When I first came to Jenison in 1987, I never dreamed that my work in the junior high would one day lead to overseeing a district of over 400 staff members sprinkled across eight buildings. Now, having served as superintendent for the past nine years, I can say that it’s been a humbling journey that I’ve been privileged to share with committed, caring teachers and principals who truly desire the best for students.
Whether I peek my head in a classroom, enjoy an athletic event after school, or relax to our talented bands, choirs, orchestras, and thespians, I am reminded that this is not only a special place—it’s world-class. I am so proud of the quality of our programs and all we have achieved together, especially in this difficult climate of economic stagnation and budget cuts.
And while we have tests and standards to comply with, what I measure with great affection is our character. I have become more convinced than ever that the Jenison staff possesses the kind of integrity that influences young minds and fills fledgling hearts with compassion.
Margaret Mead was right when she famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
I believe we are doing that in Jenison Public Schools, and I’d love for you to witness it. Stop back here for news and highlights, or schedule a tour if you’re a prospective family new to the area.
Come change the world with us.