Bachelor of Arts – Spring Arbor University
Bachelor of Science – Ferris State University
12 years teaching experience
As the child, the grandchild, and the great-grandchild of teachers, I was convinced for many of my years of school, I would never be a teacher. Yet, here I am, blessed by God for the opportunity to work with the students of Cadillac Heritage Christian School.
While earning my Bachelor of Arts at Spring Arbor College, I joined a work-study program and was placed in the Learning Center where I found joy in tutoring others, even as I was still in the class myself.
After graduation, God led me to China, where I was hired to teach English as a second language. During the next year, I fell in love with teaching. The relationships that can be built with students, the spark of understanding that lights up a child’s face, the challenge of reaching that unreachable one, that mix of variety and consistency which describes every day teaching – all these reasons and more finally explained to me why teaching is the most satisfying career in the world.
As soon as I returned to the States, I became part of Ferris’ education program, earning a Bachelor of Science and a Secondary Teaching Certificate highly qualified in chemistry, biology and English. I became a substitute teacher for the Wexford and Missaukee Intermediate School District. Every interaction with students and schools through this time deepened my desire to be in my own classroom.
Since 2001, I have fully enjoyed teaching at Cadillac Heritage Christian School. I have the opportunity to work with every Secondary student grades 7-12 in our reading program and with the high school students in math, English, science and art. In 2010, I became the Heritage Athletic Director and Lead Secondary teacher. I also serve as the school Test Coordinator for the yearly ACT/SAT and Terra-Nova tests.
I attend Northland Community Church. There, I am on the worship team and actively involved in Sunday and weekday programs.