• Justin Auten Music Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1342 Read More
  • Jason Avery Art Teacher (231) 865-4000 x1044

    My favorite thing about working in Fruitport is getting to work with all the creative minds that walk through our doors.

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  • Deb Bell Noon Supervisor Noon Supervisor (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Jada Bench Kindergarten Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1012

    I mend knees and hearts.............but I'm not a doctor.
    I clarify and solve problems.........but I'm not a counselor.
    I protect and serve......................but I'm not a police officer.
    I encourage and support others....but I'm not a cheerleader.
    I formulate and construct.............but I'm not a contractor.
    I teach kindergarten.....................I am Jada Bench.

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  • Brittany Bordeaux Noon Supervisor Noon Supervisor (231) 865-4100
  • Peggy Bosch Clerical Office Staff (231) 865-4100 x1045

    I started my adventures in Preschool over 20 years ago and I enjoy it as much today as the first day I started.  What could be better than to love, nurture and guide a child in learning at this age and in such a fun learning environment.

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  • Barb Briggs 2nd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1003

    One of the most important components in my philosophy of education is that children should be taught to mastery level. In addition, all students can learn perhaps at different times and most certainly in different ways!

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  • Rachel Brown 4th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1027

    My life has been so blessed to be part of Fruitport Community Schools for over 10 years.  I was lucky enough to have attended Beach School from kindergarten through 5th grade, until my parents moved to Whitehall.  I remember crying when we left and told my parents that I would be back no matter what. I never thought it would be to teach in the district that I loved!

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  • Donna Burns 4th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1024

    Learning and teaching have always been my passion. I firmly believe that every student must be challenged to expand their knowledge and know that I truly love and care for them.  My love for teaching began at an early age as I was a helper for my mother during Sunday School at church.

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  • Kelly Chase Music Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1342

    I am so excited to part of the Fruitport family this year! I love being able to share my passion for music with kids and I believe that all students can be positively impacted through music. My favorite thing about teaching music is being able to watch children grow throughout their time in elementary school. I am looking forward to a great year of music making here at Edgewood!

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  • Julia Clow 3rd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1025

    People sometimes ask, “Why did you become a teacher?” My response is usually something along the line,”It was just in my heart to do so.”  God has blessed me to be able to spend my days doing something that is so rewarding.   

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  • Kelsey Cooper Kindergarten Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1014

    The things I love most about teaching in Fruitport are the amazing kids, the support we receive from our families and the sense of community that you can feel the minute you walk through the doors of any one of our schools.

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  • Katie Danicek Title I Teacher Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x1322

    I have always enjoyed learning and working with children, so becoming an elementary teacher was a perfect fit for me.  I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  As a former Edgewood student and Fruitport graduate, I was thrilled to be hired as a third grade teacher at Edgewood in 2002.

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  • Lisa Dirkse 4th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1020

    What I love about teaching is that it is a new, fun and rewarding adventure everyday.  I love seeing the moment when a student understands a concept being taught.  I believe in a positive atmosphere of love and respect.  I believe in challenging students to set realistic and obtainable goals for themselves.  Once a student in my classroom for a year, they are my kids for a lifetime.

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  • Samantha Dodson Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x1128 Read More
  • Kelly Durham Noon Supervisor Noon Supervisor (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Stacy Eppard Noon Supervisor Noon Supervisor (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Laura Ermler Psychologist Support Services

    When I started college, I never imagined that I would study education. During my undergraduate classes, I studied psychology and I really enjoyed it. I also started to become interested in education, but I thought I would have to pick one or the other for a career. While looking into post-college options, I found graduate school programs for school psychology and knew I had found the perfect combination of my two interests. 

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  • Julie Ferguson Kindergarten Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1013

    When I was a little girl, I dreamed of one day becoming a teacher.  I had a small orange suitcase filled with half-used workbooks left over from the school year that I would drag around with me all summer long.  My stuffed animals and dolls were excellent listeners to endless lessons and stories.

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  • Rhonda Finn Media Clerk Student Services (231) 865-4100 x1068

    I was born and raised in the little town of Niles, Michigan. Growing up, I was very active in music, dance and theatre. After graduation I attended Western Michigan and later Muskegon Community College to study children’s literature.  I currently work in the library at Edgewood Elementary. My husband, Rob, was the middle school band director for over twenty years and has recently retired.

