Meet Ms. Aimee! She has always loved working with kids and knew at a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. We are lucky to have her as one of our 4 day Preschool teachers for the past 3 years.
Ms. Aimee’s favorite habit is “think win-win” because if it isn’t a win for both it will be a loss for both in the long run. She wants her students to know “to find the win-win in every situation as everyone is on the same team.”
Bucket List: Travel to Africa and Alaska
First Job: Worked at a summer daycare program
Favorite Hobbies: Baking and crafting
Meet Ms. Kerri! Anyone that knows Ms. Kerri knows she loves her Cheez-its and we have been loving her the last 11 years! Ms. Kerri has taught many grade levels over the last 9 years, but currently teaches the youngest friends in Young5s.
Ms. Kerri’s favorite habit is “Synergize” because she loves working with others. She also would like her students to know “one person can make a difference in your life if you are being bullied! Be that person to stand up for someone else!”
First Job: Dairy Queen
Bucket List: Whitewater rafting
Favorite Book: Wonder
Voted Most Likely: To get married
Meet Ms. Monica! In Grade school, Ms. Monica loved school, studied often, and loved to make new friends. She has been sharing her love of school and teaching our youngest friends how to make new friends the last 10 years as the youngest friends teacher teaching kindergarten standards. She loves spending time with her husband and two children.
Ms. Monica’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand then to be understood” because she thinks it is important to learn to listen to others first before talking. She wants her students to know “that they can do and be anything! Once you believe in yourself, the sky is the limit! Our students have so much potential-it is our job to help them reach it!”
Favorite Snack: Beef jerky
Special Talent: Art! She loves to draw, write, and create art
First Job: Serving ice cream at The General Store
Bucket List: Traveling out of the country with her kiddos and husband
Meet Ms. Rachel! In elementary school, Ms. Rachel was convinced school was all about being social! Academics, what’s that? She was known for brokering peace between quarreling friends. This is her 1st year teaching 1st grade standards at Innocademy.
Ms. Rachel’s favorite habit is “Sharpen the Saw”. We need to pay attention to each part of our person, body, mind, heart, and soul. Learning how to fill each bucket is a lifelong challenge.
Favorite Snack: Anything crunchy.
Special Talent: Making noises for everything.
First Job: Working in the kitchen at Spring Hill Camps.
Surprising Fact: She used to perform in a modern dance company.
Meet Ms. Cyndi! She has been teaching 2nd grade objectives in Innocademy’s Green Room for 9 years and still LOVES it! She became a grandma last year to two fun little girls, Renee and Elliana, born to her son and wife, Caleb and Rita, AND to her daughter and husband, Lydia and Josh. Her son, Elijah, traveled to Oregon with her this summer, visiting family, hiking, canoeing, walking and eating good food!
Ms. Cyndi’s favorite habit is “Begin with the End in Mind” because she feels like she can achieve so much more when she set goals for herself! She would like her students to know “they are valued and loved.”
First Job: Ice cream dipper and waitress at a ice cream parlor
Favorite Children’s Book: Owl Moon
Surprising Fact: She learned how to “barefoot ski” but was afraid she would lose her toes, so she put tennis shoes on her feet and skied that way!
Meet Mr. Chad! Mr Chad has been with Innocademy for the last 8 years in many roles, he is currently teaching third grade classic in the blue room. He stresses with his class to be proactive and take responsibility for actions within your control. He often points to a quote from Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” you can often find him at a local park, checking out a bug in his native plant garden, or on a walk with his family when he is not in school.
Based on his background in science and design, it may be a surprise to find out his favorite time of the school day is doing class read aloud because of the interesting discussions and depth of thinking students show around challenging texts. His classes’ favorite books have been Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Bud, Not Buddy, and Flora and Ulysses.
Meet Ms. Renee! She can’t live without a cozy blanket, but we can’t live without her! She has been with our family the last three years and is currently teaching fourth grade standards.
Ms. Renee’s favorite habit is “Think Win-Win” because she believes it helps you think outside yourself and look to work better with others. Ms. Renee also wants her students to know “Today can change by tomorrow and yesterday can grow your today, don’t ever stop growing and learning.”
