I graduated from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA in 1989 with a BA degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. I began my teaching career at San Jose Christian School teaching a 3rd/4th combo. After only 2 years at SJCS, I returned to Iowa where I taught in the SCI (Special Class with Integration) K-5 at Kinsey Elementary in Sioux Center, Iowa and MOC-Floyd Valley Elementary School in Orange City, Iowa for 4 years. My students had moderate to severe special needs. In 1995, I returned to SJCS. Since returning, I have taught 2nd grade, kindergarten, Math 6/7 and Math 7/8. In 1999, SJCS started the Learning Center program. In 2004, I received my MA degree in Special Education from San Jose State University. I continue to take classes and attend workshops that focus on leadership, language arts, and various learning disabilities.
I grew up on a small farm near New Holland, South Dakota. I have 4 brothers and 1 sister. I also have numerous nephews and nieces. My family is of utmost importance to me even though they are far from California. Outside of teaching, I enjoy photography, hiking, reading, playing games, and watching/attending sporting events. I reenergize myself by heading to the ocean and redwoods or heading out anywhere with my camera.
Christian Philosophy of Education
As education has changed over the years, so have my views of certain aspects of education. However, what has remained steadfast and central in my philosophy and is evident in my teaching is that all students are gifts from God. My students, no matter what their ability level, have been given to me for just a short period of time. During that time, I desire to be a positive influence in their academic, emotional and spiritual growth. Establishing in them a positive view of themselves and the gifts that God has given them is central in our daily interactions. Each student is a unique creation with unique strengths and struggles. It is my desire for my students to walk into my classroom knowing it is an environment that is safe, loving and full of mutual respect. My hope is they leave more equipped to serve as God intended them to serve to their best capacity.