I graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics with secondary education certification. After teaching one year of middle school math and science, I started teaching Physics and Physical Science at South Christian High School. I also have a Master’s degree in Educational Technology with an emphasis on teaching Physics. Outside of school, I enjoy running (including an occasional marathon) and spending time with my family. My wife, Vanessa, is a manager at the Caledonia and Cascade branches of the Kent District Library. My son, Alec, loves any and every sport he has ever played, and my daughter, Annie, loves reading, dancing, and playing with friends.
At the end of my freshman year, my college advisor said that if I wanted to be a teacher, I needed to choose a minor as well as a major. Not knowing what to choose, I casually mentioned that maybe I should try Physics. Looking back, I see that decision as an important moment of God working out his plan in my life. In the coming years, I grew to love physics for both the order and the chaos, for both the simplicity and the complexity of God’s creation. As the years go by, the more I learn about how things work, the more appreciation I have of the Creator, and the more desire I have to bring students further along on that journey of discovery. It is my prayer that through a growing understanding of creation, students will see our awesome God more clearly and they will desire to serve Him in every area of their lives.