I came to CCHS for the first time as a student in its second year of existence in Fall of 1969; I returned as a teacher 35 years later in 2004.  In the meantime, I was privileged to sit on both sides of the teacher’s desk for 26 years as a mother of six children, and then as a teacher in several schools, beginning in 1996, when I graduated from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL.  This is currently my ninth year at CCHS. I received my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Dordt College in 2011.

I spent several years away from my hometown of Grand Rapids from 1986 to 2004, living in both South Holland and Lansing, Illinois. As my children Lisabeth, Brendan, Brianna, Caitlin, Meghan, and Drew grew older, I continued to have an interest in Reformed education that began when I educated my children in their preschool years and continued to be in close contact with their schools during grade school and high school.  I believe the Lord was using that experience to lay the vocation of teaching covenant children upon my heart for as long as He gives me strength to do this awesome task.

Along the way, I gained six children by marriage, James Verhey, Kelly Scholten, Jason Brands, Darren DeBoer, Derek Van Overloop and Hope Start. At present, I am privileged to have my daughter, Meghan Van Overloop, as my colleague at CCHS.  I also have three grandchildren in high school and eight in Christian grade schools in Michigan,Minnesota, and Indiana.

My greatest passion for learning has been in the areas of language and literature,  and I am privileged to teach English literature,  and Latin I & II at CCHS. God is good.

Contact:  Sue Looyenga