• Bosch, Rhea
    Bosch, Rhea Forest School Kindergarten Assistant
  • Harig, Ron
    Harig, Ron Forest School Kindergarten Teacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.