Staff Directory

Jessica Kempema

Meet Ms. Jessica! This is Ms. Jessica’s second year as part of the IAC family. As a grade school student she was quiet and kind to everyone, we are thankful that she is teaching our kindergartners to be quiet and kind to everyone.

Ms. Jessica’s favorite habit is synergize because it is so important to learn to work together! She would like her students to know “they should always be a trying lion and never give up. You can do anything you put you mind to!”

Life Hashtag #humble&kind
Can’t Live Without Her Faith & Chocolate
Life Motto “Find the beauty in every day!”
Special Talent: Knitting


Rachel Warren

Meet Ms. Rachel! We are so glad that she remains our 1st  grade teacher. Ms. Rachel’s first job ever was on the paper route with her sister. One of her dreams is to one day hike the West Highland Way.

Ms. Rachel’s favorite 7 Habit is Sharpen the Saw because self care is so important! She also wants all students to know that they are capable to succeed and are valued by all at school.

Favorite snack Dill cracker nuts
Countries she’s visited Brazil, Israel, Canada, Dominican Republic
Special talent Doodling
Favorite book: The Color Magic

Breanne Arnold

 Meet Ms. Breanne! This is Ms. Breanne‘s first year with IAC, working as the second grade teacher. Breanne is a 2019 graduate from Grand Valley State University where she studied elementary education and integrated science. Her best memories from college include her school trips to Mammoth Caves and Nashville. 

In her spare time, Breanne is either reading, hiking, or spending time with family. 
Favorite store: Barnes and Noble
Favorite snack: Anything chocolate
Can’t live without: Coffee and dogs!

Jake Hedges

Meet Mr. Jake! He has traveled all over the world to over 20 different countries. We are excited that this world traveler has been with us the last 2 years teaching 3rd/4th grade.

Mr. Jake’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand then to be understood ” because he wants to love others well. He also wants his students to know “That circumstance doesn’t define you identity.”

Life Hashtag #NotAshamed
Favorite Snack Kashi “Dark Karma” Cereal with Almond Milk
Special Talent He can carve a seat out of a log using a machete in two minutes
Voted Most Likely To be found at the lacrosse field with a burrito from Baja Grill in hand

Zach Rasmunson

Meet Mr. Zach! He is starting his third year as IAC’s middle school ELA and Social Studies teacher. When Mr. Zach was in middle school he was tall, goofy, and loved to play sports. Unfortunately, he stopped growing in 7th grade. Mr. Zach’s favorite habit is “Put first things first” because it is important to remember what you value most. He would like his students to know that no one ever regrets doing their best.

First Job:  Paper Boy
Favorite snack food:  Chicken wings
Can’t live without:  Coffee
Life Motto:  Rejoice always

Carrie Pond

 This is Carrie’s first year at Innocademy Allegan Campus but will be her 7th year as a middle school science teacher. Carrie has lived in Michigan, Illinois, and Virginia and taught in all three states. She is now happy to call west Michigan her final home with her husband, three daughters, rabbit, and horse.

 Life Motto: “Everyone you meet, knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye

Favorite Author:  Malcolm Gladwell

Hobbies:  Running, biking, hiking…any activity outdoors!

First Job:  Working at my dance studio in high school.

Can’t live without:  Coffee in the morning.

Lindsay Vanderzwaag

Meet Ms. Lindsay! She is currently working with students who qualify for Special Education supports and services. This is Ms. Linday’s 5th year of working with IES schools. When Ms. Lindsay was in elementary school, she was always the teacher’s helper.

Ms. Lindsay’s favorite 7 Habit is “Seek First to Understand then to Be Understood” because this is a life skill needed for every relationship you will ever have with anyone! She also wants students to know, “You are unique, special and an integral part of the classroom, school community, and community at large. You have the potential to change the world!”

Life motto “Be the change you wish to see in the World” -Mahatma Gandi
Favorite snack Macadamia Nuts
Countries she’s lived in USA, Uruguay, Spain
Bucket list item Backpack in Europe, visit all of the National parks,  and volunteer at an orphanage for kids with special needs.

