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

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    Accounting | Economics | Intro to College Marketing

    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.

  • 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.

  • Blom, Erika
    Blom, Erika Choir Director

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    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

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    Bible 1 | Bible 2 | Hebrew 1

    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.

  • Boorsma, Anna
    Boorsma, Anna Science Teacher

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    Chemistry A | Physics

    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.

  • Brinks, Kurt
    Brinks, Kurt Math Teacher

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    Personal Finance

    In 1983, I graduated from Hope College with a major in mathematics and earned my master degree from MSU in 1986. During the past 37 years of teaching I have had the opportunity to invest in thousands of students’ lives. At Holland Christian, I am excited to share my passion for learning in a faith-based community. Both of my children (Mikaela ’12 and Marcus ’16) received an excellent education at Holland Christian. I hope my Personal Finance and Algebra students will have a positive experience and learn the importance of being good stewards of their academic and financial resources. In our free time my wife, Dawn, and I enjoy Lake Michigan on our boat and SeaDoo. This past August, Dawn, Marcus and I went out on Lake Michigan at midnight to watch a meteor shower. It was awesome!

  • Christner, Sara
    Christner, Sara School Counselor

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    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 at Carmichaels Area 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.

  • Davis, Jill
    Davis, Jill English Teacher

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    English 1 | Global Research

    After graduating from Purdue University and teaching at Grand Rapids Christian High School, I’m thrilled to have joined the Holland Christian family in 2021. My husband Matt and I moved up from Indiana to Holland, MI in 2016, and have loved living here ever since. Matt and I both enjoy gardening in the summer and curling up with a good book in the winter. When not teaching, baking, or chasing the dog, I love to write. I’m personally inspired by 1 Corinthians 10:31’s exhortation to believers: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Reading, writing, and thinking critically aren’t just academic pursuits; when done right, they are acts of worship, and I want to help my students honor their Lord with their learning.

  • DeBlecourt, Dave
    DeBlecourt, Dave School Counselor

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    I am a 1995 Trinity Christian College grad and received my Master’s from Western Michigan University in 2005. Before coming to Holland Christian, I was as a school counselor at South Christian High School from 2015-2021. Prior to that, I taught Physical Education at Byron Center Christian and Calvary Academy (South Holland, IL). My wife Emily is a 1994 graduate of HCHS. She is a social worker. We have 3 children: Andrew, Lydia and Miya. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, being outside, and playing sports.

    I consider it an honor to partner with students as they navigate their high school years. Each student is uniquely created and gifted. It is a privilege to walk with them as they better understand themselves and discern how they can best serve God and His Kingdom.

  • DeBoer, David
    DeBoer, David Physical Education Teacher

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    Adv PE Performance | Adv PE Weight Training

    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, Isaac
    Deboer, Isaac English Teacher

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    English 1 | English 2

    In 2019, I graduated from Calvin College with a major in English and secondary education. I’ve always loved people and stories, so teaching English is a joy. I’ve taught the last two years and I’m excited to work with new students in embracing the English language. I love that Jesus used parables and stories to teach those around him; I look forward to finding where we can mirror Jesus in that way. I graduated from Holland Christian High School and I hope to create an excellent classroom environment similar to my teachers when I was a high schooler. In my free time I love reading a good book, hiking and camping, seeing a good movie, and anything to do with Lake MI. This past fall, I was able to see three Lake Michigan Lighthouses in one day. It was amazing!

  • Dieleman, Evan
    Dieleman, Evan Math Teacher

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    Algebra 1 | Int Math 3 | Geometry

    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.

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

    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.

  • Eizenga, Dale
    Eizenga, Dale Science Teacher

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    Chemistry A | Chemistry A for the Science Major | College Chemistry

    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.

  • Fang, Chenxing
    Fang, Chenxing Chinese Teacher

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    Chinese 2100

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  • 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.

  • Hernandez, Katie
    Hernandez, Katie Math & Psychology Teacher

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    AP Psychology

    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.

  • Hiskes, Mark
    Hiskes, Mark English Teacher

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    College English – English 2

    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.

  • 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.

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

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    US Government Spanish Immersion | History of Global Civilizations

    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.

  • Jacobs, Michael
    Jacobs, Michael Applied Technology Teacher

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    Engineering/Design | Metals | Technical Drawing | Woods

    After teaching in Christian schools for 20 years, it is a joy to return back to the school I graduated from. I attended Dordt University for my undergrad and earned my M. Ed in educational technology from Central Michigan University. My wife, Lieschen, and I have two wonderful boys. Together we enjoy camping, swimming, off-roading and tinkering in the garage.

