Additional experience: BA Calvin College/elementary and physical education; paraprofessional; sensory coordinator; 7th grade girls basketball coach
I receive joy from all the different levels of students I get to work with; from 3 year olds to middle school students -- I can teach them all as children of God and let them know they are loved by the Savior. I want my preschool students to feel the love of Jesus in our classroom and show that love to their classmates, and I strive to build their confidence through their academic and social development and to help them feel that they can accomplish great things by working hard. Having coached middle school soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and track, I find it rewarding to see students working hard to develop their God-given gifts, improving their skills, and working as a team. My husband Todd and I are both graduates of West Side Christian, as are our two children. We enjoy spending time at our cabin on the Little Manistee River, riding quads and a dune buggy on the trails. Our family loves being active, whether it is up north or in our backyard swimming pool (we live in the house I was raised in because I couldn’t live without the pool!). I enjoy watching all kinds of sports and I see a great variety watching the West Side Christian middle school athletes! I am also part of the praise team at my church which is very fulfilling.