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ss-baker-dMRS. DAWN BAKER
PRESCHOOL TEACHER
I attended Holland Christian Schools and then Calvin College where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

I taught for one year at Pella Christian in Iowa and then moved back to Holland. God provided a job at Rose Park Christian teaching fourth and fifth 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 for several years, and I was greatly blessed during that time. In 2010 I began aiding in a preschool class at South Side and I currently teach 4’s Preschool and Little Explorers Enrichment classes at South Side.

I am married and have 3 children. My husband teaches at Holland Christian High School and our children attend Holland Christian. We are members at Fourteenth Street CRC where I am involved with the children’s ministries and other committees. I enjoy walking, reading, scrapbooking, being outdoors, and spending time with our kids.

It is a great joy for me to teach children and an even greater joy to be able to do that in a Christian school. I love young children’s curiosity, energy, and love for life. I consider it a privilege to partner with parents in teaching their children about God’s love. I want children to know and experience God’s great love for them. In the classroom I can teach them about that, but more importantly I can model that for them in my daily interactions with them. My prayer is that my words and actions will point students to Jesus.

Email: dabaker@hollandchristian.org
Mrs. Baker’s Blog

ss-becksfort-sMRS. SARAH BECKSFORT
1st GRADE TEACHER
I attended Holland Christian from kindergarten through 12th grade and truly appreciated the formative and personalized experience

provided for each student. After graduating in 2007, I attended Hope College as a means for continuing my education in a Christian school environment. During my schooling at Hope College, I received certification in Elementary Education K-5 and Special Education-Learning Disabilities K-12. Throughout my college experience, I was blessed with the opportunity to work and learn in various placements across a wide range of educational age groups. After graduating in 2011, the Lord greatly blessed me with the opportunity to teach and serve as a teacher at South Side. I am thrilled to work with and teach such eager and passionate minds on a daily basis.

I grew up in Holland and I am married to Ross. We live close to both of our families and appreciate the continued love and support that we receive from them! We worship at North Holland Reformed Church where I am involved in special music, various ministry teams, and children’s ministries. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, crafting, reading, taking walks, fishing, and spending time at my grandparent’s cottage on Gun Lake!

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. As I work to touch the lives of each individual student, I strive to help each student build the foundation for a meaningful academic and faith journey. Even though I lead my students through lessons, activities, and experiences, I continue to learn and be reminded of equally important ideas from each one of them along the way!

Email: sbecksfort@hollandchristian.org

Website: http://becksfortbohle.blogspot.com/

ss-pr-boer-sMRS. SHELLY BOER
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.

My husband, Jim, and I have 4 children. We like to debate a variety of topics over a good dinner. My hobbies include playing the piano and guitar, reading, and doing puzzles.  Our family belongs to Heritage Christian Reformed Church in Byron Center where my husband is the pastor.

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. Music has been an important part of my spiritual growth beginning with piano lessons at age 8, through band and choir in middle and high school, through organ and the Oratorio Society in college, and currently as I am part of my church’s praise team. My desire is to pass along that joy and avenue of praise to the students I teach.

Email: sboer@hollandchristian.org

ss-bohle-aMRS. AMANDA BOHLE
1ST GRADE TEACHER
I come from a family of teachers and am so happy to continue the family tradition set before me! I graduated in ’07 from Spring Arbor

University with a B.A. in Special Education/Elementary Education. I have also earned my Early Childhood Endorsement and am currently working on my Masters in Reading. After graduation I taught 1st grade for four years in the Chicago area before moving to Holland. My husband Chris and I have been in Holland for 4 years now and feel like we can call it “home.”

There are many things I love to do when I am not teaching little ones. Some of these include, reading books, spending time with my wonderful husband, running in different races, shopping downtown Holland, drinking coffee, and making crafts and scrapbooks. Most importantly, my favorite way to consume my free time is chasing around my 2-year-old son, August. We are expecting another son in October! Our boys have added an unexplainable joy to our lives.

