• Becksvoort, Jennifer
    Becksvoort, Jennifer 5th Grade Teacher

    I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in 1996, and went on to earn a masters degree from Western Michigan University in 1999. I have been a teacher at Holland Christian since 1996.

    I am married to Robert Becksvoort and we are parents to two sons, Austin and Dylan. We make our home in Holland and attend Providence Church. In my spare time, I enjoy being outside, scrapbooking, and going to the gym and pool.

    It is a blessing to observe how God has created each child in my classroom in His image. With God’s help, I seek to nurture each child’s academic, emotional, and spiritual life. It is a joy to be a teacher at HCS!

     

  • Boer, Katie
    Boer, Katie 6th Grade Teacher

    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.”

     

  • Boer, Natalie
    Boer, Natalie 3rd Grade Teacher

    I had the privilege to attend Holland Christian and I graduated in 2011. I continued to Calvin University to pursue my love for teaching. I graduated with a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education. I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 2015.

    I grew up in Holland with my parents and three older sisters. My husband Kyle and I were married in the summer of 2018. Kyle and I live in Holland and belong to Pillar Church. In addition to teaching, I enjoy reading, taking exploratory walks through God’s Creation, and spending time with my family and friends.

    I have found it my passion to teach all of God’s amazing children. Guiding children to grow in their faith with Jesus Christ is what I am called to do.

  • Boer, Shelly
    Boer, Shelly Music Teacher

    In 1988, I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I continued on with my schooling and received a Master’s of Reading from Western Michigan University in 1996. I taught at Cutlerville Christian (now Legacy Christian) in kindergarten and 1st grade from 1988-1995. I began teaching at Holland Christian in 1996 where I taught 11 years in preschool and am currently at South Side and Pine Ridge teaching music.

    King David proclaims in Psalm 92, “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” Music is a wonderful gift from God. With music we can image our Creator, praise His name, and connect with Him in a profound way.

  • Brieve, Jerri
    Brieve, Jerri Educational Support Services

    I am an ESS parapro at Pine Ridge. Sometimes I work with individuals or small groups, other times I assist in classrooms. I thoroughly enjoy working with students who struggle as well as those who excel. I attended Christian Schools myself, Grand Rapids Christian then both Calvin and Hope College.I have worked for Holland Christian since 1995.

    My husband Steve is an administrator for Kelloggsville Public Schools and also a Drivers Education Instructor. We have a son and a daughter who both graduated from Holland Christian.

    I believe that all children can and do learn. Many learn in different ways and finding the way that works can be challenging but also exciting and rewarding. I strongly believe in the importance of Christian Education. I have been very blessed by the students and adults I work with.

  • Dannenberg, Jamie
    Dannenberg, Jamie 6th Grade Teacher

    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.

  • DeZwaan, Chris
    DeZwaan, Chris 3rd Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Arts and an Elementary Education Certificate. I went on to substitute teach in area school districts before being hired by Holland Christian Schools in 1994. I earned my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University.

    My husband Kevin and I have three boys, Nate, Curtis and Lucas. As a family we enjoy spending time together and with friends, time at the lake, and attending sporting events.

    As parents, Kevin and I send our children to Holland Christian because we want to give them every opportunity to grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ. As a teacher, I want the children in my classroom to experience Christ in every part of their day.

     

  • Folkerts, Kim
    Folkerts, Kim Educational Support Services Assistant

    I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, receiving my education from Timothy Christian School in Elmhurst, Illinois and earning my teaching degree from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois.

    My husband and I had the privilege of sending our two children through the Holland Christian School System and whether it was in the classroom or in the sporting arena we knew they had many opportunities to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. What a gift!!

    I am so thankful to be working alongside students and staff who love the Lord. My goal for each student that crosses my path is to feel loved and to know that they each have special God- given talents and abilities which make them unique. I am looking forward to a wonderful year serving others.

