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Alyson Peterson

Fourth Grade

Alyson Peterson

Fourth Grade

“I love to teach because I enjoy watching students use creativity to solve problems.”

Education
BA in Elementary Education with a major in Language Arts and minors in Math and Early Childhood Education (ZA) • Cornerstone University
MA in Curriculum and Instruction • Spring Arbor University

Deep Hope
My deep hope is for my students to see how we are uniquely shaped for our designated purpose in order to fit together into God’s big picture.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2011. I became a teacher because of the wonderful impact my elementary teachers had on me when I was a student.  I love to be able to share my faith with my students, and watch them grow and develop in academics and their love for Jesus. I love all of the times we are able to get together for staff community building at LCS.

Favorite Things
I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and attending MSU athletic events.

Favorite Verse
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

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Amanda Wilson

Middle School Coordinator & Language Arts

Amanda Wilson

Middle School Coordinator & Language Arts

I love to see kids learn, and I love to see when they actually get it!

Education
BA in English Education • Cornerstone University
MA in Education with an emphasis in Reading • Walden University
Michigan Teaching Certification: K-8 self-contained and middle school English


Deep Hope
My deep hope is that as readers, writers, and communicators on a journey, we may…Be still. Know God. Reflect His image.

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2002. I love to see the look on students’ faces when they get it. School was hard for me, and I have always wanted to help children and let them know they can be successful no matter what. I enjoy middle school retreat every year as well as directing the musical, which always provides wonderful memories.

Favorite Things
Reading, watching movies, hanging with family and friends, and snuggling with the dogs.

Favorite Verse
Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

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Amy Adams

Nurse

Amy Adams

Nurse

“I love tending to our student’s health and wellness needs in an environment that is dedicated to living and learning in Christian community.”

Education
BS in Nursing • Aquinas College
Clinical Training • Mercy Health Saint Mary’s
16 years work experience • Spectrum Health Pennock

Working at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2020.  I became a nurse so that I could have a positive impact on the lives of others. I find endless joy in providing comfort, care, and health education to our school body. One of my favorite times at LCS is attending Fall Retreat. It is such an enriching experience, and a wonderful opportunity to get to know students, LCS staff, and parent volunteers better.

Favorite Things
I enjoy crafting, singing, and weekends at the lake.

Favorite Verse
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

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Angela Rogers

English

Angela Rogers

English

I love the idea of molding young minds and inspiring learning and creativity!

Education
BA in Secondary English Education with a minor in French • Spring Arbor University
Michigan Teaching Certification: 6-12 English


Deep Hope

May we read and communicate with unexpected grace, holding fast to the faithfulness, unity, and love offered through Christ.

Teaching at LCS
I love to teach, especially at LCS, because of the relationships I can make and grow with students and staff every day. Each day is a new opportunity!  Teaching is an opportunity to come alongside a younger generation, one that is sought after by all sorts of passions and pleasures from the world, and model the way of unexpected grace – a way to live humbly and confidently for Jesus. I have been teaching at LCS since 2015; my first teaching job was in Senegal, West Africa. One of my favorite LCS memories is watching the LCS girls soccer team win back-to-back state titles!

Favorite Things
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family attending sporting events. Our favorites are football, basketball, and soccer.

Favorite Verse
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
Titus 3:3-5

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Becky Pelle

Preschool

Becky Pelle

Preschool

“I love helping my students fall in love with a great God!

Education
BS with a double major in Bible and Elementary Education • Clarks Summit University


Deep Hope

My deep hope for myself and my students is that they will feel loved and see the love of Christ through me as they begin to understand who they are in God’s story.

Favorite Verse
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:24

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Becky Rodriguez

Fifth Grade

Becky Rodriguez

Fifth Grade

I love helping kids discover they are uniquely created in the image of God.  I hope to make a difference in the lives of kids and help them develop a lifelong love of learning.

Education
BA in English (Language Arts emphasis) with a minor in Elementary Education • Grand Valley State University
Michigan Teaching Certification: Elementary K-8 All Subjects in Self-Contained Classroom, BX endorsement for English 6-8

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that we will discover and know we are each a masterpiece, created by God, for a specific purpose, each gifted with a unique set of skills, talents, and abilities.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2020. I love to teach so I can come alongside kids and help them grow in their faith, connect with what they are learning, and learn to love the beautiful masterpiece God created them to be. I love not only being a teacher, but being a mom and having the joy of being able to watch my kids grow up attending LCS.

Favorite Things
I love to travel with my family, specifically up north to Burt Lake.  I also love to play the piano and sing with my husband.

Favorite Verse
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10

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Betsy Jackson

First Grade

Betsy Jackson

First Grade

“One of my greatest rewards is teaching children to become resourceful, creative, and discerning children of the King.”

Education
BA in Elementary Education • Alma College
MA in Literacy Instruction • Michigan State University
Michigan Teaching Certification: K-5 Self-Contained, 6-8 Music and English

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that students know God’s salvation story and reflect Him in how they live.

Teaching at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2001. Teaching makes all other careers possible.  This is the best profession for equipping others while continuing to learn myself. Lansing Christian is a big family!  I cherish how colleagues sharpen each other’s skills and support each other personally. During my first year of working at LCS, my toddler daughter was accidentally burned and we were thrust into a lot of unknowns. Instantly my colleagues, students’ families, janitors, administrators – everyone at LCS helped with our needs and carried us through those next few years.  I’ll always remember how overwhelmed I was by their generosity and desire to truly walk with us during a painful time.

Favorite Things
I like finding and restoring antiques, taking unexpected road trips, gardening, and spending time with my daughters.

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

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Bronti Ziolkowski

Fifth Grade

Bronti Ziolkowski

Fifth Grade

“I love being able to connect and build relationships with students. I hope to make an impact on their lives just as they all do on mine.”

Education
BA Elementary Education with minors in ELA and Math
AS- Applied Science
AA- Elementary Education
AA- General Education

Teaching at LCS
My favorite part about working at LCS is the community that comes along with it.

