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AN KUROSU

AN KUROSU

Head of School

Bio

Additional experience: BA Calvin College, Special education K-12 and Elementary education K-5.

MA Western Michigan University, K-12 Principalship.

Van Lunen Fellow Program for Executive Management. Taught grades 3, 4, and 5.

The students and staff motivate me each day. It’s a blessing to be able to be such an important part of their lives, especially in their spiritual growth. Every Monday morning we pray as a whole school. I am honored and humbled to serve this community and all the families who are a part of West Side Christian School. God’s Kingdom is here and I am encouraged each day by the conversations I have rooted in faith and God’s love. Outside of school, I love to travel around the world and explore God’s creation all around me. My husband and I love to run and spend time at the lake.

NINA VANHEULEN

NINA VANHEULEN

BUSINESS MANAGER

Bio

BS is Accountancy from Calvin University.

I fell for West Side while working on a software project as a contract worker for the school. The staff and families are so welcoming and the dedication to the students is undeniable.

Joshua 1:9. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

BRANDON KLOMP

BRANDON KLOMP

FACILITIES MANAGER & ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Bio

Masters of Arts in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University Irvine in 2016.

Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Kuyper College in 2012.

While attending Kuyper, was also a four year member of the Men’s Basketball team. After college has worked in athletics at many different levels from middle school to professional level with the Grand Rapids Drive. I have a passion for using athletics to build up young people. As an alumni of West Side Christian, I am blessed to be apart of this wonderful Christian community again!

My favorite Bible verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.”

DALE BURGHGRAEF

DALE BURGHGRAEF

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Bio

BA in Business Administration from Calvin University.

After working in banking for over thirty years, God opened doors that led me to WSCS. I find satisfaction in using my skill set to help raise awareness and funds for both WSCS and its Foundation.

One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'”

AN KUROSU

AN KUROSU

Head of School

Bio

Additional experience: BA Calvin College, Special education K-12 and Elementary education K-5.

MA Western Michigan University, K-12 Principalship.

Van Lunen Fellow Program for Executive Management. Taught grades 3, 4, and 5.

The students and staff motivate me each day. It’s a blessing to be able to be such an important part of their lives, especially in their spiritual growth. Every Monday morning we pray as a whole school. I am honored and humbled to serve this community and all the families who are a part of West Side Christian School. God’s Kingdom is here and I am encouraged each day by the conversations I have rooted in faith and God’s love. Outside of school, I love to travel around the world and explore God’s creation all around me. My husband and I love to run and spend time at the lake.

NINA VANHEULEN

NINA VANHEULEN

BUSINESS MANAGER

Bio

BS is Accountancy from Calvin University.

I fell for West Side while working on a software project as a contract worker for the school. The staff and families are so welcoming and the dedication to the students is undeniable.

Joshua 1:9. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

BRANDON KLOMP

BRANDON KLOMP

FACILITIES MANAGER & ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Bio

Masters of Arts in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University Irvine in 2016.

Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Kuyper College in 2012.

While attending Kuyper, was also a four year member of the Men’s Basketball team. After college has worked in athletics at many different levels from middle school to professional level with the Grand Rapids Drive. I have a passion for using athletics to build up young people. As an alumni of West Side Christian, I am blessed to be apart of this wonderful Christian community again!

My favorite Bible verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.”

DALE BURGHGRAEF

DALE BURGHGRAEF

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Bio

BA in Business Administration from Calvin University.

After working in banking for over thirty years, God opened doors that led me to WSCS. I find satisfaction in using my skill set to help raise awareness and funds for both WSCS and its Foundation.

One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'”

GABRIELLE EISMA

GABRIELLE EISMA

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Bio

I graduated in 2022 from Calvin University with a BFA in Studio Art and Writing, concentrating in illustration and design.

I have a background in the education program at John Ball Zoo, a designer at Calvin University’s English Department and Nature Preserve, and now am excited to work with West Side! I am passionate about helping people tell stories, working in the intersect of creativity and communication. West Side Christian Schools is a place where I can use the gifts God is continuing to develop in me to tell His story, tell my story, and to help my neighborhood—the west side of Grand Rapids community—tell their stories too.

My favorite verse is Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

JANE ELZINGA

JANE ELZINGA

TECHNOLOGY COACH

Bio

List Degree(s): BA College College; Master in K-12 Administration Michigan State University

Why WSCS? I am passionate about WSCS because history. First my, family history – I’m a WSCS alumnus as are my husband, his mother and grandmother, and my three adult children. Currently, I have three grandchildren who are now 5th generation here! Second, school history – WSCS has a long history of providing quality Christ-centered education to all students. I am so privileged to part of it now. As technology coach, my goal is to create a technology-infused learning environment that will increase student achievement, expand technology literacy, advance digital citizenship, and create a culture of learning and innovation.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV

KRISTYN KAMPS

KRISTYN KAMPS

DEAN OF INSTRUCTION & STUDENTS

Bio

BA from Calvin College (University) in Elementary Education, K-8 and HS English and Social Studies. Masters from Grand Valley State University in Instruction and Curriculum.

I love West Side’s commitment to community and being able to work with students from preschool all the way up through 8th grade. My favorite verse is

1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

MARLENE ALVAREZ

MARLENE ALVAREZ

OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Bio

BA from Calvin College (University) in Communications.

The West Side Christian School community is so dear to me. I have been blessed to get to meet and work alongside so many gifted individuals who serve God with their their hearts. My greatest joy are the children of WSCS! Their genuineness, love for God and sense of discovery is beyond compare.

My favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

GABRIELLE EISMA

GABRIELLE EISMA

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Bio

I graduated in 2022 from Calvin University with a BFA in Studio Art and Writing, concentrating in illustration and design.

I have a background in the education program at John Ball Zoo, a designer at Calvin University’s English Department and Nature Preserve, and now am excited to work with West Side! I am passionate about helping people tell stories, working in the intersect of creativity and communication. West Side Christian Schools is a place where I can use the gifts God is continuing to develop in me to tell His story, tell my story, and to help my neighborhood—the west side of Grand Rapids community—tell their stories too.

My favorite verse is Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

JANE ELZINGA

JANE ELZINGA

TECHNOLOGY COACH

Bio

List Degree(s): BA College College; Master in K-12 Administration Michigan State University

Why WSCS? I am passionate about WSCS because history. First my, family history – I’m a WSCS alumnus as are my husband, his mother and grandmother, and my three adult children. Currently, I have three grandchildren who are now 5th generation here! Second, school history – WSCS has a long history of providing quality Christ-centered education to all students. I am so privileged to part of it now. As technology coach, my goal is to create a technology-infused learning environment that will increase student achievement, expand technology literacy, advance digital citizenship, and create a culture of learning and innovation.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV

KRISTYN KAMPS

KRISTYN KAMPS

DEAN OF INSTRUCTION & STUDENTS

Bio

BA from Calvin College (University) in Elementary Education, K-8 and HS English and Social Studies. Masters from Grand Valley State University in Instruction and Curriculum.

I love West Side’s commitment to community and being able to work with students from preschool all the way up through 8th grade. My favorite verse is

1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

MARLENE ALVAREZ

MARLENE ALVAREZ

OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Bio

BA from Calvin College (University) in Communications.

The West Side Christian School community is so dear to me. I have been blessed to get to meet and work alongside so many gifted individuals who serve God with their their hearts. My greatest joy are the children of WSCS! Their genuineness, love for God and sense of discovery is beyond compare.

My favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

MATTHEW COOKE

MATTHEW COOKE

MARKETING STRATEGIST

Bio

List Degree(s): BA from Calvin University in Business Communications; M.Ed. from Grand Valley State in School Counseling.

Why WSCS? While I am relatively new to West Side Christian, I have grown to appreciate the rich history, the strong community, and the innovative learning enviroment. Although my hours at West Side are limited, I am grateful for the opportunity to help share the West Side Christian story with the broader West Michigan community.

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

PAM MERSMAN

PAM MERSMAN

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Bio

BS in Art and Design from Grand Valley State University.

Why WSCS? My family has been part of West Side School for many years. When it was time to not work from home anymore, I knew that I wanted to work in this wonderful Christian community. It has been a blessing to work at West Side and get to know the students, staff, and families better.

Favorite Bible Verse? Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

TIM KAMPS

TIM KAMPS

NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR

Bio

List Degree(s):Calvin, BA in PE and English/Religion; Graduate work in Education Technology through GVSU.

