Hello! My name is Darin Magley and I am the principal at Rather Elementary School. This is my thirty-first year at Rather and my twenty-seventh year serving as principal. Before becoming principal, I taught third grade at Rather for four years. In 1990, I graduated from Great Lakes Bible College with a Bachelor of Religious Education Degree and from Spring Arbor College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. I earned my Master of Arts Degree in Administration of Elementary Schools from Central Michigan University in 1992.

I have an incredible family. My wife, Deanna, works as a Health Occupations Clinical Instructor at Heartlands Institute of Technology. I also have four children. My youngest, Josiah, attends Ionia High School. My son Josh recently graduated from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids.  He is a high school history and English teacher.  My daughter, Danielle, graduated from Davenport University with a degree in nursing and is currently serving as the district nurse for Ionia Public Schools. My fourth - and oldest - child, Isaac, graduated from Great Lakes Christian College and is currently working as an insurance salesman for Alliance Financial & Insurance Agency in Lowell. I love camping with my family, watching them participate in sports and other interests, and attending church activities/events with them.

I feel I have the best job in the world! I am truly blessed to be able to work with children and watch them grow and learn!