Fruitport Middle School Staff
  • Jacquelyn Ball English Language Arts 6th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I love sharing my passion for writing and reading with my students.  Teaching for me is an ongoing process. We, as educators, are always learning and growing from collaborating with other colleagues and attending additional learning opportunities when they arise.  

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  • Janna Berens Social Studies 8th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    As John Elliot says, "History shows us that people who end up changing the world are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses."  History is always changing and being created simultaneously. Learning about history allows us to have conversations about the world. We are challenged to talk about how people change, how they stay the same, ideas of right and wrong, intent, and the intended and unintended consequences of behaviors. These discussions help us grow as individuals and also as a community of people.

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  • Tracy Bordewyk Social Studies 8th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I have always had a love of learning and desire to share my wisdom with others. It was no surprise when I made the announcement back in the third grade that I would become a teacher...someday. 

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  • Brenda Brandow Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I grew up in the Muskegon Area truly enjoying everything that Michigan has to offer.  I spent many summer afternoons at the Lake Michigan Shoreline with my mom, and many evenings in the woods with my dad as he is an avid hunter and has a true love of training beagles.  I later began playing sports year round and started to ski as well.  I still love being outside and being active.  

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  • Colin Brown Science 8th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I have always viewed learning as a partnership between the student and teacher, where both have the same goal: academic, social, and emotional student growth. I look forward to building and maintaining partnerships with students while they are in my classroom as well as long after they leave. I work to be a positive influence on every student who passes through my classroom.

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  • Ryan Brown Mathematics 8th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I really enjoy working with people, and I love my students because I know that I can help guide them and teach them about math and life.

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  • Dan Butler Administration Resource Officer (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Kari Cadwell English Language Arts Teacher (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Katie Cadwell Performing Arts Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Music education, to me, is a great way to help students find something that they can enjoy, learn dedication and perseverance from, and be a part of a community that is supportive and fun.  Music is something people can have their whole lives, whether it is as a profession or as extra-curricular enjoyment.

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  • Shannon Coe Social Worker Student Services (231) 865-4100

    Psychology, social work, families, and education have always been my passions. As a Psychology and Family Studies major at Cornerstone University, I never knew exactly how my passions would come together in the future, but I knew that somehow they would.  

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  • Christina Damm Clerical Clerical (231) 865-4100
  • Susan Denning Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100

    I love working at Fruitport Middle School as an Instructional Assistant.  It is a joy to work with the kids and the awesome staff.

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  • Derek Dillon Administration Assistant Principal (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Cheri Eberly Performing Arts Teacher (231) 865-4100

    "If I were not a physicist  I would probably be a musician. I often think in music.  I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music" - Albert Einstein.

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  • Sarah Engel Mathematics Teacher (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Amanda Gaeth Mathematics Math Academy Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I enjoy helping students improve their math skills.  I believe all students are capable of being successful in a math classroom.  

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  • Christine Gardner Math Interventionist Instructional Support (231) 865-4100

    When it comes to education and teaching, I love the moment when they finally get it. When you can see the light bulb go off in their eyes and the expression changes on their face, you know you have made a difference.

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  • Darcy Gilbert Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Susan Goldberg Social Studies 7th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I am a native of northern Michigan where my love for children and teaching began at an early age.  First as a babysitter and then as a tutor of elementary students.

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  • Pam Gustafson Media Clerk Library/Media Services (231) 865-4100

    I have enjoyed watching students come in and their journey to learning how to read and the excitement when they can read a whole book on their own and their choosing of a Genre that they enjoy.

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  • Andrea Hall English Language Arts Teacher (231) 865-4100

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

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  • Jaimee Hecksel Science 7th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Helping others has always been important to me.  My hope is that my students know I care about their learning and well-being.  I have been teaching at Fruitport Middle School for many years and currently teach seventh and eighth grade science.  I have had the privilege of teaching sixth, seventh and eighth graders.  I earned my Bachelor of Science in Group Science (with a mathematics emphasis) from Grand Valley State University.

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  • Kaitlyn Hibbs Instructional Assistant Instructional Support (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Randy Johnson Physical Education Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I have been teaching a Fruitport Middle school for more than 20 years. I began as a special education teacher and then moved into the area of physical education. I am also the Fruitport High School Cross-Country and Girls High School Track Coach.

  • Rachel Kent Science 6th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Growing up I was surrounded by educators. My mother was a high school teacher until she had 5 kids and I also had an aunt and a grandmother who were teachers. Education was a very important part of our family.

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  • Julie Kolbe Student Services Counselor (231) 865-4100

    I enjoy every second of my day from meeting students in groups, presenting in classrooms, talking one-on-one, or just chatting in the hallways.