First Job: Cart Girl at Kroger
Favorite Snack: BBQ Chips
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Life Motto: Always another side to a story
Meet Mr. Ben! Sr. Ben will tell you the most important thing to know is that he loves God and loves people! Everything else flows from that, which is a lot because he has a load of energy and love for pouring into the kiddos every day. He spends most of his time at Innocademy with the classic elementary friends teaching them Spanish and the cultures of the world and is on his third and a halfth year.😉 He still considers himself a student of the world and a student of the language. He lives in Holland with a wonderful wife and a beautiful little boy!
Sr. Ben likes and hopes to grow in “seeking first to understand then to be understood.” When we put others before ourselves, we take a step back from our own brains to hear what we can learn from and what we can add to others. This is an exercise in not being the center of our own little worlds!
Bucket List: Visit a handful of states to complete all 50 and visit the continent of Australia to complete all 6 (sans Antarctica)
Favorite Trip: He rode his bicycle from Savannah to San Francisco and stayed out in California as a professional ski instructor
Surprising Facts: Tested into college in 5th grade; toured with a symphonic band in college; wants to live overseas.
Favorite Title: Child of the King
Life Motto: The best and safest place to travel/live/be is the center of God’s will.
Meet Ms. Robyn! This is her third year teaching in the elementary resource room at Innocademy.
Of the 7 habits, “Think win-win” is her favorite. It is important to find a common ground and think of others’ perspectives as well as your own.
Favorite Hobbies: Skiing, kayaking, hiking, or any outdoor adventure
Favorite Food: Some of Robyn’s favorites are Korean, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern inspired dishes.
Bucket List: Raising bees is towards the top of Robyn’s bucket list!
Meet Ms. Erin: Ms. Erin loves the color orange. She has worked at Innocademy since January 2020. She is the paraprofessional for our blue room/orange room friends. She is married to Ryan and they have four daughters.
Ms. Erin’s favorite of the 7 habits is seek first to understand. She thinks understanding others point of view is key to good friendships. Ms. Erin would like students to know “everyone of us is unique and valuable.”
First Job: Babysitter
Can’t Live Without: Potatoes and Dr. Pepper
Favorite Book ~ The “Little House on the Prairie” series
Surprising Fact ~ Was a camp counselor for 17 summers.
Meet Ms. Stephanie! She has loved teaching many different grades (PS, 1, 2, & 3!) over the last 13 years and is thrilled to be joining Innocademy as a paraprofessional this year! She and her husband Scott have three kids and together they love to read, hike, mountain bike, and play games.
Her favorite of the 7 habits is Synergize because 1) she loves working with others! and 2) she believes that every person is uniquely gifted and has something to offer. We all need each other! When we recognize each other’s gifts and the ways our strengths and weaknesses complement each other we are stronger. She wants all students to feel cared about, known, and valued.
Favorite Food: Dark chocolate and berries, together or separate!
Type of Grade School Student: Quiet, perfectionist
Favorite Hobby: Singing in a 10-person acapella chamber choir
Favorite Children’s Book: All Are Welcome
Las Huellas Elementary
Meet Maestra Ashley! She loves diet coke, puzzles, rainbows, and a good deal, but she loves her students even more! She has been a part of the Innocademy family for six years. She currently teaches young 5’s Spanish Immersion in las huellas.
Ms. Ashley’s favorite habit is “Begin with the end in mind” because she loves setting goals and working towards them with a bigger picture in mind. She wants all her students to know “You are loved, creative, strong, and smart. You all teach me as much as I teach you!”
Life Motto: “Use your smile to change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.”
Type of Grade School Student: Teacher’s pet
Voted Most Likely: To be a teacher
Can’t Live Without: Coffee
Meet Ms. Natalia! Ms. Natalia has always loved learning! her bucket list wish is to continue her academic learning. She has shared her love of learning with us the last 6 years and currently teaches our youngest friends in Las Huellas.
