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  • Baker, Dawn
    Baker, Dawn Preschool Teacher

    I attended Holland Christian Schools and then Calvin College where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

    I taught for one year at Pella Christian in Iowa and then moved back to Holland. God provided a job at Rose Park Christian teaching fourth and fifth grade for 11 years. During this time I earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. I then felt God calling me to stay home with our children for several years, and I was greatly blessed during that time. In 2010 I began aiding in a preschool class at South Side and I currently teach 4’s Preschool and Little Explorers Enrichment classes at South Side.

    I am married and have 3 children. My husband teaches at Holland Christian High School and our children attend Holland Christian. We are members at Fourteenth Street CRC where I am involved with the children’s ministries and other committees. I enjoy walking, reading, scrapbooking, being outdoors, and spending time with our kids.

    It is a great joy for me to teach children and an even greater joy to be able to do that in a Christian school. I love young children’s curiosity, energy, and love for life. I consider it a privilege to partner with parents in teaching their children about God’s love. I want children to know and experience God’s great love for them. In the classroom I can teach them about that, but more importantly I can model that for them in my daily interactions with them. My prayer is that my words and actions will point students to Jesus.

     

  • Baker, Duane
    Baker, Duane Business & Social Studies Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College with a B.S. in accounting and then returned to school to pursue a history major, an economics minor, and an earth science minor. I also hold an MBA from Grand Valley State University with an emphasis in economics and finance. Additionally, I am a Certified Flight Instructor.

    I teach at Holland Christian because each year I have felt God leading me to continue my ministry here. I love seeing high school-aged faces throughout the day and playing a role, along with their Christian families, in preparing them to live for Christ, impacting a world that very much needs to feel His justice, love, and grace.

  • Becksfort, Sarah
    Becksfort, Sarah Kindergarten Teacher

    I attended Holland Christian from kindergarten through 12th grade and truly appreciated the formative and personalized experience provided for each student. After graduating in 2007, I attended Hope College as a means for continuing my education in a Christian school environment. During my schooling at Hope College, I received certification in Elementary Education K-5 and Special Education-Learning Disabilities K-12. Throughout my college experience, I was blessed with the opportunity to work and learn in various placements across a wide range of educational age groups. After graduating in 2011, the Lord greatly blessed me with the opportunity to teach and serve as a teacher at South Side. I am thrilled to work with and teach such eager and passionate minds on a daily basis.

    I grew up in Holland and I am married to Ross. We live close to both of our families and appreciate the continued love and support that we receive from them! We worship at North Holland Reformed Church where I am involved in special music, various ministry teams, and children’s ministries. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, crafting, reading, taking walks, fishing, and spending time at my grandparent’s cottage on Gun Lake!

    I feel blessed and overjoyed to be able to teach in a school system that played such a significant role in my own faith formation! My role as a teacher, faith leader, and support for my students allows me to demonstrate Christ’s unconditional love and acceptance in my daily actions. As I work to touch the lives of each individual student, I strive to help each student build the foundation for a meaningful academic and faith journey. Even though I lead my students through lessons, activities, and experiences, I continue to learn and be reminded of equally important ideas from each one of them along the way!

     

  • Becksvoort, Jennifer
    Becksvoort, Jennifer 5th Grade Teacher

    I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in 1996. I went on to earn a masters degree from Western Michigan University in 1999. I have been a teacher at Holland Christian since the fall of 1996. I have more than 15 years of experience teaching at Pine Ridge.

    I am married to Robert Becksvoort and we are parents to two sons, Austin and Dylan. We make our home in Holland and attend Providence Church. At church, I have been active with ministries related to children and small groups. In my spare time, I enjoy being outside, scrapbooking, and going to the gym and pool.

    God has created each child in His image. With God’s help, I seek to nurture each child’s academic, emotional, and spiritual life. It is a joy to be a teacher at HCS!

     

  • Beukelman, Merideth
    Beukelman, Merideth Science Teacher

    I grew up in the Holland Christian school system, and graduated from the high school in 2009. I then went on to Calvin College to study secondary education, where I graduated in 2014 with a major in Earth/Space science, and a minor in Biology. During my time at Calvin, I was frequently spotted at Holland Christian High School helping coach the forensics team, leading theatre workshops, directing shows, and eventually working part-time as the theatre director during the 2013-14 school year.

    After graduating from Calvin I felt God calling me to trade West Michigan for the Black Forest of Germany, where I served for two years as a middle school science teacher. Black Forest Academy is an international school geared towards serving the children of missionary families, so I had the opportunity to spend my days with some incredible kids from every corner of the world.

    Once my second year at Black Forest Academy was finished I moved to Dublin, Ireland, where I attended University College Dublin to obtain my Masters degree. Over my two years in Ireland, I completed a research study on 21st century learning environments, received my M.A. in Education, fell in love with Ireland, and fell in love IN Ireland with my soon-to-be husband, Andrew.

    I feel excited and incredibly blessed to be returning to Holland Christian and working with middle schoolers again! Getting the opportunity to learn and do science alongside young people, while continually encountering and learning more about the greatness and love of our Creator is the best job in the whole world, and I am humbled that I get the chance to do it every day.

  • Bieri, Jennifer
    Bieri, Jennifer Athletic Department Administrative Assistant

    I graduated from Hope College in 1984 with a business major and then married my husband (Bob) that summer. I worked for Haworth and the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce until we moved to England for 2 1/2 years for Bob’s job in 1990. Since then I have been home raising our four children until starting at HC in the Summer of 2010.

    I love to do pretty much anything in the outdoors with family or friends including running, biking, hiking, rollerblading, skiing, and working in my yard. I also enjoy reading, cooking, listening to BBC World News and watching good movies (especially Pride and Prejudice) with my daughters.

    Nine years ago we were newcomers to Holland Christian and Christian schools in general. I must say, I have truly grown to love this place, and even more so now that I work here. It is very apparent to me that everyone on staff has the same goal to help students become the people God made them to be and give them the tools they need to impact the world for Christ. I am thrilled to be a small part of making HC a safe, loving, and God-centered school where students can grow and develop.

  • Blauwkamp, Jane
    Blauwkamp, Jane Database Manager

    I am a Holland Christian Alum, with a B.A. degree in Business Economics from Calvin College. After working in the Accounting and Tax Departments at Herman Miller for over 10 years, I joined the HC staff in 1995.

    I have two daughters, both HC graduates, and two granddaughters. I am married to Rick Blauwkamp, HCHS cross country assistant coach, who has three daughters, all HC graduates as well, and seven grandsons. I belong to Providence CRC.

    I am excited to be able to be part of a school system that glorifies God, allows me to serve others and Him on a daily basis, and where the following values are seen and taught daily: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails-And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-8a and 13.

  • Blom, Erika
    Blom, Erika Choir Director

    I graduated from Hope College in 2006 with a major in Vocal Music Education. During the summer of 2007, my husband and I moved to Southern New Jersey to join a beginning church and help start their worship and youth programs. In 2009, the opportunity to teach at Holland Christian brought us back to Michigan. In addition to teaching choir at the high school and middle school levels, I assist with the HS theatre department as a vocal coach.

    I enjoy living life with my husband, Josh, our three kids, Parker, Adeline, and Elliot. We like to spend time playing music together, reading, cooking, enjoying a good cup of coffee, playing games, being outdoors, and exploring new places. We also love being with our family and friends.

    Music is an integral part of society. It is my hope to help students grow a deeper understanding and appreciation of music through participation in choir. More importantly, I believe that each of us was created to worship the Maker of the universe. While singing is only one aspect of worship, it plays a central role in expressing praise and honor for what God has done for us. I am humbled by the opportunity to lead young hearts to connect with God by worshiping Him in song.

  • Blystra, Keith
    Blystra, Keith Bible Teacher

    I was born and raised in Holland, MI, gave my life to Jesus on Alleghany Ave. in Philadelphia, PA, and committed my life to teaching the Bible

    while in Jerusalem, Israel. In the life that has webbed from these experiences I have felt more and more a part of a long, rich, and diverse body of believers that I am connected to across time, geography and theological bents. I love the Church and it is this local and global community that I have found identity, life, and direction. I feel a responsibility and burden to the Church as a teacher to be a caretaker of the Scriptures and to help a generation understand how to read them and understand them as we wrestle with God and practice faith together.

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2005 with a B.A. in education and began teaching middle school Bible at Ontario Christian in Ontario, CA. After teaching four years in California I decided to pursue graduate studies and in 2009 moved to Jerusalem, Israel, to study at both Jerusalem University College and at the Hebrew University with a focus on Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and Modern Hebrew. After living five years in Israel, my wife Laura and I, along with our two young daughters, returned to the States so that I could begin teaching at Holland Christian. We have added two more daughters to our family since moving to Holland in 2014.

    My wife Laura and I are both HC graduates and have enjoyed reconnecting with Holland after spending some time away. We are active members at Maple Avenue Ministries here in Holland and believe deeply in its vision to be centered in Christ, called to the core city, and committed to becoming a multi-cultural community of reconciliation.  Among other things, I perpetually read and also attempt to be active once a week by joining local pickleballers at Moran Park.

    As a teacher of the Bible and Hebrew, one of my goals is to teach students how to read the Bible and be an active participant in its dynamic conversations rather than someone sitting in the audience just looking for answers. If we are going to take the message of God’s word seriously then a focus on its context; the land, culture, and the language becomes foundational for learning the message and representing it in our daily life. Without learning these contextual elements the message of what God is communicating through the Bible can become diluted and lose its clarity. It is my hope that our study of the Bible will provoke us to take on an attitude and lifestyle that gives witness to God’s love and concern for our world.

    I am excited to be teaching at a place like Holland Christian that values the study of the Bible and follows through with its call for social responsibility in our lives and the world around us.

  • Boer, Katie
    Boer, Katie 6th Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Holland Christian High School in 2006 and from Calvin College in 2010 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish. Prior to working at HC, I spent 2 years teaching 4th and 5th grade at Rehoboth Christian School in Rehoboth, New Mexico and 1 year teaching 5th grade at Kalamazoo Christian School. This will be my 4th year teaching at Holland Christian.

    With my father’s job as a pastor, I spent my childhood living in many different places. Born in Boulder, CO, I have also spent time living in Atlanta, GA; Kingston, Ontario; Holland, MI and even spent a semester abroad in Denia, Spain. It is my goal to combine my range of experiences with my ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, and intelligent teacher who will make a positive contribution to the Holland Christian Community.

    My husband Jon and I were married this past summer on July 31 and live in an apartment on the south side of Holland.

    I take comfort daily from the words in Psalm 23, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me… Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.”

     

  • Boer, Natalie
    Boer, Natalie 3rd Grade Teacher

    I had the privilege to attend Holland Christian from kindergarten through graduation from high school. Upon graduating, I continued on to Calvin College to pursue my love for teaching. It was in college that I decided to major in Special/Elementary Education. I have found it my passion to teach all of God’s amazing children no matter what their abilities are. In the past four years, I’ve been blessed with experiencing multiple teaching placements that have expanded my view of teaching and the world. In May of 2015, I graduated from Calvin College. I have now received the opportunity to teach at South Side as a first grade teacher. I am beyond delighted to come back into the Holland Christian community and serve its young, bright children.

    I grew up in Holland with my parents and three older sisters who are now spread out around the West Michigan/Chicagoland area. I have also found overwhelming strength in my church family at Redeemer PCA where I have been a member the majority of my life. In addition to teaching, I enjoy reading, taking exploratory walks through God’s Creation, and spending time with my family and friends.

    Holland Christian is in my blood. Attending Holland Christian K-12, has instilled in me a love for this community of people. I am thrilled to be back at this wonderful school teaching first grade. First graders are learning multiple subjects, which is going to be challenging. Not only are they learning new material, but they are trying to figure out what it means to be a student. It is exciting to be the teacher that has the privilege to illuminate new curriculum and experiences for these young ones. This fall will be a wonderful adventure for us all and I am exhilarated to see where it leads!

    I believe that God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in atonement for our sin. My life revolves around this blessing. The reason why we are on this glorious earth is so that we can glorify God in everything we do. My relationship with Jesus Christ has always been my number one priority in my life. I have stumbled numerous times because of my depravity. However, I know and believe in God’s redeeming promises. He alone is my Savior and Deliverer. Every day I challenge myself to live each moment according to the call Jesus made to His disciples to be in the service of God’s Kingdom. I believe this aspect should be acknowledged and modeled in and out of the classroom with the students. I hope to instill in my students the idea of being a servant to others in order to serve God’s Kingdom.

     

  • Boer, Shelly
    Boer, Shelly Music Teacher

    In 1988, I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I continued on with my schooling and received a Master’s of Reading from Western Michigan University in 1996. I taught at Cutlerville Christian (now Legacy Christian) in kindergarten and 1st grade from 1988-1995. I began teaching at Holland Christian in 1996 where I taught 11 years in preschool and am currently at South Side and Pine Ridge teaching music.

    My husband, Jim, and I have 4 children. We like to debate a variety of topics over a good dinner. My hobbies include playing the piano and guitar, reading, and doing puzzles.  Our family belongs to Heritage Christian Reformed Church in Byron Center where my husband is the pastor.

    King David proclaims in Psalm 92, “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” Music is a wonderful gift from God. With music we can image our Creator, praise His name, and connect with Him in a profound way. Music has been an important part of my spiritual growth beginning with piano lessons at age 8, through band and choir in middle and high school, through organ and the Oratorio Society in college, and currently as I am part of my church’s praise team. My desire is to pass along that joy and avenue of praise to the students I teach.

  • Boorsma, Anna
    Boorsma, Anna Science Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Integrated Science and minoring in Physics for Secondary Education. I then continued my education at Calvin College and completed my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Science in 2015. My husband, Anthony, works as an embedded systems engineer in Grand Rapids. We live in Byron Center and love spending time with our families. We also enjoy traveling, boating, reading, and playing board games together. I am very blessed by teaching at Holland Christian! In addition to teaching I have enjoyed participating as the high school Science Olympiad coach.

    Science is about curiosity and answering questions about the world that God has created. The world has been created to be an intricate network of connections which models the concept of Biblical community. I believe strongly in creating a community of support and love in the classroom. Faith should be integrated into every part of a Christian’s life. This is why I love being able to teach in a Christian school where we can teach students to see Christ in the material they are taught, and also in their classroom community..

  • Bos, Rita
    Bos, Rita Kindergarten Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College in 1996 with my B.A. in elementary education emphasizing on math and science. In 2000, I received my M.A. in elementary education from Western Michigan University. After teaching in West Ottawa for four years, I took ten years off to be home with my children. It is an absolute privilege to now be teaching at Holland Christian.

    My husband, Mark, and I have been blessed with three treasured children. They are all at Rose Park elementary. Our family are members at Calvary CRC where I teach GEMS.

    I believe that God is the creator and sustainer of our amazing universe! Our world is His! It is through His living Word that God directs us to the life He intends for us to live. Although we are all sinners, it is through God’s redeeming grace and the blood His Son shed for me, that I am saved. I desire for all students placed in my classroom to realize that as truth! Our calling while here on this earth is to be obedient to the leading of God and to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to share the truth of God’s Word in and around His incredible world! I consider it an incredible privilege to  be teaching at Holland Christian! I pray each day, with God’s leading, I am able to help students understand they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of our GREAT God!

     

  • Bosch, Rhea
    Bosch, Rhea Forest School Kindergarten Assistant
  • Bouwman, Leanne
    Bouwman, Leanne Junior Kindergarten Teacher

    I attended Jenison Christian, Unity Christian, and Trinity Christian College. I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. After graduating I taught the Extended Day program in West Ottawa for two years. Since then I have been teaching here at Holland Christian. I also am currently attending Grand Valley to receive my masters in Early Childhood. It is amazing to see the plan that God has for me each year. I love being a part of the Holland Christian community.

    I am blessed to be married to Michael and we live on the north side of Holland. When I am not in the classroom I love to spend time with family and friends, going for a run, playing and coaching soccer, reading, going camping, shopping, tubing, and sea-dooing.

    “Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” (Philippians 2:15b) I believe that each child of God is a unique star in the sky. God has created and gifted us all differently in His image. As an educator I am able to teach my students how much our Sovereign God loves them. I love to share my faith and hear stories about how God is working in the hearts and lives of my students.

     

  • Brieve, Jerri
    Brieve, Jerri Educational Support Services

    I am an ESS parapro at Pine Ridge. Sometimes I work with individuals or small groups, other times I assist in classrooms. I thoroughly enjoy working with students who struggle as well as those who excel. I attended Christian Schools myself, Grand Rapids Christian then both Calvin and Hope College.I have worked for Holland Christian since 1995.

    My husband Steve is an administrator for Kelloggsville Public Schools and also a Drivers Education Instructor. We have a son and a daughter who both graduated from Holland Christian.

    I believe that all children can and do learn. Many learn in different ways and finding the way that works can be challenging but also exciting and rewarding. I strongly believe in the importance of Christian Education. I have been very blessed by the students and adults I work with.

  • Brouwer, Amanda
    Brouwer, Amanda 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.

  • Brouwer, Amanda
    Brouwer, Amanda 3-School Teacher

    I feel so blessed to be able to continue the work God is doing in me at Holland Christian. I am a graduate of Holland Christian Schools and received my degree in Education from Hope College. I started my teaching career at Zeeland Community Preschool and my gifts in leadership at Calvary CRC as the Children’s Ministry Director. After five years away from the classroom I felt God’s calling to go back into teaching. I began taking graduate classes at Grand Valley State University where I have recently received my Masters in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching preschool at Holland Christian since 2006 and have been the Preschool Director since 2010.

    My husband and I met in high school and have been blessed with three amazing children. We attend Calvary CRC and love using our gifts to help build His kingdom! As a family we enjoy camping, fishing, being outdoors, and movie nights.

    Working in a Christian school gives me the opportunity to use my God given gifts and talents to make my students’ learning experience nurturing, fun, and memorable. I want every student that walks into my classroom to know that there is a God who loves them and who has created them in His image. They are all created with gifts and talents that will help build His kingdom and I have the honor to play a part in helping them grow into the person God created them to be.

     

  • Bruinsma, Todd
    Bruinsma, Todd Maintenance

    I originally started in the Holland Christian School system in 1998 and am now at South Side Elementary School. I am married to

    Michelle and we have two daughters. I love to snowmobile, deer hunt, spend time in the woods and on the water, and take drives down back country roads. I enjoy sharing my love of the outdoors with my daughters.

    I enjoy being able to help everyone in our buildings from staff to students and feel blessed to be at Holland Christian.

  • Busscher, Ruth
    Busscher, Ruth Media Center Assistant

    My husband, Mark, and I have four children, Nathan, Jill, Jacob, and Abigail, all of whom have graduated from Holland Christian Schools.

    After volunteering for many years in the Middle School Library I now work as an assistant librarian.

  • Chase, Carla
    Chase, Carla Administrative Assistant

    I graduated from Grand Rapids Christian Schools and went on to Calvin College. I ended up transferring to Trinity Christian College and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. I taught 7th and 8th grades at Southwest Chicago Christian Schools, though I put my teaching career on hold when we had our first child. When our second child was born, we decided to move back to Western Michigan to be closer to family.

    We are so grateful that God led us to Holland, and the Holland Christian Schools community. Our three children, Emma, Hannah and Jacob attend Rose Park Christian and the Middle School.

    I am incredibly grateful for the role the Christian school has played in my life, and having the opportunity to be back in a Christian school brings me great joy. Being able to serve the students and families, as well as the faculty and staff of Rose Park is a huge blessing. I am grateful for the opportunity to walk beside them and provide them with encouragement, and I pray God uses me to bless all those who walk through the doors or Rose Park.

  • Clausing, Katie
    Clausing, Katie Educational Support Services Director

    I was born and raised in Downers Grove, Illinois. I attended Timothy Christian High School and then Trinity Christian College when I majored in Psychology. I started my professional career as a case manager for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities at a non for profit organization in 2003. I moved into an administrative role and oversaw the operations of adult day services. Additionally, I went on to obtain my Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. In 2011, my family and I moved to Holland where I accepted the position of Program Supervisor of Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services at Ottawa County Community Mental Health.

    My husband Jon and I have two sons, Oliver and Coen who both attend Rose Park. We attend Hardewyk church where we are currently pursuing membership. I am so excited to join the Holland Christian family and look forward to meeting everyone!

  • Dannenberg, Jamie
    Dannenberg, Jamie 6th Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Holland Christian in 2001. From there, I went to Calvin College where I graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Elementary Education (K-8), Language Arts, and Health Education. I also earned a masters degree in reading education from Grand Valley State University in 2012. A year after I graduated from Calvin, I took at job at HC and have been here since. So far I have experienced teaching 6th grade Language Arts, Bible, Social Studies, and Reading as well as 8th grade Image Bearers.

    My husband Dave and I have been married since the summer of 2006. Dave is a Business Analyst for Holland Inc. (formerly USF Holland). We have three sons and one daughter: Hayden, Gavin, Hudson, and Kinsley. Our life is never boring because they always keep us on our toes. It is a JOY to watch them grow and interact. We attend Park Christian Reformed Church.

    I consider it a privilege to be able to teach at a Christian school. I love discussing the tough questions and being able to talk about God’s purpose for us. I believe He has made us in His own image and has given each of us our own gifts and talents which we should use to fulfill our purpose on earth. I hope to help my students discover their gifts and use them to the best of their abilities. My goal is to help the students better understand how to actively live out God’s love and put it into practice.

     

  • DeBoer, David
    DeBoer, David Physical Education Teacher

    I graduated from Cornerstone University in 2010 with a B.A. in Physical Education and Health Education, and finished my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership through GVSU. At Holland Christian, I teach Physical Education classes, and coach the boys’ varsity soccer team and girls’ JV basketball team. In 2004 I participated and completed the Discipleship Training School through Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Kona, Hawaii.

