Heidi Kattula, the Superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools since
2018, works in collaboration with the Board of Education and administrative
staff in establishing the goals and priorities for the district. Dr. Kattula is
a graduate of the University of Michigan, Northern Michigan University, and
Wayne State University. She holds a doctorate degree in educational
administration. Prior to her current position as the Superintendent, Dr.
Kattula worked as Executive Director of District and School Services for Oakland
Intermediate School District, an educational service agency that provides
instructional support and services for 28 school districts in Oakland County.
Dr. Kattula has also worked as a central office administrator; elementary,
middle, and high school principal; and secondary mathematics and computer
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 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).
Joanne Platt has over 25 years of experience as a school psychologist. She previously worked in Wyoming Public Schools for nine years and has spent the last 16 years in East Grand Rapids Public Schools. In her time at EGRPS, she has supported general education and special education students at all levels. In addition, she has greatly enjoyed working collaboratively with parents and educators in order to meet the needs of students. Mrs. Platt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in special education evaluation, interventions, and support. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Michigan University and earned her master’s in educational psychology from Michigan State University, as well as an educational specialist degree in school psychology.
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.