Melissa DeJongHome & School Hybrid 2nd Grade Teacher
I appreciate and value the opportunity to be part of a community that actively seeks to share the hope and love of Jesus. I love learning about God, his Word, and his world along side my students.
Faith & Life
Miss DeJong started working at NPC in 2022. She graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in elementary education and Calvin University with a degree in learning disabilities. She loves getting to know the unique, God-given personalities God has given each of her students. She’s lived in the Grand Rapids area her whole life and is happy to call West Michigan her home.
Statement of Faith
I consider it a joy and a privilege to be teaching at NorthPointe Christian School, where it is the goal and passion of every teacher and staff member to “equip students to impact their world for Jesus Christ.” What an awesome responsibility it is to be entrusted with the hearts and minds of God’s children! Each day I am aware of the necessity of prayer for the strength and wisdom of my Savior as I seek to be faithful to his calling.
Jesus’ response to his disciples in Matthew 19:14 is so beautiful in that it demonstrates the value he places on children and youth. God has uniquely and purposefully created each child in his own image, and that makes each student that I teach a beautiful reflection of his creativity. At NPC I teach students that they are made in God’s image, for a purpose. Using this framework, I encourage my students that they can do hard things, and that the work they do, in all areas of study, matters to God.
Jesus instruction in Matthew 22 to “Love the Lord your God…Love your neighbor as yourself” also shapes the way I teach. The classroom is a great place to practice what it means to demonstrate the love of Jesus within a community. Firstly, it is a tremendously important to me that I demonstrate to my students my love for God and his Word. Secondly, I am intentional about the way that encourage students to love their fellow classmates, with kindness, respect, and forgiveness.
Ultimately my prayer is that each student at NPC will grow to love Jesus Christ and profess him as their Savior and Lord. And I pray that this profession will fuel a desire in them to embrace the mission mandate to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” I am grateful for the way in which the work I do each day plays a role in equipping students for such an incredible task!