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Gretchen VanHeukelum


Mrs. Gretchen VanHeukelum, Librarian

Email: gvanheukelum@allendalechristian.com

Personal Biography
My husband, Randy, and I recently moved to Grand Haven! We are enjoying our new home in Robinson Township between Allendale and Grand Haven. We have two adult children. Our son and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Lynette, live and work in Chicago. They are both mechanical engineers. Our daughter, AnaIsa, is 23. She graduated from Trinity Christian College in May with a degree in Criminal Justice. She is living home and working as a Youth Specialist at Wedgwood Christian Services. As a family, we enjoy outdoor activities, sports, traveling, and camping. My personal hobbies include reading, walking, indoor and outdoor plants, and scrap booking. We recently joined covenant Life Church in Grand Haven.

Professional Biography
My educational background includes a BA from Calvin College in education and a Master’s Degree in classroom teaching from Michigan State University. After Calvin, I taught 1st grade for six years and then spent a number of years at home while my children were young. During that time, I had an in-home tutoring business, working with children anywhere from 1st grade through 12th grade. In 1998, I returned to the school setting at Hudsonville Christian Middle School where I spent two years as a paraprofessional in the resource room and six years teaching language arts classes. I am now in my tenth year at ACS, and I thoroughly enjoy having a 6th grade homeroom as well as teaching 6th grade Bible, 6th and 7th grade language arts, 7th and 8th grade social studies, as well as designing the yearbook.

Teaching Philosophy
I feel that my primary role as a Christian educator is to be an encourager. I strive to encourage each child to appreciate, utilize, and develop God’s gifts and to seek to discover how God wishes to use him or her in His kingdom work. I also feel that the Christian school classroom is the perfect place to build a community of support and appreciation for one another.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12