Years at OCCS: 2002 - present
Educational Background: BA in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Special Education from Dordt College; MA in Elementary Education from Northwestern College
Professional Experience: 28 Years From 1989 - 2000 I taught at Sheldon Christian School in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. I substituted for one year after my son Levi was born. In 2001 to 2002 I had the opportunity to teach 5th - 8th grade part time at Hospers Christian. I then came in 2002 to teach at Orange City Christian School. I have taught in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade while at Orange City Christian.
Family: I am married to Dave. We have two boys. Kaleb is working at Quatro Composites in Orange City and Levi is a unior at Unity Christian. Dave is the Vice President of People's Bank in Sheldon and is currently serving on the Unity board. Our family attends Trinity Reformed Church and we are actively involved in Children and Worship, coffee fellowship hosts, and small group leaders of our Bible study there. As a family we enjoy many outdoor activities such as fishing, swimming, walking, hiking, camping, and hunting.
Faith Statement: I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Savior. It is only through his grace I as a sinner am saved. My belief that Christ is the center of every part of my life has given me the desire to become a Christian educator. As a Christian educator I have the opportunity to work alongside parents and the church in helping children grow in their faith, knowledge of God's word, and understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. It is important to educate students not only with head knowledge, but in knowing how to put this knowledge into action to serve Christ. I know I am only able to do this with God's help and guidance every day. Each student I teach is an image-bearer of Christ and it is a blessing from God to be their teacher! I pray that each day I am a servant to others.