Favorite Things
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, and cooking.

Favorite Verse
If god is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

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Carol Linton

Second Grade

Carol Linton

Second Grade

I love sharing the joy of learning with children and helping them learn, grow, and flourish academically and spiritually as they discover the amazing world that God has created.

Education
BA in Elementary Education & English Language Arts • Spring Arbor University
Michigan Professional Teaching Certification

Deep Hope
My deep hope for my students is that they would be amazed as we discover God together and pursue a lifelong adventure of knowing God, loving Him, and sharing the hope that we have with others.

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2004. I began teaching because I wanted to use the gifts and talents that the Lord had given me to meet the educational needs of missionary kids whose parents were serving with us in Ethiopia and Kenya. I love engaging with kids in their learning at LCS and helping them discover God and their place in His story. It brings me great joy!

Favorite Things
In my spare time I enjoy taking long walks (especially along the lakeshore) and reading books.

Favorite Verse
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:14

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Carole Anderson

Education Support Services Paraprofessional

Carole Anderson

Education Support Services Paraprofessional

I love working with children and seeing them succeed.

Education
Bachelor in Elementary Education • Michigan State University
Masters in Education • Michigan State University

Teaching at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2019, and taught for 17 years prior to teaching at LCS. I enjoy working with children. I love seeing students at retreat laughing and having a wonderful time.

Favorite Things
I enjoy reading books or bike riding. 

Favorite Verse
Do not fear for I am with you.  Do not be afraid for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

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Carrie Belanger

Second Grade Teacher

Carrie Belanger

Second Grade Teacher

“I love helping children build a strong, solid foundation in their spiritual and academic lives that will be the cornerstone for who they become as followers of God and citizens of this world.”

Education
BA in Elementary Education with a major in Language Arts • Grand Valley State University
Michigan Teaching Certification: Elementary K-5 All Subjects, K-8 All Subjects in Self-Contained Classroom, Language Arts K-8

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that my students would embrace all of life and learning as a journey towards knowing, loving, experiencing, and serving God.

Teaching at LCS
I knew that I wanted to be an elementary teacher since I was in first grade. I always loved school and looked up to my teachers. I felt a calling to help foster a positive foundation for lifelong learning in children. I began teaching at LCS in 2006. I love that at LCS I am challenged professionally and spiritually through my work. LCS supports me in being a creative teacher and in designing learning experiences that give students the opportunity to live out their role in God’s story.

Favorite Things
I love spending time with my family. We love living in the country, riding our go-karts, and going camping together. I also love to crochet and make amigurumi!

Favorite Verse
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25

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Cathy Bytwerk

Middle School Administrative Assistant

Cathy Bytwerk

Middle School Administrative Assistant

I love being a part of a place where students are taught and encouraged to grow in their knowledge of God and apply His principals to their entire life.

Education
Bachelor of Arts • Michigan State University

Working at LCS
I have been working at LCS since 1997.  I graduated from LCS in 1969 and now as an employee, I have so many favorite memories. The 50th reunion of the school is one of my top favorites because of all the parents, students, and former staff that came to celebrate.

Favorite Things
I love to play golf, swim in Lake Michigan, and travel.

Favorite Verse
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

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Cindy Thomas

Bible & Social Studies

Cindy Thomas

Bible & Social Studies

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Courtney Kephart

High School Administrative Assistant

Courtney Kephart

High School Administrative Assistant

I love working with youth and children…giving them guidance and encouragement to be all that God has created them to be.

Education
BS in Photography • Indiana Wesleyan University


Working at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2013. I love working with youth and children because they are so moldable and these are such formative years. Giving them guidance and encouragement to be all that God has created them to be is so important. Getting to be a part of these years of their lives is such a gift.


Favorite Things
I love spending time with my family, going camping, and reading.

Favorite Verse
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

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Crystal Gabrielse

Development Administrative Assistant

Crystal Gabrielse

Development Administrative Assistant

Education
BA in Sport Management with a minor in Business • Calvin College

Working at LCS
I started working at LCS in 2021. I really enjoy working with people who are passionate about making a difference in their roles, whether it’s helping students understand how to integrate their faith in this world or by using leadership and administrative skills to continue thriving as a thoughtful, sustainable, and diverse Christian school.

Favorite Things
I enjoy being outdoors, especially with my family. When I have a few moments to myself, I enjoy baking, scrapbooking, and a good workout.

Favorite Verse
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

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Dan Carmichael

Athletic Director & Dean of Students

Dan Carmichael

Athletic Director & Dean of Students

I love seeing the students use their God-given talents in athletics as they grow, learn, and compete.

Education
BA in Exercise and Sport Science • Spring Arbor University

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that our students know they are uniquely created, deeply loved, and God is equipping them for their role in His Story.

Favorite Verse
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 

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Dan VanderMolen

Physical Education

Dan VanderMolen

Physical Education

“I love the school community at LCS and developing relationships with teachers, students, and parents.”

Education
Bachelor’s in Kinesiology • Calvin University
Michigan Teaching Certification: K-12 Physical Education and Health Education

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that students will find an activity that they enjoy and share it with others to express their discipleship to others.

Teaching at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2022. I became a teacher because I wanted to share my knowledge about sports with all students at all skill levels.

Favorite Things
Sports, exercise, and hiking.

Favorite Verse
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as you are working for the Lord.
Colossians 3:23

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Deonne Lindsey

Welcome Center

Deonne Lindsey

Welcome Center

I love how LCS is so intentional about creating connections between students in different grades.

Education
BA in Mass Communications • Taylor University

Favorite Verse
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
Deuteronomy 7:9

Working at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2023. From the first week of my daughter’s kindergarten year, I’ve been so impressed by the community that I’ve seen. The teachers and staff all notice the students and speak to them.  Becoming an employee felt like becoming part of the family. Seeing the senior and kindergarten buddy pictures come up at kindergarten graduation was a sweet reminder of how quickly these years pass.

