Years at OCCS: 28 years (1989-2017)
Education Background: BA in Elementary Education (K-8); K-8 Music; 5-12 Music Education; all from Dordt College
Professional Experience: From 1987-1989 I taught K-1-2 in a combined classroom at Doon Christian. Beginning in the fall of 1989 I began teaching at Orange City Christian. I have taught in grades 3-4-5. In 2012 I taught fourth grade in the morning and Resource Room Instruction in the afternoon. This year I will be teaching fifth grade in our middle school.
Family: My husband Kenton is from Alamosa, Colorado. He is a Nutrition Dairy/Beef Feed Specialist in the local area. His company, Agri King, is located in Illinois, but he works out of our home. My oldest son, Caleb, lives and works in Orange City. My daughter, Talitha, is currently living and working in Orange City after completing a year's service with the Uganda Studies Program on the campus of Uganda Christian University in Uganda, Africa. My youngest son, Jeshua, is a sophomore at Dordt College.
Faith Statement: God has given me an awesome responsibility to teach His covenant children in the way he would have them be led. As a Christian school teacher I find it a great privilege and honor to be able to use the gifts God has equipped me with to carry out His purpose. I feel it is important for me to help students see their purpose in God's Kingdom, to help them see that God is a part of everything in our world, and to help them realize that God desires each student to have a personal faith in Jesus Christ so He can use them for His service. In order for me to accomplish this, I need the students to see that I have a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior and that I seek God's daily guidance through prayer and His Word. I pray that God will use me for His glory so that others will find their calling to serve God and tell others about Him. I love how many things in the classroom naturally lead to God, and how we can take these things and discuss their purpose in God's Kingdom plan. I want students to see that God is real, unique, and important to me, and that I desire Him to be real, unique, and important to them. It is my prayer that I will be Christ's light to my students and that they will in turn be Christ's light to others. I count it a blessing to teach God's covenant children! May He be praised and honored in my work.