• Beukelman, Merideth
    Beukelman, Merideth Science Teacher

    MS Intro Video:
    Science & Bible

    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.

  • Boer, Katie
    Boer, Katie 6th Grade Teacher

    MS Intro Video:
    Math, Bible, & Tech

    I graduated from Holland Christian High School in 2006 and from Calvin College in 2010 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish. Before rejoining the Holland Christian community in 2013, I taught at Rehoboth Christian School and Kalamazoo Christian School. It is my goal to combine my range of cultural experiences with my ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, and intelligent teacher who will make a positive contribution to the Holland Christian community.

    I take comfort daily from the words in Psalm 23, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me… Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.”

     

  • 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!

  • Dannenberg, Jamie
    Dannenberg, Jamie 6th grade teacher

    MS Intro Video:
    Bible

    I graduated from Holland Christian in 2001. From there, I went to Calvin College where I graduated with a B.A. in Education, Language Arts, and Health. I also earned a masters degree in reading from Grand Valley. I’ve been able to teach 6th grade as well as 8th grade Image Bearers.

    My husband Dave and I have three sons and one daughter: Hayden, Gavin, Hudson, and Kinsley Our life is never boring; it is a JOY to watch them grow.

    I consider it a privilege to be able to teach at Holland Christian. I love discussing the tough questions and digging into God’s purpose for us. He created us in His own image and gave each of us our own gifts and talents which we are called to use to fulfill His purpose. My goal is to help the students better understand how to actively live out God’s love.

  • DeBoer, Trish
    DeBoer, Trish Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Secondary Education majoring in English and French. I grew up in the Detroit area and moved to Holland in 1992. My husband and I have three boys; two who have graduated from HC and one who is currently attending. Our family’s love for adventure and exploring God’s creation has led us to visit over 20 national parks.

    I am excited to now be working at HC Middle School as a teaching assistant. It is a joy and privilege to work with students of varying abilities and teach them in a way that allows them to achieve their full potential.

  • 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

    MS Intro Video:
    ESS

    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

    MS Intro Video:
    English

    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

    MS Intro Video:
    Art

    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

    MS Intro Video:
    Math, Bible

    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

    MS Intro Video:
    Math

    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.

  • Isenga, Brenda
    Isenga, Brenda Parapro

    It is very exciting to be part of the HC family working as a parapro at the middle school. My desire is to use the gifts God has given me, wherever that may take me. One of my joys is spending time with, and helping those who are either physically or cognitively impaired. I have been involved with SEM (Special Education Ministries) of Zeeland since 1980–a true blessing in my life. My husband, Steve, and I have four children: Josh (and Kaylin), Andrew, Tim (and Kalee), Anna, and two grandchildren: Cameron and Brooklyn. We are members of Faith Church in Zeeland and serve in the children and youth programs. We live in Zeeland Township on a hobby farm and very much enjoy country living. Other adventures include camping, downhill skiing, and working during the summer at LiWa Camp in Alaska.

  • Johns, Tyler
    Johns, Tyler Behavioral Specialist

    I am a graduate of Holland High School, and am now working towards my masters of social work at Grand Valley State University. I have worked with many populations such as teen girls with mental health struggles, students with emotional impairments, and students with cognitive impairments. I am thankful for the opportunities God has given me to serve Him and learn so much about myself and others.

    I am married to my beautiful wife, Emma, and we are expecting our first child any time now! We also have a golden retriever named Moses who brings so much joy to our lives. I am so excited to begin my journey with our students at HC!

  • Kamps, Tamela
    Kamps, Tamela Parapro

    I did my undergrad work at Hope College, majoring in Special Education, and received my master degree from GVSU. For the past 32 years I have had the privilege of teaching hundreds of elementary students in our community. I am excited to now serve at Holland Christian Middle in a totally new venture, a 1:1 parapro. I know I will be blessed, and pray I will be a blessing as well. I am married to my travel partner, Marv. We both enjoy adventures, biking, hiking, sports, laughter, and good food. This year we bought e-bikes, so I like biking more than I ever have!

  • Kruithof, Kelli
    Kruithof, Kelli Administrative Assistant

    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.

  • Leegwater, Joel
    Leegwater, Joel PE Teacher

    MS Intro Video:
    PE

    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

    MS Intro Video:
    English

    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

    MS Intro Video:
    Orchestra

    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

  • Nieuwsma, Dave
    Nieuwsma, Dave 6th Grade Teacher

    MS Intro Video:
    Science & Bible

    After graduating from the Elementary Education program at Calvin College with a focus on Science and Math in 2012, I worked worked as a math interventionist and worked in outdoor education before coming to Rose Park. Throughout college I worked at Camp Roger which solidified my passion for pursuing education and led me to seek a teaching position in upper elementary. I also hold a Master’s of Education degree through Dordt College.

