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John VandenBerg
John VandenBerg
Fifth Grade Teacher
Groups: Elementary Teachers

Deep Hope

My deep hope for you, fifth graders, is to be a part of God’s Restoration T.E.A.M. for the greater good of His glory in the classroom, creation and community as you use your heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37-39)  

T.E.A.M. = Together Everyone Achieves More

Professional Biography

 I graduated in 2007 from Dordt College with my B.A. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in mathematics. I then moved out to Visalia, California (south of Fresno) and taught at Central Valley Christian Schools for 11 years. I began my career with 8 years in first grade and then changed to teach fourth grade for 3 years. I’ve been teaching for over a decade, but I still love all the challenges and blessings that come with the job. I’m a forever learner and know there is always room to improve personally, academically and spiritually. I started working at ACS last year teaching 5th grade and I’m honored to be a part of the ACS staff.

Personal Biography

I grew up in Cerritos, California just outside the greater Los Angeles area. After graduating from Valley Christian High School, I attended Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. While at Dordt, I met my wife Alecia (Engelsman). We were married in 2008 and enjoyed living in Visalia, California for several years. We started to grow our family and now have two beautiful daughters, Kamryn and Sadie. While our kids were young, we decided to move closer to family here in Michigan (2018). My family and I enjoy road trips and taking our family gnome, Gerome, with us for pictures. I love soccer (the real football), reading a good book, getting outside for walks and bike rides, and spending time with my family.