• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 Physical Education and minor in Biology with my Bachelor of Arts in Education. I have taught fifth through eighth 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 hope to instill in my (HC)2 students the importance of caring for and exercising their bodies in God‐honoring ways. The time that we spend together includes both fitness (proper stretching, cardiovascular training, some Pilates, and core and balance activities) as well as learning proper sports skills (catching, throwing, striking, etc.). We play fun games which incorporate the skills that we learn and we track our progress. Making healthy food choices, cooperation, and “doing our best” is our emphasis.

  • 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, where my engineer father was very excited to encourage me to go to Purdue University. I graduated from Purdue in 1993 with a BS in Math/Math Education. After that, I taught for several years at Holland High School as a Math, Computer, and Yearbook teacher. While I was there, I began and finished a 3-summer Master’s program in Educational Technology through Michigan State 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 Holland Christian High School and Middle School for 7 years where I taught middle and high school tech, computer science, and a bit of math, I now teach for HC(2).
    I am excited to work with kids to explore how we can use our HC technology to glorify God’s Kingdom. My philosophy is that while technology is awesome and exciting, it has to be used with discernment. My goal is to teach kids that people are more important than technology and to always approach it with balance and moderation. My hope for the computer/technology classes at HC is to offer many more classes, especially in the programming and AP areas. I pray that God will bless that in the upcoming years!

  • Seabolt, Krista
    Seabolt, Krista Elementary Homeschool & Community Links Coordinator

    I received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University and a M.Ed. in Math Education from Vanderbilt University. Currently, I am the Community Links Coordinator for Holland Christian Schools. In this role, I help coordinate the SOGO (Seniors Off Campus Growth Opportunity) class as well as coordinate the After school Community Enrichment (ACE) and summer enrichment classes for K-8 students. These classes are available to all children in the community. I also oversee the Holland Christian Homeschool Connections (HC)2 which is a Wednesday program especially designed for area homeschool students. Previously while living in Tennessee and North Carolina, I coached the girls varsity tennis team and taught high school science and math.

    I am grateful for my husband, Chip, and 3 children. In my free time I enjoy cross country skiing, cooking, and walking our dogs along the Lake Michigan sand dunes.

    In my position at HC, I strive to develop classes that inspire curiousity and amazement of God’s world in young people. Also I strive to deepen the passion of high school students to serve others. “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:2-3. I want to live my everyday life in gratitude to what the Lord has done for me!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 language arts to 5th grade and middle school students as well as “Writing Workshop” at Knapp Charter Academy in Grand Rapids and at Vanderbilt Academy. For the last four years, I have enjoyed spending time at home with our young children.

    My husband, Mike, and I make our home in Zeeland with Stella, Lincoln, and Gwen. Both Stella and Lincoln are in the Spanish Immersion program at Zeeland Christian. Gwen has only recently figured out how to sleep through the night, but she has been a happy blessing to our family since day one! 

    I have always loved reading, and so far, our kids share this love. I also delight in traveling! My husband and I have taken amazing trips to India, Peru, and down the Pacific Coast Highway. We are teaching our children to be adventurers too in West Michigan and through family vacations. We love to hike, bike and be outdoors together. One day Mike and I hope to travel internationally as a family to further expand our appreciation for the diverse world that God has made.