My deep hope for middle school is that through our learning we recognize and understand everything comes down to love (The Greatest Commandment; Mark 12:28-31).
I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in elementary education, minoring in math and integrated science in 2009. I hired in at Allendale Christian School immediately after graduating, teaching 5th grade for 10 years. I now serve as a teacher in the middle school, teaching 6th grade homeroom, 6th grade Bible, and 8th grade math. In my years at ACS I have coached girls soccer, girls basketball, and middle school track. Additionally, I have helped start and lead science olympiad, board game club, and chess club.
I have trained for two summers in project based learning through the OAISD in a program called Future Prep’d, and look for ways I can utilize those skills while using Teaching for Transformation daily. My passion for leadership shows up in the classroom, as I believe that students should be trained in and develop an understanding of their role as leaders in God’s world. Using The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as the foundation of my teaching, I have taught students about leadership and how to become better leaders.
I also graduated with an M.A. in education leadership through Grand Valley State University in 2015. Using this degree, I began serving as Director of Advancement at ACS in 2018.
I have been very blessed in my years at ACS. Daily I am reminded about how awesome this place is as I get to teach students, interact with families, and be a part of the ACS staff. This is a very special place to be a part of, and I am excited to continue to serve God in my roles here.
I grew up in Potterville, Michigan with my parents. I attended the public school there, playing football, basketball, and running track all four years of high school. I went to a small Nazarene church of about forty members. While at Calvin I played rugby for two years. I was also a camp counselor at Camp Tall Turf for a summer while at Calvin.
My wife, Martha, and I have two children. James Clay, our oldest, is with our Lord. Myra Joy, born May of 2019, is our second. We attend Remembrance Church in Walker, and live in Allendale. We love to camp in our 1973 VW Sportmobile every summer, hike with our dog Raph, and play board games. I like to hunt, watch Michigan football, keep up with my fantasy football teams, cycle, and read.