We are an elementary Principal and a Literacy Specialist who have been fortunate to develop a relationship built on reflection and accountability. We are thankful to work with dedicated colleagues and are fortunate to have their insight and influence in our schools. Our goal is to co-create educational environments that cultivate curiosity, creativity and a passion for teaching. To do this we have studied together, written together, and have held each other accountable for the past 10 years to honestly reflect on the the impact of our choices in our respective roles.
Shelley Peets has been an elementary principal at Jeffers Elementary School in Spring Lake, Michigan for the past 3 years. Prior to that she was principal at Oakridge Lower Elementary School for 8 years. She has consulted and presented for the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District in the area of leadership for elementary and middle school Principals. Shelley was also an elementary teacher in Houston, Texas and Michigan for a total of 7 years.
Erin Brown has been the English Language Arts Consultant for the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District for the past 4 years. In this role she serves 12 West Michigan districts and supports statewide literacy initiatives and leadership groups. Before this role, Erin was the Literacy Specialist/Coach for Oakridge Public Schools for 7 years and and elementary teacher for 5 years.
Our shared mission is simple. We believe in serving teachers. While our first love is in the classroom with children, we feel like it is also a calling to find ways to best support the adults who teach our future generations each day.
Teachers are to be honored and celebrated. There are few roles more important to our future as a society. It is our hope that by cultivating curiosity in our profession, we will help to maintain joyful learning in our schools.
To the craft of teaching… for our children…
~ Erin and Shelley