I graduated from Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA) in 1993 with a BA in K-12 Choral Music Education and an emphasis on Organ Performance and Liturgy. In 1994 I answered God’s call to teach music and Bible at San Jose Christian School. While at SJCS my training expanded to include spiritual formation (Kuyers Institute at Calvin College & Vantage Point), Love and Logic (Chapman University), Step Up To Writing, Orff (Mills College), The Adolescent Brain (Canter), Educational Leadership Development Institute (Christian Schools International) and Biblical studies (M.A. from Western Theological Seminary in May 2020). I currently serve as Teaching Principal in the areas of teacher leadership, faith integration, curriculum development, student support, and teacher (8 Bible, 6 History, MS Elective, MS Grammar). In addition to teaching at SJCS, I play organ once a month at Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos.
I was born and raised in Oskaloosa, Iowa with my parents, two sisters, and a host of farm animals. My dad was a dairyman with 160 acres. I am still a farm girl at heart and love gardening and hiking. I enjoy talking on our patio swing with the people I love most, putting together jigsaw puzzles, baking rhubarb pie, and being at the ocean. My two daughters and I worship at Palo Alto Christian Reformed Church where we love to worship, study Scripture, sing, and experience Christian community.
CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
I believe God is real, God is good, and God loves each one of his children. As a principal and middle school teacher at SJCS I have the unique and wonderful opportunity to take part in the spiritual formation of today’s young people. It is my goal to be a growing person in my own faith walk and education journey. With Christ and God’s Word alive in me, I pray that I can communicate to our students that God desires a relationship with us and that God’s Word is living and active. As we study God’s Word, the history of God’s people, and what it means to live as God intended, I pray that students grow in a personal journey of knowing God and living for Him in a broken world.