    My wife, Bria, and I got married in the summer of 2010 and live in Holland. Bria and I love sports, traveling, quotes, or anything outdoors. We also enjoy spending time with our families. We have two daughters, Jayna and Lauryn, and a son, Rhett, all of whom we adore.

    There is no difference between life, as we call it, and spiritual life. All of life is spiritual; all aspects of my life are interconnected. God is the Creator of all things and since the fall He has begun redeeming all of creation. It is my responsibility as a citizen of God’s kingdom to join with Him in this redemptive process. I believe that exemplifying this belief with my own personal life is the building block to being able to reach students and help them understand this concept. Through my actions, devotions and prayer in the classroom, I reinforce that all of creation belongs to God and that we must love and serve Him and others. Also, allowing students to ask questions, be reflective, and letting them struggle with issues within a safe and facilitated environment is essential for their journey.

  • DeBoer, Trish
    DeBoer, Trish Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English and French. I also earned a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate from CMU. I grew up in the Detroit suburbs and moved to Holland in 1992. My husband and I have three children; our two oldest sons graduated from Holland Christian and our youngest son currently attends Rose Park. Our family loves camping and our travels across the United States and Canada have led us to explore over 20 National Parks. I also enjoy boating, baking, and reading.

    I am a member of Calvin CRC where over the past 25 years I have taught Young Children and Worship, Sunday School and VBS. I enjoy working with children and feel that I have been called to serve God through children’s ministries.

    I worked at the Holland Sentinel for 10 years as a graphic artist and then spent ten years substitute teaching. I am excited to now be working at Rose Park in the ESS program. I love experiencing firsthand how including children of various abilities enhances the classroom dynamic and gives all children the opportunity to use their gifts. Working one-on-one with students allows me to understand their needs as well as help them achieve their full potential.

  • Deleon, Perla
    Deleon, Perla Spanish Immersion Preschool Teacher

    I graduated from Valle del Bravo University in my native country of Mexico with a B.A. in Communications. For the last 17 years I have served in a variety of capacities within the early childhood education field that include positions with the Head Start and CASA programs at Hope College. I also spent several years teaching in the Spanish immersion program at Zeeland Christian.

    I am truly grateful for the opportunity to teach my native language of Spanish to the students at Holland Christian. I love worshiping God not only with my voice and hands but with my life as well. Each day I greet students with the realization that God has a plan and a purpose for their lives (Jeremiah 29:11) and I cherish the opportunity to have a small part in that plan by showing them the love of God in a practical and tangible way.

    I have been married since 2003 and have three children ages who all attend Rose Park. My husband is also an educator and part-time music minister. I am an active member of Holland First Assembly of God church where I also teach Sunday school and lead a small group. In my spare time I enjoy drawing, scrap booking, photography, and spending time with family and friends.

     

  • Deroo, Karen
    Deroo, Karen Educational Support Services

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian. I also graduated from Davenport College with an associates degree in business.

    I am married to Terry DeRoo and we have three children who have all graduated from Holland Christian. We are blessed to have one granddaughter. We have been members of Calvary CRC for over 30 years. Being a Kid’s Hope Mentor for over ten years has been a joy and I and cherish the relationships that have been formed through this program.

    I have been so blessed being a part of Holland Christian. It is a great joy to encourage and enable children to not only learn, but to also live for Jesus and made a difference in this world.

  • Devisser, Judy
    Devisser, Judy Payroll & Benefits Manager

    After graduating from Holland Christian in 1971, I attended Davenport University and earned an associate degree in accounting. My career started in the accounting department of Batts, Inc. but after our children were born, my work away from home positions were part-time and varied. Before coming to Holland Christian I was employed as a waitress, bookkeeper, and church secretary. In January 2001 I began working for Holland Christian in the Administration Office in the area of Payroll and Benefits.

    My husband, Don, and I have been married since 1973 and have three children who are all graduates of Holland Christian. Julie lives on the north side of Holland and works for a financial planning office. Scott lives on the south side of Holland, is married to Lori, and works for Trendway, Inc. Mike lives in Zeeland, is married to Sarah, and is employed by The Outpost. We also have three grandsons who have brought many changes and joys to our life.

    I feel blessed each day to work with the staff at Holland Christian. To be able to come to work each day with people who love the Lord and want to walk in His footsteps is truly unique. There are so many ways I can see the Lord moving in my life and praise Him each day for His presence. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

  • Devries, Susan
    Devries, Susan ESS Teacher

    I graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School and from Calvin College with a degree in special education. I taught for Holland

    Christian for eight years before choosing to stay home to raise our sons. In 2009 I received my Pastoral Counseling Certification from Western Seminary and worked as a counselor at Providence CRC for three years. Most recently I have taught 2nd-6th grades for the Holland Christian Homeschool Connection.

    My husband, Dave, and I met at Calvin College and married in 1989. We are the parents of six sons. Our older four have all graduated from HC, and our younger two are students at Pine Ridge. We are grateful for the HC community and how it has poured into our family over many years. I am excited to be able to pour into my students in the same way. I’ve always told my students that the two most important things to know about me are that I love Jesus, and I love teaching. My prayer is that these two things will be very evident as I spend time with students at the Middle School each day. I want my students to feel known and valued. I love working with students to help them see that they are created in God’s image, and that challenges and weaknesses can be used for His glory.

    Outside of teaching I love baking, curling up with a book, drinking a good cup (or several cups!) of coffee, and cheering for the Detroit Tigers (sad, but true!). I am excited to see how God works in my life and in the lives of my students in the coming year! Zeph. 3:17: “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

  • DeWitt, Kristin
    DeWitt, Kristin Educational Support Services

    Hope College is my alma mater. I graduated with a special education endorsement specializing in learning disabilities. I taught middle school special education for several years at Byron Center and also at West Ottawa. For a number of years I worked at home raising my children.

    My husband, Kelly, and I have three children, Katelyn, Ryan, and Nathan, who currently attend Holland Christian. I love to run, travel, read, camp, and spend time at the beach and with family and friends. I am also faithfully involved with my church, Calvary on 8th, and the Heights of Hope community.

    Spending time with students and helping them to learn, develop and grow is my passion. I love getting to know each student and finding out what motivates them. I am so thankful for Holland Christian which is a place where we can speak openly about our faith, share the love of God and develop in and nourish our faith together.

  • DeZwaan, Chris
    DeZwaan, Chris 3rd Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Arts and an Elementary Education Certificate. I went on to substitute teach in area school districts before being hired by Holland Christian Schools in 1994. Within a few years I earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University. My husband Kevin and I have three boys, Nate, Curtis and Lucas. We attend Providence Church where we have been involved in small groups and children’s ministries. As a family we enjoy spending time together and with friends, time at the lake, and attending sporting events.

    As parents, Kevin and I send our children to Holland Christian because we want to give them every opportunity to grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ. As a teacher, I want the children in my classroom to experience Christ in every part of their day. I want to make a difference in the lives of these children – a difference that will last to eternity.

     

  • Dirkse, Michelle
    Dirkse, Michelle Educational Support Services Aide
  • Dokter, Sheila
    Dokter, Sheila 1st Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1995. I spent the first two years of my career teaching in a Christian school in Indiana. After that, I moved back to Michigan and have been teaching first grade at Holland Christian since. Teaching at Holland Christian is something I hold dear to my heart. It brings me great joy to serve the Lord through my work here. As I greet children each day, I am given an awesome opportunity to share the love of God with each one; each child is His masterpiece! It is my hope and prayer that through the words I speak, the meditations of my heart, and the actions that I do, God will be glorified and pleased (Psalm 19:14). My desire is for Him. In my life Lord, be glorified.

     

  • Dokter, Troy
    Dokter, Troy Director of Advancement

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian. I attended Calvin College and graduated with a degree in Economics. While at Calvin I met my wife Julie who grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. After Julie and I lived for a number of years in Grand Rapids, we moved back to the Holland area when our oldest child was
    born. We have three children and live on the north side of Holland. Our family attends Harderwyk Church.

    After college I began working in the manufacturing industry, where I was involved in sales, business development, operational leadership, and mostly recently was a general manager. Throughout my years in the business industry, I have had the privilege of working for business owners who modeled the behavior of blessing others with the blessings received.

    I am passionate about the mission of Holland Christian Schools “to equip minds and nurture hearts to transform the world for Christ.” Holland Christian is blessed with great people who rally behind this mission statement. I consider it an honor to work with the community in supporting and promoting Holland Christian Schools and its mission.

  • Dozeman, Susan
    Dozeman, Susan Administrative Assistant

    I am a Calvin graduate with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Business Administration. I have enjoyed working at various jobs in the business community and working with my husband at our business.

    My husband Mike and I have 3 daughters, Laura, Melissa, and Hannah. As of this May, all our daughters are graduates of HCHS. Our oldest daughter, Laura, is working at The Image Group in Holland, MI. Our second daughter, Melissa, is a recent graduate from Liberty University and is working in the Christian movie industry and Hannah is a freshman at Liberty University and is seeking God’s guidance for her major. We attend and volunteer at Engedi Church, helping with their hospitality, food and new mom ministries. I enjoy music, theatre, and most sports (most recently biking).

    I believe that education is not just about math and science. It is so much more. I believe that having a rock solid basis in God’s Word is the best foundation for our children and I love how our Christian school system teaches and empowers our children to live every day for Christ and to change the world for Him.

  • Dreyer, Justin
    Dreyer, Justin Media Manager & Technical Director of Theatre

    I graduated from Holland Christian in 2010, where I was heavily involved with the theatre and technology programs as a student.

    Continuing onward down the tech path, I graduated from Full Sail University in Florida two years later, with a B.S. in Show Production and Touring. Shortly after graduating, I was hired by Holland Christian Schools to help direct their theatre program, as well as work on the website, and any random graphic design or film projects thrown my way. Occasionally I fix the copy machine and make coffee too. Lots of coffee.

    I also work with local churches and bands doing media production and tech. I’ve especially enjoyed touring the Midwest with the band Annagail, performing living room concerts and small venues around the Midwest. An aerial drone enthusiast, I’m also currently studying for my commercial sUAS licenses.

  • Dreyer, Michelle
    Dreyer, Michelle

    I have lived in West Michigan all my life. I love this area and the people here and the beautiful places that we can enjoy. My husband, Doug and I, and our two children, Lucas and Adrianna, live in Dorr. Doug is a self employed plumber and loves being outdoors and spending time together. Lucas attends South Christian High School and Adrianna has another year at Moline Christian School. Our family is active in 4H and we spend time at many 4H events throughout the year. We have family close by and do many activities with them. It is such a blessing to have our families so close! I love to read and enjoy going to the beach or traveling with my husband/kids when I have some down time.

    I am so excited to be teaching! Working with children is so fun! Students have an excitement for learning and it is great to help them share this excitement for learning with their classmates and parents. I look forward to helping students reach their full potential and to meet their needs. I love helping students dig deeper and to challenge them to do their best and to take ownership of their learning. I am humbled that God has called me to be a part of His kingdom by serving Him in this capacity. It is exciting to work with students each day, to worship with them, to see them become part of community, and to watch them learn how they can be a part of the world for their Lord. God has great plans for each of them and I can’t wait to see what they will do!

    We serve an amazing God! I am so grateful for His love for me and I look forward to the day I can glorify Him in heaven. Until then I am blessed to serve Him by teaching His children. It is wonderful to be able to share my faith and love with His special children each day at school. I am humbled to be a part of God’s plan to nurture students’ faith and to share my own faith with them. I am excited to worship, pray, and grow in our faith together. Proverbs 3:3 states “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” We are in the business of passing on our faith to the next generation and teaching them to continue the journey of faith. I look forward to helping the future generations of Holland Christian continue the gift of passing on the lessons of faith from one generation to the next. It will be exciting to see what God has planned!

     

  • Duistermars, Kylee
    Duistermars, Kylee Educational Support Services Aide

    I have been involved with preschool at Rose Park since August of 2014, first as a parent, and now as a classroom aide.  My love of children started early, as my mom ran an in-home day care from the time I could talk until I was 17. As a teen I was always babysitting and volunteering in different children’s programs at church and school. I graduated from West Ottawa High School and went on to take classes at Muskegon Community College and Grand Rapids Community College. I worked for Community Education’s early childhood programs for a number of years and ran an on-site day care program for a local company. I then switched gears and worked for Mercantile Bank for six years before staying home with our growing family.

    My husband, Rick, and I have three amazing kiddos, all currently attending Rose Park. We are actively involved at Rose Park Reformed Church where we volunteer with the Senior High youth group and Sunday services. Our family loves to be outside, especially in the summer, and we love taking advantage of our surroundings. We can often be found out on our boat on Lake Michigan, up at Big Star Lake or at a campfire in our backyard. We love to do life with friends and family. I love cooking, baking, sewing…most anything crafty.  I am also a board member of Love Sews Ministry, a ministry that is very near and dear to my heart.

    It is a blessing to be able to spend time in preschool. There is something so special about seeing such young and eager minds learning about the world God has created. One of my favorite verses is 3 John 1:4: ” I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.” I am very grateful for the Holland Christian community and the opportunities that it has given our family.

  • Eizenga, Dale
    Eizenga, Dale Science Teacher

    In the fall of 1992, I began teaching students science at HCHS after earning a B.A. in Education from Calvin College and a secondary certification in Chemistry. In the summer of 2001, I completed my M.Ed. with an emphasis in Educational Technology from Grand Valley State University. I have also completed the Target Inquiry Program at GVSU. This 3-year program for high school chemistry teachers involves chemistry research and curriculum design/research, including presentations at national and international conferences. I have been active at HCHS having served on various committees as well as the science department chair. I have enjoyed using videos and inquiry learning to bring individualized learning into my classroom.

    My wife, Heather, and I have 2 children. We are members of Calvin Christian Reformed Church where I regularly serve in the children’s programing. In addition, we have often spent our summers working or volunteering at Camp Roger in Rockford, MI.

    I chose to teach in a Christian school, because I wanted to be able to show students more than just how the creation works (on a molecular level). I wanted to help them deepen their faith through that knowledge. In my Chemistry class we routinely discuss the question: “How does what you have learned enhance your view of God, His world, and your place in it?” This discussion allows us to step back and see a bigger picture, one that cannot be shown in other schools.

  • Engbers, David
    Engbers, David Athletic Director

    In 2001 I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in education and started teaching K-8 physical education and directed the middle school athletic program at Millbrook Christian School. I began teaching physical education at Holland Christian High School in the fall of 2003. I have coached JV girls basketball and the varsity boys lacrosse program. My M.A. degree in Sport Management was completed at Western Michigan University in 2010 and I am currently serving as Athletic Director.

    My wife Michelle and I moved to Holland in 2007 after living in Grand Rapids since we were married in 2003. We have four children and are active members at Faith CRC in Holland. Michigan summers provide a great place for our family to enjoy the outdoors together.

    It is amazing how different life looks when you view every piece of creation as God’s. We have an incredible opportunity to learn more about our Creator from studying the world around us. There is also a deep respect that is gained for ourselves and others around us by realizing we are loved by God despite of what we deserve. Working at Holland Christian gives me a chance to be open with high school students about Christ and our true purpose for living on earth. Serving coaches and athletes is a privilege for me and provides a powerful opportunity to impact people for Christ. I strive to take the opportunity I have at Holland Christian and not only promote an excellent athletic program, but promote one that glorifies God.

  • Engbers, Michelle
    Engbers, Michelle 1st Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education and my Masters Degree in reading from Grand Valley State University in 2009. I began my teaching career at Ada Christian School where I taught 4th grade for four years and after our first child was born worked part time as a para-professional for two years. Our family transitioned to living in Holland in 2007 and it has been my joy over the last 11 years to be at home with our 4 children. God has been preparing me to be back in the classroom and I am I am thrilled to be teaching 1st grade this school year.

    My husband Dave and I, along with our children, Jackson, Will, Avery and Claire enjoy being together in God’s creation. We like to hike, go for boat rides and be active together. In my free time I enjoy reading, running and chasing sunsets. Our family attends Faith CRC. I have had the pleasure of serving as the Kids Hope director there and of being involved in the children’s programs. Kids Hope and being a mentor for Young Lives, a program for pregnant and parenting teens in the Holland area, have both been transformational in shaping my faith. They have helped me better love those who are different that I am and to better understand the beautiful, complex, diverse kingdom God has created.

    Through the gift of growing up in a Christian family, attending Christian schools and my own life journey I have been overwhelmed with God’s grace. I am so grateful for the gift of Jesus and that He opens his arms to us just the way that we are. It is my desire to know him more deeply, to trust him wholly and to have my life be a reflection of Him. One of the greatest joys of teaching is to share God’s love story and to teach even the youngest of God’s children how His love is evident to us in all of creation and in all of our learning. I am looking forward to sharing this great love with my students this year.

  • Feenstra, Deb
    Feenstra, Deb Principal

    After serving for 30 years as a teacher and administrator with Holland Public schools, it is an honor to become part of the Holland Christian family! I graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a teaching certificate for K-8 instruction and then continued my studies at GVSU and completed Masters Degrees in Early Childhood Education and in Educational Leadership. During my time at Holland Public my family was given the opportunity to serve as missionaries through the Reformed Church in America in Chiapas, Mexico so I took a leave of absence and we moved to Chiapas where we spent the next six years serving alongside of and learning from our Mayan Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

    God has blessed me with an amazing husband! We have been married for forty years and have two wonderful daughters. Our oldest daughter is married to an amazing man and they have three wonderful children. Becoming grandparents has been the greatest joy in our lives! Our younger daughter was born with special abilities and needs and “graduated” from the ESS program at Holland Christian in 2008. We will be forever thankful for the acceptance, love and support she received from the staff and students at Holland Christian who wrapped her in Christian love.

    My prayer is that as I serve at Holland Christian, with God’s help, a true sense of Christian Community is established where each staff member and student is equally valued, accepted and celebrated for the person that God created them to be as they grow both spiritually and academically. One of my favorite Bible verses is Micah 6:8 (NIV): “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

  • Fernandez, Daniella
    Fernandez, Daniella Spanish Immersion Preschool Aide
  • Folkerts, Kim
    Folkerts, Kim Educational Support Services Assistant

    I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, receiving my education from Timothy Christian School in Elmhurst, Illinois and earning my teaching degree from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois.

    My husband and I and our two children moved to Holland 17 years ago and have since added an amazing son-in-law to our family and two precious grandchildren.

    I feel honored and privileged to be working at Holland Christian as a paraprofessional in the Educational Support Services. I am so thankful and blessed to be alongside students and staff who love the Lord. My goal is for each student that crosses my path is to feel loved and to know that they each have special God-given talents and abilities which make them unique. I am looking forward to a wonderful year serving others.

  • Fox, Sam
    Fox, Sam Language Arts & Literature Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2012 with a degree in Secondary Education with a major in English and a minor in History. During the end of my educational career, I had the amazing opportunity to student teach at Holland Christian High School. This experience cemented my belief that God was calling me to the field of teaching. I am incredibly excited to be teaching at Holland Christian Middle School.

    I am married to the love my life, Heather. I am the youngest of four children with one older brother and two older sisters. My brother is married with children of his own. My oldest sister is a nurse here in Holland, and is recently married. My second sister is pursuing her PhD at Michigan State University. My parents live in Fremont, MI. I attend Engedi Church here in Holland. I love to read and enjoy writing. I also play guitar, and I rarely pass up the opportunity to play a wide variety of sports.

    Christian education has been an integral piece of my life. From a young age, I have reaped the benefits of teachers and schools that see me not only as a student, but also as a child of God, made in His image. The opportunity to pass this blessing on to the next generation of students is a major motivating factor for me as a teacher. I want my students to be blessed and challenged as they grow as students, Christians, and human beings.

  • Garvelink, Amanda
    Garvelink, Amanda Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2008 with a B.A. in elementary education and a minor in language arts. I grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and worked for Glen Ellyn public schools for two years before moving to Michigan and getting married. I started working for Holland Christian’s ESS program in 2011.

    My husband Matt and I met at Calvin and got married in 2011. We live in Drenthe and attend Vriesland Reformed Church where we volunteer with the high school youth group. We enjoy Sunday dinners with his large family as well as traveling back to the Chicago area to visit my family as often as possible.

    I enjoy working as a parapro for Holland Christian because I get to support the wonderful teachers here in their mission of nurturing young hearts and guiding them to follow Jesus and the path He has laid out for them.

  • Geuder, Jenny
    Geuder, Jenny Art & Literature Teacher

    I graduated from Unity Christian High School and from Calvin College with a B.A. in Art Education and minor in Art. I received my Master’s in Education in 2011. I taught Art at Straight Elementary School for K-1st grades until 2004/05. I have taught Art at Rose Park Elementary and the Middle School since the 2004/2005 school year. Currently, I teach 5-8th grade Art and 8th grade Literature.

    I married Mark Geuder in 2004, and we live in a little house in Zeeland with two Beagles and two Siberian cats. We had our second son in June! Exciting! We attend church at Community Reformed Church in Zeeland. I love gardening, reading, and traveling. Every other year I chaperone a group of students to Europe, expanding their world-views with new cultures, historical sites, languages, and foods.

    I really hope to inspire an appreciation for the beauty of God’s creation in my students. It is impossible not to see the hand of our Creator everywhere around us. Our act of creation in the arts is a reflection of our Creator and becomes a way to praise Him and grow in our relationship with the Father. Art is also about teaching an understanding and respect for how other people see, think, and express themselves all over the globe and throughout history. I love art, and I hope my enthusiasm will be picked up by my students. I want students to succeed and I believe all students can, if they are inspired or if they find something interesting or applicable to their own lives. I hope to make art a part of their lives as they find their place in the world outside school.

  • Gibbs, Michelle
    Gibbs, Michelle 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.

  • Gillett, Lydia
    Gillett, Lydia Educational Support Services Teacher

    I was born and raised in the Holland area. I am a member of Christ Memorial Church and currently coordinate liturgical dance and worship for elementary and middle school aged girls. Aside from being passionate about children, I enjoy fitness, crafting, the beach, and being active outdoors with my family.

