This year we welcomed 23 new staff members to the Jenison family! Here you can meet some of them and feel free to say “hi” in person when you cross paths!
Anna Flood | Burlsey, 6th Grade
“I grew up in the area and have always heard amazing things about Jenison. As a new teacher to the district, I have noticed the strong community and support that surrounds education. I am excited to grow with my group of 6th grade students, and watch them use their abilities to be successful.”
Alexa McElwee | Bursley Interventionist
“I have grown up in this community. Living in Hudsonville, attending GVSU and now working in Jenison, I have seen this community from so many sides. From being a child, to a student, and now as a educator. This community stands behind you and support you in every way. When I graduated the one thing I knew I wanted in the school I worked for was a huge community involvement. When I accepted my position in Jenison, I knew I was going more than a community, I was joining a family. Jenison is such an amazing school district who wants the best for the students and their families.
On the first day of school I was feeling like most students do when they walk in the door, nervous, anxious and excited. I definitely had first day jitters. I was nervous for joining a new team and for meeting new students who have never seen me before. By the end of they day I was getting high fives and lots of hugs from all the Kindergartners as they walked by my room to head to the bus. To see their faces light up each morning when they see me in the hall or working with them makes me so excited to see the relationships that are being formed. This is going to be a great year.”
“My family and I are very excited to return to the area! My wife Amanda and I are from the area, but moved to Florida 9 years ago. We have 4 children Ben (10), Abigail (9), Hannah (6), and Levi (3). All of our extended family lives in the area and my children are thrilled to live by their cousins.
I am a big believer of living in the community that I teach in. Jenison is an amazing place to live and raise a family. The schools are top-notch and we can’t imagine a better place to be. I am so excited for this school year because everyone that I work with truly cares about each other. The district leaders, the team at Sandy Hill, and everyone I meet throughout the district is amazing. Jenison has a lot to offer its students. I am currently involved in the robotic’s program and we have a blast using what we’ve learned in the classroom to solve a problem.
“I was drawn to JPS because of their excellence in music. I love how the district and community supports the arts in their schools. So far, I’m most excited for the year because of all of the collaboration I’ve seen. Everyone I’ve come into contact with has been eager to help each other and work together. ”
Jenny Huizenga | High School Math
“I was drawn to JPS because my children attend JPS and I love the schools and the community. I am excited to be teaching in the community where I live. The staff and students are amazing at Jenison and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and get involved. “
Bridget Ehlich | Bursley Elementary, 6th Grade Spanish Immersion
Anna Siegel | Pinewood + Sandy Hill Special Education
Kristen Dantonio | Pinewood, 5th Grade