    I am honored to teach Industrial Arts at HC. I have a strong passion for STEM education and sharing with students how we can use our gifts to glorify God. In the Christian school setting, we discover all that we design, build, and create can ultimately serve our Creator. As we strive to reflect His image, we have a greater purpose as we create to serve Him and others.

  • Jansen, Brad
    Jansen, Brad PE Teacher & Athletic Department Assistant

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    Advanced PE | Lifetime Fitness

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2006 with a physical education degree and received my masters in educational leadership in 2010 from Ashford University. I have taught PE, health, and have coached basketball, football, and golf at Calvin Christian High School in Escondido, CA, and at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado.

    My wife, Jayne, and I have been married for 13 years, and have three boys: Cohen in 4th grade, Arie in 2nd grade, and Ezra in kindergarten. We love to be active, enjoy God’s creation and spend time outdoors!

    This is my first year at Holland Christian and I could not be more excited! I can not wait to be a part of the community where I can teach, coach and have the opportunity to impact lives through Christ.

  • 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.

  • Keen, Kristin
    Keen, Kristin Job Coach & Parapro

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    ESS Life Skills

    I graduated from HC in 1999 and have a deep passion for building relationships with people. My husband, Jeff, and I were Youth Directors for 13 years and Vacation Bible School Coordinators for 10 years. We have three daughters: Charlee, Sophia and Avery. As a family, we enjoy spending time boating on the shores of Lake Michigan and hiking. I love to read, write and bake. We are members at The Foundry where I serve in the children’s ministry and am a writer for our devotions team.

    I am so thankful to be part of the staff at HC. What a gift it is to work with God’s precious children. I pray that everyday I would be filled with the Holy Spirit so that I may overflow for HIM. It is my desire that each kiddo would know, without a doubt, that they are dearly loved by our Heavenly Father.

  • 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

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    English 2 | English 4

    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.

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

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    AP Calculus | Integrated Math 2

    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.

  • Lagerwey, Caleb
    Lagerwey, Caleb Social Studies Teacher

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    AP US History | AP World History – Modern | US History

    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.

  • Lemmen, Brian
    Lemmen, Brian Math Teacher

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    Integrated Math 3 | Precalc

    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.

  • 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.

  • Lynch, Janet
    Lynch, Janet ESS Teacher

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    Guided Studies

    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.

  • Mulder, Sara
    Mulder, Sara Mathematics Teacher

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    Int Math 1 | Int Math 2

    I grew up in Florida and graduated from Calvin College in 2004 with a major in Math Education. I completed my masters in Math Education from Florida State University in 2009. I have taught math in Florida and Michigan for 15 years and have taught everything from Pre-Algebra through AP Calculus AB/BC. Connecting with students and sharing math is my passion.

    My husband, Keith, and I are blessed with three kids, Mackenzie, Ethan and Carter. In the summers we love to go boating and spend time on Lake Michigan and outside in God’s creation. I also enjoy baking and creating desserts on the side. I am very excited to be to share my faith with students and walk along side of them. I am blessed to be a part of the Holland Christian community.

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

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    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.

  • Nykamp, Heidi
    Nykamp, Heidi Science Teacher

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    Biology BHuman Anatomy & Physiology

    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

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    Biology B | Biology B for the Science MajorCollege Biology

    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.

  • Oosting, Jason
    Oosting, Jason Social Studies Teacher

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    Government | US History

    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

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    ESS Life Skills

    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.

  • Peterson, Amy
    Peterson, Amy ESS Assistant

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    Guided Studies

    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.

  • Reid, Madeline
    Reid, Madeline Spanish Teacher

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    Spanish 1 | Spanish 2 | Spanish 4

    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 I’d 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.

  • Ridl, Meridith
    Ridl, Meridith Art Teacher

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    AP Art | College Drawing | General Art | Drawing

    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.

  • 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.”

  • Rozema, Brian
    Rozema, Brian Math Teacher

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    Algebra 1 (Int Math 1) | Algebra 2 (Int Math 2)

    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

    HS Course Video
    Guided Studies

    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.

  • Rutherford, Suzanne
    Rutherford, Suzanne Technology Teacher

    HS Course Video
    AP Computer Science

    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).

  • Sánchez-Timmer, Sara
    Sánchez-Timmer, Sara English teacher

    HS Course Videos
    English 2 | English 3

    Born and raised in Honduras, I have found myself strolling the wintry sidewalks of Holland since 2010. I student taught at Holland Christian and fell in love with the staff and the students. Thankfully, they hired me after completing my BA in English and Psychology secondary education from Hope College. In 2016, I received my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Calvin University.

