Welcome to Grade 1


I am Helene Vanderwees and I look forward to being your child’s First Grade teacher. I began my teaching career in First Grade at Calvin Christian. I have also enjoyed working as a Resource Coordinator and Kindergarten teacher.  I am excited to be back teaching in the Grade 1 classroom. When I’m not teaching or planning, I love to spend time with my family, read, garden, and visit new places.

I pray that I may help my students desire to seek the Lord, develop a love of learning, become critical thinkers, confident communicators and caring members of our classroom community and the world around them. I can honestly say that teaching fills my heart with joy and my students fuel my passion for teaching.

I feel very thankful and blessed to be your child’s teacher this school year!