Elementary Staff

 

PauleMrs. Jessica4Jessica Paule

Readiness 

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Favorite Bible Verse:  “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mathew 6:33

Significant Life experiences that led me to HLCS: My name is Jessica Paule and we have been blessed to be a part of the HLCS family since 2004.  The Lord led us to Harbor Light after moving here from Alaska. He continues to open doors and has provided many opportunities for us here.  My husband Joel and I have two wonderful children Khalil and Khailani who have attended Harbor Light since they were in preschool. 

I love HLCS because…Currently I am teaching preschool and my husband helps out with the junior high basketball as well as the JV basketball programs.  We are truly blessed to be a part of the HLCS family. We are extremely grateful to be in a place with a family atmosphere and where we can speak God’s words of wisdom and encouragement to each other.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: We love spending time together as a family, whatever adventure that might be.

 

female no photoStephanie Ernst

Readiness

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Favorite Bible Verse:  "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  My family and I were led to HLCS after many prayers for direction led to a random response about a job that my husband had submitted a resume for. We began to feel strongly especially within the past year living in Illinois that we needed to move and get a fresh start but didn't have any idea when or how it would happen. One day my husband received a phone call regarding a teaching position at HLCS. They just so happened to have another teaching position available in the readiness class which was perfect for me as an Elementary Teacher with an Early Childhood Endorsement. We are from the area originally and have family and friends nearby. We had to decide within a week on wether or not to make the move and we then had 2 weeks to pack and wrap up our lives in Illinois to make the move back to Michigan. Clearly God has given us the direction that we had been praying for and we are so thankful that we placed our trust in Him and have been able to join the HLCS family.

I Love HLCS because…  it is a supportive family environment both to work in and raise our kids in. Getting to work with people and children who come from a similar faith background and have similar values is so important in becoming a team in which we are all working towards every child reaching success in all aspects of their lives.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  I enjoy doing art or craft projects, running, taking fitness classes, and playing volleyball.

 

Ortlieb SueSue Ortlieb

Kindergarten

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Favorite Bible Verse:  "He is not here; he has risen, just as he said..." Matthew 28:6

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  After having our first child, my husband and I wanted more than anything for him to know the Lord, believing Matthew 6:33: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." After visiting the school, we knew we would have the love, support and encouragement from the staff coming alongside us. I taught Readiness and Kindergarten for a brief time with both our son and daughter attending until circumstances required us to sadly leave. Our son returned to HLCS in high school and we know God orchestrated that without a doubt. We can see the fruit of what was put into him now that he is an adult. His faith has played an integral role in facing responsibilities and challenges and appreciating all that God is to him. Our daughter's foundational experiences here still carry her. As she heads off to college the assurance that the Lord is with her gives her both confidence and comfort. I couldn't be more grateful to have been led back to HLCS, this time for the kindergarten teaching position where I can share a love of educating young children with a passion for them to know how deeply they are loved by a mighty God.

I Love HLCS because…  it beautifully blends the Christian faith with a solid educational experience. This happens in so many ways from a Christian based curriculum to weekly chapel days to Bible being taught as any other subject. But the most significant thing is that the love of Christ is shared here every day with students, parents and staff. HLCS care about each family and unites to serve the children here, and each other. It feels like a family. I am so grateful to be a part of it.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  Spending time with my family is my favorite thing in the world-doing anything from hikes to games or just talking. I also love to take pictures because they make great memories, read, listen to music that builds my faith, work on outdoor projects, and I really enjoy CrossFit.

 

Christe Gwilt, Kindergarten AideChriste Gwilt

Kindergarten Aide

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Favorite Bible Verse:  "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
                                               Romans 8:35-39

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: I have been going to HLCS since 9th grade and absolutely have loved it!! All the staff and teachers came along side me and helped me grow in Christ and helped me build a solid relationship with Jesus!

I love HLCS because... I have seen miracles happen at HLCS through the lives of my friends as they have done a complete 360 in turning and following Christ! It's a special place and the people there make you feel like you're worth something and you have a purpose through Christ Jesus! It literally is one big family at HLCS! 

Activities/Hobbies I enjoy: I love to hang out with my family and friends! I enjoy making hats and I love to do ministry opportunities with my church!

 

female no photoElsa Doornbos

Preschool / Kindergarten Assistant

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Favorite Bible Verse:  "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal." Isaiah 26:3-4

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  I attended HLCS 9th through 12th grade. Harbor Light gave me a reason to believe in myself when I couldn't. I want to be able to provide that same hope, and be a light for the students at HLCS.

I Love HLCS because…  when I walk into Harbor Light it feels like home! love that my co-workers feel like family!

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  I enjoy art, reading, and any type of music!

 

SpencerMrs. Julie5Julie Spencer

1st & 2nd Grade

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Favorite Bible Verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

Significant Life Experiences that have led me to HLCS: I grew up as a pastor’s kid and attended a Christian school myself.  A good biblical foundation is so important in life.  I was able to stand firm when I attended a public school and went “into the world”.  I enjoy laying the same firm foundation in my students.  I want them to trust in the Lord no matter what they may face in their life.

I Love HLCS because… we are a family.  Parents, children and teachers form a community of believers that pray and encourage each other.  My first and second graders pray for the high school kids, teachers, and other parents, just as often as they pray for each other.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I enjoy scrapbooking.  Each year I make a book for every child of what we did in first and second grade.  I love to read and delight in sharing my favorite picture books with my class.

 

Johnson KatherineKatherine Johnson

3rd & 4th Grade

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Favorite Bible Verse: My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 which says, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future.”  I believe that my days as a student here prepared in me a love for this school which grows stronger each day.  His plan for my future to return here as a teacher was one He cultivated in my heart.  I will be forever grateful to the Lord for this school and what it has done for me and my children. My prayer is that each day I teach I might have a chance to help my students as they grow, prosper, and seek the Lord’s will for their futures.

Significant life experiences that led me to HLCS: HLCS has been my home forever.  I started at HLCS as a student in sixth grade and continued all the way through graduation.  During my time here and through my interactions with my teachers, I developed a love for teaching and children.  After studying at Taylor University, I was blessed enough to be able to return to teach at Harbor Light.  Now that my children are school age, I am back to full time teaching and could not be happier. 

I love HLCS because… This place is not just a school it is a family.  I know that my own children are loved and well taken care of as they learn each day and the children God gives me as students become like my own. I love to play tennis and watch my kids play sports for HLCS!

 

KrugerMrs. Jenny2Jenny Kruger

5th & 6th Grade

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Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 139

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: I am from the Upper Peninsula of MI and moved to Petoskey when I was hired to teach 2nd-3rd grade in 1995 at HLCS. I taught 3rd grade until 2001, and then taught one more year of music in 2002 before stepping down to stay home with my children.

I love HLCS because... we are working hard to instill God's truth and right living in our children at home, and we are so blessed to have them in an environment that adds to and backs up the same things we are teaching at home. 

Activities/Hobbies I enjoy: Some of my favorite things to do are read, be outside, go for walks or bike rides, play the piano, and spend time in the U.P. with family.