Ms. Natalia’s favorite habit, is habit number three “Put first things first” because she likes to prioritize things that are most important. She would also like all of her students to know “ that we all have different personalities, different ways to learn, and talents, but they all are special to me .”
Type of Grade School Student: Quiet, and always worried about grades and homework
Can’t Live Without: Coffee
Favorite Book: Romeo and Juliet
First Job: Dishwasher (at 8 years old)
Meet Maestra Anita! She is from Costa Rica and has been part of the Innocademy family for the past 5 years. Ms. Anita teaches our young friends in the Spanish Immersion Green Room!
She really loves Habit 5 Seek first to understand, then to be understood because if everyone could practice hearing and understanding one another our world would be a better place. She wants her students to know “they all have special talents that make them unique and that no matter how little they are they can make a difference for the betterment of our world!”
Can’t Live Without: Laughter, music, and hugs.
Favorite Treat: Vanilla ice coffee and chocolates.
Favorite Hobbies: Travel with my family, photography, and going to the movies.
Life motto: “We must become the change we want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Meet Maestra Jenecis! This is her first year teaching at Innocademy. She is teaching 1st grade, las huellas.
Her favorite habit is ‘Put First Things First’ because it is important to identify what is most important and focus on that first. She believes “When in doubt, go to the library”-HP.
Favorite Food: Homemade enchilada
Can’t Live Without: Her dog Sadie
Favorite Hobby: Hiking
Meet Maestra Rachel! This is her 7th year at Innocademy, and teaches second grade standards to our Las huellas Spanish Immersion friends. If she’s not at school, you can probably find her growing some veggies in her garden, golfing with her husband, trying her hand at some amateur sewing, or lounging on the beach with her dog!
Her favorite of the 7 Habits is “Think win-win”, because it encourages us understand others’ point of view and teaches us how to compromise when we don’t see eye-to-eye! Maestra Rachel would like her students to know “you are brave, you are strong, and you are loved!”
Favorite Food: Crab legs
Can’t Live Without: One-woman concerts in her car on the way to school
Bucket List: Seeing a Broadway musical
Meet Maestra Marisol! She is a BIG fan of animation AND she is in love with teaching and can’t wait to teach her Las huellas 3rd graders! Something she enjoys is reading! Reading takes you places when you can’t travel! Open a good book, find your favorite spot and get reading!!
Ms. Marisol’s favorite habit is “Be Proactive” because when you are, you accomplish so much more!!! She wants her students and coworkers to know that “there will be mistakes made throughout the school year. But when you make a mistake…what do we do when we make them? WE LEARN from them.”
Bucket List: Visit all the great wonders of our world!!
Favorite Book: Corduroy
Voted Most Likely: To love too much!
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Meet Ms. Morgan! When she is not teaching, Ms. Morgan enjoys taking trips to the beach and strumming up a tune on her ukulele! This is her 3rd here at Innocademy teaching fourth grade standards to our Las Huellas middle friends!
Ms. Morgan’s favorite habit is “First Things First” because it is important to prioritize the most important tasks and save the extra stuff for later! Ms. Morgan would like her students to always remember that “if at first you don’t succeed, try again!”
Can’t Live Without: Taco Bell and coffee (separately…not together!)
Favorite Book: Robot Salvaje
Personal Hashtag: #ifyouknowyouknow
Voted Most Likely: To be mistaken for a student
Meet Ms. Isabella! This is her first year at Innocademy as a Spanish Immersion Para-professional. However, she has enjoyed getting to know the las huellas team, and helping in classrooms as a mom for the past few years.
Her favorite Habit is #3 “Put First Things First” because she likes structure and checking off lists. She would like students to know, “I have a big heart for each one of you!”
Can’t Live Without: Chocolate!
Surprising Fact: I was a wrestler in 8th & 9th grades.
Favorite Hobby: Dancing & singing!
Classic Middle School
Meet Mr. Alvin! Mr. Alvin’s bucket list wish is to visit All the National Parks in the United States. We are lucky enough to have him share all his outdoors and science knowledge with as the Oldest Friends Science teacher.
