Meet the ISP Team
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 is a professor of sociology at Calvin College. I have 4 children, 3 biological and one GRCHS international student (ages 15, 14, 12, and 9). 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.
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.