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  • Baker, Dawn
    Baker, Dawn Preschool Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I taught for one year in Iowa before God provided a job at Rose Park teaching 4th and 5th 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. In 2010 I began aiding in preschool, and I currently teach 4’s Preschool at South Side.

    I’m married and have 3 children. I enjoy walking, reading, scrapbooking, being outdoors, and spending time with family.

    It’s a great joy for me to teach children in a Christian school. I love young children’s curiosity, energy, and love for life. It is a privilege to partner with parents in teaching their children about God’s love. My prayer is that my life 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, and minors in economics and earth science. I also hold an MBA from Grand Valley State University with an emphasis in economics and finance. I enjoy traveling, running, swimming and hiking and am a high school and college basketball official as well as a Certified Flight Instructor. I am married to my wife (Dawn) and we have three children.

    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. After graduating in 2007, I attended Hope College where I received my certification in Elementary Education and Special Education-Learning Disabilities. I am married to Ross and we have a son, David. We worship at North Holland Reformed Church. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, taking walks, and reading. 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.

  • Becksvoort, Jennifer
    Becksvoort, Jennifer 5th Grade Teacher

    I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in 1996, and went on to earn a masters degree from Western Michigan University in 1999. I have been a teacher at Holland Christian since 1996.

    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. In my spare time, I enjoy being outside, scrapbooking, and going to the gym and pool.

    It is a blessing to observe how God has created each child in my classroom 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 graduated from Holland Christian in 2009 and then went on to Calvin College to study secondary education, where I graduated in 2014.

    After graduating from Calvin I moved to the Black Forest of Germany, where I served for two years as a middle school science teacher. 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. Ireland was also where I met my husband, Andrew.

    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 Administrative Assistant

    I graduated from Hope College in 1984 with a business major, and then married my husband (Bob) that summer. We have four grown children, three daughters (all married), and a son.

    I love to do pretty much anything in the outdoors with family or friends including running, biking, hiking, swimming in Lake Michigan, and skiing. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and watching good movies.

    I’ve been working in athletics since 2010 and I love Holland Christian. Our children all had wonderful experiences here as students. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this special community.

  • Blauwkamp, Jane
    Blauwkamp, Jane Advancement Assistant

    I am Holland Christian and Calvin College Alum and joined the HC staff in 1995. I am married to Rick and between our families have five daughters, all HC graduates, and ten grandchildren.

    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,13

  • Blom, Erika
    Blom, Erika Choir Director

    I graduated from Hope College in 2006 with a degree in Vocal Music Education and began teaching at Holland Christian in 2009. In addition to teaching choir at the high school, I assist with the theatre department as a vocal coach.

    I enjoy life with my husband, Josh, and our three kids. We like to spend time playing music together, cooking and eating good food, and exploring new places.

    Music is an integral part of society. I desire for students to grow a deeper understanding and appreciation of music through participating in choir. More importantly, I believe that we were created to worship our Creator. Singing plays a central role in expressing praise and honor for what God has done for us through Jesus. I am humbled to be able to lead our students as we worship God together in song.

  • Blystra, Keith
    Blystra, Keith Bible Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin in 2005 and taught Bible at Ontario Christian Middle School until 2009. I then pursued graduate studies in Jerusalem, Israel, at both Jerusalem University College and at the Hebrew University with a focus on Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and Modern Hebrew. I joined the Holland Christian faculty in 2014 and teach Bible and Hebrew Language. My wife Laura and I have four daughters. We are active members at Maple Ave. 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. I am excited to be teaching at a place like Holland Christian that values the study of the Bible and 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. Before rejoining the Holland Christian community in 2013, I taught at Rehoboth Christian School and Kalamazoo Christian School. It is my goal to combine my range of cultural experiences with my ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, and intelligent teacher who will make a positive contribution to the Holland Christian community.

    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 and I graduated in 2011. I continued to Calvin University to pursue my love for teaching. I graduated with a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education. I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 2015.

    I grew up in Holland with my parents and three older sisters. My husband Kyle and I were married in the summer of 2018. Kyle and I live in Holland and belong to Pillar Church. In addition to teaching, I enjoy reading, taking exploratory walks through God’s Creation, and spending time with my family and friends.

    I have found it my passion to teach all of God’s amazing children. Guiding children to grow in their faith with Jesus Christ is what I am called to do.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Boorsma, Anna
    Boorsma, Anna Science Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College with a major in Integrated Science and a minor in Physics and I started teaching at Holland Christian in 2010. I completed my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Science in 2015. My husband, Anthony, works as an engineering manager in Grand Rapids. We live in Byron Center and enjoy traveling and playing board games. I enjoy gardening during the summer.

    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 and I love to see wonder in those connections. I am very blessed to be teaching at Holland Christian because I am able to teach students to see Christ through science as well as in the Holland Christian 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.

    My husband, Mark, and I have been blessed with three treasured children, Parker, Annika and Madison.

    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 minor in Psychology. Since then I have been teaching here at Holland Christian. I love being a part of the Holland Christian community.

    I am married to Michael and we live in Zeeland. When I am not in the classroom I love to spend time with family and friends.

    “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 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, Hope College, and received my Masters in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching preschool at Holland Christian since 2006.

    My husband and I met in high school and have been blessed with three amazing children. 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. 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.

  • Bultman, Jim
    Bultman, Jim Interim Superintendent

    Dr. Bultman, who served as the 11th President of Hope College for 14 years from 1999-2013, is stepping out of retirement to serve as HC’s interim superintendent, saying he considers “it an honor and high calling to do so,” grateful even, with his wife, Martie, “for the privilege of working during this next season in the life of the schools we love.”

    During his tenure at Hope College, as president, professor and coach, Jim’s two children attended HCS, and he served on the HCS school board. While Hope College president, Jim oversaw a variety of construction projects, renovations and improvements, including the construction of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center and the DeVos Fieldhouse. He and his wife, Martie, were also known and loved for their involvement in Hope College’ students’ everyday lives. Hope’s new student center is named in their honor. Bultman also served as president of Northwestern College in Iowa for 14 years.

  • Busscher, Ruth
    Busscher, Ruth Media Center Assistant

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I Can Read With My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss

    As the Middle School Media Specialist, it is my delight to select books, media and other relative materials that engage students and staff during the school year. Participating with the engaged learners and explorers has been a privilege for me since 2001.

    When not living amongst the books, I spend time with my husband and four children, all of which have gone through Holland Christian. Together we enjoy traveling and playing board games. My personal hobbies are reading (of course!), sewing and gardening.

    Don’t hesitate to look for me in the library for book recommendations or places you’d like to visit!

  • Chase, Carla
    Chase, Carla Administrative Assistant

    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, Holland Christian Middle School, and Holland Christian High 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.

  • Christner, Sara
    Christner, Sara School Counselor

    I am a graduate of Calvin College and Grand Valley State University, where I had living and learning experiences that have shaped me significantly as a person and a professional. I worked for several years in Admissions and Student Life at the college level before pursuing graduate work in School Counseling. Our family of five lived in southwest Pennsylvania from 2010-2019. While there, I spent time working as a School Counselor in a small, rural school district.

    I enjoy being active, time near water or mountains, music, authentic conversations, and supporting the team that my husband coaches. Walking alongside students and families during the high school years is something I count as an honor and a privilege. I love what I do and it’s a joy to be part of the amazing community at Holland Christian.

  • 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!

  • Cupery, Taylor
    Cupery, Taylor Spanish Immersion 1st grade teacher

    I have lived in Holland my entire life. I graduated from Holland Christian in 2014 and went on to Calvin College from where I graduated in 2018. I graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education with concentrations in Spanish and Language Arts. During my time at Calvin, I spent a semester studying in Oviedo, Spain. This inspired my love of travel, so whenever I get the opportunity, I jump on the chance to travel somewhere new.

    I am thrilled that I get to come back to the Holland Christian community to give back what it gave to me when I was a student here. And I am excited to see what God has in store for my classroom and for Holland Christian!

  • Dannenberg, Jamie
    Dannenberg, Jamie 6th Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Holland Christian in 2001. From there, I went to Calvin College where I graduated with a B.A. in Education, Language Arts, and Health. I also earned a masters degree in reading from Grand Valley. I’ve been able to teach 6th grade as well as 8th grade Image Bearers.

    My husband Dave and I have three sons and one daughter: Hayden, Gavin, Hudson, and Kinsley Our life is never boring; it is a JOY to watch them grow.

    I consider it a privilege to be able to teach at Holland Christian. I love discussing the tough questions and digging into God’s purpose for us. He created us in His own image and gave each of us our own gifts and talents which we are called to use to fulfill His purpose. My goal is to help the students better understand how to actively live out God’s love.

  • 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 completed my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership through GVSU in 2017. At Holland Christian, I teach Physical and Health Education, and also coach the boys’ varsity soccer team.

    My wife, Bria, and I love sports, traveling, quotes, and spending time with our families. We have two daughters, Jayna and Lauryn, and a son, Rhett, all of whom we adore.

    I deeply believe in the mission and purpose of Holland Christian Schools. I’m grateful to be a part of a community that is Christ-centered and is passionate about equipping the minds and nurturing the hearts of our students.

  • DeBoer, Trish
    DeBoer, Trish Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated from CMU with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and French and a secondary education teaching certificate. I grew up in the Detroit area and moved to Holland in 1992. My husband and I have three children; our two oldest sons graduated from HC and our youngest son currently attends Rose Park. Our family loves camping and we have visited over 20 national parks.

    I am excited to now be working at Rose Park. 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.

  • DeLange, Allison
    DeLange, Allison 3s Preschool Teacher

    I am an HC graduate and it’s great to be back! I graduated from Calvin College in ’15 with a degree in kinesiology and recreation therapy. I worked at various hospitals for the next few years, then God lead me back to working with kids. I now have my CDA certification and I am so excited to be teaching these precious little minds!

    In March, I married my amazing husband Jon. We love to travel, and adventure together. I also love spending time outdoors, baking, biking, kickboxing, reading, being at the beach!