Why WSCS? I have a passion for helping teachers and students use technology effectively. I love being part of the WSCS community. Even though I support a number of schools in West Michigan, I consider WSCS my home. Kristyn and I love that our grand daughter can attend Preschool here.

Favorite Bible Verse:“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. ‘” — Jeremiah 29:11.

MATTHEW COOKE

MATTHEW COOKE

MARKETING STRATEGIST

Bio

List Degree(s): BA from Calvin University in Business Communications; M.Ed. from Grand Valley State in School Counseling.

Why WSCS? While I am relatively new to West Side Christian, I have grown to appreciate the rich history, the strong community, and the innovative learning enviroment. Although my hours at West Side are limited, I am grateful for the opportunity to help share the West Side Christian story with the broader West Michigan community.

Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

PAM MERSMAN

PAM MERSMAN

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Bio

BS in Art and Design from Grand Valley State University.

Why WSCS? My family has been part of West Side School for many years. When it was time to not work from home anymore, I knew that I wanted to work in this wonderful Christian community. It has been a blessing to work at West Side and get to know the students, staff, and families better.

Favorite Bible Verse? Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

TIM KAMPS

TIM KAMPS

NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR

Bio

List Degree(s):Calvin, BA in PE and English/Religion; Graduate work in Education Technology through GVSU.

Why WSCS? I have a passion for helping teachers and students use technology effectively. I love being part of the WSCS community. Even though I support a number of schools in West Michigan, I consider WSCS my home. Kristyn and I love that our grand daughter can attend Preschool here.

Favorite Bible Verse:“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. ‘” — Jeremiah 29:11.

Teaching & Aiding Staff

KELLY ZECK

KELLY ZECK

3S PRESCHOOL TEACHER / EARLY CHILDHOOD DIRECTOR

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Early Childhood Education from Western Michigan University; MA in Family Life Education with an emphasis in Child Development from Western Michigan University Why WSCS? I love the community at WSCS, it truly feels like an extension of my family that I get to share life with. I love sharing in the hope that each student feels seen, known and loved not only by the staff but more importantly from the Lord. Favorite Bible Verse: Zephaniah 3:17-The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will.

KRISTI ELLIOTT

KRISTI ELLIOTT

3S PRESCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

Additional Experience: Associates Degree in Child Development from Grand Rapids Community College I have been in the field of Early Childhood for many years. I feel so blessed to now be a part of the West Side Christian community! It is my goal that when young children come into the classroom they are loved not just by me, but most importantly by God. For many preschoolers this is their first experience away from parents. Creating a safe environment that will nurture and support the spiritual, emotional, social, and academic development of my students is something I strive for. I have such great joy in watching preschoolers discover the world around them and creating community with each other. I am married to Kirt and have 4 children, Lindsay, Tyler, Leah, and Mason. They are 4th generation West Siders! Outside of school I love to spend as much time with them as possible. That usually means playing games or hanging out in our backyard pool! Favorite Bible Verse: proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

AMALIA MULDER

AMALIA MULDER

4S PRESCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): Cornerstone University, Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, with a major in Language Arts and minor in Early Childhood Development. Bible and Theology Degree from Kuyper College. Why WSCS? I love being a part of WSCS because I am grateful to have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with my students and their families. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to explore, learn, teach, and discover more about God’s beautiful world along with my students each day. WSCS is a wonderful and supportive community, and it is a blessing to be able to experience it first hand. Favorite Bible Verse: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

REBECCA ESSENBURG

REBECCA ESSENBURG

4S PRESCHOOL AIDE

Bio

List Degree(s): BS at GVSU in Biology Why WSCS? Christian Education is such a blessing as our culture and society strays farther away from the truth. My daughter attends WSCS and we have fallen in love with the school. She comes home singing praise songs and telling Bible stories. It is a blessing to be a part of shaping young hearts to love God, serve others and get excited about learning new things. Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

KELLY ZECK

KELLY ZECK

3S PRESCHOOL TEACHER / EARLY CHILDHOOD DIRECTOR

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Early Childhood Education from Western Michigan University; MA in Family Life Education with an emphasis in Child Development from Western Michigan University Why WSCS? I love the community at WSCS, it truly feels like an extension of my family that I get to share life with. I love sharing in the hope that each student feels seen, known and loved not only by the staff but more importantly from the Lord. Favorite Bible Verse: Zephaniah 3:17-The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will.

KRISTI ELLIOTT

KRISTI ELLIOTT

3S PRESCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

Additional Experience: Associates Degree in Child Development from Grand Rapids Community College I have been in the field of Early Childhood for many years. I feel so blessed to now be a part of the West Side Christian community! It is my goal that when young children come into the classroom they are loved not just by me, but most importantly by God. For many preschoolers this is their first experience away from parents. Creating a safe environment that will nurture and support the spiritual, emotional, social, and academic development of my students is something I strive for. I have such great joy in watching preschoolers discover the world around them and creating community with each other. I am married to Kirt and have 4 children, Lindsay, Tyler, Leah, and Mason. They are 4th generation West Siders! Outside of school I love to spend as much time with them as possible. That usually means playing games or hanging out in our backyard pool! Favorite Bible Verse: proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

AMALIA MULDER

AMALIA MULDER

4S PRESCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): Cornerstone University, Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, with a major in Language Arts and minor in Early Childhood Development. Bible and Theology Degree from Kuyper College. Why WSCS? I love being a part of WSCS because I am grateful to have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with my students and their families. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to explore, learn, teach, and discover more about God’s beautiful world along with my students each day. WSCS is a wonderful and supportive community, and it is a blessing to be able to experience it first hand. Favorite Bible Verse: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

REBECCA ESSENBURG

REBECCA ESSENBURG

4S PRESCHOOL AIDE

Bio

List Degree(s): BS at GVSU in Biology Why WSCS? Christian Education is such a blessing as our culture and society strays farther away from the truth. My daughter attends WSCS and we have fallen in love with the school. She comes home singing praise songs and telling Bible stories. It is a blessing to be a part of shaping young hearts to love God, serve others and get excited about learning new things. Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

TERESA KOOYER

TERESA KOOYER

NATURE PRESCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

Additional experience: BA Grand Valley State University, Spanish Working with preschoolers — their curiosity, innocence, and zest for life – is one of the things I love most about working at West Side Christian. I also appreciate the people that I work with and the opportunity to be outside, teaching kids in His creation. Outside of school, I love to swim, exercise, and be outdoors spending time with my husband and four children. Add favorite Bible Verse. Psalm 46-this Psalm is such a comfort to me, that no matter what is happening in my life or in the world around me, God is sovereign and in control of all things.

PATTI HEYBOER

PATTI HEYBOER

NUTURE PRESCHOOL AIDE

Bio

I love WSC .. a great school that has enabled me to work to educate kids so they can be a part of a community and live a life of service to God . My favorite verse is Philippians 4:4-7

ALISHA MYERS

ALISHA MYERS

YOUNG 5S TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA/Grand Valley State University, Elementary & Special Education; MA Early Childhood Developmental Delay Why WSCS? I have a heart for kids and a passion to see them succeed and know the love of Christ! It is such a blessing to be a part of the teaching staff here at West Side Christian and to be able to teach the children about God’s amazing world. The students’ joy, laughter, and curiosity is inspiring to me. I strive to create a safe loving environment for all my students to feel comfortable and loved by God and by others. Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you Do not Fear, I will help you.

LISA DeVRIES

LISA DeVRIES

YOUNG 5's TEACHER/AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

TERESA KOOYER

TERESA KOOYER

NATURE PRESCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

Additional experience: BA Grand Valley State University, Spanish Working with preschoolers — their curiosity, innocence, and zest for life – is one of the things I love most about working at West Side Christian. I also appreciate the people that I work with and the opportunity to be outside, teaching kids in His creation. Outside of school, I love to swim, exercise, and be outdoors spending time with my husband and four children. Add favorite Bible Verse. Psalm 46-this Psalm is such a comfort to me, that no matter what is happening in my life or in the world around me, God is sovereign and in control of all things.

