Rachel Hucul, Program Director

Ms. Rachel has been with the preschool since its creation. After graduating from Saginaw Valley State University with a B.A. Elementary Education and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education, she taught for 5  years in Midland before joining our team. Ms. Rachel is married to her high school sweetheart and has a daughter, Harper, 4 years old, and a son Easton, 1 year old. She has 10 years of teaching experience in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. She is trained in Conscious Discipline. Her goal is to create an environment where every student can enjoy a safe, enriching and challenging learning experience by using the natural resources around us. She runs in sun, rain or show! Ms. Rachel says that she has the best job in the world!

Sandra Kipen, Lead Teacher: Red Foxes & Kestrels

Ms. Sandra and her husband Dan have been married for 12 years. They have a 6 year old son, Logan, and a 9 year old dog, Swisher. Ms. Sandra earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Grand Valley State University and has been teaching GSRP for 5 years. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, baking, party decorating with her friend Courtney and organizing.

Jill Bardowski, Lead Teacher: Fireflies & Associate Teacher: Red Foxes & Kestrels

Ms. Jill graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Child Development and Outdoor Recreation. She has experience working with and teaching children of all ages in camp settings and child care. She loves walking with her dog, running, camping, hiking, paddling and baking. She is joining the Little Hawks team this year and is very excited about providing nature experiential learning for the children!

Kelsey Stark, Lead Teacher: Dragonflies & Blue Gills & Associate Teacher: Green Frogs

Ms. Kelsey graduated from Calvin College and has 3 years of experience teaching environmental education to preschoolers through 12th grade. She is an active musician; her main instrument is the oboe. Ms. Kelsey’s hobbies are hiking, backpacking and biking.

Elizabeth Wolter, Lead Teacher: Green Frogs & Associate Teacher: Dragonflies & Blue Gills

Ms. Elizabeth is joining the Little Hawks team this year. She graduated from Cornerstone University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development. Ms. Elizabeth loves teaching young children about the world around them. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking and yoga. Ms. Elizabeth was born and raised in Holland.

Darcy Logan, Lead Teacher: Gray Squirrels, Coyotes & Chickadees

Ms. Darcy is married to her high school sweetheart, Tim, and has 5 children. Ms. Darcy has 20 years of experience teaching children from preschool to 6th grade. She owns her own music education program, Tunes4Tykes, and is a very active leader in the Boy Scouts of America. Ms. Darcy was born and raised in Holland.

Kristi Rosema, Associate Teacher: Fireflies, Green Frogs & Coyotes

Ms. Kristi has a background in Environmental Education and has spent much of the past 20 years home educating her two, now grown, children. She and her husband, Kale, live in Holland and will be celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. Ms. Kristi loves the sense of wonder children have for the world around them and she is looking forward to exploring and discovering with the Little Hawks students.

Sheila DeVries, Associate Teacher: Gray Squirrels, Coyotes & Chickadees

Ms. Sheila is excited to be joining the Little Hawks team this year. She graduated from Calvin College with a degree in Biology. She has over 4 years of experience in outdoor education with pre-K – 12th grade and beyond. When she is not teaching kids, you can find her reading books, playing with her American Eskimo dog, Echo, or enjoying the outdoors through hiking, birding or photography.

Vicki Sturtevant, Associate Teacher: Fireflies

Ms. Vicki was married to her husband, Tom, in May 2015. She graduated with a B.A.A. in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services with a concentration in Outdoor and Environmental Education from Central Michigan University. She has 10 years of teaching experience in Environmental Education, preschool through 12th grade. Ms. Vicki has taught nature-based preschool for 4 years. Her goal is to create hands-on experiences that connect children to the natural world around them. She loves hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.

Nicole Dykstra, Associate Teacher: Dragonflies & Blue Gills

Ms. Nicole is originally from the east side of the state, moving to Holland after graduating from Grand Valley State University. Both of her children are Little Hawks graduates and have mastered the fine art of puddle jumping! Ms. Nicole loves the outdoors, finding the fun in every season. She is excited to be a part of the Little Hawks team and the many awaiting adventures and memories!

Kristin DeJarnatt, Associate Teacher: Gray Squirrels & Chickadees

Ms. Kristin graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. She taught environmental education to 4th – 12th graders for 5 years and preschool for 3 year old’s for 3 years. She enjoys gardening, kayaking, camping and spending time with her husband and daughter. Ms. Kristin encourages students to be curious and creative in the outdoors and also to care for the environment.

Barb Ferguson, Preschool Administrator

Ms. Barb is a retired teacher and administrator. She lives with her husband, Bud, and very friendly dog, Lucy, in Laketown Twp. She has loved being a part of the creation of Little Hawks.

Ruth Cronk, Parent Engagement Coordinator

Ms. Ruth retired from teaching for Zeeland Public Schools for 32 years. She has been on the ODC staff since 2002. Ms. Ruth was born and raised in Holland. She is an avid walker who loves interacting with little children in their natural world. Her goal is to afford children opportunities to create their own sense of curiosity and wonder as they explore their natural world.

Jayne Schutter, Office Manager

Ms. Jayne is joining the team this year. She was born and raised in Hamilton and still resides in the area with her husband, John, and daughter, Julia. She is also expecting her second child! Ms. Jayne loves good coffee, spending time outside with her husband and daughter, enjoying beach days and kayaking. She is excited to serve Little Hawks families in the area of office management.