I believe that God has created each student in His image. As a Christian educator I am given the absolute privilege to teach, love, and nurture these precious children of God. It is my duty to not only educate but teach Christian values to each student in my classroom. My goal is to live and love as an example of Christ. My prayer for each student is that they will know Jesus better after spending a school year under my care.

Email: abohle@hollandchristian.org
Mrs. Bohle’s Blog

rp-brouwer-aMRS. AMANDA BROUWER
PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR
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 and

received my degree in Education from Hope College. I started my teaching career at Zeeland Community Preschool and my gifts in leadership at Calvary CRC as the Children’s Ministry Director. After five years away from the classroom I felt God’s calling to go back into teaching. I began taking graduate classes at Grand Valley State University where I have recently received my Masters in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching preschool at Holland Christian since 2006 and have been the Preschool Director since 2010.

My husband and I met in high school and have been blessed with three amazing children. We attend Calvary CRC and love using our gifts to help build His kingdom! 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. I want every student that walks into my classroom to know that there is a God who loves them and who has created them in His image. 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.

Email: abrouwer@hollandchristian.org

ss-buursma-lMRS. LIA BUURSMA
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES
I received my teaching degree from Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, IA, and have received special education endorsements from Hope

College. In the past, I have taught PE, general education and special education. I taught severely emotionally impaired children at Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Cutlerville. At Holland Christian, I have taught PE and have taught in the Educational Support Services at the Middle School and currently, at South Side. I have helped to write Bible curriculum supplements based on my experiences as part of a trip to Israel. I have received training from Schools Attuned, based on the teaching of Mel Levine. I have completed training in the Response to Intervention model (now called Multi Tier System of Support), and have been trained to administer DIBELS; an early literacy evaluation tool and continue to learn other methods of teaching through the Christian Learning Center

My husband Ray and I have three adult children. We are members of Park Christian Reformed Church where I have served as a youth leader, worship center teacher, deacon, and information circle hostess and I volunteer in many other areas. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, and running.

Teaching in a Christian School is such a great fit with my degrees in Special Education. God created and gifted all people on His Earth to fit a perfect plan of service to Him. It is great to be able to share with the children I support and reassure them that God has gifted them, too! And His Grace and promise of life with Him in Heaven is for all of us. I feel God is using me to provide the love and promise of peace for each of these children. Through their leaning on God for guidance, they can do anything. “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.

Email: lbuursma@hollandchristian.org

ss-dreyer-mMRS. MICHELLE DREYER
2ND GRADE TEACHER
I have lived in West Michigan all my life. I love this area and the people here and the beautiful places that we can enjoy. My husband, Doug

and I, and our two children, Lucas and Adrianna, live in Dorr. Doug is a self employed plumber and loves being outdoors and spending time together. Lucas attends South Christian High School and Adrianna has another year at Moline Christian School. Our family is active in 4H and we spend time at many 4H events throughout the year. We have family close by and do many activities with them. It is such a blessing to have our families so close! I love to read and enjoy going to the beach or traveling with my husband/kids when I have some down time.

I am so excited to be teaching! Working with children is so fun! Students have an excitement for learning and it is great to help them share this excitement for learning with their classmates and parents. I look forward to helping students reach their full potential and to meet their needs. I love helping students dig deeper and to challenge them to do their best and to take ownership of their learning. I am humbled that God has called me to be a part of His kingdom by serving Him in this capacity. It is exciting to work with students each day, to worship with them, to see them become part of community, and to watch them learn how they can be a part of the world for their Lord. God has great plans for each of them and I can’t wait to see what they will do!

We serve an amazing God! I am so grateful for His love for me and I look forward to the day I can glorify Him in heaven. Until then I am blessed to serve Him by teaching His children. It is wonderful to be able to share my faith and love with His special children each day at school. I am humbled to be a part of God’s plan to nurture students’ faith and to share my own faith with them. I am excited to worship, pray, and grow in our faith together. Proverbs 3:3 states “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” We are in the business of passing on our faith to the next generation and teaching them to continue the journey of faith. I look forward to helping the future generations of Holland Christian continue the gift of passing on the lessons of faith from one generation to the next. It will be exciting to see what God has planned!