PATTI HEYBOER

PATTI HEYBOER

NUTURE PRESCHOOL AIDE

Bio

I love WSC .. a great school that has enabled me to work to educate kids so they can be a part of a community and live a life of service to God . My favorite verse is Philippians 4:4-7

ALISHA MYERS

ALISHA MYERS

YOUNG 5S TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA/Grand Valley State University, Elementary & Special Education; MA Early Childhood Developmental Delay Why WSCS? I have a heart for kids and a passion to see them succeed and know the love of Christ! It is such a blessing to be a part of the teaching staff here at West Side Christian and to be able to teach the children about God’s amazing world. The students’ joy, laughter, and curiosity is inspiring to me. I strive to create a safe loving environment for all my students to feel comfortable and loved by God and by others. Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you Do not Fear, I will help you.

LISA DeVRIES

LISA DeVRIES

YOUNG 5's TEACHER/AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

JUDY GOOTE

JUDY GOOTE

YOUNG 5's AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

HANNA KROEZE

HANNA KROEZE

YOUNG 5's AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

HANNAH LITWILLER

HANNAH LITWILLER

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Bio

BA at Hope College, Elementary Education major, Endorsement in Early Childhood. I love how WSCS is a family who is prayerful and encouraging. It’s such a blessing to be able to work in a place where everyone is passionate about serving the Lord through loving children. I see and experience God mostly through nature, which is why I love the opportunity to be part of the West Side Christian community that has an emphasis on nature! My husband Noah and I love to travel. We love spending time our families, who are spread out all over the country. We love to hike, read, find the best coffee shops wherever we are, and play games. One of my favorite verses is Lamentations 3:22-23- “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness”. It encourages me to be reminded daily of God’s mercy, faithfulness, and love, and to know that I can show that love to the people I’m around every day.

PEYTON MARS (RISSELADE)

PEYTON MARS (RISSELADE)

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA at Calving College in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Why WSCS? What I love most about the West Side community is the commitment it’s members feel to keeping the love of Christ and the togetherness alive. I was blown away with how much love and support is poured out to new comers in the school and feel truly blessed to be on the receiving end of that. West Side is a school where students are not only pushed to success in their academics but in relationships as well. The teachers, admin, and families are truly dedicated to the whole child and shaping them to be who they are as a Child of God. Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

JUDY GOOTE

JUDY GOOTE

YOUNG 5's AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

HANNA KROEZE

HANNA KROEZE

YOUNG 5's AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

HANNAH LITWILLER

HANNAH LITWILLER

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Bio

BA at Hope College, Elementary Education major, Endorsement in Early Childhood. I love how WSCS is a family who is prayerful and encouraging. It’s such a blessing to be able to work in a place where everyone is passionate about serving the Lord through loving children. I see and experience God mostly through nature, which is why I love the opportunity to be part of the West Side Christian community that has an emphasis on nature! My husband Noah and I love to travel. We love spending time our families, who are spread out all over the country. We love to hike, read, find the best coffee shops wherever we are, and play games. One of my favorite verses is Lamentations 3:22-23- “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness”. It encourages me to be reminded daily of God’s mercy, faithfulness, and love, and to know that I can show that love to the people I’m around every day.

PEYTON MARS (RISSELADE)

PEYTON MARS (RISSELADE)

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA at Calving College in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Why WSCS? What I love most about the West Side community is the commitment it’s members feel to keeping the love of Christ and the togetherness alive. I was blown away with how much love and support is poured out to new comers in the school and feel truly blessed to be on the receiving end of that. West Side is a school where students are not only pushed to success in their academics but in relationships as well. The teachers, admin, and families are truly dedicated to the whole child and shaping them to be who they are as a Child of God. Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

JOSIE HAVERDINK

JOSIE HAVERDINK

KINDERGARTEN AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

KATIE TeBRAKE

KATIE TeBRAKE

KINDERGARTEN AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

LYDIA COX

LYDIA COX

KINDERGARTEN AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

RUTH HOP

RUTH HOP

KINDERGARTEN AIDE

Bio

BA in elementary education from Calvin University. Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” My family has been part of the WSCS family for a number of years, and we were always so thankful to be part of a praying and encouraging community. It is a joy for me to now be able support the teachers as well as learn about and explore God’s world alongside the students here.

JOSIE HAVERDINK

JOSIE HAVERDINK

KINDERGARTEN AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

KATIE TeBRAKE

KATIE TeBRAKE

KINDERGARTEN AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

LYDIA COX

LYDIA COX

KINDERGARTEN AIDE

Bio

COMING SOON!

RUTH HOP

RUTH HOP

KINDERGARTEN AIDE

Bio

BA in elementary education from Calvin University. Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” My family has been part of the WSCS family for a number of years, and we were always so thankful to be part of a praying and encouraging community. It is a joy for me to now be able support the teachers as well as learn about and explore God’s world alongside the students here.

ALISON GROENBOOM

ALISON GROENBOOM

FIRST GRADE TEACHER

Bio

I had the privilege of attending Trinity Christian College and have my BA in Elementary Education. I have done graduate work at MSU, Calvin University, and Grand Valley State University. I love teaching first grade, and there is great joy in first grade! Joy happens when students are learning to read and making math connections! Joy happens when we sing praises to Jesus. Joy is working with other teachers and parents who serve God and his people each day. I have pages of academic goals for my students, but my main goal is for them to see Jesus in me and in each other. Pointing their eyes up to heaven is a daily goal! Seeing their progress inspires me, and so does their opportunity for growth! For 30 years, I’ve cherished the WSCS community and our continual focus and love of learning more about God and his creation. One of my favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4: 8-9 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” This verse reminds me to keep my heart and mind focused on Jesus.

LAUREN CORELL

LAUREN CORELL

FIRST GRADE TEACHER

Bio

A Calvin University (Majors in Elementary Edcation and Special Education-Cognitive Impairment); I fell in love with West Side Christian during my student teaching placement here in the first grade. I love the Christian community, supportive colleagues, and loving environment of this school. My deep hope and prayer for students is that they know God’s great love for them, and in receiving that love, grow in their desire to shine it to others. I love this verse from 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

DELIA ROBERTS

DELIA ROBERTS

SECOND GRADE TEACHER

Bio

BA Calvin University (Major in Elementary Education, Minors in Language Arts and Spanish). The first time I stepped foot into WSCS, it felt like home, and has ever since! I love the amazing community, great colleagues, the relationships that I’ve built over the years, and the wonderful children I get to spend my days with. I love that I get to share my love for Jesus with my students each day, and watch them grow in their relationship with Him. My life verse has been Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a bright future”

LORI POTT

LORI POTT

SECOND GRADE TEACHER

Bio

BA at Calvin College in Elementary Education, Graduate work at Western Michigan University. This community is loving, caring and supportive. It feels like a family, and it is such a blessing to be here! It brings me joy to share my faith in Jesus with my students each day and to see them grow closer in their relationship with Him. I love watching their excitement for learning new things about God’s World and preparing them for a life of service in God’s Kingdom. “The Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.” Psalm 33:4

ALISON GROENBOOM

ALISON GROENBOOM

FIRST GRADE TEACHER

Bio

I had the privilege of attending Trinity Christian College and have my BA in Elementary Education. I have done graduate work at MSU, Calvin University, and Grand Valley State University. I love teaching first grade, and there is great joy in first grade! Joy happens when students are learning to read and making math connections! Joy happens when we sing praises to Jesus. Joy is working with other teachers and parents who serve God and his people each day. I have pages of academic goals for my students, but my main goal is for them to see Jesus in me and in each other. Pointing their eyes up to heaven is a daily goal! Seeing their progress inspires me, and so does their opportunity for growth! For 30 years, I’ve cherished the WSCS community and our continual focus and love of learning more about God and his creation. One of my favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4: 8-9 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” This verse reminds me to keep my heart and mind focused on Jesus.