Mr. Alvin’s favorite habit is “Synergize” because it is a challenge (and fun) to get all the moving pieces to work together to present a unified whole. Mr. Alvin wants his students to know that “I want to help them be curious about the world around them and use their knowledge to make a difference in that world.”
First Job: Paper Route
Favorite Snack: Combos/Mountain Dew
Favorite Book: The Bible
Special Talent: Computers and fixing things
Meet Mr. Cory! Mr. Cory is going on his sixth year with Innocademy as the middle school math teacher. He is a lover of data, Doritos, Mountain Dew, and Mike and Ikes.
Mr. Cory’s favorite habit is “Begin with the end in mind” because he is a planner and likes to know where he is going. He would also like his students to know “We can all continue to grow. There is never an end. There will always be ways we can improve.”
Life Motto: Some day, I’m going to own this place.
First Job: KFC
Favorite Book: The Giving Tree
Special Talent: Being average
Meet Mr. Kelly! He is famous for his selfies (#selfieswithmrkelly) and has been a part of the Innocademy family for six years teaching middle school social studies.
Mr. Kelly’s favorite habit is the first habit “Be Proactive” because he loves to plan ahead and feel prepared. Mr. Kelly wants his students to know “I love teaching history because it is stories about everyday people who did extraordinary and innovative things.”
Bucket List: Attend a major sporting event championship
Life Motto: Hakuna Matata, it means no worries
Special Talent: He can read minds!
Type of Grade School Student: Very quiet and shy
Meet Ms. Alixe! She loves to travel and explore new places! She has explored many parts of the U.S. and has even lived in 3 of the 5 U.S. regions! Ms. Alixe taught English writing to the middle school students in the Las Huellas program through the end of last school year, and is excited to be teaching ELA full-time to the Classic middle school students this year! When Ms. Alixe is not at school teaching, she is busy taking care of her two young children.
Ms. Alixe’s favorite habit is “seek first to understand, then to be understood”. She feels it is important to listen to others’ thoughts and feelings and attempt to understand their perspectives before making decisions. She believes that we can learn a lot from each other just by taking the time to listen. Ms. Alixe wants her students to know that, “I care deeply about each of them and just want to help set them on a path of success, so that they may have a bright future. Everyone brings skills to the table and the world needs each person’s skills. I want to help students find their strength and amplify it.”
First Job: Retail Store
What You Can’t Live Without: HGTV and The Food Network
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Hobby: DIY home projects
Meet Ms. Rachel! She shares her love of foreign language with our oldest friends teaching Spanish. She lives by the motto that #Asíeslavida and we are thrilled to have her in our vidas!
Ms. Rachel’s favorite habit is “Put first things first” because she is a visual person and likes to have a To-Do list to help her feel ready for the day. Ms. Rachel would like all of her students to know “I am excited to be here! I’m looking forward to getting to know you and the unique way that you learn, and to help you have a successful school year!”
Favorite Snack: Chips and cheese
Bucket List: To watch the Olympic games in person
Favorite Book: The “Harry Potter” series
Special Talent: Art (such as drawing, sketching & painting)
Meet Ms. Kate! From preschool on up, she’s always loved school. Being a teacher just makes sense! This is Ms. Kate’s seventh year as the middle school resource teacher at Innocademy. When she’s not at school, Ms. Kate enjoys spending time hiking with her husband and their dog.
Ms. Kate’s favorite habit is Habit number 5 “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” She loves this habit because truly hearing others’ needs (and being heard yourself) is so important to having good relationships with others. She would also like her students to know “You can accomplish anything you set your mind to – and we’ll help you find your path.”
Job Experience: Besides being a teacher, Ms. Kate has had jobs where she’s washed motor homes, scooped ice cream, and chased toddlers around (not all at the same time).
Life Motto: “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody” – Kid President
Bucket List: Visit a Dark Sky Park
Hobbies: Baking, reading, and finding new ways to explore nature
Meet Ms. Jody! Ms. Jody’s life hashtag is #lettheadventurebegin. She has been adventuring with us the last six years as an assistant to middle school friends.