    After my student teaching experience at Holland Christian High School, I fell in love with the HC community. I am passionate about helping students find the best way they learn. Teaching in ESS will fuel my passion for working with students of all gifts and talents. I feel truly blessed by this opportunity to share God’s love to children each day.

    My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9. This verse has given me peace, strength, and encouragement through different life experiences. I believe God is with me wherever I go and in all aspects of my life. I cannot wait to explore with my students new ways where we can see God in each day. I am excited to help children discover their abilities and how they can use them to glorify God.

  • Gillmore, Jodi
    Gillmore, Jodi Educational Support Services Assistant

    I grew up in Hudsonville, Michigan, and attended Hudsonville Christian School, Unity Christian High School, and Calvin College, where I majored in English and minored in history in the Secondary Education program. Upon graduation, I moved to Muskegon to teach English and history at Western Michigan Christian High School, while earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Grand Valley State University. Helping students find their strengths and weaknesses and “fill their toolboxes” with strategies for success was one of my greatest joys in my teaching career. In 2005, I moved to Holland after marrying Jason, an organic chemistry professor at Hope College. In 2008, after 10 years of teaching, I chose to stay at home when my daughter was born. Now that both my children are in school full time, I am excited to return to a school setting and the field of education, serving the staff and students at Rose Park in the ESS program.

    When not too busy being a wife to Jason and mom to Anna and Will (both also at Rose Park), I enjoy running, lifting weights, reading, sewing, and baking. I also serve as a core group leader with Community Bible Study and as a GEMS counselor at Calvary Christian Reformed Church, where our family are members.

  • Gomez, Febe
    Gomez, Febe Spanish Teacher

    I was born and grew up in Campeche, Mexico. I came to the U.S. with my husband Enrique following a pastoral call he had from a church in Texas, where we served for 7 years, and our two older children were born.

    My educational background includes a degree from the Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, TX and in Religious Education from the Children Ministries Institute in Warrenton, MO. I have been involved in the field of education since 1999, serving in different positions in both public and private schools, mainly in Spanish Immersion programs. My passion for teaching my language was the big motivator to go back to college, and I graduated from Hope College in 2011 with a B.A. in Spanish Education. Currently, I am working toward certification in the English as a New Language (ENL) graduate program through Notre Dame University.

    One of my biggest rewards as a teacher is seeing how my students successfully progress in language acquisition, and I have definitely realized that the younger the brain, the better they learn. I truly believe that learning a new language is both a challenge and a blessing; however, I’m a firm believer that every child has the potential to learn–it doesn’t matter their abilities or disabilities. I’m very excited about being part of the staff of HC this year because this institution has been an important part of academic and faith formation for our family for several years. Sam and Betsy, our two older children received their entire education at HC, and Raphie, our youngest son, is currently in the 8th grade.

    My favorite Bible verse is Luke 2:52, “and Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men,”–and we are not different. Each child/person also needs to grow intellectually, physically and spiritually. We always taught this to our own children.

    Some of my hobbies are walking, biking, and traveling with the family, as well as reading and listening to classical music. I’m looking forward to meeting my students and their families and seeing how the Lord is going to guide us in this new venture!

  • Goorhouse, Jeffrey
    Goorhouse, Jeffrey Mathematics Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1980 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a secondary education certification. I later returned to Calvin College and obtained my M.A.T with a concentration in teaching Mathematics. I started teaching at Holland Christian in the fall of 1980 and have been here ever since. I have coached volleyball, baseball, basketball, and presently coach both JV boys and JV girls tennis.

    My wife, Karen, and I were married in 1981. We have three children. Melissa is a Spanish teacher and librarian at Brookfield Christian School in Wisconsin. Michael is married and is the president of the Holland-Zeeland Community Foundation. His wife, Rachel, is a high school Spanish teacher. Jonathan is a mechanical engineer for the Gentex Corporation. His wife, Angie, is a physical therapist. We are members of Providence Church. I enjoy all sports, both watching and participating, and love spending time with family.

    I have always felt called to be a teacher. I enjoy the challenge of trying to explain the logic and procedures that are involved in doing Mathematics. I have always loved working with young people and look forward to each new school year. God has given each of our young men and women special abilities, and I feel that my job is to develop those abilities so that each student is prepared to serve God in whatever calling He has for them.

  • Gorter, Karen
    Gorter, Karen 504 Coordinator

    I have a Masters degree in Learning Disabilities from Calvin College, and a B.A. from Dordt College. I have taught at Holland Christian since 1996 in the Educational Support Services Department. I have taught students 3rd grade through 8th grade and currently teach 7th and 8th graders.

    My husband, Andrew and I have appreciated living in several areas in North America and have two grown daughters. We are members of Harderwyk Ministries where I serve as a member of the Compassionate Care Team and am involved in women’s ministries.

    I absolutely love being able to weave together through the day my joy and love for the Lord with my love for students and their learning. If we are honest with ourselves, we realize we all have areas of struggle, be it visible or not, or obvious in school or not. I love working with students who have learning difficulties or disabilities, advocating for them, helping them achieve, and coming alongside them to help them see the gifts God has given specifically to them. My two life verses are Philippians 4:4-9 and Ephesians 1:18-19. Both passages are filled with hope, reassurance, and power in Christ, which I want my students to see in me and have for themselves.

  • Grassmid, Tammy
    Grassmid, Tammy 3-School Teacher, Before & After School Care

    My parents chose to send my three siblings and me to Christian schools and for that I am grateful. Seeing their commitment to Christian education made such an impact on me that I grew up wanting to teach in a Christian school. I attended Christian schools through high school. After graduating from Holland Christian in 1987, I went to Calvin College and received a B.A. in Elementary Education. In 1992 I started a 20 year career at Beaverdam Christian School in Hudsonville. Although God closed the doors at Beaverdam in 2013, He opened a door for me at Holland Christian that same fall. This year, I am teaching 3-School in the mornings as well as Enrichment in the afternoon- all at South Side! I am excited for this new chapter in my teaching career and look forward to what God has planned for me at Holland Christian.

    I am married to Dave (a 1983 HC graduate). We have a son, Ethan and daughter, Rylea. They keep us busy with their hunting adventures and soccer weekends.

    I am an advocate for Autism Awareness because Ethan has Asperger’s Syndrome. It is my hope that God will use me to be a resource for parents who have children with special needs and an advocate for their children in the classroom.

    My favorite Bible verses are Philippians 4:13 and Proverbs 3:5-6. They have helped me get through the ups and downs of life and helped me focus on what God (not me) has planned for my life.

    I am truly blessed to be teaching in a Christian school. I love that I can bring God into my teaching throughout the day. We can start the day with God and see Him in all that we do. I can help my students understand where they fit in God’s world. I am able to show my students how to love God and love others. My students are able to create long-lasting relationships with their peers. It is wonderful to be a part of the lives of these young children at the start of their school careers!

  • Haig, Christy
    Haig, Christy ESS Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1999 with a degree in elementary and special education. I taught in Kentwood Public Schools for 4 years before God called my husband and me to Pittsburgh, PA. We lived there for five years and then were blessed to be able to move back to West Michigan.

    My husband Tim and I have three children: Michael, Jonathan, and Becca. I was honored to stay home with them full time while they were young. When they entered school, I returned to work part time at Engedi Church, serving as the early childhood coordinator and then curriculum coordinator for their children’s ministry team. Now I’m thrilled to be teaching again. I love coming alongside students, helping them learn and grow.

    In addition to teaching, I love playing board games with my family, serving in children’s ministry at church, and scrapbooking family memories on the computer. My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:38-39 which tells us that God’s love is so big and so strong that nothing can ever separate us from it.

  • Haig, Tim
    Haig, Tim Math, Bible, Image Bearers Teacher

    I attended Calvin College and graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2004. After graduating I moved to Pittsburgh where I was on staff at West Church as the director of Worship and the Arts and director of Children’s Ministries for five years. I have just recently finished my Masters in Teaching from Liberty University.

    My wife, Christy, and I have three young children who keep us busy and laughing. We currently attend The Oasis Church in Byron Center where Christy volunteers in the nursery and I play drums and guitar (not at the same time) on the worship team. Our oldest son, Michael, and I both enjoy stacking cups competitively. Michael holds 3 world records in his age division and I hold 5 national records in my age division.

    Growing up I attended Christian schools and appreciated the integration of faith and learning as a student. I believe that learning is a life-long endeavor as we seek to be life-long followers of Jesus. In the classroom I promote curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, and community as we learn to reflect the image of our Creator.

  • Halma, Leanne
    Halma, Leanne Events Coordinator

    I’m graduate of Holland Christian and Dordt College. During my career I’ve had the opportunity to work with students as an Academic Advisor at Northwest Iowa Community College, for the Campus Ministries department at Central College, and in ACT Prep and Career Assessment at a career-technical high school in Cincinnati. Our family relocated back to Holland in 2017 and we are thankful to have our three children as part of the Holland Christian community.

    In my free time I enjoy being outdoors and running, including coaching Girls On The Run at Pine Ridge last spring. As a family, we enjoy travel and have spent two summers living in Hong Kong and visiting several countries in Asia. I love the beautiful diversity that God has created throughout our world and in each of us. I’m excited to be the Event Planner for HC, specifically for events to grow and maintain the Tuition Grant Fund. It’s on honor to help remove the financial barrier of Christian Education so that more children can receive an education with a Biblical foundation.

  • Harig, Ron
    Harig, Ron Forest School Kindergarten Teacher

    I graduated with honors from GVSU with a B.S. in Group Social Studies with a Psychology emphasis and a Minor in Elementary Education. I also earned my Masters degree at GVSU in Early Childhood Education. Immediately after graduation I was hired by Jenison Public Schools where over the course of my years there, I taught Young 5’s, 1st grade, and 2nd grade.

    I also served in the United States Army and the Michigan National Guard where I ended my service as an officer in the infantry.

    My wife, Stacey, and I were married in 1994, and we have two children—Jesse and Julia. The happiest member of our family is Harvey, our beloved Labradoodle. Together, we attend Chapel Pointe church in Jenison. My family enjoys kayaking, boating on Lake Michigan, fishing, hiking, and the outdoors. We especially love the area around Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as a spot to do all the things we enjoy in the most beautiful place in Northern Michigan.

    I like to tell people that three of my great loves are Jesus, teaching Kindergarteners, and the outdoors. That’s why Holland Christian’s Forest School Kindergarten is a perfect fit for me. I will thoroughly enjoy sharing my love of Christ in words, prayer, and praise with the students I teach, and I’ll also be showing them God’s undeniable existence in the outdoors.

    At Jenison Public Schools, I wrote lots of children’s songs on my guitar, and I will be certainly be filling our outdoor classroom with music too. In addition to those songs, I’ll be writing new songs for praise, worship, and outdoor learning. I will also dress up as a character from time to time to bring more fun into our outdoor classroom, because it has been my experience that kids at this age learn best in a playful, fun environment.

    Connecting with my students has always been a top priority for me. When I build relationships with the students in my class, it breeds trust, safety, and security. Under those circumstances, all management and learning can be successful. My students become like my kids as I do all I can to ensure their success, protecting their self-esteem and making them feel loved. My primary outdoor classroom management tool will be praise. When students are getting attention and praise for doing what is expected, I have found that others start to follow those expectations without having to hear negative reminders.

    It is going to be incredible exploring God’s creation with Kindergarteners at Holland Christian Schools. God has been preparing me for this—my ideal job—all my life, and I lose sleep often thinking about the possibilities.  Peace

  • Haveman, Andrea
    Haveman, Andrea 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.

  • Hendershot, Rachel
    Hendershot, Rachel Administrative Specialist

    After a 19-year career at Bethany Christian Services in the child welfare arena, a job I greatly enjoyed, I am grateful to be able to change jobs to another place with a mission I can stand behind, this one closer to my kids.

    I grew up in the Holland area, attended Indiana Wesleyan University for a B.A. in Criminal Justice, thinking then that I would go into law enforcement. However, instead I joined the ranks at Bethany Christian Services as a social worker right out of college, starting out in the foster care arena. I ended my career at Bethany Christian Services managing three Bethany Christian facilities after finishing my masters at Cornerstone University in Business Management.

    My husband John, who works for a non-profit in Grand Rapids, and I have three children: our oldest son is away at college, while our younger two daughters attend South Side and Pine Ridge. It was through our very positive experience at Holland Christian as parents that I was drawn to working here, as I fell in love with who HC is, and who they are trying to be.

    In my free time, I enjoy reading, and love to be outside with my kiddos at the beach, or on a hike, if I’m not out working in the yard or garden. Stop by the administration office, and I’m usually the one who will open the door for you, and greet you first!

  • Hernandez, Katie
    Hernandez, Katie Psychology Teacher

    I graduated from Cornerstone University with my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Secondary Math Education and minoring in Psychology. After falling in love with the subject of psychology in high school it was my dream to be able to help others explore the wonderful complexities of psychology and at Holland Christian I have the distinct privilege to do this within the framework of a Christian worldview. After all, Jesus demands that we love him with our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37). How much more can love God and one another with our mind when we have a grasp on how our minds actually work?

    Speaking of love, I married my high school sweetheart, Gabe, this past year and we are currently living on the outskirts of Zeeland. Gabe is currently pursuing his degree in social work and eventually family counseling. Together we enjoy learning and playing new games and frequently host game nights with our friends and families. On occasion we enjoy hiking and exploring God’s beautiful creation, fishing, and cooking together. In my spare time I love coffee, reading, creating, and baking.

    I am excited to be able to challenge my students as they actively learn about their minds and ultimately themselves and for the way these discoveries will help them develop nurturing hearts to transform the world for Jesus as is our mission here at Holland Christian.

  • Herrman, Ben
    Herrman, Ben Mathematics Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College in 2009 with a degree in Math for Secondary Education and was blessed to join the Holland Christian staff in the Fall of 2011.

    I enjoy teaching in a faith-based school where students and faculty alike can openly discuss and share their experiences on their journeys toward developing a deeper relationship with Christ. I believe that looking at mathematics from a Christian perspective provides the subject a much deeper context: the formulas and proofs and equations are not happen-stance, but rather things specifically designed by God that we are still uncovering.

    Outside of teaching, I enjoy staying active and being outdoors amongst God’s creation. I love to camp, hike, fish, mountain bike, cross country ski, and do anything in or on the water. I also enjoy reading and playing a good board game, and am a member of the Pillar Church family.

  • Hirdes, Michelle
    Hirdes, Michelle 4th Grade Teacher

    In 1987, I graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education from Calvin College. I have been employed by Holland Christian since the fall of 1988. I have taught 3rd-5th grades at HC; I teach mornings and I am the language arts instructor. I love teaching language arts and I am constantly looking for ways to engage my students in reading and writing. I have served on the K-12 language arts committee and am currently serving on the Pine Ridge chapel and program committees.

    My husband Kevin and I have four children. We attend Calvary CRC where I am involved in worship team and drama team ministries.

    Christian education is a joy for me not only as a teacher, but also as a parent. I love the community that is formed each year with God as the center and each child as a reflection of Him. Our schools are places where prayer and worship are outward expressions of love for our Creator, where students are valued because they are image bearers of God and their potential for kingdom work is limitless. It is also where grace is not only taught, but also modeled and where a Christian walk is encouraged, prayed for, and maintained. As a teacher I enjoy the opportunities I have to challenge my students to think about their faith and what it is they believe. I love using stories to get students to see how their decisions affect their life here on earth and eternally. I eagerly await those teachable moments when questions are asked and answers are prayerfully considered. I treasure prayer with my students and relish rejoicing with each answer. It is my prayer that my students leave my room academically ready, but more importantly one step closer to shouldering their responsibility of God’s work in this world.

     

  • Hiskes, Mark
    Hiskes, Mark English Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1979 with a B.A. in English and Psychology. I received my M.A.T. from Calvin a few years later. I taught for six years at Chicago Christian High School, and came to Holland Christian in 1989, where I have taught on and off ever since. I have taught a couple courses part time at Hope College, and taught for one year at Calvin College in 2000-2001.

    I am married to Cindy and have two children, Pete and Mary. We attend Third Reformed Church of Holland and love that old place, its people and mission.

    In all my years of teaching I have taught one thing, really, and that is, as a colleague of mine once said, “Mark Hiskes.” In the end, that’s all that we teachers do–teach the truth about life as by Grace we have come to know it. As much as possible I try to shape my classroom to be the kind of place I want the world to be–a community where people can be comfortable and encouraged, accepted for who they were created to be, gracious in their words and actions, challenged to think outside the box, and challenged to do good work. After about 30 years of teaching, I can say that I love students even more than I love good books and writing, and that is a lot. They will know that after leaving my class. In addition, I want my students to come from my class with the confidence to live as counter-cultural Christians: not accepting the shallow values of our American culture, with its emphasis on speed, efficiency, money, materialism, popularity, and competition. Instead, I want them to model the counter-cultural values of Christ’s Beatitudes–such as, mercy, peace, humility, compassion, righteous conviction. As long as Holland Christian values these things, I will continue to love my work.

  • Hofman, Mary
    Hofman, Mary Media Specialist

    I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in music education and Spanish. My Master of Arts in Teaching degree, in the field of language arts, is also from Calvin College. I did my graduate education in School Library Media at Grand Valley. My teaching background includes several years of elementary music, as well as high school and college Spanish. Since 1997, I have enjoyed my role in the Holland Christian elementary media centers at South Side, Rose Park, and Pine Ridge.

    My husband, Marv, and I have five children, all of whom have attended HCS. We have lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Metro Manila, the Philippines; Raymond, Minnesota; and since 1990, Holland, Michigan. We are members of 14th Street Christian Reformed Church.

    God has given us the gift of language, and revealed Himself as the Word. As elementary media specialist I strive to serve staff and students by promoting delight in language and stimulating interest in reading. The role of the media specialist is also to teach information literacy by helping students to access, evaluate and use information in all its various forms. It is a wonderful privilege to accompany students on their learning journeys and assist their growth in reading, selection, discrimination, and use of print and non-print materials.

  • Hogue, Dawn
    Hogue, Dawn Library Media Specialist

    I was very blessed to grow up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, near Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Calvin College in 1995, I taught middle school Social Studies (primarily American History and Geography), Language Arts, and Bible, as well as directed eighth grade plays for 16 years. My teaching career began in 1995 at San Jose Christian School in California. I then moved back to Michigan to teach at Kelloggsville Christian School in Kentwood. God called me next to teach at West Side Christian School in Grand Rapids, where I would stay for 13 years. During those years, I also was involved in high school youth ministry, leading small groups, and going on mission trips. In 2005 I lived in Guatemala for six weeks working with Paradise Bound Ministries.

    My husband Ty is the Youth Pastor at Harderwyk Ministries. We have two little girls, Ella and Megan, who are students at Rose Park Christian. As a family we love spending time outside — riding bikes, hiking, camping, going to Captain Sundae — as well as reading and playing games, and travelling. In my spare time, I love to read, read, and read some more! I also enjoy baking, scrapbooking, and doing crafts with my girls.

    I am thankful that I was able to stay home with my girls for a few years, and now that they are starting school I am enjoying working part-time. I am blessed that God has called me to serve Him at Holland Christian. I already love my job as the HS Library Media Specialist and look forward to getting to know students and staff, as well as learn something entirely new in life. I have always had a stack of books waiting to be read, and I love that I am surrounded by great literature all day at work! It’s exciting to be able to work with students again, and I look forward to being able to assist students with research and writing, as well. “A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life.” Henry Ward Beecher

  • Hollebeek, Stacey
    Hollebeek, Stacey Communications Manager

    I and my family moved back to West Michigan after living almost two decades in northwestern New Mexico, when my husband took the Holland Christian Middle School principal job in 2015. Since then, we and our three children have been working hard at getting our fresh water fix! When we’re not sneaking off to the beach, we have been attending a variety of middle school and Rose Park sports, while also trying to fit in a bike ride here and there. Our oldest son is at HC Middle School–with his dad–while our younger two are happily learning lots at Rose Park.

    I originally graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education, taught both high school and middle school, then completed my Masters through the BreadLoaf School of English, out of Middlebury College, VT. In between changing diapers, I worked as adjunct faculty for both the University of New Mexico and Western New Mexico University, while also freelancing as both a writer and editor.

    As both a parent and an educator, I have been extremely impressed with the caliber of education that Holland Christian offers its students. It’s one of the few places I hear teachers singing praise songs aloud while they walk down the halls, or tell me with great joy, “I can’t believe they pay me to do this!” I love getting pictures in the middle of the day of my kids learning, emailed me from their teachers. As Communications Director, I am excited to combine two of my loves–Christian education with writing and words–and to share with other parents the joy of seeing what and how their kids are learning about God’s world, and getting to do so in such a rich Christian environment.

  • Homkes, Dale
    Homkes, Dale Applied Technology Teacher

    I am a 1973 graduate of Holland Christian and a 1977 graduate of Calvin College with a B.A. in Economics/Business. I worked for 22 years at Prince Corporation/JCI in various manufacturing leadership roles where I received an excellent “nuts and bolts” education in manufacturing management, mostly in the areas of business and engineering. After leaving JCI in late 2000 I formed a consulting/contract business that helped companies with manufacturing improvement. My clients included Gentex, Prince Manufacturing, Idra Prince, Great Lakes Home and Resort.

    I have been married to Carrie for 35 years and we have two sons, Alex and Austin, both HC grads. Alex is an administrator at Denver Children’s Hospital and Austin is a biologist at Voyager National Park in northern Minnesota. We are members at Christ Memorial Church where I have served several terms on Consistory and have been Treasurer on two occasions.

    In the area of Applied Technology, my teaching philosophy is to come along side each student (at whatever level they may be) and work with them to learn skills that will serve them for life. Creative subject approaches, enthusiasm, encouragement, and industrial experiences can all be used to facilitate learning. I believe God has given us the incredible privilege of working along side Him as He reclaims this fallen world. I will emphasize this great truth daily as your sons and daughters learn how engineering, technology and machines can prepare them to be more productive as they work in God’s Kingdom.

