John Berlin
John BerlinPrincipal

Meet The Principal

Let me begin by saying I am very excited to be a part of Mattawan Consolidated School!  As I begin my 19th year in education, many new opportunities await as I assimilate into my new role as Principal of the Later Elementary School.  The saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is certainly applicable to Mattawan.  I want to say that my entrance into the school has been met with kindness and hospitality, so my first impression has been very positive.  I am very grateful to everyone for making me feel welcome!

I am a Michigander and grew up in Jackson.  My diverse experience has provided me with a skill set that is somewhat unusual in educational circles.  My career began in business and industry in the area of manufacturing management.  During these years I served on boards and committees for schools and was encouraged by those administrators to look at moving to a new career in education.  In 2000 I made the switch and my only regret was not doing it sooner!

I hold an undergraduate degree in Organizational Administration from Central Michigan University and earned my Masters of Science in Educational Administration from Ferris State University.  I hold a certification in K-12 administration from the State of Michigan.  Prior to my arrival in Mattawan, I served as the President of Lake Michigan Catholic Schools in Saint Joseph.  I have 13 years experience as a building principal and that is by far the best part of my assignment in Mattawan.  I am excited to work with our teachers and students in fulfilling our mission as a school.

My wife, Karen and I reside in Benton Township and our three grown sons and their families also reside in Michigan.  We love to do projects around the house and always make the best of summer with golf, gardening and cookouts!  Our favorite sports teams are the Detroit Tigers, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan.  In my spare time, you will are likely to find me watching one of these teams!

Feel free to drop by the school to say hello.  I can also be reached at 269-668-3361 ext. 1580 or

Kindest regards,

-John Berlin
Later Elementary Principal