Staff

Mrs. Kim Bohlman
Position: Teacher - Writing: All Things Fun & Fascinating (Fridays), Writing Based on Ancient History (Fridays), Journalism/Yearbook, Analytical Writing for Essays & Research Papers; College Prep
Contact Information: ashininglight00@msn.com  616-822-8582
Background:  I am married to my amazing husband, Nate and am blessed  with two sons ages 3 and 1 who keep me on my toes!! I was home schooled my entire life and after graduating from high school,earned a BA in English from Thomas Edison State College. Throughout high school and college, God blessed me with many opportunities to tutor and share the gift of English with my students. God has truly blessed me in so many ways but the greatest gift is the gift of His Son and saving faith through Jesus. I firmly believe that English is a gift from God, which can be used as a powerful tool in sharing the gospel. With proper training, students can become effective writers that challenge those around them to question the “norms” and encourage godly discernment as the basis of all decisions.

Mrs. Sarah Crupper
Position:  Teacher - Earth Science and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
Contact Information:  mrscrupper@live.com
Background: Sarah is a Registered Nurse who has been married to her husband John for 44 years. Sarah homeschooled for 20 years. All 3 of her children graduated from college and are committed Christians who are active in their churches. Joseph is an accountant, Elizabeth (Liz) is homeschooling her 3 children, and Samuel works as a software engineer. Samuel also serves as an officer in the US Army Reserves. Sarah worked part-time as a nurse while home schooling and currently teaches childbirth education classes at Metro Health. Sarah also teaches pregnancy education classes and mentors women at the Alpha Women’s Center in Grand Rapids.

One of the reasons Sarah and John pursued home schooling was to provide a learning environment that blends academics with faith in the revealed Word of God. Sarah believes that the study of Science can increase our faith rather than undermine it when we learn the facts, understand the difference between fact and theory, and ground our thinking on a biblical worldview. Sarah taught 7th grade Science for 4 years for a homeschool program in Illinois.

Her personal walk with the Lord is the foundation of her teaching and she will be encouraging her students to explore their beliefs and build a firm foundation for learning in the years to come. Sarah and John attend Voyage Community Church. When not keeping up with current studies relating to childbirth and newborns or supporting her husband and children in their endeavors, Sarah can be found reading, with a special interest in various Christian fiction genres.


Mrs. Tammy Cunningham
Position:  Bookkeeper
Contact Information:  tammy@gracehsaonline.org
Background:  Tammy is married and has 3 daughters and a Jack Russell Terrier. She homeschooled her daughters for a total of 17 years. All three girls are now graduated, two of which are now married. Tammy has three grandsons, Shane, Emmett, and Darren, and 5 granddaughters, Angelle, Ayclinn, April, Scarlett, and Victoria.
Tammy currently works four days a week for Seventh Reformed Church where she has been a member since her conversion in 1986. She was the previous Administrative Assistant for GRACE from 1994-2008. She continues to do the bookkeeping for GRACE since stepping down as Administrative Assistant in 2008. She increased her work with GRACE in 2016 to help make the switch to the PraxiSchool School Management System.

Miss LexAnn DeWeerd
Position:  Teacher - Art: Meet the Masters, Art: Around the World, Art: Through the Ages and The Art of Photography
Contact Information:  lexecca@yahoo.com
Background:  I am honored to be teaching at GRACE, as I actually graduated from GRACE as a high-schooler in 2001.  I enjoyed taking my first art classes at GRACE, where I learned how much I loved to oil paint.  Since then, I have grown as an artist, using all kinds of media...  Through the years, I have sold dozens of oil paintings, participated in Artprize, and have been commissioned on many occasions to create art for various clients.  Also, I have a huge passion for art photography, black and white film photography.  I studied clinical nutrition and herbalism at Blue Heron Academy of the Healing Arts and Sciences, where I received my certification to be a Master Herbalist.