  • Hoogland, Helena
    Hoogland, Helena Elementary Art Teacher

    I grew up attending a wonderful Christian School in Ontario, Canada. My experiences learning at Beacon Christian School gave me a passion and appreciation for the solid Biblical foundation that a Christian education instills in students. This influenced me to become a teacher. In 2000, I moved to the United States to get my B.A. in Elementary Education at Calvin College. Upon graduating in 2005, I moved to South Korea where I taught at a small International Christian School for three years (Centennial Christian School). In, 2008, God called me to Indonesia where I taught at a very large International Christian School, Sekolah Pelita Harapan International. Here, God gave me the wonderful opportunity to lead a team of six teachers, and help launch a professional development program for National Indonesian teachers in village schools.

    In 2013, I returned to the United States to get my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Calvin College. Here, I met my husband. We got married December 2014. I have a passion to continue to learn more about God’s creation, His people, and His Word. Holland Christian, I feel privileged to continue following God’s call to invest in the lives of young people; encouraging them to grow in their faith, learn more about who God has created them to be, and empower them to develop a passion for God’s creation, His people and His Word.

  • Hossink, Jodi
    Hossink, Jodi 3rd Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1987 with a major in Language Arts and an Elementary Education certification. I taught 4th graders at Jenison Christian Elementary from 1988-1991. I then taught part-time at Zeeland Christian Middle School from 1991-1993. After spending several years at home with my family, I have begun working toward a Master’s in Elementary Education through Grand Valley. I currently teach 3rd grade at Rose Park.

    I have 3 grown up children. My oldest daughter is happily preparing for her second year teaching 2nd grade at San Jose Christian in California. My second daughter is spending this school year in Budapest, Hungary. She will be teaching English, as well as a few other classes, to 2nd graders. My youngest is a sophomore at the University of Michigan. I am a member of Ridge Point Community Church, where I have been involved in music, drama, and children’s ministries.

    I believe that each child is a unique individual, created by our Heavenly Father. In a Christian school setting, I have the opportunity and obligation to teach children that God is in control and wants us to serve Him in all we do. I incorporate my faith in our prayer time, worship time, and in daily conversation. I hope that my students will see Christ in me–in how I speak, act and live. It is my desire to honor God in all I do and to encourage my students to do the same.

  • Howell, Janet
    Howell, Janet Counselor

    I graduated with a B.A. from Calvin College, majoring in English and minoring in psychology. I received my Master’s degree in counseling from Michigan State University. In 1986 my husband and I moved to Holland from Florida and I began my work at Holland Christian High School. I hold a professional counselor license from the State of Michigan.

    My husband Tim and I have two married daughters, Elizabeth (Justin) Boldt and Emily (Michael) Schipper, who both attended Holland Christian. Tim and I love the simple joys of life in Holland: Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning, soup at 8th Street Grille on a winter evening, bike rides to Saugatuck, Hope Summer Repertory Theater, waiting for the first tomato in our garden, and communion of and with the saints at Pillar Church.

    At Holland Christian High School, I enjoy helping students with their academic concerns, college and/or career plans, and personal matters. I feel especially blessed to be able to counsel from a Christian perspective, to encourage students in their personal walk with Christ, to share God’s word with students, to discuss His love, grace and forgiveness, and to pray with them in personal matters. It is a joy to see students grow and change in the four years they attend high school and to see God working out His plan in their lives.

  • Howell, Tim
    Howell, Tim Principal

    I received a B.A. in Language Arts from Calvin College in 1982. While teaching at a Christian elementary school in Florida, I received a M.A. in Administration and Supervision from Nova University. My wife Janet and I have two children. We attend Calvary Christian Reformed Church, where we have been actively involved since joining.

    I love teaching in a Christian school where I can be bold and share my love and joy for Christ. I see my vocation as equipping students to impact our world for Christ’s sake creatively, morally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. It is my goal to lead my students to see and believe that “our chief purpose in life is to glorify and enjoy God” (Westminster Catechism).

  • Hunderman, Sheri
    Hunderman, Sheri 2nd Grade Teacher

    Having attended HCHS myself, I learned during high school that I wanted to impact children the way that I had been impacted. I went on to Calvin College and soon after got a teaching job at Moline Christian. I served there for 5 wonderful years until God called me to move on. That brought me to South Side in 2010 where I enjoy using my gifts and talents with the children here!

    I am the youngest of four children and the only girl–you can only imagine how good life was growing up! God has continued to bless me with a wonderful husband, Brian. He is slowly turning me into his dream “country girl” in Borculo, where we live. We have two girls, Emma and Lucy, whom we adore! Teaching has changed so much for me as I have become a parent. I now try to love my students and share Jesus with them, the way that I would want my daughter to be loved and cared for each day! We are active members at Rusk CRC. In our free time we like to hang out with our families and spend time vacationing to wherever! I also spend much of my time running as there always seems to be a big race coming up to train for!

    Teaching has been such a great experience for me thus far! I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me to see a child grasp a new concept, or more importantly, share a heartfelt prayer. I am such a believer in Christian education. Children are so vulnerable and it is so important that their lives are being molded in Christ Jesus. My prayer is that each day my students will see Jesus in me because I have been amazed at how much I see Him in them!

     

  • Jacobs, Christopher
    Jacobs, Christopher Social Studies & Spanish Immersion Teacher

    After graduating from Holland Christian High School, I never would have thought I would come back as a teacher. However, God’s plans for our lives always seem to include frequent twists of irony. In college, I studied social studies and Spanish and studied abroad in Mexico, originally with plans of moving there permanently to teach after graduation. I graduated from Grand Valley State University in the winter of 2014 in with a degree in social studies and a minor in Spanish. After college, I worked as a para pro at Byron Center High School as well as taught Spanish at Holland High.

    My amazing wife Kaitlyn (who is also an HC grad) and I are proud to once again be a part of the Holland Christian community. Some of my personal hobbies aside from Spanish and history are playing music with my wife at our church Ridge Point, kayaking, traveling, and building guitars.

    I’m personally humbled by the opportunity that I have to teach at Holland Christian. I am extremely excited to help students grow not only in knowledge, but in a deep, real, and authentic relationship with their Savior. Learning about history and government to me is primarily a means to figure out who we are as servants of Christ and as those charged with helping bring redemption to this world. It’s to those ends that I desire to focus students as well as my own life.

  • Johnson, Erin
    Johnson, Erin Educational Support Services

    In 2016, I graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Special Education and Elementary Education. Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, I grew up with a younger brother who has the gift of Down syndrome. He is my best friend. From a young age, my relationship with him inspired a heart for individuals with diverse learning needs, and I am eager to share this love with my students.

    My husband and I are members at Pillar Church in Holland, and we are eager to be starting our lives as a married couple in the welcoming atmosphere of West Michigan. In my free time, I love to read, paint, play board games, go to the beach, and run. I ran my first marathon this past year! I enjoy spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling. My two most favorite destinations are Disney World (fun fact: I worked there in college!) and China. I have spent several summers serving orphaned, disabled children in China, and I have fallen in love with the people and culture of the nation. I believe God’s heart beats for all the world, and I am so blessed to have family on the other side of the ocean.

    I am continuously in awe of the Father’s love for us! The faithfulness of Jesus has transformed my life. He is the creator, sustainer, healer, and provider. I know that God has a purpose for each and every life He creates, and I am so excited to uncover the gifts He’s given my students. I consider it a great honor to love and serve God’s children. I do not take that honor lightly. It is my goal to meet my students’ needs so they can learn in a way that’s best geared for helping each of them reach their God-given potential. I hope to build my students up in Biblical truth and a heart of joyful service unto the Lord. As it says in Ephesians 3:17-18 – “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the Lord’s Holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ – I desire for my students to understand how deeply they are loved. With a knowledge of this love, they will do great things within the walls of Holland Christian and beyond!

  • Kehrer, Susan
    Kehrer, Susan Educational Support Services

    My move to Holland four years ago is, I  hope my last move! I grew up in St. Paul, MN and went to college for two years in Illinois. I completed my degree in Elementary Education at Carthage College in Wisconsin. From there I lived in in a few different suburbs of Chicago. My last position was as Academic Advisor at The Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, IL, where I helped students who majored in Audio Production, Game Art & Design, Animation, and Media Arts. My motivation in moving to Holland was to be closer to my son, daughter-in-law and three wonderful grandchildren! I have been truly blessed to be a part of their lives.

    I have recently become a member of the First Presbyterian Church and help with the Worship Time for the preschool.

    It is a privilege to be a part of Holland Christian/South Side.

  • Klingenberg, Beth
    Klingenberg, Beth K-1st Writing, Science & Social Studies Teacher

    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.

  • Klipp Lopez, Hillary
    Klipp Lopez, Hillary Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Teacher

    Originally from the Boston area, I studied at Grove City College in western Pennsylvania, where I got my B.A. in English and Spanish.

    During that time, I studied abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain, and I also did summer mission work in Reynosa, Mexico, where I moved after graduating from college. In Mexico, I worked for two years at an international school, where I taught various subjects and grade levels. I also married my husband, Miguel, there in 2009, and we moved over the border to McAllen, Texas in 2010.

    In Texas, I spent three years working at IDEA Public Schools, a charter school system serving the community of the Rio Grande Valley and other cities in Texas. I then left the public school system to teach adult ESL at South Texas College for three years. During this time, my husband and I welcomed daughter Anaiah in 2013 and son Isaac in 2015.

    In the summer of 2016, we moved back up north to be closer to family (and experience seasons again!). After a 12-day, 12-state road trip, we arrived in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where I began to work towards my Master’s degree in Language Education. After a whirlwind year, I finished my degree and my family decided to relocate again to Holland. I am thrilled to join the Holland Christian community and can’t wait to get to know all of my students!

  • Klokkert, Paul
    Klokkert, Paul Custodian

    I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management, and from Appalachian State University with a Master of Arts in Counseling. Since graduating from college, I worked as a high school counselor and in higher education/student affairs as well. My hobbies include coaching golf, running, and watching the Detroit Tigers whenever I can find the time. I attend Central Wesleyan and serve as a Pastoral Care Elder/Community Shepherd for the congregation. My favorite verse is Isaiah 58:11 which says, “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

  • Koeman, Kevin
    Koeman, Kevin English Teacher

    I graduated from Holland Christian High School in the spring of 1998. From here I moved to Palos Heights, IL and attended Trinity Christian College College. I graduated with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy. Following graduation, I taught at Chicago Christian High School in Illinois. I am so blessed to work at Holland Christian. It is humbling to be working at the place that had such a huge impact in shaping me. Hopefully God uses me each day to work in the lives of His children here.

    My wife Gretchen and I have been married for 11 years and have three children, Tessa, Lleyton, and Gibson. What a blessing! I love sports and love competition, especially when the competition is done with class. I also enjoy fishing, golfing, and water sports. I wake up each day and try hard to live out Psalm 103…”The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in LOVE.”

    I am so blessed to be a teacher. It is a wonderful gift not only to be able to work with young kids, but also to have the opportunity to tell them about Christ on a daily basis. I feel that God is sovereign over all things. I believe that He sent His Son into this world to redeem it, and that it is now our job to be agents of restoration. Whether that be as a lawyer, teacher, nurse, garbage collector, electrician, physician’s assistant, or a stay-at-home mom, we are each able to share the gospel. The theme in my class is “living in community.” One of my favorite questions to my students is: “Are you going to change the world; or are you going to let the world change you?” Personally, I enjoy doing this through the realm of English because there are countless avenues of connection. I look forward to being back here at Holland Christian High School, this time as a teacher.

  • Kool, Bob
    Kool, Bob Social Studies & Literature Teacher

    I graduated from South Christian High School in 1974 and attended Calvin College. I earned a B.A. in English, a minor in American History, and a secondary education degree. In 1984 I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Library Science Administration. I’ve taught at HC my entire teaching career. I have coached track, basketball, drama, and now enjoy coaching football in the middle school.

    Mary and I have three daughters. We attend Park CRC.

    Christian education has been a part of my life since birth. Both of my parents worked in Christian education, my father as a principal for 40 years. I can’t remember not being part of Christian education. I have always wanted to bring the story of redemption to young people, teaching to look at life through the spectacles of scripture. Christ is king over all.

  • Kool, David
    Kool, David PE Teacher & Athletic Department Assistant

    I graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. degree in 2011. I majored in Physical Education K-12 with an emphasis on teaching and coaching and received a minor in English. I also have a Masters in Educational Leadership through Grand Valley State University.

    My wife Olivia and I were married in 2014 and we have one daughter, Mackenzy. We attend Ada Bible Church and really enjoy traveling and being outdoors. We love seeing God’s Creation at work on our frequent visits up north. We also love being active and finding ourselves around water at any time!

    I am excited to teach and coach at Holland Christian because I love kids and wish to impact them in a positive way by leading them to Christ. I strive to model the behavior that I wish to pass onto my students and athletes on a daily basis. I believe there is no greater job than being a teacher as we get to impact kids on a social, emotional, and physical level while teaching them about life and all the things God has given us. Each student and athlete is designed in a unique way by our Creator and I enjoy finding ways to help them reach their full potential.

  • Kuipers, Chris
    Kuipers, Chris Mathematics Teacher & Future Maroons Coordinator

    My calling as a Christian educator has taken me from Grand Rapids Christian High School to South Christian High School, to a Christian school in Indonesia, and now to Holland Christian High School. I love sharing my academic and athletic passions with students, and use those contexts to develop and challenge the mind, body, heart and spirit of young men and women, glorifying God in all things.

  • Kuipers, Jennifer
    Kuipers, Jennifer 5th Grade Teacher

    After graduating from Holland Christian in 2006, I prayed that some day I would be back…I am so blessed and thankful that God has led me here to this wonderful school as a teacher now. His plan is perfect and is so good! I graduated from Hope College in 2010 and taught middle school for three years at Moline Christian School before following God’s call to Holland Christian. I married my high school sweetheart in December of 2012 and we now live in Zeeland with our Golden Retriever, Daisy. We attend Providence CRC and are truly enjoying starting our life together. I cannot wait to see what else God has in store for me as I follow His path for my life.

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    Teaching at Holland Christian is such a gift. Being able to incorporate God into every subject and in every lesson is so incredibly amazing! I was blessed to have a Christian education as a child and now I am honored to be a part of providing one for these wonderful children in my classroom. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. God is so good!

  • Kuipers, Kathy
    Kuipers, Kathy Preschool Classroom Assistant

    I graduated from West Ottawa and attended Calvin College. Before coming to Rose Park,  I worked at Lakeshore Athletic Club/Family Fitness Center in the child care area and teaching kids fitness classes. I came to Rose Park first as a recess monitor. It wasn’t long before I was a regular sub as a preschool aide which then turned into a permanent position.

    I am married to Bob who works at DeLeeuw Lumber. We have four children: two boys and two girls, all of which attended Rose Park and HCHS. We as a family enjoy hiking, camping and bon fires. I enjoy running, scrapbooking, drawing/painting, cooking-trying new recipes and just being with my family.

    I feel very blessed to be a part of Rose Park and to be able to show these precious little ones the love of Jesus.

  • Lagerway, Caleb
    Lagerway, Caleb Social Studies Teacher

    I graduated with honors from Calvin College with a B.A. in History Education and in Social Studies Education and then later returned there for a Masters in Education: Literacy degree. While at Calvin as an undergraduate, I nurtured a love for history, particularly the Spanish-American War era and I also met my wonderful wife, Holly, a social worker who works with refugee and immigrant populations.

    Holland Christian is a quintessential Christian school, and I love teaching where I can pursue my passion for Christian education with fellow educators and fellow believers. I believe that faith is an integral part of every subject area and that through Christian education we nurture our students as citizens of God’s Kingdom, our country, and our world. I therefore aim to instill in my students a life-long love of learning, both for the sake of developing their God-given talents and for understanding more fully the amazing creation with which God has blessed us. I appreciate Holland Christian’s commitment to education that engages with the world while seeking to transform it through the power of education and the Holy Spirit.

  • Lambers, Susan
    Lambers, Susan Food Service Coordinator

    I began working part time in the Holland Christian kitchen when my youngest son was a freshman at Holland Christian High School, and am now full time. All three of my sons have graduated from Holland Christian, and are now either in college or are working full time. My husband Todd is also a Holland Christian graduate, and works as an accountant for Geenan and Kollean.

    I really enjoy my job as HC’s Food Service Coordinator, and love working with the people in the kitchen–we are the “lunch ladies” and we have a lot of fun together! We are like our own family, though the whole Holland Christian community is great!

    I used to spend a lot of time in the Holland Christian sports stands watching my sons play basketball, baseball, or tennis, but since they have graduated, now when I’m not in the kitchen I now enjoy walking, shopping, reading, or cooking at home.

  • Lampen, Courtney
    Lampen, Courtney Admissions Director

    A Holland Christian alum, I have a B.A. with honors in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish from Calvin College. I also have a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. After working in public relations and marketing in both Chicago and Grand Rapids, I joined the HC staff in 2002. I am Holland Christian’s Admissions Director and work in the Administration Office.

    My husband, Joe, and I are members of Harderwyk Ministries, where I am currently serving on Council. We have two daughters, Paige and Avery.

    As my friends and family will attest, I love Holland Christian Schools! I am honored to work with prospective families and show them what Holland Christian has to offer. Our schools are able to nurture all aspects of a child’s life and show them the wonder of God’s creation (in all subjects!). One of the best parts of my job is that I work with all five of Holland Christian’s schools so I get to know almost all of the phenomenal staff we employ!

  • Lanser, Jamie
    Lanser, Jamie Junior Kindergarten Teacher

    I grew up on the north side of Holland and attended Rose Park Christian. I graduated from Holland Christian, received a teaching certificate from Calvin College and taught in Holland Christian at South Side and Rose Park for 6 years in the early elementary grades. I stayed home to raise my family which included one year of home schooling during a relocation to Germany.

    I am married to Bryan and have 3 boys; we attend Crosswinds Community Church and live in Borculo. I enjoy skiing, exercising, swimming, flying an airplane, and generally spending time with my family and watching my boys play sports.

    I am excited to be teaching at Holland Christian where I can share God’s amazing creation with my students. I am so thankful for God’s guiding and directing in my life and I aim to help each child in my care to see how God is leading them and how He loves them so deeply.

     

  • Leegwater, Joel
    Leegwater, Joel PE Teacher & Athletic Director

    I was born and raised in Holland and was blessed with an education from Holland Christian where I graduated in 1998. After one semester at Calvin College, I decided to join the United States Marine Corps and served six years in the reserves and spent a tour in Iraq in 2003. During that time I completed my degree in Physical Education and Health from Calvin College. I also completed my Masters at Western Michigan University.

    My amazing wife Leslie and I have two wonderful children, Nick and Lydia. We enjoy going outside and being active, finding fun and adventurous ways to spend time together.

    The Lord has called me to be a teacher. My vision for Physical Education starts with the core understanding that our bodies are miraculous gifts from God. Physical Education is an excellent and essential way of seeing the Lord through ways that are not always attainable in a regular classroom setting. This is the student’s opportunity to see God through themselves by learning through the physical.

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

  • Lemmen, Brian
    Lemmen, Brian Mathematics Teacher

    Where to begin and what to include in a biography are eternal problems. I could start with my mother’s version of a breech delivery but that would make this too long and painful. So I’ll begin with telling you about my education. In 1979, I graduated from Holland Christian High School. I then attended Calvin College, where I earned a B.A. in math. Upon graduation in 1983, it was off to sunny Southern California and Valley Christian High School, where I taught math and coached both soccer and track until 1992. While in California, I received my M. A. in math from California State University, Fullerton. I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 1992.

    My wife, Jane, and I have two children. We attend Calvary Christian Reformed Church. Jane is employed by Young Life as the director of Young Lives, a ministry to teen moms.

    Christian education has been an important part of my life. I never considered teaching in a public school because being able to talk about my God openly and honestly is very important to me. God is a God of order and of logic. Learning math, I believe, helps us to understand our God better.

  • Leys, Shelly
    Leys, Shelly Educational Support Services

    I am an HCHS grad and attended Calvin College for Elementary Education with Math and Science minors. I married my husband, Jeff, in 1992 while still in college and we moved to Zeeland in 1995 with our then two young children.

    My husband, Jeff, and I now have six children and a daughter-in-law. We homeschooled our children for 12 years before enrolling them in ZCS and HCHS, which have both been wonderful blessings for our family. Our family calls Harderwyk Ministries our church home. We enjoy spending time with our family playing wiffle ball in the backyard, attending Cubs games at Wrigley Field, hiking in the National Parks, reading novels, and rejuvenating at the beach.

    I love finding ways to help all students reach academic success. God has uniquely gifted each of us and I want students to deeply understand that “different” is not “less than.” I so often think of this quote by E. Stanley Jones, “Faith is not a belief that everything will turn out to please us; rather it is the confidence that no matter how things turn out, God will somehow use the events in our days for His glory and our good.” I believe God uses our struggles and difficulties, academic or otherwise, to shape us and to point others to Him. I enjoy walking alongside each student and watching them grow more and more into who God created them to be. I love each of the students at HCMS – they are sweet, loving, funny, and delightful children of the King. It is a joy and a privilege to work with them.

  • Lohman, Rachel
    Lohman, Rachel Preschool Assistant

    I graduated from Holland Christian in 2013 and furthered my education at GRCC. I successfully completed one year at GRCC, and then earned my CDA Credential in Early Childhood Development. In addition to working with 4’s at South Side, I also work at Lakeshore Little People’s Place located at Providence Church.

    I come from a family of five, including myself. I have two older siblings, and a brother in law, along with a pet cat named “Bonkers.” In my pastime, I enjoy doing things like: painting, drawing, jewelry making, photography, puzzles, and reading. I have gone on eight mission trips to various places. These mission trips really impacted my relationship with Christ, and have also allowed me to meet many new friends.

