Rosewood New Staff Spotlight

Rosewood Elementary is proud to welcome some amazing teachers this year. It’s always exciting to attract new talent to our district as well as see Jenison teachers take on a new challenge and shift to a different post. Check out the new additions to the Rosewood teaching team.

We are thankful for each of them and everything they bring to Jenison Public Schools!

Stacey Miller

Stacey starts her 5th year teaching as a Special Education Interventionist at Rosewood. In the first few weeks of school, she has been impressed by the kindness and respectful attitudes of her students. She comes from the Grand Rapids area and chose Jenison based on the reputation of the district. Stacey enjoys traveling to see friends and explore their new diverse cities. She also loves reading, drinking coffee and loving on her young niece.


Kelsey Wolffis

Kelsey officially joined the Jenison District this fall after spending time at Bauerwood for her student teaching and a long term substitute position at Sandy Hill. After these experiences, she couldn’t imagine officially beginning her career anywhere else and we’re excited to have her in the role of Special Education Interventionist at Rosewood. She has really enjoyed the inclusive team atmosphere at each school and is looking forward to getting to know her students better. A few of Kelsey’s hobbies include basketball, volleyball, and painting. If she was not a teacher and the ocean was not so far away, she might have been a marine biologist studying ocean animals.


Amanda Maxted

Amanda kicks off her 17th year of teaching in an Extended Traditional post for Third Graders. Extended Traditional students are learning from home with a dedicated online teacher. Amanda and her students are embarking on a new type of learning this year and we’re grateful for her efforts. Amanda loves spending time outdoors, hiking, kayaking, rock hunting, and reading. She loves horses and if she weren’t a teacher, she might have been a large animal vet.


Cindy Schenkel

The Rosewood Kindergarten teacher position gave Cindy a reason to return back to her hometown. She taught for 18 years in Indiana and is happy to be back. She wanted to be a teacher ever since she was in Kindergarten herself. When Cindy is not at school she enjoys spending time with family, bike riding and spending time at Lake Michigan.


Randi Alferink

Randi is no stranger to JPS as she has previously filled teaching positions at Bursley and Rosewood; in Spanish Immersion and General Education. After a few years home with her son, she is now choosing Jenison again and is excited to become reacquainted with the “Let’s work together” attitude that exudes Rosewood Teachers. Randi is now a Spanish Specials teacher at Rosewood.

In her spare time, she is learning a third language with her son through LAMP Words For Life (a program used on a communication device for those who are unable to speak or those who have difficulty speaking).


Melanie Lason

Melanie is not exactly new to Rosewood but after 6 years of short substitute teaching posts, we’re happy to add her as a long term 2nd grade teacher. She has chosen Jenison because she feels decisions are made with a perspective of what is best for the kids and she really appreciates the sense of unity among her colleagues. She truly has a passion for kids that even if she wasn’t a teacher, she is confident she would still work with kids in some capacity. Her hobbies include reading, sewing, and camping.


Kari Reynolds

Kari taught for 18 years before joining Jenison Public Schools at Bursley in 2019. This year, she comes to Rosewood as a sixth grade Extended Traditional Teacher. As someone who may have been a starving writer instead of a teacher, she is pleased with the district’s commitment to quality literacy instruction through reading and writing workshops and has been very excited to join the welcoming staff of Rosewood. Kari enjoys cooking, traveling with her husband and children, writing, and reading great books. 


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