Staff

Teachers

Jessica Kempema

jessica.kempema@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Jessica!  Ms. Jessica teacches Young Fives and Kindergarten. 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

 

Amanda Schurman

amanda.schurman@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Amanda!  Ms. Amanda teaches first grade.  

 

Julie

Meet Ms. Julie!  She is a paraprofessional for our youngest friends.

 

Jacoba Diekema-Mead

jacoba.diekema-mead@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Jacoba! Ms. Jacoba teaches second grade. She comes to IAC with several years teaching experience and is ready to teach her students where they are and help them grow to their fullest potential. She loves spending time with family and friends, riding bikes, walking her dogs, and watching movies curled up on the couch. 

Mrs. Mead’s favorite Habit is Synergy because being a team player makes everyone stronger! She wants to remind students to, “spread kindness like confetti;” it’s important to always be kinder than you feel. Making others happy, makes you happy in return.

First Job: Babysitter

Favorite snack: Cheese and Crackers
Favorite book: The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Favorite Quote: “Reach for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

Michelle  Tourangeau

michelle.tourangeau@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Michelle! Ms. Michelle teaches 3rd and 4th grades.   She has over 20 years expierence teaching and loves 

She loves spending time with her family and making great memories with them. 

Her favorite Habit is Synergy.  She has always believed that a classroom is like a sports team and that everyone has a special part to play on the team.  She also believes that cooperation and respect are essential tools on this team. 

 First job:  bagger at a grocery store

Favorite snack:  pretzels and popcorn

Favorite book series:  Magic Tree House

Alma Mater:  Grand Valley State University


 Carol Woldring

Meet Ms. Carol! Ms. Carol is a paraprofessional for our elementary students. She is creative person. She is kind,caring, and all around great person. Ms. Carol loves spending time with her family and her dod, Colby. Miss Carol is a cheerleading coach for Fennville as well.

Hobbies: Crafts & Hiking 

Can’s live without: My family and my dog.

Favorite color: Teal

Favorite drink: Iced coffee 

Zach Rasmunson

zach.rasmuson@innocademy.com

Meet Mr. Zach! He is 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

caroline.pond@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Carrie! Ms. Carrie teaches math and science for our middle school students. She has spent the past ten years 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, a rabbit, and a 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.

Shelly

Shelly Silva

shelly.silva@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Shelly! Ms. Shelly is teaching music for us this year. 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

Jess Skinner

jessica.skinner@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Jess!  She is excited to be teaching as our Physical Education Teacher.  

Suzanne O’Shea

suzanne.oshea@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Suzanne! She brings years of expierence with her as she works as our Special Education Teacher.

Becca Beebe

rebecca.beebe@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Becca! She has been a part of the IES family for 5 years as a speech therapist. 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

Lisa Runyon

lisa.runyon@iesschools.org

Meet Ms. Lisa!  She supports our students as our school psychologist.

Support Staff

Krista Schrotenboer

krista.schrotenboer@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Krista.  She is coordinating the front office for us .  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

Jake Hedges

Jake.Hedges@innocademy.com

Meet Mr. Jake! He is serving as our School Lead.  He has traveled all over the world to over 20 countries, including living in England for 4 years. He comes to us with 7 years of teaching experience in 3rd through 7th grade, and joins us as our school lead. Mr. Jake’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand, then to be understood,” because he wants to love others well. 

Life Motto: Circumstances never define your identity

Favorite Author:Francis Chan

Favorite Food: Fish and Chips

Bucket List Item: England making a World Cup Finals appearance and attending the match

Carol Confer

carol.confer@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Carol! She is the best bus driver. She enjoys time with her family.

 

 

 

Melissa Meyer

melissa.meyer@innocademy.com

Meet Ms. Melissa! Ms. Melissa has been with IES schools for 7 years, starting as a parent volunteer and is now our technology coordinator.

First Job: Video Store clerk

Favorite Snack: White Cheddar Popcorn

Can’t Live Without: Her husband, kids, and cats

 

 

Meet Ms. Leisa Lobbezoo! She believes her special talent is her super loud whistle, but after being part of the IES family for the last 14 years, we know she is a woman of many talents! Ms. Leisa wears many hats at Precademy, Innocademy and iCademy Global as she works to help all of our new families through the enrollment process as well as working in communications and marketing.

Ms. Leisa’s favorite habit is “Be Proactive” because you can’t beat the feeling of being prepared and ready for whatever life is going to throw at you. She would like her students to know “how glad I am that they are here, learning with us!”

Type of Grade School Student: Teacher’s pet… for real…. they gave her an award

Voted Most Likely: To become an actress

Life Hashtag: #hangontightandenjoytheride

Bucket List: Visit Europe, walk on a glacier, watch the Detroit Tigers play in most of the MLB ballparks

deb.feenstra@iesschools.org

Meet Ms. Deb!  Deb comes to us with years of expierence and works hard to guide our schools as our IES executive director.

 

 

Meet Mr. Dave! He handles the finances for all of our schools.

 

 

Meet Mr. Jamison! He is our human resources person for all of the schools.