Partners in Education

Child holding art projectPartners in Education is an active partnership between ISD 318 and the Reif Center, and is supported by the Kennedy Center for the Arts. This unique partnership works to instill art into every day learning opportunities.

Including the arts in teaching core subjects like Math and Language Arts allows teachers to reach more students and to engage them at a deeper level.

The Partnership Committee consists of:
From ISD 318:
Rochelle VanDenHeuval, ISD 318 Assistant Superintendent
Dan Adams, RJEMS principal
Scott Briske, Forest Lake Elementary principal
Ken Decoster, Southwest Elementary principal
Lori Grabarkewitz, 6th grade teacher
Anissa Grotjohn, RJEMS band teacher
Lynnette LaRoque, 5th grade teacher
Matt Lehtinen, ISD 318 Board
Sean Martinson, Murphy Elementary principal
Scott Patrow, Bigfork Schools principal
Jessica Setness, ISD 318 Communication Specialist
Jill Wheelock, Cohasset Elementary principal

From the Reif Center:
David Marty, Reif Center President
Kirk Adams, Reif Board
Katie Benes, Marketing,
Jeremy Dewey, Development
Kathy Dodge, Grand Rapids Arts
Abby Kuschel, Reif Board


Each year, the partnership, under the guidance of the Kennedy Center, completes a visioning plan to increase arts integration into our schools. You can view a copy of the current plan here.