Resource/Inclusive Ed.

Marilyn Brower
Reading Specialist
457-3301 Ext. 113


Faith Statement

I love Jesus Christ!  He is my Lord and Savior.  In my own faith journey, I seek to live a God dependent life, and serve Him each day of my life.  I consider it a calling and an honor to be a teacher here at Jenison Christian School, and to walk with students on their faith journey.

Biography

I grew up in Hudsonville, MI. I attended Calvin College, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Fine Arts Group Major in Elementary Education.   I received a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus in Reading at Calvin College.  I have completed additional graduate work at Calvin College, Grand Valley, and the National Institute for Learning Development.

Three Fun Facts
  1. I have traveled to 48 of the 50 states.
  2. I lived and taught in Orlando, Florida for three years.
  3. I enjoy swimming, cooking, reading, learning, crocheting, and traveling.

Scott Schermer
Special Education/Inclusive Education
457-3301 Ext. 111


Faith Statement

I believe God is full of love and that He has a plan for each of us. We are image bearers of Him and we need to look for Him in everyone we meet.  God challenges us to step out of our "boat" like Peter did. He wants us to trust Him and step in faith especially when it is beyond what we think we can do. He uses our strengths and weaknesses to shine His glory. These are the beliefs that I want my students to learn as they grow in a closer understanding of God

Biography

I was born and raised in Zeeland, Michigan. I attended Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. I received my Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities from Grand Valley State University. I also have had further education through Western Michigan University, Calvin College, and the University of Texas.

Three Fun Facts
  1. I taught in Brownsville, TX for four years.
  2. I went to Indonesia for a month one summer.
  3. I like to going to flea markets or garage sales to find hidden treasures.

 

 

 

Marcia Dykstra

Math and Reading Resource


 


Faith Statement

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus… and run with perseverance the race marked out for us. “  Hebrews 12:2a, 1b. When I was around 13, I sat by my bedroom window and confessed I was a sinner and then I got down on my knees and asked the Savior to be the Lord of my life, and so began my race. I thank the Lord that the path He had marked out for me included children. I’ve been given the opportunity to work and play with, encourage and be encouraged by, teach and learn from the children God has put along my path. And my prayer for each of them has been and will be that they too will, “fix their eyes on Jesus”.

Biography

I was blessed to be able to attend Christian Schools from kindergarten through college. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. It’s been my privilege to be part of Jenison Christian’s Support Staff since 1992.


Kelley Alkema
Inclusive Ed/Educational Support  Aide


Faith Statement

I am a child of God who is deeply loved by Him.  He is always there for me, cares for me and forgives me each and every day as I try to live for Him.  I believe that each of us is a fingerprint of God and that we are unique in the talents that we have.  I am excited to share my love for Christ with the students at JCS and help them to see the abilities they were given.

Biography

I grew up in Grandville, MI where I attended Grandville Christian and Calvin Christian High School.  I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BA in elementary education.  I have two children who attend JCS and feel blessed to be apart of the JCS community! 

Three Fun Facts
  1.  I have spent eight years working in the operating room as a support technician.
  2.  I coached swimming for four years at Unity Christian High School.

  3.  I have webbed toes.


Sue Schilthuis
Inclusive Ed/Educational Support  Aide


Faith Statement

The Joy of the Lord is my Strength (Nehemiah 8:10)! Despite the ups and downs of daily life, what a comfort it is to lean on the promises of God and to rejoice in the promise of salvation. I am thankful God sent his son to die for me and with gratitude I seek to honor him each day.

Biography

I grew up in Munster, Indiana and attended Illiana Christian High School. I graduated from Calvin College with a degree in Psychology and went on to receive a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. After working as an occupational therapist at Hope Network, I have enjoyed a time of being an at home parent to our four children who range in ages from elementary to to college. It is wonderful to be a part of this Christian community where parents, students, and teachers are united with their faith in Jesus Christ!

Three Fun Facts
  1.  I enjoy musical theater with my family.
  2.  My favorite treats are all things peanut butter, but am extra vigilant around my daughter who has a peanut allergy.

  3. I am related to two U.S. presidents. We can trace a cousin connection to the George Bushs' through my Grandma Bush's genealogy.


Melanie Ubbink
Inclusive Ed/Educational Support  Aide


Faith Statement

 

Biography

 

Three Fun Facts

 


Sally Van Dyke
Inclusive Ed/Educational Support  Aide

 

Faith Statement

I believe that I am a child of God.  In life and in death, I am not my own but belong to Him.  His sacrificial grace has washed me clean.  I am striving to be more like him every day and I desire to be His hands and feet in the various places he puts me. 

Biography

I grew up in Holland, MI and graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology.  I started my career working at Pine Rest with adults with developmental disabilities.  The bulk of my career was spent working as a mental health clinician with adults with chronic and persistent mental illness.  After a period of being a stay at home mom, I am excited to be a part of the JCS team; I believe God has put me at JCS to help students fully realize their God given potential.  I am married to Rich and we have one son, Matthew.  

Three Fun Facts
  1. I love to explore God's creation with my family.
  2. I love to read.
  3. I love being in, on, or near the water. 

Kerri De Windt
Inclusive Ed/Educational Support  Aide

 

Faith Statement

I believe that God is the Lord and Savior of my life.  It is such a comfort to know that he loves me and is always there for me, guiding my steps and watching over me.  I consider it a privilege to work in a Christian school and to be allowed to freely share my faith with the students.  I especially love chapel days when the middle school students and staff gather to sing and praise God.

Biography

I graduated from Calvin College in 1992 with a B.A. in elementary education.  I taught at Alameda Christian School in California, where I also met my husband Paul.  Upon returning to my home in Michigan, I taught middle school math and English at Borculo Christian School.  My husband and I have three children who all graduated from Jenison Christian and now attend Unity Christian High School and Calvin College.

Three Fun Facts
  1. Our family has traveled to all fifty states.
  2. I have eaten alligator, squid and grasshoppers, but my favorite food is really spicy thai food.
  3. I love working with children of all ages, so in my spare time I lead GEMS, high school youth group, and Kids Hope at our church.