LAUREN CORELL

LAUREN CORELL

FIRST GRADE TEACHER

Bio

A Calvin University (Majors in Elementary Edcation and Special Education-Cognitive Impairment); I fell in love with West Side Christian during my student teaching placement here in the first grade. I love the Christian community, supportive colleagues, and loving environment of this school. My deep hope and prayer for students is that they know God’s great love for them, and in receiving that love, grow in their desire to shine it to others. I love this verse from 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

DELIA ROBERTS

DELIA ROBERTS

SECOND GRADE TEACHER

Bio

BA Calvin University (Major in Elementary Education, Minors in Language Arts and Spanish). The first time I stepped foot into WSCS, it felt like home, and has ever since! I love the amazing community, great colleagues, the relationships that I’ve built over the years, and the wonderful children I get to spend my days with. I love that I get to share my love for Jesus with my students each day, and watch them grow in their relationship with Him. My life verse has been Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a bright future”

LORI POTT

LORI POTT

SECOND GRADE TEACHER

Bio

BA at Calvin College in Elementary Education, Graduate work at Western Michigan University. This community is loving, caring and supportive. It feels like a family, and it is such a blessing to be here! It brings me joy to share my faith in Jesus with my students each day and to see them grow closer in their relationship with Him. I love watching their excitement for learning new things about God’s World and preparing them for a life of service in God’s Kingdom. “The Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.” Psalm 33:4

ANNA RAY

ANNA RAY

THIRD GRADE TEACHER

Bio

BA Johnson University (Majors in Elementary Education and Bible & Theology). I am so thankful to be at West Side and God very clearly led me here after I moved back to Grand Rapids. I immediately felt God’s presence and blessing in this loving community. I feel very passionate about fostering relationships with students and teaching them tools to grow spiritually, emotionally, and academically. I am so blessed to be able to do that with the supportive colleagues and amazing parents at West Side! One of my favorite verses is, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26) I pray this blessing over myself and my students daily.

BRIANNA WHITE

BRIANNA WHITE

THIRD GRADE TEACHER

Bio

BA Calvin University (Majors in “Elementary Education” and “Language Arts”, Minor in “Communication Arts and Sciences”). I appreciate that West Side Christian teaches from a Reformed perspective. I am a sinner saved by grace, and consider it a privilege to walk alongside students as they restore relationships with one another and are guided each day to become more like Christ. At West Side Christian, I have been able to foster relationships with students who have diverse social, emotional, and neurological needs; daily, I am reminded of the diverse beauty in God’s kingdom. I enjoy working with co-workers who look for unique ways to walk with students, and meet the individual needs of each student. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) – It is my prayer that each student who enters my classroom would feel the “overflowing” hope, joy, and peace that Christ has given me, and live their lives in such a way that points others to Jesus through their words and actions.

AUBREY BOUR

AUBREY BOUR

FOURTH GRADE TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Calvin University (Majors in “Elementary Education” and “Early Childhood Education”) Why WSCS? I attended West Side Christian School all the way from Pre-K through 8th grade, so this school holds a very special place in my heart. I’m so excited to provide my students with a well-rounded Christian education, because I know how much of an impact it’s had on my own life. Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 46: 10

KIM KRYGER

KIM KRYGER

FOURTH GRADE TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Calvin University (Dual Elementary Education and Special Education), MA in Reading Michigan State University, and Learning Disabilities Endorsement Grand Valley University Why WSCS? In college God led me to a west side local CRC church and I was enveloped by the church and its members who sent their children to WSCS! I worked on the Loyalty Drive and saw the commitment parents had to raise their children in a Christ focused environment! I wanted to be a part of leading these children, as a teacher, in the ways of the Lord. I also wanted to have my daughter attend WSCS with this supportive community and Christ focused environment. Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

ANNA RAY

ANNA RAY

THIRD GRADE TEACHER

Bio

BA Johnson University (Majors in Elementary Education and Bible & Theology). I am so thankful to be at West Side and God very clearly led me here after I moved back to Grand Rapids. I immediately felt God’s presence and blessing in this loving community. I feel very passionate about fostering relationships with students and teaching them tools to grow spiritually, emotionally, and academically. I am so blessed to be able to do that with the supportive colleagues and amazing parents at West Side! One of my favorite verses is, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26) I pray this blessing over myself and my students daily.

BRIANNA WHITE

BRIANNA WHITE

THIRD GRADE TEACHER

Bio

BA Calvin University (Majors in “Elementary Education” and “Language Arts”, Minor in “Communication Arts and Sciences”). I appreciate that West Side Christian teaches from a Reformed perspective. I am a sinner saved by grace, and consider it a privilege to walk alongside students as they restore relationships with one another and are guided each day to become more like Christ. At West Side Christian, I have been able to foster relationships with students who have diverse social, emotional, and neurological needs; daily, I am reminded of the diverse beauty in God’s kingdom. I enjoy working with co-workers who look for unique ways to walk with students, and meet the individual needs of each student. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) – It is my prayer that each student who enters my classroom would feel the “overflowing” hope, joy, and peace that Christ has given me, and live their lives in such a way that points others to Jesus through their words and actions.

AUBRY BOUR

AUBRY BOUR

FOURTH GRADE TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Calvin University (Majors in “Elementary Education” and “Early Childhood Education”) Why WSCS? I attended West Side Christian School all the way from Pre-K through 8th grade, so this school holds a very special place in my heart. I’m so excited to provide my students with a well-rounded Christian education, because I know how much of an impact it’s had on my own life. Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 46: 10

KIM KRYGER

KIM KRYGER

FOURTH GRADE TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Calvin University (Dual Elementary Education and Special Education), MA in Reading Michigan State University, and Learning Disabilities Endorsement Grand Valley University Why WSCS? In college God led me to a west side local CRC church and I was enveloped by the church and its members who sent their children to WSCS! I worked on the Loyalty Drive and saw the commitment parents had to raise their children in a Christ focused environment! I wanted to be a part of leading these children, as a teacher, in the ways of the Lord. I also wanted to have my daughter attend WSCS with this supportive community and Christ focused environment. Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

MALLORY HOHN

MALLORY HOHN

FIFTH GRADE TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Calvin University (English Education and Writing) God has blessed me with the opportunity to teach at WSCS! I love being able to share my love for the Lord, plus my passion for ELA and Social Studies with my students. Everyone is so welcoming, kind, and helpful. West Side embodies the love of Christ, and it shines through to those inside and outside of the school. Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” This is my favorite verse because it reminds me and my students that we can be an great example of God’s love even though we are young. We can accomplish so much!

AMIRA SELVIUS

AMIRA SELVIUS

FIFTH GRADE TEACHER

Bio

BA Calvin University (Majors in Elementary Education and Integrated Science). I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach at West Side Christian. After hearing about West Side through family friends I have been overwhelmed with love, support and kindness from my colleagues and the community. It truly is such a special place and it is such a privilege to live out West Side’s mission each day with my students. My favorite verse is Hosea 6:1-3 “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” I love this verse because it reminds me of God’s promises to us. Although we may face trials and tribulations in our life, I can have peace because I know God will always be there through them and will always provide us with a way back to Him.

LAUREN STURRUS

LAUREN STURRUS

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): Grand Valley State University: Majors in Secondary Education and English, minors in Applied Linguistics and Physical Education! Why WSCS? I love walking alongside students as they learn more about themselves, others, and God through their experiences in various classes. Since teaching at Calvin Christian for five years and marrying into a “West Side family,” I have heard nothing but praise for the work being done in this place. I am honored to be teaching at a school that values faith, creation care, collaboration, and creativity, and can’t wait to see what the Lord does in the weeks and months to come. Favorite Bible Verse: One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 3:20, where the Lord is described as someone “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” I can imagine some pretty incredible things, so this verse has not only been a reminder that the Lord’s plan is greater than any I could come up with myself, but also a constant source of comfort and reassurance for me during any time of uncertainty.

MEIKEA HERRERA

MEIKEA HERRERA

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Elementary Education, Science and Language Arts from Calvin University Why WSCS? I love that West Side Christian gives me the opportunity to not only teach about the world around us, but also the One who created it. Being able to develop deep, Christ-centered relationships with my students and help to foster hearts of worship and admiration for the Lord is something I care deeply about. I also appreciate West Side’s emphasis on outdoor education, stewardship and community and I love being able to emphasize these in my classroom. Favorite Bible Verse: A verse that I have often gone back to is Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

MALLORY HOHN

MALLORY HOHN

FIFTH GRADE TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Calvin University (English Education and Writing) God has blessed me with the opportunity to teach at WSCS! I love being able to share my love for the Lord, plus my passion for ELA and Social Studies with my students. Everyone is so welcoming, kind, and helpful. West Side embodies the love of Christ, and it shines through to those inside and outside of the school. Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” This is my favorite verse because it reminds me and my students that we can be an great example of God’s love even though we are young. We can accomplish so much!

AMIRA SELVIUS

AMIRA SELVIUS

FIFTH GRADE TEACHER

Bio

BA Calvin University (Majors in Elementary Education and Integrated Science). I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach at West Side Christian. After hearing about West Side through family friends I have been overwhelmed with love, support and kindness from my colleagues and the community. It truly is such a special place and it is such a privilege to live out West Side’s mission each day with my students. My favorite verse is Hosea 6:1-3 “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” I love this verse because it reminds me of God’s promises to us. Although we may face trials and tribulations in our life, I can have peace because I know God will always be there through them and will always provide us with a way back to Him.

