My deep hope for my students is that they choose to love God with everything they are, and know how much God loves them, and that they love, respect, and serve others every day in their actions, words, and thoughts..
In 1985, I graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Education. I have a triple major – regular education (K-8) and special education (K-12) for both learning disabilities and emotional impairments. I also have my endorsement in cognitive impairments. I taught for three years in Greenfield, Wisconsin in a multi-categorical classroom, and then I taught for the Christian Learning Center for 18 years, ten at Hudsonville Christian Elementary School, and eight years at Allendale Christian School in the Resource Room. This is my thirteenth year teaching regular education at Allendale Christian School.
My husband Kevin and I have been married for 34 years. Kevin is a senior consulting applications engineer at Steelcase. We have two daughters, and two new grandchildren. Erin graduated from Hope College and is a nurse at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in the NICU. She was a medical missionary nurse in Guatemala with Paradise Bound Ministries for two years. She is married to Austin, a police officer, and they just had their first child on June 1! Reagan was born 11 weeks early but is doing well. Kara graduated from Hope College with majors in psychology and religion. She is married to Kelly, who is a teacher. She is the Children’s Ministries Director at Beechwood Church. They just had their first child on August 4! Wyatt was born 4 weeks early but is doing well. We also have a special “son”, Jenri, who we have hosted three times and he lives in Guatemala. As a family, we love all sports, either playing them or watching them. We also love to spend time at our cottage and on the beach in Holland, and going to Florida for spring vacation. We are members at Hager Park Reformed Church and are involved in many activities. I teach Sunday school, serve on the Service Evangelism Team, lead mission trips to Guatemala, sing on the praise team, lead a women’s bible study, and help with our refugee family.