• Jane Andree Head Start Assistant Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1101

    Working with young children has been my passion since I was a little girl. My journey at Fruitport Schools began in 2007. I absolutely love working with three and four year olds! They are just so unpredictable and a lot of fun. Being a part of their very first school experience and creating a lasting impact in children's lives as they adapt to being away from their parents while beginning their school career is incredibly rewarding. I love that I have been able to keep in contact with many former students and their families and hear about their achievements.

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  • Pam Bergey Administration Director of Early Childhood Center (231) 865-4100 x3103

    My favorite part of being the director of the Fruitport Early Childhood Center is the relationships that I build with the children, their families and the staff.  I am blessed to work with a dedicated staff whose first priority is the well being of the children they care for.  

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  • Kailee Bringedahl ECC Assistant Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I've lived in Fruitport all of my life, attended school here, and love the small-town atmosphere the community provides.

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  • Andrea Bunker GSRP/Head Start Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x3072

    Preschool sets a foundation for a child's experience in school. I hope I have had a great impact on my young students and their families. It has been a true blessing to have served children and their families since 2002.

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  • Rebecca Darke Head Start Lead Teacher (231) 865-4100 x3101

    I love coming to explore and learn with my preschoolers during the day. Seeing their energy and excitement puts a new perspective on almost everything. When I'm not working with my kiddos at school, I get to play with my two kiddos at home. I also enjoy reading and cooking.

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  • Sherri Dawson ECC Aide Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x3107

    In 2012 I became an aide in the Early Childhood Center. After retiring from a 30 year career with Muskegon Public Schools I was given this opportunity to assist in providing a nurturing environment for the children of working parents. I take this responsibility earnestly because of the trust afforded by the parents in this program.

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  • Stephanie Detamore ECC Lead Teacher (231) 865-4100 x3105

    I was born in Muskegon and lived here my whole life.  I graduated from Mona Shores.  I attended Muskegon Community College and studied Early Childhood.  I started working for Fruitport Schools in January of 2001 in the SAC program at Shettler School. In August of 2001 I moved to the Early Childhood Center to the Toddler 2 room and worked as an assistant.  In February of 2014 I furthered my education in Early Childhood and took over as the lead teacher of the Toddler 2 Room.  I love my job with the little people and find my job very rewarding.

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  • Olivia Dupont ECC Aide Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x3106

     Watching the children's personalities bloom and develop is something I truly cherish.

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  • Jean Felker Head Start Facilitator Student Services (231) 865-4100 x1101

    I believe in the importance of early education.  I began working for the Head Start program in 1979.  I am a graduate of Fruitport Schools, and lived most of my life in the Fruitport area.  I attended M.C.C. and G.V.S.U. I am married with two daughters and two grandchildren.

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  • Sara Follett ECC Aide Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x3108

    After being a 4-H assistant for two years in the same club that I was a member, I knew that working with kids is what I really enjoyed doing. Watching a child grow and reach their goals, whether it’s finally getting that left lead down or learning how to count to 10, it is SO rewarding.

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  • Gail Fors ECC Aide Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x3105

    I have worked for Fruitport Early Childhood Center since August of 2006.  I have worked in all of the rooms.  I really enjoy working with children.  I have two daughters, a granddaughter and a grandson.

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  • Nancy Gieske ECC Aide Instructional Support (231) 865-4100

     I like the fact that I can watch many of the children grow from babies all the way through elementary school.

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  • Christine Gilbert ECC Aide Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x3104

     I choose Fruitport to work because I am proud of the school system and I had heard good things about the ECC program.

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  • Kimmy Hackney GSRP/Head Start Bus Aide (231) 865-4100 x4504

    I have worked for Fruitport ​Community Schools ​since  2000. I have held many different positions in the ​Early ​Childhood ​Center. I have worked as an assistant in most of the ​ECC  classrooms and as a lead teacher for both Edgewood and Shettler ​S​AC. I also work for Fruitport ​Head ​Start as a bus aide.

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  • Kelly Holmstrom ECC Lead Teacher (231) 865-4100 x3106

    One of the things I love to do is work with children helping them build their stepping stones to a good education and future. I enjoy watching them grow.

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  • Bethany Holtrop GSRP Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x1002

    I have been an assistant teacher in the GSRP program since 2005.  I got my associate degree from Baker College.  I enjoy being part of the children's first exposure to school.

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  • Karyn Johnson Child's World Preschool Assistant Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1040

    I believe a person is always learning at every age.  I love that in my job I am able to work with young children who are just being introduced to learning in a formal school setting.  It’s a privilege for me to help shape these young minds that are so full of life and enthusiasm for learning.

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  • Dorinda Keeler Child's World Preschool Lead Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1040

    I have always had a strong love for children. I believe the young years are the most important in developing lifelong learners and I love knowing I am making a difference in a child's future.

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  • Missy Knox ECC Assistant Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Our children are our future.  What a great job to have in helping them grow and explore.  I love to sit on the floor and see things at their eye level.  What a different world it is!  The joy in seeing a young face light up with new learned knowledge is a great feeling.

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  • Caroline Miles ECC Aide Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x3106

    I've been an assistant teacher in the Preschool Room at the Early Childhood Center since September 2014. I work in the afternoons and really enjoy reading stories to the children and playing outside with them.

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  • Amanda Oritz ECC Assistant Teacher (231) 865-4100
  • Kendra Peabody ECC Aide Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x3108

    I love what I do, and I love the families I work with. It is just such a rewarding field to be involved in. When the kiddos in my room go from saying single words to sentences, or from knowing one color to five or more colors, and they can sing the Alphabet without help, that is when I sit back and say "this is why I do what I do." These kids make me want to get up in the morning and go to work. I think I learn as much from them as they do from me!

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  • Susan Rose ECC Aide Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x3104

    Whatever the venue, the "littles" have always have always been my favorite age to care for, but I have guided those babies into school years as well.

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  • Stephanie Shermeta ECC Lead Teacher (231) 865-4100 x3108

    I really love that I get to be a part of these children’s lives every day, and that I have the opportunity to see them learn and grow. It’s amazing to see how far they have come by the time they leave our classroom and center. Their little accomplishments they achieve are what make every day special and the best part of my job.

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  • Rachel Steinhauer ECC Aide Instructional Support (231) 865-4100
  • Andria Swiatek ECC Lead Teacher (231) 865-4100 x3104

    I really enjoy my job, and I am eager to help all of these little ones get the most out of their time with us.  I believe that the first three years of a child's life are the most important for soaking up information, and I want to do everything I can to fill those little sponges with words, actions, and most of all love!

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  • Deanna Tenbrock Office Staff Administrative Assistant (231) 798-1773 x8633

    Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher. I went to Reeths-Puffer Schools and then went on to Muskegon Community College.  Later I transferred to Grand Valley State University and received my Bachelor's in Arts with an Elementary Education minor.  

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  • Jill Torvinen Administration Director of Head Start & GSRP (231) 865-4100 x3102

    I feel a deep sense of satisfaction knowing that the programs I have worked in can positively impact so many lives.

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  • Melissa Vanderstelt GSRP Lead Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I love coming to work and learning through exploration and getting messy with the students!  

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  • Amy Wiggins GSRP Lead Teacher (231) 865-4100 x3072 Read More