Meet the Team

Hello there

Amy Zwiep
School Director
Ten years ago, God placed a call on Amy’s life to start a school. She did not know where, how, when. What she did know was it would look different from a traditional school, yet most importantly, it would be rooted in Christ!
 
Amy experienced the power of Christian education for the first time as a student teacher at Dutton Christian School (DCS) in the Kindergarten program. Her first job in Christian education immediately followed in 2006 as a first grade teacher at DCS. In 2007, she worked part-time in the Support Services Program at Rockford Christian School (RCS) serving students ranging from Kindergarten through eighth grade after having her first child. At RCS, Amy went back to school to earn her Masters in Educational Leadership at Calvin College in 2013. 
 
In 2009, Amy returned to DCS to create the Early 5’s program while pregnant with her twin daughters. Later, Amy served as Assistant Principal at DCS.
 
On May 27, 2016, God stopped her in her tracks when she experienced a spontaneous carotid artery dissection on her left side. She and her husband discovered the importance of first finding rest in God and being still in his presence. God taught them to trust him day to day and yes, often times, moment by moment. Rather than them trying to do good things for God, he taught them to follow his will in bold faith and obedience for his glory. 
 
In June 2017, while still healing, Amy served as a Development Director at Volunteers In Service. After going off of medical disability, she moved back into a school serving as a guide in an innovative, learner-driven environment.
It is clear to see how God has shaped the vision over the past ten years for Bethel Community Education – His place for His children – that combines the 3 Cs:
  1. Community rooted in Christ
  2. Curiosity enhances learning 
  3. Completely inclusive to learners of varied abilities and families regardless of their socio-economic situation.
Sandi Nicely
Advancement Director

For the past six years, Sandi Nicely has served as the Development Director for Streams of Hope. She spent her time raising the majority of the annual budget through building intentional relationships with individual and corporate donations and grants. 

Prior to serving as a Development Director, Sandi spent years in education serving as an educator and administrator. She retired from Forest Hills Public Schools as Director of Youth Sports and Enrichment six years ago. She also has a Graduate degree in Biblical Studies from Reformed Bible College.

Sandi has always had a passion for all God’s children, especially when it comes to playing, creating, and imagining with her own grandchildren. She is excited to serve Bethel Community Education in this capacity and witness God work in mighty ways.

Elena Groenenboom
Guide

Elena comes to Bethel with years of experience working with kids of all ages at Camp Roger. 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! 

Elena graduated from Calvin University in 2019 with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology. In the past few years, she has completed internships at several Rehab and Nursing Homes, Renew Therapeutic Riding Center, and worked in the Special Education Department at a local high school meeting the needs of various learners. In each of these experiences, Elena’s passion for loving and serving all of God’s children continued to grow deeper. She sees the immense value in supporting each student to grow in all areas. 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 rollerblading, running, hiking, hanging with friends and family, and coaching dive at Grand Rapids Christian High School.