Who We Are

Garret VanGessel

B.A. and B.M.E. Music Education, Biology


Garret VanGessel has been teaching middle school science and history at Lake Michigan Academy since 2013. He is also the founder of Lake Michigan Academy’s music program. Garret received his teaching degree from Grand Valley State University in 2012. Garret is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, and The American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Garret’s goal is to utilize music as a tool for both conventional music education and for enhancing the core subjects. Outside of the classroom Garret is a nature enthusiast who enjoys cooking, playing the cello, and watching University of Michigan football.


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