Years at OCCS: 31 years (1989-2020)
Education Background: BA in Elementary Education (K-8); K-8 Music; 5-12 Music Education; all from Dordt University (at the time, 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.
Family: I grew up in Charlotte, Michigan, and my husband Kenton is from Alamosa, Colorado. He is a Nutrition Dairy/Beef Feed Specialist in the local area. We have three children. One son lives in Orange City, one in Kansas City, and my daughter lives in Des Moines.
Faith Statement: God has given me an awesome responsibility to teach His covenant children. 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 essential for me to help students see their purpose in God's Kingdom, to help them understand 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 that He can use them for His service. For me to accomplish this, I need the students to see that I have a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior as well and that I seek God's daily guidance through prayer and His Word. 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. 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.