Email: mdreyer@hollandchristian.org
Mrs. Dreyer’s Blog

ss-grassmid-tMRS. TAMMY GRASSMID
3-SCHOOL TEACHER
My parents chose to send my 3 siblings and me to Christian schools and for that I am grateful. Seeing their commitment to Christian

education made such an impact on me that I grew up wanting to teach in a Christian school. I attended Christian schools through high school. After graduating from Holland Christian in 1987, I went to Calvin College and received a B.A. in Elementary Education. In 1992 I started a 20 year career at Beaverdam Christian School in Hudsonville. Although God closed the doors at Beaverdam in 2013, He opened a door for me at Holland Christian that same fall. This year, I am teaching 3-School in the mornings as well as Enrichment in the afternoon- all at South Side! I am excited for this new chapter in my teaching career and look forward to what God has planned for me at Holland Christian.

I am married to Dave (a 1983 HC graduate). We have a son, Ethan and daughter, Rylea. They keep us busy with their hunting adventures and soccer weekends.

I am an advocate for Autism Awareness because Ethan has Asperger’s Syndrome. It is my hope that God will use me to be a resource for parents who have children with special needs and an advocate for their children in the classroom.

My favorite Bible verses are Philippians 4:13 and Proverbs 3:5-6. They have helped me get through the ups and downs of life and helped me focus on what God (not me) has planned for my life.

I am truly blessed to be teaching in a Christian school. I love that I can bring God into my teaching throughout the day. We can start the day with God and see Him in all that we do. I can help my students understand where they fit in God’s world. I am able to show my students how to love God and love others. My students are able to create long-lasting relationships with their peers. It is wonderful to be a part of the lives of these young children at the start of their school careers!

Email: tgrassmid@hollandchristian.org

rp-hofman-mMRS. MARY HOFMAN
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.

Email: mhofman@hollandchristian.org

ss-houskamp-dMRS. DAWN HOUSKAMP
PRESCHOOL ASSISTANT 
I graduated from Michigan State University in 1989 with a degree in Communications. Since then, I have held various jobs within my

field, stayed at home to raise my family, and in recent years volunteered at Rose Park Elementary School, South Side Elementary School, and Harderwyk Ministries.

My husband, Steve, and I have two children and are members of Harderwyk Ministries where I am involved in children’s ministries and Kid’s Hope.

Working as an aide in Holland Christian Preschools gives me the opportunity to interact and work with God’s precious children. They are God’s gift to us and as such we are given an awesome responsibility to teach and raise them to love God. I hope through my “show and tell” children will see in me an example of Christ. We are all called to help raise children in the way of Christ, I believe this position helps me show the compassion and caring spirit in a meaningful way to God’s precious gifts.

Email: dhouskamp@hollandchristian.org

ss-hunderman-sMRS. SHERI HUNDERMAN
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 served there for 5 wonderful years until God called me to move on. That brought me to South Side in 2010 where I enjoy using my gifts and talents with the children here!

I am the youngest of four children and the only girl–you can only imagine how good life was growing up! God has continued to bless me with a wonderful husband, Brian. He is slowly turning me into his dream “country girl” in Borculo, where we live. We have two girls, Emma and Lucy, whom we adore! 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 daughter 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 and spend time vacationing to wherever! I also spend much of my time running as there always seems to be a big race coming up to train for!

Teaching has been such a great experience for me thus far! I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me to see a child grasp a new concept, or more importantly, share a heartfelt prayer. 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. My prayer is that each day my students will see Jesus in me because I have been amazed at how much I see Him in them!