    I love working with children and I feel so honored and blessed that I get to have a little role in each of their lives. My goal as an educator is to make sure each child feels loved by me, but most importantly, loved by God while they’re in my classroom.

  • Deleon, Perla
    Deleon, Perla Spanish Immersion Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Maestra DeLeon. It is a blessing to serve the early childhood community in Holland Christian with the Spanish Immersion program.

    I graduated from Valle del Bravo University in my native country of Mexico with a BA in Communications. For the last 20 years I have served the early childhood community from Head Start, CASA program at Hope College and several years teaching in the Spanish immersion program at Zeeland Christian.

    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. My husband is also a teacher and we have three children: two that attend Rose Park, and our oldest entering 8th grade this year.

  • Deroo, Karen
    Deroo, Karen Inclusion Classroom Assistant

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian. I also have an associates degree in business from Davenport University. I worked for over 10 years in the finance department of Herman Miller.

    I am married to Terry and we have three children, all graduates from Holland Christian. We are blessed to be grandparents. We have been members of Calvary CRC since 1980. I has been a blessing being part of Holland Christian and the Inclusion Program since 1996. I was also the International Program Coordinator for the high school from 2010-2019.

    It is such a joy encouraging students, appreciating their uniqueness, finding their strengths and seeing them using their gifts to help each other. I am thankful to work at Holland Christian, a place where I grow and learn too!

  • 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 four grandchildren who have brought many changes and joys to our lives.

  • 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. My husband, Dave, and I met at Calvin College and married in 1989. We are the parents of six sons. 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 often 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 evident as I spend time with students at the Middle School each day.

  • DeWitt, Kristin
    DeWitt, Kristin Educational Support Services

    Hope College is my alma mater. I graduated with a special education endorsement specializing in learning disabilities.

    My husband, Kelly, and I have three children. I love to spend time outdoors as well as run, travel, read, camp, and spend time at the beach 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. I earned my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University.

    My husband Kevin and I have three boys, Nate, Curtis and Lucas. 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.

     

  • Dieleman, Evan
    Dieleman, Evan Math Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Secondary Math Education and a minor in Economics.

    Born and raised in West Michigan, I’m the middle child between a younger brother an older sister. My older sister and her husband have a daughter of their own. I attend Moran Park Church here in Holland. In my free time, there’s a high probability that you’ll find me enjoying Lake Michigan!

    My years at Holland Christian were full of incredible growth both as an individual and as a Christ follower. I was poured into by the extraordinary faculty here at Holland Christian High School, and am grateful to now have the unique privilege to give back to this beloved community. I look forward each year to growing closer to God with my students as we learn more about Him through mathematics and life together.

  • 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.

     

  • Dreyer, Justin
    Dreyer, Justin Technical Director of Theatre & Digital Media Specialist

    My involvement in the audio/video tech world way back in elementary school when I volunteered in my church’s Sunday school programming. I attended Holland Christian, becoming heavily involved in the theatre and technology programs before graduating in 2010. I graduated from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida two years later, with a B.S. in show production and touring.

    A short time later the HC tech director position opened and the rest is history. My role at HC also involves graphic design, video production, and keeping this website functioning. I love both my work and the impact that the programming and staff here at HC are having on the students here. This is truly an amazing place.

    Outside of my work I enjoy flying RC FPV Drones/Aircraft and playing music with my band Annagail.

  • Dreyer, Michelle
    Dreyer, Michelle 2nd grade teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1995 with a B.A. in elementary education and I have worked in Christian education my whole career. I have been working at Holland Christian since 2012. I love helping students dig deeper, challenging them to do their best, and teaching them to take ownership of their learning. I am humbled that God has called me serve in this capacity.

    My husband, Doug, and I, and our two children, Lucas and Adrianna, live in Dorr. Our family is active in 4H and we spend time at many 4H events throughout the year.

  • 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 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.

    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.”

  • Eizenga, Dale
    Eizenga, Dale Science Teacher

    I began teaching at HCHS in 1992 after earning a BA from Calvin College (now University). Additionally, I have earned an M.Ed with an emphasis in educational technology and participated in the Target Inquire program at GVSU. I enjoy using videos and inquiry learning to bring individualized learning into my classroom.

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

  • Engbers, David
    Engbers, David Athletic Director

    I graduated from Calvin University with a B.A. in Physical Education and completed an M.A. in Athletic Administration from Western Michigan University. My wife Michelle and I live in Holland with our four children: Jackson, William, Avery and Claire.

    Holland Christian is an organization that is integrated into almost every day of our lives for our family and a community we are extremely grateful for. I love seeing my own kids and every student grow through participation in athletics as we attempt to daily put God on display through them. Go Maroons.

  • Engbers, Michelle
    Engbers, Michelle 1st Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education and earned my Masters Degree in reading from Grand Valley State University. I began my teaching career at Ada Christian School where I taught 4th grade for four years.

    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 am so grateful for the gift of Jesus and that He loves us just the way 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 with His precious children!

  • Feenstra, Deb
    Feenstra, Deb Principal

    After 30 years in education it is a privilege to be part of the HC family!  God blessed me with an amazing husband, 2 daughters, a son-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Being grandparents is the greatest joy life! Our younger daughter “graduated” from the ESS program at HC in 2008. We are forever grateful for the love and support she received from the HC family!

    We spent 6 years as RCA missionaries living alongside of and learning from our Mayan brothers and sisters in Christ in Chiapas, MX. What a gift!

    My prayer is that as I serve at Holland Christian, with God’s help, a true sense of Christian community is established where EACH student and staff member is equally valued, accepted and celebrated for the person that God created them to be as they grow both spiritually and academically.

  • 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 had the privilege of sending our two children through the Holland Christian School System and whether it was in the classroom or in the sporting arena we knew they had many opportunities to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. What a gift!!

    I am so thankful to be working alongside students and staff who love the Lord. My goal 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 teach at Holland Christian Middle School.

    I am married to the love my life, Heather, and together we have one daughter, Josephine. I attend Maple Avenue Church here in Holland. I love to read and enjoy writing.

  • Garvelink, Amanda
    Garvelink, Amanda Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2008. After a few years living in the Chicago area, I moved and 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.

    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 Calvin College with a B.A. in Art Ed and minors in Art and English. I received my Master’s in Ed in 2011, and I have taught Art at HC since 2004. My husband and I live in Hamilton with our two little boys, Evan and Henry. We love being in the country and having space to enjoy nature.

    I work to inspire an appreciation for the hand of our Creator Artist everywhere. Art also teaches an understanding and respect for how other people see, think, and express themselves all over the globe and throughout history. 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.

  • Gillett, Lydia
    Gillett, Lydia Educational Support Services Teacher

    I was born and raised in the Holland area and graduated from Hope College. I married my husband in 2017. Aside from being passionate about children, I enjoy fitness, crafting, the beach, and being active outdoors with my family.

    I am passionate about helping students find the best way they learn. Teaching in ESS fuels 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 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, 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 at Western Michigan Christian High School, while earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from GVSU. In 2005, I moved to Holland after marrying Jason, a professor at Hope College. In 2008, after 10 years of teaching, I chose to stay at home when my children were born. I was excited in 2017 to return to a school setting and the field of education, serving the staff and students at Rose Park in the ESS program, where I enjoy helping students find their strengths and weaknesses and “fill their toolboxes” with strategies for success.

  • 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 calling he had from a church in Texas, where we served for seven years, and our two older children, Sam and Betsy, were born. I have been an educator since 1989, mainly in Spanish Immersion programs. I graduated from Hope College in 2011 with a B.A. in K-12 Spanish education. Currently I am finishing a graduate degree in English New Language (ENL) through Notre Dame University.

    One of my biggest rewards as a teacher is seeing how my students successfully progress in language acquisition. HC has been an important part of academic and faith formation for our family: Our two older children received their entire education at HC and we are doing the same for Raphie, our youngest son. My favorite Bible verse is Luke 2:52: “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”–and we are no different.

  • Goorhouse, Jeffrey
    Goorhouse, Jeffrey Mathematics Teacher

    I have taught at Holland Christian since 1980. I graduated from Calvin College with a degree in Mathematics Education and later with a Masters in the art of teaching Mathematics. I have a wonderful wife, three great children, and three grandchildren. I have enjoyed teaching for these many years. Holland Christian is a great place to be. The parents have been very supportive and the students find a way of keeping me challenged and constantly trying to find ways to help them understand math and grow in their faith.

  • Gorter, Karen
    Gorter, Karen K-8 504 Coordinator & K-12 Testing Coordinator

    I am passionate about education and, in particular, earning the trust of the student in order to help him or her learn and grow as God’s child, especially where there are challenges that make learning more difficult.

    I earned a master’s degree in learning disabilities from Calvin College and an undergraduate degree in education from Dordt College. I have taught and worked with students from 3rd through 12th grade and enjoy every age and the engagement at every stage of the process.

    My husband, Andrew, and I have lived in West Michigan since our marriage. We have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. We are members of Harderwyk Ministries where I serve on the Compassionate Care Team and am involved in women’s ministries.

  • Grassmid, Tammy
    Grassmid, Tammy Preschool Teacher

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian. I received a B.A. in elementary education from Calvin College in 1991 and got my first job that fall. In 2002, I received a masters in reading from GVSU. I have taught at Holland Christian since 2013. I teach threes preschool and afternoon enrichment at South Side.

    I am married to Dave and we have two children, Ethan and Rylea. We are at the stage of becoming empty nesters! Ethan has Asperger’s Syndrome. I pray that God will use me as a resource and an advocate when needed. My favorite verses are Philippians 4:13 and Proverbs 3:5-6. I am blessed to be teaching at Holland Christian. I love that I can bring God into my teaching, help my students understand where they fit in God’s world and show my students how to love God and love others.

  • Haig, Christy
    Haig, Christy ESS Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1999 and taught in Kentwood Public Schools for four years before having kids. Now 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. 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 Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2004 with a degree in Mathematics and earned my Masters in Teaching from Liberty University in 2010. I am married to Christy Haig and we have three children attending Holland Christian. Outside of teaching, I love to play on the praise team at Engedi Church, play tennis, and occasionally stack cups at world record speeds.

