• Bos, Rita
    Bos, Rita Kindergarten Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College in 1996 with my B.A. in elementary education emphasizing on math and science. In 2000, I received my M.A. in elementary education from Western Michigan University. After teaching in West Ottawa for four years, I took ten years off to be home with my children.

    My husband, Mark, and I have been blessed with three treasured children, Parker, Annika and Madison.

    I consider it an incredible privilege to be teaching at Holland Christian! I pray each day, with God’s leading, I am able to help students understand they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of our GREAT God!

  • Bouwman, Leanne
    Bouwman, Leanne Preschool Teacher

    I attended Jenison Christian, Unity Christian, and Trinity Christian College. I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and minor in Psychology. Since then I have been teaching here at Holland Christian. I love being a part of the Holland Christian community.

    I am married to Michael and we live in Zeeland. When I am not in the classroom I love to spend time with family and friends.

    “Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:15b). I believe that each child of God is a unique star in the sky. God has gifted us all differently in His image. As an educator I am able to teach my students how much our Sovereign God loves them. I love to share my faith and hear stories about how God is working in the hearts and lives of my students.

  • Brouwer, Amanda
    Brouwer, Amanda Kindergarten Teacher

    I feel so blessed to be able to continue the work God is doing in me at Holland Christian. I am a graduate of Holland Christian Schools, Hope College, and received my Masters in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching preschool at Holland Christian since 2006.

    My husband and I met in high school and have been blessed with three amazing children. As a family we enjoy camping, fishing, being outdoors, and movie nights.

    Working in a Christian school gives me the opportunity to use my God given gifts and talents to make my students’ learning experience nurturing, fun, and memorable. They are all created with gifts and talents that will help build His kingdom and I have the honor to play a part in helping them grow into the person God created them to be.

  • Cantu, Andrea
    Cantu, Andrea Spanish Immersion 2nd Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.A. in Spanish. I’ve had the privilege of teaching in English and Spanish to students of many ages in public and Christian schools, refugee children in foster care, and to Chinese students online.

    My last summer before graduating from GVSU I had the opportunity to work with a mission organization in Colombia. I spent three months in the cities of Medellín, Bogotá and Cartagena. I feel during that time I truly began to internalize the language and not just translate it. And I fell more in love with the culture!  A few months later I met my husband for the first time while on a mission trip to Reynosa, Mexico.

    My husband, Braulio, and I have been married since 2004. We have one son who attends Rose Park. We recently moved back to Michigan from the Texas-Mexico border after 11 years. We love visiting family in Mexico and spending time with our extended family locally. We also enjoy cooking, gardening, and biking together.

    It is my hope that my students see Jesus in me and come to love the Spanish language and culture as much as I do, and in turn desire to reach the nations for Christ!

  • Chase, Carla
    Chase, Carla Administrative Assistant

    We are so grateful that God led us to Holland, and the Holland Christian Schools community. Our three children, Emma, Hannah and Jacob attend Rose Park Christian, Holland Christian Middle School, and Holland Christian High School.

    I am incredibly grateful for the role the Christian school has played in my life, and having the opportunity to be back in a Christian school brings me great joy. Being able to serve the students and families, as well as the faculty and staff of Rose Park is a huge blessing. I am grateful for the opportunity to walk beside them and provide them with encouragement, and I pray God uses me to bless all those who walk through the doors or Rose Park.

  • Clausing, Katie
    Clausing, Katie Educational Support Services Director

    I was born and raised in Downers Grove, Illinois. I attended Timothy Christian High School and then Trinity Christian College when I majored in Psychology. I started my professional career as a case manager for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities at a non for profit organization in 2003. I moved into an administrative role and oversaw the operations of adult day services. Additionally, I went on to obtain my Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. In 2011, my family and I moved to Holland where I accepted the position of Program Supervisor of Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services at Ottawa County Community Mental Health.

    My husband Jon and I have two sons, Oliver and Coen who both attend Rose Park. We attend Hardewyk church where we are currently pursuing membership. I am so excited to join the Holland Christian family and look forward to meeting everyone!

