Office of the Superintendent

About the Superintendent’s Office:

Daniel Behm, the Superintendent of Forest Hills Public Schools since 2006, sets the vision and direction for the district. He also serves as the official spokesperson for the district and manages administrative staff. Dan is a graduate of the University of Michigan and served as Superintendent of Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools in Flint, Michigan prior to being appointed at Forest Hills Public Schools. Tricia Karnes serves as Administrative Assistant.

Forest Hills Administration:
   Daniel S. Behm, Superintendent
   Margaret Fellinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
   Julie Davis, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations
   Christine Annese, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

For a detailed hierarchy of the administrative structure at Forest Hills, please click here.

Superintendent’s Welcome

Welcome to Forest Hills Public Schools, one of our nation’s great public school systems!

Our schools and our community are focused on a common aim of doing what is best for children.  Throughout the history of our school district, our community and our staff have given their time, their talents, and their treasure to ensure that each child has what she or he needs to unlock their unique and limitless potential.  These gifts manifest themselves in our smaller schools, our small teacher to child ratio, and our belief in keeping kids “younger longer” and not artificially accelerating the natural process of becoming an adult.  We feel strongly that children need space and time to grow, nurtured by high expectations and loving support.

Doing what is best for kids certainly entails providing each and every child with the very best education possible.  While we are proud of our number one ranking from the State of Michigan and the national recognition our schools and faculty have received over the years, these rankings and recognition do little to help a child learn, grow, and thrive.  Transforming a budding reader into a lifelong scholar or preparing a dependent child to be a selfless leader as a caring adult takes hard work, dedication, knowledge, and skill.  We are committed to recruiting and retaining the very best educators and staff who know how to deliver personalized learning and remain focused on our vision of “all learners achieving individual potential.”

Doing what is best for kids is about more than a great education.  It also means instilling in children the character and values to ethically and responsibly use exemplary scholarship to serve the needs of an interdependent world.  Children take their cues from those of us entrusted with their care.  Therefore, when working with and for kids, we must always model the very best of the human condition.  Toward this end, Forest Hills Public Schools lives by a set of written ideals we refer to as our Guiding Principles.  These individual and organizational commitments constitute the unchanging values that lie at the heart of our district’s past and future success.

We hope you find this website to be a useful resource for information – whether you are a prospective family, parent, student, or a community stakeholder.  Like all websites, you will be able to find lots of information, interesting news and facts, and helpful tools.  However, even with the best modern technology has to offer, sometimes there is no substitute for a human connection.  In this event, we invite you to stop by our district offices or call our main telephone number at (616) 493-8800, where we will be happy to help you.

Thank you for your interest in and your support of Forest Hills Public Schools.


Daniel S. Behm
Forest Hills Public Schools