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WMCS Teacher Tuesday Q & A with Muskegon Christian School’s Chad Bonnema

WMCS Teachers are Extraordinary!

It takes extraordinary people, living extraordinary lives to proclaim the truth of the Gospel through their work as teachers. At WMCS we have MANY such people and we love to celebrate them!

Last year we launched, Teacher Tuesday and it was a wonderful way to highlight a very special teacher from all five West Michigan Christian Schools every week. We’re excited to start the campaign again, so be sure to check our social media every Tuesday to see who will be featured that week. Teacher Tuesday is a GREAT opportunity to encourage these PK-12 teachers, drop off their favorite drink (see blog post for what that is) and thank them for their service! Our faculty collectively use their giftedness to teach children how to SHINE and RISE UP to their God-given potential. They shepherd the WMCS students to GROW as Christians and default to leaning on ALWAYS CHRIST. It’s a teacher’s goal to encourage every student to LOVE. LEARN. LEAD.

Celebrating Chad Bonnema of Muskegon Christian School (PK-6th grade)

In the words of Dan DeKam, MCS principal:

It has been a pleasure working with Chad these last 9 years.  Chad is always willing to help and he does it with a smile! Chad has been active with our Lego league, bucket brigade, technology committee and never shies away from a new opportunity.  He brings a passion for Christian education and is always seeking ways to ‘do it better’.  

Q: How many years have you taught at MCS? 

A: I have taught at MCS for 9 years. My first MCS class graduates from high school this year!

Q: What classes/grades do you teach?    

A: I teach 5th grade at MCS.

Q: Do you have kids at MCS? 

A: I have 1 daughter to go through WMC, one daughter currently at WMC, and a daughter and a son at MCS.  

The Bonnema Family

Q: Did you graduate from MCS? 

A: Unfortunately, I did not attend West Michigan Christian Schools. I am a proud Kalamazoo Christian Schools graduate – go Comets!

Q: What’s your favorite teaching moment(s) to date? Tell us the story.

A: One of my favorite teaching moments actually was less of a teacher and more of a manager. During the 2013-2014 school year, I managed one of the MCS Destination Imagination teams. Destination Imagination is a problem-solving and creative competition that provides unique educational experiences across seven project-based Challenge types–Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning.  

Well, during the 2013-2014 season, our team was able to make it to the Global Finals (World Championships) in Knoxville, TN. Along the way, we placed 2nd at the regional competition, 2nd at the state competition, and 38th out of 75 teams at the Global Finals. MCS had never made it so far in a Destination Imagination competition before. More importantly, the memories created and the hard work from the team is something I will always cherish. 

Q:  What’s a FUN FACT that most people do not know about you?

A: I used to be a (very) amateur clown. My clown name was Boomer the Clown and I would “clown” around at civic, school, and church functions. At one time I even considered going to Clown College but decided my calling was in the classroom and not the circus. 

Q: What’s your specific favorite non-alcoholic beverage? 

A: Coffee. I even have the equipment to roast my own coffee beans, complete with my own brand name and logo. Nerdy, I know!

Q: What are you most grateful for when it comes to your job?

A: I am most grateful that I am able to work in a Christian environment. Faith is such a big part of who we are as Christian educators. I can’t imagine not being able to share it with my students. I also LOVE working with other Christian teachers.

Q: We’re in year two of Teaching for Transformation (TfT) training. Thoughts on it thus far?  

A: I am excited to implement TfT into the classroom next year. I believe it will take the Christian part of Christian education, student learning, and my teaching to a deeper level. I am excited to take the training I have received and use it in the classroom. TfT will invite, nurture, and empower our students to be a part of God’s story!

Q: Tell us about the recent field trip to WMC’s CAD class?

A: I challenged my fifth-grade math class with the question “is it possible to make disciples of Christ through the running of a taco truck?” In developing the answer to this question, the students were also asked to create a taco truck, blueprints included, and a business plan for the taco truck restaurant. They created their blueprints on graph paper and then traveled to WMC to collaborate with the high school students who currently take CAD class with Mr. Osburne, to help them create a more professional rendering of their taco truck!

To watch a video of that fun day, go to INSTAGRAM.

Chad leads the student Bucket Brigade at MCS every year.
They perform at half time at WMC every winter during boys varsity basketball game.

As a beloved faculty member, Chad is part of the heart of WMCS. We are BLESSED and FAVORED to have him as part of our school family!  

A Small Token of Appreciation

Thank you from all of your colleagues and school families at WMCS!

We have a couple of small tokens of appreciation for you, Chad! It’s two $10 gifts from our two WMCS retail fundraising partners, DIBS! on Resale and B2 Outlet Store Muskegon.

To redeem, please check-in at the front desk at DIBS! on Resale in Muskegon so they can award you this token of appreciation — $10 goes a long way, so enjoy the shop, Chad!

To redeem your $10 off at our B2 Outlet Store, go shopping and then submit your B2 sales receipt to your school principal and we’ll send you a check to reimburse you!

Relocated to a new store in Muskegon in January of 2019, DIBS! On Resale proceeds benefit our local West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS). In the fall of the same year, we also celebrated the opening of our second retail fundraising partner, B2 Outlet Store. Both stores exist to help raise funds for all five of our schools including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian(PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).

West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) is a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region of Western Michigan, that work under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality, PK-12 Christian education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Benefiting from close cooperation and a seamless curriculum, our schools collaborate to formulate strategy and execute the necessary plans to achieve, elevate, and sustain Christian education in West Michigan.

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