/ HOMESCHOOL CONNECTION STAFF
MRS. AMANDA BROUWER
ELEMENTARY SPANISH EXPLORATION
¡Hola! My husband, Jeff, and I live on the north side of Holland where we enjoy spending time outdoors. We welcomed our son, Adrian,
in December 2011 and our daughter, Evelyn, in June 2014. Our lives have been full of making the joyful adjustment to becoming a family of four. I earned a BA in K-12 Spanish education at Calvin College and a Masters in Spanish language and culture at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Since 2012, I have been teaching the (HC)2Spanish classes. Before that, I taught K-12 Spanish at Holland Christian.
I’m looking forward to leading an (HC)2 Spanish program that gives students the skills and confidence to begin to speak and understand basic Spanish. In class, we use actions, activities, stories, and songs to learn the language. Outside of class, students have access to various online activities to help reinforce our weekly lessons.
MS. MICHELLE GIBBS
SECONDARY SCIENCE TEACHER
I am a West Michigan native, and love spending time with my family outside no matter the season, enjoying this beautiful world God has given us.
It is important that we all learn to be stewards and help care for all of God’s creation and I’m excited to share my knowledge with our students. I have a Bachelors degree in Zoology and Specialization in Environmental Studies from Michigan State University and a Masters of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in Sustainable Management. This will be my third year with HC2 program in which I have also taught at the Middle School.
MRS. ANDREA HAVEMAN
SECONDARY ENGLISH TEACHER
I grew up in the Holland area and love living in such a beautiful corner of the world. Having lived away for a while, I appreciate the Great Lakes all
the more. After graduating from Grand Valley State University with my secondary teaching degree and an English major and Spanish minor, I accepted my first teaching job in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as a junior high English teacher. In addition to teaching, I also got to enjoy one of my great loves, downhill skiing!
I moved back home to West Michigan two years later to marry my husband, Rob. I worked for the next three years in the Kenowa Hills School district teaching at both the middle and high school level. Since then, I have been raising my family, which now includes three boys, James (5), Andrew (2.5) and Isaac (2 months).
I love teaching English because I believe in the power of the written word. Words, written well, can challenge, illuminate and transform a person. That is my hope for each and every student, that the reading and writing in my classes encourages personal growth and transformation.
MRS. BETH KLINGENBERG
K-1ST WRITING, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES
After teaching for eight years, primarily in the first grade, I took some time off to stay home with my kids. It was where we felt the Lord leading our
family at that time. I have three children, Sarah, Evelyn, and Luke, all at south side Holland Christian Schools. My husband Mike farms with his father near Overisel, and we all really enjoy living out in the country!
Every Wednesday I teach the kindergarten and first grade writing, science, and social studies classes at (HC)2. This has been such a thrill for me to be back in the classroom again! I love sharing the love of Jesus through all areas of the curriculum.
My hobbies include: spending time with my family, reading a good book, and collecting and looking for antiques. I see God’s blessing in every area of my life. One of those many blessings is being a part of the staff at Holland Christian.
After college I taught art at Holland Christian High School and presently teach art at Rose Park Christian School and at (HC)2.
My husband Mike and I have three children who attend Holland Christian Schools. We are members of 14th Street Christian Reformed Church, where I enjoy creating art to enhance worship. I am energized by hikes with my family, personal devotions, reading, gardening, and painting.
I have been passionate about creating art ever since I made my first purple polka dotted dinosaur at age 6. Using art to reconnect with our Creator and renew our world bit by bit continues to be a recurrent theme I have enjoyed exploring. I nourish this fascination by studying, creating, and by teaching art in my home, church and at school. In class we integrate art history, techniques of art, elements and principles of art, while at the same time, find meaningful topics that relate to student’s lives. It is my hope that students will grow in their understanding of art and grow in expressing themselves through their art to bring joy to others and glory to God.
MRS. LISA LUURTSEMA
ELEMENTARY PE TEACHER
My hometown is Escondido, CA where I attended Calvin Christian School. At Calvin College I obtained a major in Physical Education and minor
in Biology with my Bachelor of Arts in Education. I have taught fifth through eighth grade at South Olive Christian School and have done quite a bit of substitute teaching while raising five children. My husband Gary is a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. I have also coached middle school volleyball and basketball. Some of my interests include scrapbooking, reading, children’s ministry, playing sports myself, and watching my kids play sports.
Faith, nutrition, and fitness are a big part of my life, and I hope to instill in my (HC)2 students the importance of caring for and exercising their bodies in God‐honoring ways. The time that we spend together includes both fitness (proper stretching, cardiovascular training, some Pilates, and core and balance activities) as well as learning proper sports skills (catching, throwing, striking, etc.). We play fun games which incorporate the skills that we learn and we track our progress. Making healthy food choices, cooperation, and “doing our best” is our emphasis.