  • Cupery, Taylor
    Cupery, Taylor Spanish Immersion 1st grade teacher

    I have lived in Holland my entire life. I graduated from Holland Christian in 2014 and went on to Calvin College from where I graduated in 2018. I graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education with concentrations in Spanish and Language Arts. During my time at Calvin, I spent a semester studying in Oviedo, Spain. This inspired my love of travel, so whenever I get the opportunity, I jump on the chance to travel somewhere new.

    I am thrilled that I get to come back to the Holland Christian community to give back what it gave to me when I was a student here. And I am excited to see what God has in store for my classroom and for Holland Christian!

  • DeLange, Allison
    DeLange, Allison 3s Preschool Teacher

    I am an HC graduate and it’s great to be back! I graduated from Calvin College in ’15 with a degree in kinesiology and recreation therapy. I worked at various hospitals for the next few years, then God lead me back to working with kids. I now have my CDA certification and I am so excited to be teaching these precious little minds!

    In March, I married my amazing husband Jon. We love to travel, and adventure together. I also love spending time outdoors, baking, biking, kickboxing, reading, being at the beach!

    I love working with children and I feel so honored and blessed that I get to have a little role in each of their lives. My goal as an educator is to make sure each child feels loved by me, but most importantly, loved by God while they’re in my classroom.

  • Deleon, Perla
    Deleon, Perla Spanish Immersion Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Maestra DeLeon. It is a blessing to serve the early childhood community in Holland Christian with the Spanish Immersion program.

    I graduated from Valle del Bravo University in my native country of Mexico with a BA in Communications. For the last 20 years I have served the early childhood community from Head Start, CASA program at Hope College and several years teaching in the Spanish immersion program at Zeeland Christian.

    Each day I greet students with the realization that God has a plan and a purpose for their lives (Jeremiah 29:11) and I cherish the opportunity to have a small part in that plan by showing them the love of God. My husband is also a teacher and we have three children: two that attend Rose Park, and our oldest entering 8th grade this year.

  • Dokter, Sheila
    Dokter, Sheila 1st Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1995. I spent the first two years of my career teaching in a Christian school in Indiana. After that, I moved back to Michigan and have been teaching first grade at Holland Christian since.

    Teaching at Holland Christian is something I hold dear to my heart. It brings me great joy to serve the Lord through my work here. As I greet children each day, I am given an awesome opportunity to share the love of God with each one; each child is His masterpiece! It is my hope and prayer that through the words I speak, the meditations of my heart, and the actions that I do, God will be glorified and pleased (Psalm 19:14). My desire is for Him. In my life Lord, be glorified.


  • Duistermars, Kylee
    Duistermars, Kylee Educational Support Services Aide

    I have been involved with preschool at Rose Park since August of 2014, first as a parent, and now as a classroom aide.

    My husband, Rick, and I have three amazing kiddos, all currently attending Rose Park. We are actively involved at Rose Park Reformed Church where we volunteer with the senior high youth group.

    There is something so special about seeing such young and eager minds learning about the world God has created. One of my favorite verses is 3 John 1:4: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.”

  • Fernandez, Daniella
    Fernandez, Daniella Spanish Immersion Preschool Aide

    I am originally from Mexico, but my family and I moved to Michigan in 2005 due to a job opportunity for my husband. In Mexico I attended college for psychology and worked for Amway as a marketing assistant. My husband and I have been blessed with four kids, from lower elementary to teenagers. My family and I attend Holland First Assembly of God where we actively serve the Lord, a pillar in our lives. I have been working at HC since 2016, and it is a very rewarding experience! I started working in the English preschool classrooms, but when I heard about the Spanish immersion initiative, I got very excited to be a part of it!

    I love what I get to do in the classroom, and knowing that for some kids, I am a part of their first school experience. I am very committed to creating a loving environment, and to teaching in my native language–something that I am very passionate about.

  • Garvelink, Amanda
    Garvelink, Amanda Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2008. After a few years living in the Chicago area, I moved and started working for Holland Christian’s ESS program in 2011.

    My husband Matt and I met at Calvin and got married in 2011. We live in Drenthe and attend Vriesland Reformed Church where we volunteer with the high school youth group.

    I enjoy working as a parapro for Holland Christian because I get to support the wonderful teachers here in their mission of nurturing young hearts and guiding them to follow Jesus and the path He has laid out for them.

