CAMPUS: Grand Rapids Christian High School
ROLE: Counselor/Director of Counseling
Where did you begin your career in education?
I began my career teaching 4th grade at Allendale Christian in 1981.
How many years have you been working in Christian education, and how long have you been working at Grand Rapids Christian?
I have been working in Christian education for 41 years and working at Grand Rapids Christian for 36 of those years.
What schools/buildings have you worked at either before coming to GRCS or while at GRCS?
I taught at Creston Christian Middle School for 3 years, Bible and History. I taught at the high school for 16 years, religion and Psychology. I have been a counselor at the high school for the last 17 years.
Do you have a favorite year that you worked or a favorite memory? What made this stand out in your mind?
I think many teachers can relate to having formed a special bond with their first class in starting their career. I married during the summer of that year, and those 4th graders all attended my wedding.
Tell about a moment in your career that you will never forget, possibly at an event or with a student or co-worker.
I have been blessed with so many special moments that I cannot possibly pick one. I will cherish them all for the rest of my life.
Tell about your most significant learning experience either from a colleague, student, parent, or Professional Development Day.
I learned quickly that students will likely forget over 90% (most) of the subject matter that I taught them. What they will never forget is how I treated them. Teaching is all about relationships, and that was my ultimate focus and goal.
What are you looking forward to, or what is your next adventure?
I am looking forward to enjoying traveling with my wife in our RV, building projects, biking excursions with friends, and enjoying my grandchildren.
Any other advice, memories, or stories you would like to share?
Even after 41 years, I still can’t believe that I had a job where I was a small part of students’ lives on their journey through life (with all its ups and downs). Some of the best moments of my life have been the laughter, joy, and love that students brought to my heart.