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Greater Grand Rapids

Practice Makes Possible

Leading Educators supports a network of schools across Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan, through EDNET, an initiative of the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation.

This approach is the backbone of an ambitious strategy to significantly increase academic achievement among economically-disadvantaged students who attend the nearly 120 district, charter, and religious schools in the Greater Grand Rapids urban area. This work uses the greatest asset within Grand Rapids’ urban schools—experienced educators—by supporting up to 300 teacher leaders along with their principals and district administrators.

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By The Numbers

An inaugural cohort of principals and teacher leaders began development in the summer of 2017 to bolster their content knowledge and instructional leadership skills.

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10 schools

across four area school districts

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116 educators

supported this year with development in content and equity

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5,335 students

served this year

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“I have taught for over 30 years and have learned more in the last two years then I did the 30 years prior.”
Grand Rapids Teacher Leader

Meet the Team

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Mary Kay Murphy

Senior Director of Networks
Mary Kay is a passionate Michigan educator who leads program implementation and growth in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Kristine Schipper

Instructional Leadership Coach
Kristine is a passionate educator who supports several schools in the Greater Grand Rapids areas as an instructional leadership coach.
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Jennifer Sierra

Instructional Leadership Coach
Jennifer is an educator who is driven to ensure that all students have access to a positive and impactful school experience.
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Jessie Mae Hendrickson

Program Manager for Michigan
Jessie Mae supports program implementation for projects in Michigan.
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Mary Kay Murphy

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Kristine Schipper

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Jennifer Sierra

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Jessie Mae Hendrickson

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“The dedication of the LE staff to meet the needs of [my] building has been outstanding…our coach was a constant, guiding resource throughout.”
Grand Rapids Teacher Leader