Wilson, 45, said she started her career with Grand Haven Area Public Schools 23 years ago as a student teacher. Since then, she has worked as a long-term substitute teacher, a junior high school math teacher and the head coach of the high school volleyball. She then worked as assistant principal for 12 years.
When Scott Grimes was promoted from principal to the district’s assistant superintendent of human services, effective July 1, Wilson said she pursued another opportunity at professional development.
“With every professional growth opportunity, I’ve always wanted to be sure I was in a position to make programs better for staff, students and the community,” she said.
Although Wilson said she knew she was the only internal candidate for the high school principal, she never took it for granted that she would be selected.
“I was nervous going through the entire process,” she said.
Ultimately, Wilson said, she is “really thrilled” that she was chosen. “I’m grateful for all of the parent and community support,” she said.
Grimes presented the recommendation to hire Wilson as his replacement. He was one of 12 who interviewed the candidates for the job. The field of nearly 40 candidates was narrowed down to eight — and, in the end, Grimes said the decision to recommend Wilson was unanimous.
As principal, Wilson will make a base salary of $101,670, Grimes said.
Konarska said that Wilson did an “exceptional” job as assistant principal. “I fully expect her to succeed as principal,” he said.