District Administrators


Sara Magaña Shubel, Ph.D., SuperintendentGo To Top of Page

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.

Jennifer S. Fee, Assistant Superintendent of InstructionGo To Top of Page

Jenny Fee has been involved in education since 1993 in Florida, Colorado, and Michigan. Her service to East Grand Rapids Public Schools began as a middle school social studies teacher in 1999. She joined the EGRPS administrative team in 2005 as an assistant principal at the high school and served in that capacity for two years prior to becoming the high school principal. After 10 years as the high school principal, Jenny transitioned to the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction position in 2017. In this role she ensures that our Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum provides East students with the academic foundation and essential tools necessary to be successful in our 21st century global community. Curriculum growth and expansion, ongoing professional development, and collaboration among parents, staff, and administrators continue to be the cornerstones of our district. Jenny holds a Masters in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, both from the University of Michigan, in addition to teaching certification in secondary education.

Kevin D. Philipps, Assistant Superintendent of BusinessGo To Top of Page

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 EducationGo To Top of Page

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 AssessmentGo To Top of Page

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.