Sara Magaña Shubel, Ph.D., Superintendent
Dr. Sara Magaña Shubel, the Superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools since 2006, works in collaboration with the Board of Education and administrative staff in establishing the goals and priorities for the district. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a doctorate degree in educational administration. Prior to her current position as the Superintendent, Dr. Shubel worked as Director of School Development Services for Ingham Intermediate School District, an educational service agency that provides instructional support and services for 20 school districts in Ingham County. Dr. Shubel has also worked as an education consultant for the Michigan Department of Education, and as an elementary school teacher.
Jeanne M. Glowicki, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
Jeanne Glowicki has been a leader in Michigan public education since 1986. She joined the East Grand Rapids Schools' administrative team in 1998 as an elementary principal and served in that capacity until 2005 when she became Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. Under her tutelage, our Y5-12 curriculum provides East students with the academic foundation and essential tools necessary to be successful in the 21st century. Curriculum growth and expansion, ongoing professional development, and collaboration between parents, staff, and administrators continue to be the cornerstones of our district. Jeanne holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Michigan State University.
Kevin D. Philipps, Assistant Superintendent of Business
Kevin Philipps, Assistant Superintendent for Business, has been involved with public education since 2001, joining East Grand Rapids Public Schools in 2006. He is responsible for all district financial activities, overseeing a $28 million operating budget as well as accounts payable, payroll, and purchasing activities. He also oversees the management of our Buildings & Grounds, Food Service, and Transportation Departments and supervises support staff personnel. Kevin graduated from Adrian College with a BBA in Accounting and went on to receive his MBA in Finance from Wayne State University. He is an active member of the Michigan School Business Officials and Association of School Business Officials, is currently the vice-chairperson of the Western Michigan Health Insurance Pool, and was recently appointed to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System Board (MPSERS).
William Behrendt, Director of Special Education
William Behrendt held the position of Assistant Principal of East Middle School until 2015 when he accepted the position of Director of Special Education for East Grand Rapids Public Schools. He now supervises all special education programs and services provided for students ages 3 to 26. He collaborates with Kent Intermediate School District and school districts in Kent County on staffing and services for students from birth to three years of age, and more specialized services for older students. William graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Special Education and English/Language Arts. He later received an MA in Special Education from Grand Valley State University and an EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration from Michigan State University.
Douglas R. Jenkins, Director of Technology and Assessment
Doug Jenkins began working with East Grand Rapids students as a high school science teacher in 1988. He assumed his present role in July of 1999 and is responsible for overseeing the implementation and maintenance of technology related systems in the district, the administration of district assessments such as the M-STEP and MME, and staff training in both the technology and assessment areas. Doug is also the lead assessment and accountability analyst in the district, supporting staff at all levels in the understanding of achievement data. Doug graduated from Albion College with a BA in Physics and later received an MS in School Leadership from Michigan State University. He is currently working on a PhD at Western Michigan University.
Patricia L. Temple, Director of Operations
Patty Temple joined the district in 1997 as Plant Manager for East Grand Rapids High School and assumed the responsibilities of Director of Operations in 2002. She is responsible for the daily operations of the district's Maintenance, Custodial, Grounds, and Transportation Departments. Patty is the district liaison working on construction projects with construction management firms and outside contractors.