Category: Faculty & Staff

Administration & Staff

Kari Alsum
Choir Accompanist

Credentials: Church & School Choir Accompanist and Piano Teacher
Experience: With Zion since 2010
Church: Cornerstone URC

Jesse Aukeman
Academic Adviser & Development

Credentials: B.A. Communications, Grove City College
Experience: Various admin and development roles since 2006; Teaching since 2011
Church: Bethel URC

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Sarah Bierling
Office Manager

Credentials: B.S. Business Administration, Trinity Christian College
Experience: Credit Management; With Zion since 2002
Church: Trinity URC

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Joel Bont
Athletic Director

Credentials: B.A. Physical Education, Calvin College
Experience: With Zion since 2012
Church: First CRC of Byron Center

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Michelle Deutschmann
Learning Enrichment Services Director

Credentials: B.S. Elementary Education, Shippensburg University; M.Education Learning Disabilities, Calvin College
Experience: Teaching since 2001
Church: Harvest OPC

Kel DeVries
Facilities Director

Experience: Over 40 yrs experience maintenance and skilled trades 
Church: Trinity URC

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Jennifer Eriks
School Counselor
Michelle Hilton
Office Assistant

Credentials: Excel Academies of Cosmetology
Experience: Various administrative support roles since 1998
Church: Bethany URC

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Todd Hoekstra

Credentials: B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Calvin College
Experience: Accounting & Office Administration since 2004; With Zion since 2014
Church: Harvest OPC

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Sue McCrory
Elementary Principal

Credentials: B.A. Education, Calvin College
Experience: Teaching since 1976
Church: Harvest OPC

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Melissa Postma
Learning Enrichment Services

Credentials: Studies at Community College
Experience: With Zion since 2008
Church: Bethel URC

Caryn Simon
LES Support

Credentials: B.A. Elementary Ed, Cornerstone University; B.A. Religious Studies, Grace Christian University
Experience: Teaching since 2018
Church: Cedar OPC

Dr. Peter Tjapkes
High School Principal

Credentials: B.A. History, Calvin College; M.A. and Ph.D. History, University of Michigan
Experience: With Zion since 1999
Church: Harvest OPC

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Amy VanBeek
Learning Enrichment Services Aide

Credentials: Coursework at Grand Rapids Community College
Experience: With Zion since 2011
Church: Cornerstone URC

Lisa VanSolkema
LES Support

Credentials: B.A. Elementary Education, Calvin College
Experience: Teaching since 1988
Church: First CRC of Byron Center

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Nancy Wiersma
Office Assistant

Credentials: Bookkeeper & office manager for over 20 years
Experience: With Zion since 2007
Church: Byron Center Bible

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Patt Ybema
Hot Lunch Coordinator

Credentials: ServSafe Manager and Allergen Certification
Experience: Various food service roles since 2015
Church: Dutton URC

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