Kendra Laarman

Kendra Laarman

Preschool teacher - Traditional Program

 

Years at Zeeland Christian: 5

Years in Christian Education: 5

Education:

HCHS graduate,

ASA in Early Childhood Education,

CDA (Child Development Associate) for preschool

What do you love about Zeeland Christian?

ZCS feels like "home" to me. My dad taught here beginning when I was 2 years old, so I practically grew up at ZCS! I attended here, and my 4 girls have too. It's truly a blessing to be a part of the ZCS family!

Why are you passionate about Christian Education?

I love the way Christian education wraps all learning into the big story of God and His love for us. I love getting to share my love for Jesus with students and see their spiritual growth throughout the school year. Most of all, I love our worship time. It's an awesome experience to praise God with a roomful of enthusiastic preschoolers!

What do you want others to know about you?

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Ryan. We have 4 daughters who keep us pretty busy! We love attending their school events, music performances, and sports activities. We attend Pillar Church in Holland, where we have witnessed God's faithfulness and care. I love animals (furry ones!), reading, music, baking, and scrapbooking. After years of struggling with self-doubt and insecurity, I returned to school to earn a degree in early childhood education. Through the encouragement of others and God's faithfulness, I finished my degree and was offered a job at the most amazing school--ZCS! I am a testimony to that fact that "God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." (Ephesians 3:20) Praise be to God!

One life lesson your students have taught you:

Preschoolers have taught me to find joy in the "little things" of life.  I can't wait to spend time with them each day!