Ms. Janie Van Dyke
Position at Unity: I teach Freshman English, Communications I, and College Composition. I am the theater director of our spring productions and direct the drama group The Cast.
Professional and Educational Background: I graduated from Dordt College in 1984 with a B.A. in English, secondary education. I moved to Sun Valley, CA where I taught 8th grade English. One year later I moved to Fulton, IL, where I taught 9-12 English and Speech for two years. I then moved to Edgerton, MN. Here I taught 9,10 and 12 English and Speech. I also directed the plays and created the drama group, The Southwest Players. After thirteen years in Edgerton, I made the move to Orange City in the fall of 2000.
Childhood and Family Background: I was raised in Sanborn, IA. I grew up the youngest of six children in the John and June Van Dyke home. I attended Sanborn Christian Grade School and Western Christian High School. After Western, I attended Dordt College. I am single and live with my dog, Lilly. I enjoy being an aunt to 6 nephews and 12 nieces and a great aunt to 12 great nephews and 14 great nieces.
Church Life: I am a member of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. At church I am involved with readings and music in the worship service.
Life Outside of Unity: I love many things. One thing I would love to do again is to travel to Europe. I had the joy of going there as a part of two different choir tours and long to return. I love learning about my family heritage and collecting old pictures and belongings of my ancestors. Reading, writing, and learning about the rural landscape is something I do in my spare time. I enjoy flower gardening, music, movies, dogs and spending time with family and friends. Part of my summer is usually spent at Dordt Discovery Days where I teach a drama section. In the community, I am active with the Tulip Festival. In the summer I enjoy being a part of the reading program, watching little children fall in love with stories.
Why I Work at Unity: My love for Christian education stems from my parents dedication for it. Through much sacrifice they gave each of their children the awesome gift of a Christian education, which has been a great blessing in my life. So it is exciting to continue in that blessing here at Unity. I enjoy high school students. It's exciting to see them mature and find their God-given gifts. Teaching is never boring. It is an ongoing process and a two-way street. I may be the teacher, but the students always teach me.