I met my wife, Julie, in the 2nd grade at a Christian school. We have been married since the summer of 1993, and today we have three children: Luke, Macy and Joey. By God’s grace,
Mr. Matt Davidson
I met my wife, Julie, in the 2nd grade at a Christian school. We have been married since the summer of 1993, and today we have three children: Luke, Macy and Joey. By God’s grace, our family is courageously committed to making a difference for Jesus Christ. We believe the Christian life is abundant…rewarding…an adventure!
In regard to hobbies, I enjoy spending time with my family as much as anything else. Due to the fast-paced nature of my work, I am very content to just stay at home whenever possible. However, my wife and kids can easily convince me to get out and do things together as a family. Family vacations have been incredibly important and memorable to me. I also enjoy golfing, coaching, reading and exercise. Team building and leadership development are important hobbies of mine as well. Lastly, I have always been very plugged in at the local church, and I serve on various Boards and committees.
I attended Aurora Christian School in Aurora, IL for grades 1-12. I received my BA in History Secondary Education from Trinity College in Deerfield, IL (now Trinity International University) and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Although I worked over the summer throughout junior high and high school (farming, backhoe service digging septic fields, construction), my first job out of college as a professional was teaching at Aurora Christian School. Over the years, I have taught Bible, US History, World History, Government, Economics, Physical Education, Agricultural Studies, and African American History. I have also served as a coach, Assistant Athletic Director, Dean of Students, and Principal (grades 6-12) at Aurora Christian School. Most recently, I served as Superintendent at Northwest Christian Schools in Phoenix and Peoria, AZ. Northwest Christian Schools is the 12th largest Christian school in ACSI North America. Following an amazing adventure at Northwest Christian Schools, God has called our family here…to Timothy Christian Schools, where I currently serve as Superintendent.
The best schools are learning environments…for everyone, not only the students. The best schools are full of life-long learners with a compelling commitment to excellence and distinction, or in other words—a dedication to be the best. The motivation in the Christian school for success and achievement is not to receive worldly attention, but rather to give God the glory in all things (Matthew 5:16; Colossians 3:23.) In the best Christian schools, there is consideration for the minor things, but conviction for the main thing—which is to give Jesus Christ the highest place in every program of the school. The Christian school must work tirelessly with the home and the church to train, equip and inspire this generation of young people to be “winners” and to make a difference for Jesus Christ in their circle of friends, their school, their church, their family, their community, their country and even the world. By the grace of God, we will prepare our students to dream big and to be bold leaders for Christ in all of their future endeavors.
I am a Chicago Christian High School graduate. It is there that I met Steve, and we’ve been married 20 years. We have 4 kids, Alison, Emily, Ryan, and Leah. We attend Faith CRC, i
Mrs. Diana DeBoer
I am a Chicago Christian High School graduate. It is there that I met Steve, and we’ve been married 20 years. We have 4 kids, Alison, Emily, Ryan, and Leah. We attend Faith CRC, in Elmhurst, and love it there. I am currently volunteering as a GEMS counselor.
I graduated from Trinity Christian College with a B.A. in English and minors in Secondary Education, Spanish, and Business. Although my major was English, the job market was calling for Spanish teachers. I taught Spanish for two years. I then took a maternity leave which lasted quite some time, 15 years. Substitute teaching brought me back into the classroom, and I am so excited to teach Spanish this year! I feel like I’ve been given a gift.
When I consider how much time my own kids are at school, I realize what an impact a teacher has in her students’ lives. When a student leaves my classroom, I want them to be challenged educationally; uplifted spiritually; and encouraged emotionally. It is amazing to be able to teach in a Christian setting, to be able to share my faith, and to hear openly shared faith of staff and students at Timothy. I love that we all have the same goal: to glorify God in all we do. With that in mind, I look forward to every day!