Favorite Things
Running, listening to audiobooks, scrapbooking and card making.

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Elizabeth Sabins

Elementary Principal

Elizabeth Sabins

Elementary Principal

I love being a part of our students’ growth in their faith, academics, and relationships.

Education
BA in Education • Michigan State University
Masters in Education • Michigan State University

Working at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2017 as a teacher, and taught for 12 years before this. I taught middle and high school Spanish and elementary coding prior to my role as Elementary Principal. I became a Spanish teacher because I found new languages and cultures so exciting. It was very rewarding to help students in their ability to communicate in Spanish and to grow in their understanding, curiosity, and appreciation for people and cultures different from their own. I knew that I was going to be in education since I was about 3 years old. My grandmother was a first grade teacher. I spent time with her in the mornings before school helping her to clean the chalkboards, make copies, and correct papers. I fell in love!

Favorite Things
I enjoy travel, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Verse
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

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Emily Makinster

Physical Education

Emily Makinster

Physical Education

Education
BS in Kinesiology • Iowa State University
Health Master’s in Health & Wellness Education • American College of Education
Michigan Teaching Certification: Physical Education K-12, Health 6-12

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that students would enjoy sports as a way to exercise and create community but recognize that it can’t hold the weight of their identity the way that only Jesus can.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2022. I became a teacher to invest in the next generation and to share my faith in Jesus through my relationships with students.

Favorite Things
Playing sports and being outside with friends & family.

Favorite Verse
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Luke 10:2

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Emily Smith

Education Support Services Paraprofessional

Emily Smith

Education Support Services Paraprofessional

I love to help students understand they can overcome their challenges.”

Education
BS with a major in Chemistry and minors in Biochemistry and German • Michigan Technological University

Teaching at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2019. I love the moment when students get a concept they have been struggling with. My favorite LCS memory is when the high school teachers raced each other in dinosaur costumes!

Favorite Things
I love to read, knit, and spend time with my family.

Favorite Verse
Do not fear for I am with you.  Do not be afraid for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

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Freddy Shoffstall

Spanish & Bible

Freddy Shoffstall

Spanish & Bible

I love showing God’s creation and His love to other people.

Education
BS in Spanish Education • Olivet Nazarene University
Masters in Ministry in Spanish • Olivet Nazarene University
Michigan Teaching Certification in K-12 Spanish

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that students will know God through studying His word. I hope students will recognize that we are all made in His image and therefore we all have value.

Teaching at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2013. I became a teacher because I want to have a positive influence in the lives of kids. One of my favorite parts of the year is retreat –  a time for growth and community.  I love that the LCS community is loving and peaceful.

Favorite Things
I like being with my family, walking, riding my bike, reading, traveling, and playing board games.

Favorite Verse
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.’”
Matthew 6:9-14 (The Lord’s Prayer)

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Gary Zalewski

Food Service Director

Gary Zalewski

Food Service Director

Education
BS Institutional Food Service Management • Northern Michigan University
Certified Food Protection Management

Working at LCS
I have been working in Food Service Management for 40 years. I love that at LCS, students from Pre-k through 12th grade are under one roof. In the last few years, I have been so impressed with how our school responded to the challenges we had with covid – how quickly our students came online to continue their education and how we developed ways to bring our students back into the building, all while doing our best to comply with guidelines.

Favorite Things
Fishing, skiing (both water and snow), and gardening.

Favorite Verse
All of Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul…

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Gloria Fuller

Mathematics & Bible

Gloria Fuller

Mathematics & Bible

I love working alongside students and watching them learn and grow.

Education
BS in Mathematics Education • Olivet Nazarene University
MA in Theology and Biblical Counseling • Trevecca Nazarene University

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that my students learn through mathematics the confidence to try new things, the persistence to take on challenges, the joy of discovery, and the unique way God has created them and others.

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2014.  I became a teacher because I wanted to help students grow as people and learners, and to share my God-given passions with them. I love that at LCS I am able to openly share with my students how God is working in my life.

Favorite Things
I love any opportunity to be outside in nature, especially hiking and camping. And I love strategy games!

Favorite Verse
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:29

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Heather Thiele

Math

Heather Thiele

Math

I love facilitating the learning process and providing students the knowledge and thinking skills needed for college and career opportunities.”

Education
BS in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in English • Central Michigan University
MA in Educational Technology • Michigan State University
Michigan Teaching Certification:  6-12 Mathematics, English, and Educational Technology

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that we would love God with our minds by growing in knowledge – knowing that God made our minds perfectly and He is transforming our minds continually – and by connecting mathematical concepts, discovering the beauty in the order and structure of mathematics.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2022, and taught math for 16 years prior to this. I have always wanted to be a teacher. I spent the summer between my junior and senior year of college in China teaching English with ELIC. After several tutoring experiences, I realized God had gifted me with the ability to teach mathematics. I love teaching because I love facilitating the learning process in teenagers and providing them the knowledge and thinking skills needed for college and career opportunities.

Favorite Things
I enjoy spending time with my family – walks, bike rides, board games, sporting events, and spending time up north. I enjoy traveling and exploring new places.

Favorite Verse
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:4-7

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Jacklyn Chadwick

English

Jacklyn Chadwick

English

Education
BA in English with a minor in Psychology
MA in Teaching and Curriculum with a Reading Specialization Endorsement (BT)
Michigan Teaching Certification: English

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2019. I love the community and sense of belonging at LCS. I will never forget my first day at LCS: backpacks were piled together in the commons and students just left their bags, phones, car keys, wallets, computers, school work, and personal items there while they walked into chapel. I nervously asked someone if I should stand guard and watch the bags while kids were in chapel, and I was told no. I had never worked in a school where the culture of trust and respect was so high, and that memory has always stayed with me. 

Favorite Things
First and foremost, I love spending time with my family. As for hobbies and interests, I enjoy reading, running, hiking, baking, and spending time with friends.

