I graduated from South Christian in 1987, then from Calvin College in 1991. I majored in History and minored in Speech. Since then, I earned an English certification from the University of Michigan (at Flint) and a master’s degree in education from GVSU. Prior to coming to South Christian, I taught for three years of middle school in Lafayette, Indiana followed by three years of high school in Imlay City, Michigan. At South, I currently teach Intro LIt, Comp 10, Comp 11, and Non-fiction. I enjoy being involved in different activities and SCHS and being able to interact with students in a wide variety of contexts. My wife, Chris, also works at South. My three kids, Mike, Calvin, and Becky all graduated from South as well. Outside of school, I enjoy playing my trombone in Shofar Brass and the Calvin University Community Orchestra. I also spend time writing and arranging music for various situations. Some other hobbies include biking, disc golf, and traveling with family. I thank God for every day that I get to teach students as I live out his calling in my life. It is a blessing to work with them each day at school and to see them grow in their faith.
My faith impacts every aspect of how I teach. First, it guides me in the way that I interact with students. I see each as a child of God. I have the privilege of being able to walk beside them for part of their journey of faith, and I pray every day that in my teaching, students are drawn closer to God in some way. Hopefully, students are able to perceive not only the obvious times that God reveals himself to us in significant times and events but also the small ways in which God reveals himself to us every day. I am also blessed in the respect that not only do I have the chance to serve God in my teaching but that he blesses me every day through the students.