Sammy Nicholson

Meet Ms. Sammy! Ms. Sammy is our school interventionist. This is her 6th year working with IES schools and her fourth year teaching at IAC. Ms. Sammy’s first job was baking pretzels at Nautical Knots!

Ms. Sammy’s favorite 7 Habit is synergizing because life is better when you are living life with others. Her message to students is, “Be silly, be kind. Be honest, be present. Be yourself!”

Life motto Be a voice, not an echo
Pirate name Plunderin’ Hook Hand
Favorite snack Chocolate
Bucket list item Running with the bulls in Spain

Becca Beebe

Meet Ms. Becca! She has been a part of the IES family for 4 years. Ms. Becca’s first job ever was a lifeguard and then a music teacher/piano teacher for years and years. Jim is Becca’s husband and they enjoy swimming, sailing, cycling and cross country skiing. The Beebe boys live on both sides of North America and smack dab in the middle in Indiana. Ms. Becca is our Speech-language pathologist helping students think and talk about language by turning on their best voices.

Ms. Becca’s favorite habit is “Put first things first” because she is motivated by the reward at the end of the tunnel and she really wants her students to know that feeling of accomplishment.  “I want our learning to be effective and always fun. When you are dismissed from speech we will celebrate together.”

Bucket List Become a Gramma!
Special Talent She can spot a Petoskey stone faster than anyone she knows.
Life Motto If you pass physics, you can do this.
Favorite Book The Hobbit

Shelly Silva

Meet Ms. Shelly! Ms. Shelly is beginning her 3rd year with us as a teacher assistant. Ms. Shelly has “visit every continent” on her bucket list! She is almost there since she has visited Canada, Mexico, India, and Germany.

Ms. Shelly’s favorite habit is Be Proactive because it is the habit she is working to improve for herself. She would like her students to know “be yourself because you are pretty awesome!”

Favorite Snack Coffee
Can’t Live Without Hope
Life Motto Love changes everything
Favorite Book Pride and Prejudice

Tara Demann

Meet Ms. Tara! Ms. Tara works as a teacher assistant at IAC. Ms. Tara’s special talent is skydiving and we are thankful she has dove into working with our students the last three years.

Ms. Tara would like her students to know “it is not only okay, but good to take chances.”

First Job Babysitting/ice cream shop worker in a campground
Favorite Snacks Zucchini, Squash, and chocolate (not necessarily that order)
Favorite Book Series Mitford Series
Type of Grade School Student Shy, polite, obedient, and cried very easily

Krista Schrotenboer

Meet Ms. Krista.  She joins IAC as a teacher assistant in the upper elementary classrooms.  Ms. Krista is a graduate of Hope College and has been spending the last few years at home with her two sons, as well as being an active volunteer and then staff member at Little Hawks preschool at the Outdoor Discover Center.  She is excited to be a part of IAC as we expand our Nature Based programming.  Her favorite quote is, “Never underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia

Favorite Snack Cake, brownies, cookies — anything chocolate!
Can’t Live Without:  Faith, Family
Favorite Hobby:  Gardening and Traveling

Chad Zuber

Meet Mr. Chad! Mr. Chad loves tomatoes and trips to the lake and mountains. He has been all over the world visiting over 10 countries! Thankfully he has shared his worldly knowledge the last five years with IES students. Currently teaching Innogineering at both Innocademy Zeeland and Allegan campuses.

Mr. Chad tends to get lost a lot… so his favorite habit is Begin with the End-in-Mind because that’s how you know where you are going. He also wants all his students to know “Your teachers will help you accomplish anything that you are willing to work for.”

First Job Ever Meijer bagger (only time he has ever had to wear a tie to work)
Bucket list Learn an instrument (beyond a few cords of a ukulele)
Life Motto “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can” – Arthur Ashe

Hillary Schmidt

Ms. Hillary has sang her way into all our hearts last year as she joined our IES Family. She brings music to all our lives by instructing general music at both Zeeland and Allegan campuses as well as oldest friend’s (grades 5-8) choir at Innocademy Zeeland’s campus. Ms. Hillary’s music wins our heart, but toasted coconut ice cream from Kilwins is the way to her heart.

