New Teacher Highlights at Jenison High School

We welcomed many new teachers to the district this year and this week we’d like to introduce you to two new teachers at JHS!

Kyle Stumpf | Social Studies

293072_486577028021586_1074417696_nKyle grew up on the East side of the state and is in his sixth year of education after graduating from GVSU.  Previously, he taught US History in Houston, Texas but he was drawn back to West Michigan by several of his friends who student taught in Jenison and stressed how welcoming and passionate the teachers are. “One thing that many of the new teachers, including myself, have noticed and discussed is how family oriented and friendly the environment is in the district.”

IMG_8046 (1)He didn’t always know he wanted to be a teacher. “I was a strong  history student growing up and had a wide variety of Social Studies teachers [good and bad] along the way.  When I went to Grand Valley for my freshman orientation and switched my major from International Business, I knew I wanted to be involved in education since I loved working with children.  I’ve always had a passion for Social Studies and one of my old Social Studies teachers used to say “Follow your passion” on a daily basis so I figured, why not?  I have been very happy with that switch ever since freshman orientation!” This year, Kyle is teaching American Government and US History.

“One thing I would like parents to know about my classroom and teaching style is that it’s student centered.  I want each and every student to be successful in my classroom.  The lessons and ideas gained from the Social Studies discipline are with you for the rest of your life.  I want students to be life long learners of the Social Studies disciplines and I hope that by the variety of activities that we do in my class, those values can be instilled in them.”

Drawing on his vast history as an accomplished high school and collegiate-level swimmer he joins the Jenison coaching staff as the head coach for the Girls Swim Team and co-head coach of the Boys Swim Team.  When Kyle isn’t in the classroom or the pool he enjoys spending time with his wife, Caitlin, and their dog, Molly. He also competes in half marathons and triathlons.

Tony Hoffman  |  Math

IMG_3116Tony originally hails from the “thumb” of Michigan and graduated from Michigan State [fitting for today, Go Spartans!]. He has been teaching in Greenville for the past eleven years but a member of the Jenison community for five. “JPS attracted me as a professional because I’ve heard nothing but good things about [the district] since I moved.  I had even heard they use the University of Chicago Mathematics Program and I had been using that for several years in my previous district.  All signs pointed to a nice transition.”

Always being interested in math, his career was a natural choice. “I was a strong math student growing up, but I realized quite a bit later that I was good at it, but I didn’t fully understand what I was doing.  The world of math grew tremendously as I started to make bigger connections between what I was doing and previous things that I had done.  Once those connections become apparent, math becomes a much more beautiful thing!”

If you’re in Mr Hoffman’s classes, students can be prepared to work hard and be challenged to problem solve on their own. “My teaching style is one of getting students to realize what they are doing.  Not strictly showing them what to do.  I don’t like to shut of the many paths of problem solving by showing only a single way to do something. I believe in giving them options because there really is confidence in having several different approaches to solving the same problem.  Students will certainly earn their grade in my class.  What they put in, they will get out!”

Tony is an “avid golfer” and loves spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Thank you to all of our new teachers for bringing your passion for students and education to Jenison! Happy New Year from our families to yours!

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