Orange City Elementary Staff Directory



Aalbers, Brittany

Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Mrs. Aalbers. I grew up in Orange City and attended Orange City Elementary as a child. I graduated from Northwestern College in 2008 with a degree in Elementary Education and minors in coaching and reading. I received my Masters of Education from Morningside in 2012. I currently live in Alton with my husband Brent, and three sons: Ryder, Wyatt, and Jarrett.

Contact

Email: braalbers@mocfv.org

Alsum, Barb

Contact

Email: balsum@mocfv.org

Andersen, Murray

Elementary Librarian

I received my degree in elementary education from Iowa State University. Later, I obtained my masters in elementary education from Northwestern College. My wife Julie and I have two daughters, Andrea and Angel. Angel is married to Thomas Clarey and they have blessed us with 3 grandchildren: Rhett, Porter and Blakely.

Contact

Email: mandersen@mocfv.org

Anderson, Teri

Elementary Special Education, Head girls' track

My family includes a wonderful husband, three grown sons, and a daughter-in-law. I have a BA from NWC and a masters degree in special education. My family is very active and we love to travel. I am also an avid reader.

Contact

Email: tanderson@mocfv.org

Boersma, Angela

Special Education--Resource Room

I graduated from Oostburg High School in Oostburg, Wisconsin before moving to northwest Iowa where I attended Northwestern College. In 2002 I graduated from NWC majoring in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and special education. In 2014 I graduated from Morningside College with a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree. I had the privilege of being a substitute teacher for MOC-FV for two years before earning my position at Hospers Elementary in 2004. In 2010 I began teaching 4th grade at Orange City Elementary. Currently, I am a special education teacher in the Resource Room.

My husband, Joel, is a sixth grade teacher at Alton Middle School. We live in Orange City with our three children: Becca, Andrew, and Greta. We love spending our free time together as a family attending sporting events, taking trips to Wisconsin, shopping, biking, baking, and reading.

Contact

Email: aboersma@mocfv.org

Boersma, Kate

Physical Education TK-5th, Varsity Volleyball Coach

I graduated from Northwestern college in 2012 and also began coaching at MOC-FV the same year. I am married to Justin Boersma and we have two sons Juddson and Kolton. We live on a farm outside of Hospers. I love being involved in our volleyball programs in and out of season and spending time with my family.

Contact

Email: kboersma@mocfv.org

De Jong, Emily

Kindergarten Classroom Teacher

I received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern College with early childhood, reading, and coaching endorsements. I also completed my master’s degree in early childhood through the University of South Dakota. My husband, Daron, is a chiropractor in Orange City and we have a son, Aden, and a daughter, Ava. Outside of school I enjoy cooking, baking, traveling, photography, shopping, music, and spending time with family and friends.

Contact

Email: edejong@mocfv.org

De Jong, Peter

5th Grade

I graduated from Northwestern College in 2005 with my degree in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement. I have taught 3rd grade and Title Reading before becoming the 5th grade reading and writing teacher her at OCE. I live in Orange City with my wife, Megan, and four kids. I enjoy riding motorcycle, working with my hands, being active with the family, reading a good book, and working at my church.

Contact

Email: pdejong@mocfv.org

Fischer, Nate

3rd Grade

Contact

Email: nfischer@mocfv.org

Foughty, Sharon

Music

Contact

Email: sfoughty@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.

Contact

Email: sgrotenhuis@mocfv.org

Guthmiller, Renee

2nd Grade

Contact

Email: rguthmiller@mocfv.org

Haverdink, Laura

Orchestra Teacher: Grades 3-12

Northwestern College: B.A. in Music Education and Physical Education with a Coaching Endorsement

Contact

Email: lhaverdink@mocfv.org

Hofmeyer, Heather

3rd grade, yearbook sponsor

I was born and raised in Eastern Iowa near the Mississippi river. I attended and received my degree from the University of Dubuque. My husband, Eric, and I live in Alton with our 4 children- Makenna, Kolten, Cooper, and Landyn. We enjoy spending time outdoors, attending sporting events, and being with our extended families.

Contact

Email: hhofmeyer@mocfv.org

Honken, Rachel

4th Grade Teacher

After growing up in Nebraska, I graduated from Northwestern College in 2013 with a degree in both Elementary Education and Music. I met Matt singing in choir at NWC, and we both feel blessed to be living, working, and raising our daughter, Iris, in this wonderful community. When not at school, you might find me singing at church, walking around town, or cheering on our marching and jazz bands!

