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Julie Versluys


I received my B.A. from Calvin College and my MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) at the School for International Training in Vermont. I began my teaching career in Montana where I taught Spanish, Bible, and history for six years. I then moved to the Dominican Republic to direct the English program at the Evangelical University in Santiago. From there, I did teaching internships in Vermont and New York City while completing my MAT. After teaching for a year in the Spanish department at Calvin College, I realized that my calling was, and is, to teach high school. I began teaching at SCHS in 2003 and have enjoyed each year. It is a privilege to spend time with my students and see how God is working in their lives. I am married to Fred Knapp and we have been blessed with a son, Jaden. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy traveling, gardening, photography and anything that has to do with being outside.

Faith Statement

God calls us to love Him above all else and also to love others as much as we love ourselves. As a Spanish teacher my goal is to enable students to take another step towards that mandate. In order to love someone, you must know them. And what better way to know someone than to have a better understanding of their language and culture. My desire is that my students have a greater appreciation for what it is like to be a foreigner. Whether they someday meet or help someone in our own community or a continent away, may they do so remembering Leviticus 19:34. “The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

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