Gerald W. Hopkins, JR
Gerald (Jerry) W. Hopkins, JR has served as Kenowa Hills Public Schools superintendent since 2011. Since joining, Mr. Hopkins led the creation of a district partnership with Davenport University to implement a Middle College Program, allowing students to earn an Associate’s Degree while still enrolled at Kenowa Hills Public Schools. He also launched Pathways, a blended learning program to provide a non‐ traditional instructional setting for high school learners. An advocate for school safety, under Mr. Hopkins’ leadership the community passed a $55 million bond, which included new secure entrances for every school building in the district.
Mr. Hopkins began his teaching career at Grandville Public Schools as an elementary school teacher specializing in math before moving on to an Instructional Media Specialist role. There, he developed a fifth-grade economics curriculum, and later served as Elementary Program Coordinator. Mr. Hopkins served on a variety of leadership teams at Wyoming Public Schools, holding an Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources position prior to joining Kenowa Hills Public Schools.
Mr. Hopkins holds a Master of Education from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Science with focus on Math and Biology from Central Michigan University. He serves as a member of a number of foundations, including: Walker Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Association of School Administrators, and Kenowa Hills Education Foundation.
In his personal time, you can find Mr. Hopkins driving around the great state of Michigan to take his three children to various sporting events, including baseball, softball and gymnastics. A relentless volunteer, Mr. Hopkins is almost always the first to arrive and last to leave various fundraising events at Kenowa Hills.
Mike Burde, Ph.D
Dr. Burde joined Kenowa Hills Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent in 2012. Since then, he has supported the district’s implementation of building and district improvement plans that support student-centered education; which the district calls Personal Mastery. Dr. Burde has also been an active advocate for the K-12 instructional technology; assisting in the planning and implementation of district’s ongoing 1:1 technology initiative. In addition, he’s worked to develop strong partnerships with organizations such as KnowledgeWorks, the Michigan Department of Education, and the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists (MASFPS). Dr. Burde currently serves as the President of MASFPS and was awarded the organization’s state leadership award in 2013.
Dr. Burde earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Spring Arbor University, Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. For 15 years, Dr. Burde has been involved in public school administration at all levels: elementary, secondary, and central office. He began his professional career at Ionia Public Schools, where he served as a middle school social studies teacher before taking on various leadership responsibilities at Belding Areas Schools. In his spare time, Dr. Burde enjoys camping and traveling with his wife of 18 years (Jacqlyn) and their children Katherine and Marilyn; both proud Kenowa Hills Knights.
Our Personal Mastery educational experience has redefined education and has gained attention around the state and nation. Personal Mastery provides your child with personalized attention from teachers. Instead of teaching to a broad group of students without understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses, Personal Mastery allows teachers to interact with students individually or in small groups to help them better address their weaknesses. In this way, we strive to help your child reach their full potential.PERSONAL MASTERY SPECIAL EDUCATION ENGLISH LEARNERS TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM