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Our Mission 
Partnering with students, families, and staff to remove barriers by using an asset-based approach to ensure that all families can fully participate and be successful in Jenison Public Schools.

Our Values

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offering assetsAsset Based
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Who We Are

Beth Morey
Mary Veldink

Beth Morey (Rosewood, Bursley, Senior High)

Parent Liaison
Rosewood, Bursley, and Jenison High School

Beth is in her fifth year as a Parent Liaison for Jenison Public Schools. Prior to this, Beth spent 11 years as a speech pathologist in Grand Rapids and 12 years as an SLP with Jenison’s ASD program. Beth graduated from Western Michigan University with a major in Speech Pathology and minors in Spanish and Elementary Education. She received her M.A. in Speech Pathology from Eastern Michigan University. In her spare time, Beth loves spending time with her family, boating, and reading. Beth provides support to Bursley, Rosewood, and the High School.
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Mary Veldink (Sandy Hill, Junior High)

Parent Liaison
Sandy Hill and Jenison Junior High

Mary has been a Parent Liaison for Jenison Public Schools for seven years. Prior to being a Parent Liaison, Mary spent 25 years teaching third grade. Mary graduated from Hope College with a degree in elementary and special education. Her Master’s Degree is from Cleveland State University where she focused on Early Childhood Special Education. Mary loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and playing pickleball. Mary provides support to Sandy Hill, and the Junior High.
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Kris Faber
Jenny van biljon

Kris Faber (Bauerwood, Pinewood, ECC, El Puente, JIA)

Parent Liaison
Bauerwood, Pinewood, ECC, El Puente, and JIA

Kris is in her second year as a Parent Liaison for Jenison Public Schools. Prior to being a Parent Liaison, Kris spent 25 years as a school social worker for JPS. Kris graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Psychology. Her Masters in Social Work Degree is from the University of Michigan where she focused on interpersonal practice and community organizing. Kris loves spending time with her family and friends, experiencing live music, and baking. Kris provides support to Pinewood, El Puente, the ECC, Bauerwood, and the JIA.
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Jenny van Biljon (District Wide Support)

Parent Liaison 
District Support

Jenny is in her first year as a Parent Liaison for Jenison Public Schools. Prior to this role, she spent 21 years as a classroom teacher, while teaching both 3rd and 4th grade. Jenny graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Her Master's Degree in Literacy is from Western Michigan University. In Jenny's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and nieces and nephews, running and staying active outdoors. She is providing district wide support.
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Rachelle Gelder
Partnership Model: Connecting families to community resources and supporting parent-teacher collaboration.

Rachelle Gelder (Administrative Assistant)

Parent Liaison Administrative Assistant

Rachelle serves the Parent Liaison Team as an administrative assistant after spending 7 years with the Young Life Organization as the YoungLives Coordinator. Rachelle brings supportive skills and an understanding of community needs, as well as her connections to many community resources to the Parent Liaison Program. She is our district DHHS navigator and assists families in navigating the MiBridges system. In her spare time, Rachelle enjoys spending time with her family, wedding coordinating, crafting, and time in the sunshine.
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