For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
– Ephesians 2:8-10
My faith shapes the way I see my students. I believe that God loves each of them, gave them unique talents, and the capacity to learn. I believe it is my role, as educator, to help my students realize their full potential by providing an enriching environment, in the context of a safe and caring community. My prayer is that each of my students will ultimately make Jesus the Lord of their lives and be properly equipped to serve God in His world.
My teaching career began in California where I taught kindergarten, first, and second grades over a period of 12 years. Then in the fall of 2000 my family and I moved to Grand Rapids. After staying home for a year, I missed working in the classroom, and was very grateful to receive a job teaching kindergarten at Ada Christian School. I taught kindergarten my first 10 years here, then I taught young 5’s and K-3 physical education for 1 year, and now I currently teach 4th grade.
My husband, Charles, and I have two children, Nathan and Anika. Nate is recently married and Anika is a college student. We are members of Lakeside Community Church, where I play piano and serve on the worship team. I also enjoy waterskiing, running, walking my dog, and reading.