Secondary Staff

 

Britton KateKate Britton

English / Finance

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Favorite Bible Verse: "But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew [their] strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: HLCS began when I was a senior in high school. Even though I was not able to attend here, I have had a passion for the school and the need for Christian education in today's world. I received my bachelor's degree from Spring Arbor University which helped to prepare me, not only for teaching, but teaching with a Christian perspective.

I love HLCS because… of the love that the staff and the families have for each other and for the students. I saw multiple examples of other people going out of their way to help my children succeed.

Activities and Hobbies I enjoy... I enjoy reading, biking and kayaking.

 

Debbie_LedinghamDebbie Ledingham

Honors & AP English

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Favorite Bible Verse: "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us" Eph. 3:20 (Also Romans 12 and Romans 10:14-15)

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: In 1985, Dave and I believed that God was calling us to put our children in a Christian school. We heard that Harbor Light chapel was starting a Christian school. After meeting, the DeRouchies and hearing their passion for developing strong Christian leaders, we were more convinced our children should enter HLCS. That was the first year of the school. I began a long career teaching mostly English and History classes. Presently I teach Honors 9-10 English and AP Literature and Composition.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Reading, playing games with my grandchildren, and traveling

 

Blair SheldaShelda Blair

Math

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Favorite Bible Verse: My favorite verse is Romans 8:15 "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry 'Abba Father'."

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: I came to teach at Harbor Light because I am a HLCS graduate and wanted my children to have a similar educational experience.

I love HLCS because… it is a family friendly environment where my children's education can be based in the word of God.  As a teacher, I love the staff and students and look forward to spending time with them.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Outside of school, I enjoy leading worship, playing volleyball, re-decorating my home, and spending time with my family.

 

G Kersting PhotoGary Kersting

Advanced Math

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Favorite Bible Verse: "I can do all things through him who gives me strength." -Phil. 4:13

I love HLCS because… The atmosphere is a wonderful place for teaching and learning to meet your spiritual, physical, emotional and academic needs.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Playing guitar and bass for Worship, woodworking and making lots of sawdust, water and winter outdoor activities, reading, and most of all spending time with my wife (Teresa) watching my children grow to be servants of God.

 

Kloss KateKate Kloss

HS Math

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Favorite Bible Verse:

“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: I was a teacher at Boyne Falls Public Schools for 8 years and Gary Urman was my superintendent. After staying home with my boys for 4 years, Gary called from his new job at Harbor Light Christian and asked if I would be his high school math teacher. I was more than happy to work with him again, and have loved my experience teaching here. This place is like coming home!

I love HLCS because… I love feeling the Holy Spirit in the building, praying every hour with students, and being in a non-secular job setting.

Activities and Hobbies I enjoy... I enjoy watching my sons play sports, cheering on my husband during hunting season, skiing and snowboarding at Nubs as a family, and having Upper Penninsula adventures.

 

Ledingham DanielDaniel Ledingham

Bible / Social Studies

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Favorite Bible Verse:

“I will hear what God the LORD will say;
For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones;
But let them not turn back to folly.
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
Lovingkindness and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth springs from the earth;
And righteousness looks down from heaven.” Psalm 85: 8-11

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: My first contact with HLCS was as a student. My seventh grade year was the first year of HLCS as a school. I graduated from Harbor Light in 1991 and went on to study ethnomusicology at Wheaton College and Kent State University. Returning to Northern Michigan after 4 years in Thailand, I joined the staff of Harbor Light Community Chapel as the Arts Director. Through my work at Harbor Light Chapel, I was given the opportunity to help write the curriculum for, and teach Bible to the Junior and Senior classes. I have immensely enjoyed the experiences I have had as a teacher to the great students of HLCS.

I love HLCS because… it is a place where faith and learning are brought together and applied to the lives of the students and faculty. It is also a place where people are treated as children of God, made in His image.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: making music, skiing, cycling, and photography.

 

David LedinghamDr. Dave Ledingham

HS Bible

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Favorite Bible Verse:  "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS:I have been involved in one way or another with HLCS since the start of the school. Both of our children and now, all 6 of our grandchildren have gone to school here. My wife, both kids, and now me are all teaching here and we've seen the fruit of this place in all of our lives.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  Hanging out with grandkids and following all of their many activities.

