One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: I attended Michigan State University, Go Green! While there, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Education. I’ve held a variety of positions with students of all ages that allowed me both to teach and use my art background. Additionally, I co-owned By Design Marketing utilizing past marketing, PR and ad design experience.
I Love HLCS because… it’s like one big family. Everyone looks out for one another and builds each other up to follow and seek after the Lord. I have never worked in a more supportive and encouraging environment including both staff and students. My family decided to send our two sons to Harbor Light because of the atmosphere and quality Christ centered education.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Painting, beach days, travel, gardening, spending time outdoors and volunteering in Kid’s Community at our church. I also enjoy playing with our sweet dog Bernie.
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: Where do I start? I guess it all started back in 2015 when I was introduced to a performing arts group called the Young Americans! Little did I know that this group would take me all over the planet with the mission of inspiring kids through music! Before I knew it, I had an associate degree in voice, I’d performed in 476 shows in 14 different countries, stayed with 145 host families, and taught music to tens of thousands of kids of every age and culture! One of the places I visited in my travels was Boyne Highlands where I performed at a dinner theater the past 3 summers! Earlier this year, the Young Americans had to cancel all their shows and workshops, so my friends and I decided to move up to Boyne Highlands to live and work and create our own shows! Over the summer, I met some incredible people from the Harbor Light community, and heard about the need for a new music teacher at the school, and the rest is history!
I Love HLCS because… the teachers are so kind and they all truly care about and believe in the students! It is such a fun and positive environment, and the kids get the chance to try new things and open their minds! Also, I went to a very similar K-12 Christian school in New York when I was a kid, so HLCS really reminds me of home!
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Singing, song-writing, piano, guitar, saxophone, pop-punk, anime, Mario Kart, Rubik’s Cubes, frisbee, & Euchre.
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: One of the classes I took while in the Young Americans was an Advanced Performance Class in which we learned how to properly teach others. Our assignment was to teach the class something random that we enjoyed, so I decided to teach a gym class. I always kept the thought of being a PE teacher in the back of my head, and teaching that class made me realize how much I enjoy it. I heard about this position and I knew I had to take it.
I Love HLCS because… the students are very outgoing and energetic. There aren’t many schools where kids will run up to you and give you a hug on your first day. I also love that there is a real atmosphere of support and forgiveness for mistakes at this school.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I have always loved music. I really enjoy playing drums and guitar, along with singing. Recently I have been spending time with my dad doing construction and carpentry, which I find enjoyable. I also love to spend time with my family, drink lots of coffee, and go for long walks on the beach!
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One of My Favorite Bible Verses: One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV). “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Significant Life Experiences that have led you to HLCS: Our oldest daughter came to us one day and said that she felt she should switch to a Christian school to be closer with other Christians and have more Christian friends. We enrolled her in the middle of her freshman year and she loved it! We planned to enroll our other two children the following year but ended up moving. A year later we returned and put all three daughters in HLCS. They were welcomed with open arms. Harbor Light has made the transition back up north much easier for all of us!I began by volunteering, then worked in the office, now I teach and head up student council. Even now that all my girls have graduated, I’m still here because I believe in what HLCS is doing in the lives of young people. I am really enjoying the encouragement and blessing of working with others who love the LORD and are seeking to glorify Him in their teaching and service. With all our hearts we strive to prepare the next generation of leaders for Christ!
I love HLCS because… of the family atmosphere that is here. I love how the school strives to glorify God in how they teach and how they emphasize families, and encourage church involvement like a stool with three legs (Family, Church, School). The staff is truly committed to helping the students grow in the LORD while also helping them identify their gifts and where God may be guiding them for the future. This is a wonderful place!
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I enjoy ministering with family and friends as well as studying and teaching God’s word. I like playing and coaching volleyball and taking pictures & reading!
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: In January 2016, I accepted the Worship Arts Director position at Harbor Light Community Chapel. Our oldest daughter was enrolled in the Readiness Program fall 2016 and our experience with the school was great! So this year, both of our girls and myself are at Harbor Light Christian School.
I Love HLCS because… it encourages students to have an individual relationship with our Creator and provides a safe environment for kids to learn about Him while still excelling academically.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I love spending time with my family. Playing the guitar. Singing. Songwriting. Worshiping.
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13
Significant life experiences that led me to HLCS: Harbor Light was a very positive and influential experience for our son Michiah. He is now a missionary with Y.W.A.M. in Thailand.
I love HLCS because… the teachers and staff love and care about all the students.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Reading, making cards, sewing, camping, and crafts.