• Baker, Dawn
    Baker, Dawn Preschool Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I taught for one year in Iowa before God provided a job at Rose Park teaching 4th and 5th grade for 11 years. During this time I earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. I then felt God calling me to stay home with our children. In 2010 I began aiding in preschool, and I currently teach 4’s Preschool at South Side.

    I’m married and have 3 children. I enjoy walking, reading, scrapbooking, being outdoors, and spending time with family.

    It’s a great joy for me to teach children in a Christian school. I love young children’s curiosity, energy, and love for life. It is a privilege to partner with parents in teaching their children about God’s love. My prayer is that my life will point students to Jesus.

  • Becksfort, Sarah
    Becksfort, Sarah Kindergarten Teacher

    I attended Holland Christian from kindergarten through 12th grade and truly appreciated the formative and personalized experience. After graduating in 2007, I attended Hope College where I received my certification in Elementary Education and Special Education-Learning Disabilities. I am married to Ross and we have a son, David. We worship at North Holland Reformed Church. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, taking walks, and reading. I feel blessed and overjoyed to be able to teach in a school system that played such a significant role in my own faith formation! My role as a teacher, faith leader, and support for my students allows me to demonstrate Christ’s unconditional love and acceptance in my daily actions.

  • 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.

  • Dreyer, Michelle
    Dreyer, Michelle 2nd grade teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 1995 with a B.A. in elementary education and I have worked in Christian education my whole career. I have been working at Holland Christian since 2012. I love helping students dig deeper, challenging them to do their best, and teaching them to take ownership of their learning. I am humbled that God has called me serve in this capacity.

    My husband, Doug, and I, and our two children, Lucas and Adrianna, live in Dorr. Our family is active in 4H and we spend time at many 4H events throughout the year.

  • Engbers, Michelle
    Engbers, Michelle 1st Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Calvin College in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education and earned my Masters Degree in reading from Grand Valley State University. I began my teaching career at Ada Christian School where I taught 4th grade for four years.

    My husband Dave and I, along with our children, Jackson, Will, Avery and Claire enjoy being together in God’s creation. We like to hike, go for boat rides and be active together. In my free time I enjoy reading, running and chasing sunsets. Our family attends Faith CRC.

    I am so grateful for the gift of Jesus and that He loves us just the way we are. It is my desire to know him more deeply, to trust him wholly and to have my life be a reflection of Him. One of the greatest joys of teaching is to share God’s love story with His precious children!

  • 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.

  • Grassmid, Tammy
    Grassmid, Tammy Preschool Teacher

    I am a graduate of Holland Christian. I received a B.A. in elementary education from Calvin College in 1991 and got my first job that fall. In 2002, I received a masters in reading from GVSU. I have taught at Holland Christian since 2013. I teach threes preschool and afternoon enrichment at South Side.

    I am married to Dave and we have two children, Ethan and Rylea. We are at the stage of becoming empty nesters! Ethan has Asperger’s Syndrome. I pray that God will use me as a resource and an advocate when needed. My favorite verses are Philippians 4:13 and Proverbs 3:5-6. I am blessed to be teaching at Holland Christian. I love that I can bring God into my teaching, help my students understand where they fit in God’s world and show my students how to love God and love others.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Hunderman, Sheri
    Hunderman, Sheri 2nd Grade Teacher

    Having attended HCHS myself, I learned during high school that I wanted to impact children the way that I had been impacted. I went on to Calvin College and soon after got a teaching job at Moline Christian. I came to South Side in 2010.

    I’m blessed with a wonderful husband, Brian. We have three girls, Emma, Lucy, and Claire. Teaching has changed so much for me as I have become a parent. I now try to love my students and share Jesus with them, the way that I would want my daughters to be loved and cared for each day!

    We are active members at Rusk CRC. In our free time we like to hang out with our families, friends and spend time camping. I am such a believer in Christian education: Children are so vulnerable and it is so important that their lives are being molded in Christ Jesus.

