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: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:
Years ago, I was sitting in this very building, as I met with my women’s group. They were asking the question “In 5 years from now, if you all the money, time, and energy you could want, what would you do?” My response was, “I would LOVE to be a part of this school!”
When the last music teacher resigned, I was asked to consider filling that role. I got excited, but also thought of all the reasons why it might not work. Finally I kept getting more and more excited! I would stay awake late at night thinking of all the things I wanted to teach! God just wouldn’t let me sleep and I knew it was Him directing my steps.
I Love HLCS because… the people are respectful, considerate, and kind. It’s a joy be here!
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Hiking, traveling, MUSIC, worshiping, and camping.
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith, but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:14-16
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:
I have been a very active member of my church since adulthood working in all areas, however, working with youth has always been area I have enjoyed the most. I have also been teaching kids how to swim for 10 years and I love teaching and seeing kids reach goals and accomplish things they never thought they would be able to reach! Once my kids reached the age to attend school my wife and I talked about every avenue possible and after doing one year at a public school we decided to give Harbor Light a try and we loved it and so did our kids and even better I was able to volunteer and help the school and see my kids at the same time. With all these experiences put together and after lots of prayer I knew taking the PE Teacher position was the right choice!
I Love HLCS because… most importantly, this is a God centered school. Teachers pray with students, students pray with teachers and I even see, quite frequently I might add, students praying with each other. This school is such a close knit community I consider it a family and that is just not something you can find in other schools.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I enjoy reading, sports, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, spending time with my family and friends, and I enjoy teaching and volunteering at my church.
Drama / Yearbook / Student Council
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: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: I attended Harbor Light as a student from 1997-2002. The HLCS community supported me during a family crisis and provided me with an excellent Christian academic education. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt upon graduating that I wanted to go to college to become a teacher like the Harbor Light teachers who were there for me, set a good example for me, and prayed for me. After graduating with my teaching degree in 2006, I had the opportunity to teach in both private and public schools overseas and in the mid-west. These experiences confirmed for me the uniqueness of the Harbor Light staff and the overall Christian environment that I did not find elsewhere. I moved back to the area in May 2017, and started considering possible teaching jobs. Harbor Light was my first choice as it gives me opportunities to share my faith with students as well as to be supported again in a truly loving, caring environment by some of the same teachers who taught me. It has been like a dream come true to return to HLCS after all these years. I am so thankful that God paved a way for me to come back!
I Love HLCS because… it provides a combination of academic excellence and spiritual relevance for students. What makes it truly wonderful here is the community of people who love their students and love each other as Christ loves.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: reading, water skiing, traveling, speaking Spanish, and playing at the park with my three kids.
Tutoring / Library / English / Art
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.