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 Esports coach. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, viewing and critiquing media, reading, and DIY projects.