Meet Our Staff

Our Principal

 Mr. Bill T. Napp

 School Administrator/ Principal

bnapp@OtsegoChristianAcademy.org

 

 Our Teachers

DSCF9498Cindy Roberts       Preschool
croberts@OtsegoChristianAcademy.org

I am a believer in Jesus Christ, wife to Ron, mother to 3 daughters and 3 sons-in-law, and grandma to 2 grandsons.  I went to Bryan College and am currently continuing my education at Kellogg Community College in Early Childhood Education.   I think little kids are great!  I find them refreshing and sincere.   I enjoy helping them see the world and learn to live in it the way God has planned.  I think that children today need love, respect, guidance, and encouragement to grow into the adults God intended them to be.  I also believe that the process is as important as the end result and want them to enjoy the journey.  I love to have fun but also think that children need to be taught not just tolerated, so I want to help them understand how to give to and love others as well as themselves.

 

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Carrie Albertson
Kindergarten                                                                   calbertson@OtsegoChristianAcademy.org

I grew up in a Christian home and was led to the Lord by my mom at the age of 6. With a family full of teachers I felt God calling me at an early age to become a teacher myself. I graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College with a degree in Elementary Education. I then received am Early Childhood Endorsement from Drake University.

After spending two years overseas, teaching on the island of Saipan, I came back to the states to teach three years in Illinois. God then led me to Otsego Christian Academy where I love working with the students, families, and staff!

My interests include reading Christian fiction novels, taking long walks to enjoy God’s creation, and being involved in my local church. My life verse is: Romans 1:16, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (ESV)

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Ruth Nichols            1st and 2nd Grade  rnichols@OtsegoChristianAcademy.org

A teacher’s task: take a lot of live wires and see that they are well grounded.

I was raised in a Christian home and trusted Jesus as my Savior in first grade.  I attended K-12 public schools and Christian universities.  Although I was drawn to the field of education, I chose a Bachelor’s in English.  My reasoning: before teaching, have something to teach!  I needed to experience the work world and parenting before entering the classroom.  How the Lord works is a continual wonder!

God directed my attention to Hs creation and to the joy of teamwork.  My husband and I toured the U.S. as high school assembly technicians; we settled in St. Joseph; I worked as a children’s librarian; and finally, we worked as team management at self-storage facilities.  Despite my sometimes faltering steps, I believe God orchestrated those experiences to His glory.

In 1994, God blessed us with twins.  Presently, our son is at Cornerstone University, and our daughter, who is multiply impaired, has the job of keeping our home nest occupied.  I am indebted to their teachers, therapists, and nurses throughout the years.  They supported our children, but also, they influenced my philosophy: approach each child individually and craft instruction to his/her God-given design.

In 2003, God opened the door for me to earn a teaching certificate and a Master’s in Elementary Education.  I taught kindergarten-first grade for nine years at a local Christian school where I focused on learning differences and education from a Biblical worldview.

I am so grateful to be in service to God at Otsego Christian Academy since 2014.  My desire is that my students’ prayer may be:  Ps. 119:73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me:  give me understanding that I may learn thy commandments.

 

 

 

Janine Borling                         3rd and 4th Grade jborling@otsegochristianacademy.org

Teaching at OCA is the fulfillment of God’s calling on my life that started when I was a child. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be teacher and I’m thankful that I am now teaching at a school I attended when I was in elementary school.

I’m a local girl! I grew up in Otsego, attended Otsego Christian Academy (then Otsego Baptist Academy), and graduated from Otsego High School. I attended Cedarville University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with minors in Bible and English. After graduation I taught kindergarten in an inclusion classroom in Ohio and then first grade at Otsego Baptist Academy. My professional experience also includes being a substitute teacher, a preschool teacher, and (most recently) a special education paraprofessional.

I enjoy working with children, helping them see God in every aspect of life. I get excited when I see them master a new skill, make a friend and find joy in helping others. I like to celebrate life, including each season & holiday, and you’ll often hear me say, “We’re making memories!”

My husband, Scott, works for the City of Kalamazoo, and in 2016 we celebrated 20 years of marriage. We are blessed to have three children: Quinn, Nate and Madelyn. Some of our favorite activities are visiting Lake Michigan, swimming, playing with our golden retriever, Lily, water gun fights and anything that ends in laughter.

Amy Forsman                                                    5th and 6th Grade aforsman@OtsegoChristianAcademy.org

 I teach grades 5/6 and Spanish here at Otsego Christian Academy.  Christian education has very much impacted my own life.  I attended Christian school from preschool all the way through university.  It was actually in my second grade classroom, at eight years of age, that I decided I wanted to give Jesus all of me. I heard about the story of Ruth, her struggles and willingness to give up everything to go with Naomi and I wanted to follow Jesus like that.  As I grew in my faith and understanding, I felt God calling me to be a teacher; to have an impact on kids the way so many of my teachers had impacted me.  I also felt a strong calling to the mission field.

 After high school, I attended Kingswood University in New Brunswick, Canada and majored in Christian School Education and minored in Cross Cultural Missions.  It was at Kingswood that I married my husband of nine years.  We both graduated in 2008 and my husband took a ministry job as a youth pastor in Muskegon, Michigan.  We both grew so much from that opportunity!  After serving for 5 years in that position, we moved here to Plainwell with our two children Noah (4) and Abbie (2).  It was here that God called us to serve at a new parachute church and I found a place here at the academy.

