“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
Mrs. Wendy VanDoeselaar
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a special education emphasis from Grand Valley State University. I also have completed a Master’s degree in learning disabilities from Grand Valley State University. I am certified to teach in a general education elementary classroom as well as in a classroom for students with learning disabilities, cognitive impairments and emotional impairments for all grades. I have additional training in All Kinds of Minds, Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools and Restorative Circles. My love for students who struggle began when I worked as a paraprofessional in the Inclusion classroom at Jenison Christian for 8 years where I assisted students with various impairments and taught small group math classes. I taught for one year at Wayland Union Middle School in a Learning Disabilities categorical room before coming to Hudsonville Christian. I have been teaching/directing in the Educational Support Services program at Hudsonville Christian Middle School since 2003.
My husband and I have been married since 1983, and we have three grown children. I also enjoy spending time with my two grandchildren. I am a member of Fair Haven Church where I have been involved with the Guest Services team, Bible study, short-term missions, orchestra and piano. Music is a love of mine, and I have had the privilege of being a worship leader for many years in addition to participating in musicals and other performances. I taught private clarinet lessons to middle and high school students. I like outdoor activities, too, like camping, hiking, running and cross-country skiing.
I view my main role as a Christian middle school teacher as being the “hands and feet of Jesus” at school. I strive to model Christ-like behavior with my words and actions. Helping students love Jesus is my top priority. Since God is the perfect Creator, I believe that He made each person unique. However, some students learn at a different rate or in a different way than other students. I attempt to help the students in my room understand how they learn and to use that knowledge to empower their learning. I endeavor to help students build a bridge over their weaknesses, while facilitating the discovery of strengths. I respectfully challenge students to perform schoolwork to the best of their abilities. I encourage independence for the students, and my decisions in the classroom are based on long-term benefits for students. By partnering with students, parents, the teaching teams, and the administration, I help provide the tools for success in school.