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Phil de Haan

Phil de Haan
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Phil de Haan covers Grand Rapids and Kelloggsville and also is a general assignment reporter and the point person for the SNN Facebook and Twitter feeds. He 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.

Handyman helps guard employees against sneezes and other hazards

Protective barriers for many GRPS employees were created by a fellow GRPS employee this summer and fall, at a cost far less than purchasing them would have been...

Have cart, will travel

A Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary music teacher has a new cart for her ukuleles, thanks to her school, her husband and the Kent Career Tech Center...

Board to interview four applicants for superintendent post

The public is invited to attend interviews on Nov. 10-11 with four finalists for the Thornapple Kellogg superintendent post...

Custodian’s impact goes beyond keeping school clean

At Kelloggsville’s Southeast Elementary, students are all about Team Doxie...

A promise for college fulfilled: ‘I’m so grateful’

This fall some 250 students are attending Grand Rapids Community College on a Promise Zone scholarship, including 160 from Grand Rapids Public Schools...

Students learn resilience by piecing together art

It’s Bruno Mars and breaking glass in Room 1505 at Kelloggsville High School this fall...

Area superintendents warn of need for vigilance in combating virus

The superintendents’ letter warns if cases continue to trend upwards, further restrictions in school settings could be necessary...

Schools closed to stem spread of COVID

Kelloggsville Middle School and Kelloggsville High School move to remote learning for two days after students and staff show symptoms of COVID...

Looking for classroom lessons in the great outdoors

Sally Triant is exploring every GRPS campus in the city, looking for places to turn the outdoors into an educational opportunity...

GRPS to continue virtual-only instruction for rest of semester

GRPS leaders decided to extend the district's 100 percent virtual learning model for the rest of the first semester after the Kent County Health Department announced rapidly rising COVID-19 positivity rates...

New interim director heads foundation support of K-8 student sports

An attorney with both sports and fundraising experience is the new interim director of a program that gives GRPS K-8 students a chance to play sports, regardless of ability to pay...

Deadline set to determine plans for next marking period at GRPS

GRPS parents and guardians have a little more than a week to decide if their students will remain in virtual learning or return to school buildings in a hybrid model for the next marking period...

Rocketing through Robotics

Creating 3D-printed rockets is just one hands-on activity this fall in a new Introduction to Robotics course at Kelloggsville High School...

CARES funding helps schools meet COVID-related costs

Across Kent County, schools are benefitting from an infusion of funds thanks to $2 million from the Kent County Board of Commissioners via the Kent County CARES Act School Grant Program...

For school business officers, an ‘incredibly frenzied’ year

Being a school district business manager is a big job in the best of times. But doing the job during COVID-19? A challenge to say the least...

Superintendent announces retirement, interim named

A former Byron Center superintendent is taking the reins at Thornapple Kellogg on an interim basis...
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