I grew up in McBain, Michigan, a small but wonderful town 100 miles north of Grand Rapids. I married Ryan on December 28, 2007. He is the Field Staff Coordinator at Excel Electric in Grandville. We currently live in Hudsonville and are thoroughly enjoying married life together! In January 2011, we were blessed with the birth of our first child, Reka. I am actively involved in various ministries at Fairway CRC in Jenison. In my spare time, I enjoy playing softball, walking, watching sports, traveling, playing piano, reading, and writing letters.
I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education with minors in math and English from Calvin College. I did my practice teaching in Rehoboth, NM and have been teaching at ACS middle school since 2000. I am involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities around school, including keeping the scorebook at girls and boys basketball games, leading Mathcounts, and playing piano for chapels, choir, and anything else that needs a pianist. I work to stay current on educational issues by attending a variety of classes and workshops through different venues.
One of my biggest blessings has been the opportunity to attend Christian schools from kindergarten through college, and I want my students to also experience that blessing. I believe that God creates every child in His image with his or her own unique gifts and strengths. I strive to help my students further develop those gifts as well as improve their weaknesses. I also seek to help students see God in the world around them, particularly in math and English. I believe that while my teaching is important, even more so is my calling to help my students grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and come to better understand what it means to live as His child in His kingdom.