For many years, Dr. Patricia Koeze was superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools. This is an important title, but Dr. Patricia Koeze knows that many people may not truly know what she did in that role, and how she was able to help students through her work. A superintendent works as a sort of liaison between the schools and the school board. A superintendent is hired by the school board, and advises the board on what the schools need to succeed. Dr. Patricia Koeze, for example, suggested that the Michigan schools implement the International Baccalaureate Program, which is a rigorous educational program that prepares students for the coming global economy. Dr. Patricia Koeze truly did make a difference for students through her work, and the impact will be felt for many years to come.