Favorite Verse
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7

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Dr. Jamie Wernet

Director of Learning & Mathematics

Dr. Jamie Wernet

Director of Learning & Mathematics

I love when students who don’t see themselves as “math people” learn to make sense of mathematics.

Education
BS in Mathematics Education • Western Michigan University
Ph.D in Mathematics Education • Michigan State University
Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate: Mathematics and Political Science

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2004. I love the amazingly creative, committed, and hard-working teachers and staff and the community of students and families at LCS. I love learning with other LCS teachers about transformational learning.

Favorite Things
I love being active and being outside, but I also love to read and bake. My favorite activities are kayaking and paddle boarding.

Favorite Verse
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:10

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Jasmine Fountain

Social Studies

Jasmine Fountain

Social Studies

Bio coming soon

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Jason Lohman

Math & Social Studies

Jason Lohman

Math & Social Studies

It is an incredible joy to walk alongside students in discovering and fostering a love for learning in its many forms.

Education
BS in Mathematics and Education with minors in Elementary Education and German • Grand Valley State University
State of Michigan Teaching Certification: K-8 Math and All Subjects K-8 in a self-contained classroom


Deep Hope
My deep hope is that by studying, engaging with, and being curious about the world – its history, cultures, and people – we would see more fully the Imago Dei instilled by God in humankind, feel the goodness of His creation, and be spurred on to be salt and light in our own communities.

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2016. I became a teacher because I love to learn new things and wanted to give kids an opportunity to discover a love of learning for themselves and to walk alongside them as they try. There is something uniquely wonderful about inviting kids into a love of learning and seeing them discover their own gifts, talents, and passions.

Favorite Things
I enjoy camping, traveling, and spending time with my wife, Katherine, and our two boys. I also enjoy playing and listening to music, and I really like to skateboard.

Favorite Verse
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 19: 11-12

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Jeff Fancher

Facilities Director

Jeff Fancher

Facilities Director

Bio coming soon

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Jeffrey Stoel

Bible & World History

Jeffrey Stoel

Bible & World History

I love to watch the eyes and hearts of my students open wide to the wonders of Jesus as communicated through the brilliant scriptures.

Education
BA in Academic Study of Religion and BA in History • Calvin College
MA in Education • Spring Arbor University
Michigan Teaching Certification: 6-12 in Academic Study of Religion and History

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that we align our lives with Jesus Christ by developing a curiosity for discovering the threads of the beautiful tapestry that is creation, life, and love.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2009. I became a teacher because I knew the Lord had given me the gift of teaching – specifically understanding and communicating the scriptures.  Therefore, I was following my Master’s leading. I love influencing young and developing minds to love and pursue God more and more. As a teacher, I have two significant school traditions: Bowtie Mondays and Accent Fridays.

Favorite Things
I enjoy reading books, drinking good coffee, riding my bike, and mowing my yard.

Favorite Verse
The joy of the Lord is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10

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Jennifer McCartney

Mathematics

Jennifer McCartney

Mathematics

“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to invest in the lives of students and find joy in seeing them discover and gain confidence in the gifts and talents God has given them.”

Education
BA in Secondary Education with a major in Mathematics and minor in Physical Education • Western Michigan University
Michigan Teaching Certification: 6-12 Mathematics

Deep Hope
What I desire for all of us is that we know we were intentionally created by God and are exactly who God created us to be. As mathematicians in our class, I want us to see that the rules, patterns, and theorems that govern mathematics are intentional as well. They reveal the constant, unchangeable nature of God and can be used to make sense of the world around us.

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2014. I like working with young people and always enjoyed math. So, I added the two together to become a math teacher! One of my favorite times at LCS is fall retreat. It is a wonderful time of enjoying God, nature, and spending time with fellow teachers and students.

Favorite Things
I enjoy taking walks and reading. Most of all, I love being my family’s biggest fan.

Favorite Verse
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 6-7

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Joel Tjarks

History and Government

Joel Tjarks

History and Government

Teaching gives me the opportunity to share my love for history and give students the skills they need to make sense of history and apply it to their lives.

Education
BA in World and American History with a minor in Political Science • Dordt College

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that my students will be knowledgeable and active citizens who will positively contribute to their communities and nation, and who will also be faithful Christians who seek to live out their faith and pass it down to the next generation.

Teaching at LCS
I have been working at LCS since 2007. I enjoy sharing my love for history in a wonderful community environment! I love all the Gettysburg trips I have gotten to lead and the role playing as the Speaker of the House of Representatives with Student Statesmanship Institute. I also have enjoyed playing my guitar at Christmas chapels. Teaching gives me the opportunity to impact people’s lives and to continue investigating and learning more history.

Favorite Things
I like to read history books and listen to music, as well as attend live music concerts.  I also like to watch hockey games and play guitar.

Favorite Verse
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3

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John Jones

Director of Development

John Jones

Director of Development

“I love that I have the privilege to do work that has eternal significance with people that are so willing to invest themselves in the work of the Kingdom.”

Education
BA of Communications • Truman State University

Working at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2023. I love that I have the privilege to do work that has eternal significance with people that are so willing to invest themselves in the work of the Kingdom. One of my favorite memories is watching three of our children graduate from LCS. 

Favorite Things
I enjoy playing the guitar and eating food… any food.

Favorite Verse
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Phillipians 2:3-4

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Josh Greve

Spanish

Josh Greve

Spanish

It’s an honor to play a small part in a student’s growth as a person by helping them become aware of different ways of seeing the world through language.

Education
Masters in the Art of Teacher • Marygrove College
Michigan Teaching Certification: Spanish and French 6-12


Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2022 and taught for 17 years before coming to LCS. My favorite thing about LCS is the students here, who are so respectful of staff and supportive of each other! I love working with such a Christ-centered, optimistic, and encouraging staff! It is a blessing to help a student build his or her self-esteem after having struggled through a difficult concept. I also enjoy service week because I get to work with and get to know students as people outside of the classroom.

