As Christians we believe that everything has been created by God. We study the Bible to develop a relationship with God and to develop an understanding of why God created the Universe. As Reformed Christians, we also understand that this world has been tainted by sin and that it is not the perfect creation it once was. Nevertheless, it is still God’s creation to study, investigate and use for his glory. My belief and desire in teaching is to help my students grow to understand their maker and to better serve him.
As Christians we also understand that every person has been created equally, but with different abilities, gifts, and learning styles. This has great implications for my teaching. I believe, whole heartedly, that every child has been equally blessed and is able to learn when given the proper setting. Furthermore, students learn most effectively when they are involved physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Believing this, I attempt to give students more than one exposure to each concept.
In 2004 I graduated from Calvin College with degrees in Education, Math and Science and I joined the teaching team at Ada Christian School. Since 2004, Ada Christian School has been a special place to me. I am so blessed to be a part of the ACS family. I have enjoyed teaching math and science as well as working with students and staff to integrate technology into the classroom. In 2015 I received my Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University.
Katie, Ainsley and I live on the Northwest Side of Grand Rapids where we enjoy working in the yard and playing with our dog Marley. In the summer our family enjoys spending time at the lake tubing, skiing and relaxing.