I have worked at Calvin since 1986. God has been in charge of my career path from the beginning. Out of college I fully intended to take a job offer in Tennessee when my future mother-in-law suggested I look into Calvin. I was hired to teach 8th grade Language Arts, and I had my future brother-in-law in class my first year! Along my teaching trail I have taught 7th and 8th grade Language Arts, American Literature A and B, College Writing, World Literature, English Literature and even Algebra B. At the middle school I have coached basketball and track. At the high school I have coached JV baseball, JV football, and I was the varsity football coach for thirteen years. In 1992 I became the Athletic Director.
I attended South Christian High School and received a B.A. degree in Education and English from Calvin College. I earned my Masters degree in Secondary Administration from M.S.U. My beautiful wife, Mary, teaches kindergarten at Grandville Christian. We have four incredible children and one son-in-law, and each one of them has had the opportunity to have a fantastic Grandville Calvin Christian education.
I am also a licensed builder and my hobby has been building houses for our family to live in. Also I love to read, watch M.S.U. sports, and work in my yard. One of my favorite passages deals with trusting God today and tomorrow. Matthew 6:19-34, especially the summation in verses 33 and 34. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
ATHLETIC ADMIN. ASSIST.
Some of the fastest, rewarding hours in my week are spent at CCHS. It is a joy to help prepare the schedule for the games, meets and matches our athletes compete in. What a privilege it is to see Calvin Christian sports from this perspective! We are truly blessed to have an Athletic Director who sets a solid foundation and vision for our school’s athletics, and dedicated, caring coaches who take this vision and teach and train our children every day. We serve a great God who deserves our very best. Each time our athletes put on a uniform with the name “Calvin Christian” on the front, they have the privilege of reflecting our school and the awesome God we serve.
I have an Associates Degree in Business from Grand Rapids Community College. My previous experience came from many years working in the Chief of Police’s office in the City of Wyoming. This is a very different environment to say the least! My husband, Doug, and I have four children who attend Grandville Calvin Christian School.
I have many Bible verses that are special to me; but in the context of my job, I would like to share Colossians 3:23-24. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, 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.”