Years at OCCS: 2007 - present
Education Background: BA in Elementary Education (Special Education emphasis) from Dordt College: M. A. from Lee University at Cleveland, Tennessee
Professional Experience: From 1989-1995 I taught 6th grade at Redlands Christian School in California. From 1995 - 1998 I taught middle school at Ontario Christian School in Ontario, CA. My husband and I spent approximately 4 years teaching English at a university in China. From 2001 - 2002 I was a family teacher at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. From 2002 - 2007 I taught middle school at Calvin Christian School in Edina, MN, serving also in administration there. Currently, I serve 8 area Christian schools as curriculum corrdinator as well as teaching at OCCS.
Family: My husband, Bruce, is a professor in the communications department at Dordt College. My son, Benjamin, is a student in Lost Angeles in the LA Film Studies program, and my daughter, Lindsay, is a senior at Unity Christian High School. We enjoy camping, traveling, playing games, going to theater productions, and "hanging out" together.
Faith Statement: One of the joys of teaching is sharing my faith and God's word with students, especially how it connects with math. God gave us the language of math so he could help us understand his vast creation, and to give us an organized way to study all he made. I especially enjoy encouraging middle school students in knowing their Lord more fully and developing their faith walk. I see God's presence and ownership over every part of our lives and hope to show students how God desires to be an intimate part of all we do. I also strive to show students how they can live lives of discipleship, serving God first with their gifts, and also serving those around them.
My Life Verse: Isaiah 43:1-3
But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."