I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. My mom told me that already at 3 years old I was setting up school for my dolls. I chose high school because I liked the higher level thinking ability and tremendous potential of high school students; plus, I just love teenagers. I graduated from Calvin College in 1991 with my B.A.; I received my M.A.T. from Calvin in 1998. I married Scott Wierenga in 1990; our daughter, Abigail, is married and a high school special ed teacher; our son Jake is engaged and working in Chicago, and our Hong Kong son Eddie, who started as an international student eight years ago and has hung around ever since, is a grad student. In our empty nester life, my husband and I enjoy traveling, camping, reading, and hanging out at our place in Saugatuck. Little known facts: my worst job ever was salting deer hides during my parents’ deer processing business in the fall, which paid for our Christian school tuition; I minored in Latin and am certified to teach it (although it’s been 30+ years since I’ve read any); I collect nutcrackers, and I have way more of them than anyone should have; my favorite book of all times is To Kill a Mockingbird; my favorite movie of all times is The Sound of Music.
Next to salvation, one of God’s greatest gifts to humans was the desire and ability to communicate. I love marveling with students at the great gift this is, and I am humbled by the opportunity to walk with them in their journey of learning that their words matter and can be used to serve both their heavenly Father and others. I hope my students leave my classroom remembering my love for God, my love for them, and my love of the English language.
Registrar, English Teacher