God has given me the incredible blessing of three great kids. Although it was a challenge to raise them alone during much of their school years, God showed up in amazing ways and we have always had more laughter than tears! Spending time with my family is still one of my favorite things to do. Reading, hiking, and traveling make life interesting and fun. I have a B.A. in Education and a MEd in Learning Disabilities from Calvin University. I am also a trained life coach. I’ve worn many hats in my career – from teaching 3rd and 4th grade to preschool and kindergarten to being a middle school special education teacher. What keeps me in the world of education is the bold belief that God is still at work, calling students to follow him. And as someone who gets to speak that into their lives, I get the honor of reminding them they are his and that He has good plans for them.
I was raised by parents who loved the Lord and nurtured my faith as a young child. When I was in 9th grade I came to have a more personal relationship with Jesus, and knew without a doubt that He had called me to follow him. The metaphors of scripture speak deeply to me. One metaphor that I love is that of light. My prayer is that others can see God’s light shine through me, and I can point others to him. When we focus on Jesus, there is always hope, even in the darkest of moments! A favorite passage is 2 Corinthians 4:6-9 “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”