Meet the Human Resources Director

Why we’re here

Rich Zuker is Holland Public Schools’ Director of Human Resources. His title now includes “employee performance” – to reflect today's heightened demand for proper evaluation and accountability.

New state laws rooted in Michigan’s application for competitive Race to the Top grants require student achievement to be a factor in teacher and administrator job evaluations. Zuker will lead Holland Public Schools development of a training and review process in which student achievement is reflected in educators evaluations.

“I believe everything we do as an organization should be tied to student achievement,” Zuker said. “It’s why the organization exists. Everything should improve student achievement at the end of the line.”

A great place to be

Zuker considers Holland Public Schools a great place to be. “Even before the passing of the bond, Holland was introducing so many innovative approaches to instruction, like New Tech and VR Tech high schools,” Zuker said. “And that’s only the beginning.”

Zuker, who joined Holland in July 2010, said experience in the instructional use of new technologies is one of the things he looks for when hiring new teachers.

Fortunately, many young people entering the teaching profession are already very comfortable using such tools, Zuker said.

The district also has several teachers who model instructional practices using new technologies and mentor their colleagues.

Teacher to Administrator

Zuker’s career in education began 22 years ago as a secondary school teacher in Southern California.

He became a school administrator in Michigan, leading buildings in Mount Pleasant, Comstock Park and West Ottawa.

West Ottawa promoted Zuker to assistant superintendent of human resources, but after a few years financial pressures caused the district to combine personnel with another department. Zuker then moved to Grand Rapids Public Schools human resources office.  He said he was happy when a retirement opened a similar position in Holland, where he makes his home.

Zuker’s wife Jill is a West Ottawa Public Schools teacher. They have two teenage children and a Labrador Retriever named Lola.

The Zukers enjoy camping, barbecuing and spending time at the beach.