First Grade


Emily Cnossen– First Grade


Bio: I am originally from Hull, a small town in the NW corner of Iowa. I graduated from Dordt College in May 2015 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. After teaching at Heritage Christian for 5 years as Miss Gritters I changed my name to Mrs. Cnossen in 2020 when I married Jeremy. Currently our only “child” is our dog–Kaya. 

I go to Unity PRC and enjoy it very much! I enjoy reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling (when I can), and teaching 1st grade (of course)!!

Josie Dykstra – First Grade


Bio: I attended Heritage Christian School and Covenant Christian High School for my K-12 education. I then studied at Hope College to obtain a teaching degree; I graduated in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/Special Education (Learning Disabilities).

I married Carter Dykstra a few weeks after graduation. We live in Hudsonville and attend Hudsonville PRC. During our free time, we enjoy playing volleyball, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Mary VanOverloop – First Grade


Classes Taught: First, Third, Fourth, Kindergarten, Special Education, Resource

Bio: I have been blessed to be part of Heritage Christian School since the doors were first opened in 1985.  After receiving my B.A. from Hope College with a degree in education and a major in Learning Disabilities, I taught two years in third and fourth grades at Heritage.  During the years I was raising our children, I taught kindergarten part time.  Following kindergarten, I was Director of the Discovery Center for ten years where I was involved in special education, resource room and response to intervention screenings.  Presently I am back in the general education classroom, teaching first grade.

My husband, Mike, and I have six children, three sons, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and 1 grandchild. We are charter members of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church.  I enjoy traveling, crafts and reading in my spare time.