  • Gillett, Lydia
    Gillett, Lydia Educational Support Services Teacher

    I was born and raised in the Holland area and graduated from Hope College. I married my husband in 2017. Aside from being passionate about children, I enjoy fitness, crafting, the beach, and being active outdoors with my family.

    I am passionate about helping students find the best way they learn. Teaching in ESS fuels my passion for working with students of all gifts and talents. I feel truly blessed by this opportunity to share God’s love to children each day.

    My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9. This verse has given me peace, strength, and encouragement through different life experiences. I cannot wait to explore with my students new ways where we can see God in each day. I am excited to help children discover their abilities and how they can use them to glorify God.

  • Gillmore, Jodi
    Gillmore, Jodi Educational Support Services Aide

    I grew up in Hudsonville, and attended Hudsonville Christian School, Unity Christian High School, and Calvin College, where I majored in English and minored in history in the Secondary Education program. Upon graduation, I moved to Muskegon to teach at Western Michigan Christian High School, while earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from GVSU. In 2005, I moved to Holland after marrying Jason, a professor at Hope College. In 2008, after 10 years of teaching, I chose to stay at home when my children were born. I was excited in 2017 to return to a school setting and the field of education, serving the staff and students at Rose Park in the ESS program, where I enjoy helping students find their strengths and weaknesses and “fill their toolboxes” with strategies for success.

  • 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.

  • Hoitenga, Candace
    Hoitenga, Candace Behavioral Specialist

    After I graduated from Holland Christian in 2014, I went to Calvin College for my bachelors in social work. From there, I went to the University of Michigan where I obtained my masters in social work. Throughout my education, I discovered my passion for both working with children and global social work. I have experience working with children and youth of all ages and refugee and immigrant populations. I have always wanted to work in a school setting, so I am very happy to return to Holland Christian to support children with behavioral needs. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, singing, golfing, and exploring new towns. I am very excited to be here!

  • Hossink, Jodi
    Hossink, Jodi 3rd Grade Teacher

    I received my Bachelors of Education at Calvin College and have taught in 3 different Christian school systems. I’ve taught 3 years at 4th grade, 2 years in a middle school, and have been at Holland Christian since 2003. I have 3 adult children who are following their own passions, and it gratifying to know that they each had a strong start in their education at Holland Christian. I love my job and am always excited to not only greet former students, but to get to know the next group of students in my classroom.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Klipp Lopez, Hillary
    Klipp Lopez, Hillary Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Teacher

    I grew up in the Boston area, but my family has called Holland our home since 2017. I hold a BA in English and Spanish from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Language Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

    I have taught for over 10 years in public, private, charter, and international schools, including two years teaching in Mexico and six years teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) to students ages children through adults on the Texas-Mexico border.

    I love being creative in teaching and making learning a new language fun! My husband Miguel and I have two wonderful children, both of whom are in the Spanish Immersion program at Rose Park. We are active members at Engedi Español, and you can find us there every Sunday!

  • Kuipers, Kathy
    Kuipers, Kathy Preschool Classroom Assistant

    I graduated from West Ottawa and attended Calvin College. Before coming to Rose Park,  I worked at Lakeshore Athletic Club/Family Fitness Center in the child care area and teaching kids fitness classes. I came to Rose Park first as a recess monitor. It wasn’t long before I was a regular sub as a preschool aide which then turned into a permanent position.

    I am married to Bob who works at DeLeeuw Lumber. We have four children: two boys and two girls, all of which attended Rose Park and HCHS. We as a family enjoy hiking, camping and bon fires. I enjoy running, scrapbooking, drawing/painting, cooking-trying new recipes and just being with my family.

    I feel very blessed to be a part of Rose Park and to be able to show these precious little ones the love of Jesus.

  • Luce, Amy
    Luce, Amy Art Teacher

    I graduated in 1991 from Calvin with a B.A. in CAS. After teaching in Japan, I received a degree in art education and I taught at HCHS until 2001. I hold an M.A. from GVSU in elementary education and teach art to Rose Park and Homeschool (HC2) students.

    I am married to my husband Mike and we have three children. We enjoy worshipping at 14th Street where I create art with others and serve our missionaries. We enjoy hiking in the national parks, reading, and gardening.

