In the past 13 years, Roessing has held a variety of roles at Walden Green — teaching in grades 3-8, leading the school improvement committee, overseeing curriculum standards as the curriculum director, and serving as a mentor and consultant for public Montessori schools and teachers.
“We’ve watched him grow and develop over the years,” said Becky Andree, president of Walden Green’s school board. “The board is excited to have him lead Walden Green in achieving our strategic plan and initiatives.”
Roessing’s dedication and passion for the Montessori approach is one of the aspects that stood out to the board, Andree said. He is a role model, teacher, learner and parent whose views align with the Montessori value of developing children holistically and to the full human potential, she added.
Being hired as the school’s newest director is both humbling and an honor, Roessing said. He said he hopes to provide the Ferrysburg charter school with longevity and consistency, and help its mission and values flourish.
Based on his training and experience, Roessing said he knows where the school has been, where they are and where they can go.
“I’m excited and honored to help Walden Green Montessori reach its full potential,” he said.
The school’s previous director, Mark Neidlinger, accepted a position in Saugatuck prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year.
As the board searched and interviewed candidates during the fall, Roessing and Kim Bremer served as co-interim directors of Walden Green.
Looking ahead, Andree said they plan to review Walden Green’s physical space as it relates to the overall building and the modular currently being used for middle school students. They also plan to consider what their budget and staffing structure needs to look like to achieve those goals, she said.