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  • Kathy Kortering Social Studies 6th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Teaching chose me. What else could I do that would combine my passions for learning, mathematics, and making a difference with our youth?! Learning is a life journey and it begins with the opportunities education provides. I am grateful to be a part of each student’s academic and behavioral success.

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  • Grant Lancaster Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Robin Latsch Art Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Math, science, and social studies are important courses that our students need for our society to function.  Art, poetry, design, love, beauty, and music are what our souls live for.

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  • Danielle McConnell STEM Teacher (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Tim McKeeby Social Studies Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Building positive relationships with students and the community are my favorite parts about being in the education field.

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  • Kristine Olson English Language Arts 8th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I chose to teach as my vocation because of my conviction that every child should be given the opportunity to become whatever or whoever they desire to be.  Believing that education and knowledge open doors to opportunity,  I hope to contribute to each student entering my classroom, a small part of their academic and behavioral foundation from which to build upon.

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  • Kimberly Papes Speech/Language Pathologist Support Services (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Kara Radecki Mathematics 6th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Ben Ritsema Social Studies 6th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    My favorite thing about teaching and my educational philosophy is to make connections with my students.  I strongly believe that positive relationships in the classroom is the key to having a successful learning environment.  My goal each school year is to make that positive connection with each and everyone of my students to foster their education.  

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  • Colleen Robison Computer Technology Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Technology is always changing and students need to be prepared to change with it. Efficiency is important, just because you are using technology does not mean you are working efficiently. Our classroom explores a lot of different programs and often discusses different and more efficient ways to use technology to get a task done.  I love teaching students the topic of technology, it is always changing and always fun!

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  • Tammy Ruch Foreign Language Spanish Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I still love the excitement I see on student’s faces every time they successfully communicate in Spanish. If you visit my classroom, you will notice that I teach my class almost entirely in the target language (Spanish). Don’t worry, it sounds intense, but the students love it and are up to the challenge.  I strive to make learning valuable and fun just like my experience in school.

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  • Stephenie Ruple Clerical Office Staff (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Sarah Schams Health Education Teacher (231) 865-4100

    My goal is to make health education relevant! In class, we learn about things that will impact our lives and help us to become the best versions of ourselves.

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  • Jeff Schurman At-Risk Interventionist Student Services (231) 865-4100

    My time growing up was spent enjoying numerous outdoor activities in West Michigan (such as boating, fishing, camping, hiking, soccer, beach volleyball) and traveling the country with my family through various modes (car, RV, boat, train, airplane). These experiences fed a curiosity about life and love of experiencing and learning new things that has continued into adulthood.  While I still enjoy all of those activities of my youth, I am often drawn to new ventures such as teaching myself to play the keyboard and dabbling in photography.

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  • Jamie Stahl Industrial Technology Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I have enjoyed watching students think and create.  I believe each child is a unique individual who needs security, a nurturing environment and the ability to let their curiosity lead their learning.  Fruitport Middle School has allowed me the opportunity to foster that within my students.

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  • Vanessa Thole Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Tim Tiefenbach Administration Principal (231) 865-4100

    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 principal of Fruitport Middle School.  I’m looking forward to learning and growing alongside the incredible students, staff, and families.

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  • Amy Vargo Special Education Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Most of my free time and enjoyment is focused on family and friends. I also love to travel when time allows. I am continuing to broaden my learning through the diverse traveling experiences that I’ve shared with my husband.  These experiences have broadened my cultural awareness and have given me a greater appreciation for my educational career path.  My passion remains in helping support students who have academic and behavioral needs within the classroom setting.

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  • Tammi Wilkins Reading Interventionist Reading Interventionist (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Lisa Winger MOCI Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.A. in Special Education and Psychology. I have endorsements in both cognitive impairments and learning disabilities. I am a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and am blessed to be working in the same community in which I live.

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  • Lauren Wood Mathematics Teacher (231) 865-4100 Read More
  • Dina Woodard Science 6th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    Early in life I knew I wanted to pursue a career in education and I can honestly say that I have never regretted that decision. Each day is unique and provides me the opportunity to have students engage in a variety of activities and learn more about the world around them.

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  • Jeff Woodard Science 7th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I enjoy having a job that each day not only feels different from the last, but has an opportunity to become a memorable experience because of the kids with whom we we work. Teaching science to young adults is very rewarding.  I not only enjoy teaching science, I still love learning about the new discoveries that scientists are making each day.

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  • Carrie Yanke English Language Arts 7th Grade Teacher (231) 865-4100

    I have taught 8th grade and currently am teaching 7th language arts.  I really enjoy my job and my students continue to amaze me with each day being new.  I graduated from CMU with a bachelor's degree and from GVSU with a Master's degree in educational leadership

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