    I feel honored and privileged to be working at Holland Christian, and to have attended this school as a student myself. I love working with children and watching the “gears” in their head turn as they learn, and to see them form friendships with their classmates. I am blessed to be able to teach children about things like shapes and letters, but most importantly who Jesus Christ is. I would have to say that is the most rewarding part of my job.

  • Lokker, Kristi
    Lokker, Kristi Media Center Assistant

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian. After graduating I went to Cosmetology school. I still enjoy cosmetology part time out of my home.

    When my kids were in Holland Christian, I volunteered for the school. One of the volunteer positions I had was in the Media Centers. I have also substituted for the Holland Public School system. I have worked with their special needs students and in their Media Centers.

    I love working in the Media Center. It’s great to see and hear the excitement the kids have when they find a book they really enjoyed reading or together we have found that article they needed for a research paper. Showing Christ’s love to everyone who walks through the Media Center doors is something I strive for everyday.

  • Luce, Amy
    Luce, Amy Art Teacher

    I graduated with a B.A. in Art and Communications from Calvin College and hold a Masters of Education from Grand Valley State University. This is my sixth year teaching art at Rose Park and my ninth year teaching students in the Holland Christian’s Home School community, also known as (HC)2.

    I married Mike Luce and we are deeply committed to raising our three children, Mason, Audrey, and Elijah to love Jesus, listen to His voice, and serve Him in all we do. We worship at 14th Street Christian Reformed Church of Holland where I enjoy creating art, volunteering as a Joy Club leader, and connecting with our 14th Street family. When not attending one of our children’s sporting events our family takes pleasure in hiking, kayaking, and exploring Art Prize. I also enjoy attending Bible study, reading historical fiction, gardening, and watercolor painting.

    When I made my first purple polka dotted dinosaur at age six I fell in love with the process of creating art. Being able to showcase a God of detail to my students in a grace filled community is a privilege. I love helping students learn how to do this well together! A God that not only relishes in the details of his creation but also takes great joy in our wonder-filled response humbles me! I am honored to encourage my students to learn through their mistakes, gain confidence as they strengthen their skills, and explore novel ways to bring joy to others while glorifying God through their art.

     

  • Lundy, Lisa
    Lundy, Lisa Language Arts Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Secondary Education with a focus on World History, Social Studies and Religion. My Masters work is also from Calvin in K-12 Literacy. My teaching career began in Illinois at Timothy Christian and continued at Jenison Christian when I moved back to Michigan.

    My husband Eric and I have two daughters and are members at Pillar Church in Holland. Eric is a product design engineer at Gentex. In my spare time I love anything that has to do with our daughters, hiking with our boxer dog, playing volleyball or reading a good book.

    I am most enthusiastic to meet and get to know my students, they are the best part of teaching! I can’t wait to get to know their passions and also their areas that need growth, so we can work together to prepare them properly for high school. It will be a joy to show them how to explore the world through reading, and express themselves through writing. My relationship with Jesus Christ is an ongoing journey to be more like Him. I am fully confident that my life would be incomplete without His presence with me.

    There is a treasure in Jesus to be found, and I want the students I teach to experience Him. I know I am a small portion in the plan God has for the students in my life, and I feel blessed to be a part of their spiritual journey.

  • Luurtsema, Lisa
    Luurtsema, Lisa 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.

  • Lynch, Janet
    Lynch, Janet ESS Teacher

    In 1988, I graduated from Elmhurst College with a B.A. in Education with a Special Education Endorsement in the areas of Learning

    Disabilities and Behavioral/Emotional Disorders. After graduating, I taught at Indian Trail Jr. High in Addison, Illinois as a Special Education Teacher. My family and I relocated to Holland in February of 2002. I began teaching at Holland Christian Schools in the fall of 2002.

    My husband, Mike, and I have three children: Steven, Jessica and Daniel. We enjoy spending time at baseball games, miniature golfing, swimming and vacationing. We also spend a great deal of time visiting family and friends in Illinois. We are members of Ridge Point Community Church.

    Teaching in a Christian School enables me to remind the students that I work with that each and every one of them was created in God’s image and was uniquely gifted to serve Him. It is very exciting to work along side students as they prepare to live for Christ in a global society.

  • Maldonado, Michelle
    Maldonado, Michelle Education Support Services

    I grew up in a small town in North West Ohio. It was in Ohio that I met and married my husband, Simon. In 2002 we moved to Michigan. We settled in Holland 2 years later.

    We have 3 children. Our oldest son, Nico, is a 2015 Holland Christian graduate. Our younger 2 children, Noah and Nissi, are both students at Holland Christian.

    I was privileged to be able to stay home to raise our children for 10 years, but prior to that I went to nursing school while working as a Nurses Aid in geriatrics and a Medical Assistant in pediatrics.

    After volunteering in various ways at Holland Christian, I was honored to take on a Para Professional position in the Educational Support Services in 2012. I feel very blessed to be part of the HC family. Everyday I get to work along the side of staff and students who love God and show it daily. Luke 18:16 states “But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

  • Matheny, Paula
    Matheny, Paula Accountant

    I moved to Holland with my family from Troy, MI. My husband Brian and I have four children: Preston, Parker, Quinten and Kenzie.

    We always loved camping in West Michigan, so in the summer of 2014 we decided to pack our family up and move here. We were welcomed into the Holland Christian community and have felt at home here ever since. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. I continued my graduate studies at Oakland University where I received my MBA. Before deciding to become a stay at home mom ten years ago, I was a Corporate Controller for an automotive company. Now that all my children are in school full time, I’m excited to get back into the accounting field. I love that God has opened this opportunity at Holland Christian for me to work for the organization that pours into my kids each day. My family and I attend Providence Church.

  • McCarthy, Nancy
    McCarthy, Nancy Food Service Director

    My family moved to Spring Lake, Michigan when I was completing my sophomore year at UW-Madison. Being a transfer student to GVSU and wanting to meet new people, I took employment in the student cafeteria. During my senior year at Grand Valley, I got my first experience of Holland, while I interned in the City Manager’s office. After graduation with a B.S. in Business and Public Administration, I astounded my dad by beginning a career in college food service at Notre Dame University. I later returned back to Holland to manage food service at Hope College. My 20 years of college food service experience has stretched throughout many West Michigan colleges and has extended to sunny California, at BIOLA University. After living in California for five years, I returned to Grand Rapids to work at Aquinas College overseeing the Food Service and Conferencing department. With the demand of a 7 day operation, I choose to venture into the K-12 food service arena. With Chartwells Corporation, I oversaw Grand Haven Public Schools food service and was promoted to district manager overseeing 15 west Michigan School Districts. The most rewarding position I have managed was the journey that took me out of the workforce force for eight years to focus on being a new mother to Bailey and bringing home our daughter, Molly, from Guatemala. During that time I started a school lunch program for my children’s school, Grand Haven Christian. I have had the privilege of serving Holland Christian students and staff since 2008 in a beautiful facility. In 2012, I began a shared director position with GRCS. I enjoy the flexibility of working in both districts with excellent food service staff.

    Molly and Bailey keep me busy with soccer, both children enjoy the keeper position. We attend Harvest Bible where I am involved in Children’s Ministry, Women’s Bible study, and am a small group leader with our single women group. I enjoy following collegiate and high school sports.

    My passion is to serve. I feel blessed to be at Holland Christian in my role serving our students, staff, and parents. My goal is that our food service team provides the nutrition that our students desire. The nutrition may be a warm bagel from the Well, a Chef’s Choice lunch, a smile at the cashier station, or perhaps encouragement and conversation. My role is to offer support to all of our customers and to continue to keep our program evolving and fresh for our students. I am here to serve.

  • Meckley, Tina
    Meckley, Tina Art Teacher

    I have lived in Holland all of my life. I graduated from GVSU with a B.S. in Art and Design with a Minor in Education. After graduating college I was immediately hired to teach elementary art at Jenison Public School, where I remained for 9 years. After nine years at JPS I was led to teach PK-8th grade art at Jenison Christian School, where I remained for 5 years. What a blessing it was to be able to bring my love and joy of art and the Lord to so many wonderful children, for 14 amazing years. In 2015, God’s plan led me in a new direction. I was called to Holland Christian School to aide for preschool-aged children where I can continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to my students daily. I am so blessed to have been given the passion and gift for loving and leading children closer to Jesus Christ. I also feel blessed to be able to be part of this community while still being able to balance being “Mom.” My husband, Joe, and I have two beautiful children Ella and Eli and both attend HCS.

  • Meiste, Pat
    Meiste, Pat Administrative Assistant

    I am one of eight children (5 boys & 3 girls). There was never a lack of activity at our house growing up. I graduated from Holland High and attended some classes between GVSU and MCC. I have held a variety of jobs most recently as a Human Resources Assistant before joining Holland Christian’s staff.

    I married Jay Meiste (HC grad) and we have been blessed with four children, all HC grads like their dad. Our home church is Graafschap CRC where we stay involved in various ways. A few things I like to do is spend time with our grandchildren, be outside, read and quilt.

    In my daily life I am a “list – checker.” I like to make my list and as the day progress I have a feeling of accomplishment to see how many things on my list I can “check-off.” In that same note I am very grateful that God is NOT a list checker of all the things I don’t accomplish. I am in constant awe of His unconditional love and grace bestowed on me daily; it is hard to comprehend. As a parent I think how much I love my children and to think God loves them more than a parent is amazing. Each day is a new learning experience and opportunity to serve God, even in small ways. One of my favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 2:6 “…for the Lord gives strength and out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” Part of my knowledge and understanding is in the interaction with the children at South Side. It is a gift. It’s all about kids, it truly is! They are such a blessing to us and our future. It is pure joy to hear their voices in the halls, coming in the door with giggles and excitement eventually settling into a daily routine. As you give your children to us daily to teach them, they also teach us.

  • Meiste, Sheila
    Meiste, Sheila Educational Support Services

    I attended Holland Christian Schools and upon graduation worked as a secretary for Thermotron Corporation and Hamilton Farm Bureau. In 1992, I was elected Heath Township Clerk and continue to be re-elected. After staying home to raise our three children, I became a Para-professional at Holland Christian Middle School.

    My husband Leon and I are loving being “empty nesters”! We have a married daughter, two single sons, and one beautiful grand baby! We are members at Christ Memorial and our passion is volunteering with the youth and serving on mission trips.

    I absolutely love working with pre-teens and teenagers! Their zest for life, struggles and accomplishments encourage me in my life. Daily I want to help each student see by sharing our faith, no matter how small or large, each one of us can influence others in the school, community and the world.

  • Meyering, William
    Meyering, William 4th Grade Teacher

    I am a proud graduate of Calvin College in the year 2015 where I majored in Elementary Education and Integrated Science as well as minored in Mathematics. My first few years out of college I taught a wide variety of classes at East Martin Christian School where I learned so much about myself, my teaching, and God’s plan for me. I am currently teaching 4th grade at Holland Christian, and am ecstatic to see what God has in store for us.

    In August of 2016 I married my beautiful wife. We enjoy all sort of different activities, but we especially love playing golf, tennis, and softball. I am a die-hard Detroit Lions fan which means that I now have the distinct displeasure of rooting against Kirk Cousins twice a year, but please don’t hold that  against me! My wife and I live in Grand Rapids and attend Brookside CRC.

    I love teaching in a Christian school where I can share my love for Christ and lead God’s children by example. We have the amazing opportunity to not only raise children to be lifelong learners but to be lifelong followers of Christ who share their love with those around them. It is my goal that my students grasp the intense love that God has for us and that we can glorify him by pouring that love out onto others.

  • Mosterd, Dave
    Mosterd, Dave Faith Formation Director

    After graduating from Holland Christian High School in 1999 after 12 years of excellent education in the system, I went on to Reformed Bible College earning a B.A. in Bible and Theology. I continued my education at Cornerstone University with a major in History and a minor in Communications for high school education. Throughout my years in college I have studied overseas four times, concentrating mostly in Israel and the Middle East studying the culture, land, and language.

    I have lived in Holland my whole life but in the times I have been away for an extended period of time I have always enjoyed returning. I joined the staff of the church I grew up in for three years and stepped down to focus on finishing up my education to be a teacher. In my spare time I love to be outside. As a junior at HC I started the annual Caving Expedition and I continue to enjoy caving, camping, backpacking and most everything outdoors. That is coupled with my deep passion for all aspects of the stage. I have co-written three full-length plays, directed, produced, acted and done all facets of technical theatre participating in 45 productions to date. I live my life in the hope of fulfilling the Westminster Confession which states, “What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior, my joy and my hope, and to Him I give all the glory for all the blessings he has showered down upon me as the flood gates of heaven have opened up and spilled over. I am married to my beautiful wife Nicky, and have three boys.

    Growing up in the Christian Reformed Church and educated in the Reformed tradition I have always been told about “worldview.” As a History teacher with a deep passion for God and His Word I find it critical to study History in this context. As students enter my classroom they have been taught about how they should “view.” They have been given the Biblical foundation upon which to construct their own worldview. It is now they begin to put the “world” into the equation. I desire to challenge students to put their Christian perspective into the study of ancient, world, western, U.S., and current history. We want to learn how to make our “view” affect the “world” and not our “world”; affect our “view.”

  • Nester, Kyle
    Nester, Kyle Orchestra Teacher

    I graduated from Alma College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree. After a long-term substitute teacher position in Fremont, Michigan I taught 5th – 12th grade orchestra at Chippewa Hills School District for seven years.  After my wonderful wife Andrea finished her law degree at Michigan State University, our Lord led us to live and work in West Michigan. I started teaching at Holland Christian in 2012 and Andrea is currently employed in a law firm in downtown Grand Rapids.

    Andrea and I enjoy running races, enjoying nature, playing music, traveling, and spending time together. We have three “interesting” cats and a planted freshwater fish tank.

    Music is one of many wonderful gifts that God has given us. In my teaching, I strive to give the students of Holland Christian the tools, guidance, and inspiration they need to become competent, complete musicians who can fully appreciate and share our Lord’s gift of music. Together we bring praise, honor, and glory to His Name.

    “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” – Martin Luther

  • Nieuwsma, Dave
    Nieuwsma, Dave 5th Grade Teacher

    In 2012, I graduated from the Elementary Education program at Calvin College with a focus on Integrated Science and Mathematics.

    In the years between graduation and coming to Rose Park, I have worked as a math interventionist, taught as a substitute, and worked in outdoor education. Working at Camp Roger for the past 5 years in different roles has also been a huge part of my life in showing me my God-given gifts. I’ve also lived in the Grand Rapids area my whole life, and am very excited to be teaching at Holland Christian!

    Having the opportunity to teach in such a strong Christian community is an amazing blessing for me. I am thrilled to be a part of the 5/6 Team at Rose Park and am learning more about myself each day. I also am passionate about math and science and learning more about the world God has given to us. Teaching children about God’s love through experiences in His creation is the reason I teach.

    Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, and generally being outdoors. Another passion of mine is music, and praising God through worship leading at my church.

     

  • Nieuwsma, Elle
    Nieuwsma, Elle English Teacher & Theatre Director

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2016 with my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Secondary English Education and minoring in Communications.  It is surreal (but exciting) to be returning to my high school to teach and direct.

    A couple of years ago I married my husband, Dave, whom I met while working as a counselor at Camp Roger.  He teaches 5th grade at Rose Park. We are loving our new life in Holland, and enjoy road-tripping, drinking coffee, and walking our black lab, Luna.  Outside of school, I play cello and lead worship.  I also love stories and can spend hours lost in a good book, movie, or play.

    I pray that, in addition to intellect, students grow in compassion, courage, and creativity through my subject areas of Theatre and English.  I am particularly thankful for the opportunity to invest in students and walk alongside them in a Christian environment as we glorify God, respond to His calling, and care for the world around us.

  • Norman, Laura
    Norman, Laura Administrative Assistant

    I have lived in this area all my life. I am a graduate of West Ottawa High School ’89. I have two daughters, Mackenzie and Madison. I love to read, scrapbook, craft, listen to all kinds of music, and spend time outdoors by a campfire. I am returning to Holland Christian after being a stay-at-home mom for my girls for 12 years. Before having children I worked in the Administration Office at Holland Christian, as an administrative assistant from 1996-2000. I came to work at Pine Ridge in 2012. This has been a true blessing and a great opportunity for me, working with such an amazing community of people and watching all the growth of my students that I see on a daily basis.

    This is a song, that sums it all up: “This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long. Perfect submission, perfect delight, Visions of rapture now burst on my sight; Angels, descending, bring from above. Echoes of mercy, whispers of love. Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blest, Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.”

  • Nykamp, Heidi
    Nykamp, Heidi Science Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in December 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science Studies for Secondary Education with a minor in Chemistry. I am very excited to be back at my alma mater teaching what I love at a place that is already so dear to my heart.

    My husband, Derek, and I have been married for just over two years and currently live in Zeeland. We love spending time with friends and family and playing board games. I also love heading out to a good coffee shop, running, and reading.

    In studying science, I have been exposed to a new side of my faith. I am constantly left in awe of my Creator, and I am grateful for how beautifully He made and sustains this world. My hope is to help students draw nearer to God, discovering something new about His character through what we can learn about this world. Additionally, I want to encourage the call of cultural mandate for my students, engaging in discussion about our role as stewards of the earth. I absolutely love cultivating relationships with students and working to their highest potential to glorify God and care for the world.

  • O’Brien, Julie
    O’Brien, Julie Science Teacher

    In 1995, I graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Science Studies and a secondary education teaching certificate. I finished my M.Ed. with a biology emphasis in 2003 through Grand Valley State University. I began teaching science at Holland Christian in 1995 where I have served on a variety of committees and as a coach for volleyball and track. In 2000-2001, I took a leave of absence to teach at Sahel Academy, an international school in Niger, West Africa.

    The more I learn about the world around me, the more amazed I am at the order and beauty in such a complex universe and the more I feel I get a glimpse of how amazing God truly is. It is exciting to expose students to this beauty, complexity and order, and it is my prayer that through a growing understanding of the world, they will see God more clearly and they will desire to become good stewards of the blessings they have been given.

  • Orr, Nicole
    Orr, Nicole Teacher

    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!

  • Pawloski, Ann
    Pawloski, Ann Educational Support Services

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduating, I taught Environmental Education at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Education in northern Michigan. I then moved to Hawaii to teach Outdoor Education on the North Shore of Oahu. I loved teaching so I decided to go back to school to become a teacher. In 2000, I graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education Science and Special Education. My first teaching position was at Woodland Park Middle School in Woodland Park, Colorado. I taught special education there for 4 years before accepting a position at Holland Christian High School. I am currently working on my Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism.

    I live in Hamilton with my husband Chuck and two step children, Luke and Kristen. We spend a lot of our time working on our small 10 acre hobby farm. We also enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, and spending time with family. We are members of Third Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland.

    I believe God has given us all unique gifts and abilities. As a teacher, I hope to help each student discover these gifts and learn how to use them to glorify our Creator.

  • Pereira, Dinah
    Pereira, Dinah Spanish Teacher & Spanish Immersion Coordinator

    I am a 2005 Hope College graduate with a Bachelors in Special Education and a Master’s in Administrative Education from the University of Phoenix. I found my passion for Spanish through my family and culture. I come from a Mexican and Puerto Rican family, who have been in Holland since the early 1970’s. I grew up in Holland and have always wanted to be a teacher, who not only impacted students but also someone who helps to lead those who have the same passion as I.

    I have been married for 9 years and have two wonderful boys. In a house full of boys we spend lots of time outside and dreaming of the wonderful adventures we can have. I enjoy journaling, reading and drinking coffee with good friends. We have been members of Res- Life Holland for almost 7 years. My husband and I lead the Spanish church within Res-life called Iglesia vida, as associate pastors. I have participated and have lead children’s church, hospitality and worship with creative arts.

    I am so excited to be part of Holland Christian Schools. It has always been a dream of mine to be able to live out my passion for teaching and for Christ in the same place. In my position this year as the Coordinator for our new Spanish Immersion program and being part of the FLES team will allow me to do all these great things. The one verse that resonates with me most often is Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

  • Peterson, Amy
    Peterson, Amy ESS Assistant

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1987 with a B.A. in Secondary Art Education. Prior to being in the Guided Studies room, I aided in the Learning Center and taught Art and American Culture at Holland Christian High School.

    My husband Clint and I have three children who graduated from Holland Christian. Lydia, a graduate of Calvin College, was recently married and moved to West Virginia. Isla and Luke are both currently attending Calvin. We are members of 14th Street Christian Reformed Church and have been blessed by being part of the faith community there. In my free time I enjoy reading, walking, creating liturgical art with kids at church and caring for our numerous family pets.

    It’s a great privilege to be able to guide student in their learning. Students can be unsure of their strengths and abilities and I love helping them recognize, discover and build upon the gifts God has given them.

  • Piffer, Charlie
    Piffer, Charlie Technology Systems Administrator

    I was born and raised in Allegan, and after graduating from Allegan High School, married my wife, Tanya and we have one son.

    Before working at Holland Christian, I worked at Holland Public Schools, OAISD and as Technical Support for Apple Inc. When I’m not working on HC computers, I like to hang out with my three dogs: a black, flat coated retriever; a beagle; and a Newfoundland mix. Or I like to play video games, most recently “No Man Sky.” I used to enjoy driving my Harley motorcycle, but now I’m selling it since I prefer driving my black Mustang. I am in the process of becoming an avid gardener, and am excited about the new hostas I just transplanted. At the Tuition Grant Fund this year, I won a huge wall clock and an iPad, though I really wanted to win the black bike and would have ridden the bike to school every day. I don’t like seafood, but I do enjoy walks on the beach.