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  • Danielle Forrest 1st Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1009

    This is my first year as a math interventionist at Edgewood Elementary. My goal is to determine strengths and weaknesses of individual students in math. From there, I work one- on- one to help students become better mathematicians. I have really enjoyed my time at Edgewood so far-I love teaching and working with children everyday!

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  • Nancy Gieske Noon Supervisor Noon Supervisor (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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  • Darcy Gilbert Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Rich Goszkowicz Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1022

    Education comes in many forms, and it started with me in scouting.  I've been through all the ranks and eventually became Scoutmaster: passing on my passion for learning.  Then I became a certified ski instructor for over 15 years, and later as Voyageur Outward Bound instructor to combine skills.  Its seems like using adventure- based activities was the vehicle for learning over many years!

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  • Pat Hanes Reading Interventionist Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x1039

    I graduated from Orchard View High School in 1977 and finished an Associate’s degree from Muskegon Community College. Then,  I took time to get married and have 2 wonderful children. I was determined to be an at-home mom, and when we moved into the Fruitport Community Schools district,  my kids went to Shettler Elementary.  I was involved in the  PTO, where I  was president and/or vice president for many years.  When my kids went to the middle school, I decided I wanted to work in some capacity for the school system.  

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  • Greg Henderson Physical Education Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1339

    I was born and raised in Montague, Michigan.  Growing up, I often thought how cool it would be to be a physical education teacher and to be able to teach students the things I feel strongly about such as staying healthy and keeping active.  I was blessed to land a K-5 physical education job here at Fruitport Community Schools in 1995.

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  • Andrew Kitchka Math Interventionist Instructional Support (231) 865-4100

    I graduated from Fruitport High School in 2005.  After high school, I attended Grand Valley State University to pursue a career in teaching.  I have substitute taught in multiple school districts throughout Muskegon County.  I was employed for two years at Muskegon Heights Middle School Academy as a 6th grade social studies teacher, and have served as an online educator for two years.  

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  • Kristin Lindell Kindergarten Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1018

    The energy, excitement, and open honesty that kids have certainly makes teaching an adventure!  The learning and growth that kids experience throughout a school year also make teaching an adventure.  Teaching is an amazing adventure that I have been on for fifteen years.  

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  • Stephanie Lubbers Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Diane Lysiak 3rd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1023

    I love life as a third grade teacher because it is never dull or boring!  There is always something new to learn.  I enjoy discovering and learning alongside my students.  I am constantly open to, and looking for, ways to improve my skills as a teacher so, in turn, I can improve the learning experience of my students.

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  • Kim Malek Counselor Student Services (231) 865-4100 x1308

    I find education so rewarding because every day is different. I get to be part of helping students learn, cope with situations and see them succeed. There is never a dull moment working with elementary students, and I love it!

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  • Kathleen McCarthy Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1038

    As a teacher, I am always there for any student, not just the ones on my caseload.  I will always go beyond what is called for, and as my students will corroborate, I am their biggest advocate.  

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  • John McCollum 5th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1026

    The greatest joy that I find as a teacher is the moment when a child understands what is being taught and develops the confidence that comes from being successful.

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  • Lisa McNitt 3rd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1021

    I am proud '87 graduate of Fruitport High School. It is a great honor to be teaching in the same elementary school I attended as a kid!

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  • Rebecca Morrow Math Interventionist Instructional Support (231) 865-4100
  • Denise Newell 2nd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1006

    My inspiration for teaching comes from my grandmother, who was a musician and a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse, and from my great-great grandfather, who was one of the first superintendents of the Mercer County, Illinois school system.  I believe the best part about being a teacher is in making positive changes to young lives every day.

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  • Dionne Oberlin Math Interventionist Student Services (231) 865-4100 x1048

    “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”  This quote by Henry B. Adams sums up my thoughts on the value of teaching and the impact that “we”, as teachers, can have on the lives of others.  Since I began my position as the impact leader at Edgewood Elementary 10 years ago, and now as a math interventionist, I have had the privilege of working with thousands of Fruitport students and families.  I have realized what a wonderful community we live in, and am in awe of the impact that our kids have had on me!

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  • Vicki Olson Noon Supervisor Noon Supervisor (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Holly Opsommer Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1036

    Everyone can learn. All students deserve individual attention. There is more than one way to solve a problem.  These are the guiding philosophies that I teach by.

