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Rockford Christian School

Bonnie McGinnis, Learning Commins Aid

Where did you begin your career in education?
Creston Christian

How many years have you been working at Grand Rapids Christian Schools?
31 years

What schools/buildings have worked at either before coming to GRCS or while at GRCS?
I started volunteering at Creston’s library when my oldest daughter started kindergarten there in 1986 and began working as a paid aide probably a couple of years after that when my younger daughter started school.

I worked with Jo Steenstra, the librarian at Creston, who taught me so much about being an elementary librarian, and showed such kindness, humor, and love to the students she served. We became good friends.

I also worked with Tammy Baker at Creston for several years. Along with aiding in the library, I worked for the Inclusive Ed program (middle school) with Bob Nienhuis and Greg Yoder.

I also worked in the computer lab as an aide for several years. For a couple of years, I assumed the position of Media Specialist/Tech Coordinator at Creston.

Do you have a favorite year that you worked? What made that year stand out in your mind?
I love my job as a librarian. Helping students find just the right books to check out, reading amazing stories to classes, and seeing the excitement on their faces as they discover new books in the library is a joy. I often have students say that they would like to be a librarian when “they grow up”. I always say that it’s the best job ever!

Tell about a moment in your career that you will never forget, possibly at an event or with a student.
I have more than thirty years of memories here, and at Creston Christian, of finding the best books for kids and sharing their interest and excitement as I read aloud to classes.

Tell about your greatest learning from a colleague, student, parent or PD Day.
I have so enjoyed working with all of you and I couldn’t begin to list all of the things I’ll miss. I’ve said many times that being a librarian is the best job ever and working in this beautiful library is a joy. I look forward to making memories with my daughter as she grows her business.

What are you looking forward to or what is your next adventure?
As many of you know, my daughter Rachel has a cooking blog, rachelcooks.com. For a few years, she has expressed a desire to have me join her team as her business expands. I love my job here as librarian but I also share her interest in developing recipes and cooking, so I’ve decided to accept the job of Brand Manager for her website.