  • Raak, Julie
    Raak, Julie Physical Education Teacher

    I graduated from Holland Christian in 1982, and continued my studies at Calvin College where I received a B.A. in Elementary Education, with a Fine Arts Music Major and a Physical Education minor. I began my teaching career at Muskegon Christian Schools where I taught 1st and 3rd grade. During the summers right after graduation I completed my Master’s program in Elementary Education at Western Michigan University. After 3 years at Muskegon Christian, I had the high honor of being able to teach at Holland Christian. I have taught at Holland Christian since 1989 teaching 4th grade at Rose Park, K-5 P.E. at South Side and Pine Ridge, and most recently directing the Middle School choirs and teaching several P.E. classes. At HC I have also coached the JV basketball teams and varsity softball teams for 15 years, and the middle school basketball, volleyball, and softball teams at various times the past 14 years.

    God has gifted each one of us with many different gifts, talents, and abilities, and in the different areas in which I teach, I want to impress upon the students I meet each day whether in the gym, choir room, or the athletic fields that each one has many, and maybe very different gifts (music and sports) and we are called to use the gifts and talents to bring glory, honor, and praise to Him. Ephesians 2:8-10 says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” It is my prayer that the students will see through me how God can use each one of us to let our light shine wherever we find ourselves.

  • Redeker, Bethany
    Redeker, Bethany 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.

  • Reid, Madeline
    Reid, Madeline Spanish Teacher

    In 2017 I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. and teaching certificate in Spanish K-12 and English Secondary Education. Through my language studies at Calvin I was fortunate enough to learn and travel simultaneously. In 2014 I spentfive months as a university student at La Universidad Católica San Pablo in Arequipa, Perú. While there, I studied Spanish language, Peruvian culture, and managed some informal ESL tutoring sessions with my neighbor. It was through those one-on-ones that I decided to pursue a degree in education! Most recently I completed my student teaching internship at Rehoboth Christian High School in Rehoboth, New Mexico. Living in New Mexico fed my love for the outdoors and reminded me of the opportunities we have to make a classroom out of the world God has given us.

    I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI where I come from a family of six. And while Grand Rapids is home to me, I’m excited to live in Holland and closer to the lake. Much of my free time is spent outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping, kayaking, backpacking, and/or the occasional pick up game of wiffleball. In college I also split my time as a middle school volleyball coach at Grand Rapids Christian, and a Young Life leader at Forest Hills Eastern High School. This coming year I look forward to coaching 7th grade volleyball here at Holland Christian Middle School.

    I am grateful to be a part of a school and a department that work hard to enable students to transform the world for Jesus. Spanish class is one of the many ways we acknowledge the diversity of creation and how we can learn from the stranger. Alongside students, I look forward to connecting with our world and our community in Holland in a deeper way through Spanish.

  • Ribbens, Dale
    Ribbens, Dale Custodian

    I was born and raised in Holland, MI. I graduated from Holland Christian in 1977 and then graduated from Aquinas College with a B.A. in 1987. I worked at Herman Miller from 1980-2000. I then came to Holland Christian High School for two years before moving to the Middle School in 2002 where I have been since.

    I married my high school sweetheart, Kristie Ribbens, in June 1980. Kris works for a local daycare center, Lakeshore Little Peoples Place. We have three children. I love to spend time with my family and also enjoy any type of sports and collecting sports memorabilia.

    I believe that every job has its importance, that a clean, well-maintained building is an asset to a school system. I believe that every child is important in God’s eyes and are special. Every child is entitled to love and respect from the adults that they encounter in their lives. I maintain an open door policy so students feel comfortable talking to me or just hanging out. I have the unique opportunity to not be a teacher or someone with great authority so the students feel very comfortable coming to me, sitting down and talking. I can listen, give direction or help with redirection of their lives, or even discuss solutions to solve their problems. I believe God has placed me here at the Middle School with the purpose of letting God’s love and light shine through my actions, words, and my whole being.

  • Ridl, Meridith
    Ridl, Meridith Art Teacher

    I received my B.A. in Studio Art from the College of Wooster and my Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. Prior to teaching at Holland Christian, I was an adjunct professor for two years at various colleges including the University of Michigan, Kendall College of Art and Design, Southwestern Michigan University, and Hope College.

    Each day as I enter the classroom I am newly energized by the sense of creation that surrounds me. Thanks to wonderful students, I get to see new things every single day. I believe in the artist that tucks inside all of us–that piece of us that finds delight when looking into the stars; that remembers we live in a world that shows us ancient trees, weathered walls, creeping vines, and coffee cups; that piece of us that at some point or another has felt free to pick up a crayon and add color to the world. As we create we are reminded of a larger creation and Creator. It is my hope that we can let a sense of the wonder of God’s world spill out into our daily moments, creep into our artwork, and invade our imaginations. In class we look at art, create art, and discuss art as we dive into the sometimes confusing, sometimes beautiful, sometimes frustrating, sometimes gleeful, sometimes boisterous, sometimes subtle, always mysterious, and delightfully big world that creating can open up for us. God has such open arms!…and I hope art can help encourage us to welcome this embrace.

  • Riemersma, Diane
    Riemersma, Diane 4th Grade Teacher

    I am a 1989 graduate of Hope College. I received a degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities and have been a member of the Holland Christian staff since my graduation. I am currently teaching 4th grade in a shared time position. I have served on various curriculum committees during my time at Holland Christian including Social Studies, Math, and Science. I am also coaching girls’ varsity diving at HCHS.

    My husband and I have three children. We are members of Faith Reformed Church where we have enjoyed serving as small group leaders, Children In Worship teachers, and Pastoral Care Elders.

    Teaching in a Christian school gives me the incredible opportunity to share God’s love with each of my students, in every aspect of their lives, and to enable them to share that love with others. I want each of my students to know that God has a plan for each of them, and that each student is a special creation of God – made just for His plans and purposes. I want to instill in each child a trust in his Creator, and the faith to follow His leading.

     

  • Rietman, Stacey
    Rietman, Stacey 5th Grade Teacher & Music Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College in 1996 with a major in Language Arts and an Elementary Education certification. I taught 2nd grade at Eagle Crest Charter Academy prior to starting our family. While staying home with my kids, I taught piano lessons, directed the kids’ choir at our church, and gave music leadership to a variety of children’s ministries. For the past 4 years, I have taught music for the Holland Christian Homeschool Connection. This year I am also teaching music at Rose Park (my old elementary school), and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

    My husband Dennis and I are both HC graduates. We have 3 fantastic children: Paige, Kaleb, and Brynn. As a family we love to camp and explore God’s amazing creation through hiking, biking, and just being outside whenever we can. I enjoy cooking, baking, and attending live music performances. We are active members at Calvary Christian Reformed Church.

    Music is truly a gift from God, but it can also be our gift to God. I love Psalm 105:1-2 “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts.” I am so blessed by the opportunity to encourage students in the development of their musical gifts. By encouraging students to engage in meaningful worship, they are able to realize another way to connect with their Heavenly Father, and to demonstrate their love and devotion to Him.

  • Ritsema, Jenna
    Ritsema, Jenna 2nd Grade Teacher

    I attended Holland Christian K-12, and absolutely loved it. Upon graduation in 2005, I decided to follow my passion to teach by attending Cornerstone University. I majored in Language Arts, and minored in Elementary Education. I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 2010; including a year in Kindergarten, and then moving to full time in 2nd grade. I thoroughly enjoy using my gifts and talents each day while teaching 2nd grade at South Side.

    I am married to Kurtis, and I am blessed with three stepchildren. We live in Holland. and are members at Graafschap CRC. Kurtis is the youth pastor, and I help with the Middle School and High School groups as well. In my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and spending time out in God’s beautiful Creation.

    After being blessed with a wonderful Christian education, I am so blessed to take the role of teacher and spiritual leader in the lives of my students. I pray not only that I will be a great model for them, but also that they will teach me new things every year. My goal is for my students to feel loved and accepted in a Christian learning environment where they are challenged to grow in the abilities and talents that God has uniquely blessed them with. In Proverbs 16:3 it says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” I am committed to bringing glory to God, and I cannot wait to see what this year will bring while teaching at Holland Christian!

     

  • Rodriguez, Michael
    Rodriguez, Michael Evening Custodian

    I graduated from Zion Bible Institute in Barrington, RI with a Bachelor’s in Bible Studies and also a Bachelor’s in Theology. My family and I are very involved in our local church, Holland First Assembly of God, where I serve as an Elder and my wife Rose is the Women’s Pastor. We are blessed with one daughter. I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. My favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10 which says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

  • Roelofs, Diane
    Roelofs, Diane ESS Assistant

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian. I love that I get to work at my alma mater in the ESS department. I have worked in the Inclusion program for 18 years. I love helping these students get ready for life after high school.

    I have been married to my husband John for 37 years and we have two sons and a daughter-in-law. We also have three darling granddaughters.

  • Roskamp, Katelyn
    Roskamp, Katelyn Spanish Teacher

    After growing up in Zeeland and attending Zeeland Christian for my early years, I graduated from Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Michigan. I then went on to attend Grand Valley State University where in 2013 I received a B.A. in Spanish and Psychology for Secondary Education. While attending GVSU I also had the opportunity to spend a semester in Sevilla, Spain where I fell in love with the Spanish language and culture. Upon graduation I began the job search not sure where God would lead me. After growing up in different Christian schools and being witness to the incredible value of Christian Education I was thrilled to begin my teaching career at Holland Christian Middle School in the Fall of 2013.

    Outside of teaching I love to spending time with a people: friends, family, and students. I have a large blended family who I love to spend time with when I get a chance. I have been involved with Young Life for many years, and currently lead Wyld Life at HCMS. In addition I also enjoying coaching the JV Volleyball team here at HC, and enjoy spending hours in the gym with my team. I am also a big fan of a good book, a day at the beach, and the sunset!

    The reason I enjoy teaching, coaching, and leading Wyld Life are all the same: I love students. I love getting to know them, hearing their stories, and doing life with them.

    I currently have the privilege of working with Middle School students teaching them Spanish. Learning a second language can be a huge challenge, but comes with great reward! I know firsthand the time and effort it takes to learn a second language, but I have seen God work in tremendous ways through that. I am beyond excited to share that with my students.

  • Rotman, Laura
    Rotman, Laura 4s Preschool Teacher

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian. I also graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I am currently pursuing my masters in Early Childhood Education. I love teaching preschool and feel so thankful that God has led me back into the Holland Christian family. My husband, Bryan and I have three beautiful children. We are involved in and are members at Harderwyk church. Our family loves to camp, ride bikes, and we love being outside.

    I am blessed that I can use my God given gifts to further His kingdom. I also feel honored that I can show these beautiful children the love of Jesus every single day.

     

  • Rozema, Brian
    Rozema, Brian Latin Teacher

    I am a 2002 alumnus of Holland Christian. I attended Calvin College, earning a B.A. in Mathematics and Latin for Secondary Education.  I began teaching Latin at Holland Christian High School in 2006.

    I married my wonderful wife, Katy, in July of 2013. We attend Haven CRC, in Zeeland.

    My time as a student at Holland Christian was a great time in my life. It was a place where I was challenged to develop both mentally and spiritually. My positive experience was due largely to the teachers I had. I love that I am now able to try to help students have great experiences of their own, growing in knowledge and faith at Holland Christian.

  • Rozendal, Mary
    Rozendal, Mary Educational Support Services

    I grew up in Grand Rapids, and, in 1994, I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Elementary Education, married my college sweetheart, Dave (a ’90 HC grad), and moved to Holland. It was quite a year!

    I was hired for a long-term sub position at HCMS, teaching 7th and 8th grade English and literature in the spring  of 1995. The following fall, I began teaching at Beaverdam Christian School in Hudsonville, where I taught for more than five years. During that time, I earned my Masters of Education in reading at Grand Valley State University.  In October of 2000, my husband was transferred to Huntsville, Alabama. Our family moved south and began what was to be a 12 year adventure. There, I worked at Westminster Christian Academy, as a librarian, secretary, a 4th grade teacher and a middle and high school tutor (not all at once). In October of 2012, my husband got a new job at Tennant Co. in Holland. Our family moved back to Holland, and, again, I got involved in school by subbing and volunteering as an in-class aide at Pine Ridge. A week after school began in the fall of 2013, I was hired as a paraprofessional for HCMS and HCHS. It was exactly where God wanted me to be and what He had prepared me for.

    God has blessed my husband and me with two children: Katie, a 2016 HC grad who is a junior at Calvin College, and Josh, who is a senior at HCHS this year. My family and I are members at Park CRC. We love to travel and go antiquing together. I also enjoy reading and writing, and I would really love to have a book published some day.

    Christian education is a blessing and a privilege that I believe should be available to children of all abilities and gifts. I’m pleased to be part of the Educational Support Services to help insure that all children receive a quality Christian education.

  • Russ, Bryant
    Russ, Bryant Bible Teacher

    I have the privilege of teaching high school Bible. It is a joy being able to communicate and demonstrate God’s good heart through the teaching of the Scriptures. I live in Zeeland with my wonderful wife Amanda and two (soon to be three!) daughters, Reagan and Avery.

    I graduated from Hope College in 2011 with a degree in English Education and Biblical Studies. My wonderful wife is a nurse in Zeeland (feel the zeel!). I have been a huge Holland Christian fan ever since college when I was blessed to learn from some excellent HC teachers while studying to be a teacher myself. It is now an honor to be part of such a wonderful team of dedicated teachers.

  • Rutherford, Suzanne
    Rutherford, Suzanne Secondary Technology Teacher

    After being born and raised in South Carolina in a great Christian home and Christian school, my parents relocated to the midwest, where my 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!

  • Rynsburger, Miska
    Rynsburger, Miska Principal

    I graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Humanities and earned a Masters degree from Grand Valley State University in Educational Leadership.  I taught fourth grade for 8 1/2 years in the West Ottawa Public School system. I resigned my teaching position when our first child was born and began to raise our growing family at home.

    My husband, TJ, and I have three children. We are members at Calvary Christian Reformed Church where I am involved in the children’s ministries. In my free time, I enjoy camping, running, swimming and biking.

    I count it as a true privilege and joy that God has called me to work with some of the youngest and most precious members of His kingdom. My goal is to share the love of our great God with the children in my class as they learn more about God, themselves and the amazing world around them. Each student is a dearly loved child of God. It is my prayer that God will continue to use me to be instrumental in developing a personal relationship between each child and our Heavenly Father.

     

  • Schebor, Karina
    Schebor, Karina 1st Grade Teacher

    I attended and graduated from Holland Christian. I then went to Grand Valley State University for my Bachelors Degree in English and Elementary Education. Before coming to teach at Holland Christian, I taught for 12 years at Beaverdam Christian School in Hudsonville. While there, I worked with students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. I received my Masters Degree in Reading from Grand Valley State University in April of 2011. I am excited to be a part of the team of educators at Holland Christian!

    My life has been deeply impacted by Christian Education. Having grown up in a Christian school, I was blessed to be able to read and memorize scripture at school, and to apply it to my learning and understanding of the world. Jesus is my Lord, and I feel overjoyed that I can share my love of God with my students at Holland Christian. I am married to my husband Brian, and we have three sons, Noah, Brandon, and Evan. My older two sons attend Allendale Christian School. We are active members at First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven.

    Each child is uniquely created by God, in His image. School is a place where students grow and develop the gifts God has given them. I believe Spiritual development is of utmost importance in a Christian school. As a Christian school educator, I have the unique opportunity to foster a sense of wonder of God’s creation. I cannot imagine myself in any other career, I feel called by God to be a teacher!

  • Schemper, Greg
    Schemper, Greg Film & English Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2000 with a teaching degree in English and biology and then moved to Southern California, where I taught two years at Ontario Christian High in Ontario, California; three years at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California; and earned a Masters of Professional Writing in poetry and film at USC.

    In 2006, we moved here to Holland. While we miss the sunshine of Southern California, we feel blessed to be part of Holland Christian, where I teach American Literature, Communications, Film Studies, and Film Production I & II. My wife, Sarah, and I have been married since December 2002, and we have two daughters, Kate and Elia, who both attend Zeeland Christian. Our family attends Faith CRC.

    In American culture, which grows ever more sophisticated and often equates truth with being nice or with whatever feels good, it’s often difficult to recognize the lives Christ would have us lead. Through studying and teaching literature, writing, communications, and film, I aim to help my students better see that Jesus calls us to the most exciting of all possible lifestyles. And that through our individual gifts–whether they be in music, art, engineering, or accounting–deep joy is found in using these gifts to be agents of change for Christ.

  • Schippers, Tami
    Schippers, Tami Educational Support Services

    I graduated from Hope College in 2002 with a Language Arts Degree in Elementary Education. I spent three years working in Children’s Ministry at Central Wesleyan Church right after college. From there I went to the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District where I worked in a variety of roles for the past 12 years. Most recently, I was a Home Visitor for Birth to Age Five with the Parents as Teachers Program.

    I love working with children and am excited to be working with the amazing staff at Holland Christian. My husband Eric and I have three children. We are both graduates of Holland Christian and love that we can continue the legacy of Christian education with our kids.

    I love to be outside: hiking, going to the beach, being on the lake, anything that involves God’s beautiful creation!

  • Scholten, Thea
    Scholten, Thea Technology Assistant

    I graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. I have also taken some Information Technology classes at Davenport University. Our family lives on and operates the farm in Graafschap that was settled by the Scholtens in 1849. We are members of Graafschap CRC. When our children began attending Holland Christian Schools, I began volunteering in the media centers. By the time our children graduated, I had been hired as a clerk in the media center, and I later transferred to the information technology department.

    As Christians we are called to serve others and to walk humbly with our God. At Holland Christian Schools I assist staff in “equipping minds and nurturing hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ,” and I can encourage others and be encouraged myself to become more Christ-like in “mind, body & soul.”

  • Scott, Devon
    Scott, Devon Bible Teacher

    I was converted at the age of 16. I grew up not having any solid Christian influence in my home, but I became a student at Holland Christian Schools, graduating in 2009. Since then, the Lord has given me countless blessings, including my education at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary through Cornerstone University, my wife Autumn, and my two wonderful kids! My son Jabari is 2 years old, and we are expecting our daughter to arrive in late August!

    After graduating from college I served as a youth pastor for four years. These years were formative for me, as I learned how to immerse myself in the culture of the youth, and love them as Christ loves me. My aim as a teacher at Holland Christian is to teach students how to read the Scriptures in a way that is faithful and formational. My desire is to serve students by showing them how the knowledge of God affects every area of life, to our joy and His glory!

    I greatly look forward to being apart of a culture that loves Jesus and His students. Holland Christian is an amazing place, and I am honored to be a servant in this community. Soli Deo Gloria!

  • Scott, Melanie
    Scott, Melanie 2nd Grade Teacher

    I received a B.A. in Elementary Education (language arts) from Calvin College in 1985 and a M.A. in Reading from Western Michigan University. I’ve taught in Christian Schools in Pennsylvania and Michigan since 1986.

    I base my curriculum on the fact that “Our World Belongs to God.” As we learn to read and write we see that language and the ability to communicate is a gift from God which we must use wisely. In math we see that God is a God of order as we learn about patterns in the number system. We discover God’s world and our place as caretakers through our study of Earth’s land and water. And we see God’s creativity as we learn about the diversity of people He’s created – both long ago through our Bible and history lessons and today through our social studies activities. Our discussions often include “Wow, God” moments – expressions of awe and praise at something we’ve discovered – like the perfectly formed bird’s nest a student brought in, or reading about stars and how far away they are and how big our universe really is and then realizing that God is bigger than that! Just as important, and perhaps more important, are the unplanned times: praying with a little girl whose grandma died the night before, listening to scared 2nd graders pray together on their own and then calm down and relax while crouching in the hallway during a long tornado warning, and beginning parent-teacher conferences with prayer, acknowledging the presence of God in our discussion. My prayer for each of my students is that they will grow academically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually during the year, and that as they grow they will recognize that this world and everything in it really does belong to God, and that they will begin to see how God can use them to impact the world for Him.

     

  • Seabolt, Krista
    Seabolt, Krista Elementary Homeschool & Community Links Coordinator

    I received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University and a M.Ed. in Math Education from Vanderbilt University. Currently, I am the Community Links Coordinator for Holland Christian Schools. In this role, I help coordinate the SOGO (Seniors Off Campus Growth Opportunity) class as well as coordinate the After school Community Enrichment (ACE) and summer enrichment classes for K-8 students. These classes are available to all children in the community. I also oversee the Holland Christian Homeschool Connections (HC)2 which is a Wednesday program especially designed for area homeschool students. Previously while living in Tennessee and North Carolina, I coached the girls varsity tennis team and taught high school science and math.

    I am grateful for my husband, Chip, and 3 children. In my free time I enjoy cross country skiing, cooking, and walking our dogs along the Lake Michigan sand dunes.

    In my position at HC, I strive to develop classes that inspire curiousity and amazement of God’s world in young people. Also I strive to deepen the passion of high school students to serve others. “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:2-3. I want to live my everyday life in gratitude to what the Lord has done for me!

  • Sharda, Shirley
    Sharda, Shirley Foundation Accountant

    I am an HC graduate and I have an Accounting Degree from Davenport University. I worked in the Accounting Department at Thermotron Industries for five years until our first child was born. Once our children were older, I began working at Bethany Christian Reformed Church, where I did bookkeeping for 8 years. I began working at Holland Christian in 1995.

    I have been married to John, also an HC graduate, for 39 years. We have 3 children who are also HC graduates: Jeff & Laura Sharda; Brian and Liz Sharda, and Jill and Curt Redder. God has richly blessed us with six grandchildren. John and I love spending time with our family, but when not doing that, we also love to golf and play cards.

    I can’t think of a better place to work than HC! I believe that I am serving my Lord by doing the best that I can in my position here. I have always been committed to a Christian education. I truly believe that a Christian education is a very important piece in the faith development of our children, along with church and home. Holland Christian teaches children not only academically, but also spiritually, and prepares them to go out and transform the world for Christ, and I am glad to be a part of this ministry.