In contrast, my background involved mostly sports and fitness, as I was a figure skater and coached children and adults in figure skating, and due to an injury in 2004, I believe God redirected my life-path.  It was then that I truly delved into the fine arts in a new way, and I knew God was working in my life to do more with me than just athleticism.  I live in Grand Rapids during the school year, and for the last 5 summers, I have enjoyed living and working at a Christian Conference Center on Lake Michigan in Norton Shores, MI.  My life go-to verse has become Ecclesiastes 9:10-
  "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might"... I have learned to be "all there where ever I am" and no matter how menial or grand the task, do it all to the glory of God, my Creator!


Mrs. Lorraine Dykstra
Position:  Teacher - Drawing I, Painting Studio, and Botanical Art and Study
Contact Information: frenchknott@yahoo.com
Background:  Lorrie started teaching for GRACE in 1995, just one year after GRACE began. She has taught art for children as well as adults not only for GRACE, but also for Zion Christian and HSAP (Home School Ancillary Program). Her hobbies include botanical studies and America's Early History for re-enacting. Bible Study Fellowship is an ongoing passion and outreach throughout the year. So if "Anything Art" is your interest, there is room in her class!

Mrs. Chelsea Eerkes
Position:  Teacher - Gym Classes
Contact Information: chelsea.eerkes@gmail.com  616-540-3984
Background:  I have been married to my wonderful husband, Nick, for seven years and I have two beautiful daughters, Bella and Autumn (ages 4 and 2). I am expecting our third child in February. This is my third year teaching for GRACE, where I teach two physical science classes and four phys ed classes. I received my teaching education in Texas, and was a middle school Earth Science Teacher there for two years. I have a Bachelors Degree in Science from Grand Valley State University where I studied Health Science and Spanish. It is in college that I fell in love with science and learning about God’s amazing creation. The more I learn about the intricacies of this universe, the more amazed I am at how awesome, powerful and beautiful our God is. It is this passion that I want to pass on to my students as we learn science together. 







Mr. Ben Franks
Position: TeacherUS History and World History
Contact Information: BenFranksFamily@gmail.com
Background:  My name is Ben Franks.  I've grown up in the church my whole life (my Dad has been a PCA minister for almost 25 years) and was home-schooled for most of my upbringing.  I've lived in seven States, have six siblings, and spent a year working as a missionary in South Yorkshire, England.  I graduated with a B.A. in Classical Christian Education from Whitefield College (although I'll always partly consider Patrick Henry College as my Alma Mater since I attended there for a year) and I just moved to Grand Rapids to be a seminary student in the M.Div program at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.  I married my lovely wife, Cherie, (pronounced the French way) on July 4th, 2015 and God blessed us with a beautiful baby girl in March, 2017!

God has given me a wide range of interests which can sometimes make me feel like I'm always going a mile wide and an inch deep.  I love history, theology, music (I play piano, guitar, mandolin, and Irish penny whistle - but not well), politics, philosophy, the classics, languages, reading, travel, gardening, & martial arts (primarily Wing Chun with some other things mixed in as well).

Teaching and Preaching are the two great passions of my life and I'm excited to be able to share my love of history with the students at GRACE!


Mrs. Stephanie Green
Position: Teacher - US Geography/Marvelous Michigan and World Geography and Cultures
Contact Information: stephanieandrobby@gmail.com
Background:  I was raised in Byron Center Michigan, attended South Christian High School and graduated from Calvin College with a double major in Social Work and Elementary Education. After teaching at Dutton Christian School for 5 years, God took me on an adventure of teaching overseas. I accepted a position at a wonderful Christian school in Istanbul, Turkey where I was blessed to teach for 6 years. During this time I met my husband, Rob, who was also working there. We were married in Istanbul and returned to the USA after the birth of our first daughter. My husband took a youth pastor position in Tennessee and our son was born in our town near Nashville. We decided that being close to family was a priority and moved back to my home, Michigan (Rob is from Houston) in 2005. After all of that traveling we ended up buying a home next door to my parents' home in Byron Center and the kids run back and forth daily. It's been a wonderful landing spot for our family of now 5. Our youngest daughter was born in 2009.  I have homeschooled our children with much thankfulness since kindergarten.

I cannot wait to meet your children and teach them about God's great world!!!


