I have lived in West Michigan my entire life. I enjoy painting on canvases, spending time in God’s creation whether it is biking, camping, or spending the day at the beach, and family vacations. I love impromptu adventures and a spending time with my two younger brothers. I am an active member at Third CRC in Zeeland.
With a father who is a mechanical engineer, and a mother who was a 5th grade teacher at Holland Christian’s Maplewood Elementary, I grew up in a home where we were encouraged to be creative, to be problem-solvers, and have a deep relationship with our Lord and Savior. My parents had the opportunity to provide my two brothers and me with Christian education. I attended Holland Christian for my high school education and graduated in 2011. I furthered my education down the road at Calvin College. In May of 2015, I graduated from Calvin’s Elementary Education program with a major in Early Childhood education. The following summer I searched, applied, and waited to see where I could fulfill my desire to teach and learn alongside young minds. Then it happened. I received a call from Holland Christian for an aide position at South Side Elementary. All I could do was give praise to my Heavenly Father. He had a plan. For the 2015-16 school year, I worked alongside and learned from Karen Strikwerda in her kindergarten classroom. During that school year, I built relationships with staff, students, and families at South Side. In the spring, I was offered a position as a second grade teacher for a year, and then as a third grade teacher at Rose Park. I now have the opportunity to create a classroom community where I can encourage creativity, problem-solving, and furthering a relationship with our Lord and Savior. My excitement is still overflowing!
Whether it is a conversation about a child’s baseball game the prior night, joining them on the playground using their imagination, creating art, or building a Lego creation alongside of them: I find abundant blessings through these moments of building relationships with God’s children. I am reminded of one of my favorite verses that say, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1). Just as the words say in the verse, each of the children in my classroom are uniquely created by the Great Maker’s hands. They are His. And I have the opportunity to teach and learn alongside of them 5 days a week. I value that time I receive to build those relationships with my students and their families.