My deep hope is that my students will experience God’s love, embrace their identity in Christ, and live out their learning in God’s Kingdom.
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. I am the middle school science teacher, and the 7th grade homeroom and Bible teacher. I have also been the athletic director of our middle school athletics program for a number of years. In the summer of 2013 I completed my masters work in Educational Leadership at Grand Valley State University. In addition to graduate work, I have taken part in training through Teaching for Transformation and the Ottawa Area ISD to learn more about how I can provide students with rich learning experiences that impact the Allendale community. God has truly blessed me with the opportunity to work and learn with His children here.
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 there. I have a passion for music, and enjoy helping lead worship at my church as well. Over the years we have had fun finding our place of service in God’s world as he shows us new and different ways to use our gifts.