Annaliese Vander Baan has joined the BCA faculty, serving half time as our special education teacher and half time teaching in the middle school!
Annaliese studied Special Education at Calvin College, specializing in Cognitive Impairments with a minor in Elementary Education. She has most recently served as Inclusive Education teacher in grades one through four and as Resource Room/6th grade ELA teacher at Zeeland Christian school. She holds a degree in Special and Elementary Education, with state certifications for K-8 Elementary/All Subjects and K-12 Cognitive Impairment (Mild, Moderate, and Severe). She is qualified to perform various diagnostic assessments and nationally normed screeners such as Dibels and Woodcock-Johnson and is trained in Response to Intervention and Neurodevelopmental Training.
Through her many different teaching experiences, Miss Vander Baan has learned that each child is created uniquely and beautifully in God’s image. God has given each child his or her own strengths and struggles. She believes it is her calling to find ways to not only build on a child’s strengths, but also help them work through their struggles. She believes strongly in building relationships with each student in order to build trust. She is a motivated, empathetic and engaging teacher with a strong desire to prepare each child for the opportunities and challenges of this changing world.