  • Gomez, Febe
    Gomez, Febe Spanish Teacher

    I was born and grew up in Campeche, Mexico. I came to the U.S. with my husband, Enrique, following a pastoral calling he had from a church in Texas, where we served for seven years, and our two older children, Sam and Betsy, were born. I have been an educator since 1989, mainly in Spanish Immersion programs. I graduated from Hope College in 2011 with a B.A. in K-12 Spanish education. Currently I am finishing a graduate degree in English New Language (ENL) through Notre Dame University.

    One of my biggest rewards as a teacher is seeing how my students successfully progress in language acquisition. HC has been an important part of academic and faith formation for our family: Our two older children received their entire education at HC and we are doing the same for Raphie, our youngest son. My favorite Bible verse is Luke 2:52: “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”–and we are no different.

  • Haig, Christy
    Haig, Christy ESS Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1999 and taught in Kentwood Public Schools for four years before having kids. Now my husband Tim and I have three children: Michael, Jonathan, and Becca. I was honored to stay home with them full time while they were young. When they entered school, I returned to work part time at Engedi Church. Now I’m thrilled to be teaching again. I love coming alongside students, helping them learn and grow.

    In addition to teaching, I love playing board games with my family, serving in children’s ministry at church, and scrapbooking family memories on the computer. My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:38-39 which tells us that God’s love is so big and so strong that nothing can ever separate us from it.

  • Hirdes, Michelle
    Hirdes, Michelle 4th Grade Teacher

    I am a 1987 graduate of Calvin College. I have served at Holland Christian since 1988, and have taught grades 3-6. I teach primarily the language arts.

    My husband Kevin and I have four children and attend Calvary CRC. We love to travel and to have family vacations together.

    I love Holland Christian because it is a place where prayer and worship are outward expressions of love for our Creator, where students are valued because they are image bearers of God and their potential for kingdom work is limitless. I enjoy sharing prayer with and for each other, and using everyday moments to strengthen a child’s walk with Jesus. It is my prayer that my students leave my room academically ready, but more importantly ready to shoulder their responsibility in God’s world.

  • Hofman, Mary
    Hofman, Mary Media Specialist

    I have studied at Calvin College and University of Michigan. I did my graduate education in School Library Media at Grand Valley. My teaching background includes several years of elementary music, as well as high school and college Spanish. Since 1997, I have enjoyed my role in the Holland Christian elementary media centers at Pine Ridge, Rose Park, and South Side.
    My husband and I are parents of five children. We have lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Metro Manila, the Philippines; Raymond, Minnesota; and since 1990, Holland, Michigan. We love this community!
    God gave us the gift of language, and revealed Himself as the Word. I strive to promote delight in language and stimulate interest in reading–including selection, discrimination, and use of print and non-print materials.

  • Hoogland, Helena
    Hoogland, Helena Elementary Art Teacher

    Originally hailing from Canada, I moved to the United States in 2001 to get my B.A. in Elementary Education at Calvin College. Upon graduating in 2005, I moved abroad and taught in South Korea and Indonesia. In 2013, I returned to the United States to get my Master’s Degree from Calvin College. Here, I met my husband. We got married and now have two beautiful boys, Evan and Theo.

    I have a passion to continue to learn more about God’s creation, His people, and His Word. At Holland Christian, I feel privileged to continue following God’s call to invest in the lives of young people; encouraging them to grow in their faith, learn more about who God has created them to be, and empower them to develop a passion for God’s creation, His people and His Word.

  • Howell, Tim
    Howell, Tim Principal

    I received a B.A. in language arts from Calvin College in 1982. While teaching at a Christian elementary school in Florida, I received an M.A. in administration and supervision from Nova University. My wife, Janet, and I have two daughters and two sons-in-law, and a granddaughter. We attend Pillar Church, where we have been actively involved since joining.

    I love teaching in a Christian school where I can be bold and share my love and joy for Christ. I see my vocation as equipping students to impact our world for Christ’s sake creatively, morally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. It is my goal to lead my students to see and believe that “our chief purpose in life is to glorify and enjoy God” (Westminster Catechism).

