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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.

Suddenly serving up thousands of pick-up meals with a smile

Switching from serving students in their buildings to handing out food curbside is a whole new thing for schools...

Working from concrete to abstract in Algebra 2

Popsicle-stick Ferris wheels are just one more way to teach important mathematics concepts at Kelloggsville’s 54th Street Academy...

Rallying to feed families

While alarming news regarding the novel coronavirus continues to unfold nationwide, Kent County teachers, administrators, food service workers and community volunteers are coming together to make sure students and families continue to have plenty of food while their schools are closed...

What does the 2020 Census have to do with school lunch?

With some funding dependent on census data, school districts help spread the word on this key count of residents...

Kelloggsville voters to decide sinking fund request

If approved on May 5, the request would mean about 96 cents a week for a $100,000 home but would allow the district to fund a long list of already-identified projects without borrowing or paying long term interest debt...

GRPS Graduation Rates Up 71 Percent Since 2012

For the eighth consecutive year, GRPS saw improvement in district-wide graduation rates...

Student award-winning artworks on display at Kendall

Numerous Kent ISD school district students are represented in an art display at The Fed Galleries until Feb. 29...

Stepping up and giving back

For Luis Perez, being a mentor at Southwest Community Campus brings back a lot of great memories...

Pudding parfaits and pedagogy

For preschool students at the Kelloggsville Early Childhood Learning Center, Cooking Thursdays are a recipe for success...

‘Thinking about my world and deciding how to make it’

A middle school teacher is using gaming software to help his students learn about islands, archipelagos, peninsulas and more...

EL students: eager to learn, ‘masters of change’

English Learners classes at Kelloggsville High School serve students from myriad countries and offer a variety of teaching techniques to help them succeed...

Elective gives high-schoolers a crash-course in business

Students handle everything from raising capital and tracking finances to marketing and sales...

Students supplement learning with ballet, clay creatures & Billie Holiday

A grant-funded partnership between Brookside Elementary and the Salvation Army Kroc Center sees third, fourth and fifth grade students make a trek twice a week through their backyard for classes in ballet, clay and jazz...

‘Bigger than me’ kicks off newly formed group

For the first time in its history, Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary has a 12-person Student Council, one representative for every class...

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...
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