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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

Senior leads with calm & confidence

He’s involved in soccer, jazz band and Student Council. The future engineer leads his class academically and is a positive influence...

From regular trouble to focused & mature

This potential future corrections officer knows what it takes to turn things around...

CORE vocabulary and symbols help youngsters develop language skills

The method decreases frustration, improves communication for students who may have limited language and increases language development. And all students can benefit...

From NFL video game to the real guy

Professional football player Zooms with fourth-graders, much to their delight...

‘I’m hoping the world will be my oyster’

With his resiliency, adaptability and drive, it’s no surprise that this 2014 CPHS grad is now a PhD student in computer science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York...

Building a community of readers

Students find that reading can be fun when everybody has the same book. And also, when there are prizes...

Language arts teacher brings world of books to classroom

An extensive in-class collection and a partnership with KDL helps this teacher nurture lifelong readers...

Back to school five days a week for Comstock Park schools

All Comstock Park schools will be open five days a week for in-person instruction for the first time starting today, March 8...

Weaving art into everything

In art teacher Macy Austin’s classes, students learn everything from drawing in perspective to watercolor and oils techniques. Those skills are on display in an online showcase...

The Hood family: a school & community leadership dynasty

Five generations have lived within a five- to six-mile radius dating back to a government work program in the 1930s...

New high school teachers rise to challenges of pandemic year

Four new high-school teachers have so far led in-person, hybrid and virtual classes, having accepted the challenges of teaching in the midst of a pandemic...

No obstacle too challenging for young problem-solvers

Problem solving, strategic thinking and collaboration are on tap for young thinkers in a program at Pine Island Elementary School...

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...
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