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Van Andel Institute for Education Announces the 2024 Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 14, 2024) — Van Andel Institute for Education (VAI Education) is proud to announce the 2024 recipients of the Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence Award, which honors outstanding educators who have worked alongside VAI Education to help create classrooms where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive.

With this award, VAI Education aims to celebrate the work of educators everywhere while inspiring others to emulate the mission and ideals of VAI Education.

Presenting the 2024 Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence

  • Chris Allen
    Webberville Community Schools,
    Webberville, Michigan
  • Sonia Andrews
    Rockford Public Schools,
    Belmont, Michigan
  • Al Bandstra
    Sioux Center Christian School,
    Sioux Center, Iowa
  • Nicole Bowman
    Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy,
    Flushing, Michigan
  • Kailey Faris
    East Grand Rapids Public Schools,
    East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Grace Kneeshaw
    Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy,
    Michigan
  • Mouhamed Mboup
    Arsenal Technical High School,
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jennifer Conrad
    Allegan Public Schools,
    Allegan, Michigan
  • Kirk Reifinger
    East Grand Rapids Public Schools,
    East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Jackie Sleeman
    Kentwood Public Schools,
    Kentwood, Michigan

VAI Education also celebrates educators through programs such as the “Caught Being Awesome” award, where anyone can nominate extraordinary teachers throughout the year. Administrators, peer teachers, parents, and students are invited to shine a spotlight on educators who are making a real difference in their classrooms and communities. To nominate a teacher for being awesome or to explore past winners, anyone can fill out this form

For more information about the 2024 Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence, visit VAIeducation.org and join us in celebrating the educators who are shaping the leaders of tomorrow.