  • 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

  • Lanser, Jamie
    Lanser, Jamie Junior Kindergarten Teacher

    I was born and raised in Holland and graduated from Holland Christian. I received a teaching certificate from Calvin College, taught at HC for six years before having children, and then I stayed home to raise my family. This included one year of home schooling during a relocation to Germany. I’ve been teaching preschool since 2008.

    I am married to Bryan and have three boys; we attend Harvest Bible chapel and live in Borculo. I enjoy skiing, exercising, biking long distance, decorating, and generally spending time with my family.

    I am excited to be teaching at Holland Christian where I can share God’s amazing creation with my students. I am so thankful for God’s guiding and directing in my life and I aim to help each child in my care to see how God is leading them and how He loves them so deeply.

     

  • Lohman, Rachel
    Lohman, Rachel Preschool Assistant

    I graduated from Holland Christian in 2013 and furthered my education at GRCC. I successfully completed one year at GRCC, and then earned my CDA Credential in Early Childhood Development. In addition to working with 4’s preschool and enrichment, I also do the after school program.

    I feel honored and privileged to be working at Holland Christian, and to have attended this school as a student myself. I love working with children and helping them find their preferred learning style, and to see them form friendships with their classmates. I am blessed to be able to teach children about things like shapes and letters, but most importantly who Jesus Christ is. I would have to say that is the most rewarding part of my job.

  • Maldonado, Michelle
    Maldonado, Michelle Education Support Services

    My husband, Simon, and I are originally from Ohio. In 2002, we moved to Michigan and settled in Holland two years later. We are proud parents of three children who attend(ed) HC. I was blessed to stay home with them for 10 years while they were young. Prior to that, I attended nursing school while working as a Nurses Aid in geriatrics and Medical Assistant in pediatrics.

    After volunteering in various ways at Holland Christian, in 2012, I was honored to take on a position in ESS. I feel very blessed to be part of the HC family. Everyday I am honored to work along the side of staff and students who love God and live it daily. Luke 18:16 states “But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

  • 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.

  • Meiste, Pat
    Meiste, Pat Administrative Assistant

    I am one of eight children (5 boys & 3 girls). There was never a lack of activity at our house growing up. I graduated from Holland High and attended some classes between GVSU and MCC. I have held a variety of jobs most recently as a Human Resources Assistant before joining Holland Christian’s staff.

    I married Jay Meiste ’65 and we were blessed with four children, all HC grads. Our home church is Graafschap CRC where we stay involved in various ways. A few things I like to do is spend time with our grandchildren, be outside, read and quilt.

    The kids at South Side are such a blessing to us and our future. It is pure joy to hear their voices in the halls, coming in the door with giggles and excitement eventually settling into a daily routine. As you give your children to us daily to teach them, they also teach us.

  • Ritsema, Jenna
    Ritsema, Jenna 2nd Grade Teacher

    I graduated from HC in 2005. Then I followed my passion to teach by attending Cornerstone University, and later pursued my Masters at GVSU. I have been teaching at HC since 2010. I thoroughly enjoy using my gifts and talents each day while teaching 2nd grade at South Side!

    I am married to Kurtis, and have four kids. We live in Holland and attend Graafschap CRC, where Kurtis is the youth pastor. In my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends, travel, read, and be out in God’s beautiful Creation.

    My goal is for my students to feel loved and accepted in a Christian learning environment where they are challenged to grow in the abilities and talents that God has uniquely blessed them with. I find great joy learning and growing with my students!

  • Schippers, Tami
    Schippers, Tami Preschool Aide

    I graduated from Hope College in 2002 with a language arts degree in elementary education. I spent three years working in children’s ministry at Central Wesleyan Church right after college. From there I went to the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) where I worked in a variety of roles for the past 12 years. Most recently, I was a home visitor for birth to age five with the Parents as Teachers Program.

    I love working with children and am excited to be working with the amazing staff at Holland Christian. My husband Eric and I have three children. We are both graduates of Holland Christian and love that we can continue the legacy of Christian education with our kids. I love to be outside hiking, going to the beach, being on the lake, or doing anything that involves God’s beautiful creation!

  • 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.”

