Mike Vander Vliet was called to teach 5th grade at Brookfield Christian School after graduating in 2003 from Trinity Christian College, where he majored in elementary education and minored in science. A pastor’s son, Mike grew up with a family of 7 in northwest Iowa, Hudsonville, MI—where he attended Unity Christian High School—and Jenison, MI.
Besides his love for working with kids, Mike enjoys sports of all kinds, camping, hiking, reading, movies, Scrabble, and other board games. Mr. Vander Vliet lives with his family in Brookfield.
One of Mike’s favorite Bible verses is Zephaniah 3:17: The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. That verse is special to Mike “because in spite of all of our sin, God still rejoices over us with singing and love. What an awesome gift!”
Mr. Vander Vliet’s Mission Statement
“God has brought me to this point in my life as the 5th grade teacher at Brookfield Christian School. My mission coming into the teaching profession was to glorify God in all that I do in the classroom and in whatever situation he puts me. I feel God has called me to teach at BCS to glorify His name and teach the students here about His amazing love:
“To fully teach the students of this love, I need to be like a mirror that reflects Christ’s love. I must strive to have a classroom environment that every student feels comfortable in. I need to reach every student and get to know their individual needs to help them succeed. My task is to provide them with classroom activities and lessons that are stimulating, motivating, relevant, and understandable. As a teacher, I need to know if they are in need of extra help or if they need to be challenged more. Either way, I should always look for growth in the students. Love doesn’t always mean helping them with an assignment, sometimes it means showing them their errors or times that they are out of line. All of this cannot be done by my own strength, but only by being connected to Jesus Christ our Lord.
“As a teacher in a classroom of young minds, I want to equip them with the tools they need to succeed. Obviously, the students need to learn Math, Language, Science, Social Studies, Writing, Spelling, and even Physical Education. Underlying all of those subjects is an attitude and belief system that will empower them for the future. It is hard to teach a humble and respectful attitude, but modeling one is something that I will strive to show my students and hopefully teach them in the process. I will show respect to each student and treat him or her as the precious child of God that they are by valuing their input in the classroom and encouraging their growth for output in God’s kingdom.
“I teach at a school that is labeled as Christian. It was founded by faith and it goes forward every year in faith. God is indeed good, year after year and all of the time. As a teacher in a Christian school, I will show my students that I am a Christian everyday. I will go forward in faith and be a witness to my students, showing them ways they can be a witness to the world around them. In all subject areas, I will strive to show them how God’s kingdom is related to their studies. I will teach from a Christian perspective and prepare them for a future in which they can shine like stars in a dark world. 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 says, ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man (or woman) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’
“This mission statement is not carried out alone. It is this statement aligned with the school’s mission statement in which I teach my students. I do not teach the 5th grade students alone, but with help from parents, school board, staff, administration, and the community they live in. We all work together and pray for the Lord to guide us in all we do. We look to God for strength and guidance to fulfill the mission of Brookfield Christian School to the best of our ability and to the glory of His name.”