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  • Kimberly Papes Speech/Language Pathologist Support Services (231) 865-4100 x1313 Read More
  • Christy Prins 1st Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1007

    I came to Fruitport Community Schools as a middle school math and science teacher, and enjoyed this experience. However, I love my position as a first grade teacher. It is exciting for me to see and help children discover the love of learning.

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  • Rebecca Robison 1st Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1011

    If you come into my classroom, you might see me singing and/or dancing to some music. I think that it is important for students to learn through movement and music, so I try to incorporate it into my lessons each day. I might be the world’s worst dancer and my voice is always out of tune, but I don’t mind!  

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  • Sheila Romberger Clerical Office Staff (231) 865-4100 x1047

    I’ve grown up in the Fruitport Community and I have worked for Fruitport Schools for the past 25 years.  My husband Jim and I both graduated from Fruitport.  My two children also graduated from Fruitport.  I have four grandchildren, two of which attend Edgewood Elementary.  After graduation, I received my Associate’s degree in Business, and I currently work in the office at Edgewood Elementary.  

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  • Rachel Saldana Reading Interventionist Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x1538

    I am a graduate of Fruitport Community Schools and former Edgewood student. I was inspired from former elementary teachers to become an educator myself.  The most rewarding part of my day is when I can see the light of recognition when a student achieves goals in the area of reading.      

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  • Brenda Schol Noon Supervisor Noon Supervisor (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Melissa Schouman 5th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1028

    I am passionate about teaching and believe every student has the potential to succeed.  I feel respect, encouragement, and celebrations of accomplishments are the key to all  that success. 

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  • Pam Sheriff Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 x1022 Read More
  • Kathy Six 4th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1022

    When I started teaching, I came to realize that this profession is not about selecting a career, it’s a way of being. Every child that crosses my doorway is a part of who I am today. I believe in bringing things to life and making them as much a part of real-world experiences as possible. I also love the technology component Fruitport is embracing. Using technology is catching children where they are in the real world and where they’re going in their future.

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  • Jill Smith 1st Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1010

    Teaching first grade has been my passion!  I have taught at Edgewood for twenty years with the primary focus on first grade. My teaching philosophy is to encourage each student to have a lifelong love for learning. My goal is to provide a nurturing and safe environment for students to be comfortable to take risks and have fun learning.

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  • Michelle Sowles 2nd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1004

    I love the challenge and spontaneity of teaching because it keeps me focused, constantly learning, and always thinking on my feet.  One can never fully predict the occurrences of a day in the classroom.  I love the sense of joy and pride expressed when my students progress and realize their goals.  I believe success is possible for all students.  I hope to teach my students that one’s desired result can be achieved through hard work and perseverance.

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  • Lisa Stroup 2nd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1005 Read More
  • Jessica Tiefenbach 5th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1029

    What I love most about teaching is getting to know each and every student I come in contact with.  I truly believe that in order for students to learn they need to feel that they are respected, safe, and feel that they are part of strong community within the classroom. 

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  • Tim Tiefenbach Administration Assistant Principal (231) 865-4100 x1048

    I believe that ALL children have the ability to learn and thus have the ability to obtain, reach, or conquer anything that they want.  My goal is to help foster a safe, positive, and encouraging environment for their journey to take place.  I feel so proud and blessed to serve as an administrator at Edgewood.  I’m looking forward to learning and growing alongside the incredible students, staff, and families.

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  • Amy Upham Administration Principal (231) 865-4100 x1050

    “Fruitport Community Schools is the Best Kept Secret.” This is the phrase that was shared with me when I was first hired by the district in 1995 as the assistant principal of Edgewood Elementary.   With some high profile schools surrounding Fruitport, we are often overlooked as a quality school.  What I quickly found was that Fruitport is a hardworking, proud, and committed school and community.

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  • Jennifer Volkmann Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100 x1408

    I have been teaching special education at Edgewood Elementary for the past 13 years.  During that time, I have had the opportunity to work with students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

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  • Janet Wahl Social Worker Student Services (231) 865-4100 x5126/1312/4023

    I believe that a student’s social and emotional well-being are critical to their success in the classroom and throughout their life. I work with the students, their families, educators, administrators, and other community resources to create the optimal support plan for each student based on their needs.  The most rewarding part of my job is seeing a student grow, and develop personally and academically.  

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