  • Steen, Rachel
    Steen, Rachel Educational Support Services

    I started working at Holland Christian in 2017 when my husband became the pastor at Park Church and we moved here from Omaha, Nebraska. I had been a stay-at-home mom of my three kids for several years in Omaha, and then when my youngest started kindergarten I started working as a special-ed early childhood teacher’s assistant in our local school.

    I grew up in New Jersey, and graduated from Hope College with a degree in Social Work. I then went on to GVSU for my master’s degree. I worked as a social worker until I had my first child.

    We are glad to be back in West Michigan and enjoy spending time outside when we can. I am thankful for my calling at Holland Christian, and I strive to honor and serve the Lord as I care for those He has entrusted with me.

  • Strikwerda, Karen
    Strikwerda, Karen Kindergarten Teacher

    I am an HC grad and I received my B.A. from Calvin College. I began teaching kindergarten at Holland Christian in 2006. In 2011, I received my M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Grand Valley State University.

    My husband, Tom, is the assistant principal at Holland Christian Middle School.

    We love to spend time outdoors and with our adult children. We are members of Calvary Christian Reformed Church. I love teaching in a Christian school. Both in our formal lessons and in the everyday happenings in the classroom, there are so many opportunities to let children know that they are God’s special, unique creation. It is my desire that each child in my classroom will know not only “Jesus Loves Me” as a song to sing, but that they will also know that wonderful love in their hearts.

  • 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.

  • VanIwaarden, DJ
    VanIwaarden, DJ Education Support Services

    I was born and raised in sunny Florida and studied Elementary Education at Palm Beach Atlantic University. I met my husband Daniel in Chicago, and we lived in several states before we settled in 2007 in his home town of Holland, Michigan. We have six children who have attended and loved Holland Christian Schools. We found that Holland Christian has partnered with us in the development of our children’s foundations in Christ and has given them strong academic skills and knowledge. In 2017, after staying home to raise our children and working part time in children’s ministry, I came to work for Holland Christian. I find great joy in helping children grow in their faith as well as academically, and each year I look forward to opportunities to share God’s love and peace.

  • Vankampen, Lisa
    Vankampen, Lisa Junior Kindergarten Teacher

    I was born and raised in Holland, and am a graduate of HC. I then graduated from GVSU with a B.A. in elementary ed/psychology. I taught for four years in Hudsonville. After staying at home with our children for 16 years, in 2009 I took a preschool teacher assistant position at South Side. During the 2017-18 school year, Jamie Lanser and I began team teaching. What a blessing it has been!

    My husband, Doug, and I have six children who either have graduated from or attend Holland Christian. Outside of school, I enjoy boating, going to the beach, taking walks, and scrapbooking.

    As a teacher at HC, my prayer is that I’m able to show Jesus to His precious children each day by encouraging their curiosity for learning, but ultimately loving each child for the unique person God created them to be.

  • Vanmeeteren, Karen
    Vanmeeteren, Karen 1st Grade Teacher

    I graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in humanities. I am so thankful for my calling to teach young children, and I have had the privilege to teach 2nd graders, kindergarteners, and since 2006, 1st graders.

    My husband, Bob, and I have two children, Jenna and Matthew, who have graduated from Holland Christian. Bob and I find great joy in traveling, taking long walks, biking, hiking, and spending time with our family.

    It is a great joy and blessing for me to work and learn with young children. I especially love sharing the stories of God and His amazing love for us, His children. My prayer is that each child may experience the joy that Jesus brings into their life and that their sprouting seeds of faith will be well nourished in first grade.

  • Vanrees, Leanne
    Vanrees, Leanne 4-School Teacher

    I grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in elementary education. I was a substitute teacher at HC for nine years before becoming a preschool teacher in 2016. I have a high regard for the staff of Holland Christian and feel honored to be a member of the Holland Christian team.

    I am married to Steve and all three of our children (Hannah, Madeline, and Noah) have graduated from Holland Christian. In my spare time, I enjoy being in the kitchen, reading, and resale shopping.

    As a parent, I know the importance of Christian education. It’s a sacrifice you make but not one that you will ever regret. I know that God has uniquely made each student that attends Holland Christian and I embrace every child for what they have to offer to his/her classroom.