Mary White principal 1

Rachel Poel, 31, takes over as principal at Mary A. White Elementary in Grand Haven this fall.

When Rachel Poel was a student teacher at Mary A. White Elementary School and sitting next to her coordinating teacher, she opened her planner and wrote one simple statement: “Someday I will work at Mary A. White.”

Fast forward a decade, and Poel has manifested what was once just words on paper as she steps in as the school’s new principal.

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