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Veteran Grand Rapids teacher back in classroom for 50th year

The pandemic almost did her in, but she decided that if she didn’t have to return to virtual in 2021-22, she was coming back...

‘You can see their minds expanding’

This multi-award-winning physics teacher and robotics coach has made it his mission to keep doors open for students and encourage young women to pursue STEM careers...

Socks optional, fun mandatory: retiring science teacher reflects on a successful career

Retiring after nearly 30 years in the district, this teacher made a difference in the classroom, on the sports field, in fundraising and in the lives of his students...

‘There is something about inclusion’

This teacher has made it her mission to help students with mild impairments find their way in school and beyond...

A champion of creativity

Despite the challenges of being a first-year teacher in a school year disrupted by a global pandemic, Kent City’s new art teacher inspires students to keep growing in their creative skills...

A fun classroom, by design

This fifth-grade teacher, a finalist for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, loves to get her students involved in STEM projects using design thinking...

Teacher lights science up with creativity

As a child, Wendy Johnson’s curiosity led her to discover her passion for science. Now a ninth-grade biophysics teacher at East Kentwood, her passion transforms the average science class into a hub of student curiosity...

A veteran teacher adapts to new reality: ‘nothing compares to this’

An elementary school teacher of 40 years says education has never seen anything like 2020...

‘Soul of Northview’ Says Students Are the Reward

Ted Burba, a longtime and beloved teacher for Northview Public Schools who retired this fall, died early this week after a long illness. In tribute to his lasting legacy, School News Network republishes this profile of Mr. Burba that originally ran in 2016 to honor his 50th year of teaching...

Longtime agriscience teacher earns honorary FFA degree

After 24 years of teaching, John Schut believes incorporating fun and service into education is more engaging for students than taking notes in a classroom...

A real team player

From bus schedules to substitute teaching, Ellen Veenkant helps where she can. And she’ll soon join a new team...

‘Who we are as teacher and student is essentially the same’

Wyoming Junior High School teacher Shantel VanderGalien was named Region 3’s top teacher by the Michigan Department of Education in May, donning the title during a pandemic, when education is flipped on its head...

Teacher and coach applies lessons in classroom and on field

New Kelloggsville head football coach Brandon Branch also teaches science and math at the high school and looks to bring academics and athletics together whenever he can...

‘Doing better’ in the classroom — conventional or virtual

Fourth grade teacher Kelly Compher has adapted her teaching skills and emphasis on equity from the traditional classroom to Google Classroom...

Guiding students to becoming informed citizens

This AP Government teacher helps students learn to become critical thinkers, and students say his passion is contagious...

Teaching art ‘is what I’m meant to do’

She says ‘life is much better with creativity’...
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