Kentwood Public Schools holds the highest expectations for its professional and certified teaching staff. Of the full and part-time teachers employed in the district, more than 60% have earned a Masters Degree or higher.
In addition to the graduate work our staff members complete independently, teachers are trained by our District in Conflict Management, Crisis Intervention and Cultural Sensitivity.
During our initial staff orientation, every new employee to Kentwood Public Schools participates in a three hour World of Difference training session. The program stresses the importance of diversity in our district, accepting and respecting differences in others and how to effectively communicate these beliefs in the classroom and in a global society.
Every classroom teacher in grades K-8 has received more than 50 hours of computer instruction and is competent in delivering our "Future Kids" computer curriculum.
Kentwood Public Schools believes every new staff member will develop into a superstar. To meet this expectation, new teachers are assigned a mentor teacher for the first three years.
The mentor provides ongoing assistance and support for the new staff member while sharing the professional commitment to excellence which characterizes our teaching staff and has made the district so successful.
Our teaching staff in the district is formally evaluated by the administration twice each year for the first four years in Kentwood and once every three years afterward.
The evaluation addresses performance areas in:
- Knowledge of subject matter
- Teachers’ ability to impart subject matter
- Classroom management
- Planning and preparation
- Professional growth
Here in Kentwood, we also have 443 classified staff employed in departments like:
- Bus Drivers
- Custodial and Maintenance
- Food Service Staff
Classified staff members participate with certified employees in the orientation sessions, including the three-hour World of Difference training program. Members of the districts' classified staff are regularly recognized on a countywide basis for their excellence, professionalism and service to students.