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Staff Spotlighting Staff: Landon Bell, New Branches Charter Academy

Mr. Landon Bell was nominated by Mrs. Larkin as Choice Schools Associates’ Staff Spotlighting Staff feature! Landon is starting his fourth year at New Branches and currently serves as the K-8 STEAM Educator and Technology Coordinator. Landon always goes above…
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Staff Spotlighting Staff: Vonda Karnazes, New Branches Charter Academy

Vonda Karnazes was nominated by her principal Mrs. Terry Larkin. Vonda is starting her 14th year at New Branches Charter Academy in Grand Rapids. She currently serves as the ELL Coordinator. Vonda is a great example of a student-focused teacher!…
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An interactive sensory pathway comes to New Branches Charter Academy

Ten students from Grand Rapids Community College’s Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA Club) designed, created, and sought-out community partners to bring an interactive sensory pathway to New Branches Charter Academy.  “When we discussed the idea of installing a sensory hallway…

Our Bus Drivers Pave the Way for Student Success

School bus drivers are dedicated individuals from a variety of backgrounds who have made it their mission to transport students to and from school and school-related activities safely and efficiently. They are trained professionals with immense responsibility. They have specialized…

Our School Nutrition Professionals Provide Essential Ingredients to Academic Success

“It’s more than chicken nuggets, sloppy joe’s, plastic gloves & hairnets,” said Shatara Morris, school nutrition program support at Choice Schools.  “The school nutrition professionals are responsible for budgeting, supervising, scheduling, counting, measuring, auditing, sanitizing and heavy lifting. They’re counseling, encouraging…
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Student Focused Office Managers Create a Welcoming Environment for All

Office managers play a vital role in a school’s daily success. The work they do varies day-to-day and looks different from school-to-school. Because an office manager’s job is so diverse, it’s often misunderstood or regarded simply as clerical. In reality,…