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Mr. Richard Bonner

Position:  Teacher—Physics Lab Assistant
Contact Information: (616) 698-1073
Background: I have an undergraduate degree in Physics from MSU and an Ed.M. from Temple U. After serving in the US Air Force, briefly as a student pilot and long term as a "Weapons Controller" (armed aircraft traffic controller), I moved to Philadelphia. I taught Physics there for ten years and home schooled our three children, my wife bearing most of the burden. We moved to Grand Rapids in 1988 to be near our extended families. My career also included engineering work for a defense contractor and for the Naval Air Development Center, both in Philadelphia. Back in G.R., I worked in sales and served as AWANA Commander at Calvary Church. My wife and I now attend First RPC of G.R. My hobbies include amateur astronomy and eschatology.

Mrs. Tammy Cunningham

Position: Account Specialist—Retired
Contact Information: tammy@gracehsaonline.org
Background: Tammy is married to Joe, has 3 daughters, and a Jack Russell Terrier. She homeschooled her daughters for a total of 17 years. All three girls are now graduated. She also homeschooled her granddaughter, Ayclinn, for 2 years. Tammy has five grandsons, Shane, Emmett, Darren, A.J. and Al-seed, and 6 granddaughters, Angelle, Ayclinn, April, Scarlett, Victoria, and Elyse.

Tammy currently works 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, continued the bookkeeping and other various duties after stepping down, and then increased her work with GRACE in 2016 to help make the switch to the PraxiSchool School Management System and other program changes and growth through 2020. In the spring of 2021, Tammy retired from GRACE, yet will complete training through the 2021–22 school year.


Position:  Teacer—Physical Science
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Hannah DeJonge

Position: Teacher—Conversational Spanish, Spanish I, Spanish II, Introduction to Graphic Arts, Yearbook
Contact Information: hannahdejonge7@gmail.com
Background:  I am excited to be teaching both Spanish and Art at GRACE! I was homeschooled for 6 years from 1st–6th grade and attended Coopersville Public Schools from 7th–12th grade. Upon graduation, I attended Elmhurst College near Chicago and received my B.A. in Psychology (Pre-Occupational Therapy), Art, and Spanish this past spring. My goal, Lord willing, is to earn my doctorate in Occupational Therapy within the next few years!

I have studied the Spanish language for nearly 10 years and have traveled abroad to Spain to study traditional Spanish culture. I truly enjoy being able to connect with native speakers! A memorable moment was sharing the gospel in Spanish to a college student in Miami with Cru (Campus Crusades for Christ). I believe that learning a language is a privilege that we are able to use to further Christ’s Kingdom!

During high school, I was able to attend Kendall College of Art & Design for two years and fell in love with artistic expression. I have had my work featured at various shows and received numerous awards. Art is a wonderful way to use our talents to worship our Maker!

While in college, I was involved in Cru, and am still actively involved with their Bible studies and discipleship program. In my free time I enjoy traveling the country to see my friends, being outside, and spending time with family.

 

Miss LexAnn DeWeerd

Position: Teacher—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, Mich. 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, Painting Studio, 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!

Becky Fullalove

Position:  Accounts Specialist
Contact Information: becky.gracehsa@gmail.com
Background:  Becky graduated from South Christian High School and Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California, with a degree in Buisness Administration. She lives in Byron Center with her husband, Jeremy, and is looking forward to homeschooling her four young children. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, baking and being outside.

Alana Garnaat

Position: Teacher—Special Topics: Cinematic Studies, World History, Exploring Non-Western History, Analytical Writing for Essays, High School English Survey, Writing Based on Narnia—The Lion's Song, Literary Analysis
Contact Information: alanagarnaat@gmail.com
Background: Alana is a homeschool graduate from West Michigan who recently graduated from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor of Arts in secondary English education with a history minor. Alana and her husband, Trent, have been married for two years and enjoy storytelling in all its different formats: theatre, movies, books, music, and writing. Alana hopes to bring her passion for storytelling into the classroom and help students develop their Christian worldview through literature, writing, and history.

 

 

 

Mrs. Stephanie Green

Position: Teacher—Traveling Through U.S. History 1 and 2, Writing Based on Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales, Writing—All Things Fun and Fascinating,  Cities and Landmarks Aound the World, U.S.A. Geography
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 U.S.A. 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.

