Schools in Boyden and Hull started classes this week. Following is a list of the new teachers in each school.
Name: Nathan Alexander
Position: Sixth grade teacher
Name: Trevor Friedel
Position: English Language Learner teacher, first year
Hometown: Danbury, Iowa
Degree: Secondary history education from Morningside College
Reason he became a teacher: A desire to encourage all students to succeed
What he loves about teaching: Being able to teach and learn with students.
Greatest challenge: Finding ways to engage all learners every day.
Favorite activities: Football, historical articles, reading
Name: Ashley Jasper
Position: English teacher, first year
Hometown: Hebron, Nebraska
Degree: Secondary English education, coaching/reading endorsements from Morningside College
Reason she became a teacher: I love reading and I hoped to find a job where I could share that passion.
What she loves about teaching: Teaching a range of grades and texts, working with a variety of students to develop their appreciation of literature.
Greatest challenge: It’s my first year of teaching.
Residence: Orange City
Family: Husband, Mitch Jasper
Favorite activities: Volleyball, reading, baking, cooking
Name: Toby Maggert
Position: High school math teacher, first year
Hometown: Matlock, Iowa
Degree: Secondary math teaching from UNI
Reason he became a teacher: I tutored students in high school and enjoyed it, so I decided to try teaching. In my first experience I discovered I loved it.
What he loves about teaching: I can make a positive difference in somebody’s life every single day.
Greatest challenge: Sitting down to start grading papers.
Family: Parents and a brother
Favorite activities: Wrestling, reading, swimming
Name: Brice Montgomery
Position: Industrial technology educator, first year
Hometown: Royal, Iowa
Degree: Industrial technology education from Wayne State College
Reason he became a teacher: Love of woodworking and other areas of industrial technology.
What he loves about teaching: The creativity and hard-working spirit that students bring into industrial technology classes.
Greatest challenge: Keeping students on task and productive every day.
Family: Father, brother and two sisters
Favorite activities: Woodworking
Name: Heidi Vanden Top
Position: Special education teacher
Hometown: Alcester, SD
Degree: English education from Northwestern College, special education from Morningside College
Experience: Special education teacher at Iowa Connections Academy
Reason she became a teacher: I love learning and helping others to learn.
What she loves about teaching: Getting to know and work with students and their families.
Residence: Sioux Center
Family: Husband, Josh
Favorite activities: Reading, traveling, baking, gardening
Name: Kent Zevenbergen
Position: High school science
Hometown: Hollandale, Minnesota
Degree: Bachelor’s of Science from Dordt College
Experience: Dakota Christian in New Holland, South Dakota, Western Christian in Hull, Gehlen Catholic in LeMars
Reason he became a teacher: I love the energy and enthusiasm of high school kids. I always say, ‘I’ve matured, I just haven’t grown up!’
What he loves about teaching: I love the Aha! moments when something is truly discovered and learned. I also love it when former students return to tell me how well they were prepared for college and a career.
Greatest challenge: Keeping up with technology.
Family: Wife, Tami; son, Marcus, a junior at Dordt College; son, Ryan, a sophomore at Dordt College; daughter, Kayla, a junior at Western
Favorite activities: Golf, family vacations, home improvement projects
Hull Christian School
Name: Lee DeGroot
Position: Paraprofessional, first year
College education: Northwestern College and Iowa State University
Reason you wanted to become a paraprofessional: To work with children and give back to HCS.
What you love about your position: Working with children
Greatest challenge: Learning and figuring out individual needs from day to day.
Family: Husband, pastor Doug DeGroot, four sons – Chase (Beth), Dodge (Jordan), Dash (Amber), Cruise, and a daughter Aysha Lynn, four grandchildren
Favorite activities: Road trips, playing with grandkids, public speaking, spending time with Pastor Doug in the Cornerstone Christian Reformed Prison Church
Name: Rachel Louwerse
Position: Resource room teacher, first year
Hometown: Sioux Center
Degree: Elementary education and special education from Dordt College
Reason she became a teacher: I have always loved working with kids.
What she loves about teaching: I get to use my passion for teaching in order to instill a love for learning in students I work with every day.
Greatest challenge: The needs of students are always changing so I need to constantly come up with new ideas and materials to meet the needs of students I work with.
Residence: Sioux Center
Family: Husband, Andrew; parents and three siblings
Favorite activities: Camping, baking, cooking, crafting
Reformed Christian School
Name: Kyle Brummel
Position: Fifth grade teacher, first year
Degree: Elementary education, middle school, coaching and P.E. endorsements from Dordt College
Reason he became a teacher: I like school. It runs in the family. My dad, Pete, was a teacher and principal. My sister is a teacher.
What he loves about teaching: I love being part of kids’ lives and helping them grow up to be good Christian men and women.
Greatest challenge: This is my first teaching position, so I’m kind of nervous
Residence: Orange City
Family: Wife, Rachel; parents, 11 siblings
Favorite activities: Sports
Trinity Christian High School
Name: Rochelle Bloemendaal
Position: English teacher
Hometown: Lyon County between Doon and Rock Rapids
Degree: English Education from Dordt College
Experience: Loveland Protestant Reformed Christian School, Loveland, Colorado; Central Lyon High School, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Reason she became a teacher: I loved my first grade teacher, so since first grade my friend Sarah and I were sure that we were both going to follow in her footsteps.
What she loves about teaching: I love seeing the maturity the kids gain over the school year. It’s so rewarding watching them learn and understand — the light bulb moments.
Greatest challenge: Balance of time between school and home.
Residence: North of Hull
Family: Husband, Ben; children, Malachi and Asher
Favorite activities: Reading, playing board games, time with family
Western Christian High School
Name: Laurissa Bowan
Position: English 11 and 12 Teacher
Hometown: Manhattan, Montanna
Degree: English and education degrees from Dordt College
Experience: Covenant Christian High School, DeMotte, Indiana
Reason she became a teacher: Loves reading, writing and working with high school students.
What she loves about teaching: Encouraging kids to develop a love and passion for writing and reading; loves seeing the passion the community has for Western.
Family: Parents, siblings
Favorite activities: Film buff, music, art of all kinds, hiking