Sra. Heather Grisales
Originally from Muskegon as a Reeths-Puffer High School graduate, I began my university studies at Western Michigan University where I graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Spanish. Part of my undergraduate experience included a six-month study abroad program at a public university in Querétaro, México. I also earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership: Organizational Analysis from WMU.
I taught English Kindergarten and Spanish and English 4th grade for a total of seven years at Lincoln International Studies School’s Dual Language Immersion Program in Kalamazoo. Later, I taught 2nd grade for two years at El Sol Elementary, also in Kalamazoo, on the Spanish side of the Dual Language Immersion Program.
For two years I served as principal of Pullman Elementary which is part of Bloomingdale Public Schools and I served as principal of El Sol Elementary: A Dual Language Immersion Program in the Kalamazoo Public Schools for the past four years.
During my time as a teacher I was blessed to have been able to do professional travel and learn from various countries and their cultures in Latin America including Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, México and Colombia. I am extremely thankful to be able to teach in a Christian school so that I can integrate my faith into every aspect of what I teach and learn with the students. That changes everything as it gives life a new purpose!
It is by God’s grace and mercy that I am able to enjoy the beauty of West Michigan once again where I live with my husband, Carlos, and our two daughters. In our free time, we enjoy serving in our community and church community with family and friends, international travel to Colombia to see the “abuelos” and “tíos” from my husband’s side of the family, spending time outdoors, biking, painting, cooking, and reading.
One of my favorite bible verses is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” In all that we do, no matter how big or small the task, we must do it in a manner that glorifies God. We must confidently trust that our Father is in full control, even when we don’t understand why or how.
Integration of Faith in the Classroom:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. God is the ultimate planner and He is in complete control! As GHC begins the Spanish Immersion Program, I see myself as a tool that God is using to help guide children on their educational path in a second language, Spanish. Though at the beginning we may not see fruits, just as the farmer waits for his harvest, we must trust in God’s plans through the process. He has a plan for the future of each individual student.
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I am looking forward to teaching and encouraging all of my students to trust in the Lord with all of their hearts and that they can accomplish anything in the classroom or in life, no matter how challenging, when Jesus is by their side.
I absolutely LOVE Latin music and dance! Although salsa dancing is my favorite, my husband and I have been dancing together for six years and we have even competed in small Latin dance competitions including bachata and merengue!