Favorite Things
I love listening to podcasts about technology, theology, and the history of languages.

Favorite Verse
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

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Joshua Call

Science & Math

Joshua Call

Science & Math

I enjoy helping students discover how the world works, which makes us stand in awe of God.

Education
BA in Middle Childhood Education with an emphasis in math and science • Cedarville University

Deep Hope
That you will know Jesus (Col 1:9-12) as He made you, on purpose, to simply be you (Psalm 139), and that is very good (Gen 1:31). As we explore God’s creation, let us see, wonder, and seek to understand God’s handiwork with those around us (Ps 19:1).

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2005. I grew up in a Christian school in northern Virginia. When I decided to become a school teacher, I told others that I would never teach in a Christian school, but God had different plans. I have been here 17 years, all three of my kids go here, my wife substitutes as the school nurse on occasion, and we are all so thankful that God has placed us here. I have always enjoyed working with kids and trying to make sense of the world around me. Being a teacher allows me to help others do the same while I get to share what I am learning too. As students seek to understand the world around them, I love being able to be a part of a community that points them to see God and His work.

Favorite Things
I enjoy completing house projects as I am constantly learning how to do something new. I enjoy getting outside to walk, run, bike, and swim.

Favorite Verse
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

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Judy Person

Kindergarten

Judy Person

Kindergarten

If I can get children to LOVE school in kindergarten, I’m doing my job!

Education
BA in Education • Michigan State University
Michigan Teaching Certification: K-8 All Subjects, 9th Grade Fine Arts & Science

Deep Hope
It is my deep hope that my students will know that God thinks they are AWESOME! And that He has a good plan for their lives and loves them no matter what! So, they should shine His love to others.

Teaching at LCS
I have been working at LCS since 1986. I love to be able to teach children about Jesus! I love little children and the excitement they have for life and learning. It has been special for me to go up on stage during graduation to congratulate the “lifers” – those who attended LCS K-12 – and see the students I taught as kindergarteners graduating.

Favorite Things
I enjoy walks outside, working in my yard, watching movies, going out to dinner, and seeing friends.

Favorite Verse
Let your light so shine before men that they will see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.
Matthew 5:16

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Katherine Lohman

English, College & Career Counselor

Katherine Lohman

English, College & Career Counselor

I am passionate about equipping the next generation to think deeply and use their knowledge to advance God’s kingdom.

Education
BA in English with a minor in Psychology • Grand Valley State University


Deep Hope

My deep hope is that we recognize ourselves as writers and thus active contributors in God’s Story. May we begin again each day by the power of His grace and truth.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching high school English and Psychology at LCS in 2015. I chose teaching as a profession because of my love for lifelong learning and my desire to see students grow into curious and confident learners themselves. My role as the College and Career Counselor stemmed from my desire to see student’s dream about and live into their unique calling and help them make wise, thoughtful choices in the process. I love the way the LCS community is committed to loving others with the love of Christ while pursuing ongoing growth. One of my favorite LCS memories is watching high school students sing “Storm the Walls” at high school retreat. The energy, joy, and fun they have is unmatched in that moment.

Favorite Things
I love to read, cook, and spend time outdoors (especially camping) with my husband and two active boys.

Favorite Verse
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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Katie Emery

Art & Yearbook

Katie Emery

Art & Yearbook

I love teaching students that God, the master artist, created each of us in His image, and we are made to create.

Education
BA in Art Education with a minor in Art History & Studio Art • Trinity Christian College
MA in Teaching and Curriculum • Michigan State University
Michigan Teaching Certification: K-12 Art Education

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that we will recognize that we are created in the image of God whose first role was as our Creator. The Bible says we have been created in God’s image, which means we are made to be like Him, a lifelong process. We are artists.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2007. I’ve felt God calling me to be an art teacher since I was in 5th grade. I love that I get to teach students that God, the master artist, created each of us in His image, and we are made to create. I also love keeping in touch with students who have graduated and seeing how God is using their lives and art, whatever that may look like, to bring Him glory.

Favorite Things
I enjoy traveling with my family, hosting family gatherings & brunch with friends, planning parties, baking, gardening, and spending time by the lake.

Favorite Verse
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  
Psalm 150:6

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Kelly Joos

Science

Kelly Joos

Science

“I love coming alongside students to help them hear the heavens declare the glory of God through their study of science and to encourage them as they continue to grow into the incredible people He made them to be.

Education
BA in Biology and Chemistry • Hope College
MS in Biology • Michigan State University
Michigan Teaching Certification: Secondary Biology, Chemistry, and Math


Deep Hope

Hear the heavens. Join the heavens. Bring Heaven.

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2007. I love working with kids, making difficult concepts easy to understand, and looking for God’s fingerprints in His creation.  Teaching gives me the opportunity to do all of this while creating a culture of laughter and connection at the same time. I love the staff at LCS and I enjoy helping students to discover how complex and worthy of praise God is by studying His amazing creation.

Favorite Things
In my spare time I love reading in my hammock, working on a variety of art projects, and spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite Verse
Be still and know that I am God. 
Psalm 46:10

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Kelsey Lehman

Athletic Director Assistant

Kelsey Lehman

Athletic Director Assistant

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Lesley Hartzler

Preschool Aide

Lesley Hartzler

Preschool Aide

“It is a true joy to help kids realize and achieve their potential and guide them through life’s ups and downs.”

Education & Certification
BA in English with a minor in Language and Literature • Grand Valley State University

Working at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2019. During my first year, I remember seeing the teachers dress and race in inflatable T-Rex costumes. I so appreciated the effort put forth by staff to make the experience memorable for the kids. I have always loved working with kids! I love sharing in their joys and helping them solve problems as they grow socially, intellectually, and emotionally.

Favorite Things
I like swimming, gardening, reading a good book, and playing board games with my family. I also absolutely love to sing!

Favorite Verse
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Luann Willemin

Elementary Administrative Assistant

Luann Willemin

Elementary Administrative Assistant

I love seeing students learning the truth about God’s word.

