My love for languages and cultures began back when I was a student here at South Christian and continued as I studied at Calvin College, where I majored in Spanish K-12 secondary education and minored in bilingual education. I had the opportunity to travel and live in both Spain and Mexico while in college, and enjoy incorporating what I learned from those cultures into my teaching. My teaching career began at Traverse City Christian School, where I taught all four levels of Spanish for one year. From 2004-2018, I taught at Calvin Christian High School in Grandville. I received my Masters of Education from Grand Valley State University in 2010.
My husband, Rob, and I live in Wyoming with our two children, Tyler and Noah. Besides speaking Spanish and learning about other cultures, some of my other hobbies include reading, cooking, cycling, and traveling (in fact, I’ve taken trips with students to both Spain and Peru!) Our family attends South Harbor Church in Byron Center. One of my favorite passages from the Bible is Psalm 19:14; “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Oh Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”