Special Classes Staff

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Mrs. Jennifer Bergsma

K - 8th Grade Art

(616) 878-3347  ext. 209

bergsma@bccs.org

 

Education:

Bachelor of Arts- K-12 Art Education- Calvin College

Experience:

Byron Center Christian School   1st - 8th Grade Art 

Dutton Christian School   K - 8th Grade Art 

Young Rembrandts Art Instructor

Forest Hills Schools   K - Fifth Grade 

Lowell Community Education   K - Fifth Grade Summer Art Classes

Camp Geneva Art Counselor

Family:

Married to Matt

Daughters Hannah and Caitlin

Favorite Verse: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5 – 6


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Mrs. Anna Drews

Physical Education Teacher

616-878-3347 

drews@bccs.org

This will be my first year at BCCS as I will be working alongside Lori Gortsema in the P.E. classroom. I am very excited as I begin my teaching career at BCCS! I have a great appreciation and love for Christian education, and I love that I can incorporate it into our P.E. classes. It is truly a privilege to be able to tell students that they are children of God and have been given many wonderful abilities and talents to use for His glory.

Education: I graduated from Calvin College with a major in K-12 Physical Education and a minor in Health Education.

Hobbies: Reading, running, spending time with my husband, family and friends, and keeping up with the professional and college sport world-especially basketball

Favorite Verse: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23


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Mrs. Lori Gortsema

Physical Education Teacher

(616) 878-3347  ext. 221

gortsema@bccs.org

I am so excited to be at BCCS. I love being able to tell my students that God gave them their bodies and He loves for us to take care of them through exercise. Each student makes up a different part of the body of Christ and it is so cool to see them each play their part in physical education. 

Education: I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a major in K-12 Physical Education and a minor in School Health Education. 

Hobbies: Running, playing sports, spending time with my husband and family (especially my niece and nephew). 

Favorite Verse: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

 


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Mr. Tim Konynenbelt

K-5 Spanish Teacher

(616) 878-3347  ext. 222

konynenbelt@bccs.org

 

It is a privilege to teach Kindergarten through 5th grade Spanish here at BCCS! I have been teaching at BCCS since the '08-'09 school year. Prior to my first year of teaching, I received my Bachelors degree in Spanish and a minor in Elementary Education in the spring of 2008 from Calvin College. God blessed my development as a Spanish teacher by allowing me to participate in two fully-immersed language and cultural experiences abroad. I spent Calvin College's 2007 Interim in Mexico and the spring semester of 2006 in Spain, where I furthered my interest for both the Spanish and Mexican languages and culture. 

I share a passion with my students to develop an appreciation for God's marvelous work creating different cultures and languages. We focus on what it means to build God's kingdom, not only in our own neighborhood, but also around the world. A child's natural curiosity for learning has been a strong factor for drawing me to teaching. Pairing that same curiosity with a child's genuine interest in people and languages different from his or her own, over and over again God has clearly revealed to me my path at Byron Center Christian School. 

Favorite Verse: "Be strong and courageous...for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."   Deuteronomy 31:6


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Emily Morehouse

Music and Middle School Choir

(616) 878-3347

morehouse@bccs.org

God is so good! I am so thankful that He led me to Byron Center Christian. I'm especially excited to encourage my students to not just deepen their musicianship, but to explore how musicianship looks in the context of worship. I also wish to help them connect between the different aspects of being a musician- creating, performing, listening, evaluating, connecting- and the multifaceted character of the Creator.  

Education: I graduated from Hope College with a major in Music Education and a minor in Jazz studies.

Hobbies: hanging out with my husband, Adam; playing with my son, Elliott, spending time with family and friends, training/playing with my dogs Strider and Captain, riding horses, reading, sketching, going on adventures.

One of my favorite verses: Phillipians 4:6-7 - "Do not be anxious about anything,  but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."


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Jill Thompson

Elementary Technology

(616) 878-3347

thompson@bccs.org

I grew up in Milford, MI, and attended college at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. My husband Ben and I met at Cedarville on the cross country team. We have been married 19 years and have four children who attend Caledonia Community Schools.

I went into education with the desire to work daily with children and show them the love of Jesus, as I had several adults throughout my childhood who greatly impacted me through their consistent testimony of a Christ-like life.

I graduated from Cedarville University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a minor in Bible. God has given me numerous educational experiences over the years, as I have had the opportunity to teach students ages kindergarten through eighth grade in a variety of subject areas.

A passage of scripture that is especially meaningful and challenging to me is when Jesus tells his disciples, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)

I am blessed to join the staff of BCCS teaching elementary technology!


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Vince Frampton

Middle School Band

(616) 878-3347

frampton@bccs.org


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Ashley Kooistra

Orchestra

(616) 878-3347

kooistra@bccs.org

God led me to Byron Center Christian School in the summer of 2019, and I am beyond grateful to have my teaching career begin here with the creation of the BCCS orchestra program! I look forward to witnessing how these young musicians glorify The Lord through their joyful exploration of the perfect gift of music.

I've spent my entire life in West Michigan, and earned my Bachelor of Music Education with viola performance honors from Grand Valley State University.

I perform with the Shoreline Community Orchestra of Muskegon and the Vintage Parlor Orchestra based in Grand Rapids. I also serve as a summer stage manager for Shadblow Theatre in Jenison, and as a director/production manager for the theater department of my alma mater, Forest Hills Central.

When not in the classroom, I can be found walking in nature, drinking coffee, and hanging out with my beautiful mother and our dogs.

My favorite passage from the Bible is found in Psalm 46:10. "Be still, and know that I am God."