God has been my rock and sustainer through the sorrows and joys of life. I take my faith and trust in Him with me each day as I serve Him at Ada Christian. As I work with these wonderful children, I have the opportunity to be a part of helping them to achieve their full God given potential and encouraging them to press on even when learning new things gets difficult. I find it very rewarding when I am able to discover a child's unique learning style and use it to help them understand something that was difficult for them. It is a joy to discover God's world with them and how He created it with such beauty, intricacy and order. As I interact with the kids each day, I want each one to know that as God's child, they are loved, important and capable of doing great things.
I graduated from Calvin College in 1989 with a B.S. in special education and in 1996, I received my M.Ed. in early childhood from Grand Valley State University. I began my teaching career at Detroit Public Schools, where I taught first grade. I moved into special education at Redford Union Schools where I taught early elementary hearing impaired students. When I moved back to West Michigan, I taught young fives and kindergarten for Mona Shores Schools and also served as a teacher consultant for their special education department. After 13 years staying home with my kids, I was excited to get back to teaching only this time as an instructional aid at Ada Christian School. I have been working at Ada Christian since 2009.
God has blessed me with three wonderful children, all of whom attended Ada Christian School. We worship at Fifth Reformed Church, where I have served as a deacon and on various committees and children's ministries. I love to spend time with my kids and extended family at our cottage in the summer.