by Hannah Van Sant
PC has recently hired four new staff members for the 18-19 school year. Three will take over for teachers who are retiring or leaving after this school year, and one will be taking on a new position as the VoAg/FFA teacher.
Pamela Vande Voort will be taking over for Jan Blunck by teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. Vande Voort previously worked at Trinity Reformed Church in Pella as the Director of Discipleship Ministries and at Central College as an Adjunct Instructor. She also taught at Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa, and PCHS as a full-time Family and Consumer Sciences teacher from 1988-95. She is married to Lee Vande Voort who works at Vermeer Corporation.
She hopes to contribute to developing students educationally and spiritually through teaching Family and Consumer Science. “I desire to support and encourage students to grow in their knowledge of God and grow in their faith and prepare them to serve in God’s kingdom,” said Vande Voort. “It is my hope that students will see God at the core of the curriculum, be equipped and challenged in their faith, and be ready to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus throughout the world.”
Melinda Nunnikhoven is taking over for Jana Dembski as the Study Skills teacher. She comes with five years of experience in the Twin Cedars and Knoxville School Districts. She is married to Chandler, a 2005 graduate of PCHS who is employed the city of Pella. They are the parents of three young children.
She feels that God called her to take the job at Pella Christian. “I know that God has been orchestrating every aspect of my life,” said Nunnikhoven. “I feel called to help our youth through a critical part of their lives. Including Jesus in that process is the only way, in my mind, that they will ever truly become whole.”
Ellie Rethmeier will be a new addition to the faculty as the VoAg/FFA teacher. She will be graduating this month from Dordt College with a major in Agriculture Education.
She took the job, because she wanted to become an Ag teacher since high school. “Attending a private Christian College, I became extremely excited about new Ag programs starting in Christian high schools,” said Rethmeier. “The opportunity to help begin the program at Pella Christian seemed like a great opportunity to become a part of something new and inventive. I also loved the idea of teaching near the area where I grew up (Newton) and remaining a part of the local community in south central Iowa.”
Greg Wojczynski was hired this past fall for the assistant principal and social studies teacher position. You can read more about him here.