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Gretchen VanHeukelum
Gretchen VanHeukelum
Librarian & PEAK Teacher
Groups: Specials Teachers

As a librarian, my desire is to encourage students to appreciate and develop the gift of reading. I am passionate about reading, and I strive to pass that passion on to students of all grade levels.

As the PEAK teacher, I consider it a privilege to work with high-ability students in grades 3-7. Again, I see my role as an encourager for this group of students as they pursue using their gifts and talents to the best of their ability.

Professional Biography

My educational background includes a BA from Calvin College in education and a Master’s Degree in classroom teaching from Michigan State University. After Calvin, I taught 1st grade for six years and then spent a number of years at home while my children were young. During that time, I had an in-home tutoring business, working with children anywhere from 1st grade through 12th grade. In 1998, I returned to the school setting at Hudsonville Christian Middle School where I spent two years as a paraprofessional in the resource room and six years teaching language arts classes. I started at Allendale Christian in 2006 and spent many years teaching middle school language arts, social studies, and Bible. I am now working part time as librarian and PEAK instructor. I am thoroughly enjoying working with students of all ages and passing along my love for reading and learning each day!

Personal Biography

My husband, Randy, and I moved to the Grand Haven/Allendale area several years ago. We love being a part of the community here! We have two adult children. Our son Nathan, his wife Lynette, and their daughter, Sophie Grace, live in Grand Rapids. Sophie is our first grandchild; she fills our hearts with endless joy and delight! Nathan works for GMB as a mechanical engineer, and Lynette works for C2AE as a graphic designer. Our daughter, AnaIsa, now lives in Allendale. She works at Everett’s Gardens in Byron Center. As a family, we enjoy outdoor activities, watching sports, traveling, and camping. My personal hobbies include reading (very fitting for a librarian!), walking, and indoor and outdoor plants. We are members of Covenant Life Church in Grand Haven.