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Michigan Teachers of the Year to speak on leadership at GVSU forum

Michigan MTOYs Luke Wilcox and Tracy Horodyski will talk about their roles as Teachers of the Year, the importance of leadership in their schools and communities, empowering fellow staff members and helping students grow

Students on #metoo Movement: ‘It Kind of Scares Me’

Freshman Ava Deschaine plays basketball and runs cross country and track for her high school. So she felt sad for the more than 150 female athletes who recently testified that Dr. Larry Nassar had abused them under the guise...
Parent volunteer Danielle Storey makes sure kindergartners Gabriel Hrycyk, pointing, and Audrina Coronado are picked up by their parents after school

Almost a Teacher, Now She Helps Them All

Danielle Storey leads a line of bundled-up kindergartners through the halls of Central Elementary School, to an exit where parents wait by their cars to pick them up. She makes eye contact with or waves to every parent to...
Hugs from students like Allison Klimek are nothing unusual for English teacher David Lyons

‘Such Good and Such Promise in Each of Them’

Fourteen students form a semicircle, discussing in detail the meaning of a poem by Pablo Neruda, "I Like When You Are Quiet." Witness the teaching of David Lyons. He lets them talk for 45 minutes, with hardly a pause, about...

Interviewing 101 Helps Students Hone Skills

Had it been a real job interview, Katlyn Siddall might well have been hired. In a practice interview in the high school library, Katlyn told Allyson Baumgard her step-by-step plan to become a pediatrician, and why she wants to be...

Mindful Students Find Calm at End of School Day

Twenty-eight students lie on the floor of a darkened classroom, cloth masks over their eyes, silently listening to the soothing murmur of ocean waves and cries of seagulls. At the end of a hard day of studying, their minds...

Students Hope to Save Lives with Honored Video

Brooke Buchanan and Molly Growney admit they sort of assumed their teacher was giving them busy work when he assigned them a project at the end of last school year. What they created took nearly four months to finish and...

‘When Trouble Came to Find Me, She Was There’

Lexis Pearson was a self-described troublemaker when she was in seventh grade. Her poor choices led her to the office of social worker Brooke Davis. But by her junior year, Pearson had turned herself around to the point of being...

Turn, Talk and Listen

Kindergartner Vincent Reatini looked up from his book, “Froggy Builds a Tree House,” which he couldn’t read much of yet. But asked for his favorite part, he promptly pointed to one page and said, “This is my favorite part,...

Sports Nut, Zamboni Driver, Dedicated Educator

School: Central Elementary Other positions you have held in education: I spent the past 11 years as an English teacher at Kenowa Hills High School. During that tenure, I taught every grade level but, by far, my favorite was teaching...

Renovated Building ‘Feels Like a Brand-New School’

Just after taking their seats in the newly renovated Alpine Elementary School, LeAnn’s Smoes’ fourth-graders piped up when she asked what they liked about it. “New clocks!” one said. “The rooms are huge,” offered another. “These desks are so new!”...

Administrator Elected to Lead Statewide Educators Group

Assistant Superintendent Mike Burde has been named president-elect of the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists, an organization to help local school districts optimize their use of state and federal funds. Burde will serve for three school...

From Schoolhouse to the White House

When Tracy Horodyski looks back on her year as Michigan Teacher of the Year, the recollections come tumbling out: the dozens of presentations she made to other teachers around the state; a national conference with all other state teachers...

Six Teachers Seek National Board Credentials

Big names in teaching in Kent County – Michigan Teachers of the Year for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 – have joined forces to share the best ways to engage students and get them to achieve at high levels. A cohort of...

Taking a Stand – Make That a Walk – Against Slavery

The more students in Jim Kendra’s social-studies classes learned about modern-day slavery, the more they wanted to do something about it. Out of their concern came the Kenowa Hills Freedom Project, where for one day social-studies classes took laps around...

STEM on Steroids: Students Design Electric Vehicles

High school students put their STEM skills to work by designing a car for the future at the 11th annual Square One Innovative Vehicle Design Mobility Challenge. More than half a dozen Kenowa Hills students competed against other teams...
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‘Be The Change’

Kenowa Hills High School senior Carlos Velazquez created a compelling and inspirational anti-bullying video titled "Be the Change." It was inspired by Carlos' belief that bullying victims often turn into perpetrators themselves, and this cycle continues until someone reaches...

Shades of Life

Editor's note: Students in Grace Bollman's English class at Kenowa Hills High School were assigned to write a poem reflecting on the book "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom. This one was written by 10th-grader Haily Raupp. A morning following...
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