I spent my first half of college at the University of Michigan before graduating from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 2010 with a major in Secondary Education English and minors in math and psychology. During the 2010-2011 school year, I taught ninth and eleventh grade English at Leland High School before beginning at SJCS in the fall of 2011. I will graduate with a Masters of Science in Instructional Technology from CSU Monterey Bay in December 2017.
I grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, where my parents still live. I’m the youngest of four and am lucky to have one of my nieces here at SJCS! I love the diversity of San Jose and enjoy running, reading, and barbecuing with my friends. I originally fell in love with the Bay Area by working for three summers at Mount Hermon Camps. I attend Peninsula Bible Church of Cupertino, and I love the community I've been able to find there. In March of 2015, I married my husband Jeremy. We enjoy hosting dinner parties for our friends, hiking, and watching Michigan football.
Christian Philosophy of Education
One of the things I love about literature is what it teaches me about God, myself, and the world around me. I believe I can share this contagious passion with my students, encouraging them to examine their hearts and how God is working within them. As J.D. Salinger wrote in Catcher in the Rye,
“Once you get past all the [teachers], you’re going to start getting closer and closer--that is, if you want to, and if you look for it and wait for it--to the kind of information that will be very, very dear to your heart. Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused or frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them--if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement."
Literature gives us wisdom from the past and allows us to share with those in the future. And since God is a large part of our lives, He will no doubt shine through in our stories.