“They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” Psalm 1:3
South Olive Christian (SOCS) is an accredited non-denominational PK-8 Christian School, centered on the learning and development of children. Our desire is to prepare and equip students for the challenges of an uncertain 21st Century world, with the foundations of a certain and unchanging God.
At South Olive Christian School, we believe that every student should receive the same consideration that we would want for our own children. At our school, the students and teachers are a family. The loving and healthy environment that exists has been created through the 70 years of dedication to outstanding education. The core of our desire is to educate students to the highest standards possible, while fostering a genuine love for Jesus Christ. We believe in high aspirations and expectations, creative solutions, and the genuine enjoyment that comes from a joy of learning.
South Olive Christian School is able to support church and family beliefs in a clear, consistent manner. Children hear the same message at home, school, and church. The goal is to build a strong, Christian young adult who is able to go into the world with a heart for God, a mind trained in discernment, and an unchanging standard by which to live. The relationship that children have with their Lord and Savior can be developed and strengthened through the guidance of master teachers and positive peer groups.
School Theme 2020-2021: “Superheroes of Faith”
Benefits of Small School
FLEX TO ENGAGE
With fewer students, the teacher has more flexibility in lesson planning, both as to the setting for the lesson and length of time for the lesson. The feasibility of outdoor education and other unique educational settings become a regular part of the teachers’ lesson planning process. This encourages meaningful, engaged learning for everyone!
Because of smaller class sizes we are able to do one-on-one learning and help each student individually. For more information contact us here.
LEARN AT THE NEXT LEVEL
I graduated in 1991 from Tri-unity Christian School in Wyoming, Michigan, where I had been a student since their founding in 1980. Before I became an educator, I worked at my dad’s water treatment plant in Holland, Michigan, as a video editor for a video production company, and as an office administrator for a business consulting company. After I substitute taught for several West Michigan schools, I decided to earn my English degree at GVSU and my Masters in Education degree from the University of Michigan in 2002. Since then, I have been a teacher in many different school settings including student teaching in Detroit, English language teaching in Chile, public school teaching in North Carolina, and Christian school teaching in Traverse City. Plus, I’ve been a high school and middle school theater director for over a decade!
In 2018, I moved back to Grandville, Michigan, where Laura and I could raise our three daughters, Sophia, Thalia, and Freya, near my family and friends I had grown up with. Presently, Laura, my British wife of 14 years, stays quite busy homeschooling our girls during the day and working as a part-time GRCC administrative assistant and ESL teacher in the evenings and weekends.
I am grateful to Bart DenBoer, who I had worked under at Traverse City Christian School, for inviting me to teach middle school at South Olive Christian since 2018. I appreciate the small, beautiful, rural atmosphere of our community that reminds me very much of my elementary school years. I love that I get to begin each school day as the new principal greeting all of the PreK-8th grade students coming into the SOCS school building and starting the day with morning devotions and prayer over the school intercom. The students of South Olive Christian are a pleasure to teach!
To say the least, 2020 has been quite an interesting year to become school principal for the first time! I trust and pray that we’ll make it through together with God’s wisdom and guidance.
Thank you for your love and support!
I have been part of the South Olive community for over 10 years when my children started attending preschool. My daughter Sadie is now 13 and an 8th grader and my son Dawson is in 5th grade at South Olive Christian. My husband Jesse and I love the community and family feel at South Olive.
The smaller class sizes have created an amazing learning environment for our kids where they have been able to thrive in the classroom. I have always been an active parent volunteer, but was pleased to accept a job working in the office in August of 2019.
I love my job for many reasons but especially being able to see all of the students each day. It is a blessing to watch them grow in their faith and learn in a nurturing Christian environment. Please contact me in the office so that I can share more about why you should choose South Olive Christian School for your family.
Director of Development
I started working at South Olive Christian School in August of 2020. Coming from a long time job at Aldi, I was ready for a change. My son Nathan joined South Olive in Young 5’s and I immediately loved the school and the staff there.
I started to become more active in the school with volunteering and helping in different areas in 2019 so transitioning to working in the office was an easy one. I also took on the role of Director of Development- helping the school with fundraising. I had previously taught Young preschool for a few years before Aldi and loved it. My passion is for children. Seeing them grow and learn is such a blessing. I love being able to hear the children laugh and learn.
I enjoy being close to Nathan (now in first grade) during the school day and having him pop into the office to say “Hi”. My husband (Adam) and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl- Gracey, into our family in December of 2020 as well. It has been a crazy year to say the least but I have loved the changes that have happened this fall for our family. I can not WAIT to welcome your children and family into the family at South Olive!