Mrs. Irene Hazenberg
Position:  GRACE Graduation and Iowa Basic Testing Coordinator; Hot Lunch Provider
Contact Information:  616-401-4215 or events@gracehsaonline.org
Background:  Irene is the GRACE Graduation and Iowa Basic Testing Coordinator as well as the Lunch Provider. She is the mother of 9 children, ages 26 to 5 years, and grandmother of five. Her five oldest children have been homeschooled at varying levels. Her three teenage boys at the high school level are currently being homeschooled. Irene has a B.S. of Psychology from Calvin College.
In her spare time she teaches Sunday School, fulfills her duties on various committees of organizations her children take part in (such as Hornets Basketball, Home School Performing Arts, etc.), takes walks with Randy, and spends time with her grandchildren. Some additional favorite activities Irene enjoys include camping with the family, baking, sharing a cup of coffee with a friend, music, reading, and traveling to California to see her extended family.
Mr. Randy Hazenberg
Position:  GRACE Administrator
Contact Information:  hazenbe.r@gmail.com
Background: I along with my wife, Irene, upon fulfilling our portion of the Biblical mandate to fill the earth, am presently engaged on the subduing "part". With nine children and five+ grandchildren (one more on the way), we keep busy with responsibilities in a number of places. Along with my new position as the administrator of GRACE Home School Association, I am currently leading Dearborn Christian School as principal through a change process to sustain Christian education in this increasingly darkening place. This is a part time position that takes me to Dearborn two days each week. Additionally, we continue to promote our home school/business venture, EDventours in Learning, a group tour education idea in which we design, market, and give tours to education-related venues like the Creation Museum, Gettysburg, and Washington DC. Irene and I have been involved in home schooling for over 20 years, and have been involved with GRACE for the past 12 years. We currently home school five children. I've been blessed to be involved with the Hudsonville Hornets Home School basketball organization as the coach of the JV and Varsity teams for the past three years.
As GRACE administrator, it is an honor to serve you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concern, or comment you may have.

Mr. John Holmlund
Position:  Board Member
Contact Information:  jaacres@charter.net
Background:  I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and called it home until 1950.  After a stint in the army - LA, Japan, Korean - from 1950-1952, I attended Hope College and Harding College.  It was there I met my wife, Anne.  Over a span of 37 years, I taught history, coached Freshman and J.V. football as well as Varsity baseball.
The Lord willing, Anne and I will have been married 56 years on April 15.  We have four children, all Christians, and 15 grandchildren.
Soon after my retirement in 1994, I was asked to teach and be on the board of GRACE.  I couldn't ask for a better "job" to retire to.
Anne and I are presently attending Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Hudsonville, where I am serving as an elder as well as teaching two adult Bible classes.




Mr. Ryan Hurd
Position: Teacher - Introduction to Logic, Literary Analysis, and Worldviews
Contact Information: ryan.hurd@prts.edu

Background:

Hello! My name is Ryan Hurd. I was homeschooled along with my five other siblings all my life until I entered college and then seminary. I was a missionary in Manhattan for several years, and now I currently reside in Grand Rapids and am a student under care with the OPC studying for the ministry. My goal is to teach and write in the fields of theology, philosophy, and Post-Reformation history.

When I’m not a student, I work full-time as an editor for Reformation Heritage Books and part-time as a professional translator and then of course, part-time teaching at Grace Home School Association! I enjoy reading, researching, and writing, and when I’m not doing those I generally can be found reading, researching, or writing. Or so my friends and family would tell you. They also would tell you I have an embarrassingly inordinate amount of books; but they would be wrong, as quite obviously there’s no such thing.

But the truth is, I enjoy quite a large variety of things and generally will get excited about doing just about anything. My desire is to foster in my own heart as well as in those with whom I come in contact “truth according to godliness,” as Paul says. I hope I can serve you helpfully in whatever way God sees fit, and I’ll look forward to meeting you all in class! 



