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International Student Program

Joelle Williams

International Student Program Director

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Joelle Williams

I have been a part of the International Student Program team at Grand Rapids Christian High School since the fall of 2014.  I help support our international students academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually as they successfully adjust to life and studies in the United States. I also help support host families as they care for students in their homes. 

I earned my undergraduate degree in German and Asian Studies from the University of Montana. I then completed my Masters degree in Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University in South Carolina.  I have lived in China and in Germany and have traveled to many other countries.   

My husband, Roman, is a consultant who uses photography and sociology to help organizations and communities bridge divides. I have 5 children, 3 biological and 2 GRCHS international students (ages between 14-20). When not busy supporting my children in their academic, music, sports, and life pursuits I enjoy running, reading, gardening, and time in the kitchen cooking and baking.

Lisa Rozema

International Student Academic Coordinator

Lisa Rozema

I am originally from Owosso, Michigan, but made my way to the west side of the state after high school to attend Calvin College.  My husband, Rob, and I have two boys, Aidan and Seth.  As a family, we love to travel, having recently traded our backpacks for a pop-up camper.  

As an English Language Arts teacher, I teach both a skill and an art.  My goal is not only to make students more effective communicators but to encourage joy of language and literature. As the International Student Coordinator, I assist our school's forty international students with their adjustment to living and studying in the U.S.  I received my BA Calvin College in Secondary English Education and my MA Michigan State University with an emphasis on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Julie Watson

International Student Program Assistant Director

Julie Watson

I am originally from California, but have lived in many different states across the US, enjoying the cultural and social flavors of each region. I have worked with International Students serving as Au Pairs to American families, designing and teaching courses on American Culture, Politics, and History. At the college level, I worked with International Students as they adjusted to the challenges of learning and living in the university environment. I am excited to learn more about the students who are a part of the Grand Rapids Christian High School Community!

I hold a B.A. from California State University in Organizational Communication and an Inclusion Specialist MA in Education from Calvin University. My husband is a professor of Political Science at Calvin University and we have five children: three daughters in college, one high school daughter at GR Christian High School, and a son at GR Christian Middle School. We have also had the blessing of hosting students from around the globe. As a family we love to read, travel, and play games together.