Jacki Kooistra

New Alden Elementary Principal Jacki Kooistra knows there are challenges ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic. The former teacher said the staff and administration have been good sounding boards as she acclimates herself to the job.

Jacki Kooistra knows her first year as building principal at Alden Elementary - started amid a global pandemic - is going to be a unique one. But she's reassured by the fact that everyone is going through the process together.

Kooistra recently held a staff meeting and asked all of the teachers to stand up if the current circumstances made them feel like they're experiencing their first year of teaching all over again. Everyone rose.

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