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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...

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...

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...

Buck Creek Hunter, Master Ear Wiggler, Life-long Wolf

School: West Elementary Other positions you have held in education (title, school, district, state): Sixth-and-seventh-grade social studies teacher at Jackson Park Junior High School 9th and 10th-grade social studies teacher at Wyoming Park and Rogers High schools Assistant principal at...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

After Taking a Left Turn, He Found His Right Calling

Justin Mathes began by tutoring youth at various schools, now the new Valleywood Middle School Principal...

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...

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...
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