    I get to carpool to work with my husband, Kevin, almost every day. And when not carpooling, we enjoy reading, going to concerts, and playing Codenames.

    My hope is that as a teacher I can awaken and empower students to their innate worth and gifts as we cultivate a posture of wonder to the beauty and mystery in our world.

  • Schemper, Greg
    Schemper, Greg Film & English Teacher

    HS Course Videos
    Communications | English 1

    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.

  • Schrotenboer, Andrew
    Schrotenboer, Andrew Evening Custodian

    I graduated from Hope College in May of 2019 with a a B.A. in Sociology and a passion for working with young people. While at Hope, I started volunteering at the Good Samaritan Circles program in 2017, and am still an active participant. I was born and raised in Holland, MI, and I am the eldest sibling in my family. I am a member of Park CRC, but often attend Bravo CRC near Pullman, MI. In my free time I like to explore antique stores, restore old hand tools, visit museums, make maple syrup, and blacksmith.

    As a 2014 Holland Christian graduate, it feels good to be able to give back to the school that taught me so much. Now I see it as my opportunity to emulate that kind faith developing experience for the next generation of students that I personally received all those years ago.

  • Scott, Devon
    Scott, Devon Bible Teacher

    HS Course Videos
    Bible 2 | Bible 4

    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!

  • Slenk, Anna
    Slenk, Anna Spanish Immersion Director & International Program Coordinator

    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

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    Adobe Design | Graphic Design | Photojournalism

    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

    HS Course Videos
    Spanish 3 | Spanish 4 Pre-AP

    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.

  • Solis, Noelle
    Solis, Noelle Spanish Immersion Teacher

    HS Course Videos
    English 1 Spanish Immersion | Bible 1 Spanish Immersion | Culinary Culture

    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

    HS Course Videos
    Biology B | Conceptual Physics

    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.

  • Swierenga, Heather
    Swierenga, Heather PE & Health Teacher

    HS Course Videos
    Advanced PE | Health

    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.

  • Timmer-Sánchez, Kevin
    Timmer-Sánchez, 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.

  • Vandenberg, Scott
    Vandenberg, Scott Director of Instrumental Music

    HS Course Videos
    Concert Band | Orchestra | Symphonic Band

    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.

  • VanderBeek, Jane
    VanderBeek, Jane Spanish Teacher

    HS Course Videos
    AP SpanishSpanish 2

    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.

  • 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.

  • Vanderzwaag, Melissa
    Vanderzwaag, Melissa ESS Assistant

    HS Course Videos
    ESS Life Skills

    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!

  • VanPutten, Casey
    VanPutten, Casey ESS Parapro

    HS Course Video
    ESS Life Skills

    I have degrees in psychology and school counseling, and have worked in and out of K-12 classrooms for the past 15 years. I’m also certified in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), and am passionate about supporting families that struggle with anxiety. We just recently moved here from Indy; however, with a family history that dates back to the founding of Holland, we are beyond excited to explore these roots. My husband, Mike, and I are blessed with two amazing children, Kinley and Grady, who are both attending HC schools, just as their grandfather and great grandparents did as well. God has had his hand on our crazy adventure every step of the way as we fill in more pieces of our puzzle each day. We can’t wait to see what else He has in store for us as we live our lives as Michiganders!

  • VanWieren, Ty
    VanWieren, Ty ESS aide

    HS Course Video
    ESS Life Skills

    I graduated from Hope College in 2017 with a degree in Sport Leadership and then pursued a Masters Degree from Western Michigan University in Sport Administration, graduating in 2020.

    Outside of school I enjoy going to the beach, hanging with friends, and playing any and all sports. Besides teaching I also coach basketball, baseball, and Unified Sports!

    I teach at Holland Christian because of the students and staff. The relationships I have here are wonderful. I enjoy being a role model and mentor to the students as we grow together in our faith.

  • Wagenveld, Lito
    Wagenveld, Lito Spanish & Bible Teacher

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    Bible 3

    In 2019, I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Secondary Spanish and Bible Education. While in college, I studied abroad in Honduras, focusing on the Spanish language and culture. In Bible, my learning centered on biblical literature, biblical justice, and reformed theology.

    The son of missionaries, and one of 4 siblings, I was born in Puerto Rico. We lived there until we moved to Crete, IL in 2001. Since 2015 we have lived in Zeeland and love being here. Away from school, I enjoy spending time with my fiancée, and love to play, coach, and watch soccer.

    As a product of Christian schooling, I am excited for the work that I have at Holland Christian – pursuing our mission, encouraging students and staff, and living out the faith.

  • 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.