First Grade




Kaitlin Bylsma – First Grade





Bio: I graduated from Hope College in May 2014 with a BA in Language Arts Education.

My husband Brett and I live in Hudsonville and attend Trinity Protestant Reformed Church. I enjoy biking, reading, baking, and sleeping in.



Emily Griters – 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.

I go to Byron Center 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)!!




IMG_1347Mary 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 five children, three sons, a daughter-in-law and a daughter. We are charter members of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church.  I enjoy traveling, crafts and reading in my spare time.