Hudsonville Public Schools
3886 Van Buren
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-1740
Fax: (616) 669-4878
Dr. Douglas VanderJagt
(616) 669-1740 Ext. 1
I hope your summer has been enjoyable and that you have been able to spend quality time with family and friends enjoying this beautiful Michigan weather. We anxiously look forward to greeting our students, staff, and families in and around our schools as we embark on the 2018-2019 school year!
I would like to take this opportunity to share a little about myself. It certainly has been an exciting summer for my family as I have had the privilege of taking over as superintendent of Hudsonville Public Schools on July 1, 2018. My educational background stems all the way back to my years as a high school student, when I knew in my heart I wanted to become an educator. After graduating from Jenison Public Schools (where my mom was a 6th grade teacher), I attended Grand Valley State University (where my dad was a professor). Education was an integral part of my family growing up, as my father served on the Jenison School Board for 26 years as well.
Upon graduation from GVSU, I had the privilege of teaching secondary mathematics in the Kentwood Public School system for one year and East Grand Rapids for just over 10 years. After I completed my Master’s degree from WMU during my teaching years, I transferred to Rockford Public Schools to become their Testing Coordinator and Assistant Principal at their Freshman building. Ironically, I filled a position vacated by Nick Ceglarek, as he accepted a position in Baldwin. It’s exciting that I find myself following Dr. Ceglarek, an impressive leader, once again!
During my 16 years in Rockford, I served in several roles including Assistant Principal, Principal of the Freshman Center, and finished the last five years as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. During this time, I also completed my Doctor of Philosophy degree from Western Michigan University.
My family has certainly enjoyed our summer as I have transitioned into this new role. My wife, Dorothy, and I met as teachers back in 1992 and have been happily married for the last 23 years. She taught for several years before becoming the principal at Bauer Elementary here in Hudsonville. After an 11-year career in Hudsonville, she took over a leadership position within Kent Intermediate School District as their Director of Teaching and Learning. After retiring from Kent ISD, she now works with districts throughout the state supporting their educational needs. Our son, Dylan, will begin his 8th grade year at Baldwin Middle School, where he enjoys swimming, theater, and electronics (of course!).
While I have lived in Hudsonville for the past 13 years, I look forward to experiencing first-hand the amazing community and school system that has been provided for our kids. I know, personally, the commitment our district has with our local businesses and community members and I am eager to see these relationships continue to develop. Thank you all for the warm welcome I have received and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!
Dr. Doug VanderJagt,