LAUREN STURRUS

LAUREN STURRUS

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): Grand Valley State University: Majors in Secondary Education and English, minors in Applied Linguistics and Physical Education! Why WSCS? I love walking alongside students as they learn more about themselves, others, and God through their experiences in various classes. Since teaching at Calvin Christian for five years and marrying into a “West Side family,” I have heard nothing but praise for the work being done in this place. I am honored to be teaching at a school that values faith, creation care, collaboration, and creativity, and can’t wait to see what the Lord does in the weeks and months to come. Favorite Bible Verse: One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 3:20, where the Lord is described as someone “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” I can imagine some pretty incredible things, so this verse has not only been a reminder that the Lord’s plan is greater than any I could come up with myself, but also a constant source of comfort and reassurance for me during any time of uncertainty.

MEIKEA HERRERA

MEIKEA HERRERA

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Elementary Education, Science and Language Arts from Calvin University Why WSCS? I love that West Side Christian gives me the opportunity to not only teach about the world around us, but also the One who created it. Being able to develop deep, Christ-centered relationships with my students and help to foster hearts of worship and admiration for the Lord is something I care deeply about. I also appreciate West Side’s emphasis on outdoor education, stewardship and community and I love being able to emphasize these in my classroom. Favorite Bible Verse: A verse that I have often gone back to is Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

AARON ELZINGA

AARON ELZINGA

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Elementary Education, Math and Science from Calvin College Why WSCS? WSCS is near and dear to my heart. I am a 4 generation graduate and now I get to see my kids every day as they are students in 2nd, Kindergarten, and 3s (one more at home stil!). WSCS is different in that people keep coming back year after year just becuase it is WSCS. I love being able to walk along side of the students at WSCS and be a part of their faith journey. Favorite Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6

ZACH KLOMP

ZACH KLOMP

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

Med in Inclusive Education at Calvin University. BA in History and Social Studies from Calvin University. West Side has always meant a lot to me and I feel extremely blessed to be a part of this loving community. Teaching at West Side has been a tremendous experience as I have the opportunity to share my faith with my students in everything that I teach. West Side is more than a school but a community of supportive believers who build each other up and provide love and compassion. Philippians 4:12 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

RACHEL BECHER

RACHEL BECHER

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

My favorite verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances: for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Why West Side: I love the community of West Side and how much tradition is in the school. I love working with the students here and learning from them as well

LISA HYMA

LISA HYMA

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum from GVSU; Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary Education from GVSU Why WSCS? As a parent, I have seen firsthand how dedicated our staff is to Christ and guiding our students to grow in their own faith. I love the sense of community that West Side has, and I’m excited to be part of our mission of growing students’ minds, guiding servant hearts, glorifying Jesus Christ. Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:28

AARON ELZINGA

AARON ELZINGA

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA Elementary Education, Math and Science from Calvin College Why WSCS? WSCS is near and dear to my heart. I am a 4 generation graduate and now I get to see my kids every day as they are students in 2nd, Kindergarten, and 3s (one more at home stil!). WSCS is different in that people keep coming back year after year just becuase it is WSCS. I love being able to walk along side of the students at WSCS and be a part of their faith journey. Favorite Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6

ZACH KLOMP

ZACH KLOMP

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

Med in Inclusive Education at Calvin University. BA in History and Social Studies from Calvin University. West Side has always meant a lot to me and I feel extremely blessed to be a part of this loving community. Teaching at West Side has been a tremendous experience as I have the opportunity to share my faith with my students in everything that I teach. West Side is more than a school but a community of supportive believers who build each other up and provide love and compassion. Philippians 4:12 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

RACHEL BECHER

RACHEL BECHER

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

My favorite verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances: for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Why West Side: I love the community of West Side and how much tradition is in the school. I love working with the students here and learning from them as well

LISA HYMA

LISA HYMA

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum from GVSU; Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary Education from GVSU Why WSCS? As a parent, I have seen firsthand how dedicated our staff is to Christ and guiding our students to grow in their own faith. I love the sense of community that West Side has, and I’m excited to be part of our mission of growing students’ minds, guiding servant hearts, glorifying Jesus Christ. Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:28

RACHAEL MILLER

RACHAEL MILLER

ART TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): K-12 Art Education from Taylor University Why WSCS? Teaching at West Side has been a blessing in many ways. Students creativity is encouraged in all forms, whether it is in the classroom on a project, outside in nature, or in my art class. I love being able to nuture students as we learn about famous artists, discover new mediums of art, or try something new. This is a place where students creativity can shine and I love being the one to walk along side these talented artists. Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

JANET STAAL

JANET STAAL

DIRECTOR OF NATURE-BASED/OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Bio

List Degree(s): BA in K- 8 Education with a minor in Science and Mathematics from Calvin College (University) and Master Naturalist Certification from Michigan State University Why WSCS? When I was a young girl, I explored the woods of West Michigan, curious about all the creatures and plants that lived there, fueling my passion for learning and my love for my Creator and Savior. That love of learning translated into a lifelong dedication to teaching. It amazes me that God had this special school in mind all those years ago. I praise God for how I have the opportunity to daily work in collaboration with grade-level teachers to develop West Side Christian’s Pre-K – 8th-grade nature-based/ outdoor educational experiences. As an educator my passion is to make learning come alive through engaging, multi-sensory experiences that equip students to live as followers of Christ, growing spiritually and academically, while fanning their flame for a lifelong love of learning. I look forward to each and every moment I have to walk alongside the students at West Side Christian as we daily discover more about God’s creation and the gifts He has given us to use for His glory, pointing others to Him. Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 40:5 “Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.”

BRENDA OOSTERHOUSE

BRENDA OOSTERHOUSE

GENERAL MUSIC (Y5s-GRADE 4) BAND (GRADES 5-8) CHOIR (GRADES 6-8)

Bio

List Degree(s): BA in Criminal Justice and Music Education K-12 from Calvin College and Paralegal Degree from Davenport University. Why WSCS? My desire was to continue teaching in a Christian school of the Reformed faith with a family-feel to it. WSCS appears to fit this criteria. I lived on the West side for a few years after college and am happy to return to the neighborhood. Music aside, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three daughters. I like to garden and put up preserves. I relish passing warm summer nights at the Getty Drive-In Movie Theater. Favorite Bible Verse: I believe in pursuing people who will passionately praise God. Psalm 96:1-3 says, “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.”

WENDY KUZMA

WENDY KUZMA

LIBRARIAN, MEDIA

Bio

Grand Valley State University: Degree in Group Social Studies with an emphasis in Psychology and a minor in Elementary Education. Why WSCS: Many of my friends from church send their children to this school and I always said that if the opportunity presented itself I would apply to work here. I love the commitment of the staff to teaching Christian values to our students and being able to share my faith with the students as well. One of my favorite Bible verses is Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace” which is a blessing I like to pray over my own children as well as the students at WSCS.

RACHAEL MILLER

RACHAEL MILLER

ART TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): K-12 Art Education from Taylor University Why WSCS? Teaching at West Side has been a blessing in many ways. Students creativity is encouraged in all forms, whether it is in the classroom on a project, outside in nature, or in my art class. I love being able to nuture students as we learn about famous artists, discover new mediums of art, or try something new. This is a place where students creativity can shine and I love being the one to walk along side these talented artists. Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

JANET STAAL

JANET STAAL

DIRECTOR OF NATURE-BASED/OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Bio

List Degree(s): BA in K- 8 Education with a minor in Science and Mathematics from Calvin College (University) and Master Naturalist Certification from Michigan State University Why WSCS? When I was a young girl, I explored the woods of West Michigan, curious about all the creatures and plants that lived there, fueling my passion for learning and my love for my Creator and Savior. That love of learning translated into a lifelong dedication to teaching. It amazes me that God had this special school in mind all those years ago. I praise God for how I have the opportunity to daily work in collaboration with grade-level teachers to develop West Side Christian’s Pre-K – 8th-grade nature-based/ outdoor educational experiences. As an educator my passion is to make learning come alive through engaging, multi-sensory experiences that equip students to live as followers of Christ, growing spiritually and academically, while fanning their flame for a lifelong love of learning. I look forward to each and every moment I have to walk alongside the students at West Side Christian as we daily discover more about God’s creation and the gifts He has given us to use for His glory, pointing others to Him. Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 40:5 “Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.”

