Years at OCCS: 30 years (1989-2019)
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.
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. I have three children. My youngest son is a senior at Dordt University.
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 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 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 and essential to me and that I desire Him to be the same 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.