    I started teaching at Holland Christian in 2010 after five years as a worship pastor at a church in Pittsburgh. I love how teaching, coaching, and coordinating chapels at the middle school allows me to pursue my passions in mathematics, sports, and music to bring God’s kingdom here.

  • Halma, Leanne
    Halma, Leanne Events Coordinator

    I’m a graduate of Holland Christian and Dordt College. 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 school in Cincinnati. Our family relocated back to Holland in 2017 and we are thankful to have our children at HC.

    I enjoy being outdoors, running and travel. I love the beautiful diversity that God has created throughout our world. I’m excited to be the Event Planner for HC, specifically for fundraising events. It’s an 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 from GVSU with a B.S. in group social studies and a minor in elementary education. I earned my M.A. at GVSU in early childhood education. Immediately after graduation I was hired by Jenison Public Schools where I taught Young 5’s, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. I served in the U.S. Army and the Michigan National Guard, ending my service as an officer in the infantry.

    My wife, Stacey, and I were married in 1994, and have two children, Jesse and Julia.  Together, we attend Chapel Pointe Church in Jenison. We enjoy kayaking, boating on Lake Michigan, fishing, hiking, and the outdoors. We especially love the area around Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

    I thoroughly enjoy sharing my love of Christ in words, prayer, and praise with students, and showing them God’s undeniable existence in the outdoors. It is incredible exploring God’s creation with kindergarteners at HCS. God has been preparing me for this—my ideal job—all my life, and I lose sleep often thinking about the possibilities.

  • 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

    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 19-year 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 away at college, and our younger two daughters at 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 kids at the beach or on a hike, if I’m not out working in the yard or garden.

  • Hernandez, Katie
    Hernandez, Katie Math & Psychology Teacher

    I pursued education at Cornerstone University and then started at HC in 2018. Math was exciting to me as a student and I hope to show my students how amazing math can be and how when we understand the patterns of math we maybe understand a little more how incredible our Maker is.

    I also have the privilege to teach psychology within the framework of a Christian worldview. Jesus demands that we love him with our heart, soul and mind. How much more can love God and one another with our mind when we have a grasp on how our minds actually work?

    My husband Gabe is pursuing his degree in social work and eventually family counseling. Together we enjoy playing games, hiking and exploring God’s beautiful creation, fishing, and cooking together. In my spare time I love coffee, reading, and baking.

  • Herrman, Ben
    Herrman, Ben Mathematics Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College in 2009 with a degree in Math for Secondary Education and joined 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. Looking at mathematics from a Christian perspective provides the subject a much deeper context: the formulas and proofs and equations things specifically designed by God that we are still uncovering.

    My wife Jessica and I enjoy staying active and being outdoors amongst God’s creation. We love to camp, hike, cross country ski, downhill ski, and do anything in or on the water. I am also an avid fly fisherman. We are members of the Moran Park church family.

  • Hirdes, Michelle
    Hirdes, Michelle 4th Grade Teacher

    I am a 1987 graduate of Calvin College. I have served at Holland Christian since 1988, and have taught grades 3-6. I teach primarily the language arts.

    My husband Kevin and I have four children and attend Calvary CRC. We love to travel and to have family vacations together.

    I love Holland Christian because it is a place 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. I enjoy sharing prayer with and for each other, and using everyday moments to strengthen a child’s walk with Jesus. It is my prayer that my students leave my room academically ready, but more importantly ready to shoulder their responsibility in God’s world.

  • Hiskes, Mark
    Hiskes, Mark English Teacher

    I am a graduate of Calvin College and have taught English at Holland Christian since 1989. My wife Cindy and I have two adult children, Peter and Mary, who are off on family adventures of their own. We attend Third Reformed Church in Holland.

    I love to read, write, walk, refurbish old furniture with my wife, and hang out with students. On good days, I manage a bit of all these things.

    I want my classroom to look the way God intended our world to be: a place of shalom and hospitality, where each person is accepted and welcomed; feels safe to be who they were born to be; feels challenged to grow and deepen as a reader, thinker, and writer; and feels inspired to go out the doors of H.C. each day to be a living testimony of God’s grace and love to a world in desperate need of it.

  • Hofman, Mary
    Hofman, Mary Media Specialist

    I have studied at Calvin College and University of Michigan. 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 Pine Ridge, Rose Park, and South Side.
    My husband and I are parents of five children. We have lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Metro Manila, the Philippines; Raymond, Minnesota; and since 1990, Holland, Michigan. We love this community!
    God gave us the gift of language, and revealed Himself as the Word. I strive to promote delight in language and stimulate interest in reading–including selection, discrimination, and use of print and non-print materials.

  • Hogan, Stephanie
    Hogan, Stephanie History Teacher

    I am a West Michigan native but settled in Holland when I married my husband Paul. God blessed us when He entrusted us with the hearts and lives of our children: Jamahl, McKenzy, Keyan, Sidney, and Abby.

    I graduated from Grand Valley in 1999. After college, I taught middle school and high school in Muskegon and worked as a social worker until we started our family. I then spent 17 years as an at-home mom. Where have the years gone? I am thrilled to share my love of history with HC2 students.

    I believe that understanding historical events allows us to see the world around us in new ways and make sense of that world through critical thinking. Studying history helps us figure out how we fit into a bigger picture, one where God calls us to share His love and impact the world for Christ.

  • Hogue, Dawn
    Hogue, Dawn Library Media Specialist

    My educational career began at Calvin College, & I graduated with an education degree in 1995. I taught Middle School social studies, English, & Bible for the next 16 years starting at San Jose Christian in California, moving to Kelloggsville Christian in Michigan, and spending most of my teaching years at West Side Christian, also in Michigan. In 2014 I began my second career as a High School Library Media Specialist here at HC. I have always had a deep love for reading & literature, so I have found this to be a perfect fit for me! I love working with students & teachers, helping with research, and sharing my love for reading by finding great books for everyone! My husband Ty is a youth pastor, and we have two daughters who attend HC. As a family we enjoy camping, sightseeing, & hanging out in our backyard.

  • Hollebeek, Stacey
    Hollebeek, Stacey Communications Manager

    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 Manager, 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 grad of HCHS and a 1977 grad of Calvin College with a B.A. in Economics/Business. I worked for 22 years at Prince Corp/JCI in various leadership roles where I received an excellent “nuts and bolts” education in manufacturing management. I’ve 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 have been members at Christ Memorial Church since ’84. 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 student learns how engineering, design and machines can leverage productivity as they work in God’s Kingdom.

  • Hoogland, Helena
    Hoogland, Helena Elementary Art Teacher

    Originally hailing from Canada, I moved to the United States in 2001 to get my B.A. in Elementary Education at Calvin College. Upon graduating in 2005, I moved abroad and taught in South Korea and Indonesia. In 2013, I returned to the United States to get my Master’s Degree from Calvin College. Here, I met my husband. We got married and now have two beautiful boys, Evan and Theo.

    I have a passion to continue to learn more about God’s creation, His people, and His Word. At 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 received my Bachelors of Education at Calvin College and have taught in 3 different Christian school systems. I’ve taught 3 years at 4th grade, 2 years in a middle school, and have been at Holland Christian since 2003. I have 3 adult children who are following their own passions, and it gratifying to know that they each had a strong start in their education at Holland Christian. I love my job and am always excited to not only greet former students, but to get to know the next group of students in my classroom.

  • 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 and hold a professional counselor license from the State of Michigan.

    My husband Tim and I love the simple joys of life in Holland…the beach, downtown, the farmer’s market, and our own backyard.

    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 and to pray with students and parents. 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 an M.A. in administration and supervision from Nova University. My wife, Janet, and I have two daughters and two sons-in-law, and a granddaughter. We attend Pillar 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).

  • Hulst, Mandi
    Hulst, Mandi Preschool Aide

    I graduated from Hamilton Community Schools in 2013 and went on to Hope College. I graduated from Hope in December 2017 with a degree in elementary education focusing on language arts. Shortly after graduating, I became the district substitute at Hamilton Community Schools, which I did for a year and a half. I am so excited to be joining the Holland Christian family as the 3’s preschool aide at Rose Park, as well as the math interventionist at Pine Ridge! It is truly a blessing to be at Holland Christian working with young children.

    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to Silver Lake, relaxing at my aunt and uncle’s cottage on Big Star Lake, watching the Detroit Tigers, and reading.

  • 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 came to South Side in 2010.

    I’m blessed with a wonderful husband, Brian. We have three girls, Emma, Lucy, and Claire. 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 daughters 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, friends and spend time camping. 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.

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

    After graduating from Holland Christian High School in 2006, I studied social studies and Spanish at Grand Valley State University and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. My wife Kaitlyn (also an HC grad) and I are proud to 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 am passionate about helping students grow not only in knowledge, but in a deep relationship with Christ. To that end, I enjoy teaching history in order to help students figure out who they are as servants of Christ and as those charged with helping bring redemption and justice to this world.

  • Johnson, Erin
    Johnson, Erin Educational Support Services

    In 2016, I graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in both Special Education and Elementary Education. I grew up with a younger brother who has the gift of Down syndrome. 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 welcomed our son, Dominic, in April 2018. We enjoy traveling together, going for family walks and bike rides. In my free time, I love to write, run, and paint.

    I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 2017. I love being able to share with my students the heart of the Father and the truth that He created each of them with unique purpose. It is my joy to celebrate all students and invite others to do the same.

  • Keen, Jeff
    Keen, Jeff Assistant Principal

    I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2004 with a degree in movement science with and emphasis in professional instruction and a minor in health education. I received my masters in educational leadership from GVSU. I taught at Kalamazoo Christian for two years and Allendale for 11 years.

    My wife Kristin and I have three beautiful daughters: Charlee, Sophia, and Avery. We are members at The Foundry church in Zeeland. Our family enjoys spending our free time boating and fishing on Lake Michigan. During the summer months I run a charter fishing service out of Holland.

