This summer, in an effort to celebrate the amazing teachers at JPS, we will feature one each week and their decision to make our schools their professional home. We are thankful for their boundless creativity, pursuit of their own education, and passion for not just their students, but the entire school they serve. We hope you will enjoy learning more about these incredible men and women as you enjoy your own season of rest and fun!
“I choose Jenison because I believe we have a great community of teachers, administrators, students, and community members! We also have great programs in place for the fine arts, athletics, and many extracurricular activities.
I think Jenison is a different school district because we do a great job promoting and presenting all the efforts of our students within our hallways, gymnasiums, and our Fine Arts Center. Jenison is a large school district that offers an exceptional education, along with a rigorous courses to ensure our students are ready for the next step.
My building exemplifies this by being a tight knit community of educators that support all students that walk through our hallways!”
Of course, like all of us, Mr Gort is enjoying the break from school. “I look forward to summer because I love to…go camping, visit the beach, spend time working on house projects, hanging out with my kids, and doing electrical work!”
He is also looking forward to starting his 15th year of teaching and getting to know the new 7th graders! But, if he wasn’t teaching, he’d be your “go to guy” because of his love of the outdoors and working with power tools and trucks. “If I wasn’t a teacher I would probably be… in the construction field, a walking mailman, or a garbage man!”
When asked what his students would be surprised to learn about him, shared some truly shocking information! “Something my students would love to know about me is that I have been shocked by electricity over 100 times in my lifetime!”
Thank you, Mr Gort, for your dedication to our schools and community! We’re thrilled you’re on our team!
Mr Gort was chosen for this story by Junior High School Vice Principal, Heather Breen