• 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.

  • Barton, Laura
    Barton, Laura 1st Grade Aide

    I had the privilege to attend Holland Christian and graduated in 2003. I received my Associate of Arts in Child Development in 2006 and taught in a few different preschool settings before deciding to work from home as a childcare provider so that I could be home with my children.

    I’m excited to now be teaching at Holland Christian! I feel blessed to be able to walk alongside my students in their earliest years of learning, guiding them in their knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is an absolute joy to work with young children!

    I am married to Erik and have three boys who all attend Holland Christian. We attend Providence CRC and enjoy doing things as a family outdoors including camping, biking, and swimming. My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 because I find comfort in knowing that God goes before me and has a beautiful plan for my life.

  • Becksfort, Sarah
    Becksfort, Sarah Preschool 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.

  • Brouwer, Krystle
    Brouwer, Krystle Jr Kindergarten Teacher

    I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2007 with my major in English Literature and my minor in Elementary Education. I began my teaching career in public education where I taught for 11 years. I am so excited to be teaching Junior Kindergarten in the morning and afternoon enrichment at South Side.

    My husband, Chad and I have two children who attend Holland Christian. We attend Providence Church and enjoy spending time together as a family in downtown Holland and exploring all the beautiful nature spaces Holland has to offer. In my spare time I love to read, spend time outside, and camp with my family.

    I am passionate about helping kids feel included and loved in my classroom. I am honored to be able to share God’s love with my students each and every day.

  • Cook, Jennifer
    Cook, Jennifer ESS Parapro

    I graduated from Calvin Christian High School and am married to Nick Cook who graduated from Holland Christian in the class of 2001. We have been married for 17 years. We live in Hamilton with our two wonderful sons: Brayden is 15 and Keegan is 14. In my free time I love to play softball, scrapbook, hang with family at Sandy Pines and watch my kids play sports. I love working with kids! I have been working as a one-on-one at Hamilton as a healthcare parapro. I am looking forward to being able to share my faith openly with students in a Christian school. I look forward to being part of the HC team, and getting to know more of you!

  • Diekema, Ruth
    Diekema, Ruth 2nd Grade Teacher

    I am so excited God has opened the door for me to teach 2nd grade at South Side this year. My husband and I are both Holland Christian graduates. We have six children and our first grandbaby is due this fall. We enjoy biking, swimming, and spending time at the beach as a family. This will be my fifth year back in the classroom after staying home with my children. In addition to my elementary education degree, I have a master’s in Autism Spectrum Disorders and a master’s in Early Childhood Education. It is my prayer that God will use me to help strengthen students’ relationships with him and to equip them with the skills they need to reach the world. I consider it a blessing to be joining the South Side staff and to be partnering with families.

  • 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.

  • Hoezee, Christine
    Hoezee, Christine 1st Grade Teacher

    I was blessed to receive my education at Holland Christian where I graduated in 2015. I then went on to Grand Valley to receive a teaching degree in elementary education and special education in 2019. I was born and raised in Holland, MI. It has been a joy to grow up in this community where family and friends have been a big part of my life. In my free time, I love spending time at Holland State Park and the downtown area. I also enjoy playing the piano, singing, and taking my two dogs on walks. I am beyond honored to be teaching 1st grade at South Side this year! It is truly so exciting to be teaching God’s young children at a school that has impacted my life immensely. My prayer is that my students love God, love learning, and love each other each and every day!

  • 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!

  • Kiekintveld, Bethany
    Kiekintveld, Bethany Preschool Aide

    Hello Families! My name is Bethany Kiekintveld. I was born and raised in Holland and have loved the community I have made here. I am a Holland Christian grad and have loved and appreciated the education that I received from preschool through graduation and can’t wait to help your kids have the same experience I did! I have worked with kiddos ever since high school, I worked here at Southside in the after school program  and loved all the memories I made with the kids there. After high school I got a job at a daycare as a three year old preschool teacher. I have been working there for two and a half years and acquired my CDA in 2020. I am so blessed to be able to work here at Southside and be able to use my faith to help grow and teach the future generation. I have been a member of Providence Church my whole life. Alongside HC, Providence has deepened my faith and been an amazing family. In my free time I love to cook, bake, hang out with friends and family and explore the beautiful world God has given us.

  • 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

  • Koops, Pam
    Koops, Pam Preschool Aide

    Hello Families! My name is Pam Koops, and I have the privilege of being the teacher’s aide in your child’s classroom!  I feel blessed that God led me to South Side to serve in this new role, and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!  My husband and I are both graduates of HC and have three wonderful boys, and a golden retriever who steals all the attention.  I have been a homeschooling mom for the last 8 years;  and am grateful to now partner with the HC2 program for my boys.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading a good book, coffee dates, traveling, hiking, exploring new places, and watching God paint the sky at the end of the day!

  • Lohman, Rachel
    Lohman, Rachel Preschool Aide

    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.”

  • 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.

  • Miedema, Heather
    Miedema, Heather Preschool Aide

    I grew up in Holland and graduated from Hope College in 2006 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Fine Arts emphasis. I love the arts and enjoy incorporating them into the classroom. I have been a substitute teacher this past year and I am happy to join South Side Christian School. I truly felt God calling me to this position as a preschool aide. I am married to Ross and we have two children, Paxton and Piper. We live in the country outside of Holland with our two dogs, Gage and Emery. In my free time I like to sew and spend time with my family.

  • Pett, Haley
    Pett, Haley School counselor

    I am joining Holland Christian from a private counseling practice where I counseled students at an elementary school in Holland. My husband (Kyle Pett ’01) and I are Holland Christian parents with a second grader and a kindergarten student at Forest School, and two younger children at home. I am a graduate of Hope College and received my counseling degree from Spring Arbor University. In my free time, my family and I enjoy spending time together outside, enjoying nature.

  • Ritsema, Jenna
    Ritsema, Jenna Administrative Assistant

    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 students at South Side 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 South Side students!

  • 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.

  • Timmer, Stephanie
    Timmer, Stephanie Kindergarten Teacher

    Hello, My name is Stephanie Timmer. My husband and I live in Holland and love living so close to our West Michigan beaches. Spending time outside in God’s beautiful creation by skiing, running, swimming, and biking are some of my favorite things to do.

    I am excited to explore and learn with your students this year. I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education and have been teaching Kindergarten ever since. Partnering with parents to shape these little minds brings me so much joy. I am so excited to share my love of learning and love for Christ with your students. I am looking forward to singing, dancing, and worshiping with them each day! I truly feel blessed that God has led me to teach at South Side Elementary.

  • 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.

  • Wyma, Erin
    Wyma, Erin Principal

    A Holland Christian alum, I continued my education at Grand Valley State University where I obtained a B.A. in social sciences/psychology, elementary education minor, K-8 reading specialist endorsement and a master’s in reading instruction/literacy studies. After 18 years of teaching in public education, I joined the HC staff in 2013. My husband Greg and I have two daughters, Madelyn and Elise. In our downtime we enjoy hiking and traveling. With each new role throughout my career, the Lord has amplified my passion for academic excellence in Christian education.