I am excited to be joining the Timothy Christian Schools family and returning to teach in Elmhurst, the city in which I grew u
Mr. David Barker
I am excited to be joining the Timothy Christian Schools family and returning to teach in Elmhurst, the city in which I grew up only a few blocks from the Timothy Christian campus. I am a father of two young sons (2 ½ years and 4 months), a husband to my wife Amanda (married in 2011), a son of Fran and Debbie and a brother to my sister Kristen. As a child, I attended Elmhurst public schools and while attending York Community High School I played soccer and volleyball and was involved in the Young Life Outreach ministry. Through the Young Life Ministry, I began my relationship with Christ at a Young Life Summer Camp in Minnesota.
The relationships which I built through my involvement in the Young Life Ministry led me to Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL where I obtained a B.A. in Business and Economics. Upon completion of this degree I worked as a Ministry Staff Intern with the Young Life Ministry serving students at York Community High School (Elmhurst, IL), Willowbrook High School (Villa Park, IL) and at Timothy Christian High School. In 2008 I returned to school to obtain my teaching certificate by obtaining a M.A. in Teaching Secondary with a content area focus in Physical Education from Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, IL. Over the last 8 years I have served as an Assistant Professor at Concordia University Chicago (CUC) in their Human Performance Department. I am a contributing author to an online textbook Fit-2-Serve Learning Workbook which was written for the general education health and wellness courses at CUC. I also wrote the online and hybrid curriculum and created the Blackboard Online Course management delivery system courses for the hybrid and online offering of these general education courses. Prior to teaching at CUC, I served in the Glenbard High School District #87 predominantly at Glenbard North High School (Carol Stream, IL) as a long-term substitute and an instructional assistant in their Special Education Department. While I am very excited to be returning to teach at the secondary level in the Business Education department here at Timothy Christian, I am also very excited to be returning to the gym as the Boys’ Varsity Volleyball coach. I have 11 years of IHSA coaching experience at the Freshman through Varsity levels at York Community High School, Glenbard North High School and Bartlett High School (Bartlett, IL), 15 years of experience coaching and directing programs in USA Junior Olympic Volleyball at several different club level programs with both male and female student-athletes ranging in ages from 11-18, and 4 years of experience coaching Division III Women’s Volleyball as a graduate assistant or assistant coach at both Concordia University Chicago and Dominican University (River Forest, IL).
My core ideology as a teacher, coach, and mentor is to provide individuals with the knowledge and resources to become contributing members of society through the many resources present in an educational context. I feel very blessed to be joining a Christian-focused institution where I can partner a plethora of educational resources with building and understanding one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Using Christ as the model teacher who was present in the beginning and through which all things were made, I am provided with the opportunity to demonstrate that Christ is and forever will be the light of all mankind (John 1:4). I desire to consistently challenge students to think bigger and I know that through this challenge all learners will achieve more than they thought they could. In the fallen and increasingly diverse post-modern world, in which students are now learning and growing, providing each with the opportunity to see the light which shines in the darkness AND the understanding that darkness will not overcome this light (John 1:5) is of the utmost importance. Preparing Christian learners to continue their pursuit of knowledge throughout their lifetime will assist these learners in becoming stronger Christians and more successful users of their God-given talents through their vocational pursuits. I am eternally blessed to be provided with the opportunity to share my knowledge, experience, and passion for life-long learning and even more importantly for Jesus Christ with each student, parent, colleague, and individual with whom I cross paths while serving as a teacher, coach and mentor.
I was born in Guatemala and Spanish is my first language. I grew up on the north side of Chicago. My husband, Mike, and I have been married since 2005 and the Lord has blessed us wi
Mrs. Karen Baio
I was born in Guatemala and Spanish is my first language. I grew up on the north side of Chicago. My husband, Mike, and I have been married since 2005 and the Lord has blessed us with a wonderful daughter named Gianna. She currently attends Timothy and loves building her relationships with her friends and teachers. We attend Harvest Bible Chapel and I’m so grateful for my church and TC family who help me grow in my faith and my relationship with Christ.
I attended Lane Tech High School in Chicago. I obtained my B.A. at Robert Morris University in Business Administration in 2002. After college I worked in many different jobs as a college recruiter, retail manager, and as Director of Education for Sylvan Learning center. In 2006, I moved to Tampa,Florida where I had an opportunity to teach Family and Consumer Science in Hillsborough County Public School System. Although I had very different plans for my future, I can see now how God was preparing me for a career in teaching. I earned my professional teaching certificate in 2009 and began teaching Spanish in 2007. We moved back to Chicago in 2013 and I have been teaching at Timothy ever since. I enjoy bringing the gifts and talents that God has blessed me with into the classroom. I look forward to allowing God to mold me into the teacher He called me to be and rely on Him to guide instruction in my classroom.