My time at TCS started in 1978 as a 6th grader at the Western Springs campus. As a native of Hinsdale and a TCHS graduate of 1985, I have many fond memories of life on campus as
Ms. Renee DeJager
My time at TCS started in 1978 as a 6th grader at the Western Springs campus. As a native of Hinsdale and a TCHS graduate of 1985, I have many fond memories of life on campus as a student. Among them: Choir, band, musicals, plays, Octoberfest, going to basketball games with friends and wonderful teachers, some of which are my colleagues now. I have 3 children. In my spare time I love reading, traveling, gardening and cooking.
I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, River Forest, IL (2013), a Master of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (1996) and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (1990) with a second major in German. I have been in education spanning elementary through college age students, both in the private and public school sector for over 25 years. In addition to teaching, I am also a frequent accompanist and adjudicator for choral and piano events in the state.
Professional memberships include the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), the Illinois American Choral Director’s Assocation (IL-ACDA) the National Association for Music Education (NAFME), the Illinois Music Educator’s Association (IMEA) and the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA). I have also hold or have held leadership positions in several of the above mentioned organizations both at the state and regional levels during the course of my career.
My philosophy of education is that every child can learn. Within the music classroom, my goal is to create literate young musicians who not only enjoy and appreciate a wide variety of music, but also read and understand music. God has blessed us with minds to embrace the many parts of his creation. I feel very strongly that each child not only understand music as a sole subject, but to see how all subjects are related to music and how music relates to all subjects, providing them with a whole picture of their world.
Throughout my teaching career, I have worked with many kinds of students at all ability levels. With the proper support and guidance, each child can be successful. I take my calling to teach very seriously and give my students the best instruction and opportunities possible to make sure that they are able to find success. Here at Timothy, I hope to contribute to raising up intelligent, curious lifelong learners who will be the light of Christ in our world.
I am entering my 15th year at Timothy and 13th overall as a teacher. I am originally from Chino, CA, which is about 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Growing up in Southern California a
Mr. Ryan DeKoekkoek
I am entering my 15th year at Timothy and 13th overall as a teacher. I am originally from Chino, CA, which is about 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Growing up in Southern California allowed me to experience some beautiful weather all year long. My parents still reside in Chino to this day. I have one brother and one sister who are both older than me, thus making me the baby of the family. Needless to say, I enjoyed the spoils of being the youngest:-) I currently live in Lombard with my wife (Laura) of ten years, our sons Nathan (4 years old), Joshua (2 years old) and our chocolate lab Wilson. I am a huge sports fan, especially that of the Lakers, USC Trojans, LA Kings and the Bears!
I graduated from Dordt College in 2000 with a degree in Secondary Education. The degree is focused in Physical Education and Health. I also have a coaching endorsement in Basketball, Soccer and Baseball. I received my Master's Degree from Concordia University (Irvine, CA) in the summer of 2010. My Masters' study was in Athletic Administration and Coaching. Before teaching at Timothy, I spent two and half years teaching in a missionary school outside of Tokyo, Japan. I enjoyed my experience very much while living in Japan. Much like my experience in Japan, the Timothy community has been a blessing to me and my family. I currently assist the Boys Soccer Program and coach the JV Girls Soccer team.
My philosophy of education is centered on God’s infallible word. I feel that all areas of education are to be taught from a Biblical perspective. There is no area in which God does not cover. This world is His and we as Christian brothers and sisters need to instruct each student in the knowledge that everything belongs to God.
In reference to Physical Education/Health I look at three key points in which I base my overall view of the students: 1) each student is divinely made in the image of Christ. Any student you teach whether they realize it or not is made in Christ’s image. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and it would be very dis-heartening if we did not acknowledge our Maker. 2) Our bodies are a temple to the Lord. In knowing and fully understanding this point, we need to make thoughtful and wise choices regarding our physical fitness. If we do not take care of our bodies in the realm of Physical Fitness, we are much more prone to diseases, swelling of the joints and aging faster, just to name a few. Finally, 3) encourage each student’s gift or talent. Each student has been blessed with a gift/talent that we need to foster and encourage that student to use it for God’s glory. It is silly to not use a gift that the Lord has given you.