BRENDA OOSTERHOUSE

BRENDA OOSTERHOUSE

GENERAL MUSIC (Y5s-GRADE 4) BAND (GRADES 5-8) CHOIR (GRADES 6-8)

Bio

List Degree(s): BA in Criminal Justice and Music Education K-12 from Calvin College and Paralegal Degree from Davenport University. Why WSCS? My desire was to continue teaching in a Christian school of the Reformed faith with a family-feel to it. WSCS appears to fit this criteria. I lived on the West side for a few years after college and am happy to return to the neighborhood. Music aside, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three daughters. I like to garden and put up preserves. I relish passing warm summer nights at the Getty Drive-In Movie Theater. Favorite Bible Verse: I believe in pursuing people who will passionately praise God. Psalm 96:1-3 says, “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.”

WENDY KUZMA

WENDY KUZMA

LIBRARIAN, MEDIA

Bio

Grand Valley State University: Degree in Group Social Studies with an emphasis in Psychology and a minor in Elementary Education. Why WSCS: Many of my friends from church send their children to this school and I always said that if the opportunity presented itself I would apply to work here. I love the commitment of the staff to teaching Christian values to our students and being able to share my faith with the students as well. One of my favorite Bible verses is Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace” which is a blessing I like to pray over my own children as well as the students at WSCS.

RYAN KOOPMANS

RYAN KOOPMANS

Spanish Teacher

Bio

List Degree(s): M.Ed in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Grand Valley State University. BA in Spanish and business from Calvin College. Why WSCS? West Side provides me with an opportunity to teach all four of my own children. The chance to not only witness but also participate in their faith/educational development is a true blessing. The real question to answer is not why I chose to teach at West Side, but rather why do my kids attend West Side. This is an amazing school that provides a Christian community and partners with parents for our most important job – developing disciples for God. Favorite Bible Verse: 3 John 1:4

ANDREW VANDER WAL

ANDREW VANDER WAL

PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): K-12 Physical Education, 6-12 Health Why WSCS? I love teaching at West Side because I can bring God into everything we do. Whether it is teaching, coaching, or just spending time with students, I love to use any opportunity to point kids to their walk with Jesus. Sports provide a great platform for this in how we interact with others. Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self discipline.” I love this verse because we are in a culture of fear. This is especially true of our young people. I want to remind my students that they have nothing to fear because the spirit of God is in them! He gives us the power to love others and make decisions that honor Him.

MARY JO NANNINGA

MARY JO NANNINGA

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (GRADES Y5s-K)

Bio

PARAPROFESSIONAL/SENSORY INTERVENTIONIST

List Degree(s) K-12 Physical Education, Elementary Classroom from Calvin University West Side has always be a part of my life from since I can remember. I was a student here, my children attended WSC and I have had the privilege and joy to be a coach and on staff in many different roles. It is such a joy to share the love of God with all levels of students on a daily basis. My Favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.

RONALD WARNER

RONALD WARNER

TECHNOLOGY (GRADES K-4)

Bio

List Degree(s) K-12 Physical Education, Elementary Classroom from Calvin University West Side has always be a part of my life from since I can remember. I was a student here, my children attended WSC and I have had the privilege and joy to be a coach and on staff in many different roles. It is such a joy to share the love of God with all levels of students on a daily basis. My Favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.

RYAN KOOPMANS

RYAN KOOPMANS

Spanish Teacher

Bio

List Degree(s): M.Ed in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Grand Valley State University. BA in Spanish and business from Calvin College. Why WSCS? West Side provides me with an opportunity to teach all four of my own children. The chance to not only witness but also participate in their faith/educational development is a true blessing. The real question to answer is not why I chose to teach at West Side, but rather why do my kids attend West Side. This is an amazing school that provides a Christian community and partners with parents for our most important job – developing disciples for God. Favorite Bible Verse: 3 John 1:4

ANDREW VANDER WAL

ANDREW VANDER WAL

PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): K-12 Physical Education, 6-12 Health Why WSCS? I love teaching at West Side because I can bring God into everything we do. Whether it is teaching, coaching, or just spending time with students, I love to use any opportunity to point kids to their walk with Jesus. Sports provide a great platform for this in how we interact with others. Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self discipline.” I love this verse because we are in a culture of fear. This is especially true of our young people. I want to remind my students that they have nothing to fear because the spirit of God is in them! He gives us the power to love others and make decisions that honor Him.

MARY JO NANNINGA

MARY JO NANNINGA

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (GRADES Y5s-K)

Bio

PARAPROFESSIONAL/SENSORY INTERVENTIONIST

List Degree(s) K-12 Physical Education, Elementary Classroom from Calvin University West Side has always be a part of my life from since I can remember. I was a student here, my children attended WSC and I have had the privilege and joy to be a coach and on staff in many different roles. It is such a joy to share the love of God with all levels of students on a daily basis. My Favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.

RONALD WARNER

RONALD WARNER

TECHNOLOGY (GRADES K-4)

Bio

List Degree(s) K-12 Physical Education, Elementary Classroom from Calvin University West Side has always be a part of my life from since I can remember. I was a student here, my children attended WSC and I have had the privilege and joy to be a coach and on staff in many different roles. It is such a joy to share the love of God with all levels of students on a daily basis. My Favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.

KRISTEN SHOUP

KRISTEN SHOUP

ORCHESTRA TEACHER

Bio

Bachelor of Music Education from Western Michigan University and Master of Music Performance from The Eastman School of Music. Why WSCS? I love to teach students how to play string instruments and to use the gift of music that we have been given by God. When I heard that WSCS was in need of an Orchestra Teacher last year, I jumped at the opportunity to join the well established music program and wonderful staff! Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death, but the true gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

KRISTEN SHOUP

KRISTEN SHOUP

ORCHESTRA TEACHER

Bio

Bachelor of Music Education from Western Michigan University and Master of Music Performance from The Eastman School of Music. Why WSCS? I love to teach students how to play string instruments and to use the gift of music that we have been given by God. When I heard that WSCS was in need of an Orchestra Teacher last year, I jumped at the opportunity to join the well established music program and wonderful staff! Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death, but the true gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Educational Support Staff

MIKAELA GEERS

MIKAELA GEERS

Director of ESS

Bio

Additional experience: BA Hope College/special education Teaching has always been a large part of my family, and I grew up always wanting to teach. Building relationships with my students inspires me each day, as well as having the opportunity to weave my faith into each of the subjects that I teach. Being able to do that here at West Side Christian brings me so much joy, and I strive for each child that passes through my door to feel loved and valued by God, and by me. Having grown up in Holland, I love being in and around the water and enjoy boating, beach days, and walking along the lake as well as hiking, biking, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

MONICA VANWIENEN

MONICA VANWIENEN

School Counselor

Bio

COMING SOON!

TRACY TIEMEYER

TRACY TIEMEYER

K-8 INCLUSION TEACHER

Bio

Additional experience: BA Hope College/special education Teaching has always been a large part of my family, and I grew up always wanting to teach. Building relationships with my students inspires me each day, as well as having the opportunity to weave my faith into each of the subjects that I teach. Being able to do that here at West Side Christian brings me so much joy, and I strive for each child that passes through my door to feel loved and valued by God, and by me. Having grown up in Holland, I love being in and around the water and enjoy boating, beach days, and walking along the lake as well as hiking, biking, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

JORDAN PELESS

JORDAN PELESS

5-8 RESOURCE ROOM TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA from Calvin University in Elementary education with minors in elementary math and special education studies. I’m currently getting my endorsement in cognitive impairment. Why WSCS?: I interned at Westside for one of my special education courses and immediately feel in love. After that semester I decided to add a cognitive impairment endorsement to my degree and try working in ESS before general education. I loved the inclusive community that Westside created and the many ways that God’s love and creation is shown through the work done here. Favorite Bible Verse: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

MIKAELA GEERS

MIKAELA GEERS

Director of ESS

Bio

Additional experience: BA Hope College/special education Teaching has always been a large part of my family, and I grew up always wanting to teach. Building relationships with my students inspires me each day, as well as having the opportunity to weave my faith into each of the subjects that I teach. Being able to do that here at West Side Christian brings me so much joy, and I strive for each child that passes through my door to feel loved and valued by God, and by me. Having grown up in Holland, I love being in and around the water and enjoy boating, beach days, and walking along the lake as well as hiking, biking, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

MONICA VANWIENEN

MONICA VANWIENEN

School Counselor

Bio

COMING SOON!