Email: shunderman@hollandchristian.org
Mrs. Hunderman’s Blog

ss-johnson-sMRS. SANDY JOHNSON
KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
I have been a kindergarten teacher at Holland Christian for many years. God has blessed me with so many experiences here! After graduating

from HCHS, I attended Calvin College and graduated with an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate. I soon began teaching kindergarten at Holland Christian, and after several years of teaching decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Western Michigan University. I received that degree in 1992. At Holland Christian I have served on numerous committees including the K-12 Math and Social Studies Curriculum Committees. I have served on our building leadership committee and continue to attend many workshops and conventions to help me stay “fresh” and current!  (Kindergarten is very different than it was 30 years ago!)

My husband, Dave, and I have two daughters whom we adore. It has been a joy to not only experience Holland Christian from a teacher’s perspective, but to also experience Holland Christian as a parent! We are members of Christ Memorial Reformed Church where I have enjoyed being involved in choir and Bible school groups. Traveling, reading, visiting with friends, and especially spending time with family is what I love to do outside of kindergarten!

I truly consider it a privilege to be employed by Holland Christian. I am so grateful that we can begin our day in prayer, and by singing praise songs like “Thank you  Lord for This Fine Day,” or “This is the Day That the Lord Has Made!” Being able to share my faith through stories from the Bible is something that I love to do, yet I also love to teach about God’s greatness, power, and love in all the subjects I teach! For example, learning about migration and hibernation, or shapes and patterns in nature, about the seasons and weather, about  getting along with others, or  marveling at our very delicately and uniquely created bodies that can speak, see, hear, touch, think, move, and care!  I so cherish those frequent moments when my students and I can say  “Wow, isn’t  our God awesome!!”

Email: sjohnson@hollandchristian.org
Mrs. Johnson’s blog

ss-lanser-jMRS. JAMIE LANSER
JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
I grew up on the north side of Holland and attended Rose Park Christian. I graduated from Holland Christian, received a teaching

certificate from Calvin College and taught in Holland Christian at South Side and Rose Park for 6 years in the early elementary grades. I stayed home to raise my family which included one year of home schooling during a relocation to Germany.

I am married to Bryan and have 3 boys; we attend Crosswinds Community Church and live in Borculo. I enjoy skiing, exercising, swimming, flying an airplane, and generally spending time with my family and watching my boys play sports.

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.

Email: jlanser@hollandchristian.org
Mrs. Lanser’s Blog

ss-lohman-rMISS RACHEL LOHMAN
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 at South Side, I also work at Lakeshore Little People’s Place located at Providence Church.

I come from a family of five, including myself. I have two older siblings, and a brother in law, along with a pet cat named “Bonkers.” In my pastime, I enjoy doing things like: painting, drawing, jewelry making, photography, puzzles, and reading. I have gone on eight mission trips to various places. These mission trips really impacted my relationship with Christ, and have also allowed me to meet many new friends.

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 watching the “gears” in their head turn as they learn, 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.

Email: rlohman@hollandchristian.org

ss-lubbers-kMS. KONNI LUBBERS
4-SCHOOL TEACHER
I am a Holland Christian graduate and as a student in the system I was grateful for the rigorous education I received that helped me get

ready for college. I am also grateful for the teachers who helped mold my understanding of who God is and who I am as a child of God. They prepared me to step out of my small world in the Holland Christian community and into a much larger world in college, at Trinity Christian, and also when I moved farther away for my first teaching jobs.

Before coming to Holland Christian as a teacher, I taught 4th grade at a small Christian school in Monroe, Washington, and then spent a year teaching 4th grade in a Christian school in Bangkok, Thailand. After moving back home to west Michigan, I was excited to be hired on by Holland Christian. I worked for several years at Rose Park teaching various elementary grades. During this time I met and married my husband Brad, who is a farmer in Hamilton. We now have 2 children and live right on the family farm. When our twins were born I stepped away from full-time teaching and held an aide position at Holland Christian High School for 3 years. Now I’m excited to be back in a teaching role in my preschool classroom at South Side.

As a teacher at Holland Christian, I feel grateful to be a part of such a caring and supportive community. I strive to instill in my own students what was given to me–academic knowledge, and most importantly, a knowledge of who God is and who we are as children of God, ready to go out into the world and shine for Him.