    When I made my first purple polka dotted dinosaur at age six I fell in love with the process of creating art. Showcasing our God of detail and learning alongside my students is a joy. I am energized as we learn through our mistakes, try new skills, and glorify God through our art to bless others!

  • Miller, Alex
    Miller, Alex 1st Grade Teacher

    I am originally from Southern California and decided to attend Trinity Christian College in Chicago, getting my license in elementary education and special education as well as playing soccer for four years. I graduated from Trinity in December of 2020. I was able to gain experience after graduating by accepting a position here in Michigan in January of 2021 to teach fifth grade. I have loved my time here and decided to stay, which I truly believe was God’s calling. I am so excited to see the ways God works in me as I jump right into first grade! I am looking forward to creating many relationships and memories while I learn alongside my students. I am blessed to have this opportunity and I can’t wait to see the growth that my students experience, with guidance from the Lord.

  • Nester, Kyle
    Nester, Kyle Orchestra Teacher

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    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

  • Pereira, Dinah
    Pereira, Dinah Pine Ridge Principal & Spanish Immersion Coordinator

    I am a 2005 Hope College graduate. I found my passion for Spanish through my family and culture. I come from a Mexican and Puerto Rican family. I have been married for 10 years and have two wonderful boys, three and six years old. I enjoy reading and drinking coffee with good friends. My husband and I are passionate about helping grow churches and leaders for Christ.I have participated and have lead children’s church, hospitality and worship with creative arts.I am excited to be part of Holland Christian Schools. In my position this year as the Coordinator for our Spanish Immersion program and part of the FLES team I hope to be able to connect with many of the families here at Rose Park.

  • Raak, Julie
    Raak, Julie Physical Education Teacher

    I graduated from Holland Christian in 1982, and continued my studies at Calvin College where I received a B.A. in elementary education, with a music major and a physical education minor. I began my teaching career at Muskegon Christian Schools where I taught 1st and 3rd grade while completing my Master’s program in elementary education at Western Michigan University. I have taught at Holland Christian since 1989, teaching 4th grade at Rose Park, K-5 PE at South Side and Pine Ridge, 11 years in the middle school, and now Rose Park. At HC I have also coached the JV basketball teams, varsity softball teams, as well as middle school basketball, volleyball, and softball teams. God has gifted each one of us with many different talents, and I work to impress upon the students I meet each day whether in the gym, choir room, or the athletic fields that each one has many, and maybe very different gifts, and we are called to use them to bring glory and honor to God.

  • Rietman, Stacey
    Rietman, Stacey 5th Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College in 1996 with a degree in Language Arts and Elementary Education. I began my career as a 2nd grade teacher, but decided to stay home while my kids were young. In God’s timing, I returned to the classroom and have taught for Holland Christian since 2011. I am currently blessed to teach 5th grade at Rose Park. Each day I am able to build relationships with my 5th graders as I integrate faith into their learning.

    My husband Dennis and I are both HC graduates and are blessed with three awesome kids. As a family we love to explore God’s amazing creation by being outside whenever we can. We are active members at Calvary CRC.

  • Rodriguez, Abigail
    Rodriguez, Abigail Spanish Immersion preschool teacher

    I grew up in Holland, along the lakeshore. After my parents retirement, we moved to the Texas-Mexico border where I graduated high school and later attended Texas Pan American University.

    After a few years I moved back to West Michigan to finish my degree, where I met my husband, Ruben. We have been married since 2013 and have two beautiful girls, who attend Rose Park and are in the Spanish Immersion program. We are active members and lead coordinators at our church, Resurrection Life Church in Holland, you can find my husband on the security team, and myself behind the scenes, working the tech both. We are also a military family who are lucky enough to be stationed permanently at home.

    I am honored and feel privileged to be able to be teaching preschool at Rose Park in the Spanish Immersion program.

  • Rotman, Laura
    Rotman, Laura 4s Preschool Teacher

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian. I also graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I am currently pursuing my masters in Early Childhood Education. I love teaching preschool and feel so thankful that God has led me back into the Holland Christian family. My husband, Bryan and I have three beautiful children. We are involved in and are members at Harderwyk Church. Our family loves to camp, ride bikes, and we love being outside.

    I am blessed that I can use my God given gifts to further His kingdom. I also feel honored that I can show these beautiful children the love of Jesus every single day.