Ms. Hillary loves the seven habits so much it was hard for her to choose just one. Habit 3 Put first things, first” is one of her favorites because she finds it really helpful to make sure she takes things one step at a time and identifies what needs to be done to accomplish a great goal. She also really loves Habit 5 Seek first to understand, then to be understood because if humanity could practice this habit, our world would be a brighter and more loving place for all. Finally, Ms. Hillary wants her students to know that ”they are all music makers no matter what skills and abilities they bring into the classroom.”

Bucket List Eating her way through a trip to Italy and France
Special Talent Classically trained opera singer
First Job ever Cash register clerk at a dry cleaner

Emily VanDam

Meet Ms. Emily! Emily teaches art at both campuses. She enjoys creating art of her own, as well as spending time with her family, hiking and traveling, reading, and walking her dog. Emily’s favorite of the Seven Habits is Synergize; she loves working with others. Ms. Emily wants students to remember, “If at first you do not succeed, try, try again!”

Favorite Snack Ice Cream
Bucket List:  Travel to the Grand Canyon
Can’t Live Without Morning Coffee
Favorite Book Where the Crawdads Sing

Katie Wilson

Meet Ms. Katie! Running the Disney Marathon is on Ms. Katie’s Bucket List and tennis is one of her special talents. Thankfully she has been sharing her athletic abilities with our students the last three years as our Learn to Be Fit (L2BF) teacher.

Favorite Snack Brownies
Life Motto Be a Fruit Loop in a world of Cheerios!
Can’t Live Without Family
Favorite Book Series Harry Potter

Marty Lappe

Meet Mr. Marty! Mr. Marty has been a part of the IAC team for six years and fills the integral role of Point Person as the leader for the school! We couldn’t all do what we do without him! One thing that Mr. Marty couldn’t live without are his animals.

Mr. Marty’s favorite 7 Habit is think win-win because it is important to consider everyone’s different perspectives. Mr. Marty wants all students to know, “There is so much out there and time moves too quickly. Live each moment to the fullest!”

Life theme song You’ve Got a Friend
Pirate name Captain Too Much
Bucket list item Visit Alaska
Favorite book Star Girl

Sara Vereeke

Meet Ms. Sara! In grade school, Ms. Sara was a social butterfly, but also a rule follower. She continues to be a social butterfly while also following the rules as she takes care of all our Human Resource needs!

Ms. Sara’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand, then to be Understood.” She believes it is great to focus on understanding others’ point of view before expressing one’s own point of view.  Ms. Sara would like all the students to know…”You are capable of great things in your life. Make good choices, move on from your mistakes and you will be capable of anything you set your sights on!”

Can’t Live Without Lipstick
Special Talent Plays the piano
Favorite snack Chocolate, lots of chocolate
Favorite book The Secret Garden

Dave Zimmer

Meet Mr. Dave! Mr. Dave has traveled all over the world to Russia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway and Turkey, but thankfully ended up in Michigan to be in charge of IES Finances. Mr. Dave’s life motto is to be humble and kind and he has kindly been a part of our IES family the last four years.

Mr. Dave’s favorite habit is to begin with the end in mind. He also wants our students to know “Be yourself and you can be anything.”

Favorite Snack Popcorn
Can’t live without Coffee in the morning
Bucket List To be a street performer
Special Talent Plays the organ

Heidi Wolters

Meet Ms. Heidi! Ms. Heidi is the Boss and Queen bee as she does it all for all three IES Schools. She does the registrar, pupil accounting, the front desk and countless other tasks for our schools.

Ms. Heidi wants all the students to know that “You are capable of great things in your life. Make good choices, move on from your mistakes and you will be capable of anything you set your sights on!”

First job Grocery store cashier
Favorite snack Doritos
Can’t Live without Her husband & kids
Quote to live by “Life is all about the choices you make”