Member Spotlight: Jenny Fee

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We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Jenny Fee, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, East Grand Rapids Public Schools

How long have you worked in education?
24 years

How long have you been an administrator?
11 years

Give us a few personal details.
I grew up in the community in which I live and attended the school district within which I work. I left for about twelve years after high school, living and working in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Denver, Colorado. My husband and I returned to Michigan to be near family upon the arrival of my first of three children. My oldest just graduated from high school and attends the University of Michigan. My two boys are a freshman and junior in high school.

What do you find most challenging about your job?
The most challenging part of the principalship is meeting the varied needs of so many different constituents from parents, community members, teachers, staff, board members, etc.

What is most rewarding about your job?
What is most rewarding is helping others achieve their goals.

Tell us about a program/initiative at your school that you are proud of.
I am proud of the teachers and students at our high school for their work in implementing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. It was a multi-year process that required hard work and dedication. It was not easy. The teachers worked side-by-side with the administration to bring the program to fruition. We are now in year 2 of the program with 50 students pursuing the IB Diploma.

What advice would you have for those who are new to the Principalship?
My advice to new principals is to take time to build and nurture relationships, authentically, with students, staff, and parents. The rewards personally and professionally are numerous with such an investment. Listen!

What is something you are working on or hoping to implement in the near future?
In my new position, I am looking forward to building and nurturing relationships with a much broader group of individuals than just the high school community. I am eager to connect with teachers and students K-12 and learn from their expertise.

Tell us about a training or book you've read recently that you found to be beneficial.
John Hattie's work is very powerful and can provide a framework for effective instruction for all.

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