Alumni Association

The GVSU's Education Alumni Association gives back to Grand Valley State University by providing volunteering, networking, and professional development opportunities for current students and alumni of the Education Programs.

If you are interested in joining the Alumni Association, please contact Emily Horvat at [email protected] or Kate Powers at [email protected] or join us at any of our events!

Alumni Council members (photo)

Education Alumni Association Board

  • Emily Horvat, Co-President
  • Kate Powers, Co-President
  • Lea Ebels
  • Tom Ebels
  • Vanessa Marble
  • Teresa McDougall
  • Clayton Pelon
  • Kristy Rieger
  • Lea Sevigny
  • Eric Sherman
  • Jamie Stuart
  • Casey Thelenwood
  • Alissa Zalewski

Michigan Literacy Project

  • Are you a Grand Valley Education Program graduate?
  • Have you been teaching 3 years or less in a non-chartered public school in Michigan?
  • Are you teaching in a general education elementary classroom (K-5)?
  • Are you teaching in an under-served district with limited resources?
  • Are you in need of quality children’s literature for your classroom?
  • Do you have a clear vision for how these books could be utilized to foster a love of literature in your own classroom?

If you answered, “YES” to all six questions, you are eligible to apply for a classroom library book grant provided by the Grand Valley State University Michigan Literacy Project.  

To apply, visit the Michigan Literacy Project website and complete the short application. All applications will be reviewed by a team of GVSU faculty/staff. Qualified candidates will be chosen based on specific need and use criteria.

Photos from Education Alumni Events and Volunteer Work

Participants gathering around a table during the event Story Time in the Heights (photo).
People signing in to the event Story Time in the Heights (photo).
Students, GVSU alumni sitting at a table and participating in an activity (photo).
Students are listening to guest speakers sitting on the stage (photo).
Students, GVSU Alumni are discussing their resumes at a table (photo).
Students are listening to guest speakers sitting on stage (photo).

GVSU Alumni Association

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