Years at Zeeland Christian: 2012
Years in Christian Education: 2009
BA in Spanish K-12 Education - Calvin University
MEd in Educational Technologies - Grand Valley State University
What do you love about Zeeland Christian?
I love combining my love of learning, kids, Jesus, Spanish, and diverse cultures into one neat package. 🙂 Being able to watch students grow -- from August to June and even from 1st through 5th grade -- in their academics but also their confidence, care for each other, and spiritual insight. And I really enjoy working with a great team of teachers who inspire and encourage me every day!
Why are you passionate about Christian Education?
Since I went through Christian education myself from preschool through college, I am so thankful for caring teachers and administrators who challenged me, loved me, laughed with me, and taught me over the years. Now as a teacher, I treasure the opportunities I have to pray with my students, struggle through worldview questions with them, share what God has done in my life and theirs, and partner with parents and churches in their good work. What a blessing!
What do you want others to know about you?
I grew up in Holland, MI, and moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for 3 years after college. Living abroad totally changed my life and grew my faith in so many ways. Now I live in Hudsonville with my husband Eric. We love traveling and sailing together. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, sewing, and baking.