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Michelle Tuinstra


Thanks for stopping by this website. I want to tell you a little about myself.

I have been married to Mitchell for 26 years! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. We are privileged to have three children: Chloe- a college sophomore, Caden, a high school senior, and Corey, a high school sophomore. 

Speaking of LCS, I need to tell you that I taught at LCS in the nineties and then moved to Kansas. It was a sad moment when I left the school. In fact, I still have photos of my blotchy face as I taught my last day. I think that speaks volumes of the impact LCS has on the students AND the teachers. It is a place dear to my heart.

We lived in Kansas for 10 years. While in Kansas, I taught for one year and then decided to stay home to raise our children.  We also remodeled a really old home. This definitely taught me a fruit of the Spirit- patience. While remodeling the kitchen, we ate out of the crock pot every day. We also endured many black rat snakes.Needless to say, snakes are not my favorite creature! We attended a fabulous church- Faith Evangelical Free Church. My relationship with the Lord grew in ways I never could have imagined. Despite experiencing God's goodness in many ways, I really wanted to live in Lafayette again. God answered our prayers and here we are!

Teaching children each day is definitely a blessing from the Lord.  It keeps you young! It also constantly humbles me as I need to ask God for wisdom each day.  I chuckle a lot! Kids are really funny. I enjoy seeing all the gifts God has given them, and  it thrills me to think of the different ways God will use them as adults.

I love teaching and looking at curriculum. We currently use the following curriculum in third grade:

Math- Everyday Math- The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project

Bible-  Walking with God and His People-- Christian Schools International

Social Studies- McGraw Hill is the publisher

Reading- McGraw Hill- Wonders

Science- Scott Foresman

Handwriting-- Yes, we teach cursive! Zaner Bloser

Language Arts which includes writing and grammar-- McGraw Hill

Some of this changes and I use additional supplementary material.

Besides teaching, I enjoy the ever-changing world of education. I work at reading online blogs and websites. One of my favorites is Reading Rockets, a reading newsletter that links to news regarding literature. I use Twitter for education and to follow other educators around the nation. I also like taking online seminars that offer quick refreshers. 


If you have any additional questions, let me know. I would love to chat! Cheerio! Michelle

Michelle Tuinstra
Michelle Tuinstra
3rd Grade
Phone: 765-447-3052
Groups: Elementary
Employed Since: 8/1/2008
10 Years Experience At School
  • BA Calvin College
  • MS Purdue University