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Phil de Haan hails from Exeter, Ontario, but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985. He is the son of a longtime public school teacher who taught both English and machine shop! Phil took both classes at South Huron District High School, but English stuck, and at Calvin College, where he met his wife, Sue, he majored in English and minored in journalism. His background includes both freelance writing and public relations work, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level. In the summer of 2019, he began his own freelance writing and communications business. In his spare time, Phil plays pick-up hockey and pickleball and tries to keep tabs on his two adult children. Read Phil's full bio or email Phil.

Blessed by Brookelyn supports GRPS elementary school athletics

When Tonya Elias lost her daughter in a tragic accident five years ago, she decided to start a nonprofit in Brookelyn’s name, using the life insurance money received after her death...

Earning it a way of life for Osorio twins

Wyoming High School graduates in pre-dental program at Grand Valley State University ready to overcome all obstacles...

Top Honors

City High/Middle School earned a first for GRPS when it was named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School, one of only three high schools in Michigan so honored this year...

‘Getting ready for the robot revolution’

Middle school students think robots are probably the future, but for right now they’re hoping to have fun, learn a few things and hang out with their friends...

Protecting cyber security in schools: ‘This is kind of scary’

A cyber security event at Kent ISD on Halloween was designed to make the prospect of an attack on school data a little less frightening...

Halloween-day change brings ‘treat’ for local schools

New agreement with Switch, Caledonia, Kent ISD, to prevent school funding losses due to tax abatements...

Working to reduce chronic absenteeism

The Kent County School-Justice Partnership meets almost monthly to work to keep kids in school...

Learning under the trees

Local teachers who are mentoring the next generation of environmental stewards are benefiting from Groundswell's monthly programming...

Top Honors

City High/Middle School earned a first for GRPS when it was named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School, one of only three high schools in Michigan so honored this year...

Earning it a way of life for Osorio twins

Wyoming High School graduates in pre-dental program at Grand Valley State University ready to overcome all obstacles...

Army of youth march to ‘fight for the world we will be living in’

Students from across Kent County put their science learning to work by taking part in the worldwide marches calling for action on climate change...

SmartArt competition winner finds inspiration in art, science classes

C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy junior Cindy Mazariegos-Barrios was so sure she wasn't going to win the 2019 SmartArt competition, she forgot to mention the big event where they announced the winner to her parents. Oops...

Phil de Haan

Phil de Haan hails from Exeter, Ontario, but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985. He is the son of a longtime public school teacher who taught both English and machine shop! Phil took both classes at South Huron District High School, but English stuck, and at Calvin College, where he met his wife, Sue, he majored in English and minored in journalism. His background includes both freelance writing and public relations work, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level. In the summer of 2019, he began his own freelance writing and communications business. In his spare time, Phil plays pick-up hockey and pickleball and tries to keep tabs on his two adult children.
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