I have a Master’s degree in Social Work from Grand Valley and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Dordt College. My experiences have included working with adults and kids with developmental disabilities, school counseling/social work in various schools, family case-management, older-child/special needs adoption, home-based child and family counseling, outpatient counseling, and hospice social work. I am thrilled to have the privilege to work with middle school students at Holland Christian, as the 7th-8th grade school counselor!
My husband and I met at Dordt College and were married in 2005. We have lived in Southern California and in Jerusalem Israel and greatly value the experiences we’ve had in other parts of the world. We have lived in Holland for the past several years, and have two awesome, energetic little boys (Corben & Asher), who wake up running and jumping and keep going all day! We also have a lovely new born daughter, Ayla. We love our church family and have continued to be challenged in living out our love for Jesus and building intentional community with those around us. I love deep conversations, especially over a good cup of coffee (caramel latte, please!), exploring new cities, hiking, riding bikes, the farmer’s market, old houses, baking, crafting, starting all kinds of projects, gathering with friends, building community, and playing with my kids.
Christian education has been extremely influential in my own life and I am so grateful for the opportunity to work at such an amazing place as Holland Christian Middle School, supporting and encouraging students. I believe that there is hope for any situation and that each student is valuable, purposefully created, and designed in the image of God. My passion is for students to understand and believe that they are seen and known by a God who cares deeply about the details of their lives. I love helping students grow to understand who they are because of who God says they are and because of who He is. I enjoy walking alongside students and listening to their hearts, praying with and for them, and equipping them with practical skills, tools, and techniques to solve problems, cope in healthy ways, and improve their ability to interact positively with others. It’s exciting for me to see students identify and live out their gifts and strengths as they learn how to make positive changes in their lives, their relationships, and the world around them. One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”