Middle School Staff

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Ms. Mindy Grimm

6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

(616) 878-3347  ext. 210

grimm@bccs.org

 

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."


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Mrs. Julie Musch

6th Grade Science and Math

(616) 878-3347  ext. 208

musch@bccs.org

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


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Mr. Jim Hop

Bible Teacher & Athletic Director

(616) 878-3347  ext. 217

hop@bccs.org

I love teaching middle school students, and I love teaching Bible!  Young teens are asking great questions that lead to wonderful discussions on faith and the relevance of God's Word.  The many years I have taught here I have received great encouragement from both families and staff.  BCCS is a great place to serve!  I also enjoy being a part of the sports program.  I find it rewarding to be involved with the students outside of the classroom.

I am a graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  I also attended two years of Bible college (Kuyper and Moody).  I am married and have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Favorite Verse: A number of years ago God used this verse in a mighty way to turn me to Himself, and away from the faulty path I was traveling: "Be still and know that I am God."  Psalm 46:10a


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Mrs. Beth Kiekintveld

Middle School Math

(616) 878-3347  ext. 216

kiekintveld@bccs.org

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!”


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Mrs. Holly Leyen

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Spanish Teacher

(616) 878-3347  ext. 218

leyen@bccs.org

Since graduating from Calvin in 2000, I have taught high school, middle school and elementary Spanish classes in Rehoboth, NM and at a few schools in West Michigan. I've also spent over 6 years working as a missionary overseas primarily in China, but also in Mexico and Thailand. So I've been teaching and learning languages for a long time and I've grown so much from each opportunity God's given me.

I love teaching middle school at BCCS! I have 4 small children, so this part-time opportunity is a perfect fit! I'm excited about BCCS students, staff and parents and I'm looking forward to all that God has in store for us this year. I love the 2-part calling to "Know God and Make Him Known." I'm passionate about knowing who God is more deeply and helping make Him known at BCCS, in our community and in our world.

Favorite verse: "Jesus replied, 'LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment and the second is like it: LOVE your neighbor as yourself.'"  Matthew 22:37-39


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Mr. Clay Lubbers

Science Teacher & Technology Coordinator

(616) 878-3347  ext. 215

lubbers@bccs.org

 

 

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.

 


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Miss Jodi Ebbeling

Language Arts & Writing Workshop

(616) 878-3347  ext. 219

ebbeling@bccs.org

I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I’ve been asked multiple times if I ever thought of doing something else, but I could never picture myself in another career. I attended Whitinsville Christian School for thirteen years before pursuing my degree at Calvin College, so the value in Christian education has been instilled in me from a young age. I was able to witness—both as a daughter and a student—my mom’s fifteen years of dedicated service to WCS, and she set a wonderful example for what I can only hope to achieve as an educator and spiritual leader for middle school students.

After completing my student teaching at Grandville Christian, I knew I wanted to work in a Christian school. I sought an adventure after graduation and took a teaching job in Southwest Florida. I was in the middle of my second year there when I felt the Lord calling me to go somewhere else, even though I wasn’t sure of where quite yet; however, I immediately got a gut feeling about BCCS, and I am excited to begin this next chapter of my story and career.

I grew up in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, in a family of five. My dad is a CPA, my mom is the 7/8th-grade English teacher at WCS, my sister (Kellsie) is a CPA living in Pennsylvania with her husband, Mike (a nurse), and my brother (Scott) is a senior Marketing major at Trinity Christian College. Growing up, I always loved staying active and being a part of various sports teams, choirs, and theater productions—I’m looking forward to getting involved in some extracurricular opportunities at BCCS!

When I’m not in school, I love to engage in sports, theater, travel, singing, playing piano, Zumba, great coffee, and a good book!

Favorite verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9


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Mr. Tom DeBlecourt

6th Bible, 7th US History, and 8th Social Studies

(616) 878-3347  ext. 220 

tdeblecourt@bccs.org 

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.