Mrs. Amber Impellizzeri

Position:  Teacher - DissectionAnatomy & PhysiologyChemistry, and Physical Science
Contact Information: 616-723-5736 amber.vandergeld@gmail.com
Background: I graduated from Cornerstone University in 2012 with an Environmental Biology degree.  I loves exploring and teaching about the creation.  My favorite things to do outdoors are hike, snorkel, and scuba dive.  Along with teaching science I also have a part time job at the zoo where I take care of the educational animals, help the zookeepers, and make all the animals diets.  God is so creative, and I’m looking forward to helping students this year marvel at the magnificent design of different animals and the Human body!






Mrs. Charlotte McCarter

Position:  Teacher - Algebra I
Contact Information: classes.mccarter@gmail.com
Background:  I went to college to become a Physics teacher but through my parents' influence I ended up with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. It was in college that I first heard of the Gospel of salvation by sovereign grace in Christ alone.  While attending a church in NJ, I met my husband and we then moved to Michigan where we home schooled our children from kindergarten to high school.  One son is now an engineer in Ann Arbor and another son is in a PhD Computer Science program in PA.  I have a burden in my heart to help students succeed in the field of mathematics.  My hobbies include gardening, nutritional research, and coordinating a local health food buying club.

Miss Schuyler McConkey
Position:  Teacher -  Writing Based on World History (Tuesdays)
Contact Information:  theroyalbibliphile@gmail.com
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Mrs. Ruth Nobel
Position:  Board Member
Contact Information:  616-681-9432
Background:  Ruth has been with GRACE for 11 years. Currently she also serves as a GRACE Board Member. She has been married 29 years, had 9 children, and has 33 grandchildren. She graduated from Calvin College. She teaches a weekly Bible Study in a Middleville retirement home, Carveth Village. She sings in a Psalm Choir and in Jubilee, a small women's ensemble, which includes 3 daughters, 2 granddaughters, and one niece. They sing at nursing homes and give a benefit concert once a year for faith-based, non-profit organizations like Pregnancy Resource Center and Divine Hope Reformed Seminary (prison ministry). They recorded their 3rd CD, coming out in November 2015, D.V.


Dr. Rick Olsen
Position:  Board Member
Contact Information:
Background:  Dr. Rick Olsen is a member of the Board of the Grace Home School Association.  He and his wife Heidi attend Dutton United Reformed Church.  They have seven grown children and eight grandchildren.  
Rick started his professional career as a Research Scientist at The Upjohn Company (now Pfizer) in Kalamazoo.  Upon leaving Upjohn, he accepted a position as a member of the Science Department at Nazareth College.  When Nazareth closed due to economic hardship, he accepted a teaching position in the Science Department at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, where he served for several years as the Department Head.   After a decade of teaching, he made the transition to Grand Rapids Community College, where he held the positions of Assistant Dean, Dean and Associate Provost over ten years of service to the College.  His primary areas of interest are student success, assessment, and the impact of learning environments on the learning process.  He retired from Grand Rapids Community College in 2011 and now teaches there as an adjunct faculty in the Biology Department. 

Mrs. Karen Plas
Position:  Teacher - Art I, Art IIArt III, and Art IV
Contact Information:  616-540-0741 or karenplas_art@yahoo.com
Background:  My love of art began the moment I could hold a crayon.  Entering and winning the "Draw Your Dad" contest at the age of 6 helped me to realize at an early age what I wanted to do with my life.  After 4 years of art in high school, I went on to study art and education in college while working and learning from teachers at Wyoming Public Schools.  Soon I was able to combine my passion for art and my love for teaching children.  I have enjoyed teaching art for a year at Tri-Unity Christian Middle School, privately at the Home School Building for 7 years and GRACE for 2 years.
In addition to teaching and homeschooling my two teenage children, I work as an editor for the Swedish American Heritage Society and produce Christian artwork that is currently held at an art gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and on my website at www.karenaboutart.com.
Mr. Dave Pruis
Position:  Board Member - Treasurer
Contact Information: 
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Mrs. Joan Ridderbos
Position:  Board Member - Teacher - Speech/Public Speaking Skills, Grammar and Composition, and Pre-Algebra
Contact Information:  jjridderbos@att.net
Background:   I grew up in Canada and came to the United States when I married my husband. God has blessed us with four children. We have been led to homeschool them from kindergarten on, and have been thankful and amazed at how God brought us through so far. Our oldest graduated college with a degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant and she is now married. Our second in attending University of Michigan for a degree in Civil Engineering.  Our third is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and our last child is in high school. We are grateful for what GRACE has to offer us in helping us homeschool our children. When not busy with teaching or household demands, I enjoy sitting down with a good book, especially biographies, spending time outside and visiting with friends. I am excited to be part of the board, and for the opportunity to work beside the godly people who make up the board.

