Additional experience: BA Calvin College/secondary education English major/communications minor; MA Grand Valley State University; high school English; high school play director
I enjoy building relationships with students and watching them grow throughout the year. I especially enjoy seeing what God does in their lives beyond my classroom. I am into creative lesson planning and always trying something new when it comes to teaching. I love being able to tie faith and academics together. West Side Christian School has a heritage and history that I have personally been a part of and now my children are also benefiting from those roots that were placed long ago. The families are supportive and willing to help out when needed. West Side Christian is about more than just the mind; we work to educate the whole student and grow them to be more like Christ. My goal is to prepare them for high school English as well as push them and challenge them to consider their own faith and how they can make it authentic. What does it look like to be a Christian in our current culture? That is a question I want them to be able to answer. I also love it when students can find at least one thing that they like about English class. I enjoy directing theater as well as watching performances as all levels. I like to do things with my kids like bake, play outside, build towers with blocks, and read books. I love to travel, to read, and to write. I still have aspirations to one day be published. My husband and I enjoy working with our high school youth group students as well as serving on mission trips. I love cheesecake.