Orange City Elementary Staff Directory



Aalbers, Brittany

Aalbers, Brittany

Kindergarten Teacher

Orange City Elementary

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.

Bilby, Mariah

Bilby, Mariah

Special Education

Orange City Elementary

My name is Mariah Bilby. I grew up in Cherokee, Iowa with my parents and one younger brother. After graduating high school, I came here to Northwestern College and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in Reading and Special Education. I taught first grade for three years before moving here. I live here in Orange City with my husband Micah. In my free time you might find me hanging out with my family, playing board games, singing, or reading a good book. I am so excited for my new adventure here at Orange City Elementary!

Boersma, Angela

Boersma, Angela

Special Education--Resource Room

Orange City Elementary

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.

Boersma, Kate

Boersma, Kate

Physical Education TK-5th, Varsity Volleyball Coach

Orange City Elementary

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.

De Jong, Emily

De Jong, Emily

Kindergarten Classroom Teacher

Orange City Elementary

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.

De Jong, Peter

De Jong, Peter

5th Grade

Orange City Elementary

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.

Fischer, Nate

Fischer, Nate

3rd Grade

Orange City Elementary

BA in Elementary Education and Master of Education both from Northwestern college. Assistant football and track coach. I am married to my lovely wife Emily and have three wonderful boys, Heath, Theron, and Barrett. I love sports, being active outdoors, and reading.

Foughty, Sharon

Foughty, Sharon

Elementary General Music

Orange City Elementary

I earned my Bachelor of Music degree at Iowa State University and my Master of Music degree from the University of South Dakota. I have been teaching music at OCE for more than 3 decades!

I have five married children, four grandchildren and two Cocker Spaniels, Red & Gina. Besides singing and playing games with kids, I love to sew and spend time with family.

Grotenhuis, Sheryl

Grotenhuis, Sheryl

Fifth Grade Band Teacher

Hospers Elementary, Orange City Elementary

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.

Haverdink, Laura

Haverdink, Laura

Orchestra Teacher: Grades 3-12

High School, Middle School, Orange City Elementary

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

Hofmeyer, Heather

Hofmeyer, Heather

3rd grade, yearbook sponsor

Orange City Elementary

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.

Honken, Rachel

Honken, Rachel

4th Grade Teacher

Orange City Elementary

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, teaching, and raising our two kids, Iris and Asa, in Orange City. When not at school, you might find me singing at church, walking around town, or cheering on our marching and jazz bands!

Huss, Tonya

Huss, Tonya

Elementary Special Education

Orange City Elementary

I’ve been married to Keith, my best friend, for 5 years. Together, we have 5 children (Kolby, Kenadi, Kooper, Kipp, Kasee) a daughter-in-law (Brooke), and 2 grandchildren (Rheya and Roman). I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and earned my Master’s through Graceland University. My teaching career started in special education in Chariton, IA, then I moved to Indianola, IA where I taught Special Education and 6th gr. Language Arts, and for the past 5 years I taught in the Education Department at Northwestern College. I am very excited and honored to be a part of the MOC-FV family! Special education and teaching are passions of mine. I also love being outside, watching sporting events, being crafty, playing board or card games, helping others, and most of all, being a mom and a Gigi. Go Dutch!!

Kleinhesselink, Jason

Orange City Elementary

Korthals, Twyla

Korthals, Twyla

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

Orange City Elementary

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.

Lambert, Jennifer

Lambert, Jennifer

Title 1 Reading

Orange City Elementary

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.

Landhuis, Mike

Landhuis, Mike

Principal, Orange City Elementary

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.

Maassen, Marissa

Maassen, Marissa

2nd Grade Teacher

Orange City Elementary

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.

Mangold, Rebecca

Licensed Mental Health Provider

Hospers Elementary, Orange City Elementary

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.

