Meet Our Staff

  • Teresa DeBoer

    KVS Secretary
    Teresa DeBoer has worked at Kelloggsville Public Schools for the past 16 years. She currently serves as both the main secretary at Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary and Kelloggsville Virtual School. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Northwestern College in Iowa with a major in Business with an emphasis in  Accounting.  Mrs. DeBoer has two teenage boys that keep her very busy with Football, Hockey and Track. She enjoys working with the staff and students of Kelloggsville Public Schools as every day is different and seeing the students smiles makes her day!

  • Beth Taylor

    Director of KVS 
    Beth serves as the Director of the Kelloggsville Virtual School. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Beth was a middle school teacher for 15 years and has held several leadership positions including; Assistant Principal of Kelloggsville Middle School, Principal at East Elementary and Kelloggsville Middle School before taking on the role of creating a virtual school option for the Kelloggsville community.  Beth leads the Virtual Sign Language Club and enjoys the challenge of creating a new learning opportunity for students. She enjoys spending time outdoors at the lake with her husband, children, and grandson.

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  • Joshua Vanderkamp

    High School Math Teacher
    Josh Vanderkamp graduated from Calvin University and worked as an engineer for five years before transitioning to education. Josh worked at a small high school in Colorado and then moved back to Michigan and settled in as the Math teacher at Kelloggsville Virtual School.

  • Kelly Hjelm

    High School Spanish Teacher
    Kelly Hjelm has been teaching at Kelloggsville ever since graduating from Western Michigan University.  She has taught both English and Spanish in the district.  Kelly currently splits her time between Kelloggsville High School and KVS teaching Spanish 1 and 2.  She enjoys cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.  Kelly loves that she gets the opportunity to introduce students to a new language and different cultures.

  • Heidi Doherty

    Middle School Teacher
    Heidi Doherty was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating from Grand Rapids City High, she attended the University of California Santa Barbara, where she earned her B.S. in Psychology. Moving back to Grand Rapids 10 years later, she attended graduate school, where she attained her teaching certificate from Grand Valley State University, with a background in Science.  Before transferring to Kelloggsville Virtual School in 2021, she taught grades 5 and 6 at Northview Public Schools for 3 years, and  from 2016 to 2021, taught grades 6, 7, and 8 at  Kelloggsville Middle School. Heidi enjoys spending time in nature, especially  hiking and kayaking. She is excited to find new ways to help her students be successful in a virtual environment while maintaining a cooperative classroom feeling.

  • Amber Ramirez

    Middle School Teacher
    Amber Ramirez attended GRCC and Ferris State University to complete her Elementary Teaching Program. She has been teaching in Kelloggsville Public Schools with experience from young 5’s to eighth grade since 2016. Amber loves teaching virtually because students can expand their learning in ways that in-person learning simply can't allow time for. She is a Kelloggsville Public School graduate (2010) and married her high school sweetheart, Jamie.  They have two-year-old twins, Mason and Emilia that keep her very busy at home! In her free time, she enjoys exploring nature, the springtime, and doing arts and crafts.

  • Luke Ferrell

    Upper Elementary Teacher
    Luke Ferrell is the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teacher here at KVS. He has been at Kelloggsville Public Schools since 2018 and taught at Southeast and East before joining KVS. He also taught early childhood with the Great Start Readiness Program as a lead teacher for 2 years. Luke studied at the University of Toledo and has a degree in Early Childhood Education. He is interested in technology and computers and enjoys exploring the potential of new technology when applied to education. He loves reading and enjoys in-depth comprehension discussions around a text with students. He is married with two young children at home and enjoys spending time with his family.

  • Briana Green

    High School ELA Teacher
    Briana Green is the Kelloggsville Virtual School's high school English teacher and a former Rocket. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2021 and returned to her former school district, this time as a teacher. Briana is an avid reader and writer. Her passions lead her to help students succeed with the written word. She leads young authors in the creative writing club.

  • Jennifer Kovacs

    Lower Elementary Teacher
    Jenny Kovacs is the K-2 teacher for KVS. Working from her classroom at KECLC, she develops and teaches both synchronous and asynchronous lessons for her young learners and also meets with students during in-person learning sessions. She absolutely loves teaching both virtually and in-person. With over twenty years of teaching experience in the Grand Rapids area, she studied at Grand Valley State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Group Science followed by a Master of Education in Reading. She is excited to help students become better readers and writers, mathematicians, scientists, problem solvers, and thinkers.

  • Amanda VanderMeulen

    6-12 Music Teacher
    Amanda VanderMeulen co-teaches all of the middle school and high school in-person band classes, as well as teaching the middle school and high school music appreciation classes for KVS. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2000 with her Bachelor of Music Education degree. She began her teaching career in the fall of 2000 and taught at two other districts before finding her way to KPS where she has been teaching for the last 15 years. Amanda still enjoys performing and has been a member of the saxophone section in the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band for 16 years as well. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys traveling, puzzles, movies, games and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Erin McKay

    Special Education Teacher
    Erin McKay comes from a family of 4 generations of West Michigan teachers, many of whom taught special education students. She attended Michigan State University, majoring in Zoology and minoring in Mathematics. Later, she graduated from Aquinas College certified in English and Special Education. Today, she has been a KPS teacher since 2015 covering a range of students from Young 5’s - High School, with a home base of 7th grade in-person learners at KMS. This is her second year of teaching online and she loves the independence it can give her students. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing trivia, and finding new solutions to problems

  • Dakota Miller

    High School Social Studies/PE Teacher & Middle School PE Teacher
    Dakota hails from Jackson Michigan and attended Grand Valley State University. He has taught virtually with Michigan Virtual since 2016 and been at Kelloggsville since 2016 as well. He taught 4 years in person and virtually since the 20-21’ school year. Dakota enjoys fitness, camping, music, dogs, and food.

  • Erin Robertson

    High School Science/PE/Health Teacher
    Erin Graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Animal Science and Zoology and worked as an Animal Technologist at a preclinical research laboratory for 5 years.  After spending time at home to raise her two children, Erin decided to pursue a career in education.  She has worked as a paraprofessional, reading interventionist, substitute teacher and veterinary technician before joining the team at Kelloggsville Virtual School to teach Science, PE, and Health.  Erin is passionate about all things science, fitness, sports, animals, the outdoors, and guiding students to achieve their highest potential. 

  • Carrie Zylstra

    EL Teacher
    Carrie Zylstra has been teaching in Kelloggsville since 2014, all in the Fourth Grade.  She joined KVS last fall, working with English Language Learners, from 1st grade to 12th grade.  Carrie grew up on a small farm in rural Minnesota, and graduated with a B.S from St. Cloud State University.  She knew she wanted to see more of the US, so she accepted her first teaching position in Southern California.  After a few years she got restless again and spent the next few years living in several different states, Delaware, Washington, Nevada and finally Michigan.  Carrie enjoys reading, gardening, and golfing. Carrie has 2 children, teenagers, and a wonderful puppy named Wally that she adores.