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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma covers Kent ISD and Godwin Heights. She was born in the Detroit area but grew up in Brighton where she attended Hartland Public Schools. The salutatorian for the Class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism and minored in photography and German. She expanded her color palette to include orange and black as both her daughters graduated from Byron Center Public Schools; maroon and white for Aquinas College where her daughter studies nursing and also brought back blue and maize for Grand Rapids Community College where her youngest daughter currently is studying music. Read Joanne's full bio

The final word

Four 2021 graduates share their insights about high school and the pandemic, along with some advice...

Building their English in hopes of helping others

A new Kent ISD Adult Education program helps fill a need for interpreters while providing a career path for students...

Cracking the code

First Robotics coach Ryan Hoch will offer a summer Lego program, and has plans to add a robotics program to the middle school this fall...

Show them the scholarships!

Ten Tech Center students earn more than $276,000 in college scholarships...

This 2020 grad’s advice: ‘Take your time; it’s not a race’

A global pandemic didn’t stop Krysten Meyer from pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse...

Today’s classrooms look more like the world

Kent County schools are experiencing substantial change in the racial and ethnic makeup of their students, with classrooms looking more and more like the society and world around them...

The marvelous library of North Godwin

New paint, new books and new furniture transforms North Godwin’s library into a ‘merry old place’ of discovery...

It’s a clean sweep

An opportunity to work on life skills leads to a group of Kent ISD Community Transition Center students helping one local restaurant during the pandemic...

Expressing their gratitude

KTC students have joined forces to help send a message of appreciation to local veterans...

Back where they belong

Twenty-two alumni currently work in the district. They make up about 8% of district staff...

Three-dimensional thinker

She’s designing her life, from the roof trusses to her dream home to how she will impact others...

‘I want to do that’

The encouragement of co-workers helped her discover Kent ISD adult education and its career and technical ed programs...

With his eye on the goal

Godwin’s Ru’Quan Buckley was not going to let anything -- including a pandemic -- stop him from achieving his goal...

Kent ISD superintendent search suspended, interim to stay on for now

With a low number of applications and a concern for rebuilding connectedness among staff, the Kent ISD board has suspended its superintendent search...

‘You feel like your voice is being heard’

The high school’s Equity Conversations program provides a safe place where students and staff can talk openly about racism and other issues...
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