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Prepare students to successfully meet the challenges of the future.

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Brianne Van Hekken

Contact Information
First Name
Last Name
Van Hekken
(269) 926-3520
Email Address
About Me
Elementary School Social Worker
Brown Elementary, Lincoln Elementary
Teaching Grade
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Hello!  My name is Brianne Van Hekken; most people refer to me as "Bri".  I am thrilled to support students and staff at both Brown (Y5-5) and Lincoln (Y5-2) Elementary Schools in the role of school social worker.  Although I am new to the district, I did spend eight years in a neighboring school district supporting students with their social emotional learning (SEL) and needs.  I am a St. Joseph High School graduate as well as a graduate of Hope College (Psychology and Dance) and Grand Valley State University, where I earned my Masters in Social Work.  I have always worked in field of the helping profession and feel called to serve and support others.  

St. Joseph has always been home for me with the exception of moving away for college.  I am married and have two children, who also attend St. Joseph Public Schools.  I am proud to be a part of this community and proud to be a contributor to this school district!  Please feel free to reach out to me at any time!


Summer Food Service Program

Welcome to the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site locator. The SFSP was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs. Use the SFSP site locator to find a SFSP site near you

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District Parent Calendar


A list of important district-wide events such as half days and days off.
View/Download 2020-21 PDF.

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