Miss Janae Sloothaak
Position:  Teacher - Introduction to Music
Contact Information:  janae.emma@yahoo.com
Background:  I have lived in the Alto/Ada area my whole life. Because of my passion for music, I have been involved in a variety of orchestras and choirs in Grand Rapids. Over the last seven years, I have especially enjoyed playing my cello for special music at church, funerals, and weddings as part of the Stringin' Sloothaak's Trio. My love for children has brought me opportunities to teach children music in the children's program at a local family camp for the past five years. My involvement with children extends to a variety of programs such as the MOPS program (Mother's of Preschoolers), a horse riding program for children with disabilities, Awana Cubbie 3-5 year old leader, as well as the children's music director at a local church. I am a home school graduate and now my focus is on introducing children to music. This brings me such joy as I see the delight it brings to the children!

Mrs. Bonnie Spaanstra
Position:  Teacher - Biology, and Healthwise
Contact Information:  616-260-6016 or Bonnie.Spaanstra@gmail.com, 7850 Painted Horse Trail, Cedar Springs, MI 49319
Background:  Bonnie Spaanstra is a Registered Nurse who has taught for GRACE Home School Association since 1995, except for two years when she lived in Northwestern Wisconsin.  Classes she has taught for GRACE include Biology, Dissection, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Body Works.  She has taught for GRACE since 1995.  She also teaches monthly stand-alone dissection labs, not associated with GRACE classes.  Additionally, she is an instructor for the American Red Cross several days a week, teaching Babysitting, CPR, and First Aid classes.
Bonnie is married and the mother of 2 graduated homeschooled daughters, both currently college graduates with one in grad school.  Her youngest was homeschooled her entire life, while the older daughter was homeschooled all but kindergarten and first grades.
When not teaching, Bonnie enjoys sewing, crafts, and riding her daughter's horse.

Dr. Michael Stevens
Position:  Teacher - Creative Writing Rooted in Literature
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Mrs. Betty Sullivan
Position:  Teacher - Conversational SpanishHigh School Spanish I and High School Spanish II
Contact Information: 616-589-7921 or bettysul65@gmail.com
Background:  Hola: my name is Betty Sullivan. I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Dominican Republic.
My husband, Tom Sullivan and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. The Lord blessed us with two boys, whom we had home schooled. Jonathan is 18, and graduated from High School in May 2015. Michael is 16 and will be a Junior this coming Fall.
I was an elementary and a French High School teacher in the DR. Ever since I moved to the USA. I have taught Spanish as a second language, both at Christian schools and home-school group.
I am very thankful to God for the opportunity to teach at GRACE. I truly enjoy teaching my language and always count it a blessing to use the gifts that the Lord has giving me, and pray that I will use it for His glory.

Mr. Bill Trinklein
Position:  Teacher - On Sabatical for 2017-2018
Contact Information:  616-581-5517 or william.trinklein@gmail.com
Background: My name is Bill Trinklein, and I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  My wife, Mary, and I are celebrating our 30th year of marriage this year.  We have home-schooled four children.  Our first-born son, Ross, was killed by a drunk driver when he was 5-1/2 (which has taught me the meaning of suffering, patience, and contentment that only the Lord can provide). Their other son, Evan, has one year remaining at Kendall College of Art & Design.  Our oldest daughter, Emily completed her first year at Harding University, and our youngest daughter, Betsy, is a high school senior this year.  I retired from my corporate career in 2009 and now I enjoy teaching math, calculus, physics, computer technology, and handyman skills classes, while managing my business: The 3 Wise Men Handyman Services, LLC.  I love the Lord, and I look forward to meeting him face to face.