Favorite Verse
“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 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalms 73:26

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Lukas Sasser

Physical Education

Lukas Sasser

Physical Education

I enjoy the opportunity to mentor young people and help them become faithful servants of God.

Education
BA in History with a minor in Education • University of West Florida
Michigan Teaching Certification: Physical Education K-12, Social Studies 6-12

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that  students strive daily for self-improvement through diligence and support for each other.

Teaching at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2021 and taught for 7 years prior to my time at LCS. I come from a family of teachers and have loved it since I was young. I love working at LCS because the school truly is a family.

Favorite Things
I enjoy cooking and watching and participating in sports.

Favorite Verse
All of Psalm 23. The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul…

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Maggie Tilden

Preschool

Maggie Tilden

Preschool

I enjoy seeing children excited about learning in God’s world.

Education
MS in Early Childhood Education  • Elizabethtown College
Michigan Teaching Certification: Early Childhood through 8th grade with a ZA Endorsement

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that the preschoolers would know how much God loves them and that they can share His love with others.

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2004. Growing up, my mom was a preschool teacher and I would help out in her classroom at times.  I really enjoyed working with the children and experiencing their enthusiasm for learning. I chose a teaching career  because I love to be with young children as they experience new things with wonder and excitement! One of my favorite times at LCS is the all school chapel on the first day of school each year. It is so meaningful to begin the year with prayer.

Favorite Things
I enjoy hiking and birdwatching while enjoying God’s creation.

Favorite Verse
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth…the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121

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Marvin Williams

Bible

Marvin Williams

Bible

Bio coming soon

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Mary Dinolfo

Education Support Services Paraprofessional

Mary Dinolfo

Education Support Services Paraprofessional

One of my greatest rewards is teaching children to become resourceful, creative, and discerning children of the King.

Education
Child Development Associate Certification in Early Childhood/Preschool

Teaching at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2020, and worked for nine years prior to this as an elementary educator. I attended a Christian school as a child and my own teachers had a huge impact on my life, not only through academic teaching but through speaking truth and love into my life through their example and relationship with me. I’m so blessed to be a part of the LCS community; it’s exciting to provide a cultivating environment of growth and learning and bear witness to students actively seeking the Lord in their personal lives. I love seeing students engage in the Christian culture here by sharing their faith through kindness or witnessing with others about the Gospel.

Favorite Things
I enjoy family time most of all. I like to spend my free time singing, playing guitar, gardening, baking, site-seeing, hiking, reading, scrapbooking, playing games, and watching old movies.

Favorite Verse
“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

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Mary Dunsmore

Director of Business & Finance

Mary Dunsmore

Director of Business & Finance

I love the purpose of LCS. I love that at LCS we are able to teach our children that Christ is a part of daily life and knowing that when making decisions, whether big or small, Christ is a part of that.

Deep Hope
I desire LCS to be fiscally strong, while being as affordable as possible to offer families the opportunity of Christian education. I also want to help others understand the relevance and importance of Christian PreK-12 education.

Working at LCS
I came to LCS in 2008, after 20 years in public accounting and business. I  oversee the school operations, which includes finances, food service, information technology, human resources, and facilities. My husband and I have three children that are graduates of LCS.

Favorite Verse
I love the entire book of James. It is challenging, convicting, and practical. If I had to pick one verse that I hold to as I look ahead, it would be James 1:5. If you need wisdom, ask God.

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Melanie Wyman

Preschool Aide

Melanie Wyman

Preschool Aide

Preschool Aide

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Melissa Kranzo

Communications Coordinator

Melissa Kranzo

Communications Coordinator

“I love working in a Christ-centered community where people truly care for each other and the next generation.”

Education
BA in English and Education with a minor in Religious Studies • Michigan State University

Working at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2021, though my time at LCS actually began as a student and teacher’s kid! Now as a staff member, it’s a privilege to see all that the teachers and staff pour in day in and day out for the students and to be a part of communicating with the greater community about the opportunity for a Christian education. As a parent of students here, I love seeing my children blossom in an environment where they are known and loved.

Favorite Things
Traveling, running, hiking, and being outdoors. I love exploring new places with my kids and family.

Favorite Verse
Show me your ways, O, Lord. Teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.
Psalm 25

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Michelle Blundy

Preschool Aide

Michelle Blundy

Preschool Aide

“I love the joy and pure fullness of my heart every day from being around the children and my fellow teachers.”

Working at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2014 and I have been working with children for 30 years. I have always loved working with children and watching as they learn and grow. The way that there is always a look of wonder in their eyes as they learn is so sweet.

Favorite Things
I enjoy tending to my family and my garden watching them both grow and bloom. I also love to read just about any book.

Favorite Verse
She opens her mouth with wisdom and teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:26

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Morgan Havey

Fourth Grade Teacher

Morgan Havey

Fourth Grade Teacher

“I love teaching at LCS because I get to inspire and grow young minds academically and in Christ.”

Education
BS in Elementary Education with a dual license in Early Childhood Education • Indiana University Fort Wayne

Deep Hope
My deep hope is to grow and show God’s grace and love for us and to show it to the world around us.

Favorite Things
I love spending quality time with family and friends.

Favorite Verse
For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7

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Dr. Nel LeCorn

Science

Dr. Nel LeCorn

Science

I love to teach because it gives me an opportunity to learn and share the genius of God’s creative nature.

Education
BA in Biology • Wellesley College
MB (Bachelor of Medicine), BAO (Bachelor of the Art of Obstetrics), BCh (Bachelor of Surgery) • University College Dublin


Deep Hope

My deep hope for my students is that they reawaken to the magic, beauty, joy, and wonder of critical thinking so that they can passionately know GOD—the tasting of Him and the compelling observation of His ways.

Favorite Verse
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Psalm 139:17

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Nicole Hayhurst

Preschool Teacher

Nicole Hayhurst

Preschool Teacher

I love working with children and being able to help them learn and grow into who God made them to be.

