My wife, Jill, and I have been married since August of 2003. Jill was a first grade teacher at Hudsonville Christian School for six years until our daughter, Emma, was born. We now have two daughters, Emma and Lauren. Emma loves being a big sister, and Lauren enjoys having a big sister. We are members of Immanuel CRC and are very involved in a small group and the high school ministry through our church. We are having fun finding our place of service in God’s world.
I graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in elementary education in 2002. The following year I worked throughout Ottawa and Kent Counties as a substitute teacher. Following that experience I taught fourth grade here at Allendale Christian for four years. For the past number of years I have been teaching middle school science, social studies, math and Bible. I am also the athletic director of our middle school athletics program. In the summer of 2013 I completed my masters work in Educational Leadership at Grand Valley State University. God has truly blessed me with the opportunity to work and learn with His children here.
I believe we are all created in the image of God. Every one of us has special talents and abilities that God has blessed us with. As a teacher my goal is to nurture those gifts in my students, and help them understand their place in God’s world. As we learn and grow throughout the year, we learn about more than kinetic or potential energy – we walk with each other and discuss what it means to be one of God’s children and how we can try to follow Him more closely.