Fifth Grade - Traditional
Years at Zeeland Christian: 1
Years in Christian Education: 3
B.A. in Elementary Education with a Mathematics Concentration from the University of Michigan in 2016; Taught 5th grade for 2 years in an International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Metro-Detroit; Learning Spaces Specialist through Steelcase Education
What do you love about Zeeland Christian?
Being new to ZCS, I have been overwhelmed by the loving community that has welcomed me in. I instantly felt the presence of the Holy Spirit upon entering the building, and have experienced the genuine love of Jesus through all I have crossed paths with. I love that ZCS is a place in which our love of God is prioritized and truly lived out!
Why are you passionate about Christian Education?
Having taught for two years in a public school, I felt that I could not be my true and full self because my identity and faith in Jesus was never discussed. God called me to teach at ZCS where I have the opportunity to express my faith and lead children in their own faith journey while teaching them and developing lifelong learners. Only through a relationship with Jesus can all other skills, passions, and learning fully be developed and expressed.
What do you want others to know about you?
I grew up in a church in Metro-Detroit, but truly found a relationship with Jesus through Young Life College at the University of Michigan. It was there that my faith became my own and I met my husband, Ryan! We got married this past summer (July 7) and enjoyed a honeymoon in Vancouver where we explored the city and nature. My husband is in seminary at Western Theological Seminary to earn his Masters of Divinity, and I moved out to Holland to join him after our wedding. My parents and two brothers still live on the east side, but I find time to visit them often. God called me to be a teacher at a young age, and I am excited to start a new journey at ZCS where my passion for Jesus and teaching can be lived out together!
One thing your students have taught you:
"I was made to be brilliant, but I have a lot of work to do." Darious, 2017