The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
I graduated from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) in 1996 with a B.A. degree in Education and a teaching certificate. My wife, Jennifer (Hop), and I then moved back to Washington. For five years, I taught a variety of subjects at Monroe Christian Junior High School. I then became a teaching Principal at Everett Christian School for four years, teaching middle school math. I received my Master’s degree in Education Administration and Principal’s Certificate from Western Washington University in 2006.
From my experiences as a teacher and later principal, I have learned that it is essential to serve the people I lead. Jesus encourages us to be more concerned for others than ourselves. He gives us a perfect example when he washed the feet of His disciples (John 13). As Jesus commands us to love and serve others, it is our duty as parents and educators to model these Christ-like attributes for our children and students. In addition, I am astounded at how God can use the students I interact with to strengthen my own faith. With these ideals in mind, Christian education is an invaluable piece of the home, church, and school partnership.
My wife and I have three boys. Together we enjoy going to the beach, riding bikes, hiking, skiing, playing games, and attending church/family get-togethers. At church, I have been a deacon, youth group leader, and praise team member. One of the greatest joys in our lives is seeing our boys grow up within a community of believers. It is all of our responsibility to pass on the beauty of God’s grace and love to the next generation.