Contact

Email: rhonken@mocfv.org

Korthals, Twyla

NWAEA Speech-Language Pathologist (Pre-K-12th Grade)

I received my undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University & my graduate degree from University of Wisconsin – River Falls. My husband & I live on a farm by George, IA. We have two children. My hobbies include traveling, taking classes with family & friends (e.g. cupcake decorating), and gardening.

Contact

Email: tkorthals@nwaea.org

Lambert, Jennifer

Title 1 Reading

I grew up in a very small community called Dows, Iowa. I graduated from Central College and have taught in the wonderful community of Orange City my entire career. I am married to Paul, who is a forecaster for Wells Dairy. We have 2 children, Ethan and Edan and her husband, Thomas. We love to attend Iowa State football games and ride bike.

Contact

Email: jlambert@mocfv.org

Landhuis, Mike

Principal, Orange City Elementary

My wife Nancy and I have three children. Our oldest Josh is the athletic director at Cherokee Schools, our other son Zach lives in Topeka Kansas with his wife Trisha and is employed by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation as a DNA specialist and our daughter Katie is a K-6 PE teacher and coach in the Belmond-Klemme school district. Nancy and I have 2 fox red labs to keep us company.

Contact

Email: mlandhuis@mocfv.org

Lang, Chris

4th Grade

Contact

Email: clang@mocfv.org

List, Kayla

Contact

Email: klist@mocfv.org

Lux, Lori

Contact

Email: llux@mocfv.org

Maassen, Marissa

2nd Grade Teacher

My name is Marissa Maassen and I am a second grade teacher at Orange City Elementary. I absolutely love my job and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!! I grew up near Hull, Iowa where I loved playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. I am married to Aaron Maassen, and we live on an acreage 1 mile east of Maurice. My husband is part owner of Maassen Dairy near Maurice. We have four children who keep us very busy! Their names are Seth, Aric, Peyton, and Mariah. They are all in school, and we enjoy going to all of their activities. Some of my hobbies are reading, riding bike, and doing things with my family.

Contact

Email: mmaassen@mocfv.org

Meerdink, Heidi

Para-educator Orange City Elementary

I have a BA from Northwestern College and am married to Rob. We have 3 boys and 1 grandson. I love my pets and I have 4 dogs and 2 cats.

Contact

Email: hmeerdink@mocfv.org

Meyer, Kristine

Paraprofessional Orange City Elementary

I live with my husband Mike and two children, Brayden and Mikayla, in Hospers. As a family we enjoy showing cows and goats at many fairs, mini-rod tractor pulling and fishing. In my free time I like to read, decorate and do flower gardening.

Contact

Email: kmeyer@mocfv.org

Nonnemacher, Karina

Nurse

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

Contact

Email: anorman@mocfv.org

Noteboom, Ryan

Technology Director

Contact

Email: rnoteboom@mocfv.org

Nothem, Tracey

First Grade Teacher and Coach

I graduated from Northwestern College with a BA in Elementary Education along with an Early Childhood and a Coaching Endorsement. I also have an MA (Incorporating the Fine Arts and Multiple Intelligences Within Instruction) from Lesley University. I am blessed to be the mother of two beautiful and talented daughters who teach me to be a better person on a daily basis! I love spending time with family/friends, as well as exercising, watching sports, reading, writing poetry and baking.

Contact

Email: tnothem@mocfv.org

Olson, Jackie

Elementary School Counselor

After graduating from Northwestern in 2000, I went overseas to work and live for a couple years. After moving back to Orange City I began working for MOC-FV in 2007. During that time I have received my masters in Education from Morningside College as well as my Masters in School Counseling from Buena Vista.
In my spare time I enjoy camp fires, stargazing, walks, and road trips.

Contact

Email: jolson@mocfv.org

Pennings, Leah

Transitional Kindergarten - TK

Contact

Email: lpennings@mocfv.org

Peters, Erin

1st Grade

Contact

Email: epeters@mocfv.org

Pottebaum, Stephanie

Food Service Director

Contact

Email: spottebaum@mocfv.org

Puttmann, Kristen

Literacy Instructional Coach

I received my BA from Northwestern College (1996) and my MA from Morningside College (2000). I’ve taught 5th grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade, and Title I Reading during my 22 years of teaching. I’m married to Mr. Puttmann (4th grade), and we have two college-aged children. Kaylee is a junior at Northwestern College, and Kyle is a freshman at Iowa State.

Contact

Email: kputtmann@mocfv.org

Puttmann, Shannon

Teacher/Math and Reading/4th

I received my BA from Northwestern College (1994) and my MA from Southwest Minnesota University (2005). I’ve taught 5th grade for my first 19 years and now I am currently teaching 4th grade. I’m married to Mrs. Puttmann (Literacy Instructional Coach), and we have two college-aged children. Kaylee is a junior at Northwestern College, and Kyle is a freshman at Iowa State.

