Matthew 22:37-39

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Mrs. Jennifer VanderSluis

Professional Biography

I graduated in 2015 from Calvin College with a BA in Elementary Education and Special Education. During my first full year of teaching, I had the joy of teaching second grade at Abundant Life Christian School in Gracias, Honduras. This experience helped me grow in many ways as a teacher, and I believe the Lord used that time to equip me for my job at Hudsonville Christian Elementary. I am thrilled to be a part of such an incredible, Christ-centered community where I can continue to grow alongside my wonderful coworkers.

Personal Biography

I was born and raised in Kalamazoo, but I currently reside in Grand Rapids. I come from a large family that loves spending time together whenever we can. We often spend our summers boating, swimming, and cooking out on Gull Lake. I absolutely love to be outdoors, especially camping with friends up north on Lake Michigan. One of my biggest passions is traveling, and it led me to meeting my husband when we were studying abroad in Spain in college. The HCS community has welcomed us in with open arms and we are grateful to be surrounded by such an amazing group of people.

Philosophical Biography

I believe that every person is created in the image of God and it is our profound responsibility to care for our neighbor as we care for ourselves. I believe that we are called to be stewards of God’s creation and everything in it. In my classroom, I strive to create and environment where students feel comfortable enough to express themselves and grow alongside their peers in a way that honors God. It is an environment where we learn to respect one another and care for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope when students leave my room they feel the pull to be stewards of God’s earth and they seek ways to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.