    I am very humbled and blessed to be part of the Holland Christian Community. I enjoy helping students navigate through their high school years and help them identify and lean into who God is calling them to be.

  • 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

    I grew up in the Boston area, but my family has called Holland our home since 2017. I hold a BA in English and Spanish from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Language Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

    I have taught for over 10 years in public, private, charter, and international schools, including two years teaching in Mexico and six years teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) to students ages children through adults on the Texas-Mexico border.

    I love being creative in teaching and making learning a new language fun! My husband Miguel and I have two wonderful children, both of whom are in the Spanish Immersion program at Rose Park. We are active members at Engedi Español, and you can find us there every Sunday!

  • 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 for three years, and came back to HC in 2005. 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 were married in 2003 and have been blessed with three children, Tessa, Lleyton, and Gibson.

    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.

  • 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 my entire career at HC, beginning in 1978. I have coached track, basketball, football, and drama.

    My wife, 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. 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. I have been teaching and coaching at Holland Christian since 2017.

    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. I truly love being around my family whenever I can!

    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.

  • Kool, Micah
    Kool, Micah PE Teacher

    I attended Holland Christian from 1st grade through high school and because of the amazing experience I had here, I knew this is where I wanted to come to teach. After graduating from Grand Valley with a B.A. in physical education, I started coaching football and lacrosse at Holland Christian which made my passion for the school and the community around it even stronger. This experience also cemented my love for physical education and helping students develop physically, cognitively and emotionally through activity.

    God has given each of us an incredible blessing in what our bodies are capable of doing and the amazing experiences that is able to provide us. My passion for physical education comes from my desire to make sure that those gifts are not wasted or taken for granted.

    Philippians 4:6-7

  • Kruithof, Kelli
    Kruithof, Kelli Middle School Teacher

    I grew up in the Holland Christian school system and graduated in 2003. I earned my Special Education degree at GVSU and taught middle school special education for 10 years at Black River Public School.

    My husband, Ross, and I have three children. After we adopted our youngest from China in 2018, it was clear my time was needed at home full time. I spent a year as a full-time mom, but I knew I wanted to teach again in some capacity.

    I am excited to work at Holland Christian! I know first-hand the value that students gain from Christ-like mentors and teachers. Particularly at the middle school level, students ask questions about their self worth and what God’s plan for them is. I desire to instill a love for the Lord in these students and affirm their worth on earth as kingdom seekers.

  • 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! My husband, Stefan, and I now live in Holland and have two wonderful daughters and a Golden Retriever. I cannot wait to see what else God has in store for me as I follow His path for my life.

    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 BA in History Education and in Social Studies Education and later a Masters in Education: Literacy degree. While at Calvin, I nurtured a love for history, for teaching students to use history to bring Jesus and justice to the world, and for my wonderful wife, Holly, who is a social worker who works with refugee and immigrant populations.

    I love teaching at Holland Christian where I can pursue my passion for Christian education. We are serious about transforming the world for Jesus Christ; therefore, we seek to be relevant. No matter who the students are sitting in our classrooms, we walk with them, support them, and teach them as they wrestle with identity and calling. We pursue God’s truth together in humility and in a spirit of harmony.

  • 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 Director of Admissions & Marketing

    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. My husband, Joe, and I are members of Harderwyk Ministries. 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. What a privilege we have to nurture all aspects of a child’s life and show them the wonder of God’s creation!

  • Lanser, Jamie
    Lanser, Jamie Junior Kindergarten Teacher

    I was born and raised in Holland and graduated from Holland Christian. I received a teaching certificate from Calvin College, taught at HC for six years before having children, and then I stayed home to raise my family. This included one year of home schooling during a relocation to Germany. I’ve been teaching preschool since 2008.

    I am married to Bryan and have three boys; we attend Harvest Bible chapel and live in Borculo. I enjoy skiing, exercising, biking long distance, decorating, and generally spending time with my family.

    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 graduated from Holland Christian. After high school I joined the United States Marine Corps and served six years in the reserves. During that time I completed my degree in Physical Education and Health from Calvin University. I also completed my Masters at Western Michigan University.

    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 Math 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 HC. I then attended Calvin, where I earned a BA in math. Upon graduation in 1983, it was off to sunny Southern California and Valley Christian High School until 1992.

    While in California, I received my MA in math from California State University, Fullerton. I have been teaching at HC since 1992. My wife, Jane, and I have two children. We attend Calvary CRC. Jane works for Young Life.

    Christian education is an important part of my life. Being able to talk about God openly is important to me. Learning math, I believe, helps us to understand our God better.

  • 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 preschool and enrichment, I also do the after school program.

    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 helping them find their preferred learning style, 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 in 1991 from Calvin with a B.A. in CAS. After teaching in Japan, I received a degree in art education and I taught at HCHS until 2001. I hold an M.A. from GVSU in elementary education and teach art to Rose Park and Homeschool (HC2) students.

    I am married to my husband Mike and we have three children. We enjoy worshipping at 14th Street where I create art with others and serve our missionaries. We enjoy hiking in the national parks, reading, and gardening.

    When I made my first purple polka dotted dinosaur at age six I fell in love with the process of creating art. Showcasing our God of detail and learning alongside my students is a joy. I am energized as we learn through our mistakes, try new skills, and glorify God through our art to bless others!

  • Lundy, Lisa
    Lundy, Lisa Language Arts Teacher

    I have an undergraduate and Master’s in Literacy degree from Calvin College, my teaching began at Timothy Christian Middle School, and I have been at Holland Christian Middle School since 2015. My husband Eric and I have three children, and we enjoy biking and hiking together as a family. My favorite hobby is learning about and tending to our variety of houseplants. One of my favorite aspects of teaching ELA is exploring stories with students, discovering all the information and life lessons that books have to offer. Some of the best novels are written with middle schoolers in mind, and we get to dive into them together. What a joy to do all this in the nurturing Christ centered community of Holland Christian!

  • 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 PE and minor in biology with my B.A. in education. I have taught 5th-8th 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 work to instill in my (HC)2 students the importance of caring for and exercising their bodies in God‐honoring ways.  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.

    My family and I relocated from Illinois to Holland in February of 2002, and I began teaching at Holland Christian Schools in the fall of 2002.

    My husband, Mike, and I have three adult children. Fortunately, they live in the area, and we are able to enjoy lots of family time.

    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

    My husband, Simon, and I are originally from Ohio. In 2002, we moved to Michigan and settled in Holland two years later. We are proud parents of three children who attend(ed) HC. I was blessed to stay home with them for 10 years while they were young. Prior to that, I attended nursing school while working as a Nurses Aid in geriatrics and Medical Assistant in pediatrics.

    After volunteering in various ways at Holland Christian, in 2012, I was honored to take on a position in ESS. I feel very blessed to be part of the HC family. Everyday I am honored to work along the side of staff and students who love God and live 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.”

  • Meckley, Tina
    Meckley, Tina Art Teacher

    Upon graduating from GVSU in 2011, I taught art in Jenison until 2015. At that time I felt God tugging on my heart and decided to make the transition to HCS to become a preschool aide. In 2018, I felt I was called back to the art classroom at HCS. I am currently blessed to be an art teacher and preschool aide at South Side.

    I am married to my husband, Joe and we have two beautiful children Ella and Eli. We love playing games, watching movies, golfing, the beach, rock hunting, and traveling to Leland and Mexico.

    I am excited that God has called me to Holland Christian. I have a passion for the Lord, the visual arts and children. It brings me joy to use my gifts to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to all students so that they can grow in their faith and in their education here at 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 ’65 and we were blessed with four children, all HC grads. 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.

    The kids at South Side 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 graduated from Holland Christian Schools and have worked as a paraprofessional here since 2011.

    My husband Leon and I have three children who attended Holland Christian. We are members at Christ Memorial and our passion is volunteering with the youth and serving on mission trips. Leon is a self-employed home builder and in our spare time we enjoy spoiling the grandchildren, traveling, hiking and camping.

    I love the enthusiasm and energy of preteens and teenagers. Daily I want to empower and assist each student in understanding what is being taught and encourage them to be supportive and caring of others. In turn, I pray they will be a positive influence in the school, community and the world. Holland Christian exemplifies how to think, love, serve and live like Jesus.

  • Meyering, William
    Meyering, William 4th Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2015. After graduation I taught a variety of classes at East Martin Christian for three years. My wife and I were married in 2016 and we enjoy all sort of different activities, but we especially love playing golf, tennis, and softball. We live in Grand Rapids and attend Brookside CRC and are actively involved in the youth ministry there.

    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.

  • Michaels, Nancy
    Michaels, Nancy Director of Child Nutrition

    I started out in college food service, which stretched throughout many colleges over 20 years, including Hope and Aquinas Colleges, Notre Dame University, and Biola University in California. Later, with Chartwells Corporation, I oversaw Grand Haven Public Schools food service and was promoted to district manager overseeing 15 west Michigan school districts. 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.

    I live in GR, am a confessed foodie, and enjoy the adventure of new restaurants. I have two children who are in college. My goal is that our food service team provides the nutrition that our students desire, whether that’s a warm bagel from the Well, a Chef’s Choice lunch, a smile at the cashier station, or just encouragement.

  • Mosterd, Dave
    Mosterd, Dave Faith Formation Director

    I graduated from HCHS in 1999. I went on to RBC earning a B.A. in Bible and Theology. I continued at Cornerstone with a major in History and Communications Arts for high school education. I have studied overseas multiple times, concentrating mostly in Israel studying the culture, land, and language.

    My wife, Nicole, and I have four boys Judah, Abbott, Alonzo, and Peter. We are excited that the three oldest are being equipped and nurtured at Rose Park. Our church home is Providence CRC.

    I love my job. In my seat I get to see the big picture of growth and development in knowledge and faith in Jesus Christ. I have the humble honor to serve students as they navigate the path of life. I get to hangout with students, speak in chapels, pray with and for them, and point them to Jesus.

