Meet Mrs. De Roos
Educationally, I am originally from Iowa, and graduated from Northwestern College, a small Christian liberal arts college in Orange City, Iowa. I met my husband working at Cran-Hill Ranch, a Reformed Church camp in Rodney, Michigan. I also have a Master’s degree in counseling from Western Michigan and a Master’s degree from Grand Valley in Educational Leadership.
My teaching experience includes working at Caledonia Middle School as an English, art, and drama teacher, and running their after school enrichment program. I then was an elementary counselor at Woodside and North Holland Elementary Schools for West Ottawa, and then worked as a high school English teacher, director of the high school summer school, and taught alternative education. My most recent position was as principal at Holland Public Schools for Holland New Tech High School and VR Tech High School. I recently retired from public education, and took a position as adjunct professor at Cornerstone University, a Christian University in Grand Rapids.
I am married to Kevin DeRoos, who is a social worker at Hamilton Schools. We have two daughters, Lindsey who is finishing her master’s in speech-language pathology. My youngest daughter, Kelsey will be a freshman in college this fall. We live on a farm in Borculo, and enjoy horses, chickens, and gardening. Our home church is Community Reformed Church in Zeeland.
Why I became a Christian school teacher and Principal of a Christian School
As a public school educator, I have worked hard to bring the church into the school, working closely with Beechwood Kid’s Hope, Ridge Point, Deep Woods Ministry, Misfit Ministry, First United Methodist, and many others. After serving as principal of a large alternative high school, God opened doors where I can openly share my faith at Cornerstone and South Olive Christian School. I love the opportunity to embed our faith into all we do and are, and South Olive is founded on faith. I was excited to serve as both a teacher and administrator of a Christian school, while continuing to work as a professor at Cornerstone University. This is the best of all the worlds of education put together.
An interesting fact would be that I grew up on a dairy farm, and it was breaking and training horses that led me to Michigan, where I had never visited before. The history above tells the rest of where God led me so far on life’s journey.