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Great people are the reason for all good work, in our community, our local schools or in SNN. Our reporters are experienced professional journalists who are passionate advocates for public education. Here are some of the people making SNN a “must-read” for our thousands of readers. Please share their stories, comment on their stories and “like” their stories (if you do). You’re invited to send in a story idea anytime. And be sure to say hello when you see them at your local schools.

Janice Holst

Janice Holst

Discovering the many important things that happen every day in every school and sharing them with the public is truly an honor. Introducing you to the teachers, who find innovative ways to reach students; staff members, who make the districts run smoothly; and students, who enrich the district with their uniqueness, is my pleasure.

Erin Albanese

...Inside the school walls, regardless of zip code, students, guided by teachers, are working toward their future careers and creating foundations for how they will impact society. I find joy, inspiration and hope in so many classrooms.
Linda Odette

Linda Odette

(SNN) tells special stories about teachers, students and administrators, shows new ways of doing things, and provides a source that informs parents and the community what’s going on in the schools. Lots of my inspiration has come from dedicated students and teachers.
Morgan Jarema

Morgan Jarema

(I’m) ...proud to help make those often difficult-to-understand issues clearer for those whose taxes go to fund our schools. We must remember that a public that feels included tends to be engaged, and if they are engaged, they tend to be supportive.
Charles Honey

Charles Honey

...I love to go into classrooms, see teachers turn on the light bulbs in students’ heads and watch the fascinating process of young people learning new things… my most gratifying stories have been spent sitting in little chairs next to kindergartners learning their letters, or in class with high schoolers practicing debate or studying Shakespeare.

Hannah Lentz

A 2017 graduate of Grand Valley State University and a lifelong teacher’s kid, Hannah Lentz has worked as a journalist in and outside the Grand Rapids area for more than five years. After serving as editor-in-chief at the GVSU...

James Harger

Over decades of covering the West Michigan business community, I kept hearing the refrain from employers: We need workers who are trained to do the job and able to learn the new jobs. Education is where the rubber hits...

Bridie Bereza

“When you take the time to listen, people will tell you amazing things.” These were the words I heard from a professor at Aquinas College, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in English and communications in 2003. They have rung...
Ron Koehler

Ron Koehler

Commentary from Kent ISD Assistant Superintendent
Tom Rademacher

Tom Rademacher

Tom Rademacher was long-time reporter and columnist for The Grand Rapids Press, where he specialized in wringing the extraordinary from the seeming ordinary. Read Tom's full bio
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