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Meet CHS Principal, Ms. Squires

Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2015

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I begin this school year as Principal of CHS! Originally born and raised in Michigan around the Grand Rapids area, I received my B.S from Alma College with concentrations in Biology and Theatre, my M.Ed from Aquinas College in Curriculum and Instruction, and my Advanced Graduate Studies in School Administration from American International College.

I began my education career as a teacher in the Grand Rapids Public Schools teaching biology and spent a year teaching science in England.  For the past 9.5 years, I have resided in Massachusetts teaching in a large urban district and serving in the role of district curriculum director and high school assistant principal for academics.

In looking to relocate back to Michigan, I was particular in the schools in which I wanted to put forth my interest as principal.  Having family in the Northern Michigan area, I was already well aware of the wonderful work taking place within CAPS and in particular CHS.  However, it was in speaking with Superintendent Jennifer Brown, as well as various members of the CAPS staff, that my interest in CHS was solidified.  The vision of excellence in academics and promoting high levels of student achievement while fostering rich relationships between the school and community is at the heart of what I believe in as an educator.  To know that I had the opportunity to join such dynamic learning community with such passion for excellence made the decision to apply for the position of principal an easy one.

As Principal, I believe in empowering all members of CHS to reach their "bigness" -- to discover and work towards realizing their impact. I place emphasis on what I like to call the 4C's: Be Curious, Be Creative, Be Compassionate, and Be a Community. My leadership focuses on building the capacity of each individual within this school to consistently strive towards being better each day and to support one another along the way.  To ask questions, to take risks towards continuous improvement, to learn from our mistakes along the way and to remember that each and every one of us is in this together.

This year is a year of learning, listening and engaging.  I have an open door policy and look forward to meeting with a number of focus groups (including faculty, staff, parents, and students), being in classrooms to witness the great work happening with our teachers and students, and being present at the variety of events we host here at CHS in order to get a full sense of what it means to be a Viking.  

I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can and here is to a successful and exciting 2015-2016 school year.


Ms. Shaina Squires