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‘Bring your best every day’

Katie Bredeweg, a second-grade teacher at Stoney Creek Elementary, talks about her experiences in the classroom and the lasting impact that a teacher can have...

Teacher pleaser, shoe tier, lifelong learner

Tiffany Jackson is the new Stoney Creek Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

‘Education is in my blood’

Besides decades of working in area public schools, David Washburn grew up in a family of educators, including his father, former Forest Hills Superintendent Michael Washburn...

MySchool@Kent students overcome obstacles to get to graduation

Students choose online high school for a variety of reasons. Here, a few of this year’s graduates reflect...

Take a bow, grasshoppers

Recorder karate is about many things, but first and foremost it is about training...

Comstock Park Board begins superintendent search

The search is on for a new superintendent after Ethan Ebenstein announced he is leaving the post at the end of June to become the superintendent at Ionia County ISD...

Injury, illness can’t hold back this future teacher

Her junior year, another ACL suffered a tear, and that too meant a visit to a surgeon. It was while recovering from that injury that Emily was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma...

‘You can’t rely on other people to build you up’

Shane Brewer admits he once did “the bare minimum” in school. “I just scraped along. It’s not that I’m not smart. I just didn’t see the point.” Until he did...

‘I want to teach,’ says senior inspired by sixth-grade teacher

This cadet plans a career in middle school education. He credits his own teachers for cementing his aspirations...

Zoo visit by students for students

Some 125 Stoney Creek Elementary kindergartners toured John Ball Zoo and were led by zoo school students

‘Books… were calling to me to learn more’

Stoney Creek second-graders recently got to use their fascination with certain animals to show off newly acquired nonfiction writing skills
Tamyah Yarbrough, left, and Evelyn Reyes mix up a batch of best-selling oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal raisin philanthropy gets students cooking

The after-school kitchen club formed in January is using proceeds from lunchtime sales of cookies to benefit kids facing cancer

STEM ed through mask-making

Some 120 seventh-graders in Whitney Goulooze’s art class at Mill Creek Middle School are being introduced to the special effects industry

Teachers Say Children Need to Play, Not Work All Day

If you think kindergartners still play with glue and paper all day, think again. In fact they're not playing enough, educators say, so they've set aside a day to do just that. See how children learn through playing at...

Writing Lesson Rewrite Produces Big Gains

Aiden Hernandez may only be in the first grade, but he's already got opinions about things. As in, "yes" to green beans and "no" to broccoli. And he's not a fan of snow or math, but he does like...
Linda Nelson, violinist with the Grand Rapids Symphony, shows Meeah Fisher how to hold a bow

Students Play a Happy Tune with Symphony Pros

The three strings musicians who visited Pine Island Elementary this week didn't have to do a whole song and dance to hold the attention of teacher Wendy Hawes' fourth-graders. The songs were enough. Jonathan Copsey's hand shot up during the...
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