Ms. Jody’s Favorite habit is “Think Win-Win” and she wants her students to know that “they are important, they matter and if they need something I’m always read to listen/help.”
Favorite Snack: Anything with chocolate, caramel, or mint
Can’t Live Without: Pajama pants and a large, soft blanket
Bucket List: Visit the 7 Wonders of the World
Special Talent: Baking all kinds of yumminess
Las Huellas Middle School
Meet Maestra Liliana! This is her 6th year at Innocademy, and she teaches Language Arts and Social Studies to our las huellas middle school students. Ms. Liliana loves to travel the world, and enjoys visiting cities both large and small. She has been to Argentina, Hong Kong, Belgium, Scotland, Brazil, Spain, Portugal and many other beautiful places!
Ms. Liliana’s favorite of the 7 Habits is Synergizing because working together as a community makes us stronger than working alone! She would like her students to know that “life is about making mistakes and learning from them.”
Fun Fact: She loves to dance ALL types of dances
Bucket List: She would love to publish a memoir some day
Life Hashtag: #PhotographyAndMindfulness
Meet Ms. Kelli! She has been a part of the Innocademy family from the start. Various roles have included teaching 3rd and 4th grade objectives, middle school electives, 5th grade math, and serving as the School Lead. This year she will be focusing on Curriculum & Instruction for both our Zeeland and Allegan campuses.
Ms. Kelli’s favorite habit is “Synergize” because she gets an adrenaline rush from a great brainstorming session. She would like the students to know “they are valued and the whole world is theirs to explore.”
Life Hashtag: #soyouaretellingmetheresachance
Recent Bucket List Item: Taking in a concert at Red Rocks
Voted: Most Spirited (nice way of saying she had endless energy and still does)
Meet Maestra Jessenia! A couple of things on her bucket list include taking a road trip around the United States and sky diving!
She has been at Innocademy for the last 7 years and has served as a paraprofessional, elementary and middle school teacher for las huellas. Currently she is the lead for the las huellas team where she enjoys working alongside each Spanish Immersion teacher.
Her husband Juan, her daughter Delyla, and her enjoy reading and watching family movies.
Her favorite habit is putting first things first as she likes to get things done in the order of importance. The one thing she wants every student to know is “Your voice matters and you have SO much to share with the world, make sure to do so!”
Meet Ms. Becca! This will be her seventh year with Innocademy as the Speech-language Pathologist. She is one of only a few staff that work in all the IES schools (precademy, las huellas, Innocademy, iCademy and Innocademy Allegan Campus). She is married to Jim Beebe and they love doing anything that has to do with water (either liquid or frozen). They have three grown sons who live all over the country; Maine, Indianapolis and Washington!
Ms. Becca’s favorite habit is sharpening the saw. It seems like everyday she is practicing a skill she already has or is learning something that she didn’t know she needed to learn.
Fun Facts: Loves classical and folk music and can play piano, recorder, voice and harp
More Fun Facts: Her mother is still healthy and living at 98 years old
Enjoys: SWIMMING, reading, cooking, knitting, playing the piano, cycling, cross country skiing, rowing, sailing, going out to eat, chocolate and tea.
Meet Mr. Bob! He’s been at Innovative Education Services (IES – the management company for Innocademy) for almost two years and is the Executive Director. He supports Innocademy, Innocademy Allegan Campus, and iCademy Global.
Mr. Bob has mad muppet skills, owns more than 200 board games, and loves the color orange and Batman. His favorite of the 7 habits is, “Seek first to understand and then be understood,” as it reminds him of the Prayer of Saint Francis.
He would love all the students at our schools to know his favorite quote comes from Don Quixote and says, “When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!” We have the power to change the world, so if you look around and don’t like what you see, it is within your power to help make it a better place.
First Job: Janitorial Staff
Favorite Food: Pizza
Surprising Fact: Even though Mr. Bob graduated valedictorian and won awards for achievement in Math, in the 7th grade he got a D in Pre-Alegrabra because he didn’t turn in any homework.
