Hannah is joyfully grateful for the opportunity to make disciples of Jesus Christ here at Bethel. She loves discovering the image of God in each of the littlest learners.
Hannah comes to Bethel after first discovering her gift and desire to teach at Bible Study Fellowship where she taught God’s word for 5 years in the preschool program. Hannah deeply desires to love all little children as Christ loves them. She strives to help each child become aware of God’s perfect love for him or her. Hannah also enjoys observing each child become eager to learn more about God, His salvation plan, and His work in and through His creation.
Hannah graduated from Ferris State University in 2014 with a degree in Biology just days before she and her husband, David welcomed their first son into their family. Since then God has added two more precious boys to their family. Along the way God kindly brought 10 beautiful foster children into their family. Through the journey of parenting God is teaching Hannah much about His perfect character and His deep desire that all children come to know Him. Partnering with Bethel is a beautiful way to live out all that she is learning.
Hannah also loves to enjoy God through gardening, running, camping, and playing hard with her boys and husband.
Anne gets excited about lots of things including, but not limited to, good books, exploring with her friends, learning more about outer space, any kind of celebration, and all things yellow.
Elena comes to Bethel with numerous years of experience working with people of varied ages and abilities, and she is thrilled to continue this passion of meeting people where they are at as she comes alongside each one of her learners in our 3rd-5th grade program at BCE!
Elena graduated from Calvin University in 2019 with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology. While working towards her degree, she thrived in her internships as she worked closely with children with autism, students with cognitive impairments, neurodiverse learners, and adults with dementia.
She has spent the last 8 years at Camp Roger. The past 5 years she has taken on the role of coaching the staff in how best to care for and respond to each camper and their individual needs and behaviors. In each of these experiences, Elena’s passion for loving and serving all of God’s children continued to grow deeper.
She has spent the past six summers pouring God’s love into the hearts of kids as a camp counselor, head counselor, and most recently, the Summer Director. One of her greatest passions is sharing God’s deep love with everyone around her!
While looking for jobs as a certified recreational therapist, Bethel’s mission was brought to Elena. Her passion for loving and serving all of God’s children while them in their individuality seemed to align seamlessly with the mission of Bethel. It is Elena’s desire to carry out Bethel’s vision to equip our learners to thrive as individuals created by God in order to develop their gifts and passions to become lifelong learners and disciples for his glory.
In Elena’s free time, you can find her running races, biking, and coaching dive at a few local schools and clubs.
Femke grew up traveling often with her family on mission trips, mostly visiting Nigeria. From these unique experiences, she felt a call to teaching. She studied education in college at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. In 2020, Femke graduated with a degree in Teaching and Learning, along with Interdisciplinary Studies.
For the past two years, Femke has taught middle school learners in Jos, Nigeria at a Christian school, Hillcrest International Schools. It brings her great joy to see kids engaged and empowered in their learning as they broaden their understanding of the world and discover their call as disciples to actively participate in it.
Femke is thrilled to move back to Michigan and work in the middle school program at Bethel! She looks forward to working with other staff and members of Bethel’s community in encouraging all learners to use their gifts to be disciples of Christ in their own communities and around the world. It is her desire to serve other and love one another as Christ has done for us, and help all of her learners to the same.
Jamie O’Connell has known Bethel from its beginnings. She has been Bethel’s photographer for school pictures each year.
Her background goes beyond photography and includes special education, personalized tutoring and behavioral therapy. She has a passion for Bethel’s nontraditional approach to providing an education rooted in Christ, and enjoys being a part of such a unique learning model that is desperately needed for learners and families.
Jamie graduated from Biola University in La Mirada, CA in 2011, which is also where she met her husband, Arek. Arek and Jamie moved from California to Michigan in 2013 for the position he has continued to serve in, High School and Post High School Pastor at Hillside Community Church. They have been blessed with two precious daughters, Kaia and Leighton. In Jamie’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, serving alongside Arek at church, and capturing God’s beauty through photography.