Middle School Science Teacher
- K-8 Cutlerville (Legacy) Christian
- 9-12 South Christian HS, graduated 2007
- Graduated Calvin College with BA Elementary Ed – Integrated Science 2011
- Holds a Professional Teaching Certification
- 3-years summer camp counselor at Camp Geneva (’08, ’09, ’10)
- Long-term substitute at Byron Center Christian School Spring 2012
- 4-years teaching 7th/8th grade Science at Walker Charter Academy 2012-2016
- 4-years coaching middle school girls basketball, 2x NHA West League championships
- 1-year teaching 6th grade Science at Valleywood Middle School 2017-2018
- 7th & 8th grade science at Dutton Christian School since 2018
Married to Shelly (2012)
Two children (Dylan and Elena)
Member of Providence CRC
I enjoy a wide range of activities. I am an avid and frequent golfer. I enjoy playing fantasy sports like fantasy football and baseball. I love watching sports and am a dedicated Iowa Hawkeye and Atlanta Falcons fan in addition to my home”state” Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, and Pistons fandom. I am an avid fan of Star Wars, and I know far more about the movies than I care to admit.
Why did I became a Christian school teacher?
Over the past several years that I was teaching in other public/charter schools, there was always a significant piece missing from my heart for teaching. My love for Science grew from a love of the Creator, and not being able to fully disclose my faith in Christ as part of my teaching was something that always made teaching feel incomplete. As a youth group leader, I tried to supplement that desire in that role, but it just wasn’t the same. I am so excited to begin teaching here at DCS because I finally will be able to teach with my as a framework for all i do and teach. Here now at DCS, I will be able to publicly and daily point all we do and learn within my DEEP HOPE for my students.
How do I integrate faith into my classroom?
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” ~ Galileo Galilei
I teach science a little differently than most. My goal through it all is to help students learn science the way scientists do science. There’s something beautiful about genuine discovery and it’s wonderfully connected to the way our Lord uses his creation to tell us about himself. As Galileo so eloquently put it, God’s given us through his spirit a sense of curiosity and intellect so that we may use them to spread the gospel and help others to see the beauty of his creation. A lot of times, discovery isn’t easy and in those times he calls us to TRUST THE PROCESS.
What’s my DEEP HOPE for my students?
My deep hope is that by thinking critically and creatively, and interacting and communicating effectively, we may grow in the way we understand God’s creation and our place in the story; that we may equip ourselves for impacting the world for Christ.
What’s a FUN FACT about you?
- Never have I broken a bone.