Military Veterans

Katie Pennington is an organizer for West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving, a luncheon which will be held for military veterans this spring. Her approach is two-pronged: she wants to enlighten her local community of young students and adults alike, but she also wants to simply celebrate and honor military veterans. Katie’s work in the Armed Forces Thanksgiving event is heavily inspired by her own father, who served in the Vietnam War. Katie sees her involvement as a simple way to give tribute to one of the most influential people in her life.


Since Katie Pennington has a long background in education administration, she enjoys sharing tips on how to get kids excited about school. Although she’s always taught at a high school level, her experiences across school districts and her day-to-day interactions with her own kids have given her a much wider perspective. She is able to plan fun activities, help her kids juggle their many interests, and find a way to maintain a balance of it all.


Katie Pennington values her family greatly. She is always learning from her parents and her children.


Katie’s family values stem from her own childhood. She was fortunate enough to be raised by two loving parents who have always supported her in everything she wanted to try. Now that Katie has children of her own, her parents continue to play very active roles in her life; they go above and beyond in their grandparent duties and essentially act as a second set of parents for their grandchildren.