We are blessed to announce the staff for the 2017-2018 school year at Holland Adventist Academy. We extend a warm welcome to those incoming and sincerely thank our returning staff for their dedication and service to the students of Holland Adventist Academy.
JAMES HUNDERTMARK, JR. (Jim), Principal/Grades 9-10, M.A. Teaching, B.S. Mathematics
Mr. Hundertmark, along with his wife and children, will be coming to Holland Adventist Academy from Knoxville, Tennessee with over 17 years of teaching and administrative experience in K-12 institutions. He believes that being an educator is a high calling, and that he is here to serve our students, their parents, and our community to the very best of his ability.
MELISSA BORYCA, Grades 6-8, M.A. Educational Administration and Leadership, B.S. Elementary Education, B.A. Spanish
Ms. Boryca will be coming to Holland Adventist Academy from Escanaba, Michigan with over 8 years of teaching experience in multi-grade and junior academy schools. She grew up in the Chicago area and is eager to engage her students in active learning while empowering them to grow academically, emotionally, and socially. It is her hope that all of her students will see Christ in her life and choose to follow the one true King.
LAURA FRARY, Grades 3-5, M.A. Education, Reading & Literacy, B.S. Elementary Education, Minors in Mathematics and Language Arts
Mrs. Frary and her husband will be coming to Holland Adventist Academy from Taylor, Michigan where she has been teaching at Oakwood Adventist Academy since 2011. She grew up in the Muskegon area and is thrilled for the opportunity to relocate to familiar territory. She has wanted to be a teacher since she first started school as a Kindergartner, and this passion for teaching has developed into a desire to prepare students for the future both scholastically and spiritually.
NICKI GRIMSLEY, Grades K-2, M.S. Reading and Literacy, B.S. Elementary Education
Mrs. Grimsley is returning to teach K-2 at Holland Adventist Academy with over 12 years of experience creating multi-sensory lessons that capture children’s imaginations while ensuring that each one’s learning style and abilities are met. Her positive classroom management promotes student responsibility while building children’s confidence. Her goal is that every student will love learning and realize they have a Savior in Heaven who loves them more than they can possibly know.
CYNTHIA BROOKS, Kindergarten Aide, A.S. Nursing
Mrs. Brooks, and her husband Clifton, live in Grand Haven with their four children: Celeste, Carolina, Caleb, and Cyrus who have attended Holland Adventist Academy for several years. She is a member of the Grand Haven SDA Church where she has taught Sabbath School, coordinated children’s programs, and been Assistant Director for the Adventurer program. She has been a Registered Nurse for 17 years and loves working with children. She would like to give back through the ministry of winning souls through Adventist Education.
MEGAN MOCCA, Music Teacher, M.M. Choral Conducting (2018), B.S. in Music, Vocal Performance
Ms. Mocca taught music at Holland Adventist Academy the last several weeks of the 2016-2017 school year while simultaneously working on her Master's Degree in Choral Conducting at Andrews University. She has experience directing school vocal and bell choirs as well as being the Music Director for numerous churches throughout her college career. We have already been blessed by her expertise in establishing our very own bell choir and in broadening the skill and depth of the vocal choir education and performance in all grades.
JULIE PITTMAN, Physical Education Teacher, B.S. Elementary Education, Minors in Language Arts and Physical Education
Julie has grown up in the Holland community and resides in Zeeland with her husband, Daryl, and two daughters: Abigail and Ella who attend Holland Adventist Academy. She has taught Sabbath School in the children's division for several years at the Holland SDA Church as well as contributing as a Pathfinder Deputy Director and member of the social committee. She is patient and understanding with children and has experience in working with autistic children. She will be returning to teach P.E. at Holland Adventist Academy with a passion for sports activities and teaching students how to care for their bodies through physical education and positive choices.
RACHEL NEPHEW, Administrative Assistant, MPA, B.S. Sport Management
Rachel has been a member of the Holland SDA Church for eight years. She and her husband, Doug, reside in Holland and have three children: Derek, Ryan, and Charlie. Rachel is familiar with working in an office setting, as her background includes working for city and township government. Rachel works in our school office three days per week.
REBECCA ABEL, Administrative Assistant, B.B.A. with a focus in Marketing
The Abel family recently moved to Holland from Calhoun, Georgia. Rebecca and her husband, Jeff, have three children: Tori, Alli, and Isaac who all attend Holland Adventist Academy. She previously worked at the Coble Elementary School in Georgia as the P.E. teacher, substitute teacher, and helped at the front desk. Rebecca works in our school office two days per week.
We are so thankful God has supplied our needs for staffing and a larger facility. Thank you for your support. We appreciate your continued prayers as we look forward to what the Lord has in store for the 2017-2018 school year.