MRS. NICOLE ORR
I am a fairly new transport to Holland, Michigan, and I still pinch myself almost daily–the beach, friendly community, and fun activities have not
gotten old. I am married to Andrew and we have three sons, Jayden, Jenson, and Jace. I graduated from Trinity Bible College and ministry has always been near and dear to my heart. For many years that has consisted of staying home and homeschooling my children.
Last year, I had the opportunity to study with Revelation Wellness ®. As a result, I am a certified group fitness instructor as well as a Revelation Wellness ® Instructor. My God-given passion is teaching teens/women their identity in Christ through the modality of fitness and Biblical teaching. I’m honored to join the HC2 team this year. My classes will be FUN and include teaching on identity, body image, and life long life-skills.
My hobbies include journaling, beaching, hiking, teaching fitness, gardening (no green thumb however), and learning how to survive in a loud, busy, all-boy home!
MS. BETHANY REDEKER
HISTORY & LITERATURE TEACHER
I graduated from Hope College in 2017 with a degree in Education, Language Arts. Through my time at Hope, summers spent working at Camp
GENEVA, and countless childhood family vacations to both Holland and Ludington, west Michigan has become my home. This is my second year teaching HC2 English and History. It’s been a great joy for me to build relationships with students as well as encourage them in their learning and in their faith.
Growing up as a lover of stories, creative writing, and ballet, I have developed a passion for the creative and language arts. I hope to both share this passion with my students as well as to inspire them in their own.
Greater than my love of the arts is my love for Jesus Christ. I believe that He is the greatest storyteller of them all, and that He is writing a story for each of our lives. It’s my hope that, alongside the stories we read and write in history and literature, students will also explore the great story that God is writing for them as His beloved children.
engineer father was very excited to encourage me to go to Purdue University. I graduated from Purdue in 1993 with a BS in Math/Math Education. After that, I taught for several years at Holland High School as a Math, Computer, and Yearbook teacher. While I was there, I began and finished a 3-summer Master’s program in Educational Technology through Michigan State that met in Switzerland. Being in other cultures tempted me to consider teaching overseas and my first job assignment landed me in The Hague in the Netherlands. After 2 years, I returned to the U.S. to marry and have twins, which kept me home for 6 years. It was then that the Lord presented the opportunity to work part-time at Holland Christian teaching technology. After teaching at Holland Christian High School and Middle School for 7 years where I taught middle and high school tech, computer science, and a bit of math, I now teach for HC(2).
I am excited to work with kids to explore how we can use our HC technology to glorify God’s Kingdom. My philosophy is that while technology is awesome and exciting, it has to be used with discernment. My goal is to teach kids that people are more important than technology and to always approach it with balance and moderation. My hope for the computer/technology classes at HC is to offer many more classes, especially in the programming and AP areas. I pray that God will bless that in the upcoming years!
have all graduated from Holland Christian. They continue to be grateful for the impactful and grace-filled teachers, coaches and friends that they had while at HC.
I enjoy walking our dog along the dunes of Lake MI, cross country skiing and cycling with friends, gardening, and studying God’s Word in community. I received a BS in Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University and a M.Ed. in Math Education from Vanderbilt University. After graduating, I taught high school math and science and coached the girls tennis team before our children came along.
Currently, I coordinate the Holland Christian Homeschool Connection program – (HC)2, teach 5th/6th grade science, and organize a senior service class at Holland Christian High School (SOGO).
as the Director of Admissions at Davenport University. During this time I earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and another in Holistic Health. While at Davenport, I married my husband, Arnie, and have since had 4 children. While raising a family I returned to school and earned a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and worked part time in a hospital setting until joining Holland Christian Schools.
It is an honor and privilege to now serve as the Middle and High School (HC)2 Coordinator, developing and overseeing this program for homeschool families in the greater Holland area. Homeschooling my children for more than a dozen years has naturally helped prepare me for this role. I am passionate about this program and its potential to benefit both the homeschool community and Holland Christian Schools. When I read the mission statement: “Equipping minds and nurturing hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ,” I knew this would be a great fit. Being a part of the Holland Christian family has allowed me to see first hand the warmth, the passion, the academic excellence, and most importantly the Christ centered focus of this amazing learning environment.
MRS. JENIFER VANZANTEN
I grew up in beautiful Traverse City and moved to the Holland area in 1993. I am a 1995 graduate of Hope College with a teaching degree
in science. While at Hope, I ran on the cross-country team. This is where I met my husband, Brian. Brian is also a science teacher and now coaches cross-country at Hope.
I began my teaching career with West Ottawa Public Schools teaching second grade. My masters degree is in the area of reading, so over the years, I have enjoyed teaching young students to read. I was also fortunate to instruct pre-service teachers in this area for GVSU.
