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Rick Hoffman

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Rick Hoffman

 
Deep Hope
My deep hope is to be used by God for His daily and eternal purposes.
 
EDUCATION
Randolph Christian School 1983-1992
Central Wisconsin Christian High School 1992-1996
Trinity Christian College 1996-2000 (BA- Elementary Education)
WI Teaching License (K-8) through the WI Dept. of Education
 
TEACHING ExperiEnce (5th year at CWC; 23rd year overall)
My teaching days began in the fall of 2000 at Highland Christian School in Highland, IN.  I taught junior high students math classes there for two years. Highlights in Indiana included winning a leg of the 2001 Trinity Christian Math Triathlon, coaching the 8th grade boys basketball team, and learning how to be a better teacher from the salt of the world teaching staff. When a teaching position at Randolph Christian School became open, it interested me to return.
 
While at RCS for twelve years, my typical schedule included classes in language arts, math, and physical education. I also enjoyed basketball coaching and participated in the many events outside of the classroom (plays, lock-ins, science fairs, entrepreneur nights, rock-paper-scissors tournaments).  My days at RCS (21 years as student or teacher) were some of my best.  Whole-hearted thanks are given to former principal Kyle Heuver, the quality staff, and the supportive families.
 
In the summer of 2014, Sara (Van Groningen) and I were married.  I moved to the Racine area where Sara was living. She was also teaching at Racine Christian. I began teaching middle school students at Kenosha Christian Life School. I taught students math, social studies, and elective classes at different points of my four years there. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have taught there after just getting married. Much appreciation goes to Mrs. Nelson, Mr. Tennyson, and Mrs. Yaekel for helping me in a new place.
 
In 2018, I accepted a teaching position at another beloved school, right here at CWC!  We then moved to Randolph, where we lived in my old house.  We had been renting it out for the previous four years.  With the blessings of children in 2015 (Elsie) and 2017 (Jolie), Sara started being a full-time stay-at-home mom as I started teaching at CWC. I also proudly began coaching the 6th grade boys basketball team!
 
In 2020, we moved to Waupun.  We live about a block away from school and church (Bethel CRC), which has drastically changed our travel on the roads. Sara has been a substitute teacher at CWC for the past two years.  I am in my 5th year of teaching at CWC (23rd overall). I teach middle school students classes in Bible, math, and physical education.
 
FAMILY TIME
Sara and I enjoy time with our kids! Elsie is in second grade; Jolie is in kindergarten. We love to visit family, watch shows, play ball in the backyard, go to different parks, and eat at our favorite restaurants.  We travel quite a bit during the summer. This summer included trips to the Dells, Mackinac Island, a lake house in Cassopolis, MI, and Lookout Mountain, GA.
 
Things I Enjoy
Along with teaching middle school, I enjoy coaching basketball, playing cards, competing in fantasy football with my brother, watching the family play sports, and biking in the neighborhood. I like reading the daily news and solving Ken Kens.  I follow Youtube videos with Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis), Ray Comfort (Living Waters), and Zack Hample (ball hawk).  I am a big Milwaukee Brewers fan. I get to around ten games with family and friends in a usual year.  Sara and I like to hike in different state parks and nature areas; our favorites include Devil's Lake and Parfrey's Glen.
 
Why Teach?
In high school, I felt led to go to college and become a teacher.  Why?  Well, looking back, it had to be God's providence and guidance. At the time, I wasn't so sure.  It probably had something to do with my role of being an older cousin.  As a teenager, I had several much younger cousins. I felt very comfortable talking and playing with them on a regular basis.  I was very much at peace when reading books to them in a chair or playing wiffle ball with my brother and them outside.  That time was special; I really liked my role in their lives.  I also had wonderful Christian teachers who served as model examples for me.  Teachers like Ken and Chris Geleynse, Lillian Schouten, Deb Huizenga, Gene Fitzgerald, Mark Buteyn, and Dave Klanderman, among others, showed me what being a Christian teacher was all about and how a teacher's viewpoint and role could make a lasting impact.  This gave me great confidence that I too could play a meaningful role in the lives of students as a teacher and coach.  My parents, Steve and Betty Hoffman, supported me through all of this. Their support allowed me to go on this God-led journey in Christian education.
 
Why I love teaching at CWC
I hope to show students that all life comes back to our relationship with Jesus. We need a Savior because of our sinful nature.  Through God's mercy and grace, He chose and calls out His people to respond, led by the Holy Spirit, to Him in faith. This reformed view of thankful living is at the central heart of believers. I hope to pass this Biblical wisdom on to the next generation and see children respond in faith to Jesus as Savior and live daily life with Jesus as their Lord.  Many have questions and not all believe. Nonetheless, all need solid, Biblical answers to what is right and good in a world that tries to twist morality. Our staff tries to provide this through our limited knowledge, looking to the Bible for our answers.  This motivates me regularly throughout the week and makes teaching deeply meaningful.
 
Favorite Bible passage
Psalm 23.... Mrs. Margaret Cupery, my RCS kindergarten teacher, had our class learn this chapter. She also gave us a little book with pictures to help us remember it.  What wonderful words of life from our God!
 
Rick Hoffman
Rick Hoffman
MS Teacher
Phone: 920-324-4233 ext 198
Groups: Middle School Staff