Mrs. Henning can whole-heartedly say she is thrilled to be teaching at WMAA…again! After moving away for her husband’s job relocation a few years ago, she jumped at the opportunity to rejoin the WMAA family when she and her family moved back to Grand Rapids.
Mrs. Henning grew up in Stevensville, a small town in southwest Michigan. After graduating from Lakeshore High School, she studied at Purdue University, graduating with distinguished honors in English Secondary Teaching from the College of Liberal Arts. Mrs. Henning has now taught English in every grade from 8th to A.P. Literature, from the School of Environmental Studies in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Thomas Viaduct Middle School outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Each school and experience has been enriching, but never have the students been quite as passionate as at WMAA. Mrs. Henning’s favorite part of the English classroom is giving students the opportunity to explore their unique passions through reading, writing, research, and discussion in order to build a community of explorers, deep thinkers, and kind human beings.
This year, Mrs. Henning is teaching English 9 and English 9 Honors. Her favorite books are ever-changing, but one of her current favorites is “Llama Llama Red Pajama,” which she reads to her 1 year old son every day. Other fantastic reads lately were “Born a Crime,” “The Hate You Give,” “The Sun is Also a Star,” “A Man Called Ove,” and “David and Goliath.” After school, Mrs. Henning enjoys hanging around school to see students pursue their passions in various clubs and activities; she also co-advises a club related to her own passion- Foodie Club.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Henning’s days are spent exploring Grand Rapids, having grand adventures with her husband and baby (Benjamin), reading too many books at one time, experimenting in the kitchen (both cooking and eating), kayaking, hiking, traveling, and always looking for something new to learn.