Mr. Tim Annema

Education Background:

I have a BA in Elementary Education with a Middle School Endorsement from Dordt College.

I have a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Cornerstone University.

Teaching Experience:

I taught 7th Math and Science at Ontario Christian (Ontario, California) for one year and 7th/8th Math & 8th Bible at Grace Community Christian (Tempe, Arizona) for two years before taking a position at GHCS. 

While at GHCS I have taught 6th-8th Math, 6th Social Studies, and 7th Bible. Currently, I am also an online teacher for the Christian Learning Center (CLC). In this position I facilitate gifted and talented math classes in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry. I have been at GHCS since 2008 as a Middle School teacher, Athletic Director, and Assistant Principal.

Personal Biography:

I grew up in Washington, an hour north of Seattle. I am a Christian school product, kindergarten through college. My wife and I have four boys, Tyson, Alex, Devin, and Owen. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, working outdoors, and watching college athletics. 

Integration of Faith in the Classroom:

I love 6th-8th grade students. I love their spirit, enthusiasm, and love of life. It's an amazing experience to witness the amount of growth physically, socially, spiritually, and mentally in just two and a half years of schooling. God has given me a front row seat of this growth as each year I witness young men and women articulate their faith journey and how they have seen God at work while at Grand Haven Christian. I love what Paul writes in Romans 5:4 and believe it speaks to middle school students as they encounter this time in their lives: ...because we know that trials produce perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts.

I incorporate faith and learning by daily acknowledging God’s order and rule over creation. In math, we study how God uses such math concepts as rations, proportions, fractions, money and time management, and geometry to display His uniqueness and thoughtfulness in creation. Students walk out of my classroom understanding that God has created math in a way that allows flexibility, providing opportunities for them to be creative and solve problems differently from the person around them. 

Finally, we daily talk about how everything in math has a check when looking back at a concept. The same is true of our spiritual life, as we daily reflect on our words and actions from the day we can check that against God’s will for our life, through His Word, the Bible.

Fun Fact:

I grew up on a dairy farm in Mount Vernon, Washington. By the age of 12 I was driving a manual dump truck alone. I really enjoyed field work, especially harvesting the corn in early fall as I got to stay home from school for a week.