I am a teacher by profession, but a learner at heart. The learning opportunities that I have received have fostered a positive experience that I take with me to each class. In furthering my educational pursuits, I have received a BA from Calvin College with a focus on English education and a minor in Communications and Theater. I have since continued my education by receiving a M.Ed. in Reading from Western Michigan University. As a teacher, I have taught the eighth grade in inner city Lansing before coming to teach at South Christian. I have had the privilege of teaching at South Christian since 2003. My family consists of my wife, Emily, and my two children: Elijah and Maraleisa. As a family, we attend La Grave CRC. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am a co-director of the play and the musical. In the spring, I am the assistant coach for Track and Field at South Christian. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, viewing and critiquing media, reading, and DIY projects.
The whole world and all who are in it belong to God. We, as ambassadors for Christ, have received a mandate to share our story. I believe that God has provided me with the opportunity to train and teach students to discover, understand, write, and articulate their stories. I am so thankful that I have the privilege of teaching in a school that encourages and fosters a Christian experience for children to grow, learn, and build a strong relationship with their Heavenly Father.