• Allen, Jennifer
    Allen, Jennifer Forest School 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.

  • 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.

  • Render, Charity
    Render, Charity 2nd grade Forest School Assistant

    I graduated from Covenant College with a B.A. in elementary education. I have had the opportunity to teach in a number of states and schools over the past 20+ years. I have also had the pleasure of homeschooling my own children while learning about different curriculums and teaching methods. I am married to Chris Render and we have four daughters Kyleigh, Adalynn, Savannah, and Braelyn. After living in Maryland for 15 years we took a leap of faith and moved to Michigan in the summer of 2019. I’m thankful God has led our family to West Michigan. It is a privilege to teach in a Christ-centered school and share the joy of Jesus to young lives. I’m especially excited to be teaching kids at the Forest School where we will experience God’s creation first hand.

  • 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 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.

  • VanDyke, Tanya
    VanDyke, Tanya Forest School Assistant

    I was born and raised in the Holland/Hamilton area. I attended Holland Christian and graduated in 2006. I met my husband, Greg, while a junior in high school. We married in 2011 and live in Hamilton. God has blessed us with two daughters. Natalie was born in 2013 and attends Holland Christian Forest School. Zoey was born in 2017 and will attend Forest School when she is in kindergarten.

    In the summer months, my family loves to spend time outside, hiking at local parks and woods and camping. During the winter months, our family loves to play in the snow; we look forward to the first snow fall every year.

  • 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.