Jim Hundertmark, Principal, Grades 9-10
Mr. Hundertmark has more than 17 years of experience teaching and leading K-12 schools. His gift for communication and need analysis are part of what has enabled him to develop systems that ensure student success. In addition, he is known for his collaborative approach of engaging students, parents, and board members in creating an even better school.
"I believe being an educator is a high calling, and I'm here to serve to the very best of my ability," says Mr. Hundertmark.
Melissa Boryca, Grades 6-8
M.A. Educational Administration and Leadership
B.S. Elementary Education
Ms. Boryca has eight years of experience teaching at Adventist schools. She eagerly engages students in active learning and is skilled in providing differentiated instruction to meet the unique needs of each student. A passionate learner herself, Ms. Boryca likes to incorporate lessons she's learned from her adventures volunteering and studying abroad into her classroom.
"I enjoy teaching because it gives me an opportunity to share the knowledge I have gained in my life experiences," Ms. Boryca says. "It is my hope that all students may see Christ through me, and it is truly exhilarating to see when a student makes that life choice to follow the one true King!"
Laura Frary, Grades 3-5
M.S. Education, Reading and Literacy
B.S. Elementary Education
Mrs. Frary has seven years of experience teaching grades K-5. She has also been actively involved in kids' ministries at Camp AuSable, tutoring at Andrews University's Student Success Center, and providing training as team lead at Michigan's Adventure.
"Why am I passionate about teaching? I've wanted to be a teacher since I first started school in kindergarten," Mrs. Frary says. "I love learning, and I enjoy sharing that with my kids. The classes I enjoyed the most in school were taught by teachers who you could tell were passionate about the content they were teaching. I strive to be like those teachers every day."
Nicki Grimsley, Grades K-2
M.S. Reading and Literacy
B.S. Elementary Education
Mrs. Grimsley has 12 years of experience teaching grades K-2 that includes serving as an inclusion teacher for students with special needs. She has a talent for developing multi-sensory lessons that capture children's imaginations while ensuring that each one's learning style and abilities are met. In addition, her positive classroom management promotes student responsibility while building children's confidence.
"I feel truly blessed to teach the grades I love in a Christ-centered environment," Mrs. Grimsley says. "My goal is that every student will love learning and look forward to coming to school. I pray they each will realize how much their teachers care for them and more importantly, that they have a Savior in Heaven who loves them more than they can possibly know."
Megan Mocca, Music
M.M. Choral Conducting - In Progress
B.S. Music, Vocal Performance
Ms. Mocca has several years of experience directing school vocal and bell choirs. In addition, she has served as the music director for multiple churches throughout her college career. Her expertise has played a valuable role in establishing a bell choir at Holland Adventist Academy and in broadening students' vocal choir education and performance skills.
Julie Pittman, PE & Substitute Teacher
M.Ed. Special Education - In Progress
B.S. Elementary Education, Minor in Physical Education
Mrs. Pittman has eight years of experience serving as a substitute teacher and several additional years of experience serving as an art therapist for students in grades K-6. She is passionate about sports and teaching students how to care for their bodies through physical education and positive choices.
Cynthia Brooks, Kindergarten Aide
Ms. Brooks has 17 years of experience as a registered nurse. She loves working with children and has played an active role as a Sabbath School teacher, children's program coordinator, and assistant director of the Adventurer program at the Grand Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church. As a kindergarten aide, she hopes to give back through the ministry of winning souls through Adventist education.
Cheryl Johnson, Bible Labs Coordinator
Mrs. Johnson has a passion for Adventist Christian education and enjoys being able to serve at the church school as the Bible Labs Coordinator. Among many other things, this involves helping students become involved in outreach activities such as raking leaves, collecting items for Christmas boxes, coordinating nursing home visits, and sending encouraging cards to church members.
"I find it such an important element in Christian growth, especially for children, to give back to the community, as it helps them to think of others before themselves," Mrs. Johnson says. "It is such a blessing to be a part of this ministry."
Rachel Nephew, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Nephew is everything you could ask for in an administrative assistant! In addition to being friendly and helpful, her background in business has equipped her with exceptional research, multi-tasking, and communication skills.
Rebecca Abel, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Abel has several years of experience serving as a physical education teacher in addition to the time she has spent working in business as a consultant and analyst. She is fantastic at interacting with students and making sure things run smoothly.