  • Rynsburger, Miska
    Rynsburger, Miska Principal

    I graduated from Hope College with a BA in humanities, as well as math and science, and then earned my Masters degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University. My husband, TJ, is also a teacher. Together we have been blessed to raise three children, all of whom attend Holland Christian Schools. My husband and I both deeply value the mentorship and development the teachers at Holland Christian foster in each of our children. It gives me great joy to serve God by welcoming all children into the learning spaces and classrooms at Rose Park. I count it a true joy to witness God unfurling each child in every way while flourishing at school.

  • Sanchez, Floriselba
    Sanchez, Floriselba Spanish Immersion 2nd/3rd Grades Assistant & ESS Parapro

    I have a BA teaching degree in special education/learning difficulties from Venezuela, where I developed professionally along 19 years working in different areas K-12. I also have been implementing music as a learning process. My native language is Spanish, and English is my second, which I enjoy learning every day. I’ve had the great blessing of knowing Christ as my Savior ever since I was a child. Since my youth I’ve served in various ministries and churches. My service to God continued for 26 more years with my husband who was a pastor in our city. We had three beautiful daughters with whom I moved to Holland almost two years ago. Being part of the HCS family is an answer to my prayers. I’m excited to join this special team that has the goal of forming children who know God in a personal way.

  • Schebor, Karina
    Schebor, Karina 2nd Grade Teacher

    I attended and graduated from Holland Christian. I went to Grand Valley State University for my Bachelors Degree in English and Elementary Education. Before coming to teach at Holland Christian, I taught for 12 years at Beaverdam Christian School in Hudsonville. I received my Masters Degree in Reading from Grand Valley State University in April of 2011.

    My life has been deeply impacted by Christian Education. Jesus is my Lord, and I feel overjoyed that I can share my love of God with my students at Holland Christian. I am married to my husband Brian, and we have three sons.

    Each child is uniquely created by God, in His image. School is a place where students grow and develop the gifts God has given them. I believe Spiritual development is of utmost importance in a Christian school.

  • 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.”

  • Scott, Melanie
    Scott, Melanie 2nd Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1985 with a degree in Elementary Education and then received my M.A. in reading from Western Michigan University. After four years of teaching in Christian schools in Pittsburgh, PA and northern Michigan, I joined the Holland Christian community in 1990.

    I am a member of LaGrave Christian Reformed Church and enjoy reading, traveling, and hiking with my dog.

    My prayer for each of my students is that they will grow academically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually during the year, and that as they grow they will recognize that this world and everything in it belongs to God, and that they will begin to see how God can use them to impact the world for Him.

  • Short, Kyra
    Short, Kyra Counselor

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    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.

  • Snoeyink, Danielle
    Snoeyink, Danielle 4th Grade Teacher

    I have lived in West Michigan my entire life. I enjoy painting on canvases, spending the day at the beach, and love impromptu adventures. I attended HC and graduated in 2011. In 2015, I graduated from Calvin College’s Elementary Education program with a major in Early Childhood education.

    Whether it is a conversation, joining them on the playground, creating art, or building a Lego creation alongside of them, I find abundant blessings through these moments of building relationships with God’s children. Each of the children in my classroom are uniquely created by the Great Maker’s hands. They are His. I value that time I receive to build those relationships with my students and their families. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”

  • Stoep, Stacia
    Stoep, Stacia Preschool Teacher

    I am a faithful follower of my Lord and Savior! I graduated from GVSU in 2009 with a B.A. in elementary education. I received an endorsement in early childhood education with and emphasis in special education. I’ve taught and served students in several teaching roles in lower education.

    I am married and have one child. As a family, we attend First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. Outside of teaching I enjoy running, traveling, and spending time and family.

    As a Christian educator, it is my responsibility to reveal God’s love to children. I must show to my students that God is in all things. I have the awesome responsibility of helping students discover and develop their gifts and abilities so they can glorify God in their daily life so they can transform the world.

  • Tait, Catherine
    Tait, Catherine Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in physiology. I worked in my field while living in Chicago and attended school toward teacher certification. My husband and I lived in Charlotte, NC for 11 years where we had three children. In 2013 we were happy to move back to our home state of Michigan.

