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Nina Ledford


In a fall of 2021, I started working at South Christian High School as a long term substitute teacher for Mrs. Kim Koetje, and for Mrs. Roberta VanHaitsma. I really enjoyed working in a Christ centered environment. This job brought joy, a sence of purpose and healing into my life; it also allowed me to continue growing in my faith. I love being a part of Moms in Prayer group at SCHS. I currently work with Mrs. Sally Brown’s Enclusive Education Department team. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work at South Christian High School.

During my youth years, I majored in piano at the Music School of Rimskiy-Korsakov in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I also majored in Early Childhood Education at the Teacher’s College and at the Institute of Childhood at the State Pedagogical University of Gertsen in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
After coming to the United States, I acquired an Associates of Arts from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, majoring in Social Work and Mathematics. I was honored to be a student speaker at the 80th Commencement Ceremony. I worked with children of all ages throughout my work career. Before coming to SCHS, I was employed at Vicksburg High School’s Math Lab.

Family is very important to me. My husband Matthew and I have been married for 23 years. We have a son AJ (19) and a daughter Anastasia (16). We have three cats named Tigger, Rocket, and Daisy May. My hobbies include gardening, reading, playing piano, and spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy planting trees with my husband; we plant at least one tree a year together.

I am an Orthodox Christian, and I belong to Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Faith Statement

My life’s motto has been “with God all things are possible” from Matthew 19:26. God has a unique path towards salvation for everyone of us. He did not say it would be an easy path when we pick up our crosses and follow Him. But He is there with us every step of the way. He makes us whole, He gives us strength, wisdom and opportunities to grow. There is no greater joy than being a child of God, Who is loving, merciful, and almighty. Glory to God for all things!