My deep hope is to be used by God for his purposes.
Randolph Christian School 1983-1992
Central Wisconsin Christian High School 1992-1996
Trinity Christian College 1996-2000 (Major- Elementary Education)
WI Teaching License through the WI Dept. of Education
I accepted a teaching position at Highland Christian School in Highland, IN, in 2000. 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 being a part of a very helpful and friendly faculty. When a teaching position at Randolph Christian School became open, it interested me to return.
I accepted a junior high position at Randolph Christian School in 2002. While at RCS for twelve years, I taught a variety of classes. My typical schedule included classes with language arts, math, and physical education. I also enjoyed working with students and teachers outside the classroom at Randolph Christian. Basketball coaching (8th grade boys), Rock, Paper, Scissors tourneys, 8th grade plays, and Entrepreneur Nights bring back nice memories. My days teaching and coaching at RCS were some of my best. Whole-hearted thanks are given to former principal Kyle Heuver, a quality staff, and supportive families.
In the summer of 2014, Sara (Van Groningen) and I were married. I moved to the Racine area (Sara was living there and teaching at Racine Christian) and began teaching middle school students at Kenosha Christian Life School. I taught students math, history, and elective classes at different points of my four years there. Being a math tutor to dozens of kids and leading parts of the Math Olympics were memorable moments 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 two children in 2015 (Elsie) and 2017 (Jolie), Sara started being a full-time stay-at-home mom while I began teaching CWC middle school students a variety of classes in language arts, social studies, and physical education. I also proudly began coaching the 6th grade boys basketball team.
In June of 2020, we moved to Waupun. We now live about a block away from school and church (Bethel CRC), which has dramatically changed the amount that we travel. I am now in my 4th year of teaching at CWC.
Sara and I enjoy time with our kids! We have two young children, Elsie (6) and Jolie (4). We love to visit family, swim in warm hotel pools, play soccer and baseball in the backyard, go to Bay Beach in Green Bay, and eat at our favorite restaurants. We travel quite a bit during the summer. Recent family trips include the Dells, Minneapolis, Mackinac Island, and a lake house in Michigan.
Things I Enjoy
Along with teaching middle school kids, I enjoy a variety of things. I like coaching basketball, playing cards, watching Wisconsin sports, biking in the neighborhood, and playing Madden on an old Gamecube. I like reading the daily news on jsonline and learning new things about American history. I follow Youtube videos with Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis), Ray Comfort (Living Waters), Zack Hample (ball hawk), and Brooks Holt (mini golf). Sara and I are Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune fans (we both miss Alex; my wife doesn't think Pat Sajak is ever funny). I am a big Milwaukee Brewers fan. I try to get to around ten games with family and friends in a normal year. Sara and I like to hike in different state parks and nature areas, including Devil's Lake and Parfrey's Glen.
In high school, I felt a leading or pushing to go to college and become a teacher. Why? Well, looking back, it was God's providence. At the time, I wasn't sure. It probably had something to do with my role of being an older cousin. As a teenager, I had several much younger cousins who I felt very comfortable talking to and playing with on a regular basis. I was very much at peace when reading books to them in a chair or playing wiffle ball with them outside. That time was special; I really liked my role in their lives. Maybe this was part of the leading or pushing that I had felt. I also had wonderful Christian teachers who served as model examples for me at RCS and CWC. Teachers like Ken and Chris Geleynse, Lillian Schouten, Deb Huizenga, Jack and Amy Strong, Roger Karsten, and Mark Buteyn, 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. My parents, Steve and Betty Hoffman, supported me through all of this. Their support allowed me to go on this God-led journey in education.
Along with teaching content, I feel that Christian worldview is THE important thing that needs to be shown in my regular classes. With topical devotions, discussions, prayers, and periods of weaving the truths of Scripture in and around classes, I hope to show these beloved kids that all of school and life really comes back to our relationship with our Lord. Leading lives of thankfulness because of His grace (getting what we don't deserve) and mercy (not getting what we deserve) is central to who we are as believers; it's a big reason why I feel led to teach the next generation.
Favorite Bible passage
Psalm 23.... Mrs. Margaret Cupery, my 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!