Email: klubbers@hollandchristian.org

ss-maldonado-mMRS. MICHELLE MALDONADO
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES
I grew up in a small town in North West Ohio. It was in Ohio that I met and married my husband, Simon. In 2002 we moved to Michigan.

We settled in Holland 2 years later.

We have 3 children. Our oldest son, Nico, is a 2015 Holland Christian graduate. Our younger 2 children, Noah and Nissi, are both students at Holland Christian.

I was privileged to be able to stay home to raise our children for 10 years, but prior to that I went to nursing school while working as a Nurses Aid in geriatrics and a Medical Assistant in pediatrics.

After volunteering in various ways at Holland Christian, I was honored to take on a Para Professional position in the Educational Support Services in 2012. I feel very blessed to be part of the HC family. Everyday I get to work along the side of staff and students who love God and show 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.”

Email: mmaldonado@hollandchristian.org

ss-meckley-tMS. TINA MECKLEY
4-SCHOOL AIDE
I have lived in Holland all of my life. I graduated from GVSU with a B.S. in Art and Design with a Minor in Education. After graduating college I

was immediately hired to teach elementary art at Jenison Public School, where I remained for 9 years. After nine years at JPS I was led to teach PK-8th grade art at Jenison Christian School, where I remained for 5 years. What a blessing it was to be able to bring my love and joy of art and the Lord to so many wonderful children, for 14 amazing years. In 2015, God’s plan led me in a new direction. I was called to Holland Christian School to aide for preschool-aged children where I can continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to my students daily. I am so blessed to have been given the passion and gift for loving and leading children closer to Jesus Christ. I also feel blessed to be able to be part of this community while still being able to balance being “Mom.” My husband, Joe, and I have two beautiful children Ella and Eli and both attend HCS.

Email: tmeckley@hollandchristian.org

ss-melste-pMRS. PAT MEISTE
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 (HC grad) and we have been blessed with four children, all HC grads like their dad. 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.

In my daily life I am a “list – checker.” I like to make my list and as the day progress I have a feeling of accomplishment to see how many things on my list I can “check-off.” In that same note I am very grateful that God is NOT a list checker of all the things I don’t accomplish. I am in constant awe of His unconditional love and grace bestowed on me daily; it is hard to comprehend. As a parent I think how much I love my children and to think God loves them more than a parent is amazing. Each day is a new learning experience and opportunity to serve God, even in small ways. One of my favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 2:6 “…for the Lord gives strength and out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” Part of my knowledge and understanding is in the interaction with the children at South Side. It is a gift. It’s all about kids, it truly is! They 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.

Email: pmeiste@hollandchristian.org

ss-ritsema-jMRS. JENNA RITSEMA
2ND GRADE TEACHER
I attended Holland Christian K-12, and absolutely loved it. Upon graduation in 2005, I decided to follow my passion to teach by attending

Cornerstone University. I majored in Language Arts, and minored in Elementary Education. I have been teaching at Holland Christian since 2010; including a year in Kindergarten, and then moving to full time in 2nd grade. I thoroughly enjoy using my gifts and talents each day while teaching 2nd grade at South Side.

I am married to Kurtis, and I am blessed with three stepchildren. We live in Holland. and are members at Graafschap CRC. Kurtis is the youth pastor, and I help with the Middle School and High School groups as well. In my spare time I love to spend time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and spending time out in God’s beautiful Creation.

After being blessed with a wonderful Christian education, I am so blessed to take the role of teacher and spiritual leader in the lives of my students. I pray not only that I will be a great model for them, but also that they will teach me new things every year. 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. In Proverbs 16:3 it says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” I am committed to bringing glory to God, and I cannot wait to see what this year will bring while teaching at Holland Christian!

Email: jritsema@hollandchristian.org
Mrs. Ritsema’s Blog

ss-rynsburger-mMRS. MISKA RYNSBURGER
PRINCIPAL
I graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Humanities and earned a Masters degree from Grand Valley State University in Educational

Leadership.  I taught fourth grade for 8 1/2 years in the West Ottawa Public School system. I resigned my teaching position when our first child was born and began to raise our growing family at home. As our three young children are each reaching school age, I am beyond thrilled to once again begin teaching 1st grade children in the classroom setting.

