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Meet Your Administrators

District welcomes new administrators, ready to ‘lead through uncharted waters’

New administrators share their thoughts on starting their posts during a pandemic...

Avid reader, Petoskey-stone hunter, lover of great outdoors

Melanie Hoeksema is the new Ada Elementary principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Small-town girl, athlete, talker, with her eye on the tiger

Kelly Amshey is the new principal of Rockford Virtual School. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Breadstick boy, Ripcord rider and now athlete and administrator

The new Kent City High School and Middle School principal is Jordan Stuhan. He replaces Bill Crane, who moved to the position of assistant superintendent of business and administrative services...

Sports enthusiast, music fan, family man

He played three sports in high school and the bass trombone, and says when it comes to music, 'if it gets the blood pumpin, I could probably make it work'...

From cruise director to the classroom

Cortney O’Brien is the new interim dean of students for the 2020-2021 school year at Cedar Trails Elementary School. School News Network took some time to get to know her better in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

Education ‘a family thing’ for new interim superintendent

Nate Fowler is the new interim superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year at Lowell Area Schools. School News Network sat down with the lifelong educator to get to know him better in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

Wedding singer, home renovator, intentional leader

Kristen Pennington is the new Knapp Forest Elementary principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

She got her start at Kent ISD’s Early Childhood Program after a ‘practice interview’

Ashley Karsten is the new director of Great Start Readiness Program at Kent ISD...

Childhood sports nut, always ready to rise up for children

Mindy McGinn is the new Lakes Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

From digging swimming pools to stupid human tricks, this admin has a looong list of talents

Luke Scholten is the new Kenowa Hills director of special education and early childhood education...

Kevin Philipps joins Kent ISD as new financial chief, likes education’s collaborative approach

After spending the last 13 years as an administrator at East Grand Rapids Schools, Kevin Philipps is the new Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services at Kent ISD...

Shoe salesman and mashed potato maker comes back to his roots

He wasn’t drawn back just because he went to school there, but also because they teach using personal mastery and competency-based education...

When you empower students, ‘they will amaze you’

Caledonia High School’s new principal moved up from the assistant...

Most important thing we do is ‘have a belief in our own bright future’

On the road with family or in the stands with fellow Cubs fans, this new school chief is a Yooper who wants students to shine in their own best way...
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