ALAMEDA -- Husband and wife Ron and Sally Postma are settling in to their new jobs at Alameda Christian School -- Ron Postma is now the principal and Sally Postma is a teacher.
The Postmas applied for the jobs from Michigan as a couple and moved to Alameda in the middle of July. The first day of school at ACS was Aug. 28. Ron Postma is replacing Jean Bushby, who retired as principal after 25 years at ACS.
"We are deeply indebted to her for her passion for our children and her leadership," he said.
Sally Postma will teach the first-and-second-grade class in the morning. Ron will take his post in his office in the morning, then he will teach the first-and-second-grade class in the afternoon.
ACS has combined classrooms with students from consecutive grades, beginning with a first-and-second-grade class up through the seven-and-eighth-grade class. The exception is
kindergarten, which has its own class. No classroom exceeds 10 students in total, and enrollment is still open.
Both of the Postmas have extensive backgrounds in education. Ron Postma holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a master of arts in educational administration from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. He has taught middle school and high school math, served as assistant principal at a public high school in Michigan, and was the director of technology for the public school district of Wyoming, Mich. He also taught a computer class at Grand Valley State University for nine years.
Sally Postma has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Calvin College in and has more than 25 years of experience teaching preschool, kindergarten and first grade.
The Postmas are members of Westview Christian Reformed Church in Michigan. They have three children and four grandchildren. Their son, Todd, and his wife, Melinda (an ACS graduate), live in Alameda, which is how the Postmas first heard about the school.
"This was the Lord's plan for my wife and I," said Ron, who had retired from teaching and was living in Grand Rapids with his wife when the ACS board contacted him for an interview. "It was always on my mind to get back into education and help out a small Christian school. My son Todd asked if I'd be interested in helping out. There were no good excuses for not coming; my wife and I are both in good health and qualified, so we moved to Alameda."
In August. Ron Postma met with parents, staff and members of the community to get the school ready for a new year.
"Thanks to many hands, the building is sparkling," he said.
Alameda Christian School is an independent Christian school. It was established in 1944 by members of the Alameda Christian Reformed Church and is a member of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce.
There are a total of 48 students enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year. Tuition is $7,560. Extended day care is available, as is financial aid to low-income families.