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Local schools welcome new staff

Krystle Wagner • Sep 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

New employees have been greeting students at the local schools in the first days of the new school year.

Here are the new staff members at our local schools:

Grand Haven Christian School

Mikaela Deur, kindergarten teacher

Heather Grisales, kindergarten/first-grade, Spanish immersion teacher

Grand Haven Area Public Schools

Jennifer Bastian, physical therapist at Grand Haven High School and White Pines Intermediate School

Kristine Boone, social worker at Mary A. White Elementary School and White Pines Intermediate School

Kristen Burgess, fifth-grade teacher at White Pines Intermediate School

Ruth Diekema, ASD teacher at White Pines Intermediate School

Stacy Farmer, long-term substitute second-grade teacher at Griffin Elementary School

Heather Fent, English language arts teacher at Lakeshore Middle School

Sheree Goers, Voyager teacher at Voyager School

Shelly Hammond, principal at Ferry Elementary School/Voyager School

Jennifer Heckroth, long-term substitute first-grade teacher at Lake Hills Elementary School

William Hewitt, long-term substitute English teacher at Grand Haven High School

Lindsey Logan, long-term substitute IRR teacher at Mary A. White Elementary School

Heidi Kleersnyder, kindergarten teacher at Lake Hills Elementary School

Lauren Mattone, long-term Spanish substitute teacher at White Pines Intermediate School

Daniel Newton, science teacher at Grand Haven High School

Benjamin O’Neal, kindergarten teacher at Griffin Elementary School

Courtney Overway, Great Start Readiness Preschool teacher at Robinson Elementary School

Jaren Phillips, Great Start Readiness Preschool teacher at Griffin Elementary School

Kirsten Rolewicz, Great Start Readiness Preschool teacher at Peach Plains Elementary School

Taylor Schriber, business teacher at Grand Haven High School

Joy Sherman, German teacher at Grand Haven High School

Ryan Sterrenberg, long-term English language arts substitute teacher at Lakeshore Middle School

Christie Suchecki, Great Start Readiness Preschool teacher at Ferry Elementary School

Leslie Tompkins, long-term substitute kindergarten teacher at Robinson Elementary School

Jeremy Wiebenga, ASD teacher at Grand Haven High School

Kathleen Zillich, literacy coach/reading specialist at Lake Hills Elementary School

Spring Lake Public Schools

Leanne Derks, special-education teacher, Spring Lake High School. Derks graduated from Spring Lake Public Schools in 2006. She received a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College and a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University. Previously, Derks worked as a middle school resource room teacher at West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics.

Robert Henry, alternative education teacher. The Milford native is a graduate of Albion College and has taken additional classes at Grand Valley State University. For more than 20 years, Henry has been a teacher, instructor, coach, counselor, mentor and more to support students. Recently, he taught English language arts at Allendale Middle School.

Bradly Mazure, math teacher, Spring Lake High School. Mazure is originally from Harbor Beach. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 2012. Previously, Mazure was a teacher at Cadillac High School for four years and at Pinckney High School for one year.

Whitney Mitchell-Krusniak, behavior consultant, Spring Lake Public Schools. Mitchell-Krusniak earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University, and received an endorsement from Wayne State University. Previously, Mitchell-Krusniak worked in the autism at Oakland Schools, as an educational consultant at Jenison Public Schools, and as an educational consultant/behavior specialist for Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.

Alexis Oosting, special-education teacher, Spring Lake Middle School. Oosting has moved back to her hometown of Spring Lake from Boston. She received a bachelor’s degree from Hope College and her Master’s in Education from Harvard University. Previously, Oosting was the director of instruction for special education in Boston.

Ashleigh Overbeek, first-grade teacher, Holmes Elementary School. Overbeek graduated from Hamilton High School in 2011 and from Grand Valley State University in 2017. Previously, she was a substitute teacher and the Sunday School director at Cultivate Church.

Karl Sineath, English/psychology teacher, Spring Lake High School. Sineath recently moved to Spring Lake with his wife and three children from Boston. Sineath received a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree from Harvard University and a doctorate degree from Northeastern University. Previously, Sineath taught for Boston Public Schools for 12 years.

West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics

Samantha Alter, fourth-grade teacher

Michelle Brydon, third-grade teacher

Kali Gorbach, fourth-grade teacher

Danielle Kaye, dance teacher

Georgeanne Larsen, kindergarten/first-grade teacher

Derek Ottenbaker, sixth-grade teacher

Megan Sims, fifth-grade teacher

Ashley Vlasak, middle school resource room

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