was shown a letter he wrote to a student in 1989, he said, "It made me realize that what we...

New School Year Brings Cool Stuff

Trying out the new "giant fidget spinner" and logging on to a personal computer were just two of the exciting changes Appleview Elementary students...

Make them Feel ‘Valued, Capable and Loved’

School: Cedar TrailsOther positions you have held in education: I was a principal and early childhood director for DeWitt Public Schools for three years;...

District Hops into New School Year with Positive Message

High school biology and chemistry teacher Edward Johns has always believed his job is to help students become the "best versions of themselves." But...
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