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Former teachers now elementary leaders for GRPS

Thomas A. Standifer II is the new principal of Mulick Park Elementary School and Julie Fogg Reyers is the new Ridgemoor Park Montessori principal. SNN gets to know them in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Reading Always Comes First

School: Beach Elementary Other positions you have held in education: Before coming to Cedar Springs, I was a teacher, an assistant principal and a principal with Grand Rapids Public Schools. How about jobs outside education? My first job was as a...

New superintendent aims to be “positive influence” throughout district

Smith has been in education for 25 years — as a teacher, a principal or in other administration roles. “That collection of experience prepared me for this opportunity in Cedar Springs” he said...

‘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...

Farmhand, Auto Worker, Advocate for All

School: Central Middle Other positions you have held in education: Middle school math teacher, Gypsum Creek Middle School, Gypsum, Colorado; math coach/instructional coach, New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School, New Berlin, Wisconsin How about jobs outside education? Farmhand (I milked cows!), General...

District grad, longtime staffer takes helm … but can he moonwalk?

Jerry Klekotka is the new Crossroads Middle School principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

From TV Producer to Teacher to Principal

School: Meadowlawn Elementary Other positions you have held in education: I was academic support coach for all elementary buildings in Kentwood Public Schools. I've also been an independent literacy consultant leading professional development with schools across Michigan. I also was...

Right place, right time for new district chief

The greatest lesson that Dedrick Martin will apply to his new position as Caledonia superintendent came from students during his teaching days, he said...

Dog Groomer, Band Fan, Roving Boater

School: Cedar View Elementary Other positions you have held in education: Previously I was a teacher, a school principal, a program coordinator, and a discipline coordinator. How about jobs outside education? I was a dog groomer and pharmacy tech prior to...

From class clown to head of the school

Andrew Kolzow is the new East Kentwood Freshman Campus principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Yep, She Was That Kid in Middle School

School: West Middle Other positions you have held in education: I was high school science teacher and competitive cheer and girls track and field coach at Thornapple Kellogg High School for 10 years. How about jobs outside education? I worked in...

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...

Girl Scout, Journalist, Spartan

School: Grand View Elementary Other positions you have held in education: ⅚ teacher andassistant principal at Century Park, adjunct instructor at Ferris State University with a focus on field supervision, and classroom teacher in a variety of grades in Chicago. How...

Of travel, teaching, and Timberlake

Beth Travis is the new principal at East Kelloggsville Elementary School. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Spartan, Hip-Hopper, Champion for Students

School: Lakeside Elementary Other positions you have held in education: I taught elementary Spanish for one year, spent five years in elementary classrooms, and was a principal at Saginaw Township Community Schools for the previous two years. How about jobs outside...

Being principal of alternative school ‘really speaks to my heart’

Danielle Hendry, the new principal at MySchool@Kent, says her school’s nontraditional setting offers nontraditional students an opportunity to live a successful life...
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