• Beukelman, Merideth
    Beukelman, Merideth Science Teacher

    I graduated from Holland Christian in 2009 and then went on to Calvin College to study secondary education, where I graduated in 2014.

    After graduating from Calvin I moved to the Black Forest of Germany, where I served for two years as a middle school science teacher. Once my second year at Black Forest Academy was finished I moved to Dublin, Ireland, where I attended University College Dublin to obtain my masters degree. Ireland was also where I met my husband, Andrew.

    Getting the opportunity to learn and do science alongside young people, while continually encountering and learning more about the greatness and love of our Creator is the best job in the whole world, and I am humbled that I get the chance to do it every day.

  • Busscher, Ruth
    Busscher, Ruth Media Center Assistant

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I Can Read With My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss

    As the Middle School Media Specialist, it is my delight to select books, media and other relative materials that engage students and staff during the school year. Participating with the engaged learners and explorers has been a privilege for me since 2001.

    When not living amongst the books, I spend time with my husband and four children, all of which have gone through Holland Christian. Together we enjoy traveling and playing board games. My personal hobbies are reading (of course!), sewing and gardening.

    Don’t hesitate to look for me in the library for book recommendations or places you’d like to visit!

  • Deroo, Karen
    Deroo, Karen Inclusion Classroom Assistant

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian. I also have an associates degree in business from Davenport University. I worked for over 10 years in the finance department of Herman Miller.

    I am married to Terry and we have three children, all graduates from Holland Christian. We are blessed to be grandparents. We have been members of Calvary CRC since 1980. I has been a blessing being part of Holland Christian and the Inclusion Program since 1996. I was also the International Program Coordinator for the high school from 2010-2019.

    It is such a joy encouraging students, appreciating their uniqueness, finding their strengths and seeing them using their gifts to help each other. I am thankful to work at Holland Christian, a place where I grow and learn too!

  • Devries, Susan
    Devries, Susan ESS Teacher

    I graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School and from Calvin College with a degree in special education. I taught for Holland Christian for eight years before choosing to stay home to raise our sons. My husband, Dave, and I met at Calvin College and married in 1989. We are the parents of six sons. We are grateful for the HC community and how it has poured into our family over many years. I am excited to be able to pour into my students in the same way. I’ve often told my students that the two most important things to know about me are that I love Jesus, and I love teaching. My prayer is that these two things will be evident as I spend time with students at the Middle School each day.

  • Fox, Sam
    Fox, Sam Language Arts & Literature Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2012 with a degree in Secondary Education with a major in English and a minor in History. During the end of my educational career, I had the amazing opportunity to student teach at Holland Christian High School. This experience cemented my belief that God was calling me to the field of teaching. I am incredibly excited teach at Holland Christian Middle School.

    I am married to the love my life, Heather, and together we have one daughter, Josephine. I attend Maple Avenue Church here in Holland. I love to read and enjoy writing.

  • Geuder, Jenny
    Geuder, Jenny Art & Literature Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Art Ed and minors in Art and English. I received my Master’s in Ed in 2011, and I have taught Art at HC since 2004. My husband and I live in Hamilton with our two little boys, Evan and Henry. We love being in the country and having space to enjoy nature.

    I work to inspire an appreciation for the hand of our Creator Artist everywhere. Art also teaches an understanding and respect for how other people see, think, and express themselves all over the globe and throughout history. I want students to succeed and I believe all students can, if they are inspired or if they find something interesting or applicable to their own lives. I hope to make art a part of their lives as they find their place in the world outside school.

  • Haig, Tim
    Haig, Tim Math & Bible Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2004 with a degree in Mathematics and earned my Masters in Teaching from Liberty University in 2010. I am married to Christy Haig and we have three children attending Holland Christian. Outside of teaching, I love to play on the praise team at Engedi Church, play tennis, and occasionally stack cups at world record speeds.

    I started teaching at Holland Christian in 2010 after five years as a worship pastor at a church in Pittsburgh. I love how teaching, coaching, and coordinating chapels at the middle school allows me to pursue my passions in mathematics, sports, and music to bring God’s kingdom here.

  • Herrman, Ben
    Herrman, Ben Mathematics Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College in 2009 with a degree in Math for Secondary Education and joined the Holland Christian staff in the Fall of 2011.

    I enjoy teaching in a faith-based school where students and faculty alike can openly discuss and share their experiences on their journeys toward developing a deeper relationship with Christ. Looking at mathematics from a Christian perspective provides the subject a much deeper context: the formulas and proofs and equations things specifically designed by God that we are still uncovering.

    My wife Jessica and I enjoy staying active and being outdoors amongst God’s creation. We love to camp, hike, cross country ski, downhill ski, and do anything in or on the water. I am also an avid fly fisherman. We are members of the Moran Park church family.

  • Johnson, Erin
    Johnson, Erin Educational Support Services

    In 2016, I graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in both Special Education and Elementary Education. I grew up with a younger brother who has the gift of Down syndrome. From a young age, my relationship with him inspired a heart for individuals with diverse learning needs, and I am eager to share this love with my students.

