Mrs. Kerri Nitz

Education Background

  • Bachleor of Arts degree from Calvin College (1997)
  • Majored in Elementary Education with a focus on Language Arts & Social Studies.
  • 18 credit hours towards Reading Masters from Western Michigan University. (2001)
  • Library Science coursework from Grand Valley State University (2009).
  • Current Professional Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Experience

  • Student Teaching 5th grade contained classroom at Cutlerville Christian
  • 5 years as a 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher at Cutlerville Christian.
  • 2 years as Head Librarian at Legacy Christian Elementary and Middle School.
  • Head Librarian at Dutton Christian School (2010 – 2015).
  • I taught 5th grade at DCS for 4 years and have been teaching 6th grade ELA at Dutton Christian since 2019.

Personal Life

Outside of school I really enjoy spending time with my family. I have been married to my husband, Brian, since 1997. We have 3 children who have all attended DCS at one time or another. Our oldest, Carson will be a freshman at Michigan State this year. Brady is a sophomore at South Christian, and our youngest, Lily, is an 8th grader at DCS this year. We are members at Caledonia Christian Reformed Church. Finally, we enjoy many things together as a family such as sports, hiking, playing outside, and going to the beach. I love to read children’s and young adult literature. In my spare time, I enjoy playing or watching sports and I love to sit down and have a good cup of coffee with friends!

Why I became a Christian school teacher:

I have the amazing opportunity to impact the lives of young people for Christ! I love to watch my students grow academically, but above all, spiritually.  My ultimate goal in teaching is to reflect God’s love and help students develop a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, so that one day they will use their gifts and talents to further God’s calling in their lives.

An example of how I integrate faith into my classroom:

Devotional time is a place where I am able to challenge students to think about spiritual matters in a deeper way and during this time we foster a closer, trusted learning community. We learn to rely on God for all our needs and I have a prayer board labeled, “God’s Got This!” where students can place all their prayers needs. My deep hope is that students learn to rely on God in all seasons of life, both the good and the bad, as He is our gentle shepherd who guides us through our life’s journey.

An example of faith integration within a curriculum area is in our everyday writing class. I discuss with my students how they can make a greater impact at home, school, and throughout the greater community for God’s Kingdom through the use of their writing and the language God has gifted us with!

 

Fun Fact 

I’ve ridden an elephant through the mountains of Thailand with the members of the Karen tribe.