Years at OCCS: 30
Education Background: B.A. Northwestern College
Professional Experience: 1980-83: 9-12 Spalding High School, Granville, Iowa
1989-present: 1-8 Orange City Christian School
1989-present: 6-8 Sioux Center Christian School
2000-09: Northwestern College, Adjunct Faculty
2008: Dordt College, Adjunct Faculty
Over time I have taught various workshops for the Heartland Conference, recreation programs and library programs.
Family: My husband is Mark Siemonsma. We have two children. Our son Eric and his wife reside in California with his stepson, daughter and three dogs, Brooklyn, Bale and Meika. Our daughter, Lindsay, and her husband Wes live in Iowa with their son and daughter. We live on an acreage in the Rock Valley area. We raise three Morgan horses. Our black lab, Luci keeps watch over everyone.
Faith Statement: "I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power." (Ephesians 3:7) "It is he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God..." (Ephesians 4:11) These inspired words from Paul are the foundation for the calling I believe I have been led to fulfill. God has equipped each of us with various abilities to unify his kingdom and reveal the purpose of his son, Jesus. God has provided us a way to know him through the awesomeness of his created world. It is my goal that art students will see evidence of God's hand in the beauty of the heaven and the earth by recognizing the elements and principles of design and how God has used them in his design.
God, the one true God, has provided in his design of all creation, absolutely everything we need to live and thrive. Art students will use a variety of materials and media that are manmade and God-made. Students will learn that materials can be manipulated and arranged in various ways to produce a variety of results. The result of their work; artwork, must then be displayed to represent the mission of OCCS and above all, to witness to others what images are to be glorifying to God.