Beth VanderKolk, M.A.Ed.

Assistant Professor

Faculty Positions:

Traditional Undergrad Academics - Teacher Education

Contact Beth VanderKolk, M.A.Ed.


Beth VanderKolk is a teacher, book lover and instructional strategies aficionado. She serves as an assistant professor of education with a specialty in reading instruction. She started her career as an elementary teacher and now she enjoys the challenge of instructing pre-service teachers.

"It matters to me that our education students become highly skilled and marketable practitioners as well as teachers who advocate for justice, show mercy and humbly walk out their vocation with God."


  • "Five Teaching Strategies that Promote Student Engagement"
    • Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference, October 2015

Campus Involvement

  • Diversity Committee Member
  • NetVUE Fellow


  • Ed.D., Mind, Brain, and Teaching, Johns Hopkins University (2020)
  • M.A.Ed., Calvin College
  • B.A., Calvin College


—Pedagogical best practices in higher education
—Culturally relevant teaching strategies
—Reading and language instructional strategies
—Children's literature