  • Slager, Lindsay
    Slager, Lindsay Educational Support Services

    I graduated from Trinity Christian College in 2013, near to where I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. From there, I used my elementary and special education degrees to teach for a year in Oklahoma before moving slightly closer to home in Pella, Iowa where I taught for three more years. My passion lies in working in the kindergarten-3rd grade range, and I’m excited to continue my education with courses designed around reading as I earn my Literacy Studies masters degree through Western Michigan University.

    Aside from teaching, I greatly enjoy extending my professional knowledge of education through book studies, extra classes, trainings, and seminars. Some of my favorites so far include: a class at the zoo learning about ecosystems; a two-day conference at the famous Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia; a fascinating book study regarding dyslexia; and my trainings as lead science teacher in the Science Writing Heuristic approach to teaching science through hands-on, inquiry-based methods.

    Outside of the teaching world, I love volleyball, tubing, soccer, reading, the White Sox, escape rooms, traveling and the beach! Spending time with family and friends usually involves one (or more) of those activities. So far, I have been to Italy, Spain, and Haiti and I can’t wait to see more of God’s wonderful, wide world.

    I truly believe that each child was blessed by God with the skills and talents needed to work hard to achieve success. I love the job of helping kids find their potential and to exceed even their own expectations. I think learning can and should be fun and I seek to consistently make that evident each day as we all learn to give the glory, honor, and praise to God.

  • Slenk, Anna
    Slenk, Anna Spanish Immersion Bible Teacher

    I graduated from North Park University (Chicago, IL) with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and Creative Writing in 2006. In 2016, I finished my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a certificate in Dual Language and Immersion Education.

    In 2016, after living in Costa Rica for almost ten years, I moved back to West Michigan with my family. My husband, Andrés Castro, is a software engineer and we have three young boys: Levi (4 yrs old), Oliver (3 yrs old), and Wesley (1 yard old).

    While in Costa Rica, I helped start and lead El Puente, a bilingual Christian school in a small beach town on the Pacific Coast. I still work with the school from a distance in an administrative position, and have the opportunity to travel back and forth to support the school.

    The mission of the school is to equip students “be a bridge,” showing the love of Christ by crossing linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic boundaries in the classroom, in the community, and in the world. That is my desire for all students I will have this year as well. Learning a second language is an incredible opportunity to start to understand and connect with others in our world in meaningful ways for God’s glory. I am excited to explore this through the context of the Bible 1 Spanish Immersion classroom this year.

    I am also excited about working to further develop the Holland Christian’s Spanish Immersion program at the high school level.

  • Slenk, Elliot
    Slenk, Elliot Art Teacher & Athletic Department Assistant

    I received my B.A. in Art Education from Grand Valley State University. Prior to teaching at Holland Christian, I spent time volunteering at La Escuela Cristiana El Puente, located in Quepos, Costa Rica. There I taught elementary art and physical education.

    Along with teaching art, I enjoy serving as the Holland Christian Girl’s Varsity Soccer Coach in the Spring and as the Assistant Coach for the Hope College Women’s Soccer team in the Fall. My wife Jamie and I were married on July 11, 2015 and we currently reside in Graafschap, MI.

    Since working at Holland Christian, I have been blessed by the community that encourages excellence alongside of Christian growth. I am excited to teach art and help students create, while encouraging them to always recognize the ultimate Creator God.

  • Slenk, Jamie
    Slenk, Jamie Spanish Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College in May 2012 with a B.A., certificate in K-12 Spanish Education, and a minor in Organizational Leadership Practice from the Center for Faithful Leadership. I also am currently in pursuit of my MAT at Aquinas. During my years at Hope College, I spent time abroad in Querétaro, which is Holland’s sister city in Mexico. While there, I studied at the UAQ (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro) and taught high school English at Vanguardia Educativa. Later, I spent some time living in Barcelona, Spain. While there, I took classes through IES Abroad and taught English for a non-profit organization that supports Latin American immigrants in Catalonia. God ignited my passion for the Spanish culture and called me to my vocation in teaching while doing mission work in Peru, Mexico, and Guatemala. I could not be more excited and blessed for the opportunity to be a part of the Holland Christian community.

    I was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois, and am the youngest of a family of four. My husband, Elliot, who also teaches at the high school, and I live just down the road in Graafschap. We both love HC, coaching, and our dogs, Maya and Red.

    It is my purpose and calling as a teacher to walk in faith with my students as well as my brothers and sisters in Christ. Being a part of a Christian education system allows us to pursue a learning that is ordered by Christ, where together we may realize and use our individual gifts and capacities in order to grow both the Kingdom of God and ourselves. I believe that learning a second or third language can only catalyze this process of better understanding the world and people around us in order to live well and faithfully.

  • Smeenge, Todd
    Smeenge, Todd Social Studies Teacher

    I have a B.S. in Group Social Studies and Political Science and a Masters in Educational Leadership. I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 2000. I am also the Boys Varsity Swimming Coach at the High School.

    I am married to Ellen and we have three children, Janelle who is married to Matthew, Evan who is married to Shelby, and Annika who is a student at GVSU. Ellen works for Holland Hospital. We attend Providence Church.

    I love teaching. I love teaching middle schoolers, and I love teaching Social Studies. In my class, each cultural story, each current event, each historical society gives a brief glimpse of God’s ongoing creative work in this world, our need for redemption, and a picture of what our world will look like again because Christ’s renewing work. I love giving kids the opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of God’s creation and people.

  • Smit, Stephanie
    Smit, Stephanie 5th Grade Teacher

    I grew up in Kalamazoo and went on to graduate from Calvin College. I taught second grade at Highland Christian in Indiana for nine years, 3rd grade at Zeeland Christian for four years, and 4th grade at Rose Park Christian for five years. Once our eldest daughter was born, I chose to step away from teaching for a season to stay home full time. Having enjoyed ten years of “just being mom,” I’m eager to get back into the classroom full time!

    My husband, Matt, and I have three beautiful daughters who attend Holland Christian. We attend Maranatha CRC, where I have been involved in the children’s ministry. Some of my favorite things include traveling–especially internationally–spending time with my family, doing anything water-related (knee-boarding, skiing, swimming), and coffee.

    I count it a privilege to teach at a Christian school and do what God has called and equipped me to do. Teaching is my passion, and I truly love interacting with students, encouraging them to develop their God-given gifts.

  • Snoeyink, Danielle
    Snoeyink, Danielle 4th Grade Teacher

    I have lived in West Michigan my entire life. I enjoy painting on canvases, spending time in God’s creation whether it is biking, camping, or spending the day at the beach, and family vacations. I love impromptu adventures and a spending time with my two younger brothers. I am an active member at Third CRC in Zeeland.

    With a father who is a mechanical engineer, and a mother who was a 5th grade teacher at Holland Christian’s Maplewood Elementary, I grew up in a home where we were encouraged to be creative, to be problem-solvers, and have a deep relationship with our Lord and Savior. My parents had the opportunity to provide my two brothers and me with Christian education.  I attended Holland Christian for my high school education and graduated in 2011. I furthered my education down the road at Calvin College. In May of 2015, I graduated from Calvin’s Elementary Education program with a major in Early Childhood education. The following summer I searched, applied, and waited to see where I could fulfill my desire to teach and learn alongside young minds. Then it happened. I received a call from Holland Christian for an aide position at South Side Elementary.  All I could do was give praise to my Heavenly Father.  He had a plan. For the 2015-16 school year, I worked alongside and learned from Karen Strikwerda in her kindergarten classroom. During that school year, I built relationships with staff, students, and families at South Side. In the spring, I was offered a position as a second grade teacher for a year, and then as a third grade teacher at Rose Park. I now have the opportunity to create a classroom community where I can encourage creativity, problem-solving, and furthering a relationship with our Lord and Savior. My excitement is still overflowing!

    Whether it is a conversation about a child’s baseball game the prior night, joining them on the playground using their imagination, creating art, or building a Lego creation alongside of them: I find abundant blessings through these moments of building relationships with God’s children. I am reminded of one of my favorite verses that say, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1). Just as the words say in the verse, each of the children in my classroom are uniquely created by the Great Maker’s hands. They are His. And I have the opportunity to teach and learn alongside of them 5 days a week.  I value that time I receive to build those relationships with my students and their families.

     

  • Sportel, Sam
    Sportel, Sam Science Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in December of 2007 with an Integrated Science major and Biology minor for secondary education. I then acted as a research assistant and science instructor for an NSF program for middle school students at Calvin College. I spent the year of 2008 working at Calvin College as a research associate in science education and I spent the summers of 2007 – 2010 researching the scientific reasoning strategies of middle school students. In 2013, I completed my masters program in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in science education through Calvin College.

    My wife, Katie, is currently a stay at home mother with our three children Jack, Grace, and Chloe. We enjoy hiking, camping, and just generally being outdoors. One of our goals is to visit all the national parks in the United States. We currently live on the south side of Holland and are members of Providence Church.

    I have the unique opportunity to integrate my faith into teaching science. In science, we look at creation in its amazing intricacy as well as its simplicity. I believe students are all unique creations of God and need to be treated as such in and out of the classroom. I also believe that science content is not necessarily the most important thing I will be teaching them. Developing the students themselves is the ultimate goal. I am here to love my students, to be patient with them, and to help them grow in grace, knowledge of God, and knowledge of His creation.

  • Steen, Rachel
    Steen, Rachel Educational Support Services

    I grew up in New Jersey, and graduated from Hope College with a degree in Social Work. I then went on to GVSU for my masters degree.

    In 2005 I moved with my husband to Omaha, NE where he was called as a pastor. I worked as a social worker until our first child was born and then I became a stay-at-home mom. Now I love being a mom of three kids.

    I did enjoy being a children’s leader at BSF in Omaha, and working with children’s ministries in my church. As a stay-at-home mom I also took advantage of opportunities to volunteer in our school and community. Then, when our youngest started kindergarten I started back as a Special Ed Early Childhood Teacher’s Assistant. This summer we moved to Holland, MI after 12 years in Omaha as my husband took a new job at Park CRC.

    I believe God has given me gifts encouraging and teaching children. I am so thankful for all the work Jesus has done in my life. My hobbies include exercising, hiking, and now I’m looking forward to the many outdoor activities Michigan has to offer.

  • Steenwyk, Diane
    Steenwyk, Diane Administrative Assistant

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian and attended Calvin College and Elmhurst College in Chicago. My past work experience includes managing Alpenrose Restaurant and working for the Hope College Financial Aid Office.

    After marrying my high school sweetheart, Al Steenwyk, we moved to Chicago for five years for my husband to finish school and to work. Due to family circumstances we were called back to Holland where we established our family and our home. We have two boys, both Holland Christian graduates, both engineers, who are married and live in the Grand Rapids area. My favorite pastimes include first of all, my family and grandchildren, then cooking, traveling, and gardening.

    I feel very strongly that God has taken me on a journey, preparing me for my work at Holland Christian. I love working in an environment with such Godly staff, supportive parents and delightful students. My job is precious to me and I consider it a privilege to work for each of you.

  • Stejskal, Jana
    Stejskal, Jana 4th Grade Teacher

    I attended Calvin College and Michigan State University. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. I am currently working on my Master’s degree from Grand Valley State University. I substitute taught in the Holland area for five years and was an instructional aide at Pine Ridge for one year. I taught 4th and 5th grade at Rose Park from 2000-2007, and am currently teaching 4th grade part time, in a partnership with Mrs. Kim VanderZwaag.

    I am married and have three children, all of whom have graduated from Holland Christian. Our family attends Providence Church in Holland where we are involved in various programs. We enjoy traveling, spending time at our cottage, home improvement projects, and supporting the great sports programs at HC.

    Children are a “precious” gift from God and have been made in the image of God. I, as a teacher, have a job to not only provide an excellent educational opportunity for my students, but also have the privilege to provide an environment that encourages and nurtures a relationship with God on a daily basis. Every child has a gift to discover and my goal is to provide a step in the development and growth of whom God created that child to be.

  • Stielstra, Lynae
    Stielstra, Lynae ESS Teacher

    I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2000 with a B.A. in Special Education & Psychology and a minor in General Education.

    Immediately after graduation I was hired by West Ottawa Public Schools as a teacher for the Mild Cognitively Impaired students in 3rd-5th grades. I taught special education for four years and also one year of general education (5th grade) at West Ottawa Public Schools before deciding to stay home with our growing family. In 2011 I was lead by God to accept a teaching position at Holland Christian Schools in the Homeschool Connection which led me to my current position of teaching 3rd grade.

    My husband David and I have three children, Elliot, Joseph, and Lillian, all of whom bring us so much joy. We attend Providence Christian Reformed Church. As a family we love spending time outdoors, swimming, biking, camping, reading and spending time with friends.

    I stand amazed at the love and grace God has poured upon me and I consider it such an honor to share God’s love with my students. I love that I am able to share my faith in every academic area that I teach. One of my favorite verses that I pray over my class is from Zephaniah 3:17 which states “The Lord our God is with you, He is mighty to save. The Lord our God will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

     

  • Stoep, Stacia
    Stoep, Stacia 2nd Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2009 in Elementary Education. After college I was hired by Holland Public School to service Holland Christian in Title One Math. In 2010 I moved to Whitinsville, MA to take a teaching job as full time kindergarten teacher at Whitinsville Christian School. I feel very blessed to be back in Holland and be a part of Holland Christian!

    I was born and raised in Holland and attended Holland Christian Schools. I am a member of Christ Memorial Church where I have been involved in GEMS. Outside of teaching I enjoy running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

    As a Christian educator, it is my responsibility to reveal God’s love to children. I must show to my students that God is in all things. I have the awesome responsibility of helping students discover and develop their gifts and abilities so they can glorify God in their daily life so they can transform the world.

     

  • Strikwerda, Karen
    Strikwerda, Karen Kindergarten Teacher

    After graduating from Holland Christian Schools, I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Calvin College. In 2011, I received my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Grand Valley State University. My teaching experience before our children were born was focused on 2nd and 3rd grade. After our children were born, I stayed at home with them, and spent those years actively involved in children’s ministry at church and substitute teaching in grades K-8. Upon returning to teaching, I taught kindergarten at Grand Haven Christian for three years. I began teaching at Holland Christian in 2006. I am currently teaching the 5-day kindergarten class.

    I am married to Tom Strikwerda who teaches 7th grade at HCMS and we have three children. In my spare time, I like to spend time outdoors. I enjoy reading and walking. We are members at Calvary Christian Reformed Church.

    I love teaching in a Christian school. I love being able to teach children not only all of the basic facts and skills that they need to know, but I also love teaching them about Jesus and His love for them. Both in our formal lessons and in the everyday happenings in the classroom, there are so many opportunities to let children know that they are God’s special, unique creation. It is my desire that each child in my classroom will know not only “Jesus Loves Me” as a song to sing, but that they will also know that wonderful love in their hearts.

     

  • Strikwerda, Tom
    Strikwerda, Tom Assistant Principal

    I received my Bachelor’s degree from Calvin in 1987 and my Master’s degree from Concordia University in 1993. From 1987-1990, I taught high school in Smithville, Ontario. I taught seventh grade at Timothy Christian School in Illinois from 1990-1995. I have taught seventh grade at Holland Christian ever since. I currently teach math at Holland Christian Middle School. I also coach boys soccer and coordinate ski club.

    I am married to Karen Strikwerda, who teaches kindergarten at South Side. We have three amazing children. I love to play ice hockey, ski, bike, and camp. I’m a member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church.

    I consider it an honor to teach middle school students. I enjoy their honesty, energy, and enthusiasm. I love sharing my faith in Christ with my students. In my classroom I provide a variety of activities because I believe that keeps middle school students engaged in learning. I enjoy teaching mathematics where my goal is to have each student experience success in the area of mathematics.

  • Styf, Michelle
    Styf, Michelle Science Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology Secondary Education. In the summer of 2013, I completed my Master’s Degree at Grand Valley State University. I taught at Valley Christian High School in California before coming to Holland Christian in 2005.

    Andy and I were married in June of 2013. Our oldest son, Joel, was born in the summer of 2014, and our second son, Elijah, was born in the summer of 2017. We live in Zeeland and love spending time with family and friends. We are members of Haven Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland. I love to spend time out in God’s creation and really enjoy each of Michigan’s seasons. Some of my hobbies include gardening, hiking, and photography.

    God created such an amazing world. He put us in charge of taking care of the things He created. Sadly, we often fail in the task He gave us. But, every day is a new day and we can try to do better in His strength. Hopefully, through my classes, my students can become better caretakers of God’s world by learning about how things work, from the process of photosynthesis in the smallest plants to the movement of the planets and stars. In my opinion, learning about God’s creation makes us more aware of how awesome God is and how He sustains His creation. By studying that creation, we are reminded again and again of how much He must care for us since we can see how He provides so well for the sparrow and the grass of the field.

  • Suigussaar, Diane
    Suigussaar, Diane Secondary (HC)2 Coordinator

    After graduating from Ferris State University with a B.S. in Human Services, I began working in college admissions with the longest time spent 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 my husband, Arnie and I were married 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.

  • Swierenga, Heather
    Swierenga, Heather PE & Health Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2010 with a B.A. in Physical Education and Health Education. At Holland Christian, I will be serving as the Physical Education and Health teacher for freshmen girls, and will also coach the girls’ varsity basketball team. I am currently in a Master’s program at GVSU for Educational Leadership.

    My husband, Mark, and I got married in the summer of 2011 and live in Grand Rapids. Mark and I love to travel, hike, bike, and play outdoors. We also enjoy visiting Mark’s family in Arizona and spending time with my family here in Holland. We have one beautiful daughter Madison.

    I truly believe that we are called to walk as Jesus walked. I love the image of walking similarly to Christ as I learn best through movement. I believe that God has created all things and continues to partner with us fix the brokenness of this world and restore it to wholeness as originally intended. It is my responsibility in that partnership to continue the redemptive process; I see that as a building block in my interaction with students. Through my “walk,” I hope to exemplify Christ.  I believe I can do that through grace-filled class discussions and my personal words and actions. I look forward to journeying with students and creating a safe, Christ-centered environment for them to learn and develop their own partnership with God.

  • Tait, Catherine
    Tait, Catherine Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Physiology. I worked in my field while living in Chicago and attended school toward teacher certification. My husband and I lived in Charlotte, NC for 11 years where we had three children. In 2013 we were happy to move back to our home state of Michigan, and to live in beautiful Holland has been such a blessing. Our three children attend Rose Park Elementary.

    I feel blessed to be working at Holland Christian Schools in the Educational Support Services as a paraprofessional. I enjoy working one-on-one with students to get to know them personally and watch them develop into the person that they were created to be. I am honored to work with a team of people who love and serve the Lord.

    We attend Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, MI where we serve on the Guest Services Team. I love trusting in the integrity of God’s word and His promises. One of my favorite scriptures is: Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

  • Throop, Dee Dee
    Throop, Dee Dee Counselor

    I graduated from Purdue University in 1984 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and received my M.A. in School Counseling from the University of South Florida in 1991. I have taught 1st, 3rd and 5th grades and counseled at all levels K-12. My experience includes working in Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Georgia and now back to Michigan.

    I am married to Merle and we have a daughter and a son. We have moved a lot, as Merle was a Senior Special Agent for Homeland Security. We worship at Covenant Presbyterian Church and are involved with: Youth Group, Bible Studies, and Christian Education. We like to play with our children, read, and go for walks.

    My previous experience has been in public school, so I am thrilled that I can speak freely and openly of the authority of our Lord Jesus in my counseling situations. My faith enables me to show boys and girls practical and biblical solutions to their everyday problems. One of my favorite verses is 2 Tim 3:16-17. I am so happy that I can help students grow in their relationships with each other, the Lord and on their educational journey. I agree with Holland Christian that it takes the home, church, and school to raise our children. Praise the Lord for the freedom we have in His Son Jesus.

  • Timmer, Kevin
    Timmer, Kevin Technology Support Specialist

    A Grand Rapids native, I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2005 with a French degree. Following my college years, I taught English in France for several years, an worked as an Assistant Director of the Language Resource at GVSU, before working as a technician for Apple. It was there at Apple that I met Charlie Piffer, and subsequently was offered the job here as Technology Support Specialist.

    Last year I had the privilege of doing a work exchange in Ecuador. I enjoy traveling, and have been able to explore Peru and India, as well as Berlin, Germany. I also enjoy hiking, reading, biking, and playing trivia and other social party games.

  • Vanbeek, Dillene
    Vanbeek, Dillene Educational Support Services Assistant

    I graduated from high school in 1989 and moved shortly after that from Zimbabwe, Africa, where I was born, to Grand Rapids where I attended Calvin College. After graduating from Calvin I worked at Wedgwood Christian Services with youth and staff for 16 years. I then spent 6 years at Dutton Christian School, working in Education Support. After moving to Holland, Michigan I began working at Pine Ridge as a paraprofessional in Education Support Services.

    I am married to Keith Van Beek, a Holland Christian alumni, and we have two children Erin and Ethan. Erin is currently a senior and Ethan a freshman at Holland Christian. We enjoy spending time with our extended family and friends playing games, watching sports, camping and hanging out together. I also love coffee and enjoy cooking different types of food. We attend Calvary CRC and enjoy being involved in our small group and a number of other church activities.

    I am passionate about working with children and believe that each one is unique and has a divine purpose. My back ground and experience working with children and youth has allowed me to see that we serve a God who is in the business of healing and restoration. I am excited to work in a place like Holland Christian where I can speak the truth of God’s Word into the students. There is nothing better than seeing a student realize that they have purpose and are a valuable part of a greater story. My goal every day is to let students know that they are more than their labels and limitations because they are children of the Living God who loves them passionately.

