Middle School Staff
I have been so blessed to be a teacher at BCCS! Teaching is something I truly love doing. I am thankful God has placed me here and allowed me to know so many wonderful students and families who have been a great support to me as a teacher.
I graduated from Calvin College with a teaching degree in 1986, and that is when I began my journey at Byron Center Christian. I have taught many different grade levels throughout the years, from first grade, to fourth, then second and now I thoroughly enjoy the middle school students of sixth grade! I teach language arts and social studies. Each level has helped me grow as a teacher and given me boundless blessings. This community has always given great support and encouragement. I am truly thankful to be a part of the BCCS family.
I have also loved to coach, something that I have done in one sport or another since I was eighteen years old! At BCCS, I have coached track and currently continue to coach volleyball. Coaching has offered me another avenue to work with young people and know them outside of the classroom.
I have three grown children all of whom attended BCCS and loved it. They still consider it home. I enjoy spending time together with my family playing any kind of game we can get our hands on. I also love being outside and getting in nature. I spend my summers painting!
I love teaching! I love being here at Byron Center Christian! I am thankful each day for the opportunity God has given me to be a part of HIS children's lives!
A Favorite Passage: Romans 5:1-5
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
Teaching at Byron Center Christian School is the greatest job I have ever had. I have the opportunity every day to tell children about their Savior, and how to live for Him. This is a challenge and a huge responsibility, but there are not many jobs where you can openly talk about God and prepare children to serve in His kingdom. Each child is made in the image of God and I praise Him for the variety He has placed in my life and classroom. I ask for prayers as I try, with God's help, to do this job to the best of my ability. May God be given the glory for the things that are done this school year!
I teach sixth grade science, and one section of sixth grade math.
I have taught at Byron Center Christian School since 2001. (You may have known me then as Miss Bozek.)
I graduated from Cornerstone University with honors and I received the President's Award for Christian Leadership. While I attended school I was a scholarship member of the Women's Basketball Team, and part of their National Honor Society.
I completed my Master's Degree in General Education with a focus on Project Based Learning in December of 2006 from Cornerstone University.
I was married in the summer of 2004 to Chad Musch and have a young son and daughter. Chad is a school teacher as well. We love to travel, and I have 4 states of the fifty states left to visit. Our children travel and hike with us. We both enjoy playing many sports. I coach basketball and enjoy playing volleyball. During the summer we help run a free basketball camp in New Mexico for children on the Navajo Reservation. We get the opportunity to teach them about Christ. We enjoy the National Parks and exploring this amazing creation we are blessed to live in.
Favorite Verse: (I have two that are favorites. It is really hard to pick just one!)
1. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." Colossians 3:23.
2. "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ." Philemon 1:16
I am thankful to be a part of the BCCS community. God has richly blessed me with a passion for teaching middle school students, and I am always amazed at how He works through the hearts of young people. I grew up in Northwest Iowa before moving to West Michigan and attending Calvin Christian High School. I graduated from college in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education and Biblical Studies from Grace Bible College (now Grace Christian University).
After teaching for one year in the Grand Rapids area, God called me to Elmhurst, Illinois where I spent four years teaching at Timothy Christian Middle School. In 2017, I married my wife Amy, and in 2019, we were called back to the homeland to be a part of God's work here at BCCS. God has gifted me with experiences where I have been pushed to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually, and I can't wait to share what I have learned with my students!
Some passions of mine include coaching sports (especially basketball), backpacking, and rooting against both Michigan and Michigan State sports teams (Go Hawkeyes!).
My favorite Bible passage is Joshua 24:15. I believe it speaks to us as Christians to hold fast to our faith, even when it is the less popular thing to do. The devotion that Joshua shows to not just his own faith, but the commitment to lead his own family in God's ways, is powerful. It inspires me to set a Godly example as a friend, husband, and educator.
Teaching is my second career, and I am thrilled that God has led me down this path. I love working with middle school students! Previously I worked at Herman Miller, and once my children were in school, I decided to return to college. I am excited to teach at a Christian school where I can openly share my faith with students and parents.
As a child I attended Zeeland Christian School, then Holland Christian for high school. I graduated from GVSU in 2007, and completed my Master’s in Instruction and Curriculum in 2016.
My husband’s name is Steve, and we have three children. Our oldest son, David, graduated from Michigan Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is married to Marie, and lives in Holland. Our daughter, Sarah, graduated from Indiana Wesleyan and teaches language arts. Her husband’s name is also David, and they live near Grand Rapids. Matthew, our youngest son, is also a Michigan Tech graduate.
My husband and I spend most summer and fall weekends renovating our 100-year-old cottage in Newaygo. I like to fish, fish and fish. Largemouth bass is my catch of choice.
One of my favorite things to do is to walk along the shore of Lake Superior, and collect rocks. I see God’s hand in creation, and I stand amazed at how great He is!
My favorite Bible passage is from Romans 12. I am reminded that we are to live lives that are pleasing to God. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good!”