TRACY TIEMEYER

TRACY TIEMEYER

K-8 INCLUSION TEACHER

Bio

Additional experience: BA Hope College/special education Teaching has always been a large part of my family, and I grew up always wanting to teach. Building relationships with my students inspires me each day, as well as having the opportunity to weave my faith into each of the subjects that I teach. Being able to do that here at West Side Christian brings me so much joy, and I strive for each child that passes through my door to feel loved and valued by God, and by me. Having grown up in Holland, I love being in and around the water and enjoy boating, beach days, and walking along the lake as well as hiking, biking, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

JORDAN PELESS

JORDAN PELESS

5-8 RESOURCE ROOM TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): BA from Calvin University in Elementary education with minors in elementary math and special education studies. I’m currently getting my endorsement in cognitive impairment. Why WSCS?: I interned at Westside for one of my special education courses and immediately feel in love. After that semester I decided to add a cognitive impairment endorsement to my degree and try working in ESS before general education. I loved the inclusive community that Westside created and the many ways that God’s love and creation is shown through the work done here. Favorite Bible Verse: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

TAYLOR KLOMP

TAYLOR KLOMP

INCLUSION COORDINATOR

Bio

Additional experience: BA Calvin College/elementary and physical education; paraprofessional; sensory coordinator; 7th grade girls basketball coach I receive joy through the variety of students I get to work with in the ESS room. Each student has their own unique gifts and way of learning. Having coached middle school soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and track, and as the AD, I find it rewarding to see students working hard to develop their God-given gifts, improving their skills, and working as a team. I enjoy watching all kinds of sports and I see a great variety of them watching the West Side Christian middle school athletes! Teaching PE to the youngest students is a great opportunity to teach them about all the amazing things their bodies can do. My husband Todd and I are both graduates of West Side Christian, as are our two children. We enjoy spending time at our cabin on the Little Manistee River and riding quads and a dune buggy on the trails up there. Our family loves being active, whether it is up north or in our backyard swimming pool (we live in the house I was raised in because I couldn’t live without the pool!). It is a privilege to be part of the West Side Christian School family.

JULIE RODENHOUSE

JULIE RODENHOUSE

ESS PARAPROFESSIONAL / BRAILLIST

Bio

COMING SOON!

AMARA THOMPSON

AMARA THOMPSON

ESS PARAPROFESSIONAL

Bio

List Degree(s): Pursuing Dual Licensure in Special Education and Elementary Education Why WSCS? I love how the students and staff are a community. Being a smaller school, it is easy to get to know all the students and staff on an individual level and build relationships. I also love how we are able to grow in relationship with Christ and encourage students in their faith. It is really special to be able to connect God’s creation with our learning experiences and read the Bible in classroom settings. I love being able to serve the Lord and love on kiddos all day long. My job is always exciting and fulfilling! Favorite Bible Verse: my favorite Bible verse is the passage of Psalm 116. One portion of it reads “The Lord is gracious and righteous, our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simple hearted, when I was brought low, He saved me.” It’s a great reminder of God’s grace for us and also a reflection of how He cares for and protects us as His children.

RACHEL HENDRICKS

RACHEL HENDRICKS

ESS PARAPROFESSIONAL

Bio

COMING SOON!

TAYLOR KLOMP

TAYLOR KLOMP

INCLUSION COORDINATOR

Bio

Additional experience: BA Calvin College/elementary and physical education; paraprofessional; sensory coordinator; 7th grade girls basketball coach I receive joy through the variety of students I get to work with in the ESS room. Each student has their own unique gifts and way of learning. Having coached middle school soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and track, and as the AD, I find it rewarding to see students working hard to develop their God-given gifts, improving their skills, and working as a team. I enjoy watching all kinds of sports and I see a great variety of them watching the West Side Christian middle school athletes! Teaching PE to the youngest students is a great opportunity to teach them about all the amazing things their bodies can do. My husband Todd and I are both graduates of West Side Christian, as are our two children. We enjoy spending time at our cabin on the Little Manistee River and riding quads and a dune buggy on the trails up there. Our family loves being active, whether it is up north or in our backyard swimming pool (we live in the house I was raised in because I couldn’t live without the pool!). It is a privilege to be part of the West Side Christian School family.

JULIE RODENHOUSE

JULIE RODENHOUSE

ESS PARAPROFESSIONAL / BRAILLIST

Bio

COMING SOON!

AMARA THOMPSON

AMARA THOMPSON

ESS PARAPROFESSIONAL

Bio

List Degree(s): Pursuing Dual Licensure in Special Education and Elementary Education Why WSCS? I love how the students and staff are a community. Being a smaller school, it is easy to get to know all the students and staff on an individual level and build relationships. I also love how we are able to grow in relationship with Christ and encourage students in their faith. It is really special to be able to connect God’s creation with our learning experiences and read the Bible in classroom settings. I love being able to serve the Lord and love on kiddos all day long. My job is always exciting and fulfilling! Favorite Bible Verse: my favorite Bible verse is the passage of Psalm 116. One portion of it reads “The Lord is gracious and righteous, our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simple hearted, when I was brought low, He saved me.” It’s a great reminder of God’s grace for us and also a reflection of how He cares for and protects us as His children.

RACHEL HENDRICKS

RACHEL HENDRICKS

ESS PARAPROFESSIONAL

Bio

COMING SOON!

KAREN VANDENAKKER

KAREN VANDENAKKER

ESS PARAPROFESSIONAL

Bio

BA from Calvin in Secondary Instrumental Music Education. Additional 18 Hours Continuing Education in Humanities from U of M. It has always been my joy to enthusiastically encourage students in developing their musical talents and in discovering how they can continue to use their talents as they serve in God’s Kingdom. Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:16-17 – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

KAREN VANDENAKKER

KAREN VANDENAKKER

ESS PARAPROFESSIONAL

Bio

BA from Calvin in Secondary Instrumental Music Education. Additional 18 Hours Continuing Education in Humanities from U of M. It has always been my joy to enthusiastically encourage students in developing their musical talents and in discovering how they can continue to use their talents as they serve in God’s Kingdom. Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:16-17 – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Little Sprouts Staff

CHELSEA SPIEGEL (VAN VELS)

CHELSEA SPIEGEL (VAN VELS)

LITTLE SPROUTS DIRECTOR

Bio

List Degree(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design Certificate in Art Education K-12 Why WSCS? I attended WSCS from preschool through 8th grade. I love the community and the vision for our future. I also love being invovled year after year in the lives of my Little Sprouts as they grow in Him. Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

MADDIE BUSCHMAN

MADDIE BUSCHMAN

LEAD TEACHER

Bio

Degrees: I am currently working towards a BA in Elementary Education, with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I am a fourth year student at Grand Valley State University. Why WSCS: I attended West Side Christian from preschool to eighth grade, and returned to work here nearly four years ago. This school has a special place in my heart and holds some of my most favorite memories. Building relationships with students and families by loving Christ and each other is such a blessing that I feel lucky to be a part of! Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

BRADLEY VANWIENEN

BRADLEY VANWIENEN

LEAD TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): In progress to get a Bachelor of Science at GVSU for Health & Physical Education Why WSCS? I went to West Side from preschool to 8th grade, and then came back to work here. I love the kids coming in and out of here each day and the connections and relationships I can make with them. This is a huge help for my major, and getting me ready for my future career. Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

HAYLEY DEAN

HAYLEY DEAN

LEAD TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): In progress to get a Bachelor of Science at GVSU for Health & Physical Education Why WSCS? I went to West Side from preschool to 8th grade, and then came back to work here. I love the kids coming in and out of here each day and the connections and relationships I can make with them. This is a huge help for my major, and getting me ready for my future career. Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

CHELSEA SPIEGEL (VAN VELS)

CHELSEA SPIEGEL (VAN VELS)

LITTLE SPROUTS DIRECTOR

Bio

List Degree(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design Certificate in Art Education K-12 Why WSCS? I attended WSCS from preschool through 8th grade. I love the community and the vision for our future. I also love being invovled year after year in the lives of my Little Sprouts as they grow in Him. Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

MADDIE BUSCHMAN

MADDIE BUSCHMAN

LEAD TEACHER

Bio

Degrees: I am currently working towards a BA in Elementary Education, with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I am a fourth year student at Grand Valley State University. Why WSCS: I attended West Side Christian from preschool to eighth grade, and returned to work here nearly four years ago. This school has a special place in my heart and holds some of my most favorite memories. Building relationships with students and families by loving Christ and each other is such a blessing that I feel lucky to be a part of! Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

