Second-grade teacher - Traditional
Years at Zeeland Christian: 11
Years in Christian Education: 19
M.A. Elementary Education GVSU
History Major and Elementary Education Minor from GVSU.
What do you love about Zeeland Christian?
Zeeland Christian gives me the freedom to be creative and use my God-given gifts to impact classroom culture. We all agree on this mission: to love God, kids, and teaching like CRAZY! I especially love teaching at ZCS because of how they embrace and revel in all abilities and how we can grow together.
Why are you passionate about Christian Education?
I am passionate about kids and their heart for God and learning. Zeeland Christian is all in and all for developing relationships with God and others. What a cool job...to be able to show up each day, speak the name of Jesus, and in every lesson be able to let the Holy Spirit rule the classroom!
What do you want others to know about you?
This will be a short and sweet summary! I grew up in Jenison and did not stray too far from home as we live right here in Zeeland. My wife Rebecca and I have 4 kids. Jaclyn is 14, Samantha is 12, Noah is 10, and Courtney is 7. I am a drummer and a guitar strummer and love everything about music. In addition to teaching Second Grade, I am also a worship leader at The Church At Benjamin's Hope and a drum teacher. Throughout my walk with God, this verse rings true: The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
One life lesson your students have taught you:
My kids have taught me a ton about accepting differences and showing mercy and love to students of all abilities!