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Make them Feel ‘Valued, Capable and Loved’

School: Cedar Trails Other positions you have held in education: I was a principal and early childhood director for DeWitt Public Schools for three years; an early childhood specialist for Ingham ISD for three years; and a Great Start Readiness...

Interim principal hopes you have the time of your life

Tony Quinn is the new interim principal at West Oakview Elementary School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet the Principal...

New superintendent looks to ‘significantly impact’ district

New Superintendent Craig Hoekstra has the opportunity to lead major investment in the district where he grew up, serving generations of Wolves to come...

New Sparta superintendent: ‘Put me in, coach, I am ready to play’

The first question Pete Bush was asked by the student panel during the superintendent interview process was how he would decide on closing school for snow days. That, he said, is an important question, because it deals with school safety...

A Trio of Newcomers

Meet three of seven new principals at Forest Hills Public Schools: Eastern High Assistant Principal Kristine Yelding, Ada Elementary Principal Kimberly Van Antwerp, and Orchard View Elementary Principal Tim Fournier. Other principals in new buidings this year are David Simpson, Northern...

From Panther to Red Arrow, he’s on his way

Steve Gough (pronounced Goff) is the new Lowell High School principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

Baseball, high school, happiness

Amy Pallo is the new Eastern High School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Athlete, Goat Farmer, ‘Chill’ Encourager

School: Thornapple Kellogg Middle Other positions you have held in education: Health/PE teacher for 12 years. My first year was at Grand Rapids Public Schools, and every year since has been at TK High School. Spouse/children: I am married to Nathan...

Once he knew the why, ‘Everything fell into place’

Jeff Bush, the new principal at Kent Innovation High School, was not a star student when he was in high school...

Champion for children, up-and-comer in Gaga ball

Cheryl Corpus is the new Gladiola Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

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...

Former homecoming king knows grades matter… and a little AC/DC helps

Former high school jock and homecoming king Ryan Graham is now the team captain at the Tech Center...

Family man with a mega-resume settles in as principal

Brian Balding is the new Cedar Springs Middle School principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Two New Leaders for City Schools

Snowboarder, Mushroom Harvester, Stevie Wonder Fan Meet Your Principal: Ryan Huppert School: City High/Middle and the Center for Economicology Other positions you have held in education: Sparta Community Education: teacher of ESL to migrant agricultural community; Grand Rapids Public Schools: science teacher...

Veteran teachers become new principals

Matthew Zokoe is the new principal at Cannonsburg Elementary and Shannon Ouellette is the new principal at Belmont Elementary. SNN gets to know them in this edition of Meet Your Principal...

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...
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