BRADLEY VANWIENEN

BRADLEY VANWIENEN

LEAD TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): In progress to get a Bachelor of Science at GVSU for Health & Physical Education Why WSCS? I went to West Side from preschool to 8th grade, and then came back to work here. I love the kids coming in and out of here each day and the connections and relationships I can make with them. This is a huge help for my major, and getting me ready for my future career. Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

HAYLEY DEAN

HAYLEY DEAN

LEAD TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): In progress to get a Bachelor of Science at GVSU for Health & Physical Education Why WSCS? I went to West Side from preschool to 8th grade, and then came back to work here. I love the kids coming in and out of here each day and the connections and relationships I can make with them. This is a huge help for my major, and getting me ready for my future career. Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

KAYLEE RODENHOUSE

KAYLEE RODENHOUSE

LEAD TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): In progress to attain my BSN from Calvin University (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Why WSCS? West Side Christian has always been a second home to me. I’m a fifth-generation alumnus and graduated from WSCS in 2017; it wasn’t more than two years later that I returned to the WSCS family to work in Little Sprouts. It’s a joy to watch students grow and build relationships with one another, just as I had the opportunity to do so during my years attending WSCS. I find it so fulfilling to return and serve at a place that deeply shaped me into the person I am today! Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Thess 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you

HANNAH KAMPS

HANNAH KAMPS

LEAD TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s):I started out at Cornerstone University for Elementary Education, but now I switched to online. I am finishing Elementary Education bachelors degree at Western Governors University in Utah. Why WSCS? I heard about the job through a friends, and started working 3 years ago. Also, I enjoy working at a Christian school, and I have made different friends there as well. Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 35-:6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

KAYLEE RODENHOUSE

KAYLEE RODENHOUSE

LEAD TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s): In progress to attain my BSN from Calvin University (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Why WSCS? West Side Christian has always been a second home to me. I’m a fifth-generation alumnus and graduated from WSCS in 2017; it wasn’t more than two years later that I returned to the WSCS family to work in Little Sprouts. It’s a joy to watch students grow and build relationships with one another, just as I had the opportunity to do so during my years attending WSCS. I find it so fulfilling to return and serve at a place that deeply shaped me into the person I am today! Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Thess 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you

HANNAH KAMPS

HANNAH KAMPS

LEAD TEACHER

Bio

List Degree(s):I started out at Cornerstone University for Elementary Education, but now I switched to online. I am finishing Elementary Education bachelors degree at Western Governors University in Utah. Why WSCS? I heard about the job through a friends, and started working 3 years ago. Also, I enjoy working at a Christian school, and I have made different friends there as well. Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 35-:6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Kitchen Staff

DENISE NASSIF-HERNANDEZ

DENISE NASSIF-HERNANDEZ

HOT LUNCH COORDINATOR

Bio

COMING SOON!

BARB GROENENDYK

BARB GROENENDYK

HOT LUNCH

Bio

Why WSCS? My husband was the former principal of WSCS. And, all of my kids and now my grandchildren attend here. Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 8:38-39

JILL VERBEEK

JILL VERBEEK

HOT LUNCH

Bio

BA in Elementary Education from Calvin College; MA in Reading from GVSU. Why WSCS? My husband attended WSCS and we love that our three children attend now, too. We feel blessed by the teachers and families we have met throughout the years here. Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:38 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present of the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

KRISTY ARSULOWICZ

KRISTY ARSULOWICZ

HOT LUNCH

Bio

Why WSCS? As a West Side mom of two, I love being involved at school and seeing my kids and theri friends! Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:10

DENISE NASSIF-HERNANDEZ

DENISE NASSIF-HERNANDEZ

HOT LUNCH COORDINATOR

Bio

COMING SOON!

BARB GROENENDYK

BARB GROENENDYK

HOT LUNCH

Bio

Why WSCS? My husband was the former principal of WSCS. And, all of my kids and now my grandchildren attend here. Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 8:38-39

JILL VERBEEK

JILL VERBEEK

HOT LUNCH

Bio

BA in Elementary Education from Calvin College; MA in Reading from GVSU. Why WSCS? My husband attended WSCS and we love that our three children attend now, too. We feel blessed by the teachers and families we have met throughout the years here. Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:38 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present of the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

KRISTY ARSULOWICZ

KRISTY ARSULOWICZ

HOT LUNCH

Bio

Why WSCS? As a West Side mom of two, I love being involved at school and seeing my kids and theri friends! Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:10

NANCY DEBRUIN

NANCY DEBRUIN

HOT LUNCH

Bio

I have a high school diploma, but never attended college. I was a stay at home mom and raised four kids. I chose WSCS because the opportunity came up to work in the kitchen for the hot lunch program. My grandkids go to WSCS and I love seeing them and all the children that come through the line. It’s the little things that mean so much to the kids. My grandkids are always so happy to see me there and I get hugs from them every time. One of my favorite verses is John 15:12. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

TONI HOUTSTRA

TONI HOUTSTRA

HOT LUNCH

Bio

Why WSCS? I enjoy seeing my daughter at school, and getting to know all of her friends! Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13

NANCY DEBRUIN

NANCY DEBRUIN

HOT LUNCH

Bio

I have a high school diploma, but never attended college. I was a stay at home mom and raised four kids. I chose WSCS because the opportunity came up to work in the kitchen for the hot lunch program. My grandkids go to WSCS and I love seeing them and all the children that come through the line. It’s the little things that mean so much to the kids. My grandkids are always so happy to see me there and I get hugs from them every time. One of my favorite verses is John 15:12. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

TONI HOUTSTRA

TONI HOUTSTRA

HOT LUNCH

Bio

Why WSCS? I enjoy seeing my daughter at school, and getting to know all of her friends! Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13

Transportation Staff

SUE FOLKERTS

SUE FOLKERTS

TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR

Bio

Additional experience: BA Dordt College in Communications and Speech Why WSCS? I was lead here by God’s hand! Favorite Bible Verse: My favorite hymn is “Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart.”

MATT GAJTKA

MATT GAJTKA

BUS DRIVER

Bio

Why WSCS? The West Side community was in need of a bus driver and I felt called to help. It’s my honor to be a part of the school’s mission. Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23

CASE VANKEMPEN

CASE VANKEMPEN

BUS DRIVER

Bio

Why WSCS? My sister (Sue Folkert) needed a driver, and I was looking for part-time work. Now I stay for the kids! Favorite Bible Verse: Hosea 14:4

KENNETH FOLKERTS

KENNETH FOLKERTS

BUS DRIVER

Bio

Why WSCS? My sister (Sue Folkert) needed a driver, and I was looking for part-time work. Now I stay for the kids! Favorite Bible Verse: Hosea 14:4

SUE FOLKERTS

SUE FOLKERTS

TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR

Bio

Additional experience: BA Dordt College in Communications and Speech Why WSCS? I was lead here by God’s hand! Favorite Bible Verse: My favorite hymn is “Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart.”

MATT GAJTKA

MATT GAJTKA

BUS DRIVER

Bio

Why WSCS? The West Side community was in need of a bus driver and I felt called to help. It’s my honor to be a part of the school’s mission. Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23

CASE VANKEMPEN

CASE VANKEMPEN

BUS DRIVER

Bio

Why WSCS? My sister (Sue Folkert) needed a driver, and I was looking for part-time work. Now I stay for the kids! Favorite Bible Verse: Hosea 14:4

KENNETH FOLKERTS

KENNETH FOLKERTS

BUS DRIVER

Bio

Why WSCS? My sister (Sue Folkert) needed a driver, and I was looking for part-time work. Now I stay for the kids! Favorite Bible Verse: Hosea 14:4

LAURA LEE SURPRENANT

LAURA LEE SURPRENANT

BUS DRIVER

Bio

Why WSCS? I want to be part of WSCS’s Christian Environment Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:8

SHARON MCNEELY

SHARON MCNEELY

BUS DRIVER

Bio

Why WSCS? I want to be part of WSCS’s Christian Environment Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:8

LAURA LEE SURPRENANT

LAURA LEE SURPRENANT

BUS DRIVER

Bio

Why WSCS? I want to be part of WSCS’s Christian Environment Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:8

SHARON MCNEELY

SHARON MCNEELY

BUS DRIVER

Bio

Why WSCS? I want to be part of WSCS’s Christian Environment Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:8