It’s amazing to see some things come full circle. For me, God started my career path in the very halls of SCS. When I was in the 7th grade, Mr. VanDrunen introduced me to a book called, Dibs, In Search of Self, written by Virginia M. Axline. I was moved by this book and bothered by how a child could not access the kind of education I was receiving. I was also very curious about how God created the brain and its intricacies. These wonderings led me to pursue a career in school psychology.
I graduated from Calvin College with a BA in psychology. From there, I pursued my Masters of Education and Educational Specialist degrees from Indiana State University. I started my career in private practice in Sylva, North Carolina where I worked in rural schools during the school day and saw children and families for private therapy and evaluations in the late afternoons. One day per week I also worked at Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital in Asheville, NC, performing neuropsychological evaluations and cognitive-behavioral therapy for children with ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, and other developmental and clinical needs.
In 2002, my husband, Robb, and I moved back to Sheboygan to be closer to family and to raise our three children, Nicholas, Brett, and Elianna. Giving our children the opportunity to attend SCS was a large part of our decision to move back. I worked part-time at Kohler School District as the Director of Special Education, School Psychologist, and K-3 Guidance Counselor. In 2005, I was given the opportunity to job share a similar position in the Oostburg School District where I worked with a talented team of administrators who eventually encouraged me to take a break from school psychology to consider administration. After going back to graduate school at Concordia University to get training in administration, I became the Oostburg Elementary principal in 2014.
Through these different paths, I never would have believed that in 2016 God would call me back to SCS. I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity to lead SCS’s mission for our students. I am thankful I get to be a part of making sure all students have access to excellent Christian education. God is building his kingdom through our work with His children!