 I love working with kids and building relationships with them as they learn about the world around them.  Here at OCA, they are able to build their faith foundation and work out the tough questions with teachers and staff who truly care about them.  God has called us to a mission here of, “assisting Christian parents in the training of their children by providing a quality, Christ-centered education that equips them for a life committed to serving God” and that is what really does happen.

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Linda Hulin                                                           Junior High
lhulin@OtsegoChristianAcademy.org

Let me introduce myself! My name is Linda Hulin – wife to retail guru Jeff; proud mother of 4 wonderful, married children (Ben, Whitney, Cason, and Tanner); and Mimi to 3 handsome grandboys (#4 is a girl and due very soon!). I am a lover of books and my Kindle, I enjoy designing and piecing quilts, I love to dig in the dirt, I would travel more if I could, and you’ll find me downhill skiing when West Michigan gets enough snow! Oh, and did I mention that I love peaches, blueberries, ice cream, and dark chocolate, not necessarily in that order!

Prior to coming to OCA, I taught for 14 years at Community Baptist Christian School in South Bend, IN. We moved when my husband was given a new management position. Because he is in retail, we have moved around a lot, but we always called and visited prospective churches and Christian schools before taking a new position. We’re thankful that the Lord provided a K-12 Christian education for all of our children. We value Christian education as an arm of the family to reinforce the principles and beliefs of the home guided by God’s Word. It wasn’t always easy financially, but God provided in many different ways, and it was worth it. Our three oldest kids went on to graduate from Christian colleges, and our oldest is a teacher at a Christian school in Utah. Our youngest son completed his freshman year at a Christian college but finished nursing school at a secular university where he found opportunities to serve the Lord there. Our kids have each married spouses who also love the Lord.

I didn’t have the privilege of a Christian education until I went to college. God used my high school private piano teacher to give me a scholarship to attend Bob Jones University, a scholarship larger than the one I had earned from Ohio University. It was at BJ that I trusted Christ and learned that He had died for me. I’m thankful for His leadership that put our family – my parents, my siblings, and now my extended family – on the pathway where each has a personal relationship with the Lord. I am so blessed.

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Jennifer Trudelle
Science & Art
jtrudelle@OtsegoChristianAcademy.org

I teach Preschool-10th grade Art, 5th -9th grade Science, 5th -10th grade Health, and 9th/10th grade PE. I have six children, 4 of whom attend OCA. Our oldest attends Heritage Christian Academy and is a senior this year. We also have a special little guy waiting for us in heaven.

I attended Western Michigan University and have a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Geology. (My husband and I met in college and have been married for 24 years now!)

My interests are many, but focus mainly on anything health/fitness/nutrition-related. I love to distance run. My favorite race of the year is the Frederick Meijer White Pine Trail 200-Mile Relay (aka the FRED). We run from Comstock Park to Cadillac and back in around 32 hours. Through the night and everything. SUPER fun! Although I prefer distance running, I just recently completed my first 5k. It was fun to see how fast I could push myself, since in the longer races speed is secondary to economy. Anyway… I could go on for hours. If you like to run, we should chat sometime… over coffee. I also love coffee.

My favorite verse is Psalm 119:32, “I will run the path of your commands, as you have set my heart free.”

 

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Kim Lilge                                                                   High School ELA  klige@OtsegoChristianAcademy.org

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University with a major in English Education and started my career at Northpointe Christian Schools in Grand Rapids teaching 7th, 9th, and 10th grade Grammar and Composition before stopping to raise our four children.  What a joy it is to equip students to face challenges for which they are unprepared and inexperienced and then to see them tackle the challenges and succeed.  It is rewarding to see students grow in their ability to express themselves clearly and concisely and to apply a Christian Worldview to the texts and discussions we have in the classroom, and hopefully, beyond into their experiences in the world.

At 7 years old, I was confronted with the fact that it was my sin that put Jesus on the cross.  I surrendered my life to the Lord then and continue to trust Him with every step.  I find that allowing Jesus to live in me is a daily battle, but one that I do not face alone.  God’s Word is enough, yet He has placed other believers in my life as a sharpening tool as well.  I am thankful for the opportunity to be used at OCA to bring about the Lord’s purpose in the lives of the students placed in my care, and I am grateful as well for the impact the staff, teachers, students and families have had in the lives of my children and me.

I married my best friend, settled in Allegan, then stayed home to begin raising our son and three daughters.  I have returned to the classroom with all four of our children and get to see each of them throughout the day!  I enjoy reading when I have a chance, but mostly I just enjoy the experiences that come with being part of a family.  Some of those joys have been snuggling in the dark morning before school, tasting the pan-fried tenderloins of my son’s first deer, watching soccer games, breakfast in bed on Mothers Day, and even their grumpy faces when they have to do something they don’t want to do (because I care about their character more than anything).

 

 

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Dave Fleser                                                       Geometery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Administrative Staff

Lori Hildenbrand

Lori Hildenbrand                                                      Bookkeeper            lhildenbrand@OtsegoChristianAcademy.org