  • Nester, Kyle
    Nester, Kyle Orchestra Teacher

    I grew up in Mid-Michigan and attended Alma College. After I taught orchestra in the public schools for seven years, my wife Andrea received her law degree from Michigan State College of Law and we relocated to West Michigan. I started teaching at Holland Christian in 2012 and Andrea is an attorney at a downtown Grand Rapids law firm.

    Andrea and I are blessed to be living, working, and raising our son Elijah in West Michigan. We thoroughly enjoy running races, nature, playing music, traveling, and spending time together.

    I love teaching at Holland Christian because can integrate my faith in my teaching while being supported and encouraged by excellent staff, students, and families. “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

    After graduating from the Elementary Education program at Calvin College with a focus on Science and Math in 2012, I worked worked as a math interventionist and worked in outdoor education before coming to Rose Park. Throughout college I worked at Camp Roger which solidified my passion for pursuing education and led me to seek a teaching position in upper elementary. I also hold a Master’s of Education degree through Dordt College.

    I feel very blessed to have been teaching at Holland Christian in 5th and 6th grade for the past five years! I am passionate about math and science and learning more about the world God has given to us.

    Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and generally being outdoors. I also love playing guitar and making music.

  • 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. I am currently pursuing my M.A. in English from GVSU.

    My husband, Dave, whom I met while working as a counselor at Camp Roger, teaches 6th grade at Rose Park. We enjoy road trips, 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.

    In addition to intellect, it’s my hope that students grow in compassion, courage, and creativity through my subject areas of Theatre and English. I am thankful for the opportunity to walk alongside students in a Christian environment as we glorify God, respond to His calling, and engage in the world.

  • 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. 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.

  • Nykamp, Heidi
    Nykamp, Heidi Science Teacher & Winterim Director

    I graduated from Calvin College in December 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science Studies for Secondary Education. I am so grateful to be back at my alma mater teaching what I love at a place that is already so dear to my heart. Science has allowed me to experience God in profound ways. I love being witness to this intricate world through the study of science.

    Additionally, I serve as the Winterim Director. I enjoy having the opportunity to reach out to our HC and the West Michigan community as we prepare our students for new learning experiences each year during Winterim.

    My husband, Derek, and I live in Zeeland where we enjoy time spent with friends, family and the outdoors. I also love to run which has led me to coach cross country and track at the middle school.

  • 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.

  • Oosterhouse, Brenda
    Oosterhouse, Brenda Middle School Choir Director

    I’ve been teaching since 2012. I currently teach at Holland Christian, Lamont Christian (middle school choir), Muskegon Christian (K-6 music/choir), and West Shore Lutheran (K-8 music). I previously taught 7-12 grade choirs at Unity Christian Schools in Illinois and 6-8 grade choirs at Grand Rapids Public Schools.

    I believe our purpose on this planet is to pursue being a people who will passionately praise God (Ps. 96:1-4)!

    I earned my teaching certificate as well as a BA in Criminal Justice from Calvin College, and a Paralegal Degree from Davenport University. After years in the criminal justice field, I began a second career teaching music.

    Music aside, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three daughters. I like to garden and put up preserves. I relish passing warm summer nights at the Getty Drive-In.

  • Oosting, Jason
    Oosting, Jason Social Studies Teacher

    Born at an early age, I discovered a love for history that cannot be satiated. I graduated from Trinity Christian College with a B.A. in Business in 2003, worked in the marketing and banking worlds for a few years, then went back to school to get my teaching certificate in Social Studies at Rider University in 2009. I taught AP Art History and US History for seven years at Montgomery High School in New Jersey before moving to Holland in 2018 to be closer to family.

  • Pawloski, Ann
    Pawloski, Ann Educational Support Services

    I graduated from Calvin College with a degree in Biology. After teaching Outdoor Education in Hawaii, I decided to pursue an education degree. I graduated from the University of Hawaii with a certification in General Education and Special Education. I taught special education for four years at Woodland Park Middle School in Woodland Park, Colorado before accepting a position at Holland Christian High School.

    I live in Hamilton with my husband, stepson, and four-year-old twins. We spend a lot of our time working on our small 10 acre hobby farm. We also enjoy traveling, gardening, 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.

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

    I am a 2005 Hope College graduate. I found my passion for Spanish through my family and culture. I come from a Mexican and Puerto Rican family. I have been married for 10 years and have two wonderful boys, three and six years old. I enjoy reading and drinking coffee with good friends. My husband and I are passionate about helping grow churches and leaders for Christ.I have participated and have lead children’s church, hospitality and worship with creative arts.I am excited to be part of Holland Christian Schools. In my position this year as the Coordinator for our Spanish Immersion program and part of the FLES team I hope to be able to connect with many of the families here at Rose Park.

  • 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 grown children who graduated from Holland Christian and Calvin College. We are members of 14th Street Christian Reformed Church and have been greatly blessed by being part of the faith community there. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, painting and creating liturgical art with kids at church.

    It’s a great privilege to be able to guide a student with their learning. Many students are 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 music major and a physical education minor. I began my teaching career at Muskegon Christian Schools where I taught 1st and 3rd grade while completing my Master’s program in elementary education at Western Michigan University. I have taught at Holland Christian since 1989, teaching 4th grade at Rose Park, K-5 PE at South Side and Pine Ridge, 11 years in the middle school, and now Rose Park. At HC I have also coached the JV basketball teams, varsity softball teams, as well as middle school basketball, volleyball, and softball teams. God has gifted each one of us with many different talents, and I work 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, and we are called to use them to bring glory and honor to God.

  • Reid, Madeline
    Reid, Madeline Spanish Teacher

    In 2017 I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A., earning certifications in Spanish K-12 and English Secondary Education. Through my language studies at Calvin I’ve been fortunate enough to learn in Arequipa, Peru as well as Rehoboth, New Mexico. These communities have confirmed, in many ways, that teaching and the outdoors are two of the greats we get in life. That, and coaching middle school volleyball! As a Grand Rapids Christian grad, born and raised in a family of six, I shocked the world with a move west to Holland. I can honestly say there is no place iId rather teach! HC is a community of faith that grows me each day. I am humbled and hopeful to be a part of a school and department that enable students to know the diversity of creation and transform the world for Jesus.

  • Render, Chris
    Render, Chris Counselor

    I received a B.A. in Business Administration from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA and a masters degree in Counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to serve as a counselor at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

    I am married to the love of my life, Charity Render, and we have four wonderful daughters. As a family we enjoy the beach, riding bikes, hiking and traveling. I also like to play golf and basketball. We moved to beautiful Western Michigan in the summer of 2019.

    I am grateful for the opportunity to serve at Holland Christian School. It is a privilege to be able to counsel students from a Christian perspective, to encourage their walk with Jesus Christ and help equip them to transform the world around them.

  • 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 HCHS for two years before moving to HCMS in 2002 where I have been since.

    I married my high school sweetheart, Kristie Ribbens, in June 1980. 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 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 at various colleges including the University of Michigan, Kendall College of Art and Design, Southwestern Michigan University, and Hope College.

    As I enter the classroom I am newly energized by the sense of creation that surrounds me. I believe in the artist that tucks inside all of us, and 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.

  • Riemersma, Diane
    Riemersma, Diane 4th Grade Teacher

    I believe that God has amazing plans for each one of His children, and I am so excited that I get to play a small part in those plans here at Holland Christian. I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 1989 as either a 3rd, 4th or 5th grade teacher. I also am the Varsity Diving Coach at Holland Christian High School. I love that I get to share God’s love with the students in my classroom as well as the athletes on the swim team, and help them each discover their own part of God’s big story. I am a 1989 graduate of Hope College with a major in Learning Disabilities and Elementary education. My husband Brian and I have been married since 1990, and we have three grown children. We live in Zeeland, where we are members of Faith Reformed Church.

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

    I graduated from Hope College in 1996 with a degree in Language Arts and Elementary Education. I began my career as a 2nd grade teacher, but decided to stay home while my kids were young. In God’s timing, I returned to the classroom and have taught for Holland Christian since 2011. I am currently blessed to teach music and 5th grade at Rose Park. I love my “juggling act!” Each day I am able to build relationships with my 5th graders as I integrate faith into their learning. I am also able to foster a love for music in my K-4 students and engage them in meaningful worship.

    My husband Dennis and I are both HC graduates and are blessed with three awesome kids. As a family we love to explore God’s amazing creation by being outside whenever we can. We are active members at Calvary CRC.

  • Ritsema, Jenna
    Ritsema, Jenna 2nd Grade Teacher

    I graduated from HC in 2005. Then I followed my passion to teach by attending Cornerstone University, and later pursued my Masters at GVSU. I have been teaching at HC since 2010. I thoroughly enjoy using my gifts and talents each day while teaching 2nd grade at South Side!

    I am married to Kurtis, and have four kids. We live in Holland and attend Graafschap CRC, where Kurtis is the youth pastor. In my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends, travel, read, and be out in God’s beautiful Creation.

    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. I find great joy learning and growing with my students!

  • 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 since 2000 years. I love helping these students get ready for life after high school.

    I have been married to my husband John since 1981 and we have two sons and a daughter-in-law. We also have three darling granddaughters.

  • Rosado, Laura
    Rosado, Laura Accountant

    I settled in Holland after graduating from Hope College in 1990 with a B.A. in business and English. Soon after graduating I met my husband, Raymond. We have two sons, Mason and Reed. Mason graduated from Hope in 2018 and is a youth pastor in Indiana. Reed is currently attending Hope, planning to study political science. We attend Central Wesleyan Church.

    Our family enjoys attending U of M football games and we are all avid sports fans. Prior to joining Holland Christian in the fall of 2019, I worked for 13 years as the accounting supervisor of Holland Public Schools. I feel blessed with this new opportunity to work with the staff, parents, and students of Holland Christian. What a privilege to work with the entire Holland Christian community to further the Kingdom of Christ!

