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Karen Gentry

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Karen Gentry covers Comstock Park. 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 a part of the great team of journalists at School News Network and writing about Comstock Park Public Schools. She is a graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic High School in St Joseph, Michigan and Central Michigan University. Read Karen's full bio

Mentor group brings sense of belonging, accountability

A group of middle school boys enjoyed meeting on Wednesdays for donuts, camaraderie and mentoring as a fun way to discuss what’s going on in their lives. A school social worker and deputy from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department offered support and guidance...

Care, concern, collaboration and relationships: pandemic positives

Despite the many obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have seen positives shine through in the form of lessons — and gifts — they’ve experienced as a result of being forced to try new things...

High school principal shifts to human resources, strategic planning

Dan Holden has been named the district’s new assistant superintendent of human resources. He will continue as co-principal of the high school with Tony Petkus, former assistant principal and athletic director...
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