Mrs. Jennifer Ritsema

Education Background

Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College
Currently working toward Early Childhood Endorsement at GVSU

Teaching Experience 

  • Preschool parapro at DCS for 4 years
  • Early 5’s parapro at DCS for 3 years
  • 3’s teacher at DCS  for three years
  • 3 Day Kindergarten teacher at DCS for two years, 5 Day Kindergarten teacher at DCS for 2 years

Personal Life

My husband and I have been married for 22 years. We have been blessed with three healthy children. Our oldest is attending GRCC, one is at South, and one is at Legacy. Our kids are very involved in sports which keeps us quite busy throughout the year. We love Northern Michigan and spend as much time there as we can with family and friends.

Why I became a Christian school teacher

I had the blessing of parents who made tremendous sacrifices to send five kids through the Christian schools. Now that I’m in that position myself, I understand and value that sacrifice so much more. I consider it an honor to be able to teach about our awesome God and the wonders of His world every day. I cannot imagine teaching little ones the wonder of the world around them in any way other than through the lens of our awesome Creator. As our kids have grown, I’ve often heard myself saying,”Isn’t God amazing?” Weaving that belief into every piece of what I teach is something I can’t imagine not being able to do.

An example of how I integrate faith into my classroom

Our faith is the glue that holds everything together in our classroom. Everything we do, from starting our day with prayer and devotion, our interactions with one another, our exploration of God’s around us, and ending our day in prayer for our safe return home reflects our love for God and His hand in our lives.

Fun Fact 

I. Adore. Chocolate.