This is the general make-up of my philosophy, but not all of it in its entirety. Issues that I stress beyond this are the TEAM principle, striving to achieve wellness in Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social and Spiritual areas of their lives. It is important to acknowledge God’s hand in our lives and give glory to Him. In teaching, this allows me to openly profess and minister to the students of God’s Kingdom.
I am beyond excited to be teaching at Timothy! I grew up in Downers Grove, IL. My five siblings and I all attended Timothy Christian Schools kindergarten through our senior year of
Ms. Jessica Dirkse
I am beyond excited to be teaching at Timothy! I grew up in Downers Grove, IL. My five siblings and I all attended Timothy Christian Schools kindergarten through our senior year of high school and we wouldn't trade those years for the world. I am so blessed and thankful for wonderful Christian parents, siblings, teachers, and friends who have helped shaped me into the woman and teacher I am today. I am a big sports lover (go Pack go!) and enjoy playing and watching all sports. I also love spending time with family, friends, and my 3 little nephews. I am very excited to be helping coach JV girls basketball as well.
Professional and Philosophical Profile
I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2016 and taught 8th grade math for one year at Carpentersville Middle School before coming to Timothy. Being a Timothy alum, Christian education holds a very dear place in my heart. I believe in the mission of Timothy and the formative impact it can have on a student's life. I feel extremely humbled to be a part of Christ's work here at Timothy. My prayer is that I teach with his love and gentle spirit so all may see how Jesus has changed my life for His glory.
I am thrilled and privileged to join the Timothy Christian community! I grew up in the Chicago area and attended Wheaton Academy and North Park University. I l
Mr. Benjamin Dragstrem
I am thrilled and privileged to join the Timothy Christian community! I grew up in the Chicago area and attended Wheaton Academy and North Park University. I live in a full house with my wife Lindsey and our three children Maria, Claire, and Wesley! We are also excited to announce that a fourth Dragstrem is soon on the way! The Dragstrem clan is typically exploring God’s creation at the Morton Arboretum or trying to find the closest place to go swimming. You can also find me on my road bike and enjoying a round of golf!
I graduated from Wheaton Academy in 2001 and headed off to North Park University where I received my undergraduate degree in Finance. My career path started at Guggenheim Investments, formally Claymore Securities. I earned my series 7 and 66 licences and enjoyed several years in financial administration before I found that God was calling me to teaching. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University and began teaching in 2011. I thoroughly enjoyed my seven years of teaching second and fifth grade in Tinley Park. I am excited and honored to join the Timothy community and share how every aspect of learning whispers the name of Jesus Christ!
"16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
As a teacher and follower of Christ, I want every student to know God’s truth. When we seek God’s truth and turn our eyes to Jesus, we can truly appreciate and love learning! It is an immense privilege to bring this joy of learning to first grade!
I am a 3rd generation Timothy alumni in my family! I attended Timothy from kindergarten through high school, where I ran cross country and track, competed on the cheerle
Ms. Abby Dykema
I am a 3rd generation Timothy alumni in my family! I attended Timothy from kindergarten through high school, where I ran cross country and track, competed on the cheerleading team, and was part of student council. Timothy provided me with some of my best friends and a firm Christian foundation. It is because of the relationships I had with my own teachers at Timothy that inspired me to become a teacher myself. In my free time I like to run, go for bike rides, listen to music, read, and spend time with family and friends.
After graduating from Timothy Christian High School in 2014, I attended Calvin College and graduated this past May. I received my Bachelor’s of arts degree in elementary and special education. During my time at Calvin I had the opportunity to teach in classrooms of various grades, languages, and abilities. I had a wonderful student teaching experience in a 3rd grade classroom at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary as well as in a combined 4th and 5th grade classroom for students with cognitive impairments at Park Elementary in Hudsonville, Michigan.
Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made by God. No two children are the same, and I believe it is my job to get to know each of my students as an individual child so that I can teach from their strengths and interests. I will model God’s love and grace that he has shown me to my students, and will use my classroom as a place to build a community that honors God and strives for academic, physical, and spiritual growth.
I am so thankful God gave me a passion for teaching, and I am excited to teach and grow with my students!