Fifth Grade Staff


Mr. Joel DeVries

Fifth Grade Teacher

(616) 878-3347  ext. 206


B.A. Calvin College

M.A. Western Michigan University

I grew up in Upstate New York and came to the West Michigan area to go to Calvin College. My family’s roots are from the Grand Rapids area which helped to lead me to Calvin College. In my years there, I knew that God called me into teaching and after graduating, He led me to BCCS. I began teaching fifth grade at BCCS in 1994. I teach math, science, social studies and Bible.  I love teaching fifth graders because they are at a terrific age to learn more about God’s world, themselves, and ultimately, God. I also love seeing students catch on to new concepts and giving them help to be able to grow in confidence. One of my favorite things is to see them grow in their faith in God and knowledge of His word.  Through my years at BCCS, I have seen countless ways how God has been faithful to our school and the families and staff here.  My wife Lisa and I have four children and we are grateful that all of them have attended BCCS. I enjoy skiing, snowmobiling, playing games, reading, and working on projects around my home.

Favorite verse: "For it is by grace that you have been saved- through faith, and this not from yourselves. It is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one may boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-9

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Mrs. Katie Klomp

Fifth Grade Teacher

(616) 878-3347  ext. 207

I absolutely love teaching language arts to the 5th graders here at BCCS. It is joy to walk with them as they enter into another world, coming alongside characters, feeling the emotion that literature brings. As a writing teacher, I find joy when my students share their writing. I love the opportunity writing gives kids to let their creativity grow.

I began teaching here at Byron Center Christian School in 2016 and what a joy it has been! I have always wanted to be a teacher. I believe that God has given me a passion for helping his children see their part in His story. I was homeschooled up until second grade when I began attending Beaverdam Christian School. From there I went to Unity Christian High School and then received my bachelors in Elementary and Special Education from Calvin College in 2016. Growing up in a small Christian school not only gave me a wonderful Christ-centered education, but many teachers who encouraged and prayed for me daily. What a blessing that was and continues to be! I pray that I continue to do the same for my students at BCCS!

My husband, Josh, and I were married in June of 2014. Josh is the Industrial Technology teacher at South Christian High School. We live in Cutlerville, MI, and love spending time outside or just being with family and friends when we aren’t in school. We feel extremely blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community!

I love baking, reading, being outside, and spending time with my friends and family. Josh and I enjoy camping and trips to our favorite place, Mackinac Island.

Favorite Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 4-7