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Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School — Iroquois Campus

Jim Koop, 4th Grade Teacher

Where did you begin your career in education? 
Millbrook Christian School

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

What schools/buildings have worked at either before coming to GRCS or while at GRCS?
Millbrook, GRCMS, GRCES

Do you have a favorite year that you worked? What made that year stand out in your mind?
The year the middle schools consolidated my family worked and learned on the same campus.  For 2 years we rode to school together and were able to pray as a family on the way.

Tell about a moment in your career that you will never forget, possibly at an event or with a student.
There have been many memorable moments in my teaching career.  What I will never forget are the encouraging words and prayers I received when I was going through difficult times.

Tell about your greatest learning from a colleague, student, parent or PD Day. 
I learned many different things from many people.  Mostly I was reminded that each and every person is an image-bearer of God.  I was challenged to daily "act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [my] God." (Micah 6:8)

What are you looking forward to or what is your next adventure?
I am looking forward to spending time with my family, traveling, flipping a house or two, and finding sunshine in February. I trust God to lead me in the next chapter of my life.

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