When staff and students start the 2019-20 school year in a few weeks, a new principal will be at the helm at Grand Haven Christian School.
The school's search committee and school board unanimously approved Tim Annema to serve as the next principal. For the past 11 years, Annema has taught social studies and math in the middle school. He’s also served as the school’s assistant principal since 2011.
Annema said he’s excited for the opportunity and thankful for those who have come before him.
Stepping into the role will bring something different each day, and Annema said he’s looking forward to the opportunities of using his skills and talents.
After starting college, Annema decided to study education as a result of the impact teachers had on his life, and one of his former educators encouraged him to consider the profession because Annema had a way of relating and interacting well with students, Annema said.
Annema said he enjoyed the courses, being in the classroom and behind the scenes aspects involved in the administration side.
A Norton Shores resident, Annema earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2013 from Cornerstone University. Annema and his wife, Beth, have four sons who attend Grand Haven Christian School.
Since moving to West Michigan more than 10 years ago, Annema said he was blessed to have an opportunity to join Grand Haven Christian. The new principal said his family fell in love with the school and its community, and they enjoy the relationships they’ve developed with the parents, staff and others involved in the Christian school community.
In addition to serving as an educator and assistant principal, Annema has also served as the programing committee chair and implemented the Winterim program. He’s also served on the school’s executive committee, building and ground committee, and as a coach and athletic director.
School board president Stuart Vander Heide said they were blessed to have such a qualified internal candidate, and Annema’s enthusiasm and dedication to the school are among some of his qualities that stood out. Vander Heide noted Annema is also well-respected by his colleagues.
For third year in a row, enrollment is trending upward. Annema said they’re excited and looking to continue to growing their preschool program and the Spanish Immersion program.
“As we look at the long-term, we plan to continue to provide that Christ-centered education that prepares our students and fits our mission to educate minds and shape hearts,” he said.