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Ryan Colburn, MacGyver of the vet world

Ryan Colburn is the only full-time veterinarian at the John Ball Zoo, and the man behind the scenes who makes sure that some 1,500 animals are physically fit for your viewing pleasure...

A family tradition: school, community, teaching

After making their way through the Thornapple Kellogg school system, Josh, Samuel and Rebecka Thaler are back teaching in their home district...

Coach’s story goes beyond playbooks, is one for history books

Tom DeGennaro said that while Retired Zeeland Athletic Director Stan Jesky’s 52 years of coaching experience are worth noting, it’s his life story -- starting with birth -- that needs to be shared...

Class of 2000 kindergartners come back to Fountain School: ‘We were a family’

Alumni of the 1987 Fountain School kindergarten – the Class of 2000 – got together at their old school for a mini-reunion full of memories and laughter...

Mr. Rocket’s legacy trails for four decades

Retiring Athletic Director Bruce Foster leaves a legacy of impacting students’ lives through sports, and doing what he can to provide an excellent program for student athletes...

A proud Wolf looks back on a career of service to Wyoming

From removing pay-to-play fees for athletics to starting the Wyoming Middle College dual enrollment program so students can earn a tuition-free associate’s degree in high school, retiring Superintendent Thomas Reeder has kept his eye on giving students opportunities they need to thrive...

Hopes, Dreams and Here We Go

To help seniors prepare for “life’s next step,” Northview’s English 12 classes teach students employability skills such as résumés, job interviews and public speaking...

Dedicated educator retiring after 44-year career, during which “I knew ‘em all”

When the school bells ring and they throw open the doors at Northview Public Schools this coming autumn, it’s likely Dan Duba, principal at Crossroads Middle School, will be elsewhere. For the first time in 44 years...

Through music and movement, students with disabilities learn life skills

At Lincoln School, students with autism, multiple impairments and cognitive disorders learn through movement, music and story thanks to a partnership with Grand Rapids Ballet...

Students seek ways to attract more people into teaching

Teams of Kent Innovation High students were challenged to research the causes of the shortage of college students training to be teachers, and formulate a possible way for GVSU's College of Education to address the problem

Local students invite congressional candidates to March for Our Lives town hall

Having made known their demands for safer schools and stronger gun laws in the March for Our Lives, more than a dozen local students are hosting a town hall meeting with U.S. congressional candidates to address solutions to gun...

Students march for their lives: ‘If others aren’t going to do it, I think...

Six teenage organizers from Forest Hills and Grand Rapids led a crowd of thousands in the March for Our Lives at Rosa Parks Circle

Lupe Ramos-Montigny: ‘Everyone Deserves to be a Part of Something’

Lupe Ramos-Montigny has done as much as anyone – and perhaps more than any Latina – to advance educational opportunities for children in Grand Rapids and beyond...

‘They’re right. We are just a bunch of kids. But we’ve also been the...

Students at City High/Middle School joined others demonstrating across America Wednesday, a month after the massacre that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida

‘He took the reins, and we moved forward’

Michael Shibler is in his 50th year in education, including 29 as superintendent of Rockford Public Schools. But in a profession not known for longevity, Shibler shows no signs of slowing down
Kattie Eason makes sure all traffic has stopped on Wealthy Street to make way for eighth-graders (from left) Sharkia Caldwell, Zaionna Love and Kalyce Russell

Stop, Look and Here’s Some Love

When Kattie Eason first stepped onto a Wealthy Street SE corner to serve as a school crossing guard at Henry Elementary School – now Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy -- she was 21 years old.
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