Mr. Phil Kelder

Education Background

I went to Calvin College and graduated with a Youth Recreation degree in 2004.  At 26, I returned to Calvin to get my special education certificate in 2007-2008.  Finally, in 2015, I finished continuing my education at Calvin by getting my Master’s in Learning Disabilities.

Teaching Experience

I have been teaching at Dutton Christian School since 2009.  Prior to this, I was a substitute teacher in a wide variety of public and Christian schools.

Personal Life

I am a PK (pastor’s kid).  I have lived in the mid-west all of my life (Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan).  I am married to my beautiful wife, Lies.  We have two German shepherd dogs names Nikon andLw , and then my goofy dog named Coca-Cola…or just Coke for short.  Lies and I attend First CRC in Grand Rapids.

Why I became a Christian school teacher

Much of my teacher training and first teaching experiences were in public school settings. My plan was to work in public schools.  God’s plan was different.  Completely honest, if you would have told me in 2009 that I would be a Christian School teacher, I would have thought there was no way.  However, each year I have felt God’s call and always felt that He wanted me to be here, at DCS.  So why did I become a Christian school teacher?  Simply put, because God said so.

An example of how I integrate faith into my classroom

Community is a huge part of all that I do.  What I love about the concept of community is that it truly covers all areas of 2nd grade.  In the classroom, on the playground, in the hallways, wherever we are at school, we can be community builders in all that we do.  The verse I go to in 2K is Hebrews 10:24-25.  It says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

It is my goal that in all that we do in 2nd grade, we “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”  This is the foundation in my classroom

Fun Fact 

I am a huge Chicago Cubs fan.  However, when I go watch them play at Wrigley Field, they often lose.  I have not gone every year since 2000, but it has been 19 years since I have seen the Cubs win a game in Wrigley Field.  It’s called the Kelder Curse.  🙂