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Alberts, Joel
Principal, 7th/8th Bible and PE Teacher

Education:  B.A. Calvin College (European History and Secondary Education, 2005), M.A. Villanova University (Graduate Teacher Education, 2011)

Experience:  Phil-Mont Christian Academy (Erdenheim, PA): 2006-2015, Everett Christian School (Everett, WA): 2015-present

I believe that the primary goal of learning is seeking truth about the world. As a Christian I believe that Jesus Christ is the TRUTH. So learning is a pursuit of seeking Christ in all things. Seeking Christ in all things impacts how we see the world, but also how we are called to act in the world. I also believe that our responsibility as a Christian community is to pass the TRUTH on to the next generation. So the Christian school is an institution that is concerned about learning that is focused on seeking Christ in all things and how to act in response. Everett Christian School seeks to pass on and learn about the TRUTH in partnership with the Christian home and church.

Hobbies/Personal Interest:  long distance running, biking, hiking, reading history books, traveling and spending time with my wife and kids

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Davelaar, Dan
5th-8th Teacher

Education:  Dordt College, Sioux City, IA 1981, Biology Endorsement - Seattle Pacific University

Experience:  Flathead Christian (Kalispell, MT)  1981-1988, Calvin Christian (Edina, MN) 1989-1992,  Everett Christian  1992-present

I believe that we are put on this earth for a purpose.  That purpose is to know, love, and serve our Lord Jesus Christ.  Christian education focuses on that purpose.  Although all educational institutions teach much of the same material, they don’t share the same goal.  Our school’s and my personal goal is to help our students to live out their faith in the world by providing them with the tools that they will need.  I also, believe that we are to be stewards of the world that God has provided for us.  Our purpose is to the serve the Lord in all areas of life.  I want my students to be thoughtful and insightful believers in Christ.  That type of person will bring honor to God.

Hobbies/Personal Interest:  bird watching, woodcarving (birds and walking sticks), hiking, art (drawing and watercolor), woodworking, and gardening

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DeJong, Rachel
1st/2nd Teacher

Education:  Dordt College, 1999, Elementary and Special Education

I have been teaching 1st and 2nd grade at Everett Christian School since 1999, and I have found it to be a wonderful experience.  Our mission at ECS is to prepare students to be servants of God in His world, and I strive to do this in the 1st/2nd grade classroom through lessons and everyday interactions.  I love to see my students showing Jesus’s love to their peers, and I love to see them get excited to learn about God’s world.  Watching them grow academically, socially, and spiritually is an absolute joy!

Teaching at Everett Christian School is like being part of a family.  We are a small school, so the staff knows all the students by name (and the students know each other as well!).  We are able to have many days where the whole school does activities together.  I often see my first and second graders giving hugs to seventh and eighth graders in the hallways.  It is so wonderful to work at a place where I am free to share and live my faith in the Lord Jesus.

I graduated from Dordt College in 1999 with majors in Elementary and Special Education.  I moved to Washington soon after graduation to teach at Everett Christian School.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking, walking, spending time with friends, and playing with my cat.   

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Hays, Jennifer
3rd/4th Teacher

Experience: 2nd Grade teacher, Children of the King, New Jersey 1998-1999
3rd Grade teacher, City Tree Christian School, San Diego, California 1999-2001
5th Grade math teacher, Lehua Elementary, Pearl City, Hawaii 2007-2008
Homeschooled own children 2009-2014
3rd/4th Grade teacher, Everett Christian School, Everett, Washington 2015-Present

I started my Christian school experience when I was in the first grade, at Ontario Christian School, in California and it continued until I graduated from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  As I grew I enjoyed my education in academics and life.  My education shaped who I am, my relationship with God and how I view the world.

But it was not until I became a parent that my belief in Christian education increased.  I truly value knowing that what we believe and teach at home is reinforced and supported at school.  Loving and serving God touches every area our lives and is not just reserved for Sunday morning.  Why and what we learn needs to have its foundation on the Lord.  As a teacher, I believe education starts with relationships, our relationship to the Lord and each other.  It is my role as a teacher to guide my students as we learn and to point them to God in all areas of life.

Hobbies, personal interests: 
My husband and I have 3 children, one of which came to us through adoption.  As a family we love camping, sports and family fun nights.  In 2015 my husband retired after 20 years of service in the Navy.  We have decided to make Everett our home and finally put down some roots.  I love reading and I love books.  One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is go to thrift stores and search through all the books.  I love the color red, hearts and nature.  I really enjoy spending my time organizing, creating, crafting and cheering on the Seahawks and Sounders!

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Jenkins, Elaine
5th-8th Language Arts Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Education from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

The middle school years are some of the most developmental years in a child’s life.  Spiritually, academically and socially students will form lifelong work habits, beliefs and worldviews.  My passion is to, along with parents, lay down or secure this foundation.  I love that Everett Christian’s smaller class sizes allow me to make sure “no one falls between the cracks,” in any area.  We are able to build relationships with students through high level thinking, hard work and a sincere, genuine care for the student.  Everett Christian also allows me to prepare students for high school – either private or public.  We find that most students are very well prepared for the next chapter in their education.

Teaching in a Christian school allows us to teach everything from a Christian perspective…whether that is spelling, math, writing or reading, we are able to “take our curriculum to the next level” and explore how it fits in our world!  What a great thing this is in a world of brokenness!  (This also encourages some very critical thinking skills in students!)  I feel blessed to be able not only pray with my students, but often form lasting relationships with them!

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Education from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.  I’ve taught in both public and private school and have taught in Toronto, Canada, suburban Chicago and here at ECS for 20 years.

I have three children who have ALL attended ECS from K-8th grade and are all now currently attending college.  My husband and I have been married 27 years and we enjoy travelling, most sports, and being active in our church.

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VanKooten, Irene
3rd/4th Teacher

3rd/4th Bible, Science, Social Studies, Art
7th/8th Math

I am passionate about teaching because I love inspiring my students to learn about the world around them. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm about a subject and teaching students how to use that knowledge to become servants of Christ in all areas of life. Teaching at Everett Christian School has been a huge blessing for me. The “family atmosphere” at ECS means that parents, teachers, and students all work together not only in our school, but also in our community. Our staff regularly collaborates on ways to become better teachers and how to better serve the children in our care.

After receiving my B.A. in Elementary Education from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), I taught 5th and 6th graders in North Carolina for three years and I spent another three years teaching 5th and 6th graders in California. After moving to Washington, I took several years off from teaching to stay at home with my children. I have taught at Everett Christian School since 2003.

My husband and I have three children; all three have graduated from ECS. We are so thankful for the education that they received.

In my free time I enjoy crocheting, reading, volunteering at the Marysville Food Bank, and playing the violin at my church.