    I feel blessed to be working at Holland Christian Schools in Educational Support Services as a paraprofessional. I enjoy working one-on-one with students to get to know them personally and watch them develop into the person that they were created to be. I am honored to work with a team of people who love and serve the Lord.

  • Vandenbeldt, Katie
    Vandenbeldt, Katie Preschool Aide

    Rose Park and Holland Christian hold a special place in my heart since I went to Rose Park through my elementary years and went on to graduate from Holland Christian High School. Following high school, I went to and graduated from Stanley Harris School of Cosmetology.

    I have been involved with Rose Park preschool since 2012, first as a mom and now as a classroom aide. I have always enjoyed working with kids. I volunteered in our church nursery from a young age, babysat as a teen then became a mom to my three wonderful kids with my husband, Adam.

    Along with being a part time aide, I am a Nursery Coordinator at Providence CRC and enjoy doing hair for family and friends. Our family enjoys camping, bike rides, playing games and watching movies together.

  • Vandenberg, Susan
    Vandenberg, Susan Spanish Teacher

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    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!

  • Vanderzwaag, Kim
    Vanderzwaag, Kim 4th Grade Teacher

    I am a 1994 graduate of Holland Christian. In 1998, I graduated with a B.A. in humanities and an elementary education certification from Hope College. In 2002 I received my M.A. from Western Michigan University. Since my college graduation in 1998, I have been teaching at Holland Christian in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade levels. I have been married to Kelly since 1998, and we have three children. As a family we love Christian music, camping, and a variety of sports.

    As a Christian educator, I understand and acknowledge that every child is made in the image of God. It is my job to respect each one, develop a personal relationship with them, and nurture them in their walk with Christ. Daily, I try to let my students see Jesus in me and feel His love for them coming through me.

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

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    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.

  • Westfall, Nona
    Westfall, Nona Custodian

    Before working at Holland Christian, I worked as a project manager for 16 years at Alamosa, PCS. I helped design and build the cellular network for Sprint PCS. After that I shifted gears and was a medical assistant at Freedom Village. I then stayed home for a couple of years with my kids and did the before and after school care for Holland Christian. I began helping my husband clean Rose Park and after a few years I was hired to be the head custodian. My husband Rob and I live in the Zeeland area. We have five boys!  I enjoy being able to build friendships with the children of Rose Park. I have been employed at Holland Christian since 2015.

  • Westfall, Rob
    Westfall, Rob Facility Maintenance

    I grew up in southern Illinois. I went into the Marine Corps as an F/A18 Hornet Aviation Electrician right after high school. I worked in the aviation field a few more years until I took a position as a Police Officer. Some of my duties included teaching D.A.R.E and school resource officer for the school district. That is when I discovered my love for interacting with the youth in my community.

    After retiring I felt God leading me and my family to relocate to the Holland, MI area. I feel God had a hand in me getting this position at Holland Christian. I love being a part of Christian education and feel blessed to be able to use my gifts to provide a safe and clean environment for the children to learn and grow.

  • Wezeman, Jennifer
    Wezeman, Jennifer Spanish Immersion Teacher & Teacher Aide

    I live in Holland with my husband, two wonderful children and two adopted cats. I graduated from Hope College with majors in Spanish and education and minors in English and philosophy. I received my MA in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from Western Michigan University and have been teaching Spanish for the past 19 years in both Illinois and Michigan. I am deeply thankful that God lead me to Rose Park to serve in a new role as an immersion co-teacher and assistant, where my faith can be woven into my work and I can share my love of the Spanish language and culture with your precious children. Outside of work, my passions are reading, writing, gardening, cooking (but no baking!) and exploring new restaurants and natural beauty spots with my family.

  • York, Hannah
    York, Hannah Music Teacher

    I was born and raised in West Michigan and have had a passion for music ever since I was in elementary school myself. After graduating from Hudsonville High School, I attended Grand Valley State University and received a Bachelor’s of Music Education in 2017. After graduating, I have gained experience teaching elementary and secondary music classes at both christian and public schools. I have been at Holland Christian since 2020.

    My husband, Matt and I live in Jenison with our cat, Lacey. When I am not teaching I enjoy playing violin, traveling, and boating on Lake Michigan.

    I enjoy teaching at Holland Christian because I get to teach a new generation of music makers while also encouraging my students to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.