Brad Van Beek
Superintendent, Elementary School Principal
Where are you from? I grew up in Michigan but have lived in many different places including North Carolina, Jamaica, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic
Tell us about your family. I am married to Ruth. We have three kids who all attend Sunnyside Christian School. Alan is in 11th grade and Genet and Rahel are both in 5th grade.
What was your school like growing up? I went to a Christian School very much like Sunnyside. I had 20 kids in my class. Instead of writing on white boards my teachers wrote on chalk boards. Instead of watching videos we would watch film strips.
Why do you like being a principal? I like working at schools because I love working with kids.
What do you like to do when you aren’t teaching? When I am not at school I like reading, swimming and traveling.
What’s your favorite Bible verse and why? Isaiah 41:10 says, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." This verse tells me there is nothing I need to be afraid of because God is always with me. That gives me comfort in difficult times,.
What’s your favorite snack? Moose Tracks ice-cream