Education
BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education and Early Childhood 

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that each preschooler will recognize when God lifts them up, and for each of them to explore his world through their play and discovery, empowered by the gifts and talents God gave them.

Teaching at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2021. Prior to LCS, I taught for 13 years; I love to watch my students grow and discover new and exciting things.

Favorite Things
I love to spend time with family and friends. I also enjoy going to the lake house and camping.

Favorite Verse
For I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

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Omar Bjarki

Science & Bible, Registrar

Omar Bjarki

Science & Bible, Registrar

I believe God’s great creativity is best shown in the way He chooses to bring about the spiritual growth of His children — it is a privilege to be an influencer and a witness in this process.

Education
BS Physics • Harvey Mudd College
MS Physics • Michigan State University

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 1999. I love seeing how God works through our community to shape his people toward the Purpose they were created for. I believe God put me in this place for this role. If you want more of the story, talk to me about it sometime.

Favorite Things
For me, nothing beats a good road trip.

Favorite Verse
But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.
Jeremiah 18:4

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Paul Pelle

IT Manager

Paul Pelle

IT Manager

I love pointing students to Jesus and helping them grow in their faith.

Education
BA in Bible • Pensacola Christian College
Master of Divinity (MDiv) • Clarks Summit University

Deep Hope
My deep hope for students is that they would know Jesus personally, grow deeper in their faith, and impact their world for Jesus.

Teaching at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2020. I love that at LCS, I can point others to Jesus.

Favorite Things
I enjoy reading and watching a good movie.

Favorite Verse
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
Colossians 2:13-14

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Peter O’Neill

Music

Peter O’Neill

Music

I love spreading the joy of music to students and giving them the ability to continue in music in whatever way they wish.”

Education
Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a minor in Spanish • Taylor University
Master of Music in Music Education • Michigan State University

Deep Hope
My deep hope for myself and my students is that we would come together as members of the body of Christ to explore the joy of worshiping, learning, and creating – all through the gift of music.


Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2011. I became a teacher because I love working with students and showing them the joys of learning and creating. I love the community feel of the staff at LCS – like working on puzzles alongside of Mrs. Velasquez.

Favorite Things
I love playing board games, solving Rubik’s cubes, and making music.

Favorite Verse
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

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Rachelle Crawford

Nurse

Rachelle Crawford

Nurse

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Rochelle Kueppers

Art

Rochelle Kueppers

Art

I love explaining things or demonstrating skills in a way that most people will understand. There is something magical when a student gains confidence and skill.

Education
BA with a major in Ceramics and Drawing and a minor in Art History • Michigan State University
Michigan Teaching Certification: K-12 Art


Deep Hope

My deep hope is for my students to build their confidence in creativity, to find the joy of their imagination, to see the beauty in knowledge, and to find the wonder in curiosity.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2015, took a hiatus to be home, and then God called me back to teaching! I love explaining things or demonstrating skills in a way that most people will understand. There is something magical when a student gains confidence and skill as the lessons move forward.
I remember the moment I realized how important this school is to its students. I was preparing for the day in my art room and chapel was just beginning. All I could hear was young students singing praise songs, loud and strong! Like their whole soul was invested. It filled my room and filled me up with joy, encouragement, love, and a warmth that was unforgettable.

Favorite Things
I enjoy my home and backyard. I enjoy watching the scenery, tending to my chickens, bees, and indoor animals as well. I also enjoy just hanging out with my family with no agenda or time restraints. And I love going on adventures! I took a 10 day hiking trip through the Teton Mountains and I’ve been rock climbing in the Rockies. When I have mountains and trees, I’m very happy; but when I have a large sky in front of me, that is the best. If there is a horseback riding experience available, I usually jump at the chance!

Favorite Verse
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5

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Ryan Batson

Middle & High School Principal

Ryan Batson

Middle & High School Principal

I love education and especially Christian education. It is a wonderful profession because you can tell others about the glory of God.

Education
BS in Business Administration • Central Michigan University
MA in Teaching with an Early Childhood Endorsement • Wayne State University
Ed.S. in Administration • Wayne State University

Working at LCS
I came to LCS in 2022 after 15 years in education. The Lansing Christian community is wonderful. I love the community events that bring families and students together, such as our sporting events, concerts, and retreat.

Favorite Things
Working in my yard, reading, attending sporting events, and going up north.

Favorite Verse
“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

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Sara Vaughan

First Grade

Sara Vaughan

First Grade

I love being able to shape young minds and help children grow and become the person that God created them to be.

Education
BS in Language Arts with a minor in Early Childhood Education and ZA endorsement • Eastern Michigan University
MA in the Art of Teaching and Elementary Reading and Literacy • Marygrove College
Michigan Professional Teaching Certification

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that we will know Jesus, explore His creation, and discover how we fit in His story.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2015. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 5 years old and have never wavered. I love the “aha” moment that students get when they finally understand something tricky. I love the community and support that I receive from my administration and colleagues and any time we are able to worship together.

Favorite Things
I sing on the worship team at my church, and I love to be outdoors with my family!

Favorite Verse
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:7-12

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Sarah Bajema

Kindergarten Aide

Sarah Bajema

Kindergarten Aide

I love teaching children and sharing God’s love. I love being around kids! 

Education 
BA in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood ZA Endorsement • Calvin University
Michigan Elementary Teaching Certification 

Favorite Things
I love reading and swimming.

Favorite Verse
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

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Satara Nadarajan

Vocal Music

Satara Nadarajan

Vocal Music

“God has given us all an instrument and it is an honor to be able to teach others how to best use our voices for His Glory.

Education
BA Music Education • Southern Adventist University
MA Choral Conducting • Andrews University
Michigan Teaching Certification: Music Education K-12

Teaching at LCS
I started teaching at LCS in 2021.  What I love about LCS is the students! I love working with them and helping them grow their vocal abilities. One of my favorite memories is doing a “flash mob” Christmas performance during lunch due to our concert being canceled in 2021.

