Second Grade Staff


Mrs. Jill Battjes

Second Grade Teacher 

(616) 878-1502  ext. 224


I began teaching in 1985 after graduating with a Special Education major from Calvin College. In the past I have enjoyed teaching in a self-contained special education classroom and in inclusive education at both the middle school and elementary levels. I am presently teaching 2nd grade and serve on the leadership team as well as being the Curriculum Coordinator for grades K - 8. Over the years I have also had the opportunity to learn and grow in my education by taking many graduate courses and seminars specializing in reading, writing, and learning disabilities.

God has richly blessed me with a wonderful, supportive, and continually growing family with whom I love to spend time. When I'm not doing "school stuff," I love going out for dinner, gardening, boating on Lake Michigan, and traveling to places both near and far.

I am so thankful to God for the opportunity I have to teach here at Byron Center Christian School. There are so many cool things about teaching in a Christian school, like celebrating the God-given gifts and abilities in each of the children, praying openly for each other in joys and sorrows, sharing my love for God with the students, being excited together about our forever home – heaven, and being able to include God in everything we do. 

My favorite verse helps me keep things in perspective in my life: "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  2 Cor. 4:18


Mrs. Kristin VanWieren

Second Grade Teacher

(616) 878-3347  ext. 225



  • BA in Special Education from Calvin College

  • MA in Language Arts from GVSU

  • Began teaching in 1995 at BCCS

  • Have taught K-8 Special Education students, first grade, and second grade

I'm drawn to a few verses in Colossians entitled "Rules for Holy Living" because my two passions, teaching and singing, are mentioned together in this chapter.  I'm convinced that the Lord has called me to work with young children, using both of these gifts.  I am honored to be a Christian school teacher and consider it an awesome responsibility, a job I can only do when I rely fully on God's strength and grace.  On a daily basis, my profession allows me to combine my love of Jesus, my love for children, my knowledge of education, and my desire to worship in song.  My prayer is that the children see that Christ dwells within me, and that they too will fall in love with Jesus. My deep hope is that my students discover their role in God’s wonderful rescue story and become active workers in His world.  God uses His children to do mighty things!

Favorite Verse: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."  Colossians 3:16 - 17


Mrs. Lisa Kooyer

Second Grade Teacher

(616) 878-3347  ext. 225


My husband, Paul, and I have three children, Anne, Grace and Luke. Working part time works well for me; I have two wonderful jobs - teacher and mother. In my years at BCCS, I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 1st/2nd, and now 2nd grade. My BA is from Hope College.

When I was deciding on a career path, my parents encouraged me that I could do anything. I have always loved children but when I was younger, I thought elementary education too “simple" or "easy” for someone who could do anything. But God kept leading my heart back to teaching and I have found a career that is neither simple nor easy, but that I love. I grew up in a Christian school and am so grateful to be teaching in one. I try to put Christ at the center of every area of my life and cannot imagine taking God out of science or math or relationships with students.

Favorite Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”   Col. 3:23 – 24


Mrs. Judi VanSolkema

Second Grade Teacher

(616) 878-3347 ext. 202

I am so excited to be on staff here at BCCS. I love that each and every day I have the opportunity to share my love for Jesus with His covenant children and guide them in the ways He would have them grow His Kingdom.

I attained my teaching degree from Calvin College. I taught at Jenison Christian, Grand Haven Christian, and Byron Center Christian prior to having our family. I spent those years teaching 1st and 2nd grade.

I am married to Dan and we have been blessed with four daughters. Elizabeth attends Calvin College, Katie, Sara and Krysten are at South Christian I enjoy vacationing with my family, spending time out at the cottage, attending our girls' sporting events, and doing yard work.

Favorite Verse:  "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:8