  • Roskamp, Katelyn
    Roskamp, Katelyn Spanish Teacher

    I spend my days teaching Spanish at Holland Christian Middle School and have been since the fall of 2013. I also desire to spend my life learning and growing. My formal learning happened at Zeeland Christian, Calvin Christian, Grand Valley State University, La Universidad de Sevilla, and Calvin University. I love to explore more of God’s world by reading, listening to podcasts, exercising, enjoying the sunset, and more! I am passionate about relationships and feel most alive chatting with a friend or student over a cup of coffee! I am overwhelmed by the energy that middle schoolers bring to my classroom each day and love being a part of their journey. I believe middle schoolers are the best schoolers and watching God’s plan unfold for each one them brings me great joy!

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

    I married my wonderful wife, Katy, in July of 2013. We have a son Elliott (class of 2034) and a daughter Lucy (class of 2037). 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 that poured into me. I love that I am now able 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, graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in elementary education. I taught six + years in elementary and middle school in West Michigan. During that time, I earned my Masters of Education in reading from GVSU. For 12 years, my family lived in Huntsville, Alabama, where I taught 4th grade. In 2012, our family moved back to Holland, and, in 2013, I began working in ESS at Holland Christian.

    God has blessed my husband, Dave ’90, and me with two children: Katie ’16, and Josh ‘19. My family and I are members at Park CRC.

    Christian education is a blessing and a privilege that should be available to children of all abilities. I’m pleased to be part of ESS 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 three daughters. I graduated from Hope College in 2011 with a degree in English Education and Religion. 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. I graduated from Purdue in 1993 with a B.S. in math/math education. After that, I taught for several years at Holland High School as a math, computer, and yearbook teacher. I completed a 3-summer M.A. in educational technology through MSU 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 HCHS and MS for 7 years where I taught tech, computer science, and math, I now teach for HC(2).

  • Rynsburger, Miska
    Rynsburger, Miska Principal

    I graduated from Hope College with a BA in humanities, as well as math and science, and then earned my Masters degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University. My husband, TJ, is also a teacher. Together we have been blessed to raise three children, all of whom attend Holland Christian Schools. My husband and I both deeply value the mentorship and development the teachers at Holland Christian foster in each of our children. It gives me great joy to serve God by welcoming all children into the learning spaces and classrooms at Rose Park. I count it a true joy to witness God unfurling each child in every way while flourishing at school.

  • Schebor, Karina
    Schebor, Karina 1st Grade Teacher

    I attended and graduated from Holland Christian. I 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. I received my Masters Degree in Reading from Grand Valley State University in April of 2011.

    My life has been deeply impacted by Christian Education. 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.

    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.

  • Schemper, Greg
    Schemper, Greg Film & English Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2000 and then moved to Southern California, where I taught at Ontario Christian High School in Ontario, California; John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California; and earned a Master’s of Professional Writing at USC.

    In 2006, I accepted a position at HC and have had the privilege of teaching English, film, and chemistry classes; I also serve as the Winterim Internship Director. My wife, Sarah, and I have two daughters, Kate and Elia, who both attend Holland Christian.

    Through my teaching, I aim to help my students better see that Jesus calls us to the most exciting of all possible lifestyles. And that deep joy is found in using our gifts – whether they be in writing, art, the sciences, or business – to be agents of change for Christ.

  • Schippers, Tami
    Schippers, Tami Preschool Aide

    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 (OAISD) 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, or doing 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 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 attended Holland Christian Schools, I began volunteering in the library. By the time our children graduated, I had been hired as a clerk in the library, 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.”

  • Scott, Devon
    Scott, Devon Bible Teacher

    After being converted to Christ at the age of 16, I became a student at Holland Christian, graduating in 2009. Since then, the Lord has given me countless blessings, including my education at Moody Bible and GRTS. God has graciously gifted to me my beautiful wife Autumn, and two wonderful kids.

    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 graduated from Calvin College in 1985 with a degree in Elementary Education and then received my M.A. in reading from Western Michigan University. After four years of teaching in Christian schools in Pittsburgh, PA and northern Michigan, I joined the Holland Christian community in 1990.

    I am a member of LaGrave Christian Reformed Church and enjoy reading, traveling, and hiking with my dog.

    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 belongs 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

    I received a B.S. in industrial engineering at North Carolina State University and a M.Ed. in math education from Vanderbilt University. I have been serving as the (HC)2 Coordinator since its inception in the fall of 2009. I count it a joy to develop a rapport with the students and families in our program, to be a part of the teaching team, and yes, to play four square with kids at recess. 🙂

    I am grateful for my husband, Chip, and our three grown children. The teachers and coaches that our children had at Holland Christian from elementary – high school encouraged and inspired them academically, physically, and in their faith walk. Chip and I are incredibly thankful for their influence!

    I strive to live my everyday life in gratitude to what the Lord has done for me! Psalm 40: 2-3

  • Sharda, Shirley
    Sharda, Shirley Foundation Accountant

    I am an HC graduate and have an accounting degree from Davenport University. I worked in the Accounting Department at Thermotron Industries, at Bethany Christian Reformed Church doing bookkeeping, and began working at Holland Christian in 1995.

    I have been married to John, also an HC graduate, for over 40 years. We have three children who are also HC graduates. God has richly blessed us with eight grandchildren. John and I love spending time with our family, but 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. 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.

  • Slenk, Anna
    Slenk, Anna Spanish Immersion Director

    I graduated from North Park University with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and Creative Writing and received my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota with a certificate in Dual Language and Immersion Education.

    In 2016, after living in Costa Rica for ten years, I moved back to West Michigan with my family (my husband and three young boys, Levi, Oliver, and Wesley). While in Costa Rica, I founded and directed El Puente, a bilingual Christian school.

    I truly believe that learning a second language is an incredible opportunity to better understand and connect with others in our world in meaningful ways for God’s glory. I am excited about working to further develop 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. My Masters was completed in the Art of Teaching from Aquinas College.

    Along with teaching art, I enjoy serving as the Holland Christian Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach in the spring and as the Associate Head 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 2012 with a B.A. in Spanish and Education with a minor in Organizational Leadership. I later received my M.A.T. from Aquinas College with a focus on language acquisition. I hail from Naperville, IL but reside in Graafschap with my husband, Elliot, who also teaches at HC. We enjoy traveling, athletics, and playing with our two dogs.

    God ignited my passion for the Spanish language and its encompassing cultures and called me to my vocation in teaching while doing mission work and studying abroad in Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain. I am blessed by the opportunity to be a part of the HC community and am very excited to widen the worlds of HC students this through the gift of language.

  • 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 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

    A graduate of Calvin, I taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades at Highland Christian, Zeeland Christian, and Rose Park Christian before stepping away for a time to raise our family. I find great joy in teaching and connecting with students in my classroom. My passion is that they feel safe, seen, and encouraged to be who God created them to be.

    My husband and I live in Overisel with our three daughters. We love to spend time outdoors. We feel blessed by the quality Christian education our girls receive at HCS and love the positive influence their teachers have on their faith journey.

    My prayer is that God would use me to speak His love and truth over my students as we dig into each subject. I feel privileged to partner with parents in the education of their children here at Holland Christian.

  • Smith, Angie
    Smith, Angie Forest School 1st Grade Assistant

    I am a wife, mother of four (three married) and grandma to the Best Baby ever. In the midst of raising our family, I taught art for ten years, ran events and weddings out of our
    barn, directed a drama program and started a pottery business.

    While living in Indiana, I discovered Holland Christian Schools and became an immediate fan. The school’s commitment to innovation in tandem with an authentic awareness of Christ’s presence is unique and invaluable in this day and age.

    I feel incredibly blessed and something akin to winning the lottery as working in the Forest School is a converging of many of my passions as an artist, educator and child of God. We’re so very glad to be a small part of a greater whole.

  • Smith, Laura
    Smith, Laura Social Studies Teacher

    I am so excited to teach 6th grade reading, writing, and social studies at Rose Park! I grew up in Auburn, Indiana and moved to West Michigan when I started my studies in Calvin College’s education program. After I graduated in 2018, I spent a year teaching 6th grade Language Arts at a Grand Rapids Public Middle School before joining the Holland Christian team.

    My husband Ken and I live in Grandville with our two cats, Carl and Alice. When I am not teaching, I enjoy hiking, reading, and cooking. My goal as a teacher is to be an advocate while challenging students holistically. I am blessed to be a part of the HCS family and to share my faith and passions in the classroom!

  • Snoeyink, Danielle
    Snoeyink, Danielle 4th Grade Teacher

    I have lived in West Michigan my entire life. I enjoy painting on canvases, spending the day at the beach, and love impromptu adventures. I attended HC and graduated in 2011. In 2015, I graduated from Calvin College’s Elementary Education program with a major in Early Childhood education.

    Whether it is a conversation, joining them on the playground, creating art, or building a Lego creation alongside of them, I find abundant blessings through these moments of building relationships with God’s children. Each of the children in my classroom are uniquely created by the Great Maker’s hands. They are His. I value that time I receive to build those relationships with my students and their families. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”

  • Solis, Noelle
    Solis, Noelle Spanish Immersion Teacher

    After graduating from Calvin College in 2009 with a K-12 Spanish and Secondary English degree, I taught ESL in Mexico for four years. While in Mexico, I also completed a Master’s in TESOL through Biola University. In 2013, I moved to Costa Rica, where I taught high school English literature to Costa Rican students for six years. Living abroad profoundly shaped who I am today and the ways in which I see God at work in the world.

    When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Javier, and our 19-month-old daughter, Abigail. You can generally find me reading or doing puzzles in my spare time.

    Several years ago, I was privileged to complete my student teaching here at Holland Christian. I am thrilled to be back here now as a teacher and to be a part of this beautiful community.

  • Sportel, Sam
    Sportel, Sam Science Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2007 with an integrated science major and biology minor for secondary education. In 2013 I completed my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in science education. I got the opportunity to be a research assistant and science instructor for a National Science Foundation program in 2008.

    My wife, Katie, and our three children Jack, Grace, and Chloe currently live on the south side of Holland and are members of Providence Church.

    In science, we develop models of creation in its amazing intricacy. I believe students are part of that amazing creation and need to treat each other as such in and out of the classroom. 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 started working at Holland Christian in 2017 when my husband became the pastor at Park Church and we moved here from Omaha, Nebraska. I had been a stay-at-home mom of my three kids for several years in Omaha, and then when my youngest started kindergarten I started working as a special-ed early childhood teacher’s assistant in our local school.

