Story by School News Network–Kristen Pennington is the new Knapp Forest Elementary principal. SNN sat down with her in their latest edition of “Meet Your Principal.” Pennington is a 2002 East Kentwood High School graduate and started her teaching career at Chandler Woods Charter Academy. She moved on to Kalamazoo area schools, where she taught kindergarten, second and fourth grades, then served as an instructional coach. Her previous role as an elementary principal was at Lakeshore Public Schools in Stevensville. “I was so excited to come back to the area,” she said. “It really feels like home.” Pennington earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Cornerstone University. She said a specialty endorsement course called Leadership Matters — which she took through the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association — “really refined my skills as a leader. Once I completed that course, I felt really prepared to support a building full of people.”
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