I began my teaching career at DCS in 2004 as a Math and PE teacher. Over the years, I've taught many different subject areas in the middle school, but Math has always been a constant. In 2020, I accepted the role of Administrator, while still teaching 5th-8th Math and 7th/8th Bible. It's been an honor to work with our experienced staff to provide a quality Christian education. I cherish the relationships built with students, alumni, parents, and supporters of the school. It is exciting to see the great work that God is doing through our school.
Hello! My name is Brooke Henningfeld and I'm the 3-year-old preschool teacher at DCS. My husband, Rick, and I have ten children. We have four biological boys, twin boys adopted from Ethiopia, a son adopted from China, and three daughters adopted from China. Seven of our ten children attended pre-school at DCS, so I was very familiar with the pre-school program before coming on board as one of DCS' two pre-school teachers in August of 2020. I am passionate about teaching children and also about adoption, helping waiting children find forever families. In 2013, I became an official part-time waiting child advocate with Madison Adoption Associates, and I currently do part-time advocacy work in addition to part-time teaching and substitute teaching. I love working at DCS! The awesome staff, loving students, and involved families are truly one-of-a-kind! One of my most favorite things about DCS is the family-like environment that is created among the students and families. Watching the older children develop relationships with the younger children in the building is a special privilege. Seeing the growth in the pre-schoolers from most of their first days in a classroom until the last day is a blessing and honor. I am fortunate to be most of these children's first teachers and to have a front row seat to the transformations. Working at DCS fills my cup!
After being a stay-at-home mom to my five children for 18 years, I am excited to be starting my second year as the 4K teacher. As a DCS alumni and having sent all 5 of my children through DCS, I am truly blessed to be a part of the DCS family. Teaching has been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember. Whether my own children or someone else's, it brings me joy to see their little faces light up as they learn about God and the world He created. Their excitement and enthusiasm, their curiosity about the world around them, their bright smiles and warm hugs brighten my days. But nothing gives me greater joy than to see their love and understanding of God deepen throughout the year.
It is exciting to know that I am being used by God to help raise children to love the Lord and build a relationship with Him. It is humbling and thrilling to know that I am coming alongside families to guide them on their greatest goal. To be able to do that as part of the supportive and caring DCS family is a true blessing.
I attended Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and earned my teaching degree in 1993. I moved, with my husband Tim, to the Delavan area and taught 3rd and 4th grade here at Delavan Christian School for 3 years. When I became pregnant with my first child, I chose to be a stay-at-home Mom. Our 3 girls are now "all grown up" and I am starting my 12th year of teaching Kindergarten here at DCS.
I love teaching Kindergarten because kids at this age are so excited about everything and they are ready to learn! It is an honor to get to be their teacher and introduce them to so many new things-reading, math concepts, science experiments, social studies lessons, and stories about Jesus!
I love DCS because of the way it truly feels like a family here. So many of our families have such a heart for DCS that they continue to support and be a part of our school long after all their kids have graduated. It's neat to get to be a small part of that family!
I’m Mrs. Brenda Flikkema, I teach first and second grades at DCS. I am married and I have three grown children and 9 grandchildren. I attend Delavan Christian Reformed Church. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and being in God’s amazing outdoors!
I love teaching because I learn from my students as they learn from me. I can watch students grow, see how they think, and every day is different. I strive to challenge my students to grow in all areas of their lives. I want them to be confident of God’s love for them.
It’s a joy to be able to teach at DCS because my colleagues, parents, and the whole DCS community work together to provide a Christ-centered education for the children God has blessed us with. I am thankful to be a part of DCS!
It’s hard to believe, but this is my 22nd year at DCS. Obviously, I wouldn’t have lasted so long if I didn’t love this school! We truly are like a big family! I love how parents are so invested in their children’s education and the fact that they recognize the importance of putting God first. After all, He ultimately created everything we are learning about!