    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 master’s degree. I worked as a social worker until I had my first child.

    We are glad to be back in West Michigan and enjoy spending time outside when we can. I am thankful for my calling at Holland Christian, and I strive to honor and serve the Lord as I care for those He has entrusted with me.

  • Steenwyk, Diane
    Steenwyk, Diane Administrative Assistant

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian as is my husband, Al, and our two boys. I now have four little grandsons attending Rose Park which makes my working here a delight. I know HC has become part of our genetic makeup as my grandchildren are the fourth generation of my family attending this school system. God has richly provided for us here. It is great friends, caring staff, wonderful constituents, joy and home for me. My prayer is that God’s word be faithfully instilled in each student to live the life He has intended for them.

  • Stejskal, Jana
    Stejskal, Jana 4th Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Holland Christian and received my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. For the past 20 years I have team taught at the elementary level. I have been married for 33 years to my husband Michael and we have three grown children and one grandchild.

    In my professional life, I have a sincere desire to not only grow readers and writers but also assist children in taking responsibility for building their own independent reading and writing lives. I realize kids have been given an incredible opportunity in our school to learn a branch of knowledge–that of knowing and learning about God’s Word every day. What an incredible honor and calling.

  • 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. I began teaching at West Ottawa Public Schools for the Mild Cognitively Impaired students in 3rd-5th grades. In 2011 I accepted a job at HCS in the Homeschool Connection which led me to teaching full time for Holland Christian Schools.

    My family attends Providence Christian Reformed Church. We love spending time outdoors, swimming, biking, camping, reading and spending time with friends. 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 am a faithful follower of my Lord and Savior! I graduated from GVSU in 2009 with a B.A. in elementary education. I received an endorsement in early childhood education with and emphasis in special education. I’ve taught and served students in several teaching roles in lower education.

    I am married and have one child. As a family, we attend First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. Outside of teaching I enjoy running, traveling, and spending time 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

    I am an HC grad and I received my B.A. from Calvin College. I began teaching kindergarten at Holland Christian in 2006. In 2011, I received my M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Grand Valley State University.

    My husband, Tom, is the assistant principal at Holland Christian Middle School.

    We love to spend time outdoors and with our adult children. We are members of Calvary Christian Reformed Church. I love teaching in a Christian school. 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 B.A. from Calvin and my Master’s from Concordia. I taught at SDCH in Smithville, Ontario and Timothy Christian in Illinois before coming to HC. I have been blessed to be married to Karen Strikwerda. She enjoys teaching kindergarten at South Side. We have three incredible children named Mark, Emily and Sarah. My hobbies include mountain biking, ice hockey, cross country skiing, and camping.

    I am honored to be the assistant principal of HCMS. I love serving and working alongside the students, staff and the parents. Our goal as a school is to care for your students social-emotionally, challenge them academically, and help them grow spiritually. My goal is to have a school where we value each child for who they are as they are each “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14

  • Styf, Michelle
    Styf, Michelle Science Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2003 and began my teaching career in California. I moved back to Michigan in 2005 and have had the amazing privilege of working at Holland Christian ever since. I completed my Master’s at Grand Valley State University in 2013.

    Andy and I were married in 2013 and have since welcomed two sons, Joel and Elijah. We are members of Haven Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland. We live south of Holland and enjoy spending time outside. Some of my hobbies include gardening, hiking, and photographing this beautiful world God created. I love working with students at Holland Christian and seeing their creativity and energy. My passion is helping students learn about God’s world, how God sustains it, and how they can be better caretakers of His world.

  • 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 four 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.

  • Swierenga, Heather
    Swierenga, Heather PE & Health Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Physical Education and Health Education. At Holland Christian, I serve as the PE and Health teacher for freshmen girls, as well as coach basketball.

    My husband, Mark, and I live in Grand Rapids. We love to travel, hike, bike, and play outdoors. We have two beautiful daughters, Madison and Kendall. I love teaching students the language of movement. Physical activity is a universal language allowing us to connect with one another without the use of words. I love establishing relationships with students and being part of a community that strives for to represent Christ in all areas.

  • 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.

    I feel blessed to be working at Holland Christian Schools in 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.

  • Throop, Dee Dee
    Throop, Dee Dee Counselor

    I love being the elementary counselor for Holland Christian. I tell students and their families that counseling is for normal people, as we all need a little help, now and then. I started my Christian school journey in 2008. Prior to that, I was an elementary teacher and counselor for public schools in Indiana, Florida, Georgia and in Grand Rapids, MI. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Elementary Education; and my Master’s Degree in School Counseling, from the University of South Florida. I’m married to Merle since 1991 and we have a daughter and a son. We worship at Covenant Presbyterian in Holland.

  • 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.

  • Travers, Kristin
    Travers, Kristin School Social Worker

    I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2011 with my Masters in Social Work with a school social work endorsement. Since then I have worked within several districts to support students ranging from preK through 12th grade as a social worker, mental health consultant, and behavior coach.

    My husband Neil and I have four daughters: Evie, Cora, Millie, and Ellis. We attend Maple Avenue Ministries and hold tightly to it’s mission to be centered in Christ, called to the core city, and committed to becoming a multi-cultural community of reconciliation.

    Building into and caring for the lives of the students I walk alongside has been one of my life’s greatest blessings and I am thankful for the opportunity to journey with the students here at Holland Christian.

  • Tuls, Art
    Tuls, Art English teacher

    Art Tuls taught primarily freshman Bible classes at HCHS for 22 years, from 1992 until the spring of 2014, when he retired from teaching full time. He has also led trips to Israel with Ray VanderLaan.

  • Vandenbeldt, Katie
    Vandenbeldt, Katie Preschool Aide

    Rose Park and Holland Christian hold a special place in my heart since I went to Rose Park through my elementary years and went on to graduate from Holland Christian High School. Following high school, I went to and graduated from Stanley Harris School of Cosmetology.

    I have been involved with Rose Park preschool since 2012, first as a mom and now as a classroom aide. I have always enjoyed working with kids. I volunteered in our church nursery from a young age, babysat as a teen then became a mom to my three wonderful kids with my husband, Adam.

    Along with being a part time aide, I am a Nursery Coordinator at Providence CRC and enjoy doing hair for family and friends. Our family enjoys camping, bike rides, playing games and watching movies together.

  • 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. I began teaching at Sunnyside Christian Schools in Sunnyside, Washington; I also taught 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 two daughters, Ella and Charlotte, and a son, Abram. I am originally from Iowa. 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 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.

  • Vandenberg, Susan
    Vandenberg, Susan K-2 Spanish Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1995, majoring in English and minoring in Business. After living in Madrid, Spain, for a year, I returned to Calvin for a teaching certificate and a minor in Spanish. At Valley Christian in Cerritos, Calfornia, I taught Spanish and English for seven years before my husband Scott and I moved to Holland. Since then I have been freelance writing and serving as a substitute teacher at Holland Christian. We have three children, Ella, Abram, and Charlotte, who all attend HC. We love being a part of Fourteenth Street CRC. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it; the world and all who live in it.” Learning another language is a wonderful way to expand our view of God’s world and to love those whom he created in his image. It’s also just a lot of fun!

  • Vanderbeek, Jane
    Vanderbeek, Jane Spanish Teacher

    I have taught Spanish at HC since graduating in 1994 from Calvin College. In 1999, after studying three summers in Morelia, Mexico, I completed a MATL degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to spending numerous summers in Latin America, my family and I have lived a year in Morelia, Mexico and a year in Quepos, Costa Rica. So much of who I am as a person and Christ follower has been shaped by these experiences. I love being able to share with my students how much my life has been enriched and my worldview expanded because of being able to speak more than one language.

    My husband and I strongly believe in the importance of world language study for our own children too! Our three kids graduated from Zeeland Christian’s Spanish Immersion program before coming to HCHS.

  • 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 on the east side of Michigan and am a graduate of Chelsea High School and Calvin College. My husband Jeff and I moved to Holland after we were married, and although neither one of us attended Holland Christian, we started our oldest child at Rose Park for preschool and fell in love with HC–the teachers and staff, the mission, the Christ-centered education. All four of our children have been given the gift of a Holland Christian education. I began working at Holland Christian High School in 2011 as the counseling department assistant. In 2017 I moved into the high school office as administrative assistant while still doing my counseling duties, which I love!

    Outside of school, I love to run, go golfing and camping with family, and read books on my front porch with a cup of coffee.

  • 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.

  • VanderWell, Connie
    VanderWell, Connie ESS

    It is a joy being part of the HC community again, and working alongside the staff and students at the middle school is a blessing! After graduating from HC and Dordt University, I taught grades 5-8 ELA at Des Moines Christian School. After my husband and I returned to Michigan, I worked at Grand Rapids Christian Middle School as an ELA and academic support teacher and later as the literacy coach.

    Our recent move to Holland is allowing us to enjoy all that the lakeshore has to offer, especially the Lake Michigan sunsets! It is a privilege to work with the middle school students at HCMS. God has created each one with unique gifts. Watching them explore and grow in his world is a gift!

  • Vanderzwaag, Kim
    Vanderzwaag, Kim 4th Grade Teacher

    I am a 1994 graduate of Holland Christian. 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. I have been married to Kelly since 1998, and we have three children. As a family we love Christian music, camping, and a variety of sports.

    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. I was hired as the ESS life skills job coach and continue working as a teacher assistant. I’ve enjoyed instructing a summer program for Ready For Life at Hope College.

    My husband, Jim, and I married in 2007. We have two sons, and enjoy welcoming international students into our family and getting to know different cultures. We love being involved at Ridge Point Community Church, and helping with the Unified Sports at HC.

    I love being a part of Holland Christian. 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 and find an appreciation for God’s creation and their life.