  • Vandenbeldt, Katie
    Vandenbeldt, Katie Preschool Aide
  • Vandenberg, Scott
    Vandenberg, Scott Director of Instrumental Music

    I graduated from Dordt College in 1997 with a B.A. in Music Education and I completed an M.A. in Orchestra Conducting in 2006. My teaching career began at Sunnyside Christian Schools in Sunnyside, Washington, where I taught band and choir for five years. Most recently, I was director of instrumental music for four years at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, California. I have been at Holland Christian since 2007.

    My wife Susan and I were married in July of 2003 and have 2 daughters, Ella and Charlotte, and a son, Abram. I am originally from Iowa where my family still lives. My wife’s family is in Kalamazoo. Aside from music, I enjoy hiking, playing tennis, and reading.

    God has placed us in a world with the raw materials of music “pitch, resonance, and time” and has given each of us image-bearers the ability to create music. We respond by praising God for this wonderful gift and by using this gift to create music that is true, noble, right, pure lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra are classes with the goal of creating music that meets this criteria and appreciating how others have used their creative abilities to develop and enhance music in history.

  • Vanderbeek, Jane
    Vanderbeek, Jane Spanish Teacher

    In 1994 I graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and a secondary education certification from Calvin College. In 1999 I completed a Master’s of Teaching Languages degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, although all the coursework and studies took place over three summers in Morelia, Mexico. I began teaching at HCHS in 1994, and I have taught all four levels of Spanish over the years. I am very grateful that HC has granted me two leaves of absences. During the ’03-’04 school year my family lived for a year in Morelia, Mexico where my husband and I volunteered at Centro Victoria de la Roca, a Christian home for adolescent street girls and girls from troubled families. During the 2012-2013 school year, our family lived in Quepos, Costa Rica where my husband and I volunteered at El Puente Christian School.

    My husband, George, and I have three children who have graduated from or currently are in the K-12 Spanish Immersion programs at Zeeland Christian and HCHS. We are members of Maple Avenue Ministries in Holland.

    I desire for my students to see the beauty of God’s diverse creation. I want them to grow in their awareness, knowledge, and respect for Spanish speakers and the many cultures represented throughout the Spanish-speaking world. By learning another language such as Spanish, our students can be a blessing to others who speak Spanish in our own community or as a blessing in other countries if God gives them the opportunity to travel abroad.

  • Vanderkolk, Terry
    Vanderkolk, Terry Tuition Accounts Manager

    I am a Holland Christian graduate, with a degree in Accounting from Davenport University. I joined the HC staff in 2005. My husband Dave and I have three children: Cara, Catelyn, and Carter. We are members of Calvary CRC.

    I love being a part of Holland Christian Schools. I enjoy meeting families and hearing their stories about their passion for Christian education.

  • VanderLaan, Charity
    VanderLaan, Charity Administrative Assistant

    I grew up in a large family–a loving and slightly zany Christian family. That’s why one of the things I love about being a Christian is that sense of being a part of a big Christian family: the love and support from within the Holland Christian community is unparalleled to any other educational or work setting of which I have been a part. When our daughter had her first open heart surgery, the parents of our son’s classmates sent us cards, bought her gifts, made us meals and gave us gift cards to local restaurants. When she had her second surgery, her 4th grade teacher had her classmates diligently write comforting comments online for her, sent homemade cards from the class, and visited us at home with homework so she did not fall behind. These actions were Christ-like for us in a difficult time, but what makes Holland Christian special is that these occur everyday within the HC community as an effort to live out our faith and impact the world for Christ.

    I attended public school from K-12 on the east side of the state and then graduated from Calvin College (where I met my husband Jeff and in turn obtained a Dutch last name) with a degree in Classical Civilization. After being home much of the time caring for our four children, who are all currently attending HC schools, I was blessed to begin working in the counseling department at Holland Christian High School, assisting the two counselors who work hard to serve our students.

    I love knowing that everything the staff does, and everything the students are learning, is bathed in the light and knowledge that we are not our own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death, to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. There is nothing more beautiful during a work day for me than to walk down the hall and hear our high school students gathered together in the auditorium singing about our great and faithful God.

  • Vanderlaan, Raynard
    Vanderlaan, Raynard Bible Teacher

    My wife, Esther, and I have four adult married children, all of whom have children. Three of our kids graduated from Holland Christian. My preaching and teaching ministry has been well received because of its unique focus on the Bible in historical and cultural context. This perspective on the Bible highlights God’s call for Christians to be a transforming influence on their culture. I do not view myself first as a scholar in the area of Jewish culture and archaeology. I have established a knowledge base in this area by studying the scholarship of others. My gifts, expertise, and my calling are to link that cultural information and the Bible so that the message applies to our lives today.

  • Vanderzwaag, Kim
    Vanderzwaag, Kim 4th Grade Teacher

    In 1998, I graduated with a B.A. in Humanities and an Elementary Education certification from Hope College. In 2002 I received my M.A. from Western Michigan University. Since my college graduation in 1998, I have been teaching at Holland Christian in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade levels.

    As a Christian educator, I understand and acknowledge that every child is made in the image of God. It is my job to respect each one, develop a personal relationship with them, and nurture them in their walk with Christ. Daily, I try to let my students see Jesus in me and feel His love for them coming through me.

     

  • Vanderzwaag, Melissa
    Vanderzwaag, Melissa ESS Assistant

    In 2007, I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Special Education and Elementary Education. At Holland Christian I was hired as the ESS Life Skills Job Coach in 2007 as well as being a Classroom Assistant. I continued job coaching for five years. I have since then continued working as a Classroom Assistant and Teacher Assistant. Working with students on their life skills lessons, general education class work and helping to make modifications so that they can learn to the best of their ability is a passion of mine. Since 2008 I have also enjoyed teaching a five-week program each summer for Ready For Life at Hope College. The program works with young adults with disabilities high school age and older on having a Christ- centered, educational, and fun summer.

    My husband, Jim, and I were married in 2007. We have been blessed with two sons, Levi and Elliot. We enjoy spending lots of time with family and friends as well as being outdoors. We love being involved at Ridge Point Community Church, and sharing God’s creation with our children.

    I love being a part of Holland Christian. It is wonderful to be in a Christian School setting where I can share my love of Christ with others around me. I believe that God created each student in a very unique way. Each student has many abilities and gifts to share. My passion is to help students further their abilities so that each of them can find an appreciation for God’s creation and their life.

  • Vaneerden, Kelli
    Vaneerden, Kelli Administrative Assistant

    I graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1989 and Calvin College in 1993, with a major in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Psychology.

    My husband Chris and I were married in 1994 and we have two children, Jordan and Cameron, who are presently in the HC school system. We are members of Providence Christian Reformed Church where I am active with praise team and am the Hospitality Coordinator for our coffee hour. As a family we love to camp, play and watch sports, and enjoy all of the beautiful Lake Michigan beaches.

    I am so happy to be part of the Holland Christian family. I am often overwhelmed by the privilege of working with such quality staff, students, and an amazing facility. The students at HC continue to impress me with their incredible personalities, gifts, and their love of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope that I can help students understand what a beautiful and important foundation Holland Christian will be in their lives. My goal is to be a positive and encouraging part of their daily experience at HC.

  • Vaniwaarden, DJ
    Vaniwaarden, DJ Inclusion Classroom Assistant

    I was born and raised in sunny Florida where I studied Elementary Education at Palm Beach Atlantic University. I met my husband Daniel and we lived in Chicago, Florida, and then New Hampshire where I worked in Children’s Ministry and by then had four children. In 2007, we felt God calling us to move to Holland, Daniel’s home town, to be near his family. Here, I had two more children and enjoyed staying home raising my babies as well as working part time at Beechwood Church in Children’s Ministry. All six of our children have attended Holland Christian and our oldest just graduated and will now be at Hope College this fall. Last year, when we relocated all the way from the north side of Holland to the south side, I began work in Educational Support Services as a paraprofessional. I love being able to work at South Side where I can share God’s love. I find joy in helping the little ones grow in their faith as well as academically. One of my favorite verses is Numbers 6:24-26: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

  • Vankampen, Lisa
    Vankampen, Lisa Junior Kindergarten Teacher

    I was born and raised in Holland, and had the privilege of attending and graduating from Holland Christian. I then graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education/Psychology. I taught for 4 years at Hudsonville Public Schools until our first children (twins) were born. After our children reached school age, I loved volunteering in their classrooms and in their school. After staying at home for 16 years, I was blessed to be offered a preschool teacher assistant position at South Side.

    My husband, Doug, and I have 6 children who either have graduated from or attend Holland Christian. Our family attends Central Wesleyan where I have been involved in teaching preschool Sunday school classes. When I am not busy being a “mom taxi” or attending my children’s sporting events, I love walking, scrapbooking, and playing games.

    Having attended HC and sending our children to HC, I have been able to personally experience the importance of Christian education. I am thrilled to be able to share my love for Christian education with our smallest children. My prayer is that I am able to show Jesus to His little children every day whether it be by encouraging their curiosity for learning, always accepting them as one of God’s unique children, and even providing a lap to cuddle in for a child who misses mom. I am so thankful to be a part of Holland Christian’s family.

  • Vanmeeteren, Karen
    Vanmeeteren, Karen 1st Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College with a Humanities Composite major. I began working at Holland Christian right after graduating from Hope as an assistant in the Discovery Center program. I have taught kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades in the past. Since the fall of 2006 I have been teaching 1st grade. I have served on various curriculum committees and as a member of South Side’s Building Leadership Team.

    My husband, Bob, and I have two children who have graduated from Holland Christian. We are members of Providence Christian Reformed Church and enjoy helping in various aspects of worship and church life.

    It is a great blessing to be able to share God’s love with children. Teaching at Holland Christian is a real joy for me because I have the opportunity to weave together my love for God with my love for children. Bible lessons are a wonderful time to hear of God’s love and forgiveness, but showing God during a science or math lesson or during Show and Tell time is just as exciting and are often moments of awe for the children. When children are ready to leave my classroom, I hope that the little seeds of faith that have been planted by their parents have been well fertilized in 1st grade so that they may seek God in all of life that surrounds them.

     

  • VanPeursem, Vicki
    VanPeursem, Vicki Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated in 1981 from Calvin College with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. From there I taught at Christian Opportunity Center in Pella, Iowa for three years, teaching in a classroom of mentally impaired teenagers. I returned to Michigan and taught for Holland Community Education in a program for mentally impaired adults at Kandu Industries. During this time, I went back to school and got my Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Western Michigan University. I have been teaching at Holland Christian Schools in the Educational Support Services program since 1994.

    I am a member of Third Christian Reformed Church where I attend with my three children. As a family, we enjoy camping, biking, and traveling.

    What I have appreciated most about my years of teaching at Holland Christian is the power of prayer. Whenever something significant happens either to a staff member or student or an event in the broader community, we stop and pray together. This has impacted me in a huge way. When something happens with one of my students in my classroom, I am more inclined to stop what we are doing and say “let’s pray about this.” It is my practice to start all meetings concerning the students I work with in prayer. If we happen to start a meeting without praying first, it feels like something is missing. It seems that when we pray together at the beginning of a meeting, it helps all who are involved to see what our common goal is…that with God’s help we are all going to work together to help that child achieve his or her God given potential.

  • Vanrees, Leanne
    Vanrees, Leanne 4-School Teacher

    I was born and raised in Muskegon and attended Muskegon Christian School.  I graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Elementary Education/Language Arts. I stayed at home while my children were young and then when they entered school, I volunteered in the classroom whenever I could. I have spent the last eight years as a substitute teacher for Holland Christian, enjoying my time in classrooms from preschool to 6th grade. I have a high regard for the staff of Holland Christian and feel honored to be a member of the Holland Christian team.

    I am married to Steve and we have three children, two daughters that have graduated from Holland Christian and a son who is a Senior at HCHS. We attend 14th Street Church where I have been a Children’s Worship teacher, a Sunday School teacher, and the Middle School Youth Director. In my spare time, I enjoy being in the kitchen, reading, and resale shopping.

    I know the importance of Christian education, in my own education and in my children’s education. It’s a sacrifice you make but not one that you will ever regret. I know that God has uniquely made each student that attends Holland Christian and I embrace every child for what they have to offer to his/her classroom. My hope is that, in the classroom, they see me as the hands and feet of Christ.

  • Vanzanten, Jenifer
    Vanzanten, Jenifer Science Teacher

    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.

  • Veenstra, Matt
    Veenstra, Matt Band Teacher, Bible Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1996 with a degree in Music Education for both Instrumental and Vocal Music. I taught band, choir, and general music for the Grand Rapids Christian Schools for four years, and then moved to Ontario, California where I taught 5th through 8th grade band, choir, and general music at Ontario Christian School. I came to Holland Christian to teach 5th through 8th grade band in 2008.

    Besides teaching music for various middle schools, I have been very active in the musical life of several churches over the past 20 years. I currently serve as one of the worship leaders for the Watershed congregation at Harderwyk Ministries. I am also a student at Western Theological Seminary, where I currently work as a Teaching Assistant for the Biblical languages department.

    I am married to Kim Veenstra and we have two daughters, Maria and Shawna. Kim is an adjunct professor of music theory at Grand Valley State University, as well as being an accomplished pianist and piano lesson teacher.

    Psalm 33:3 tells us: “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Music is how I love to praise God, and I am grateful for the wonderful Christian teachers who trained me to use my gifts for God’s glory and honor. I feel that it is my responsibility to use my talents to teach others to be used for service in the Kingdom of God. Music permeates our culture, and we can make a big impact aesthetically, emotionally, and spiritually by teaching students to sing new songs, play instruments with skill, and by helping them experience the joy that comes from making music for the Lord!

  • Vogelzang, Jan
    Vogelzang, Jan Middle School Bible Teacher

    I was born and raised in Holland, Michigan to a family of eight children, all of whom graduated from Holland Christian. After I graduated in 1974, 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

  • Vos, Dan
    Vos, Dan Transportation, Technology Integration, Assessment Director

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1994 with majors in math education and psychology. I taught math for a year at Chicago Christian High School. Then I moved to the south side of Grand Rapids and taught science and math for seven years at Cutlerville Christian Middle School. I received my Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Educational Leadership. I began teaching at Holland Christian in 2002.

    My family enjoys living in Holland.  We like to get out to Lake Michigan as often as we can. I enjoy kayaking, windsurfing, and biking.

    Our world belongs to God. As I teach technology I encourage the students to be roaring lambs — informed Christian citizens who will enter their community dialogues on social and political issues (Roaring Lambs by Bob Briner). The internet, computers, TV, music, media all have a profound effect on our culture. They shape much of our culture. I want my students to use these shapers of culture to be salt and light for God in our world. As Ray VanderLaan states in his book Echoes of His Presence – If we are going to be salt and light we must bring our influence to that which shapes our culture. I want to help students see that they can use the powerful tools of technology to do just that. Matthew 5:13-14: “You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth…You’re here to be light, bring out the God-colors in the world” (The Message.)

  • Vos, Sue
    Vos, Sue 5th Grade Teacher

    I received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Calvin College and an M.A. in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University.

    I taught third grade at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and fifth grade at Cutlerville Christian School for six years.  Since 2011 I have had the pleasure of serving at Holland Christian School as an instructional assistant and Title I reading and math interventionist.

    My husband Dan and I have been blessed with three children. Our oldest graduated from HC and is now in college and our younger two currently attend HC.

    I believe that every child is a child of God, and deserves to be given the opportunity to reach his or her God given potential. My job is helping them to reach that potential and to know their value as a child of God.  It gives me great joy to see students succeed when their unique learning needs are met.  I strive to help students know that everyone is equally important no matter what they look like, how they act, how smart they are, or anything else. I want them to experience the love of Jesus through my own interactions with them and by helping them show love and respect for each other.

  • Walters, Stephanie
    Walters, Stephanie 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.

  • Westfall, Nona
    Westfall, Nona Custodian
  • Westfall, Rob
    Westfall, Rob Custodian

    I grew up in southern Illinois. I went into the Marine Corps as an F/A18 Hornet Aviation Electrician right after high school. I worked in the aviation field a few more years until I took a position as a Police Officer. Some of my duties included teaching D.A.R.E and school resource officer for the school district. That is when I discovered my love for interacting with the youth in my community.

    After retiring I felt God leading me and my family to relocate to the Holland, MI area. I feel God had a hand in me getting this position at Holland Christian. I love being a part of Christian education and feel blessed to be able to use my gifts to provide a safe and clean environment for the children to learn and grow.

  • Wimmer, Brianna
    Wimmer, Brianna Spanish & English Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in December 2012 (I loved it so much after four years that I decided to go back for an extra semester!) with a certificate in 7-12 teaching, a major in Spanish and a minor in English. I love both English and Spanish, but I mostly love teaching and interacting with students. I have always loved good books and stories, and I love teaching as a way of hearing about students’ stories and watching them live more into who they are.

    I was born in Casper, Wyoming, and I still have a love for wide open spaces, 80 mph speed limits, and mountains. My family ended up in Michigan by the time I was in high school, which is how I got excited about Calvin. I did my student teaching and a few long-term sub jobs at Holland Christian High School, and these experiences really confirmed my vocation to me. I live right here in Holland and I attend Providence Church. In my free time, I love to run, read, eat, and get really good Chaco tan lines.

  • Wood, John
    Wood, John Grounds Keeper

    I worked at BASF for 3.5 years in research deptartment, Potters Lawn Maintenance for 1 year, and Hollandia Gardens for 30 years starting in 1979. I did landscape installation, lawn maintenance, retail sales, and quality control. I was also safety director for many years. I am a Master Gardener and a Michigan Certified Nurseryman and have a current pesticide and commercial drivers license.

    My wife Tina, a 1975 HC graduate, and I attended Central Ave. CRC for 20 years. We met there, were married there, made profession of faith there, and all our children were baptized there. We have four children, twelve grandchildren, one cat, one Friesian mare, and a two-year-old gelding named Arie. Children are Jonathon, Elizabeth, Mary, and David. Liz and Dave both graduated from HCHS. We are currently members of Victory Point Ministries (part of the CRC.) We are active in various aspects of this ministry.

    I am excited to be working at Holland Christian as the lead groundskeeper. This connects my love of creation and working outdoors with my passion for serving others. Our Mission statement at VPM is Loving God and Loving People, which I am privileged to try to do every day. So far everything has been going well and I am really enjoying each day. Hopefully the Lord will keep me healthy so that I can continue to beautify the grounds at HC. For me what makes Holland Christian such a wonderful place to work at, is the friendly and caring faculty and staff. I have never worked at a place that supports, encourages and forgives your mistakes so often. It makes coming to HC every day such a joy!

  • Wyma, Erin
    Wyma, Erin Director of Learning

    I have grown up in the Holland area since I have been 3 years old. I am a 1991 Holland Christian alumnus. My husband Greg and I have two daughters: Madelyn and Elise who both attend Holland Christian. I love to read, sew, paint, decorate, watch my daughters’ soccer games, and spend time outdoors.

    I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1995 with a Major in Group Social Sciences and an emphasis in Psychology. I also received my Elementary Teaching Certificate. In 2011, I obtained a Masters of Reading Instruction/Literacy Studies and additionally a K-8 Reading Teacher Endorsement through Grand Valley State University.

    For the first 18 years of my career I was called to work at Holland Public Schools where I taught grades K-5 and was also a K-7 Instructional Math Coach. My time there provided me with a wide range of educational and leadership experiences for which I have been very thankful. After much prayer, waiting on Him, and being obedient to His will, the Lord placed on my heart the clear vision to serve and teach at Holland Christian Schools. The last 2 years at Holland Christian I have served as a 3rd grade teacher at Pine Ridge and a K-8 Literacy Coach. During both of those roles, the Lord amplified my passion towards learning more about the big picture of instruction and how we are “equipping minds to transform the world for Jesus Christ” in our K-12 school system and to identify the strengths of what we are doing as well as some areas where we would like to grow. I am looking forward to this new journey in my changing roles as I move into K-12 Director of Learning. I look forward to developing relationships with our amazing staff as I walk alongside to learn from them and to encourage them to be the very best they can be.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  • Zimmer, Dave
    Zimmer, Dave Director of Finance

    My wife Katie (a 1986 graduate of Holland Christian) and I are lifelong residents of the Holland area. We have two daughters, Caroline and Megan attending Hope and Calvin colleges. We are members of Christ Memorial Church.

    I graduated from Hope College with a B.S. in Computer Science/Mathematics. I also have a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. My professional experience has provided many opportunities where I served as Director of Data Services and Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Support Services in a K-12 school setting. I joined Holland Christian in the fall of 2010 as the Director of Finance as also work in the finance area for other area schools. I am a member of MSBO (Michigan School Business Officials) and completed the CFO certification program.

    I consider it a privilege to work with the staff, parents, and students of Holland Christian. It is a blessing to work together with the entire Holland Christian community to help our students grow in knowledge and service in His kingdom.

  • Zwagerman, Kari
    Zwagerman, Kari 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!

  • Zwiep, Christa
    Zwiep, Christa Administrative Assistant

    I’ve always loved Holland Christian Schools and began serving as one of the Administrative Assistants in the Middle School in 2007.

    After we had our second child, I felt God calling me to stay at home with my boys. However, after a little more than a year at home, God called me back to Holland Christian. I was so thankful that He opened doors and provided a job first as an Administrative Assistant at Rose Park, and currently at the Middle School.

    God blessed my husband and me with two wonderfully spunky little boys, as well as a young daughter. I treasured the time I got to spend at home with them, and I love being blessed as a mom. If there is time outside of the work-hat, wife-hat, and-mom hat, I also enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, reading, and running (or anything health and fitness related.)

    I’ve always felt that God was calling me to be in a school setting loving on kids, but to be honest, after graduating from Holland Christian, it took me a while to find the niche God was calling me to. I attended Calvin College for a few years, tried a variety of jobs, and worked as a cosmetologist for 11 years. It fills me with joy to be able to share life with the staff, students, and parents at HCS. I pray God uses me to bless a student who may be having a bad day, to befriend someone who just needs a smile, and to share joy with a student that just needs to share a high five for God. I am blessed each day I am here at HC.