My husband, TJ, and I have three children. Two will attend South Side this year. We are members at Calvary Christian Reformed Church where I am involved in the children’s ministries. In my free time, I enjoy camping, running, swimming and biking.

I count it as a true privilege and joy that God has called me to work with some of the youngest and most precious members of His kingdom. My goal is to share the love of our great God with the children in my class as they learn more about God, themselves and the amazing world around them. Each student is a dearly loved child of God. It is my prayer that God will continue to use me to be instrumental in developing a personal relationship between each child and our Heavenly Father.

Email: mrynsburger@hollandchristian.org
Mrs. Rynsburger’s Blog

MRS. TAMI SCHIPPERS
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES
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 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, anything that involves God’s beautiful creation!

Email: tschippers@hollandchristian.org

ss-scholten-tMRS. THEA SCHOLTEN
TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANT
I graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. I have also taken some 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 began attending Holland Christian Schools, I began volunteering in the media centers. By the time our children graduated, I had been hired as a clerk in the media center, 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,” and I can encourage others and be encouraged myself to become more Christ-like in “mind, body & soul.”

Email: tscholten@hollandchristian.org

MS. LINDSAY SLAGER
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES ASSISTANT
Bio coming soon!

 

ss-snow-eMS. EVA SNOW
3-SCHOOL AIDE
Email: esnow@hollandchristian.org

MRS. RACHEL STEEN
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES 
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 masters degree.

In 2005 I moved with my husband to Omaha, NE where he was called as a pastor. I worked as a social worker until our first child was born and then I became a stay-at-home mom. Now I love being a mom of three kids.

I did enjoy being a children’s leader at BSF in Omaha, and working with children’s ministries in my church. As a stay-at-home mom I also took advantage of opportunities to volunteer in our school and community. Then, when our youngest started kindergarten I started back as a Special Ed Early Childhood Teacher’s Assistant. This summer we moved to Holland, MI after 12 years in Omaha as my husband took a new job at Park CRC.

I believe God has given me gifts encouraging and teaching children. I am so thankful for all the work Jesus has done in my life. My hobbies include exercising, hiking, and now I’m looking forward to the many outdoor activities Michigan has to offer.

Email: rsteen@hollandchristian.org

 

ss-strikwerda-kMRS. KAREN STRIKWERDA
KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
After graduating from Holland Christian Schools, I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Calvin College. In 2011, I received my Master’s

Degree in Early Childhood Education from Grand Valley State University. My teaching experience before our children were born was focused on 2nd and 3rd grade. After our children were born, I stayed at home with them, and spent those years actively involved in children’s ministry at church and substitute teaching in grades K-8. Upon returning to teaching, I taught kindergarten at Grand Haven Christian for three years. I began teaching at Holland Christian in 2006. I am currently teaching the 5-day kindergarten class.

I am married to Tom Strikwerda who teaches 7th grade at HCMS and we have three children. In my spare time, I like to spend time outdoors. I enjoy reading and walking. We are members at Calvary Christian Reformed Church.

I love teaching in a Christian school. I love being able to teach children not only all of the basic facts and skills that they need to know, but I also love teaching them about Jesus and His love for them. 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.

Email: kstrikwerda@hollandchristian.org
Mrs. Strikwerda’s Blog

rp-throop-dMRS. DEE DEE THROOP
COUNSELOR
I graduated from Purdue University in 1984 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and received my M.A. in School Counseling from the

University of South Florida in 1991. I have taught 1st, 3rd and 5th grades and counseled at all levels K-12. My experience includes working in Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Georgia and now back to Michigan.

I am married to Merle and we have a daughter and a son. We have moved a lot, as Merle was a Senior Special Agent for Homeland Security. We worship at Covenant Presbyterian Church and are involved with: Youth Group, Bible Studies, and Christian Education. We like to play with our children, read, and go for walks.