Teaching 3rd and 4th graders is rewarding and interesting. Every day is different, and for the most part, they are eager to learn. My favorite part of teaching is helping children recognize and develop their God-given abilities. It is a gift to be able to do that at DCS!
I worked at a small school before I had my children. Everyone said that it was so friendly and you would feel like family. I did not ever feel like "family" there, but I do here. I enjoy the close-knit community of families. There is true care and concern for each other. You know that there is someone lifting you up in prayer, whether you asked or not. Another reason I love teaching here is that you are able to get to know all the students, not just your grade level. All the students interact in chapel, gift groups, recess, and special projects. The "big" kids get to be role models and leaders to the younger students, and the younger students look forward to being that role model. Every day is a new day. I love watching the students grow over the years. They get a "wow" when they look back on work they did a year ago, and they can see the progress they have made.
After teaching for 30 years in a public middle school and retiring, returning to teaching at DCS is like coming home. Smaller class sizes, God-based curriculum, and not being fearful of nurturing each child's gifts and talents is why I love coming to school every day. I especially love Thursdays and starting the day with chapel. It's so moving to hear the students singing and praising God! A child's school day has such a huge influence on their maturing lives. DCS provides continuous reinforcement of biblical teaching and provides a safe environment for them to grow and work on their faith. Delavan Chrisitan School is truly a family and a community. Christians are called to live out their faith in a community, and young Christians need to be surrounded by believers and God-like role models. That happens everyday at DCS! I am so honored to be part of this teaching staff and interacting with the students who attend here.
"Teaching at DCS is so enriching, in no small part, because I started out as a DCS parent first. As I watched my two small children enter this school, I fell in love with DCS, its people, and its mission. I was also impressed with its firm commitment to the performing arts in all age groups, something very important to Mrs. Bordy and myself. One year later, it was a great pleasure to receive a call to teach music here, joining the most caring and gifted teaching staff I've ever known. I teach music to every DCS student, from the tiniest preschooler to the mature 8th grader, and I want them all to see that God made music as an avenue through which we can glorify Him and convey His message to a world who needs to hear it.
Martin Luther once said that "next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise". Hans Christian Andersen reminds us that "where words fail, music speaks". These two things are not unrelated in my classroom, because music goes beyond the mechanics of a quality performance. It transcends to a higher calling of praising God and proclaiming His message. I love teaching at DCS because they rightfully see music as worship rather than entertainment. This is reflected not only in their commitment to having all students study music each year, but also in the support of the performing arts by the greater DCS community. From the chapels to the memory verses... from the concerts to the musicals.. DCS is a school that SINGS. As a Christian teacher, I firmly believe that every one of my students is made in the Image of God, a God who SINGS (Zeph. 3:17)... and I am so glad to be a part of His praise here at Delavan Christian School."
Someone recently asked what my favorite grade is to teach since I have first through eighth grade art students. I replied: "All of them!!" Really, how can you pick? I love all the children. It's fun watching them improve from year to year and to see the look on their faces when they realize what they are capable of. Their enthusiasm is contagious. The students are introduced to a wide variety of art and creativity is strongly encouraged. At the end of each year, they are given a list of ten questions about their time in the art room; such as "What was your favorite project?'' and " Your least favorite?" One question is "How can I improve as your teacher?" Several students wrote: "Start each class with prayer." They don't just want prayer in the morning , before lunch and at the end of the day! That's impressive and I am so proud of them! These DCS children inspire me with their love for Jesus!
Hello! My husband Greg and I moved up here from the Chicago area at the end of the summer with our two daughters, Rosie (7th grade) and Kaleigh (5th). I am very glad to be assisting Mrs O'Neil in the 4-year-old class. I really like my job because she is such a wonderful teacher! She's very caring and explains everything incredibly well. Also, the children are very sweet and funny!
We are very glad to be in this new community and look forward to all the different ways we will be able to get involved. The staff and students are very kindhearted!