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Meet Our New Superintendent and Elementary Principal - Brad Van Beek

April 11, 2017
By Laura Eisenga
Brad Van Beek with his wife, Ruth, and his children,
Allan, Genet, and Rahel.

Sunnyside Christian School is excited to introduce our new Superintendent and Elementary Principal! Brad Van Beek will be moving to Sunnyside in July and will start his duties then as well. Brad has spent the past four years teaching at a Christian school in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children. Alan, who is 14, will be a freshmen at Sunnyside Christian High School. Their twin daughters, Genet and Rahel, will be 3rd graders. 

We asked Brad why he feels called to the Principal position at Sunnyside Christian, and this is his response. "I have been a teacher for nearly 25 years and have loved it. I especially loved the relationships I was able to develop with my students. I know I will miss being in the classroom, but it was time in my career to move in a new direction. We have lived the past four years in the Dominican Republic and even though we have enjoyed our time here, we felt it was time to make a change. One of the things my wife Ruth and I were looking for when we began our search was a place that had a large Hispanic community.  My wife is originally from Honduras, I lived there for 5 years and four in the Dominican Republic so I am familiar with the culture. We both speak Spanish so we wanted to be able to use that wherever we moved to."

One of the biggest changes for them will be the small-town feel of our area. "We presently live in Santiago in the Dominican Republic.  It is located in the Cibao Valley with a total population of the Santiago and the surrounding area of nearly 1 million people. Moving to a town of around 20,000 will be the first change," Brad says. "Another difference will be the weather. After living 4 years in a country where it is summer all year, we will once again move back to 4 seasons. Our kids are very excited to see snow. Even though, Ruth and I are less excited about winter, we are looking forward to experiencing the changes of seasons."

"Washington was always a state I thought I would like to live in," Brad comments. "My wife and I have a bit of an adventurous spirit, and we know that Washington is a beautiful state, so we cannot wait to get out and explore." 

Brad and Ruth visisted Sunnyside in January, but have since learned more about our area. "After getting the job at Sunnyside Christian, I found out that a couple people I know grew up in Sunnyside," he says. "They both went to Sunnyside Christian School. They had only great things to say about the city and the school. They both said it is a great place to raise a family. We are looking forward to be part of the Sunnyside community."

Please feel free to leave a comment of welcome and greeting for our new Principal and his family! We are excited to have you, Brad, Ruth, Allan, Genet and Rahel!


Carol VanSlageren says:
April 12, 2017 11:21 AM CST
So excited to have you as a part of the SCS community! Looking forward to welcoming you this summer.
Melanie says:
April 12, 2017 03:10 PM CST
Welcome!! Thankful that God has called you to join us here at SCS - and we hope you will be blessed in return.
Dan De Boer says:
April 13, 2017 12:59 PM CST

We look forward to having you and your family here and getting to know you. Safe travels!

Suzanne Moore says:
April 13, 2017 05:36 PM CST

Welcome the SCS family!!  We are excited to meet you all.  Your son Allan and my son Nate will be classmates - Nate is looking forward to meeting Allan and getting to know him.  Maybe we can get them together before school starts and they can get aquainted before the first day of school.  Being an alimni and having all my kids go through this school I can say that we have nothing but praise for all the staff and teachers, it's a wonderful school and community.  Welcome and safe travels!!

Hester Groeneweg says:
April 14, 2017 11:00 PM CST

Welcome!!  We look forward to meeting you.  Ditto what Suzanne said.....Nate and our son Tyler are buddies and both going to be freshman in the fall.  We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Brad and Ruth VanBeek says:
April 22, 2017 03:00 PM CST

Thank you so much for your kind words.  We are very excited to move to Sunnyside and be part of the Sunnyside Christian School community.  We also want to thank you for the many ways people have welcomed our children.

genet van beek says:
April 24, 2018 05:47 PM CST

hi daddy its genet . Your doing a very good job at making the school come togeter . you have alot of wrok on your plate but it's almost time to go to the next grade.  AND FRIST GRADE IS GOING TO DO COUNT DOWN TOMMOW......



i'm so glad your my daddy