San Juan Diego Academy names new principal | People
WYOMING, Mich.—San Juan Diego Academy is getting a new principal.
Dr. Manuel J. Brenes will take over the post July 1. Brenes most recently served as the director of the bilingual and world languages program for Kalamazoo Public Schools. He’s also taught in New Orleans and at a Crow Creek tribal reservation in South Dakota. Brenes is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where he’s lived since 1990. He has a wife and four children.
“I intend to make good on this promise: children who attend San Juan Diego Academy from kindergarten through eighth grade will enter college, join the professions, and armed with this solid foundation inspired by faith, they will become generous and moral leaders, committed to the good of the greater community,” said Brenes.
San Juan Diego Academy is the region’s only K-8 school dedicated to educating children of recent Latino immigrants. The school serves hundreds of families in the Chicago Drive/Grandville Avenue corridor of Wyoming and Grand Rapids.
Brenes replaces Rosa Fraga, who is retiring after leading the school for six years.