When the doors of Hope Christian School opened back in 1975 I was a mere ten-year-old student and my future husband Gary a fourteen-year-old student. My husband and I later had the privilege of watching our four children grow and thrive through their years of godly instruction here. Knowing the blessing that this school has been for us both as students and as parents, I was thrilled when in 2010 I was given the privilege of walking through her doors in yet another capacity, this time as the new kindergarten teacher. May God daily grant me the wisdom and heart for this special calling.
I received a BA from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979 and began teaching grades K through 4 at Hope Christian School that September. I taught for 5 years before leaving to care for my family. The fall of 2003 I returned to teach kindergarten at Hope. After four years of teaching kindergarten I moved to teaching multiple grades and currently teach grades 1 through 3. I enjoy the challenge of teaching beginning learners. Their eagerness for learning is a true joy.
I was born in Grand Rapids, MI, but moved to California at an early age, where I attended Hope Christian School in Redlands, then went on to Yucaipa High School. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of Redlands in 2000. My teaching career at Hope Christian School began in 1999, where I have taught a variety of grades from 3rd through 6th. In 2012, I became administrator and continue to enjoy the various duties of my calling as teacher.
New to both California and teaching, I took up the 6-8th grade teaching position in January, 2019. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Dordt College in Northwest Iowa, where I grew up. My parents, Lyle and Mary Van Ravenswaay, are both teachers, and so is my older sister. In my free time, I enjoy going on hikes with my husband and our dog. I love spending time with children, and find it a true blessing to have the opportunity to teach them.
I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. I attended the Parkland Immanuel Christian from Kindergarten to Grade 12, graduating in 2014. I enrolled in the Education Transfer Program at Macewan University and after two years, successfully transferred to the University of Alberta. I graduated in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, majoring in Social Studies and minoring in the Biological Sciences. I got married in the summer of 2018 and began work as the high-school teacher in Redlands shortly thereafter.
High School Spanish
I was born and raised in West Michigan. After graduating from Covenant Christian High School (CCHS), I went on to Grand Valley State University to major in Spanish and minor in Mathematics with a focus on secondary education. Upon getting my teaching degree, I taught for CCHS first in person and then via live stream from Northern Ireland, where I have lived since 2013 with my husband. We have two young children and attend Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Ballymena. In 2018 I started teaching Spanish for Hope Christian School in Redlands. It truly is a blessing to have this chance to do what I love with the support of others who see the importance of good Christian education.
I was born in Katy, Texas, and attended three different grade schools before going to Covenant Christian High School (CCHS), from which I graduated in 2014. I attended Grand Valley State University for a year, majoring in secondary education (English), but then I switched over to Grand Rapids Community College, where I completed my Associate degree in Child Development. I worked in the Academic Support room at CCHS for a year before getting married and moving to California, and I am now a full-time aide at Hope.
Carisa den Hartog
PE Grades 3-8
High School Interim PE
Carisa is a wife and mother and member of HPRC Redlands. She has a love for children and teaching, especially Physical Education. She has taught PE to various grades at HCS for several years. She currently teaches PE to kindergarten and grades 3-11 at HCS.
Art: Grades 3-5
Lorianne is a wife and mother and member of HPRC Redlands. She has a love for Christian education and has taught art and music classes to various grades at HCS for many years. She also coordinates and directs the annual Spring Program.