Jacob Babb- Jacob graduated from Hope College in the spring of 2020 where he studied Physical and Health Education. He currently teaches Middle School PE/Health at East Grand Rapids Public Schools and LOVES IT. He played football at Hope, so he is a huge fan of anything that has to do with athletics. His favorite activities include playing sports, dancing with KR1 and playing sports with KR3. Going to the beach in the summer is one of his favorite childhood memories. This will be his fifth summer with Kids Rock, 4 at Zeeland and this will be the first at Legacy. He is so excited for it to begin!
Emma Gontjes- Emma is a recent graduate from Calvin University with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics. She enjoys spending time outside, hanging out with family and friends, babysitting, dancing, and traveling. Emma is super excited to spend another summer working at Kids Rock Summer Camp! She is eager to share her love and passion for Christ with the kids this summer!
Sara Nealy-Sara just finished her senior year at Calvin university studying sociology with a minor in business. She participates with the Calvin women’s basketball team. She loves playing basketball among many other sports. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, and loves being around kids. She is very excited as this will be her first year at camp, and can’t wait to spread the love of God while doing the things she loves!
Katie Schwerin - Katie originally grew up on the east side of Michigan but moved to the west side to attend GVSU. Katie recently graduated with a Bachelors in English and ESL / Spanish Education! Katie has been a Young Life leader at GVSU for the last 4 years and has spent her time volunteering at summer camps across the United States. While also being a student athlete for most of her life, she thoroughly enjoys being outdoors and being active through hiking, swimming, biking, and kayaking. She developed her love for teaching through tutoring and volunteering that has driven her to pursue a career working with kids by providing a fun, positive, enriching environment for them! She is very excited to be a counselor this summer at Kids Rock Summer Camp.
Kennedy Geiger- Kennedy is excited for year four at the BEST camp ever! She is graduate from Calvin University and currently is a Special Education teacher at Countryside Elementary in Byron Center. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, running, going for walks, and eating lots of ice cream! Kennedy is excited for a summer filled with lots of Jesus and joy!
Maegan Sneller- Maegan is a 2021 graduate of Cornerstone and is currently a 6th grade teacher at Excel Charter Academy in Kentwood. Some of her favorite summertime activities include: wakeboarding, camping, running, and hiking. This is her third summer at Kid's Rock and she's so excited!
Hannah Syme- Hannah is pumped for her first summer with Kids Rock Summer Camp! She attends Alma College and is studying elementary education and integrated sciences. At Alma, Hannah is a captain on the basketball team as well as a leader in the ASAP mentoring program. She also enjoys working with the sports information crew and teaching water aerobics. Hannah loves to be active and enjoys arts and craft activities. She is so excited to see what this summer has in store!
Carley Van Swol- Carley is a recent graduate from Hope College with Physical Education and Spanish majors and a minor in Health. At Hope, Carley participated in intramural sports, broadcasted sporting events, as well as being a leader with the Special Ed ministry at a local church. Last year she lived in Sevilla Spain for a semester and got the chance to see different parts of the world. She has a big heart for kids, sports, traveling, and Jesus. This is her fourth summer at camp, and she’s so excited to build relationships with the kids and have fun!
Jaymes Gontjes- Jaymes attended Dutton Christian, South Christian, and graduated from Calvin College in 2018. He currently is the Athletic Director and a 6th grade teacher at Cityside Middle School in Zeeland. He enjoys coaching football and track, golfing, and playing guitar in his spare time. He is excited for another awesome year at camp to continue building relationships with campers, encouraging people to know Jesus, and having a blast all summer long!
Ava Timmer - Ava is a recent South Christian grad and is going to be a freshman at Eastern Kentucky University in the fall. She’s going to major in Spanish and American Sign Language. Ava has always lived in the Byron Center area and is excited to work at the Legacy Christian location. She loves animals, playing soccer and volleyball, and participating in theater. When she’s not busy with work or school she enjoying taking time to relax and spend time with her friends
Thomas Timmerman Thomas Timmerman graduated from Belmont University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music and has since returned to school to study Spanish Secondary Education and Applied Linguistics at Grand Valley State University. In his free time he enjoys camping, long distance running, and reading. This will be his third summer working as a counselor at Kids Rock Summer Camp, and he is excited for the fun to begin!
Britta DeLong Britta is very excited to join Kids Rock Summer Camp this year. She will be graduating from Calvin University in December with a major in Elementary Education and minors in Integrated Science and Mathematics. During the school year, Britta is a tutor for elementary and middle school students. But when she’s not working, she loves to hike, travel, do water sports, babysit, and camp. Britta is very excited to meet the campers and to share all about God’s love for them!
Gabby Timmer-Gabby Timmer is a graduate of Dutton Christian and South Christian High school and also completed her physical education K-12 degree with a minor in health at Calvin University. She hopes to find a job around the Grand Rapids area in physical education for the fall. Gabby enjoys spending time lifting, playing basketball, reading, hanging with friends and spending her summers being a camp counselor at Kids Rock Summer Camp! She is eager and excited to start her 3rd summer at Kids Rock!
Brenna Nurenberg- Brenna is excited to be a part of the Kids Rock team this year! She graduates from Siena Heights University in May with a major in Mathematics and a minor in English and will be returning to Siena in the fall to pursue her certification in Secondary Education. Brenna likes to keep busy, as she is a member of the softball team, the bands, Campus Ministry, and some other clubs on campus. She also serves as a math tutor and loves making crafts and sharing her faith. Brenna is looking forward to having a great summer!
Lindy Rome- Lindy is a 2017 grad from Zeeland West High School and is going into her senior year at Grand Valley. She is majoring in psychology and hopes to become a Child Life Specialist! Lindy enjoys spending her weekends at the lake with her family, running around with her dog, and hanging out with her 8 year old sister! She is also very involved with Young Life at GV. She is so excited to hang out with all the campers this summer!
Zac Zemba- Zac is very excited to have the opportunity to work at Kids Rock Summer Camp this summer. He is going into his sophomore year at GVSU where he is studying Special/Early Education. At GVSU he is a runner who is on the Cross Country and Track team, which is a large passion of his. He also has a passion for music where he loves to sing and is also able to play the piano. Zac loves kids and is marveled at the opportunity he gets this summer to hopefully be able to impact some kids lives!