Marra, Reba

Marra, Reba

2nd Grade

Orange City Elementary

This is my 7th year of teaching but third at MOC-Floyd Valley. I previously taught TK at MOC-FV and have also taught Kindergarten and 1st grade in Sioux Center. I grew up in Sioux Center, Iowa and attended Northwestern College. I have lived in North Carolina, Alton, and now outside of Ireton on an acreage. My husband, Jeff, is a mechanic for AgriVision. We have two dogs, Remington and Groot. Outside of school I enjoy shopping, cooking, boating, and spending time with family & friends.

Meerdink, Heidi

Meerdink, Heidi

Para-educator Orange City Elementary

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.

Meyer, Kristine

Meyer, Kristine

Paraprofessional Orange City Elementary

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.

Nonnemacher, Karina

Nonnemacher, Karina

School Nurse

Hospers Elementary, Orange City Elementary

My love for kids, teaching, nursing, and school supplies gets all thrown together for the best job ever (in my opinion). I am a previous graduate of MOC-FV schools and attended NWC Nursing school to receive my RN, BSN. I’ve spent my nursing career in the ICU, public health, and our community hospital before becoming the school nurse for MOC-FV in 2015. My husband and best friend, Drew Nonnemacher, teaches 6th grade social studies at MOC-FV Middle School. Together we have four boys Jacoby, Elias, Beckett and Nikolas. We love the DUTCH and you will catch our family at multiple sports games including our FAVORITE, Dutchmen Baseball.

Nothem, Tracey

Nothem, Tracey

First Grade Teacher and Coach

Orange City Elementary

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.

Olson, Jackie

Olson, Jackie

Elementary School Counselor

Orange City Elementary

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.

Puttmann, Kristen

Puttmann, Kristen

Literacy Instructional Coach

Orange City Elementary

I received my BA from Northwestern College and my MA from Morningside College. I’ve taught 5th grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade, and Title I Reading during my 26 years of teaching. Now, I’m the Literacy Coach at Orange City Elementary. I’m married to Mr. Puttmann (4th grade), and we have two children. Kaylee (Netten) and her husband, Caleb, live in La Vista, Nebraska, and Kyle is a senior at Iowa State.

Puttmann, Shannon

Puttmann, Shannon

Teacher/Math, Reading, Writing/4th Grade

Orange City Elementary

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 children. Kaylee Netten who is married and living in Omaha, and Kyle is a senior at Iowa State.

Riskedahl, Becky

Riskedahl, Becky

Kindergarten

Orange City Elementary

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, my daughter Josey, and I reside in Orange City and we love to cheer for the Minnesota Vikings.

Salazar, Cecilia

Salazar, Cecilia

ESL/LIEP District Coordinator/Instructor TK-5

Orange City Elementary

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.

Sampson, Brent

Sampson, Brent

5th Grade

Orange City Elementary

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).

Schmit, Pam

Schmit, Pam

Classroom Aide

Orange City Elementary

I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with an Early Childhood and Elementary Education degree. My husband Ken and I have been married for 27 years and have 4 great children: Ashley, Kaylee, Cody and Anthony. We live on the Schmit century farm outside of Hospers. Family time, baking and time on the lake are a few of my favorite things!

Scholtens, Lori

Scholtens, Lori

Kindergarten

Orange City Elementary

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.

Sikkema, Sheri

Sikkema, Sheri

Classroom Teacher, 1st Grade

Orange City Elementary

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

TeGrotenhuis, Todd

5th Grade Teacher

Orange City Elementary

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!

Van Es, Cathy

Van Es, Cathy

OCE Building Secretary

Orange City Elementary

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.

Van Wyk, Jennifer

Van Wyk, Jennifer

2nd Grade Teacher

Orange City Elementary

Hello! My name is Jen Van Wyk, and I grew up in Webster City. 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 eight years and we have a daughter, Elliana. We enjoy traveling as a family together. When I’m not teaching, you can find me reading, crafting, or singing.

Woudstra, Sandy

Woudstra, Sandy

Elementary Special Education

Orange City Elementary

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.