Hospers Elementary Staff Directory

Aalbers, Brady

4th Grade Math & Science Hospers Elementary

HS Degree-MOC-Floyd Valley HS
BA Degree -Northwestern College, IA
MA Degree-Southwest Minnesota State University, MN
I enjoy coaching (GO DUTCH), hunting and fishing, watching movies, and Husker Athletics.


Email: baalbers@mocfv.org

Blankers, Brenda

Paraprofessional, K-5

My husband James and I live in Hospers, Iowa.


Email: bblankers@mocfv.org

Boersma, Kelli

Resource Teacher


Email: keboersma@mocfv.org

Brower, Joan



Email: jbrower@mocfv.org

Bunkers, Lisa

2nd Grade

I graduated from Briar Cliff University with a degree in elementary education along with endorsements in special education and reading. I earned a masters degree in Differentiated Instruction from Graceland University. My husband Nic and I have three children and are proud supports of MOC-FV.


Email: lbunkers@mocfv.org

De Graaf, Marcia

Hospers Elementary Principal

I received my Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University in the area of Elementary Education and I earned my Master’s Degree from Drake in the area of Administration. Along with my husband Jeff, I have lived on a farm east of Alton, Iowa for the past 29 years. Our daughter lives in Wisconsin with her husband Jake and my son lives in Ames, Iowa. We enjoying playing golf and traveling with our family and friends. We spend many weekends in Ames cheering on the Cyclones or traveling to Wisconsin to be with family.


Email: mdegraaf@mocfv.org

De Jong, Banj

1st - 3rd Reading, Driver's Ed.

I graduated from Northwestern College with majors in Elementary Education and Religions, a minor in Spanish, a career concentration in Missions, and endorsements in Reading and Driver’s Education. I have been married to Jed for almost 40 years and we have two sons. Peter and Megan live in Orange City with their four children, and Ben and Lindsey live in Alton with five sons. My favorite hobbies are reading and swimming.


Email: badejong@mocfv.org

Diekevers, Billie

Elementary Resource Room teacher

I am married to Corey and we live on a farm near Hospers. We have one grown daughter, Danielle. In my spare time I like to read, spend time with family, do DIY projects, and garden. When the weather is nice, I spend as much time as possible outdoors. 

I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, with an endorsement in early childhood. My master’s degree is in K-12 School Counseling. I received both degrees from the University of South Dakota. I have 15 years of teaching experience as a Resource Room teacher. I am excited that the fall of 2020 will be my first year being part of the MOC-FV team!


Email: bdiekevers@mocfv.org

Doughan, Katie

4th Grade

I graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Elementary Education, as well as a reading endorsement and a middle school endorsement. My husband and I have four children (Orin, Kiptyn, Piper, and Bowen), and we live in Orange City. I love to read, play board games, be outside, and spend time with my family.


Email: kdoughan@mocfv.org

Groom-Meeks, Sandy

K-12 Technology Instructional Coach

Education: BA from South Dakota State University (Go Jacks!) in Preschool/Elem Ed; MA from Morningside in Tech Based Learning
I’ve been the K-12 tech instructional coach since 2014. I often refer to this as my “dream job” because it truly is! Prior to that I was a tech director for 16 years and enjoyed that as well. I like presenting at tech conferences and coordinating our local Tech Integrationist Group. I’ve served on several STEM committees and taught tech integration courses at the post secondary level.
When I’m not spending time as a “geek” I love to spoil grandkids, buy them the noisiest toys, feed them sugar and then send them (and their toys) back to their parents.

Grotenhuis, Sheryl

Fifth Grade Band Teacher

I graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA with a Instrumental and Vocal Music Education Degree. I previously taught K-8 and then 5-8 General Music, Band and Choir at the Hull Christian School in Hull, IA. I have been teaching part time 5th grade instrumental music at MOC Floyd Valley CSD since the fall of 1992. I am married and have 3 adult children.


Email: sgrotenhuis@mocfv.org

Hallberg, Carol

General Music Teacher K-8

I enjoy working with all of the MOC-FV students! I have a master’s degree in education from Augustana University in Sioux Falls. I began teaching in 1984. I have worked with students of all ages, from preschool through college.


Email: challberg@mocfv.org

Hegstad, Jennifer

4th Grade Reading Teacher

I graduated from Northwestern College with Elementary Education with a reading, special education, and coaching endorsement. I also have my Master’s Degree from Graceland University and I specialized in Differentiated Instruction. I am married and have two kids. I love to watch and play sports, read, and garden.


Email: jhegstad@mocfv.org

Katt, Heather

Hospers Head Cook

Krull, Sarah

Reading & Writing 5th Grade

I graduated from Northwestern. I currently live in Alton with my husband, Aaron, daughter, Lily (7), and son, Brody (4). We love having bonfires in the backyard, being active all summer, and playing golf.