I believe as a Christian educator, my responsibility is to deliver enriching and dynamic lessons that approach learning a second language with the ultimate purpose to glorify God. I hope to prepare students with the ability to speak and serve others in Spanish as they encounter ministry opportunities in our communities and beyond. I believe it is very important for students to learn how the food, music, art and history of different Spanish speaking countries vary in order for them to be compassionate and loving towards all people around the world. I look forward to allowing God to mold me into the teacher He called me to be and rely on Him to guide the instruction in my classroom.
I grew up in Saline, a small town outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, which means I’m a huge Michigan fan! My husband Ben and I moved to Chicago the summer of 2013 after getting married.
Mrs. Megan Boerema
I grew up in Saline, a small town outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, which means I’m a huge Michigan fan! My husband Ben and I moved to Chicago the summer of 2013 after getting married. I enjoy running, crafting, bible journaling, reading, baking and spending time with my friends and family. My husband and I live in Westchester where we have spent a lot of time doing projects around our first home together. We also enjoy being a part of our church community at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Downers Grove.
I graduated from Hope College in 2011 with an Elementary Education major in Language Arts and a minor in Mathematics. My student teaching experience was in a 2nd grade classroom at Georgetown Elementary in Hudsonville, Michigan. Upon graduating from Hope, I moved back to Saline and the Lord blessed me with a job, a week before school started, teaching 3rd grade at Washtenaw Christian Academy for two years. I began teaching 2nd grade at Timothy in 2013 and I am beyond thankful for the opportunity God has given me to serve Him in His Kingdom though Christian Education everyday.
As a Christian educator, I believe I have a great privilege in teaching students in a christ-centered environment. It is my hope that my students will grow not only academically, but also spiritually and in their walk with the Lord, continuing to learn how to love, forgive, and serve others. Each child has special gifts and talents that were given to them by the Lord. It is my hope that I can help my students learn how to use their gifts and talents in order to glorify God and to further their relationship with Him. I believe each student bears the image of Christ and they have the ability to make a difference in the world. Most importantly, I want to help my students to develop a confidence in who they are as the unique and beautiful child God created them to be, and to know that they are loved and cherished by Him every single day.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders an the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked our for us." Hebrews 12:1
I was privileged to be raised in a loving, Christian family and attended Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA from Kindergarten through grade 12. I was born and ra
Mrs. Erin Brighty
I was privileged to be raised in a loving, Christian family and attended Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA from Kindergarten through grade 12. I was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA, moving to the Chicago area in 2003. I married my husband, Jami, in 2004. Currently, I live in Glen Ellyn with my husband and two sons, Aidan and Jackson. I love spending time with all my boys whenever possible. We enjoy traveling, bike riding, singing, reading and playing together.
In 2002, I graduated from Taylor University in Upland, IN with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After graduation, I taught 4th grade at Bodkin Elementary School outside Baltimore, MD, from 2002-2003 before moving to Chicago. I taught 3rd grade at McKenzie Elementary School in Wilmette,IL from 2003-2015. Additionally, I received my M.A. in Reading from Northeastern Illinois University in 2007. Through this educational experience, I was able to bring my love of reading and my desire to develop children into life-long readers into my classroom as I used my knowledge and skills. While I thoroughly enjoyed teaching in public schools, I felt God led me back to the Christian school setting. I have loved my time at Timothy and am so happy to use my passion for students and teaching as a teacher at TC!
It is my honor and privilege to come before children each day, helping to mold them into both children of God and lifelong learners. This is a responsibility I do not take lightly. I believe that it is my role to help students develop, in equal parts, as Christ-followers and as well rounded, educated citizens of our world. I am eager to integrate faith and knowledge through the curriculum as we explore God’s world, becoming more knowledgeable and astute in our studies. Educationally, I believe in meeting students at their independent ability level and providing support to help them grow, differentiating for individual needs. Spiritually, I pray that I will be an example to the students and will guide them in developing a relationship with the Lord Jesus. My goal is to prepare students to go into the world as educated citizens who are showing God’s love and light to the world.
I am from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in a town called Orland Park. I was born into a wonderful Christian family and was blessed to know and love Jesus from a very young age.
Mrs. Deanne Brouwer
I am from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in a town called Orland Park. I was born into a wonderful Christian family and was blessed to know and love Jesus from a very young age. Growing up, my 3 younger brothers and I attended Southwest Chicago Christian Schools and I am extremely thankful for the Christian Education I received there. In my free time, I love playing games! You can challenge me to any type of game: card games, board games, sports, you name it! I just got married to my wonderful husband, Ryan Brouwer in August. We have a beautiful home in Tinley Park and love to spend time outdoors.
This past May, I graduated from Trinity Christian College with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics. I completed most of my student teaching here at Timothy in the 5th and 6th grade math and Bible classrooms, learning from the best. I am thrilled that God has allowed me to continue that journey this year!