 

Donna Powers

Donna Powers

MS/HS Drama

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Favorite Bible Verse: One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV). "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." 

Significant Life Experiences that have led you to HLCS: Our oldest daughter came to us one day and said that she felt she should switch to a Christian school to be closer with other Christians and have more Christian friends. We enrolled her in the middle of her freshman year and she loved it! We planned to enroll our other two children the following year but ended up moving. A year later we returned and put all three daughters in HLCS. They were welcomed with open arms. Harbor Light has made the transition back up north much easier for all of us! I like to be involved with the school and so I volunteered and began doing the Facebook page, then the website and now a position in the office! I love what I do at Harbor Light so much that it doesn't really seem like a "job"! I am really enjoying the encouragement and blessing of working with others who love the LORD and are seeking to glorify Him in their teaching and service. With all our hearts we strive to prepare the next generation of leaders for Christ!

I love HLCS because… of the family atmosphere that is here. I love how the school strives to glorify God in how they teach and how they emphasize families, and encourage church involvement like a stool with three legs (Family, Church, School). The staff is truly committed to helping the students grow in the LORD while also helping them identify their gifts and where God may be guiding them for the future. This is a wonderful place!

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I enjoy ministering with family and friends as well as studying and teaching God's word. I love working at Bible Camp in the summer and investing in the next generation. I like playing and coaching volleyball and taking picutures!

 

Michelle Walker, A.P. U.S. History

Michelle Walker

A.P. U.S. History

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Favorite Bible Verse: I have a favorite chapter, Psalm 34

Significant life experiences that led me to HLCS: God did.  I was not looking to teach at all but when my kids heard that Mrs. Ledingham would be retiring they encouraged me to teach history.  I told them they were crazy and that I was not interested.  They kept bugging me and then Mr. Vanest talked to me and encouraged me to consider it.  God moved my heart to really think about teaching history and I began to get really excited about it. 

I love HLCS because… the spiritual aspect of my student is just as important, or more so, to the staff at Harbor Light as the educational aspect.  The staff has really had an impact on the spiritual development of my kids.  I like that I can pray with my students and openly discuss the spiritual aspects of history and how history is His (God's) story.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Reading, Hiking, Cooking

 

Sarah DawleySarah Dawley

Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

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Favorite Bible Verse:  "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  I attended HLCS K-12. Now our 3 children attend.

I Love HLCS because…  our children are surrounded by people who love Jesus and they hear the same message from their teachers that they hear at home. I'm glad to be a part of that!

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  biking, going to the beach, couponing, gardening, spending time with my family.

 

Vicki Urman

Bible

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Favorite Bible Verse:  "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  Harbor Light Church has been our home church for years. After retiring from public school service my husband ended up being the administrator of HLCS. His involvement led to my involvement. I was the "hole plugger" for positions that needed to be filled under his leadership. If it needed to be done I tried to do it. Just before he moved on from HLCS he had me signed up to do 7/8 Bible class and that is where I have stuck. I LOVE IT!

I Love HLCS because…  everyone knows God is the boss.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  I love to read and I love to teach. I love to be outside walking and biking and camping. I love to chat with people.

 

female no photoMeg Rauch

Home Economics
Volunteer, Study Hall and Test Coordinator

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Favorite Bible Verse:  "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God."
Psalm 42

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  My son was very unhappy at public school.

I Love HLCS because…  There is a consistent message that Jesus loves you and me.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  Organizaing things, road trips, and my kids' and grandkids' sporting events.

 

Josh ErnstJosh Ernst

Science

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Favorite Bible Verse:  "God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also." Gen. 1:16
Because, oh by the way, there was a little time left that day, so He also made a trillion or so stars. What an Amazing God!

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  I have conducted research at a national lab, I have taught classes at a large state college, I have worked in one of the most prestigious physics departments in the world - but there was something incredibly special about the opportunity to come home and help make a difference in the lives of young men and women who are working hard to become shining lights in this world.

I Love HLCS because…  The staff is smart and kind. The students are eager and devoted. And the administration is caring and wise. HLCS gets that it is important to prepare young people to excel as students, but even more important to prepare them to be good people.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  I enjoy playing and coaching sports and spending time outdoors with family and friends.