Email: skrull@mocfv.org

Lemke, Amanda

Middle School Choir & Hospers Elementary Strings

Amanda Lemke graduated from Northwestern College in 2017 with a Music Education Degree. She is married to Drew Lemke, who teaches band at the middle school. They live in Orange City with their dog, Margie. Along with singing and playing music, she enjoys sewing, and acting in local theatre events.


Email: alemke@mocfv.org

Mangold, Rebecca

Licensed Mental Health Provider

I graduated from Northwestern in 2012 with a B.A degree in Spanish and Psychology. I received my M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015 from USD. I worked with Creative Living Center for four years as a therapist. During that time I also became a Registered Play Therapist. I love working with kids and providing them a space where they feel safe and can express themselves. When not at work, I enjoy spending time outside with my husband, our daughter, and our two dogs.


Email: rmangold@mocfv.org

Miller, Mark



Email: mmiller@mocfv.org

Nonnemacher, Karina


I graduated from Northwestern College with my Bachelors in Science and Nursing in 2013 and started as the school nurse for MOC-FV in 2016. I am married to Drew Nonnemacher (5th grade teacher at Hospers Elementary/ MOC-FV Varsity Baseball Coach) and we have 3 amazing boys, Jacoby, Elias and Beckett. We enjoy baseball, outside play, and movies as a family!

Norman, Aaron

Technology Support Specialist


Email: anorman@mocfv.org

Noteboom, Ryan

Technology Director


Email: rnoteboom@mocfv.org

Palsma, Lisa

Hospers Elementary Librarian

I am married to Paul and we have one son and daughter-in-law. I received my elementary education degree from Northwestern College. I enjoy reading, spending time with family, watching Northwestern College sports and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.


Email: lpalsma@mocfv.org

Paulsen, Gina

3rd Grade Instructor

This is my 25th year teaching! 11 years at MOC-FV. I live between Paullina and Granville and have 3 children. Two are out of school and my youngest is at South O’Brien. I love teaching and continue to stretch myself as a learner. Thank you for allowing me to educate your children each day. GO DUTCH!

Pottebaum, Stephanie

Food Service Director


Email: spottebaum@mocfv.org

Schipper, Jennifer



Email: jschipper@mocfv.org

Schwebach, Stephanie



Email: sschwebach@mocfv.org

Simmelink, Maria

1st Grade

I received my bachelor’s degree from NWC in 2006 and my master’s degree from Graceland University in 2013. My husband and I have three children and live on an acreage outside of Orange City. We enjoy taking care of plants and animals and anything else that has to do with the outdoors!

TeGrootenhuis, Michelle

K-8 Literacy Instructional Coach

When I’m at Hospers Elementary, I’m “Mrs. T.G.” When I”m at the Middle School, I’m “The OTHER Mrs. T.G.” I’m married to Scott and we have two adult children, Natalie and Kyle, who are both MOC-Floyd Valley graduates. I grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from what is now the “Washington Pavilion” building in 1988. I then went on to Northwestern College and earned my bachelor’s degree in 1993 in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement. I completed my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Dordt in 2007. I taught 2nd grade for 12 years and 5th grade for 8 years before changing roles to become the K-8 Literacy Coach in 2015. I enjoy leading summer workshops for teachers, online graduate classes for NWC, and presenting sessions for both literacy and technology conferences. My husband and I are big fans of Dutch athletics and enjoy attending Red Raider basketball games as well. If we are not at home, chances are we are at “the game” wherever the Dutch or Raiders may be playing.

Van Es, Jennifer

2nd Grade

I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northwestern College. I am also certified in the areas of early childhood special education and reading interventions. I received my master’s degree from Graceland University in differentiated instruction. I live in Alton with my husband, Josh, and our three sons, Jacoby, Nolan and Brooks.


Email: jevanes@mocfv.org

Van Roekel, Wendy


I received my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa, my masters degree in Differentiated Instruction from Graceland University. I live on a farm near Alton with my husband. We have two grown daughters that we are very proud of. I love teaching students new things.


Email: wvanroekel@mocfv.org

Van Voorst, Ashley


I am a nurse in both Hospers Elementary and the Middle School. I am married to Mark, who is currently away for the Air Force. We have three children; Landan(14), Ava(10) and Paxtan(4). I like to read and write. As a family we enjoy camping, off-roading in our jeep and playing cards or board games.


Email: avanvoorst@mocfv.org

Vander Ploeg, Diane

First Grade Teacher

I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement from Northwestern College. My husband and I have two adult daughters, Breanna and Brooke. I enjoy traveling, reading, watching the Twins and Vikings play and going to movies.


Email: dvanderploeg@mocfv.org