I graduated from Pella Christian High School in 1975 and Dordt College in 1979. For two years, I taught grades 6-8 at Sheldon Christian School in Sheldon, Iowa. In 1981, I moved to Lynden and began teaching 7th and 8th grade math for five years at Lynden Christian Middle School. In 1986, I relocated to Redlands, California, where I taught 7th and 8th grade science and math along with geometry for grades 7-9. In 1990, I returned to Lynden Christian where I’m currently teaching middle school math in addition to being responsible for various administrative duties.
To me, teaching is both a calling and a gift. Each child is unique and is a special image of God – one of the many ways that God reveals himself to me each day. One of my goals is to help students “see God” in mathematics – to “see” how God’s characteristics, such as faithfulness, creativity and logic are reflected back to us through the laws of mathematics. A second goal is to help students realize that since all of us have been given different gifts and abilities, it is okay to struggle with something, like math. God doesn’t require that each of us get an “A” – He requires that each of us use our unique gifts and use them to our best ability.
In my other life, outside of school, I enjoy spending time with good friends doing whatever strikes our fancy or traveling to see my family. The friends and family developed through my church, Third CRC, are also so special with all of my family in other places. It is also great to putter around my home and yard, find time to just read or play piano.