    My husband and I welcomed our son, Dominic, in April 2018. We enjoy traveling together, going for family walks and bike rides. In my free time, I love to write, run, and paint.

    I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 2017. I love being able to share with my students the heart of the Father and the truth that He created each of them with unique purpose. It is my joy to celebrate all students and invite others to do the same.

  • Kool, Bob
    Kool, Bob Social Studies & Literature Teacher

    I graduated from South Christian High School in 1974 and attended Calvin College. I earned a B.A. in English, a minor in American History, and a secondary education degree. In 1984 I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Library Science Administration. I’ve taught my entire career at HC, beginning in 1978. I have coached track, basketball, football, and drama.

    My wife, Mary, and I have three daughters. We attend Park CRC.

    Christian education has been a part of my life since birth. Both of my parents worked in Christian education. I can’t remember not being part of Christian education. I have always wanted to bring the story of redemption to young people, teaching to look at life through the spectacles of scripture. Christ is king over all.

  • Leegwater, Joel
    Leegwater, Joel PE Teacher & Athletic Director

    I was born and raised in Holland and graduated from Holland Christian. After high school I joined the United States Marine Corps and served six years in the reserves. During that time I completed my degree in Physical Education and Health from Calvin University. I also completed my Masters at Western Michigan University.

    Physical Education is an excellent and essential way of seeing the Lord through ways that are not always attainable in a regular classroom setting. This is the student’s opportunity to see God through themselves by learning through the physical.

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

  • Lundy, Lisa
    Lundy, Lisa Language Arts Teacher

    I have an undergraduate and Master’s in Literacy degree from Calvin College, my teaching began at Timothy Christian Middle School, and I have been at Holland Christian Middle School since 2015. My husband Eric and I have three children, and we enjoy biking and hiking together as a family. My favorite hobby is learning about and tending to our variety of houseplants. One of my favorite aspects of teaching ELA is exploring stories with students, discovering all the information and life lessons that books have to offer. Some of the best novels are written with middle schoolers in mind, and we get to dive into them together. What a joy to do all this in the nurturing Christ centered community of Holland Christian!

  • Meiste, Sheila
    Meiste, Sheila Educational Support Services

    I graduated from Holland Christian Schools and have worked as a paraprofessional here since 2011.

    My husband Leon and I have three children who attended Holland Christian. We are members at Christ Memorial and our passion is volunteering with the youth and serving on mission trips. Leon is a self-employed home builder and in our spare time we enjoy spoiling the grandchildren, traveling, hiking and camping.

    I love the enthusiasm and energy of preteens and teenagers. Daily I want to empower and assist each student in understanding what is being taught and encourage them to be supportive and caring of others. In turn, I pray they will be a positive influence in the school, community and the world. Holland Christian exemplifies how to think, love, serve and live like Jesus.

  • Nester, Kyle
    Nester, Kyle Orchestra Teacher

    I grew up in Mid-Michigan and attended Alma College. After I taught orchestra in the public schools for seven years, my wife Andrea received her law degree from Michigan State College of Law and we relocated to West Michigan. I started teaching at Holland Christian in 2012 and Andrea is an attorney at a downtown Grand Rapids law firm.

    Andrea and I are blessed to be living, working, and raising our son Elijah in West Michigan. We thoroughly enjoy running races, nature, playing music, traveling, and spending time together.

    I love teaching at Holland Christian because can integrate my faith in my teaching while being supported and encouraged by excellent staff, students, and families. “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” – Martin Luther

  • Oosterhouse, Brenda
    Oosterhouse, Brenda Middle School Choir Director

    I’ve been teaching since 2012. I currently teach at Holland Christian, Lamont Christian (middle school choir), Muskegon Christian (K-6 music/choir), and West Shore Lutheran (K-8 music). I previously taught 7-12 grade choirs at Unity Christian Schools in Illinois and 6-8 grade choirs at Grand Rapids Public Schools.

    I believe our purpose on this planet is to pursue being a people who will passionately praise God (Ps. 96:1-4)!

    I earned my teaching certificate as well as a BA in Criminal Justice from Calvin College, and a Paralegal Degree from Davenport University. After years in the criminal justice field, I began a second career teaching music.

    Music aside, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three daughters. I like to garden and put up preserves. I relish passing warm summer nights at the Getty Drive-In.

  • Render, Chris
    Render, Chris Counselor

    I received a B.A. in Business Administration from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA and a masters degree in Counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to serve as a counselor at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

    I am married to the love of my life, Charity Render, and we have four wonderful daughters. As a family we enjoy the beach, riding bikes, hiking and traveling. I also like to play golf and basketball. We moved to beautiful Western Michigan in the summer of 2019.

    I am grateful for the opportunity to serve at Holland Christian School. It is a privilege to be able to counsel students from a Christian perspective, to encourage their walk with Jesus Christ and help equip them to transform the world around them.

