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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 Class of 2020: learning to roll with it

From 9/11 to the coronavirus, the Class of 2020 saw and experienced tremendous change within their school careers and young lives...

Summer school is in session

By Kent ISD offering free summer school, MySchool@Kent is expecting to triple its usual summer enrollment...

Kent ISD to close Kent Innovation High

Kent ISD announces it will phase out the Kent Innovation High program, although current students can complete the program...

‘So many doors have opened’

With the aid of Kent ISD’s Project NorthStar, a new father made a choice that led him to not only graduate, but to do so early...

Supporting parents as teachers

Bright Beginnings was recently recognized by the national organization that sets standards for early childhood programs...

A virtual world, and that includes board meetings

With permission from the governor, many area public school districts are entering new territory, hosting virtual board meetings...

Business as usual

While traditional brick-and-mortar schools had to close due to the statewide stay-at-home order, online learning continued for these students and staff...

Getting down to business

Through the inaugural Student StartUp Day, area high school students met with local professionals and learned what it takes to make an idea for a business a reality...

A year of adventure cut short

For many exchange students, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant going home early, missing key high school moments...

Making toys inclusive

A senior capstone project on how to adapt a toy for a child with limited mobility gives a group of students job skills in problem solving and life lessons in empathy...

Sylvia James fills opening on Kent ISD School Board

Kent ISD’s School Board appointed Sylvia James to its five-member board after long-time member Bill Joseph retires...

Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

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.
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