I grew up in DeMotte, Indiana and attended DeMotte Christian School and then went on to a large public high school. I then studied at Calvin College, and after changing my mind on a major multiple times, went to live in Spain for semester to buy myself some time to think about what I wanted to do. While there, I fell in love with the Spanish language and culture. I was so deeply blessed by having the ability to communicate and learn from brothers and sisters in Christ whom I never would have known without learning Spanish. My life is truly richer because of the new worlds Spanish has opened up to me. After that semester abroad, God gave me a clear vision and passion to teach Spanish. Before my first teaching job, I had the opportunity to live in Spain and do mission work. This prepared me well for my teaching career, which began with teaching high school. I went on to get my Master's degree in Spanish from Western Michigan University, and then taught full time in the Spanish department at Calvin College for three years before our first child was born. Most recently, I have been a part time adjunct Spanish Professor at Calvin College---until late this summer, when it became clear that God was calling me to teach at BCCS. I have coached track at BCCS for the past several years, as well as the South Christian middle school cross country team. I feel humbled and honored to serve the Lord in this capacity and hope I can help my students to see the beauty and wonder of the vastness of Christ's Kingdom and how AMAZING it is when another language unlocks a whole new world to you.
I have been married for 25 years to my husband Glen VanderKooi. We have 4 children--a daughter Rebecca, who is attending Grand Rapids Community College, and three sons--Micah, a senior at South Christian, Caleb, a junior at SCHS, and Joseph, a freshman.
My favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 145. It celebrates the goodness and faithfulness of God in all circumstances. He is a loving and compassionate God, He hears our cries from the depths of our sorrow, and our praises when all is well. This Psalm has been a source of great encouragement to me throughout my life.
I was born and raised on a farm south of Holland, Michigan. After graduating from Holland Christian High School in 1987, I didn’t know where God was leading me. I began working in a local factory where after a couple years, I felt God had other plans in store for me. With God’s lead I went to Calvin College and graduated in the spring of 1994. Later I went on to receive a Master's Degree from Western Michigan University. Byron Center is my home where I reside with my wife, Jaci (a professor of nursing at Calvin College), my daughter Maggie, and my son, Christian, both whom attended BCCS. My interests include hunting (especially deer), motorcycling, and restoring older motorcycles and snowmobiles (mostly Yamahas).
My favorite Bible passage is Psalm 23. God doesn't ever promise to make our path straight, smooth, or even easy; in fact He tells us we will "walk through the valley of the shadow of death," but He will always be with us, and our cup will run over.
Deuteronomy 32:47 says, "These are not just idle words for you–they are your life," and the words of that favorite verse of mine have not been truer in regards to my career. God called me into teaching Language Arts through my love of language, reading, and middle school students. Teaching at Bryon Center Christian brings those loves together seamlessly. The honest community, Christ-centered instruction, and goofy middle school staff allows me to grow, teach, and laugh alongside students and peers daily. My deep hope for my classroom is that we use language to serve God and grow more fully into our own vital characters in the Story, and I am thankful that BCCS provides a place for that hope to become a reality.
I am originally from the small, cozy town of Waupun, Wisconsin where I resided until attending college at Trinity Christian College. I earned my Bachelor's of Arts in both English Education and Middle Grades Education in May of 2018. I then moved out to western Michigan in order to accept this job and be near to my then fiancé, Drew. We were married in the summer of 2019! In my free time, I enjoy reading a book, spending time at Drew's family cabin up north, and attending Grand Rapids Griffins games.
I am thrilled to be teaching at BCCS, and I am waiting expectantly to see how God works here in the coming years.
Mr. Tom DeBlecourt
6th Bible, 7th US History, and 8th Social Studies
(616) 878-3347 ext. 220
I never thought that I would become a teacher. Both of my older siblings were teachers, and while I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, I knew that being a teacher wasn’t on my list. However, not only is our God a powerful and intricate creator, he has a sense of humor as well. During my first year at Trinity Christian College in 1995, I began coaching middle school kids. Not only did I love coaching, I loved working with the students as well. I graduated from Calvin College in 2000 with a major in history and a minor in political science and later received a Master’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Middle Level Education.
When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my wife and three children. We enjoy camping, playing and watching sports, playing games, and generally having fun together. I also enjoy spending time with friends, going out for dinner with my wife, reading, and being physically active. I try to take every opportunity to enjoy the gifts in life God has provided me with.
My deep hope for my students is that they will know Jesus in such a way that they will understand His creation past and present, celebrate the wonders and lament the brokenness, and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading to love God and boldly work as an agent of change locally and globally. I want my students to take this understanding of Jesus and His creation, and take Colossians 3:23-24 to heart. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” In everything that my students do in class, I want them to realize that they are serving Jesus in the way they learn, work, and respond. In class my students and I learn about US History, our nation’s government, as well as world geography. We do more than just learn facts, we engage in it. We look at all of the world, past and present, as being God’s story, and we dig into it. We uncover the choices that we as people have made and we celebrate how God has been faithful in spite of our sin. I take my calling as a teacher seriously, yet I have a ton of fun with it as well. Teaching middle school students at Byron Center Christian School is such a blessing to me.