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Illiana Christian announces Brent Vermeulen as new principal

Vermeulen is current STEM/Engineering teacher, and an Illiana alumnus

Information provided by Illiana Christian High School

DYER, Ind. (January 24, 2024) – The Illiana Christian High School Board of Trustees has announced Brent Vermeulen as the school’s next principal. He will assume the position on June 3, 2024. Vermeulen becomes just the eighth principal in the school’s 79-year history. The current principal, Peter Boonstra, is retiring at the end of this school year after serving for 24 years.

About Brent Vermeulen

Vermeulen has taught at Illiana for the past six years in the STEM/Engineering department. He currently teaches Introduction to Engineering Design, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Engineering and Design Development. He started the STEM program at Illiana and also began the dual credit program which has blossomed from three courses to twenty different courses under his leadership. He also started the popular Illiana Makerspace program which produces, markets, and sells wooden products to local stores and community members.

Vermeulen received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette and he has a master’s in technology education from Ball State University. Before coming to Illiana, he taught at Hobart High School for ten years.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Vermeulen is the head boys golf coach. He has coached golf at Illiana for the past fifteen years.

“I love teaching for the opportunity to pour love into teenage students at a very vulnerable age,” said Vermeulen.” God has blessed me with an opportunity to be a mentor and role model for many high school students in the classroom and as a coach.”

Vermeulen met his wife Amanda in high school while they served together on on the Student Council at Illiana. Their first date was to homecoming during their Junior year.

“I am humbled and excited to see what God has in store for me and more importantly for Illiana Christian High School,” Vermeulen said, “I feel privileged and blessed to serve in his kingdom through this leadership role. We have the best faculty, students, and staff here at Illiana and it is awesome to be a part of that team.”

Illiana Christian High School is located at 10920 Calumet Avenue in Dyer, Indiana.

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