“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Mrs. Linsey Buteyn
I officially began working with kids when I turned 12 years old and could finally become the neighborhood babysitter (although I think I was making up games and teaching anyone that would participate from the time I could talk!). My high school summers were filled with nannying as well as having way too much fun co-creating and running week long kids’ camps. I eagerly awaited the day when I could become a teacher!
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in 2011. I am certified in K-5 elementary education and in K-12 special education with an endorsement in cognitive impairments. Since graduating, I’ve had the opportunity to teach preschool, work with a variety of grade levels in special education, and teach 1st grade. Most recently, I taught 1st grade at The Potter’s House school for 5 years. While I was there, God called me to step back from my teaching job. I spent the last 2 years focusing on my family as well as completing my masters degree in learning disabilities at Grand Valley State University. I feel so blessed that God has opened a door for me to come teach 2nd grade at HCS this coming year. I am excited to be back with kids in the classroom!
I grew up in Grand Rapids with my parents and younger brother. I have so many wonderful memories of those years! My parents played a big role in developing my faith, beliefs and values that are so important to me today. I married my wonderful husband, Ryan, in 2011 shortly after graduating college. We have two young children, Leyna and Colson. Leyna is three, full of personality and energy, and is excited to be attending preschool at HCS this year. Colson is our happy and curious one-year-old. Our house is busy and filled with toys and Cheerios! I love spending time with my family, travelling to new places, being outdoors and camping, and tap dancing with friends at my childhood studio. We attend Encounter Church in Kentwood and are thankful for our community there.
I love building relationships with people. I think this is such an important first step in working with each other! I look forward to getting to know my students (and their families!) and understanding more about who God has created each of them to be. I believe that God has a purpose for each one of us, and I count it a blessing to be able to walk alongside His children and help them to discover His voice in their lives. I am thankful to be at a Christian school where we can integrate our faith into lessons and conversations throughout the day and also where we can help each other to grow in our relationship with and understanding of Jesus.
I have always had a heart for working with children. It’s important to me that I create a positive classroom atmosphere where children know they are an important part of the community and feel safe to learn and challenge themselves. I strive to help children succeed at their goals, and I truly treasure the moments when I see a smile of confidence shine through. I understand that each child learns differently, and I will do my best to meet each of them where they are at so that I can help them to reach their fullest potential this year!