Irene is the GRACE Events Coordinator. This includes administrating the GRACE Graduation and Iowa Basic Testing as well as being the Lunch Provider (except this year due to Covid). Additionally, the snack table is provided and administered by Irene. She is the mother of 9 children, ages 36 to 15 years, and grandmother of nine (#10 is due, Lord willing, in February). Irene and her husband, Randy, have been homeschooling their children off and on since 1991. Irene has a B.A. of Psychology from Calvin College.

In her spare time she assists Randy in running their motor coach business, fulfilling her duties on various committees or organizations her children take part in, teaching Sunday School and spending time with her grandchildren. Some additional favorite activities Irene enjoys include walking, traveling with the family, baking, sharing a cup of coffee with a friend, music, reading, and traveling to California/Oregon 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.

Ms. Debra Iwema

Position: Teacher—Introduction to Chemistry and Physics, General Science
Contact Information: debraiwemagrace21@gmail.com
Background: Deb earned her B.A. and M.A. from Cornerstone University and has been in education for 26 years as a paraprofesional, elementary teacher, and middle school science teacher. She enjoyes being out in God's creation whether it is camping, hiking, the beach, or relaxing in a hammock.

Mr. Scott Looman

Position: Teacher—Geography, Constitution/Government U.S. History,  World History, What in the World!?! Survey of Ancient History through the Renaissance,  Economics, Exploring Non-Western History
Contact Information: scottlooman@gmail.com
Background: I was a certified teacher for 30 years, teaching Social Studies and History at Holand High School. I have a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, and currently work part-time as the Education Coordinator and Assistant Exhibits Curator at the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center. My wife and I have been married for 36 years, and we have 6 children ages 16–33 along with three granddaughters. I am looking forward to sharing my love of history and love of the Lord with my students. 

Mrs. Martha Markwat

Position: Board Member
Contact Information: (616) 304-4334; martha.markwat@gmail.com
Background: Martha is a board member and GRACE parent. She and her husband Joel attend Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church and have four children (Gabe, 19; Gideon, 17; Eva, 15; Leo, 13), whom they have homeschooled for the past seven years. They have enjoyed taking classes at GRACE and being a part of the GRACE community for the past six years.

Mrs. Laura Marsman

Contact Information: laura.marsman@gmail.com
Background: I graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biopsychology and an MPH in Toxicology. I worked in cancer research and in the medical field for several years. For the last thirteen years I have been a stay at home mom and was involved with homeschooling my children. My husband and I have four kids, and we attend Brookside CRC. We have a passion for at risk children and children in foster care. I love teaching and helping students discover God's creation through science! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hobby farming, and hiking with my family.

Mrs. Ruth Nobel

Position:  Board Member and Teacher—Introduction to Logic
Contact Information:
(616) 681-9432; gramnobel1943@yahoo.com
Background:  Ruth has been with GRACE for over 16 years. Currently she also serves as a GRACE Board Member. She is a widow, has 9 children, and 38 grandchiuldren. She graduated from Calvin College and 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), and recorded their 3rd CD.

Mr. Dave Pruis

Position:  Board Member—Treasurer
Contact Information: dpruis68@gmail.com
Background: Have taught a variety of mathematics courses for the past 50+ years.  Most recently various calculus classes at GRCC. Currently also helping out with a PCA church plant meeting in the basement of Trinity CRC.  Grow almost all of our fruits and vegetables in a ¼ acre garden.  Have over 80 rose bushes and over 120 feet of various dahlias growing along a white fence.

Mrs. Joan Ridderbos

Position: Board Member and Teacher—Grammar and Composition, Pre-Algebra,  Algebra  1
Contact Information: jrbos94@yahoo.com
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, a son, graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He is currently working for a civil engineering consulting firm in Grand Rapids.  Our third, also a son, will be graduating from Ferris with a degree in Criminal Justice and our youngest son is currently going to Grand Rapids Community College pursuing a degree in the medical field. We appreciated 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 to be permitted to teach at GRACE. God is good.
 

