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Mrs. Rhonda Van Donge

English II

Teacher Photo Position at Unity: I teach the sophomore English class at Unity.

 

Professional and Educational Background:  I graduated from Dordt College in 1999 with a BA in English Education and a minor in Spanish. After Dordt I moved to Managua, Nicaragua where I was the 7-12 English teacher at the Nicaragua Christian Academy for 4 years. I moved back to Sioux Center in 2003 and became a substitute teacher in the area schools for a year. After becoming a travel agent and realizing how much I loved teaching, I got a job teaching Spanish I and II at Sheldon High School where I stayed for 5 years until I came to Unity.

 

Childhood and Family Background:  Sioux Center has been my home all my life except for my 4 years in Nicaragua. I attended Sioux Center Christian, Unity, and Dordt College. I married Benj Van Donge in 2003, and we have been blessed with 4 boys, Micah (9), Jamin (7), Eli (7), and Isaac (4).

 

Church Life:   Benj and I and our boys attend Faith CRC in Sioux Center where we are involved in various ways.

 

Life Outside Unity:  As a family we love to go camping, swimming, boating, and bike riding. I myself love to run, swim, bake, cook, and read. We are an active household without too many dull moments.

 

Why I Teach at Unity:  After being in a public school system for awhile, I've come to truly understand and appreciate the gift of Christian Education. While many schools can give students a strong education, only Christian schools can give them a strong education based firmly in our Lord and Savior. Our children are our gifts from God and teaching them that nothing in life can be separated from God is the most important thing we can show them. To be fully surrounded in a commitment to Christ at home, church, and school gives them the foundation they need to make their own personal commitment. We cannot push them to that commitment, but we can give them the tools, knowledge, and love to know that apart from him, we have nothing. Joy comes in living for him.

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