My previous experience has been in public school, so I am thrilled that I can speak freely and openly of the authority of our Lord Jesus in my counseling situations. My faith enables me to show boys and girls practical and biblical solutions to their everyday problems. One of my favorite verses is 2 Tim 3:16-17. I am so happy that I can help students grow in their relationships with each other, the Lord and on their educational journey. I agree with Holland Christian that it takes the home, church, and school to raise our children. Praise the Lord for the freedom we have in His Son Jesus.

Email: dthroop@hollandchristian.org

ss-vankampen-lMRS. LISA VANKAMPEN
JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN ASSISTANT
I was born and raised in Holland, and had the privilege of attending and graduating from Holland Christian. I then graduated from Grand

Valley State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education/Psychology. I taught for 4 years at Hudsonville Public Schools until our first children (twins) were born. After our children reached school age, I loved volunteering in their classrooms and in their school. After staying at home for 16 years, I was blessed to be offered a preschool teacher assistant position at South Side.

My husband, Doug, and I have 6 children who either have graduated from or attend Holland Christian. Our family attends Central Wesleyan where I have been involved in teaching preschool Sunday school classes. When I am not busy being a “mom taxi” or attending my children’s sporting events, I love walking, scrapbooking, and playing games.

Having attended HC and sending our children to HC, I have been able to personally experience the importance of Christian education. I am thrilled to be able to share my love for Christian education with our smallest children. My prayer is that I am able to show Jesus to His little children every day whether it be by encouraging their curiosity for learning, always accepting them as one of God’s unique children, and even providing a lap to cuddle in for a child who misses mom. I am so thankful to be a part of Holland Christian’s family.

Email: lvankampen@hollandchristian.org

MR. GERRIT VANKLAVEREN
PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER
I am Canadian and I graduated from Calvin College in 2014 with K-12 physical education and minors in biochemistry and biology. I have

taught PE at Rehoboth Christian school in New Mexico, and Eastern Christian High School in New Jersey. Due to visa complications and love (ask me sometime), I went back for my Master’s in Physical Education Pedagogy at Western Michigan University. I recently got married to the wonderful Lauren D, now vK, who has a heart for the Lord and others that is simply contagious.

On the side, I am very active in sports, music, worship, wood projects and recreational activities. Serving, fixing things and helping others brings much joy. Every day, I like to bring an undignified atmosphere where joy and vibrant energy fills my classroom. If students see how much fun being active and moving our bodies in new and exciting ways is, then the hope is they will learn to value living a healthy and active lifestyle for a lifetime. More important, I emphasize the diversity of our bodies, which are temples of the Holy Spirit, all different, yet all made in the image of our Creator. What a gift, what a blessing it is to be able to share that with
everyone I meet and teach!

Both Lauren and I are so excited to be here in Holland, and to start a new journey in what I hear and have seen, thus far, as a vibrant, growing and loving community. I am so impressed and so thankful for everyone making this a way easier transition than I expected.

Email: gvanklaveren@hollandchristian.org 

ss-vanmeeteren-kMRS. KAREN VANMEETEREN
1ST GRADE TEACHER
I graduated from Hope College with a Humanities Composite major. I began working at Holland Christian right after graduating

from Hope as an assistant in the Discovery Center program. I have taught kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades in the past. Since the fall of 2006 I have been teaching 1st grade. I have served on various curriculum committees and as a member of South Side’s Building Leadership Team.

My husband, Bob, and I have two children who have graduated from Holland Christian. We are members of Providence Christian Reformed Church and enjoy helping in various aspects of worship and church life.

It is a great blessing to be able to share God’s love with children. Teaching at Holland Christian is a real joy for me because I have the opportunity to weave together my love for God with my love for children. Bible lessons are a wonderful time to hear of God’s love and forgiveness, but showing God during a science or math lesson or during Show and Tell time is just as exciting and are often moments of awe for the children. When children are ready to leave my classroom, I hope that the little seeds of faith that have been planted by their parents have been well fertilized in 1st grade so that they may seek God in all of life that surrounds them.

