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Karen Gentry

Karen Gentry
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Karen Gentry covers Comstock Park. She is from Evansville, Indiana and St. Joseph, Mich. and a graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic High School and Central Michigan University. She moved to the Grand Rapids area in the mid-1980s and has been a resident of Comstock Park since 2002. She understands the complexity, rewards and challenges of the teaching profession as she has five years of experience as a high school teacher at River Valley High School in Three Oaks, Mich. and St. Stephen High School in Saginaw. As a reporter for the Advance Newspapers and Mlive she covered Sparta, Kent City and Northview schools. She is happy to be reunited with some of her journalism colleagues and writing about Comstock Park Public Schools for the School News Network. Read Karen's full bio or email Karen.

Comstock Park closes all schools for in-person instruction

Dave Washburn, superintendent of Comstock Park Schools, said the decision to go all-virtual was made due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students, as well as the number of staff and students quarantined...

Laughter, lessons & support for virtual students, parents

Key to learning from home: get outside, be safely social and find ways to bond, moms say...

Superheroes, jungle explorers, Cinderella join virtual kindergarten lessons

As an all-virtual kindergarten teacher at Stoney Creek Elementary, Tiffany Imhoff is constantly adapting and tweaking her lessons to keep her students engaged and learning...

Team builder, champion shaper wants athletes to be their best

She comes to the district after five years as women’s basketball coach at Ferris State University...

This student leader aspires to inspire

His advice: seize all opportunities, reach out to others...

Student athletes glad football is back, after trying other sports

Some student athletes briefly competed in other sports, such as tennis and cross country, after fall football was canceled. Now they’re happy to be back on the gridiron...

In class, online, both? Parents, students wrestle with choices

Students, parents, teachers and others share their feelings about the start of this school year...

Comstock Park offers hybrid or all virtual options

After surveying the community, the district settled on a hybrid option: Students will be divided into two groups and attend school on Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday...

Preschoolers Zoom, play to learn

Comstock Park’s preschool teachers have gotten creative with online learning with their students including weekly Zoom meetings, story time, closed Facebook groups and themed activities...

From childhood struggles in Georgia to student leader at Comstock Park

Switching states and school systems after a difficult childhood, Abbie Glass blossomed into a student leader at Comstock Park High School...

For test prep, teachers invite students to hang out

Comstock Park High School teachers have turned to Google Hangouts to stay in touch with students preparing for their AP exams...

Math Connections from Honduras to Comstock Park

Math students at Comstock Park High School enjoy the assistance, teaching ability and personality of student teacher Elizabeth Goff Sterbrook who is a native of Honduras...

Voters to consider non-homestead millage renewal

Comstock Park voters will consider renewal of the districts non-homestead millage May 10....

Student honored for essay about family hero

Third grader Blake Schipper was recognized for his essay on the heroics of his cousin, a Marine who died in Afghanistan in 2011...

Need advice? Ask an older student

Mill Creek Middle School seventh and eighth graders serve as mentors to all sixth graders in the school-wide program, M2M (Mentor to Mentee) program, to help younger students transition from elementary to middle school...

A cool new place to read: quiet, colorful and comfy

New updated library space at Pine Island Elementary includes updated books, new comfortable furniture, themed displays, and a spinner of graphic novels...
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