JHS Welcomes New Teachers

The Jenison High School is thrilled to have these passionate and skilled educators join the team. Even with a year that has been different than most, these new staff members have proven they have the relentless commitment of a Wildcat teacher and have been great additions to our high school staff.

Amanda Alverson

Having grown up in West Michigan, and keeping JPS on her radar, Amanda was eager to join a district she considered to be ‘first-rate’ and return home. She has served in other teaching and staff roles on the east side of the state, most recently as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction in Taylor, MI.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with family (pictured here with her mom) and her dog, Georgie; baking, cooking, and crafting. If she wasn’t an educator, she might have pursued event management. It’s her personable heart and attention to detail that makes her a key leader as Assistant Principal at the High School.

Jordan George

A recent Hope College graduate, Jordan joins the Jenison community as a high school English teacher and Student Council teacher sponsor.

He never imagined he’d be starting his teaching career during a pandemic but he has been highly impressed by the hard work and efforts of all the teachers, administrators and students to keep things moving.

Jordan loves to spend time traveling, reading, attending concerts, and golfing. He also coaches the JV Basketball team for his Alma Mater, Forest Hills Central. If he wasn’t a teacher, you might find him chasing his other passion on the basketball court, and possibly pursuing a college coaching career.

Nick Berens

After student teaching at Bauerwood Elementary last year, Nick knew that Jenison would be his desired district upon graduation from Saginaw Valley State University. He had a great first semester teaching Social Studies and felt very welcomed by the students and his colleagues.

Nick enjoys spending time doing nearly anything outdoors, including backpacking, water skiing, and fishing. If he was not a teacher he would have followed in his fathers footsteps and would take over the family greenhouse business. 

Alexandra Aguilar

Alexandra appreciates and knows first hand, the commitment of the JPS school district because she is an alumna. She’s previously taught a combination of English as a second language and Spanish in public and charter schools in Utah, New Mexico, and Michigan. 

As her Jenison high school experience as a student was vastly different than the one she is observing her students tackle, she is very impressed with the tenacity and resilience they’ve shown this year.

Her free time is spent on the go… chasing after her 2 year old and 1 year old. If she wasn’t a teacher, she might be stay at home mom, working in education technology, or possibly immigration law.

Ashlee DeGraaf

Ashlee is a West Michigan native who made teaching stops in California and then Indianapolis before finding her way back home, and stepping into the position of Theatre Director and English teacher at Jenison High School.

She enjoys spending time with family and looks forward to more of that now that she’s back in the area. She has made the most of her Covid year while hiking, traveling and reading (with a count of over 50 books already)!

Ashlee is grateful for the community support of the arts and is really looking forward to kicking off the high school spring musical production.

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