I have been working with the Microsoft Office applications since they were released in the 1980’s, for both education and business.  Throughout the years I have taught and mentored students and colleagues alike on learning not only how to use the applications, but also how to automate their documents and learn to take advantage of the power “under the hood.”  I have developed many financial and engineering templates that corporations have used internationally to manage their documents by keeping them consistent, relevant, and professional looking.

I am very excited about being able to teach these applications.  My philosophy is not only to make sure you know how to use these incredible tools, but also to provide you with something extra that will give you an advantage, regardless of the career path the Lord leads you into.  My goal is to have fun when we’re in the classroom together, and help you achieve valuable skills that you can bring to the business market.

Mr. Ed VanderMaas
Position:  Teacher - Advanced Math and Calculus
Contact Information: ed.vandermaas@att.net
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Mrs. Kim Vander Hill
Position:  Teacher - Science (K-2), Science (2-4), and General Science (4-6)
Contact Information: dkhillcrew@gmail.com
Background:  Who am l? I am a child of the King, a wife for 28 years, a mother of six children, and a teacher for 26 years. I love all of the job titles God has given me.  My joy comes from knowing Jesus as my personal Savior and being able to share His love to my family, friends, and students. I look forward to getting back to teaching at GRACE this year. I took a year and a half off to care for one of my sons as he fought a battle against Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He had to go through 4 rounds of intensive chemo treatments and a bone marrow transplant. He currently shows no evidence of cancer but is still undergoing chemo treatments at home. God has been present everyday of this journey has taught me how to "have peace" in the midst of the troubles of this world (John 16:33). I am looking forward to sharing God's glorious creation with your children this year and getting to meet each of you!


Mrs. Terri Veen
Position:  TeacherGeometry and Algebra II
Contact Information: 616-566-9625 or terripoppins@att.net
Background:  My name is Terri Veen, and I live in Holland, Michigan.  My husband, Jerry, and I will be celebrating our 29thyear of marriage this year.  We have home-schooled two children. Because of my love of math, I went to college to become a math teacher, but through several volunteer positions, found that I had a strong desire and gift to work with students that benefit from material being taught in a variety of ways. I graduated from Hope College with a major in Special Education with endorsements in Learning Disabilities & Emotional Impairment, and a minor in math. I taught in a Special Ed classroom until we had children. I was very blessed to be able to stay at home with my children. Now that both of them have gone off to college, I am enjoying tutoring, substitute teaching in both Holland and Zeeland, and am looking forward to sharing my love of math and the opportunity to teach at GRACE.


Mrs. Robyn Wassink
   Position:  Administrative Assistant
   Contact Information:  office@gracehsaonline.org or 616-498-6673
Background:  Robyn and her husband Steve have been happily married since 1991 and have four children.  Their two oldest children have graduated from GRACE Home School Association.  Their daughter completed her undergraduate work at Hillsdale College and is now working on her Ph.D. at Michigan State University and their son is finishing his Engineering degree at Grand Valley State University.  Their remaining two children continue to enjoy their classes, instructors, and friends at GRACE.  Beginning in 2003, Steve and Robyn felt called to homeschool and have been blessed to have been part of GRACE for every year of that rewarding journey.  They are eternally grateful for the Christian mentoring their children have received through their close relationships with the GRACE staff.

Reading and education-related research are two of Robyn’s favorite activities, in addition to watching her sons’ sporting events, traveling, and spending time with her family.  Robyn enjoys sharing experiences and exchanging ideas with other homeschoolers and feels blessed to have served on the Board of the GRACE Home School Association. Robyn has also enjoyed serving as a parent-advocate from 2009 - 2017 for the West Michigan Chapter (Iota Eta) of the National Home School Honor Society

 

Comments or Questions?

GRACE Home School Association
12295 Mindarca Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
(616) 498-6673 or office@gracehsaonline.org