Kara Vanderweele

Principal

About Me

I am excited to continue my journey as a Shelby Tiger. I have worked in the district since 2006 as a middle school special education teacher. In 2016, I was hired as the Special Education Director, and then became the principal of Thomas Read Elementary in 2018. I started my education at Muskegon Community College and then transferred to Grand Valley State University. I completed my Bachelor's, Master's and Administration degree at Grand Valley. 

When I am not working, you will find me with my family. My husband and I have one son, who is 7 years old and in second grade and I have a step daughter who is 13. My family and friends are very important to me. Together we spend lots of time outside. We love to boat and the beach, bike and exercise, and travel. I am a lifelong learner and love to read!

I love to learn and I love to see our Thomas Read Elementary students learn even more! 

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