Mrs. Carol Shulman

Position: Teacher—Your Side of the Story: Writing Creative Fiction and Nonfiction (5–8), Your Side of the Story: Writing Creative Fiction and Nonfiction (9–12)
Contact Information: grendelsmommy1963@yahoo.com
Background: Carol grew up in Michigan, graduated from Calvin college and headed for New York City, where she lived for 10 years. After marrying and having four children, she and her husband, Art, decided to move back to the Grand Rapids area. In addition to homeschooling her children, Carol has catered weddings, cooked for the GRACE lunch program, written several custom curriculum packages for new homeschooling families, and served as a substitute teacher for various English and writing classes. She and her husband attend Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Hastings12)

Mrs. Faith Smit

Position:  2020–2021—Research and Debate, Speech and Public Speaking
Contact Information: (616) 901-3420; faithrsmit2017@gmail.com
Background: Married my best friend and beloved husband William Smit for 20 years. Blessed with our son Peter, who is 18 and graduating from GRACE this year, and our daughter, Anne who is 16 and a sophomore at GRACE. Peter is hoping to become an anesthesiologist, so he is enrolled at Davenport in their pre-med program.  Anne loves animals, particularly dogs, and would love to work as a dog trainer for Pause for Cause or own her own dog training business. Our church home is in Byron Center at Byron Center PRC. I grew up in California, where I attended a small private school from Kindergarten through grade 9. I then attended a public high school and finished up with a bachelor's in education at the University of Redlands. Shortly after graduation, I moved with my husband from southern California to beautiful British Columbia, Canada, where I taught at a Netherlands Reformed School in Chilliwack. Shortly before our daughter Anne was born, we moved to Michigan. We didn't start our homeschooling journey until our son Peter started high school. We'd prayed about it for a few years before making the leap. It's been such a positive experience for us, and we are thankful to God for the welcoming homeschooling community! We have three dogs, one cat, and several fish. We enjoy hiking and kayaking as a family. Our dogs, whom we adore, happily join us. The Lord opened the door for me to teach Research and Debate at GRACE for the past five years and I was excited to add Speech a year later. It's such a joy to work with teenagers and interact with them in this positive atmosphere. They thrive on communicating with each other, so being able to enrich that experience is a complete joy! 

Christina Stephenson

Position:  Teacher—Art I, Art II,  Art III, Art IV, Bible Art Journaling, Mixed Media Art
Contact Information: csteph1388@gmail.com
Background:  I am excited to be teaching at Grace this year and am looking forward to being a part of this wonderful community! I am married to my husband, Duane of 7 years, and together we have two girls, ages 7 and 5.  Before feeling called to pursue teaching, I completed a BFA degree in Illustration from Grand Valley State University. And though teaching is clearly where I have been called in this season of life, it is a dream of mine to publish my first children's book someday.  I have taught art to a wide- range of students with varying abilities, including Kindergarten through 8th grade at Excel Charter Academy.  This experience sharpened me, but more importantly, revealed what was vitally missing in my work, the ability to proclaim and share the word of God... in all circumstances!  My greatest desire is for students to gain confidence in expressing themselves through arthttp://www.gracehsaonline.org/About-Us/Staff#Christina and to share the deep joy of exalting and connecting to our Creator through artmaking! I can't wait to explore watercolor, drawing, journaling and so much more with students.  

Mrs. Sophia Tripp

Position: Teacher—Healthwise
Contact Information: sophia.hazenberg@gmail.com
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Mrs. Shannon Van Den Bosch

Position: Teacher—Adminstrative Assistant
Contact Information: office.gracehomeschool@gmail.com
Background: I am happily married to Scott and we have a daughter, Andrea. My work life has been in sales but my homelife priorities are the education of Andrea and the advancement of the Gospel through church involvement. We camp in the summer and spend time with family and friends.

Mrs. Kim Vander Hill

Position: Teacher—Science (K–1), Science (2–4), General Science (3–5)
Contact Information: dkhillcrew8@aol.com
Background: Who am l? I am a child of the King, a wife for 31 years, a mother of six children, and a teacher for 28 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 have always loved going to school and learning. It was when I attended Calvin College that I discovered my love of teaching and obtained my teacher certification. Since then I have taught many subjects to all grades kindergarten through eighth.  I look forward to teaching at GRACE every year. The students are wonderful and respectful, the families are thankful and sweet, and the teachers are fantastic educators. I cannot wait to get started!
 

Jeremy Vanlet

Position: Board Member–President
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Mrs. Terri Veen

Position: Teacher—Geometry, Algebra I (Thurs.), Algebra II, Consumer Math
Contact Information: (616) 566-9625 or terripoppins66@gmail.com
Background: My name is Terri Veen, and I live in Holland, Michigan. My husband, Jerry, and I will be celebrating our 29th year 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. Stephanie Vos

Position: Teacher—Physical Education Teacher
Contact Information: kuiperstephanie@gmail.com
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Position: Teacher—Advanced Math, Calculus, Physics, Exploring Economics
Contact Information: mindy.s.weiss@gmail.com
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