Kindergarten Staff

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Mrs. Cathy Clousing

Full-Time Kindergarten Teacher


(616) 878-3347 ext. 104

clousing@bccs.org 

Teaching at a Christian School is a joy and a privilege. Kindergarten is an age unmatched in its wonder, innocence, and joy about learning new things. My students teach me new things about God’s world each day.  There is nothing quite as precious and exciting as exploring God’s universe through the eyes of a kindergartner! 
       
Education:

Goshen Christian School, Goshen, N.Y.
Minisink Valley Central High School, Slate Hill, N.Y.
Calvin College, BA Elementary Education

Family:

Married to Jeff
Three daughters: Elizabeth, Rachel, Anna   

When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching my girls play sports, walking, going to the beach, and reading. 

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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Miss Abby Helder

Full-Time Kindergarten Teacher

(616) 878-3347 ext. 103

ahelder@bccs.org

I am so thankful that God brought me on the path of teaching. Teaching brings so much joy to me! I love being with kids all day where we can grow in Christ together. My passion for teaching began at Dordt College, in Sioux Center, IA. After college, I stayed in Iowa and  taught for 2 years at a small Christian school as  the K-6 Title 1/ Remedial teacher and 5th/6th grade language arts teacher. After that I moved back home to MI where I taught Kindergarten for 1 year at Allendale Christian School. Kindergartners bring so much joy, energy, and faith into the classroom and I am beyond excited to be able to continue my love for teaching Kindergartners at BCCS. I am so excited that God brought me here, and I can't wait to get to know each student and their families.

It is such a blessing to be back in MI near my wonderful family. I have two loving parents, an older sister who is married and has two little girls and one baby boy on the way, another older sister who is married and has two little boys, and then I have a younger brother who is currently a student at GVSU. When I am not with family, I love to be outside and explore God's creation, go out for coffee, and color!

Favorite Verse: "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord's praise, for he has been good to me." Psalm 13:5-6


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Mrs. Sheri Groelsema

Part-Time Kindergarten Teacher

(616) 878-3347  ext. 113

groelsema@bccs.org

I love teaching! I have been teaching at BCCS since 2006.  My 10 years of teaching prior to this were at Ontario Christian School in California, Zeeland Christian School, and Jenison Christian School where I taught 2nd grade, 1st grade, and preschool respectively. I thoroughly enjoy teaching God's little children. I love their curiosity and I am blessed at Byron Center Christian to point them to the Creator of all things.

I love my family! My husband Tom and I have been married since 1990. We are blessed with four adult children- a son and 3 daughters and also the beautiful addition of a daughter-in-law and son-in-law. We enjoy time swimming in our pool, playing games, and going out for dinner together. I enjoy taking walks through the woods and reading books too.

I love God! This job is a perfect fit for me because I can share my love for God with my students. I am thankful for his gift of Jesus for me and the students I teach. I am thankful for opportunities to weave my faith into each subject and different parts of our school day.

There was never a time in my life that I didn’t have my sights set on being a teacher. I played school since I was 4 years old, engaging my brothers in the role of the students! I grew up in a home where my parents both taught in a Christian school. I helped the teachers at their school whenever I had the chance! I just loved all things school!

I value the awesome privilege and responsibility of sharing Christ with my students and teaching them to learn all they can about God’s world (patterns, language, living vs. non-living things, how to be a good steward of the earth’s resources….).

Favorite Verse: "The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love. He will rejoice over you with singing."  Zephaniah 3:17