Email: kvanmeeteren@hollandchristian.org
Mrs. VanMeeteren’s Blog

ss-vanrees-lMRS. LEANNE VANREES
4-SCHOOL TEACHER
I was born and raised in Muskegon and attended Muskegon Christian School.  I graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Elementary

Education/Language Arts. I stayed at home while my children were young and then when they entered school, I volunteered in the classroom whenever I could. I have spent the last eight years as a substitute teacher for Holland Christian, enjoying my time in classrooms from preschool to 6th grade. 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 we have three children, two daughters that have graduated from Holland Christian and a son who is a Senior at HCHS. We attend 14th Street Church where I have been a Children’s Worship teacher, a Sunday School teacher, and the Middle School Youth Director. In my spare time, I enjoy being in the kitchen, reading, and resale shopping.

I know the importance of Christian education, in my own education and in my children’s 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. My hope is that, in the classroom, they see me as the hands and feet of Christ.

Email: lvanrees@hollandchristian.org

ss-walters-dMRS. DIANE WALTERS
ART TEACHER
My undergraduate work was completed at Calvin College. I have a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan

University. My teaching career began at Hudsonville Christian School, where I taught 1st and 2nd grade. Later I taught part time at South Olive Christian School, where I taught Art for 1st through 8th Grade. In the Holland Christian System I have taught art, music, and 1st grade.

My husband, John, and I have three married children and one grandchild. We are members of Providence Christian Reformed Church where I enjoy occasionally singing with the praise teams.

I consider it a privilege to teach in a school where teachers and students are not only allowed, but are expected to see everything that we learn as a part of what God has created and what He continues to uphold. Everything that we study and do must be seen through the light of God’s Word. Art is exciting to teach in a Christian School because often when we draw, paint or sculpt something we take a very close look at what we are about to represent. Taking a closer look reveals what an amazing and intricate creation our God has blessed us with. Then the artist can in turn use the art as a form of worship to our awesome Creator!

Email: dwalters@hollandchristian.org

ss-vos-sMRS. SUE VOS
TITLE 1 INSTRUCTOR
I received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Calvin College in 1993 and a M.A. in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University.

I have taught at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Cutlerville Christian, and now at Holland Christian in the Education Support Services program.

My husband Dan (also on staff at Holland Christian) and I have been blessed with three children who attend the middle school and Rose Park. We attend Calvin Christian Reformed Church where I have enjoyed directing small groups and teaching Sunday School.

I have always had a passion for Christian education. I believe that God’s image has been uniquely imprinted on each of us and we are called to give God glory by enjoying Him and living a life of service in His Kingdom here on earth. I believe that Christian schools dedicated to this vision will provide children with the proper environment, academically, physically, socially, and spiritually, to celebrate God’s goodness and seek their unique place in His Kingdom. In Revelation 21:5 it says, “And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”’ I believe God calls His people to join Him in restoring the broken places of the world to what He intended them to be. What a joy it is to teach children to look for those broken places and to respond with creativity and compassion to make things new!

Email: svos@hollandchristian.org

ss-woods-aMRS. AMY WOODS
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES
I attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. I have had extended work experience in teacher assisting since High School with the

specific area of interest with the challenged and special education students. In 2007, I earned and received certification in Work Skills, (Reading, Writing, Math) from the Michigan Department of Education.

In 1996 my husband, 2 children, and myself moved from Wellington, Florida so our children could attend Holland Christian Schools. This was a decision we have never regretted. Our son and daughter are now Holland Christian graduates, and living fulfilled lives in the avenues in which the Lord has led them.

I enjoy working as an ESS parapro at South Side. Our teachers and staff are the most dedicated people I’ve ever had the honor and pleasure to work beside. It is my joy and passion to help the teachers and students shine each school day at South Side. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17

Email: awoods@hollandchristian.org