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.