  • Vaneerden, Kelli
    Vaneerden, Kelli Administrative Assistant

    I graduated from HCHS in 1989 and Calvin College in 1993, with a major in therapeutic recreation and a minor in psychology. My husband and I have two incredible children, Jordan and Cameron, who have also been blessed by an HC education. We are members of Providence Church.

    As a family we love to play and watch sports and enjoy all of the beautiful Lake Michigan beaches.

    I am so happy to be part of the HC family and am often overwhelmed by the privilege of working with such quality staff and students. I hope that I can help students understand what a beautiful and important foundation HC will be in their lives. My goal is to be a positive and encouraging part of their daily experience!

  • VanIwaarden, DJ
    VanIwaarden, DJ Education Support Services

    I was born and raised in sunny Florida and studied Elementary Education at Palm Beach Atlantic University. I met my husband Daniel in Chicago, and we lived in several states before we settled in 2007 in his home town of Holland, Michigan. We have six children who have attended and loved Holland Christian Schools. We found that Holland Christian has partnered with us in the development of our children’s foundations in Christ and has given them strong academic skills and knowledge. In 2017, after staying home to raise our children and working part time in children’s ministry, I came to work for Holland Christian. I find great joy in helping children grow in their faith as well as academically, and each year I look forward to opportunities to share God’s love and peace.

  • Vankampen, Lisa
    Vankampen, Lisa Junior Kindergarten Teacher

    I was born and raised in Holland, and am a graduate of HC. I then graduated from GVSU with a B.A. in elementary ed/psychology. I taught for four years in Hudsonville. After staying at home with our children for 16 years, in 2009 I took a preschool teacher assistant position at South Side. During the 2017-18 school year, Jamie Lanser and I began team teaching. What a blessing it has been!

    My husband, Doug, and I have six children who either have graduated from or attend Holland Christian. Outside of school, I enjoy boating, going to the beach, taking walks, and scrapbooking.

    As a teacher at HC, my prayer is that I’m able to show Jesus to His precious children each day by encouraging their curiosity for learning, but ultimately loving each child for the unique person God created them to be.

  • Vanmeeteren, Karen
    Vanmeeteren, Karen 1st Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in humanities. I am so thankful for my calling to teach young children, and I have had the privilege to teach 2nd graders, kindergarteners, and since 2006, 1st graders.

    My husband, Bob, and I have two children, Jenna and Matthew, who have graduated from Holland Christian. Bob and I find great joy in traveling, taking long walks, biking, hiking, and spending time with our family.

    It is a great joy and blessing for me to work and learn with young children. I especially love sharing the stories of God and His amazing love for us, His children. My prayer is that each child may experience the joy that Jesus brings into their life and that their sprouting seeds of faith will be well nourished in first grade.

  • 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 M.A. 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.

  • Vanrees, Leanne
    Vanrees, Leanne 4-School Teacher

    I grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in elementary education. I was a substitute teacher at HC for nine years before becoming a preschool teacher in 2016. 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 all three of our children (Hannah, Madeline, and Noah) have graduated from Holland Christian. In my spare time, I enjoy being in the kitchen, reading, and resale shopping.

    As a parent, I know the importance of Christian 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.

  • VanVliet, Emily
    VanVliet, Emily 1st Grade Forest School Teacher

    I grew up and have lived in the West Michigan area my whole live. I attended Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Michigan. I graduated from Calvin College in May of 2019 with a degree in early childhood education with an emphasis in special education.

    I am first and foremost a child of God, created in His image. God has given me a true passion for working with children and being outside in His world. I am beyond blessed to have this opportunity to combine my passions through teaching at Forest School.

    I spend my summers as an in-home caregiver for adults with special needs. In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer, biking, backpacking, and spending quality time with my friends and family.

  • Vanzanten, Jenifer
    Vanzanten, Jenifer Science Teacher

    I am a 1995 graduate of Hope College. While at Hope, I ran on the cross country team and pursued a degree in science and education. My teaching career began at the elementary level. I then went on to pursue my masters degree is in the area of reading instruction and taught pre-service teachers in this area at GVSU. Over the years, I have been blessed with a wide range of educational experiences and opportunities to work with students from elementary to adult. I also am blessed to be a wellness consultant.

    My husband and I have three children and HC has had a tremendous impact on their lives. It is an honor to teach in a place where I can not only share the wonder of God’s world through science, but also to pray with my students and nurture them in their faith journeys.

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

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1996 with a degree in music education. Prior to joining Holland Christian, I taught in Grand Rapids, Michigan and in Ontario, California. I have taught 5th-8th band at Holland Christian since 2008.

    In 2017, I graduated from Western Theological Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Theology. I use this as I teach 8th grade Bible and serve as Worship Assistant at Harderwyk Ministries, Watershed, singing and playing keys, bass and guitar. My wife accompanies the HCMS choirs and teaches music at GVSU. My two daughters are also talented performers.

    I love being a part of the HC community! Psalm 33:3 tells us to “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” It is a blessing to walk this journey of faith and worship with these students!

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

    I am a graduate of Calvin College (B.A. in math education and psychology) and MSU (M.A. in educational leadership). I have taught at Chicago Christian and Cutlerville Christian (now Legacy Christian). I began teaching at Holland Christian in 2002. My family enjoys getting out to Lake Michigan as often as we can. I enjoy kayaking, hiking, and biking. Our world belongs to God. Technology and media have a profound, shaping effect on our culture. I want students to use these shapers of culture to be salt and light for God in our world. 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.”

  • 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 3rd grade at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and 5th grade at Cutlerville Christian School for six years. Since 2011 I have served at HCS as an instructional assistant and Title I reading and math interventionist. My husband, Dan, and I have three children.

    I enjoy partnering with parents to encourage and direct God’s children as they grow academically, socially, and spiritually. My goal is for my students to become a community of learners that treats each other with respect and works to understand each other’s challenges. Together we encourage each other to celebrate God’s goodness and become compassionate and creative problem solvers in His world.

  • Wagenveld, Lito
    Wagenveld, Lito Spanish Teacher

    In 2019, I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in secondary Spanish and Bible education. While at Calvin, I studied abroad in Honduras, focusing on the subjects of language, culture, and social justice.

    I come from a family of six–my parents, one older brother, and two younger sisters–one of whom will be a future Holland Christian graduate! I was born in Puerto Rico to missionary parents and lived there until I was four years old. We then moved to Illinois where I eventually attended Illiana Christian, and since 2015 we have lived in Zeeland, MI. We have loved our time here. As a product of Christian schooling myself, I am excited for the work that I have at Holland Christian–pursuing our mission, encouraging students and staff, and living out the faith.

  • Walters, Stephanie
    Walters, Stephanie Elementary Music Teacher

    I grew up in Holland, graduated from Holland Christian and Calvin College. I play clarinet in Holland Symphony and play piano at two churches. I also teach piano and clarinet privately at my home. My husband, Kevin, and I attend Noordeloos Church and have three grown sons. I love sharing music with children! It is my hope that my students grow more in love with God through the music we explore together in class.

  • Westfall, Nona
    Westfall, Nona Custodian

    Before working at Holland Christian, I worked as a project manager for 16 years at Alamosa, PCS. I helped design and build the cellular network for Sprint PCS. After that I shifted gears and was a medical assistant at Freedom Village. I then stayed home for a couple of years with my kids and did the before and after school care for Holland Christian. I began helping my husband clean Rose Park and after a few years I was hired to be the head custodian. My husband Rob and I live in the Zeeland area. We have five boys!  I enjoy being able to build friendships with the children of Rose Park. I have been employed at Holland Christian since 2015.

  • Westfall, Rob
    Westfall, Rob Facility Maintenance

    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 have been teaching at Holland Christian on and off since I graduated from Calvin College in December 2011. I taught Spanish at HC for a few years, but then had the opportunity to live and teach in Wyoming (where I’m originally from) for a year. As much as I loved that, I eventually wanted to come back and teach in a place where faith is in integral and explicit part of what I get to do. I now teach English and am so happy to be a Maroon! I love getting to know my students well through their writing and what they share in class, and it is a joy to watch them grow as learners and as followers of Jesus. I love the community I am surrounded by here at the high school, and I honestly love coming to work every day.

  • Winowiecki, Michael
    Winowiecki, Michael Social Studies Teacher

    I graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in secondary education, social sciences, and psychology. While studying at Wheaton, I developed a passion for history, particularly in terms of how our past shapes who we are as well as seeing God work his redemptive plan. As a Christian educator, I work to help my students discover more about God, themselves, as well as their peers and the world around them. It is also my goal to help students reach their full potential by striving to overcome challenging circumstances as well as develop the skills and values necessary to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom. I’m excited to be equipping minds and nurturing hearts for Jesus Christ at Holland Christian Schools.

  • Wood, John
    Wood, John Grounds Keeper

    I worked at BASF in research, for Potters Lawn Maintenance, and at Hollandia Gardens. 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’ 75, 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. We are currently members of Victory Point Ministries (part of the CRC.) We are active in various aspects of this ministry.

  • Wyma, Erin
    Wyma, Erin Director of Learning

    A Holland Christian alum, I continued my education at Grand Valley State University where I obtained a B.A. in social sciences/psychology, elementary education minor, K-8 reading specialist endorsement and a master’s in reading instruction/literacy studies. After 18 years of teaching in public education, I joined the HC staff in 2013. I currently serve as Holland Christian’s PreK-12 Director of Learning. My husband Greg and I have two daughters, Madelyn and Elise. In our downtime we enjoy hiking and traveling. With each new role throughout my career, the Lord has amplified my passion for academic excellence in Christian education.

  • 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 5th grade at Knapp Charter Academy, as well as middle school writing. For several years I enjoyed staying home with our children, but am thrilled to be back teaching writing to HC(2) students. I love to foster a caring and encouraging classroom where each student is celebrated for their unique interests and gifts, and a place where we work together to build our skills to serve God and each other in His world. Outside of school I enjoy reading, and spending time with my family. We love to bike, hike, and explore new places and pieces of God’s creation!

  • 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. 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 students as they praise our God.

    Outside of serving at HC, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have the privilege of raising two sons and a daughter. I also enjoy being outdoors, reading and spending time up north.