Favorite Hobbies: Photography and Writing short stories
Meet Ms. Sara! In grade school, Ms. Sara was a social butterfly, but also a rule follower. She continues to be a social butterfly while also following the rules as she takes care of all our Human Resource needs!
Ms. Sara’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand, then to be Understood.” She believes it is great to focus on understanding others’ point of view before expressing one’s own point of view. Ms. Sara would like all the students to know…”You are capable of great things in your life. Make good choices, move on from your mistakes and you will be capable of anything you set your sights on!”
Meet Ms. Heidi! Ms. Heidi has been with IES schools for almost 10 years, starting as a parent volunteer and is now our pupil accounting and registrar for all three IES Schools. You may also see her smiling face at the front desk on Fridays.
Ms. Heidi wants all the students to know that “You are capable of great things in your life. Make good choices, move on from your mistakes and you will be capable of anything you set your sights on!”
First Job: Grocery store cashier
Favorite Snack: Doritos
Can’t Live Without: Her husband & kids
Quote to Live By: “Life is all about the choices you make”
Meet Ms. Leisa Lobbezoo! She believes her special talent is her super loud whistle, but after being part of the IES family for the last 14 years, we know she is a woman of many talents! Ms. Leisa wears many hats at Precademy, Innocademy and iCademy Global as she works to help all of our new families through the enrollment process as well as working in communications and marketing.
Ms. Leisa’s favorite habit is “Be Proactive” because you can’t beat the feeling of being prepared and ready for whatever life is going to throw at you. She would like her students to know “how glad I am that they are here, learning with us!”
Type of Grade School Student: Teacher’s pet… for real…. they gave her an award
Voted Most Likely: To become an actress
Life Hashtag: #hangontightandenjoytheride
Bucket List: Visit Europe, walk on a glacier, watch the Detroit Tigers play in most of the MLB ballparks
Meet Mr. Paul! Mr. Paul has been working at Innocademy for over a year as the Custodial Services Coordinator. Mr. Paul also works for Holland Christian School and frequently spends time at Meijer as a Shipt Shopper as well. At the top of Mr. Paul’s bucket list is to run a race in every state.
Mr. Paul’s favorite of the 7 habits is “Begin with the End in Mind”. He likes to focus on the end result of a task. It’s not always where you start but where you finish!
First Job: Dishwasher at Community Restaurant
Life Motto: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
Favorite Food: Burrito
Favorite Hobby: Golfing
Meet Ms Michelle! If you love hugs as much as Ms Michelle does then you would understand why Koalas are her very favorite animal, and she started collecting them when she was seven years old. Ms Michelle started working at Innocademy in the Spring of 2021 as the part time front desk person, and is enjoying getting to see all of the happy smiling faces that walk through our doors.
Ms. Michelle’s favorite habit is being proactive because she believes “it’s always better to stay ahead of the game and be prepared for whatever may come your way.”
Favorite Hobbies: Playing the flute and twirling baton
Bucket List: See the Northern Lights
Favorite Book: Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Suess becasue “a persons a person no matter how small!”
Specials & Electives
Meet Ms. Hillary! Ms. Hillary is in her fifth year teaching Y5-8th grade music at Innocademy. Ms. Hillary teaches in one of the few rooms in our building with walls. And it’s a good thing because she loves moving, grooving, singing, and playing with our students!
Ms. Hillary’s favorite habit is “Put First Things First” because when the task list is long or the job is feeling overwhelming, it helps to just take things one step at a time.
Special Talent: Classically trained singer
Favorite Book: The “Harry Potter” series
First job: Dry-cleaning clerk
Favorite hobbies: Cooking & gardening
Meet Ms. Emily! She teaches art! It is her 5th year teaching art here at Innocademy. Ms. Emily lives in Zeeland with her husband and two daughters, and their dog Charlie.
Her favorite of the 7 Habits is synergy because she believes it is important to be able to work with other people. Ms. Emily wants students to know that “it is okay (and super important) to make mistakes because it allows us to be creative and grow as artists.”
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Favorite Book: Where The Crawdads Sing
Hobbies: Reading, going on hikes with her family, making art