Principal Appreciation Month at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

October is Principal Appreciation Month and at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science we couldn’t be more excited to highlight our hardworking and dedicated administration for all that they do. We take pride in providing both a unique and wholesome education, and that starts with our leadership. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate our leadership and explain what makes them such an important piece of our community.

The first administrator we would like to highlight this month is our Elementary Principal, Nathan VanDuinen. Nathan attended Grand Valley State University for his bachelor’s degree and Western Michigan University for his master’s. He has been at WMAES for the past 15 years and served as the technology teacher and elementary assistant principal before stepping into his current role as the elementary principal.

The next person we want to showcase is our elementary assistant principal, Mark Slotman. Mark has been a part of the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science family for seven years! Originally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, he came to Michigan to attend Hope College for his undergraduate work and later completed his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Cornerstone University. He joined the team at WMAES during the 2015-2016 school year as a building substitute teacher. Through his years at WMAES his passion for education grew and he moved into the roles of P.E. Teacher, Athletic Director and is now the Elementary Assistant Principal.

The final administrator we are highlighting this month is our high school principal, Kevin Maitner. In 2021, Kevin became part of the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science leadership team as the assistant secondary principal. Originally from the Grand Rapids area, he earned his undergraduate degree from Ferris State University and his master’s degree from Creighton University. Kevin’s passion for education has led him through a diverse range of experiences, including administration, teaching, and coaching football and robotics.

Our leaders will always be a fundamental part of our school community, and we can’t thank them enough for their compassion, dedication and hard work. They serve as the backbone of our school, the ones inspiring change, and the mentors who shape our youth’s future. While this month may mark the official celebration, every day is an opportunity to recognize and support these outstanding individuals. To see more on what’s happening at our school, visit our blog and stay up to date with us on social media.

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