• Allen, Jennifer
    Allen, Jennifer Kindergarten Assistant

    West Michigan has always been my home. I attended GRCC, Grand Valley State University and finished a communications degree at Kingston University in a study abroad program in the UK. My husband Todd and I married in 2004 and we have three children who continue to inspire and amaze us. My family loves to spend time outside on lakes and trails or in Northern Michigan. Prior to teaching I spent 13 years working in communications on a marketing team. After resigning to spend time at home with my family, God had a different plan for my return to work; my heart was led to teaching. Before coming to Forest School I worked in a Christian preschool along with substituting. It is such a joy coming to work each day to be with our class and watch them grow, learn and explore in God’s creation.

  • Beckman, Melanie
    Beckman, Melanie 3rd Grade Assistant

    After graduating from Covenant Christian High School and attending Davenport University, I worked in various roles in the auto industry until staying home to raise our children. I started working at Holland Christian in 2021 as my youngest child began full-time Kindergarten. My amazement for all that God has created, a love for the outdoors, and a passion to serve has led me to this position. My husband and I have three children in HC schools and we have been blessed by the community, and most especially by the staff. I am excited and honored to join this group of servant-hearted leaders who love God and live out his calling on their lives. I pray that God’s Word will be written on the hearts of each child and that he will use me to let them know his love.

  • Follett, Rachael
    Follett, Rachael 2nd Grade Assistant

    I planted my life in Holland after graduating from Hope with a BSW in 2010. My husband, Josh, and I got married in 2012, and have since had 3 children: Weston, Caleb, and Halle. I have a lot of experience working with kids–Sunday School teaching, Young Life leading, gymnastics coaching, and (newly) foster mom-ing. Prior to the arrival of Caleb, I worked as a case manager in a late-stage dementia unit, but decided to stay home to focus on raising my children over these last few years. I used to think that Michigan winters were dreadful, but God took us by the hand and delivered us to HC Forest School for our children’s education and I’ve since become an enthusiast. The benefits and ceiling of this program know no end. I feel blessed to serve our Lord in this capacity and to adventure on in life at HC!

  • Harig, Ron
    Harig, Ron 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.

  • Hicks, Anna
    Hicks, Anna Kindergarten Assistant

    I grew up in the U.P. falling in love with a personal God while hiking the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, spending time on Lake Superior, and tromping through the forest. I had incredible experiences and mentors as part of a one room school 1st-8th grade that kindled a creativity for working with young kids. I have been blessed to meet and love on kids all over the country in partnership with children’s ministries, as well as be devoted to raising my own three blessings. I am honored to anticipate this year in the Forest with God and His precious ones.

  • 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 my students bring to my classroom each day and love being a part of their journey. I am excited to spend my days teaching Spanish to both Forest School and Middle School students!

  • 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.

  • Slenk, Erica
    Slenk, Erica 3rd Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Holland Christian in 2016, and then went on to Hope College to earn a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood, with minors in ESL and Spanish. I love competitive swimming and coaching, spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, and traveling. I have a twin sister, and we are the oldest of 5 children. We attend Holland Heights CRC. I feel honored to be able to teach at a school that made such a huge impact in my life. Combining my love for teaching kids and for the outdoors, it makes me excited to join the Forest School team! I am blessed to be able to walk alongside students in their faith journey, to learn from them, and to grow closer to God together.

  • Smith, Angie
    Smith, Angie 2nd Grade Teacher

    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.

  • Spoelman, Mychala
    Spoelman, Mychala Kindergarten Assistant

    I am SO excited to join the Forest team at Holland Christian. Growing up in Ravenna, most of my time has been spent in the outdoors whether I am hunting, fishing, hiking, camping or just swimming in the Great Lakes. I recently graduated from Northern Michigan University (go ‘cats!) and finished my internship in August. I received a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation Leadership & Management with a minor in Environmental Studies. Tacos, sunsets and doggos are my jam and I am a firm believer that pineapple does not belong on pizza. I have a passion for the outdoors and believe that God’s natural handiwork is the best classroom. I hope that in my time in the Forest I can help instill the same passion in the kids and help them become excellent learners.

  • Terpstra, Mary
    Terpstra, Mary 2nd Grade Assistant

    I am so excited that I get to be an HC forest school version of Ms. Frizzle–I hope I do her proud! So many experiences have brought me to this place: amazing parents, family, friends, naturalists and very patient teachers! I can only stand on all their prayers, knowledge and love and be grateful. Credit also must be given to Calvin University, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois University, and a husband who has helped me raise two sons, both HC alumni, and continues to allow me to come home dirty from exploring outside with kids after 40 years! I cannot wait to open God’s gifts in nature with the first graders, a pure blessing!

  • VanVliet, Emily
    VanVliet, Emily 1st Grade 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.

  • Wierenga, Mackenzie
    Wierenga, Mackenzie Kindergarten Teacher

    I was born and raised in West Michigan, and graduated from Hope College in 2020 with a degree in elementary education and with an emphasis in early childhood education. I have always found joy in sharing my love for Christ with young kids. God has given me a passion to work with children and I am so blessed to teach about our Lord and Savior at Forest School. Outside of serving at HC I enjoy hiking trails around Holland, playing tennis, going on bike rides, or doing anything in or on the water. I am usually up for anything as long as I am with friends and family. Forest school is a place where I can use my love for the outdoors and my passion for teaching. I cannot wait to learn through God’s creation every day with kindergarteners at Forest School.