Mr. Stefanich joined West Ottawa Public Schools in 2004 as a 6th Grade English teacher. After teaching one year at Harbor Lights he transitioned to teaching 4th grade at Great Lakes Elementary. While at Great Lakes Elementary Mr. Stefanich worked to get his Master’s degree from Western Michigan University in Educational Leadership. In the summer of 2010, Mr Stefanich was named principal of Great Lakes and he absolutely loves his position. Mr. Stefanich believes that the students and staff at Great Lakes make this an ideal school to work in. Mr. Stefanich has four children, three of which attend Great Lakes Elementary. His family lives in the West Ottawa community and are dedicated to ensuring that West Ottawa Public Schools continues to provide a world class education for all students.
Welcome to Great Lakes Elementary!
Great Lakes Elementary is located on the corner of Riley Street and 152nd Avenue, a few miles from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and adjacent from West Ottawa’s world class high school campus. Great Lakes is the newest of West Ottawa’s nine elementary schools and the staff at Great Lakes prides itself on preparing students to be College, Career, and Life Ready. The 550 plus students that call Great Lakes home are one of the many reasons Great Lakes is a school of choice for many families in the Holland/Zeeland area.
Great Lakes has extremely dedicated, talented, and driven staff members who believe that our students will become 21st century leaders and problem solvers. At Great Lakes we pride ourselves on our ability to create a school where continuous improvement and the desire to be better is the norm. We work to develop a learner profile in our students that includes: communicator, principled, knowledgeable, caring, reflective, and thinker. We strive to make everything we do in our classrooms connect with our community. This helps our learners construct meaning and think more critically. We also encourage our students to take action in their lives to help create a better, more peaceful world.
If you have any questions about Great Lakes, please feel free to contact us at (616) 786-1200, ext. 3499.
Great Lakes Elementary