7th-grade teacher - Spanish Immersion
Years at Zeeland Christian: 9
Years in Christian Education: 9
B.A. Spanish Education from Hope College
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction from University of Minnesota
Dual Language and Immersion Education Certificate from University of Minnesota
What do you love about Zeeland Christian?
It's an incredible opportunity to work alongside educators at ZCS from around the world--to learn from them, to be a part of a community shaped by their voices and experiences, and to teach students who have been shaped by them.
Why are you passionate about Christian Education?
I love exploring with students what following Jesus really means. In asking questions about our world, identity, and faith, we get to look for ways that we're able to partner with God and others in restoring the brokenness of this world to the way God envisions it.
What do you want others to know about you?
My wife, Laura, and I are deeply connected in our neighborhood, where we're constantly inspired by and learning from our neighbors. We spend lots of time being foster parents and making jokes about tacos. I enjoy eating sushi, playing soccer, reading, and taking naps on the couch.
One life lesson your students have taught you:
Students' curiosity, observations, and questions make me optimistic about our ability as a community and society to wrestle together with tough questions and to seek answers to the challenges that we face in caring for each other.