As a Christian school teacher, my main goal for the year is about much more than academics. I have many strategies to help all students meet their highest potential. I also recognize that everyone is uniquely created by God with their own set of talents. It is my job as the teacher to create an environment that allows each student to use their God-given abilities to praise Him. It is my prayer that every one of my students not only knows about God, but chooses to love Him with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. I am excited to teach the students how to pray and to encourage them to pray for one another. I will lead by example as the Lord leads me. The hymn "Lord, Speak To Me" (below) has been my prayer during the past few weeks and will continue to be my prayer throughout this first year at Timothy.
Oh, lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wand’ring and the wav’ring feet;
Oh, feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Thy hung’ring ones with manna sweet.
Oh, use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until Thy blessed face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.
I grew up in West Michigan. After offering God the opportunity to take my career anywhere, He my opened a door here and I moved after accepting a job. I met my husband Todd soon aft
Mrs. Carolee Buikema
I grew up in West Michigan. After offering God the opportunity to take my career anywhere, He my opened a door here and I moved after accepting a job. I met my husband Todd soon after and we’ve been married almost 15 years. We are blessed and busy with 4 boys who are all at Timothy this year as 5th generation students. I’m very excited to get in on the tradition myself as God has led me to this opportunity. When I’m not teaching or chauffeuring & feeding boys, I love cheering for my boys in any of their many sports. If there is extra time or energy, I enjoy baking, “thrifting” and lifeguarding.
I received my B.A. from Hope College and my M.S.W. from Michigan State University. It was always my dream to attend Hope. I feel that teaching & nurturing children for Christ is in my DNA. Prior to raising my own boys, I worked in several different settings, and with a variety of grade levels. While I enjoy working with every age of God’s children, I think the preschool people are perfect. Timothy is my first opportunity to be vocal about my love and dependence on Christ. I’m so thrilled to think that I can actually pray WITH children and families instead of just FOR them (although I’ll still do that). I’ve let my light shine and am excited to be able to speak it too!
I feel the earlier our children get introduced to information, knowledge, and skills, the stronger their foundation. With this firm foundation these precious little ones will flourish and master in their faith, academics, and relationships. Young children have such pure hearts open to Christ, His love, and handiwork. Connecting Christ to beginning academics is an amazing opportunity.
From chasing the gingerbread man through the kindergarten hallways to dancing at senior prom with my high school sweetheart, Grant, I have 15 years of gr
Mrs. Carolyn Buma
From chasing the gingerbread man through the kindergarten hallways to dancing at senior prom with my high school sweetheart, Grant, I have 15 years of great memories of being a student at Timothy Christian. The teachers, my classmates and the Timothy community were formative in developing the foundation of my knowledge, faith, character and worldview. I attended Calvin College where I had the opportunity to study abroad for two January terms and off campus for a semester student teaching at Rehoboth Christian School. This sparked my interest in travel and connecting with different cultures. Grant and I got married after college. Living in Thailand for 4 years has been our biggest adventure together, other than parenthood. After our twin girls were born, we moved back from overseas to be closer to family. I love going on adventures with my husband and our daughters. We like to explore places together including the zoo, children’s museums, playgrounds, library, and more! A few things I enjoy include family game nights with my cousins, swimming, cooking new recipes, reading children’s books with my kids, traveling, and being involved at my church.
I graduated from Calvin College with my degree in special education and elementary education. First, I taught transition-aged (18-22 years old) special education at Elim Christian School for three years. I loved my students, coworkers and the mission of Elim. However, my husband and I felt the Holy Spirit leading us to live and serve cross-culturally and internationally. Next, my husband and I moved to Bangkok, Thailand, where I taught at a Christian International School for four years. My first two years teaching at the International Community School of Bangkok were in a 4th grade classroom, which gave me a perspective of the many different roles and responsibilities of a general education teacher. All the while, God had been preparing both me and this school community to work together to start and develop a special education program for students with intellectual disabilities within the Christian school. Most recently, God used this international experience to prepare me for another role on Elim Christian School’s international outreach team, collaborating with and supporting Christian special education leaders locally and around the world. I have also cherished my time at home taking care of my young kids. I feel blessed for how God has woven my story together thus far. I am thankful for how God has been preparing me for my new role as part of the Timothy team.
I am very thankful for the gift of Christian education. It allows us as educators the opportunity to teach all subjects through the lens of our worldview and to disciple students to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18a). Education is most effective as a partnership between the school, students and families. I believe God created each of us in His image with gifts and purpose. My goal is to help students identify and develop their strengths and interests, along with encouraging and exploring ways that they can use their gifts to serve His Kingdom. I strive to meet students where they are at and to equip them to reach their full potential. I love 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, which teaches about how God designed the body of Christ to be diverse. The body is made up of uniquely gifted and equally important parts working together, noting that “the parts that seem weaker are indispensible” (verse 22). I believe school is a better learning environment for everyone when it includes students with a wide range of abilities. My prayer is that, even in the midst of whatever unique struggles they face, all students would know and claim their identity as a loved, pursued child of the Most High God. I love being part of school communities like Timothy Christian that are striving to become more inclusive and to better serve God’s beautifully diverse children.