Mrs. Michelle Brace

Education Background:

I graduated from Calvin College with a BA in Elementary Education.

Teaching Experience:

I taught 3rd/4th grade split classroom for 5 years at Faith Community Christian School in Belding, MI.

I taught Sunday School for several years at Alger Park CRC in Grand Rapids and at First Reformed Church in Grand Haven.

I taught preschool for 2 years at Alger Park Daycare in Grand Rapids, MI.

I was a Kindergarten aide for 1 year and taught Kinderegarten for 15 years at GHCS.

I currently am the Young 5's teacher at GHCS.

Personal Biography:

I am fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful family members – my husband Lee and my 2 daughters- Elizabeth, who graduated from Calvin College this past May with a Special Education degree, and Kaitlin, who is a junior at Calvin College. My husband and I enjoy traveling with our daughters and going for family cart rides with our Welsh ponies, Daisy and Dolly. I also love to read and go for walks with our dog Charlie.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). To know that God loves us so much that He would do this for us is overwhelming. Believing in Jesus Christ as my only Lord and Savior, and trusting in God to lead me, has been the foundation in my life. 

Integration of Faith in the Classroom:

What a wonderful and amazing opportunity I have to teach my children in my class about Christianity. 

Although we do have a Bible lesson each day as well as devotions, teaching Christianity in my classroom is ongoing throughout the day as different situations arise. We are constantly talking about what is the right thing to do or say, and how can we make Jesus proud of us? We talk about what a wonderful gift Jesus is and how much God must love us to give His son for our sins.

The children are very impressionable and I take every opportunity I can to show them the love of Jesus through my actions and words. When they walk into my classroom, I want them to feel the love of Jesus surrounding them as they go through each day. As I interact with them, I am teaching them how to interact with others in a Christ-like manner, so that when they walk out of my classroom, they are carrying that love of Jesus with them.

Fun Fact:

There is a street in Grand Haven called “VerHoeks,” which is named after my great-great grandfather.