Our Teachers

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Amy Hoolsema - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Teacher

Amy Hoolsema attended Kalamazoo Christian Schools from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. She attended Western Michigan University after being awarded the Medallion Scholarship. She majored in Special Ed and minored in English. During that time, she volunteered  in the Special Ed classroom at East Christian School. After that, she was Manager of a restaurant for 7 years. After staying home with her young children for several years, she worked at the Kalamazoo Christian Middle School office as an Administrative Assistant. When she moved to Rudyard, she worked at Old Mission Bank as a teller until she began working at Rudyard Christian School in the fall of 2013.

While here she has taught all the various subjects from grades K-5. She is currently the K/1st teacher. She also teaches piano lessons. She enjoys spending time with her family, going on adventures, reading, and playing the piano and violin.

Her favorite verse is Zephaniah 3:17. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”


Karilyn Jensen - 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Jensen first began teaching at the Rudyard Christian School during the 2018-2019 school year. She grew up in Kincheloe and attended Rudyard Area Schools through pre-k-12th grade. Mrs. Jensen then went on to attend Bible college in Minneapolis, MN and graduated from North Central University with a degree in English Writing and minor in Bible. Mrs. Jensen had worked in the Rudyard school district for 3 years before joining the Rudyard Christian School, and has loved every minute spent with her wonderful students. 

Mrs. Jensen is married to her best friend, Levi, who is a nurse at War Memorial Hospital; and has a beautiful baby girl, Orfelina Jensen, their precious miracle baby. Mrs. Jensen enjoys teaching, singing at her church, reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.

Her favorite verse in the Bible is Psalm 27:13-14. “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”