  • Hulst, Mandi
    Hulst, Mandi Preschool Aide

    I graduated from Hamilton Community Schools in 2013 and went on to Hope College. I graduated from Hope in December 2017 with a degree in elementary education focusing on language arts. Shortly after graduating, I became the district substitute at Hamilton Community Schools, which I did for a year and a half. I am so excited to be joining the Holland Christian family as the 3’s preschool aide at Rose Park, as well as the math interventionist at Pine Ridge! It is truly a blessing to be at Holland Christian working with young children.

    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to Silver Lake, relaxing at my aunt and uncle’s cottage on Big Star Lake, watching the Detroit Tigers, and reading.

  • Kehrer, Susan
    Kehrer, Susan Educational Support Services

    My move to Holland four years ago is, I  hope my last move! I grew up in St. Paul, MN and went to college for two years in Illinois. I completed my degree in Elementary Education at Carthage College in Wisconsin. From there I lived in in a few different suburbs of Chicago. My last position was as Academic Advisor at The Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, IL, where I helped students who majored in Audio Production, Game Art & Design, Animation, and Media Arts. My motivation in moving to Holland was to be closer to my son, daughter-in-law and three wonderful grandchildren! I have been truly blessed to be a part of their lives.

    I have recently become a member of the First Presbyterian Church and help with the Worship Time for the preschool.

    It is a privilege to be a part of Holland Christian/South Side.

  • Kool, Micah
    Kool, Micah PE Teacher

    I attended Holland Christian from 1st grade through high school and because of the amazing experience I had here, I knew this is where I wanted to come to teach. After graduating from Grand Valley with a B.A. in physical education, I started coaching football and lacrosse at Holland Christian which made my passion for the school and the community around it even stronger. This experience also cemented my love for physical education and helping students develop physically, cognitively and emotionally through activity.

    God has given each of us an incredible blessing in what our bodies are capable of doing and the amazing experiences that is able to provide us. My passion for physical education comes from my desire to make sure that those gifts are not wasted or taken for granted.

    Philippians 4:6-7

  • Meckley, Tina
    Meckley, Tina Art Teacher

    Upon graduating from GVSU in 2011, I taught art in Jenison until 2015. At that time I felt God tugging on my heart and decided to make the transition to HCS to become a preschool aide. In 2018, I felt I was called back to the art classroom at HCS. I am currently blessed to be an art teacher and preschool aide at South Side.

    I am married to my husband, Joe and we have two beautiful children Ella and Eli. We love playing games, watching movies, golfing, the beach, rock hunting, and traveling to Leland and Mexico.

    I am excited that God has called me to Holland Christian. I have a passion for the Lord, the visual arts and children. It brings me joy to use my gifts to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to all students so that they can grow in their faith and in their education here at HCS.

  • Meyering, William
    Meyering, William 4th Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2015. After graduation I taught a variety of classes at East Martin Christian for three years. My wife and I were married in 2016 and we enjoy all sort of different activities, but we especially love playing golf, tennis, and softball. We live in Grand Rapids and attend Brookside CRC and are actively involved in the youth ministry there.

    I love teaching in a Christian school where I can share my love for Christ and lead God’s children by example. We have the amazing opportunity to not only raise children to be lifelong learners but to be lifelong followers of Christ who share their love with those around them. It is my goal that my students grasp the intense love that God has for us and that we can glorify Him by pouring that love out onto others.

  • 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

  • Norman, Laura
    Norman, Laura Administrative Assistant

    I have lived in this area all my life. I am a graduate of West Ottawa High School ’89. I have two daughters, Mackenzie and Madison. I love to read, scrapbook, craft, listen to all kinds of music, and spend time outdoors by a campfire. Before having children I worked in the Administration Office at Holland Christian, as an administrative assistant from 1996-2000. I came to work at Pine Ridge in 2012. This has been a true blessing and a great opportunity for me, working with such an amazing community of people and watching all the growth of my students that I see on a daily basis.

