Additional experience: BA Calvin College/physical education and health minor; PE teacher in Nebraska and Big Rapids.
My goal in teaching PE at West Side Christian is to help students develop their skills, knowledge, and enjoyment of physical activity and sports so that they can participate in these activities for their whole life. At a Christian school, it is so awesome to be able to bring God into our discussions of our bodies and getting to enjoy His creation when we get outdoors. But even more than that, sports and physical activity provide such an opportunity to show the love of Jesus to others. Something I tell the students often is that sports are such an important ‘mission field’. Whether it’s how we act when we compete, how we work together as a team or how we treat our opponent or referees, others can see Jesus in how we conduct ourselves during these activities.
Another thing I really love about being at West Side is the opportunity to be with students outside of the classroom. Some of my favorite times are eating lunch with kids, going on exploratories, or coaching sports teams after school. These provide a great opportunity to build relationships with students and that is my goal in teaching.
Some of my favorite things to do outside of teaching are playing almost any sport, camping, hiking, fishing, or other outdoor activities. And the times I enjoy doing these the most are with my family. I have a wife, Heidi, and 2 wild and wonderful kids - Elliana and Malachi.