After working for West Ottawa Public Schools, I took some time off at home to raise our three children. Joel is a senior at HCHS, Ana is a sixth grader at Pine Ridge, and Grace is a sophomore doing online school due to her schedule as a competitive figure skater. During this time, I furthered my education in the areas of wellness and nutrition, and began helping families through wellness consulting.
My faith has been a tremendous part of my life from the time I was a young child. I feel so blessed to be able to share my passion for God with the students at Holland Christian. It is a tremendous blessing, not only to share the wonder of God’s world through science, but also to hear their hearts and pray with them. I am thankful for the role that Holland Christian plays in the lives of our children, and feel blessed to be part of this role in the lives of my students.
I attended Calvin College for two years before marrying my high school sweetheart, Steve. We have two daughters who both attended Holland Christian.
I returned to my education once my children were in school by attending Hope College. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a minor in Youth Ministry. The most rewarding part of my education was my work with the Greek language and culture which gave me a rich background to the New Testament.
I knew I wanted to work with students, so after graduating from Hope College, I became the Youth Ministry Director at our church, Bethany CRC. I oversaw both middle and high school groups, as well as Vacation Bible School and high school catechism instruction. I especially enjoyed teaching catechism because I was able to witness students embrace the Christian faith as their own.
In 1997, I began what would be 18 years of serving in various roles at Holland Christian Middle School, including teaching 7th and 8th grade Bible, designing and managing the small group program, and coordinating the chapel program. What a blessing it was to walk beside so many middle school students on their faith journeys.
God has given me several unique experiences along the way that have informed my Bible knowledge and instruction. I was honored to be an author of the 8th grade Credo House Publishers student textbook in 2011 (I will be using this for the 7th and 8th grade Bible course.) I participated in a Biblical Archaeology Review archaeological dig in Haifa, Israel in the summer of 2013. What an experience! On that trip to the Middle East and several others, I have had the opportunity to learn about Jewish culture, visit Biblically significant historical sites, and walk where Jesus would have walked.
When I was five years old I clearly remember giving my life to Jesus Christ while swinging on the family farm swing. While singing the old hymn “I’d Rather Have Jesus” at the top of my lungs, I begged Jesus to use me for his Kingdom building (I didn’t call it that at age five) and he has both called me and equipped me to do just that! I am privileged and honored to be continuing my ministry in the Holland Christian Home School program.
I enjoy gardening, traveling, writing and visiting my grandchildren in various places.
“You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 11:19
MRS. STEPHANIE WALTERS
ELEMENTARY MUSIC TEACHER
Music has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother took me to concerts and sang at the piano with me.
I played piano and clarinet through my years at Holland Christian before I went to Calvin College for Elementary Education. Through God’s perfect plan and leading, He directed me to a Music Education degree as well. After graduating from Calvin in 1990, I taught first grade at Hudsonville Christian for 5 years before starting our family.
My husband, Kevin, and I have three young adult sons: Jason, Seth, and Benjamin. For the past few decades, I have been teaching private piano and clarinet lessons at home, playing clarinet in the Holland Symphony and the Holland American Legion Band, and leading Sunday school singing at Noordeloos Church. In addition to music activities, I enjoy taking walks with our Wheaten Terrier named Abby, exercising, attending Bible study, having lunch with friends, and going to the beach.
I love sharing music with children! It is my hope that my students will grow in their love of God and their love of music as they come to class each Wednesday. Leading children in worship of our Great Creator is a wonderful privilege and an opportunity to share His faithfulness in my own life. Praise songs and hymns tell us so much about God’s attributes, His love for His people and what He wants us to do in the world. Being involved in music also offers friendships and community to those who are participating. I hope that my students will feel loved and valued in music class. I also hope they will find music to be a joy for the rest of their lives.
MS. KARI ZWAGERMAN
ELEMENTARY LANGUAGE ARTS
& SCIENCE TEACHER
I grew up in Holland, attended Holland Christian, and graduated with a bachelors degree
in Elementary Education from Calvin College. For several years I taught language arts to 5th grade and middle school students as well as “Writing Workshop” at Knapp Charter Academy in Grand Rapids and at Vanderbilt Academy. For the last four years, I have enjoyed spending time at home with our young children.
This summer, my husband Mike and I will be celebrating 11 years of marriage. We make our home in Zeeland with Stella (6), Lincoln (4) and Gwen (7 months). This fall, Stella will be in the 1st grade Spanish immersion program and Lincoln will begin preschool at Zeeland Christian.
While Gwen has only recently figured out how to sleep through the night, she has been a happy blessing to our family since day one! I have always loved reading, and so far, our
kids share this love. I also delight in traveling! My husband and I have taken amazing trips to India, Peru, and down the Pacific Coast Highway. We are teaching our children to be adventurers too in West Michigan and through family vacations. We love to hike, bike and be outdoors together. One day Mike and I hope to travel internationally as a family to further expand our appreciation for the diverse world that God has made.
I am so excited to begin teaching again the two subjects that I love!