James (Jamie) Bandstra has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. He has worked with youth professionally for over twenty years. For the past nine years, Jamie serves as the Principal of an alternative middle/high school, Journey, here in Mason County. During this period, he also served as the Project Director for the Leadership Resiliency Program (LRP) within our district during the early years of implementation under a grant from the US Department of Education. Over the last seven years, he conducted extensive trainings throughout the United States and Canada for LRP. Working with at-risk youth and staff in a variety of cultures and communities has given me the perspective that although there are differences in culture, there are common risk factors that connect youth despite their cultural boundaries.
Over the past four years, Jamie has focused heavily on building an effective project-based learning environment for students at-risk of school failure. Originally intending to improve Journey, but after research and work with the local districts, resulted in the formation of G2S.
Faith Nelson has over 17 years of experience in office management and working with families linking to community resources. She has a passion to serve, but more importantly, she thrives on working with children in our community and wants every child to know just how important they are! She has an overwhelming desire to inspire growth and knowledge in our youth. She stated that being a part of the G2S team has been a gift and she is very eager and excited to start fostering positive relationships and building brilliant futures because of all the amazing opportunities G2S will provide to all young minds!
Brenda Andersen has worked in alternative education at Journey for 12 years. She has a passion to connect with students and is skilled at giving them guidance and handling many of the day-to-day operations of a school. She is excited to make the transition from alternative education to the innovative PBL at G2S. She has been a part of the team research PBL solutions. Brenda currently serves as our Admission & Student Record Coordinator.