Edgewood Elementary Staff
  • Jason Avery Art Teacher (231) 865-4100

    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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  • Emily Basse Administration Assistant Principal (231) 865-4100

    I am so honored and excited to be able to be a part of the incredible community of students, families, and staff at Edgewood!  My belief is that strong, positive relationships are the cornerstone of a high-quality education. 

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  • Mackenzie Berube 5th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I am thrilled to be a part of the Fruitport Community! I love teaching and have a unique background in education. I believe that all students need to feel safe and cared for and only then are they comfortable to begin learning. It is important to me that I constantly strive to create an environment that my students can thrive in!

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  • Molly Bingham ASD Regional Classroom Teacher (231) 865-4100

    “The wonders of teaching is watching caterpillars become butterflies”

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

    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

    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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  • Kelly Chase Music Teacher (231) 865-4100

    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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  • Kelsey Cooper Transitional Kindergarden Teacher (231) 865-4100

    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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  • Rachel Costa-Smith Social Worker Support Services (231) 865-4100

    “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. always.” This is a fundamental philosophy in my role as a social worker. I am ecstatic about being a part of Fruitport Schools and working at Edgewood.

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

    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

    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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  • Julie Ferguson Kindergarten Teacher (231) 865-4100

    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 Library/Media Services (231) 865-4100

    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 3rd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times." I strive to give my students opportunities to learn and grow each day! I hope they leave my room knowing they are cared for, and that learning is FUN!

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  • Rich Goszkowicz Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100

    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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  • Andrea Hall 5th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn  ​​​​​​

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  • Tom Hamilton Administration Principal (231) 865-4100

    I am so grateful and excited to have the opportunity to work here at Edgewood.  My personal belief is that we first have to build relationships of trust with the students entrusted to our care.  

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  • Sarah Hanks Kindergarten Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I love working with kids because they truly are the future! I love that I can to shape and mold young minds into intelligent scholars. 

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  • Jeremy Holmes Physical Education Teacher (231) 865-4100

    We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw

    I earned my Master’s in K-12 Principal and Interscholastic Athletic Administration from Western Michigan University, I also hold a Bachelor’s of Science from there. 

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  • Brittany Lieffers Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Working with children has always been a passion of mine. Teaching is one of the most rewarding and challenging careers in existence. Within a teaching career, we get to teach all other future careers, we teach future doctors, police officers and lawyers. I believe that every student is capable of learning, it only takes one teacher taking the time to find how they learn best! 

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  • Kristin Lindell Kindergarten Teacher (231) 865-4100

    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 over fifteen years.  

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

    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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  • Stephanie Lubbers Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100

    I love working with elementary aged children assisting in the classroom. My job as an instructional assistant allows me to build a bond with each child I work with. I get the unique experience of working with multiple children and teachers. “Alone we are smart, together we are brilliant” Author Steven Anderson.

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

    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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  • Danielle McConnell STEM Teacher (231) 865-4100

    “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” I love teaching because I get to see students work their way through challenges and problem solve.

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  • Lynette McCumber 4th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Teaching is a fine art and is highly rewarding, which is why I know I will be teaching for decades to come. I love seeing those light bulbs go off in students and seeing how affected they can be once you have those trusting relationships in place!

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  • Rebecca Morrow Math Interventionist Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Samantha Nutt 2nd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    "Teachers who love teaching, teach children who love learning!" I am so excited to share my love of teaching with my second-grade students this year! My hope each year is to create a safe and welcoming environment for all students who walk through my door. I want to create a passion for learning and encourage them to never stop asking questions. I want them to become lifelong learners. 

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  • Holly Opsommer Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100

    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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  • Jill Osborn Student Services Behavior Specialist (231) 865-4100

    I love working with kids! I feel so fortunate to be able to teach skills that will help kids be successful in life, to provide a safe place for them to process their emotions, and to help in guiding them toward more positive behaviors. 

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  • Michelle Patino Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100

    I love working with special need children, it truly has changed my life. 

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  • Christy Prins 1st Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    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

    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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  • Jessica Romberger Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100

    "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." - Angela Schwindt

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

    I’ve grown up in the Fruitport Community and I have worked for Fruitport Schools for over 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 attended 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

    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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  • Jacquie Sandison Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100

    Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes.” I have been working in the ASD room since it came to Edgewood in 2017. I have loved every second of working with these amazing kids!

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  • Megan Schneidt 3rd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I am Megan Schneidt and this is my first official year of teaching! I am thrilled to get to know each and everyone of my third graders and their families. My hope is to have my students leave each day with the excitement of walking through our classroom door the next morning! 

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  • Luke Shepherd Speech/Language Pathologist Speech/Language Pathologist (231) 865-4100

    I am very excited to begin serving the students at Fruitport Community Schools as a Speech-Language Pathologist for Edgewood Elementary School! I believe that students with speech and language needs deserve the same educational and social opportunities as their peers and it is a Speech-Language Pathologist's duty to provide them with the support they need, in the least restrictive environment, in order to thrive. 

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  • Kathy Six 4th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    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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  • Kristina Somerville Kindergarten Teacher (231) 865-4100

    “To teach is to touch a life forever.” I am confident that being a teacher is the best job in the world and I am so lucky to be teaching some of the littlest learners of Fruitport. My hope each year is to create a community within my classroom that is safe, loving, creative, and full of movement and fun. I want every single one of my students to feel success and to know that they are amazing and loved every single day.

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

    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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  • Maddie Spencer 3rd Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    My hope each year is to create excitement and passion for learning. I also strive to be sure students feel welcomed as they walk into our classroom community each and every day. I knew in 3rd grade that I wanted to become a teacher and I am so happy to be back in a 3rd grade position sharing my love of teaching!

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  • Megan Stromberg Speech/Language Pathologist Speech/Language Pathologist (231) 865-4100

    I am excited to become a member of the Fruitport Community! I look forward to working in a collaborative team with parents and staff to ensure that our students are successful and enjoy each school year. 

  • Jessica Tiefenbach 5th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

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

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

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  • Rochelle Zimmerman ASD Regional Classroom Teacher (231) 865-4100 Read More