First Grade Staff
I teach first grade in a share-time position with Deanne Wilson. I teach devotions and all of the language arts (reading, writing, and spelling). I graduated from Calvin College in 1986 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I began my teaching career at a Christian preschool and then went on to become an Elementary Reading Paraprofessional in a local public school. While at this reading position, I met a Christian teacher in the public school who informed me of a teaching position at Byron Center Christian School. It was thrilling to see how God had reserved a place for me here at BCCS. I began teaching first grade here in 1989, and have also had the privilege of teaching a first/second grade combined class. I then taught 9 years of part-time kindergarten before I returned to teaching first grade in 2001. While teaching here at BCCS, I completed several graduate courses at Calvin College and in 1994 obtained my Master’s Degree in Reading and also received a K-12 Reading Endorsement. I am thankful to be serving God in a position at a Christian school where I can not only share my faith with my students, but also use my “literacy talents” to teach beginning readers to become proficient in reading.
I am blessed with a wonderful husband, Tom, to whom I have been married since 1984. We live in Byron Center.
I also have two young adult children, Benjamin and Sarah. Both Benjamin and Sarah graduated from BCCS and South Christian.
Proverbs 3:5-6 has become real to me through many experiences in my spiritual journey. Walking the journey with my Savior has taught me to lean heavily on His understanding instead of my own. The prayers of our school and church community have been a blessing to my family and to me, both personally and professionally. I am glad to be part of the Family of God here at BCCS.
I love the Lord and it is a privilege to be able to teach first grade at BCCS where I can share my passion for Christ with children! What a joy it is to help children see that every aspect of life and learning is under God’s control and part of His plan. Whether I am telling stories directly from the Bible, or explaining how God’s hand is evident in nature, it’s amazing to see children discover God’s world and His love for them!
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College and have taken additional graduate classes. I taught previously at Downers Grove Christian School in Illinois, and have been part of the BCCS family since 2000. I live in Zeeland with my wonderful family—my husband, Adam, and children, Tyler and Olivia.
Favorite Verse: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8 - 9
I have a passion for being a part of a Christ-like community where I can learn more about God’s world every day and that is why I love teaching at Byron Center Christian School. I consider it a true gift to be able to open up the living Word with my students and be able to let God work through me to help shape the hearts and minds of first graders! It is my prayer that my students will know Jesus more each day and grow in their independence and love for learning.
I grew up in Zeeland, MI and attended Zeeland and Holland
Christian schools. I graduated from Calvin College with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. I have always enjoyed working with children and young people and have worked at Kids Rock Summer Camp and Back Yard Bible Club, as well as being a leader in Young Life.
I am getting married in the fall to my best friend who I can’t
wait to spend forever with! I have two loving parents, and a sister and brother in-law with two wonderful nephews!
In my free time I love traveling, running, reading, and spending
time with family and friends! In the summer I like going to the beach and hiking, and in the winter, I enjoy snowmobiling.
Favorite Verse: "May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:5-6
BA degree in Language Arts from GVSU
Masters in Elementary Education from GVSU
Began teaching at BCCS in 2002
Attended Hudsonville Christian Elementary and Unity Christian.
Have taught kindergarten, the first/second grade blended class and first grade.
As a child my dream was to be a teacher. Although that dream became a reality for me after my own children were grown, I am so blessed to spend my days with first graders. It is my joy to teach young children and watch them "grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men." (Luke 2:52)
I am married to Randy and we are blessed to have three sons, three daughters-in-law, a grandson and a granddaughter. I enjoy reading, crocheting, taking walks and spending time at our cottage.
I returned to college after our boys were grown to pursue my teaching degree.
A verse that became a favorite and my encouragement during my time in college was Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God is faithful, and thankfully, His plan included teaching at Byron Center Christian School. It is exciting to know that God also has a plan for each of my students, and that I get to have a small part in preparing them for that future.