  • Ribbens, Dale
    Ribbens, Dale Custodian

    I was born and raised in Holland, MI. I graduated from Holland Christian in 1977 and then graduated from Aquinas College with a B.A. in 1987. I worked at Herman Miller from 1980-2000. I then came to Holland Christian High School for two years before moving to the Middle School in 2002 where I have been since.

    I married my high school sweetheart, Kristie Ribbens, in June 1980. Kris works for a local daycare center, Lakeshore Little Peoples Place. We have three children. I love to spend time with my family and also enjoy any type of sports and collecting sports memorabilia.

    I believe that every job has its importance, that a clean, well-maintained building is an asset to a school system. I believe that every child is important in God’s eyes and are special. Every child is entitled to love and respect from the adults that they encounter in their lives. I maintain an open door policy so students feel comfortable talking to me or just hanging out. I have the unique opportunity to not be a teacher or someone with great authority so the students feel very comfortable coming to me, sitting down and talking. I can listen, give direction or help with redirection of their lives, or even discuss solutions to solve their problems. I believe God has placed me here at the Middle School with the purpose of letting God’s love and light shine through my actions, words, and my whole being.

  • 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 middle schoolers bring to my classroom each day and love being a part of their journey. I believe middle schoolers are the best schoolers and watching God’s plan unfold for each one them brings me great joy!

  • Smeenge, Todd
    Smeenge, Todd Social Studies Teacher

    I have a B.S. in Group Social Studies and Political Science and a Masters in Educational Leadership. I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 2000. I am also the Boys Varsity Swimming Coach at the High School. I love teaching.

    I love teaching middle schoolers, and I love teaching Social Studies. In my class, each cultural story, each current event, each historical society gives a brief glimpse of God’s ongoing creative work in this world, our need for redemption, and a picture of what our world will look like again because Christ’s renewing work. I love giving kids the opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of God’s creation and people.

  • Strikwerda, Tom
    Strikwerda, Tom Assistant Principal

    I received my B.A. from Calvin and my Master’s from Concordia. I taught at SDCH in Smithville, Ontario and Timothy Christian in Illinois before coming to HC. I have been blessed to be married to Karen Strikwerda. She enjoys teaching kindergarten at South Side. We have three incredible children named Mark, Emily and Sarah. My hobbies include mountain biking, ice hockey, cross country skiing, and camping.

    I am honored to be the assistant principal of HCMS. I love serving and working alongside the students, staff and the parents. Our goal as a school is to care for your students social-emotionally, challenge them academically, and help them grow spiritually. My goal is to have a school where we value each child for who they are as they are each “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14

  • Styf, Michelle
    Styf, Michelle Science Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2003 and began my teaching career in California. I moved back to Michigan in 2005 and have had the amazing privilege of working at Holland Christian ever since. I completed my Master’s at Grand Valley State University in 2013.

    Andy and I were married in 2013 and have since welcomed two sons, Joel and Elijah. We are members of Haven Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland. We live south of Holland and enjoy spending time outside. Some of my hobbies include gardening, hiking, and photographing this beautiful world God created. I love working with students at Holland Christian and seeing their creativity and energy. My passion is helping students learn about God’s world, how God sustains it, and how they can be better caretakers of His world.

  • 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.

  • VanderWell, Connie
    VanderWell, Connie ESS

    It is a joy being part of the HC community again, and working alongside the staff and students at the middle school is a blessing! After graduating from HC and Dordt University, I taught grades 5-8 ELA at Des Moines Christian School. After my husband and I returned to Michigan, I worked at Grand Rapids Christian Middle School as an ELA and academic support teacher and later as the literacy coach.

    Our recent move to Holland is allowing us to enjoy all that the lakeshore has to offer, especially the Lake Michigan sunsets! It is a privilege to work with the middle school students at HCMS. God has created each one with unique gifts. Watching them explore and grow in his world is a gift!

  • Veenstra, Matt
    Veenstra, Matt Band Teacher, Bible Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1996 with a degree in music education. Prior to joining Holland Christian, I taught in Grand Rapids, Michigan and in Ontario, California. I have taught 5th-8th band at Holland Christian since 2008.

    In 2017, I graduated from Western Theological Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Theology. I use this as I teach 8th grade Bible and serve as Worship Assistant at Harderwyk Ministries, Watershed, singing and playing keys, bass and guitar. My wife accompanies the HCMS choirs and teaches music at GVSU. My two daughters are also talented performers.

    I love being a part of the HC community! Psalm 33:3 tells us to “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” It is a blessing to walk this journey of faith and worship with these students!

  • Zwiep, Christa
    Zwiep, Christa Administrative Assistant

    I’ve always loved Holland Christian Schools and began serving as one of the administrative assistants in the middle school in 2007. It fills me with joy to be able to share life with the staff, students, and parents at HCS. I pray God uses me to bless a student who may be having a bad day, to befriend someone who just needs a smile, and to share joy with students as they praise our God.

    Outside of serving at HC, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have the privilege of raising two sons and a daughter. I also enjoy being outdoors, reading and spending time up north.