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Debbie VandenBerg

Grand Rapids Christian Middle School

Debbie VandenBerg, Inclusion Parap-Pro

Where did you begin your career in education?
Education surrounds all I do — Living in God's world filled with wonder and awe, I grow and learn as I interact and journey through His creation.  My formal education started with my own schooling then parenting my four children.

How many years have you been working in Christian education?
21 years

How many years have you been working at Grand Rapids Christian Schools?
15 years

What schools/buildings have worked at either before coming to GRCS or while at GRCS?
I previously worked at Sylvan Christian, Millbrook Christian, and now at the Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School Iroquois Campus.

Do you have a favorite year that you worked or a favorite memory? What made this stand out in your mind?
There are so many memories: It is the memories of smiles, laughter, tears, encouragement, and graduations of students. Memories of teaching, supporting, encouraging, and mentoring students to do and be their best. Memories of students learning and achieving from baby steps to leaps in their emotional, social, spiritual, and educational growth. It has been a blessing and privilege to be a small part of their growth and lives.

What are you looking forward to, or what is your next adventure?
I am being open to what God will unfold in my next chapter of life and having more flexibility to visit children and grandchildren out of state.

Any other advice, memories, or stories you would like to share?
Every day is a gift!