Jacoba Alderink

7th and 8th Grade Math Teacher
Math Department Chair


Although I hail from Wisconsin and Michigan, I took delight in Texas' warm weather and friendly people when my husband and I moved here in 2010 with our two kids. I have a secondary education degree from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. I have taught everything from math to English to art. My husband graduated from CCA in 1997, so it was like coming full circle when I started teaching 7th and 8th-grade algebra here in 2016. Both of my kids currently attend CCA, so our closets are awash in cougar spirit wear, some of it bordering on "vintage."

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? a teacher

Why do you choose to work at CCA? CCA teachers frame their lessons through a Christian worldview - while students' brains are gaining knowledge, their hearts are developing character. I love that our teachers challenge our students but also meet them where they're at with loving grace. It's a great community with supportive parents.

What is one fun fact about you? I once ate a giant Brazilian cockroach. I was two years old and living in the jungle in Panama.

What is your favorite book of all time? Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse - It's beautifully raw in its free-verse storytelling. There's a compelling grit to the characters, setting, and storyline that feels authentic and honest.

What is one thing that can instantly make your day better? I really enjoy a seriously clever and snarky joke (preferably delivered to me at the same time I'm enjoying a ridiculously overpriced salted caramel macchiato).

What do you like to do for fun? I love nerdy, introverted things like crosswords and logic puzzles. When I am old and have more time in life, I plan on filling my days with painting, reading novels, and thrift store shopping.

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