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Meet Our Leadership Team

Mark DeJong

Mark DeJong


Jessica Bouwhuis

Jessica Bouwhuis

Dean of Lower Elementary

Hannah Anderson

Hannah Anderson

Dean of Upper Elementary

Aarika Thomas

Aarika Thomas

Dean of Middle School

Erica Vander Meer

Interim Dean

Julie Zirille

Julie Zirille

Dean of Intervention

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What Vanguard Charter Academy Parents Are Saying

"I truly believe the teachers and leaders at Vanguard care about my daughter. I love the Moral Focus program and feel that she is receiving a better education here than she would at a public school."

- Vanguard Charter Academy Parent

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Meet Our School Board

Our School Board draws from the best local civic and community leaders. They volunteer their time and energy to ensure students at Vanguard Charter Academy receive the best education possible. For a schedule of Board meetings, minutes, and more information, visit the Board Documents page or contact us at 616-538-3630.

Michele Jourdan


Paul Ledford

Vice President

Linda Milanowski


Michelle Simons


Brian Patrick


Our Authorizer

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We are authorized by Grand Valley State University. They sponsor and monitor us to ensure we achieve academic results and uphold the promises made in our charter.

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