    I feel very blessed to have been teaching at Holland Christian in 5th and 6th grade for the past five years! I am passionate about math and science and learning more about the world God has given to us.

    Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and generally being outdoors. I also love playing guitar and making music.

  • Oosterhouse, Brenda
    Oosterhouse, Brenda Middle School Choir Director

    MS Intro Video:
    Choir

    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.

  • 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 HCHS for two years before moving to HCMS in 2002 where I have been since.

    I married my high school sweetheart, Kristie Ribbens, in June 1980. 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 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

    MS Intro Video:
    Spanish

    I spend my days teaching Spanish at Holland Christian Middle School and have been since the Fall of 2013. I also desire to spend my life learning and growing. My formal learning happened at Zeeland Christian, Calvin Christian, Grand Valley State University, La Universidad de Sevilla, and Calvin University. I love to explore more of God’s world by reading, listening to podcasts, exercising, enjoying the sunset, and more! I am passionate about relationships and feel most alive chatting with a friend or student over a cup of coffee! I am overwhelmed by the energy that my students bring to my classroom each day and love being a part of their journey. I am excited to spend my days teaching Spanish to both Forest School and Middle School students!

  • Short, Kyra
    Short, Kyra Counselor

    MS Intro Video:
    Counseling

    I graduated from Grand Valley State University with my M.Ed in School Counseling in 2020. I did my undergraduate work in psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Throughout that time I worked in various school settings and academic levels, expanding and challenging my viewpoint as an educator and as a counselor.

    I grew up in the West Michigan area and am grateful to be back and setting down roots after living and going to school on the West Coast. My husband, Thomas, and I enjoy exploring around town, going on drives, and finding new restaurants to try. We also love to play games and hangout watching movies together.

    It is an honor to walk alongside students and encourage them as they learn more about themselves and others through their formative elementary and middle school years.

  • Smeenge, Todd
    Smeenge, Todd Social Studies Teacher

    MS Intro Video:
    Social Studies & Bible

    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.

  • Smith, Laura
    Smith, Laura 6th Grade Teacher

    MS Intro Video:
    Social Studies & Bible

    I am so excited to teach 6th grade reading, writing, and social studies at Holland Christian Middle School! I grew up in Auburn, Indiana and moved to West Michigan when I started my studies in Calvin College’s education program. After I graduated in 2018, I spent a year teaching 6th grade Language Arts at a Grand Rapids Public Middle School before joining the Holland Christian team.

    My husband Ken and I live in Grandville with our two cats, Carl and Alice. When I am not teaching, I enjoy hiking, reading, and cooking. My goal as a teacher is to be an advocate while challenging students holistically. I am blessed to be a part of the HCS family and to share my faith and passions in the classroom!

  • Sterenberg, Josh
    Sterenberg, Josh Bible & Social Studies Teacher

    MS Course Video
    Social Studies & Bible

    I am so grateful to be able to rejoin the HC family as a teacher, after having graduated as a student in 2016. I am even more grateful that God has blessed me with the opportunity to share and extend His love to our students so we can joyfully praise Him together in everything that we do! I developed a passion for teaching during my time at Calvin College, which I graduated from in 2020. Last year I was able to work at Grand Rapids Christian Middle School as an ESS Aide. Throughout that experience I discovered a love for middle school education and being able to support others as they support me. When I am not at school you may see me out on the lake fishing or riding my bike. If you don’t see me I’m probably somewhere reading a book, playing video games, or taking a nice nap.

  • Strikwerda, Tom
    Strikwerda, Tom Principal

    MS Intro Video:
    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 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

    MS Intro Video:
    Science & Bible

    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.

  • Tague, Daniel
    Tague, Daniel Choir accompanist

    Bio coming soon

  • 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, Susan
    Vandenberg, Susan Spanish Teacher

    MS Intro Video:
    Spanish

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1995, majoring in English and minoring in Business. After living in Madrid, Spain, for a year, I returned to Calvin for a teaching certificate and a minor in Spanish. At Valley Christian in Cerritos, Calfornia, I taught Spanish and English for seven years before my husband Scott and I moved to Holland. Since then I have been freelance writing and serving as a substitute teacher at Holland Christian. We have three children, Ella, Abram, and Charlotte, who all attend HC. We love being a part of Fourteenth Street CRC. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it; the world and all who live in it.” Learning another language is a wonderful way to expand our view of God’s world and to love those whom he created in his image. It’s also just a lot of fun!

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

    MS Intro Video:
    Band Director

    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!

  • Wagenveld, Lito
    Wagenveld, Lito Spanish & Bible Teacher

    MS Intro Video:
    Spanish

    HS Course Video:
    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.

  • 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.