Meet Our Staff
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.
I grew up in an amazing Christian home in Shelby, MI and am the oldest of five children. I am a 2010 graduate of Shelby High School and a 2014 graduate of Hope College, earning a degree in communications and ministry. After graduation, I began working as an Events Coordinator at the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce, helping plan large community events like the Ludington Gus Macker. In 2015, I took a position at Journey Family Church in Gobles, MI as the Children’s Ministry Director. Working in Children’s Ministry was a great joy for me but I felt the Lord leading me in a different ministry direction.
In 2017, God opened an amazing new door called Otsego Christian Academy and a transition to the school turned into a beautiful blessing. Teaching the Word of God and helping inspire knowledge and growth is a job that I do not take lightly. Helping raise-up our youngest generation of Kingdom Builders is an exciting adventure-I am thrilled that the Lord has placed on my heart!
When not hanging with kiddos, my hobbies include representing our state as Mrs. Michigan, hot pink anything, iced coffee and spending time with my hubby Caleb and black lab Gauge.
Ruth Nichols 1st and 2nd Grade firstname.lastname@example.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.
In 2007, I earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Adaptive Physical Education from Western Michigan University. I taught for six years in the public schools before taking a break to home school. I have eight children, most of which God brought to me through the blessing of foster care and adoption. The Lord has placed on my heart a desire to help each child I come into contact with and help them experience Christ’s unfailing love. I am grateful for His perfect plan to place me at OCA and to continue to love and teach His Children.
This is my first year teaching at Otsego Christian Academy. I am a recent graduate of Western Michigan University’s Elementary Education program as of December 2017. I currently reside in Kalamazoo with my wife Hannah, and our daughter (3 years old) and son (due any day). We enjoy spending time outdoors and completing household projects as a family. I also serve on the Deacon board of my church and as a family we enjoy investing in the service of others there.
I love teaching the 5th/6th grade age level as the transition to middle school is such an integral time in our student’s social, emotional, and spiritual development. I currently teach Math, Science, English/Language Arts, and Reading. I am also the Physical Education teacher for Preschool – 10th grade.
I have a passion to inspire my students toward life long learning. This passion integrates my personal love of continual learning with the pursuance of wisdom I desire for all my students to enable them to gain discernment in their daily lives.
I grew up in a Christian home in Gobles where I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior at the age of 5. I attended Gobles Public Schools until I decided that I wanted to have a firm foundation before I went to college, so I asked my parents if I could attend a private school. I transferred to Heritage Christian Academy and graduated from there in 2014. After Heritage, I attended Liberty University and graduated in 2018 with my B.M. in Music Education with an emphasis in choral music. The Lord has given me a passion for both music and for mentoring students, I love being able to fully live out my passion and calling at Otsego Christian Academy! My husband and I live in Otsego, while I work at OCA, he works as a software developer. When I’m not teaching my hobbies include reading, cooking/baking, and spending time with friends and family.
I grew up in Otsego and attended Otsego Public Schools. After graduation I spent three years at Kalamazoo Valley Community College trying to figure out what I wanted to pursue. I transferred to Hope College with a Pre-Med chemistry major and I was nearly finished with my Bachelors in Chemistry (having taken years of math and science classes) when I realized this path was not working for me. I changed my major to social work and went on to finish my Master’s degree at Western Michigan University in 2008.
Since then, I have been working at the Cheever Treatment Center, a court/residential program for teens in Allegan County since 2008. I have also spent three years working as a therapist with Cornerstone Christian Counseling. This summer, my family was appointed as missionaries with Worldventure and we are so excited to start this new journey as a family. After raising our needed support, I will be serving as a counselor at the Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany.
Jennifer Trudelle Science & Art
This is my 9th year teaching at Otsego Christian Academy. I teach middle and high school Science and Preschool through High School Art. I graduated from Western Michigan University and have a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Geology. My husband and I met while I was in college and we have six children, 3 of whom attend OCA.
My interests are many, but I really enjoy learning about and participating in anything dealing with health, nutrition and fitness. I especially enjoy weight training and distance running.
My favorite verse is Psalm 119:32, “I will run the path of your commands, as you have set my heart free.”
Kim Lilge High School ELA email@example.com
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).
Our Administrative Staff
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