Contact

Email: sputtmann@mocfv.org

Reuvers, Mary Beth

Para-educator at Orange City Elementary

Contact

Email: mreuvers@mocfv.org

Riskedahl, Becky

Kindergarten

I graduated from Northwestern College with my BA in Elementary Education in 2003. I have taught preschool at Ireton Christian School, and now Kindergarten here at Orange City Elementary. I graduated with my MA in Teacher Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University, in 2018. My husband Andy and I reside in Orange City and we love to cheer for the Minnesota Vikings.

Contact

Email: briskedahl@mocfv.org

Salazar, Cecilia

ESL/LIEP District Coordinator/Instructor TK-5

My education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Secondary Teaching Certificate from NWC; a Master’s Degree in Teaching with an ESL endorsement from Morningside College; in addition, a K-12 Principal Certification from IPLA. I am Married with 5 children; Shannon and Caitlin, are graduates of Iowa State University and Sylvia and Arleen attend the University of Iowa (hockey players for the Lady Ice Hawks). It is a house divided !! Our youngest and only son, Aaron, attends MOC-FV High School. I enjoy hockey games, walking our dogs, cooking, traveling, and word searches.

Contact

Email: csalazar@mocfv.org

Sampson, Brent

5th Grade

I received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Dakota State University in Madison, SD, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree from Southwest State University in Marshall, MN. I am married to Teresa, and we have four daughters (Noelle, Natalie, Natasha, & Nevaeh). I officiate football games in the fall and umpire baseball games in the summer. I can also be found cheering on the Minnesota Vikings (Skol Vikings), Minnesota Twins (Win Twins), and the Kansas Jayhawks (Rock Chalk Jayhawk).

Contact

Email: bsampson@mocfv.org

Scholtens, Lori

Kindergarten

I earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood Endorsement from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. I continued my education by earning a Masters Degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. My husband and I have 4 sons. I enjoy baking, shopping, and being with my family.

Contact

Email: lscholtens@mocfv.org

Sharar, Amy

Art

Contact

Email: asharar@mocfv.org

Sikkema, Sheri

Classroom Teacher, 1st Grade

I graduated from NWC with a BA in Elementary Education and Library Science. We have four children who provide great places to visit: Escondido, CA; Omaha, NE; and Chicago, IL. My husband, Milt, and I visit our two grandsons in CA whenever we can find the time. I love to read, visit the ocean, and be outside in nature.

TeGrotenhuis, Todd

5th Grade Teacher

I graduated from Northwestern College and received my Master’s degree from Southwest Minnesota State University. My wife’s name is Diane, and we have two boys, Justin and Eli. In my spare time I am usually supporting our local teams or watching baseball. Go Cubs!

Contact

Email: ttegrotenhuis@mocfv.org

Tyler, Billie

OC Elementary Paraprofessional

I live in Alton with my husband and my 3 kids. We enjoy camping and riding our motorcycles. I love spending time with family.

Contact

Email: btyler@mocfv.org

Van Es, Cathy

OCE Building Secretary

I have enjoyed being the building secretary at OCE for over 20 years. I started when my youngest was in pre-school, now I am blessed to greet my granddaughter each day! I live in Orange City with my husband, Galen and we have 3 married children and 3 beautiful grandchildren.

Contact

Email: cvanes@mocfv.org

Van Wyk, Jennifer

2nd Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Mrs. Van Wyk, and I’m in my ninth year of teaching (fourth year in second grade). I received my Bachelors Degree in Education (Reading, Spanish, and Coaching Endorsements) from Central College in 2010, and I completed my Masters Degree through Northwestern College in 2016. I have been married to my husband, Korey, for five years and we enjoy traveling together. When I’m not teaching, you can find me reading, crafting, or singing.

Vander Berg, Vonda

3rd Grade

Contact

Email: vvanderberg@mocfv.org

Vander Broek, Elaine

3rd Grade

Contact

Email: evanderbroek@mocfv.org

VanderWerff, Beth

1st Grade at Orange City Elementary

I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern College here in Orange City, and my Masters Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. I love reading, riding my bike, cooking, traveling with my family and teaching First Grade!

Contact

Email: bvanderwerff@mocfv.org

Wieking, Kari

PM TK

Contact

Email: kwieking@mocfv.org

Woudstra, Sandy

Elementary Special Education

I graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. My husband Alan and I are blessed to have two children, a daughter in-law, and a grandson. I am passionate about literacy and enjoy helping children learn to read. My family enjoys reading, biking, traveling, and being outdoors.

Contact

Email: swoudstra@mocfv.org