Favorite Things
I enjoy traveling the world and spending time in nature with my family.

Favorite Verse
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.
Isaiah 40:31

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Scott Davis

Band

Scott Davis

Band

I enjoy working with young people and seeing them develop musically.

Education
BA in Bible and Pastoral Studies • Maranatha Baptist Bible College
MA in Sacred Music • Pensacola Christian College
Michigan Teaching Certification: K-12 Music

Deep Hope
My deep hope for our bands is that we glorify God with our lives and musical talents so that people will see the love of God and desire His salvation.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2013, and taught for 20 years prior to coming to LCS. I love directing music and seeing the students improve, grow, and apply music. One of my favorite memories at LCS is one of our recent spring concerts. The groups played so well. You never know what might happen at a live performance.

Favorite Things
Fishing and watching sports.

Favorite Verse
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
Jeremiah 33:3

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Sheila Dykstra

Director of Educational Support Services

Sheila Dykstra

Director of Educational Support Services

I love helping students discover what they are truly capable of accomplishing.

Education
BS in Psychology/Special Education with endorsements in cognitive and emotional impairments • Grand Valley State University
Michigan Teaching Certification in Special Education

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that our students know they are uniquely created, deeply loved, and God is equipping them for their role in His Story.

Teaching at LCS
I have been working at LCS since 1992. I became a teacher because I want to help students discover who God created them to be. I love being a part of their journey. I cherish all the small uplifting moments with teachers and students through the years.

Favorite Things
I enjoy spending time with my family.

Favorite Verse
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9

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Sheri Shank

Director of Admissions

Sheri Shank

Director of Admissions

“I am passionate about Christian education and love sharing with prospective families how LCS cultivates children’s God-given abilities to prepare them for a life of purpose and significance.”

Education
BA in Interior Design • Michigan State University

Working at LCS
I began working at LCS in 2010 and have served many roles throughout my years at Lansing Christian School. I  have three children that have attended LCS since preschool – one graduate and two current high school students.

Favorite Verse
Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is – what is good and pleasing and mature.
Romans 12:2 

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Sheryl Eytcheson

Third Grade

Sheryl Eytcheson

Third Grade

I love children and God has filled me with a passion to help them grow spiritually and academically.

Education
BA in Elementary Education with a major in Social Studies • Spring Arbor University

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that we will discover that God made us unique. He knows our strengths and weaknesses and can use them ALL to build a better world.

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2005. I love children and God has filled me with a passion to help them grow spiritually and academically. I also love the family feeling and support at LCS. One year my students got me a demolition derby car. I was the only rookie and woman in the race, and I came in 3rd place! 

Favorite Things
Spending time with family, especially my son in Grand Rapids and my daughter and her family in Honduras.

Favorite Verse
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 46:10

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Stacy Suggate

Kindergarten

Stacy Suggate

Kindergarten

I love to learn and my students teach me something new every day.

Education
BA in Elementary Education from Spring Arbor University

Deep Hope
My deep hope is for my students to know they are children of God and to realize that this is something sacred.

Teaching at LCS
I began teaching at LCS in 2020. I became a teacher because I love working with kids – my students teach me something new each day. I love that at LCS, we are a family.

Favorite Things
I enjoy reading and gardening.

Favorite Verse
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

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Starr Velasquez

Spanish

Starr Velasquez

Spanish

“I teach because I love children – they are a blessing from God.

Education
General Associates • Lansing Community College

Deep Hope
My deep hope is that we would demonstrate God’s love by embracing people for who they are… wonderful creations made in the likeness of God.

Teaching at LCS
I have been teaching at LCS since 2006. I became a teacher because I enjoy helping people learn. I love that at LCS, I can stop my lesson so we can pray for a student in need.

Favorite Things
Cooking big family meals and having all of my family over.

Favorite Verse
Be still and know that I am God…
Psalm 46:10

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Tabitha McNeilly

After-Care

Tabitha McNeilly

After-Care

Bio coming soon

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Tammy Maki

Third Grade

Tammy Maki

Third Grade

“I love getting to know my students and discovering their unique talents and interests.”

Education
BA in English with a minor in Psychology  Calvin University
MA in English Literature • Michigan State University
Michigan Teaching Certification: Elementary K-8 Self-Contained


Deep Hope

My deep hope is that my students will treasure the natural world that God has created for them and that they will look for God’s fingerprints in the beautiful things around them.

Teaching at LCS
Teaching at LCS is a unique privilege. The ability to worship God in an educational setting is such an amazing opportunity to weave our faith through all aspects of Christian life. It is a blessing to partner with families in their child’s education and their faith.

Favorite Things
I enjoy reading, hiking with my family, and gardening.

Favorite Verse
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1

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Wendy Hofman

Head of School

Wendy Hofman

Head of School

“I believe in the mission of the school. I am honored to work with people that are passionate about what they do, care deeply about students, and daily live out their faith. I want LCS to provide excellence in Christian education for the years to come! I am also passionate about helping the Greater Lansing Community understand the mission of LCS and the long-term value of a Christ–centered education.


Wendy taught vocal music for 17 years before joining the administrative staff as middle and high school principal, where she served for five years. Wendy brings this experience and a deep commitment to Christian education to her role as Head of School. Wendy and her husband, Tom, are both products of Christian education, and Wendy is an alumna of LCS. They have three sons who are all graduates of LCS.

Deep Hope
It is my deep hope that Lansing Christian School would prepare students to put their hope in God and use their God-given gifts and abilities to serve God’s world.

What is the focus of your role as Head of School?
My focus is to bring our entire community – teachers, staff, parents, and students – around the mission of our school and the value of Christian education. Excellence in teaching and leading students is at the core of what it means to be a great school.


Favorite Verse
All of Psalm 103. This passage is an affirmation of my faith and continues to inspire and strengthen me, particularly when spoken out loud together with others in Christian community.
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name…”