  • Riemersma, Diane
    Riemersma, Diane 4th Grade Teacher

    I believe that God has amazing plans for each one of His children, and I am so excited that I get to play a small part in those plans here at Holland Christian. I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 1989 as either a 3rd, 4th or 5th grade teacher. I also am the Varsity Diving Coach at Holland Christian High School. I love that I get to share God’s love with the students in my classroom as well as the athletes on the swim team, and help them each discover their own part of God’s big story. I am a 1989 graduate of Hope College with a major in Learning Disabilities and Elementary education. My husband Brian and I have been married since 1990, and we have three grown children. We live in Zeeland, where we are members of Faith Reformed Church.

  • Scholten, Thea
    Scholten, Thea Technology Assistant

    I graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. I have also taken information technology classes at Davenport University. Our family lives on and operates the farm in Graafschap that was settled by the Scholtens in 1849. We are members of Graafschap CRC. When our children attended Holland Christian Schools, I began volunteering in the library. By the time our children graduated, I had been hired as a clerk in the library, and I later transferred to the information technology department.

    As Christians we are called to serve others and to walk humbly with our God. At Holland Christian Schools I assist staff in “equipping minds and nurturing hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ.”

  • Smit, Stephanie
    Smit, Stephanie 5th Grade Teacher

    A graduate of Calvin, I taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades at Highland Christian, Zeeland Christian, and Rose Park Christian before stepping away for a time to raise our family. I find great joy in teaching and connecting with students in my classroom. My passion is that they feel safe, seen, and encouraged to be who God created them to be.

    My husband and I live in Overisel with our three daughters. We love to spend time outdoors. We feel blessed by the quality Christian education our girls receive at HCS and love the positive influence their teachers have on their faith journey.

    My prayer is that God would use me to speak His love and truth over my students as we dig into each subject. I feel privileged to partner with parents in the education of their children here at Holland Christian.

  • Stielstra, Lynae
    Stielstra, Lynae ESS Teacher

    I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2000 with a B.A. in Special Education & Psychology and a minor in general education. I began teaching at West Ottawa Public Schools for the Mild Cognitively Impaired students in 3rd-5th grades. In 2011 I accepted a job at HCS in the Homeschool Connection which led me to teaching full time for Holland Christian Schools.

    My family attends Providence Christian Reformed Church. We love spending time outdoors, swimming, biking, camping, reading and spending time with friends. One of my favorite verses that I pray over my class is from Zephaniah 3:17 which states, “The Lord our God is with you, He is mighty to save. The Lord our God will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

  • Throop, Dee Dee
    Throop, Dee Dee Counselor

    I love being the elementary counselor for Holland Christian. I tell students and their families that counseling is for normal people, as we all need a little help, now and then. I started my Christian school journey in 2008. Prior to that, I was an elementary teacher and counselor for public schools in Indiana, Florida, Georgia and in Grand Rapids, MI. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Elementary Education; and my Master’s Degree in School Counseling, from the University of South Florida. I’m married to Merle since 1991 and we have a daughter and a son. We worship at Covenant Presbyterian in Holland.

  • 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!

  • Vos, Sue
    Vos, Sue 5th Grade Teacher

    I received a B.A. in elementary education from Calvin College and an M.A. in elementary education from Western Michigan University.

    I taught 3rd grade at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and 5th grade at Cutlerville Christian School for six years. Since 2011 I have served at HCS as an instructional assistant and Title I reading and math interventionist. My husband, Dan, and I have three children.

    I enjoy partnering with parents to encourage and direct God’s children as they grow academically, socially, and spiritually. My goal is for my students to become a community of learners that treats each other with respect and works to understand each other’s challenges. Together we encourage each other to celebrate God’s goodness and become compassionate and creative problem solvers in His world.