• 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 Junior Kindergarten 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 3-School 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.

  • 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!

  • DeBoer, Trish
    DeBoer, Trish Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated from CMU with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and French and a secondary education teaching certificate. I grew up in the Detroit area and moved to Holland in 1992. My husband and I have three children; our two oldest sons graduated from HC and our youngest son currently attends Rose Park. Our family loves camping and we have visited over 20 national parks.

    I am excited to now be working at Rose Park. I love experiencing firsthand how including children of various abilities enhances the classroom dynamic and gives all children the opportunity to use their gifts. Working one-on-one with students allows me to understand their needs as well as help them achieve their full potential.

  • 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.

  • Dirkse, Michelle
    Dirkse, Michelle Educational Support Services Aide
  • 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
  • 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 Assistant

    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 graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in music education and Spanish. My Master of Arts in Teaching degree, in the field of language arts, is also from Calvin College. 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 South Side, Rose Park, and Pine Ridge.

    My husband, Marv, and I have five children, all of whom have attended HCS. We have lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Metro Manila, the Philippines; Raymond, Minnesota; and since 1990, Holland, Michigan. We are members of 14th Street Christian Reformed Church.

    God has given us the gift of language, and revealed Himself as the Word. As elementary media specialist I strive to serve staff and students by promoting delight in language and stimulating interest in reading. The role of the media specialist is also to teach information literacy by helping students to access, evaluate and use information in all its various forms. It is a wonderful privilege to accompany students on their learning journeys and assist their growth in reading, selection, discrimination, and use of print and non-print materials.

  • 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.

  • 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, Jennifer
    Kuipers, Jennifer 5th Grade Teacher

    After graduating from Holland Christian in 2006, I prayed that some day I would be back. I am so blessed and thankful that God has led me here to this wonderful school as a teacher now. His plan is perfect and is so good! My husband, Stefan, and I now live in Holland and have two wonderful daughters and a Golden Retriever. I cannot wait to see what else God has in store for me as I follow His path for my life.

    Being able to incorporate God into every subject and in every lesson is so incredibly amazing! I was blessed to have a Christian education as a child and now I am honored to be a part of providing one for these wonderful children in my classroom. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. God is so good!

  • 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!

  • 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

  • Nieuwsma, Dave
    Nieuwsma, Dave 5th Grade Teacher

    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.

  • Pereira, Dinah
    Pereira, Dinah Spanish Teacher & 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 & Music 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 music and 5th grade at Rose Park. I love my “juggling act!” Each day I am able to build relationships with my 5th graders as I integrate faith into their learning. I am also able to foster a love for music in my K-4 students and engage them in meaningful worship.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Schebor, Karina
    Schebor, Karina 1st 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.

  • Smith, Laura
    Smith, Laura Social Studies Teacher

    I am so excited to teach 6th grade reading, writing, and social studies at Rose Park! 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!

  • 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.”

  • Steenwyk, Diane
    Steenwyk, Diane Administrative Assistant

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian as is my husband, Al, and our two boys. I now have four little grandsons attending Rose Park which makes my working here a delight. I know HC has become part of our genetic makeup as my grandchildren are the fourth generation of my family attending this school system. God has richly provided for us here. It is great friends, caring staff, wonderful constituents, joy and home for me. My prayer is that God’s word be faithfully instilled in each student to live the life He has intended for them.

  • Stejskal, Jana
    Stejskal, Jana 4th Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Holland Christian and received my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. For the past 20 years I have team taught at the elementary level. I have been married for 33 years to my husband Michael and we have three grown children and one grandchild.

    In my professional life, I have a sincere desire to not only grow readers and writers but also assist children in taking responsibility for building their own independent reading and writing lives. I realize kids have been given an incredible opportunity in our school to learn a branch of knowledge–that of knowing and learning about God’s Word every day. What an incredible honor and calling.

  • Stoep, Stacia
    Stoep, Stacia 2nd Grade 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 K-2 Spanish Teacher

    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.

  • VanPeursem, Vicki
    VanPeursem, Vicki Educational Support Services Aide

    I graduated in 1981 from Calvin College with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. From there I taught at Christian Opportunity Center in Pella, Iowa for three years, teaching in a classroom of mentally impaired teenagers. I returned to Michigan and taught for Holland Community Education in a program for mentally impaired adults at Kandu Industries. During this time, I went back to school and got my Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Western Michigan University. I have been teaching at Holland Christian Schools in the Educational Support Services program since 1994.

    I am a member of Third Christian Reformed Church where I attend with my three children. As a family, we enjoy camping, biking, and traveling.

    What I have appreciated most about my years of teaching at Holland Christian is the power of prayer. Whenever something significant happens either to a staff member or student or an event in the broader community, we stop and pray together. This has impacted me in a huge way. When something happens with one of my students in my classroom, I am more inclined to stop what we are doing and say “let’s pray about this.” It is my practice to start all meetings concerning the students I work with in prayer. If we happen to start a meeting without praying first, it feels like something is missing. It seems that when we pray together at the beginning of a meeting, it helps all who are involved to see what our common goal is…that with God’s help we are all going to work together to help that child achieve his or her God given potential.

  • 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!

  • Westfall, Nona
    Westfall, Nona Custodian
  • 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.