NAMES: Mr. Freiman, Mrs. McWilliams, Mrs. Martindale, Miss Arndt

SCHOOL: Cross Creek

CLASS: 7th grade Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, & Social Studies

SCHOOL PHONE: 616.656.4000

About The Teachers...

Mr. Freiman  e-mail: 11.jfreiman@nhaschools.com 
This will be my first year teaching at Cross Creek and I am happy to be 
here with such a great group of students and teachers! I graduated from 
Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics 
for Secondary Education and have lived in the Grand Rapids area for 6 
years now.

I grew up and attended high school on the east side of the state in Troy. 
My parents still live there and I try to visit them as often as I can. I 
have a two younger brothers who are both in college, one attends Michigan 
State and the other is at Grand Valley.

I am an avid sports fan and enjoy watching all kinds of sports. I enjoy 
playing golf and I have a dog that keeps me busy in my spare time. I also 
like to relax by watching a good movie or reading a good book!

Mrs. McWilliams  e-mail:11.mmcwilliams@heritageacademies.com
I have been teaching middle school Science at Cross Creek for 15 years now 
and have truly enjoyed the journey.  During that time I have managed to 
two beautiful little boys named Caleb and Caiden, while completing my 
Master’s in Middle School Education from Grand Valley State University.  
has been a demanding, yet very rewarding 14 years.  

I grew up within the Kentwood area and attended East Kentwood High school.  
I think one of the reasons why I love Cross Creek so much is because of 
size!!  It is truly a blessing to be able to get to know each student on a 
more individual basis.  After high school, I received my bachelor’s degree 
in education with a science emphasis and later received my Masters in 
school education.  I also ended up marrying my high school sweetheart.  

On top of teaching both 7th and 8th grade Science, I also teach Science 
Olympiad, Lego Engineering, and Exploring in Science.  I truly love what I 
do... and the bonus of having summer with my boys, just makes everything 
much sweeter.

Mrs. Martindale  e-mail:11.kmartindale@nhaschools.com
I am the 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Cross Creek Charter Academy. I 
also teach Drama, Creative Writing and Language Arts Enrichment encore 
classes! I enjoy being the National Junior Honor Society advisor here at 
school as well. This is my fifth year at Cross Creek and it feels like 
to me!

I attended Hope College where I pursued my dream career of becoming a 
teacher. There, I received my Bachelor’s degree in education with an 
in Language Arts. Before I came here,I worked at Ridge Park Charter 
an NHA school. I was also a reading parapro in the Forest Hills Public 
Schools, where I also went to school and grew up myself!

My biggest passions in life are helping children and reading. I lived and 
traveled around Tanzania, Africa, for a summer, where I partook in mission 
work and worked in schools and orphanages, spreading my love for learning. 
hope is to share my passion of reading and helping others with my students 
here at Cross Creek!

Miss Arndt  e-mail:11.barndt@nhaschools.com

  I am the 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Cross Creek Charter 
Academy. Along with Social Studies, I teach History in Film, Civics and Law, 
World Wars, and Historical Simulations as afternoon encore classes. I am in 
my 4th year at Cross Creek and my 5th year of teaching. I absolutely love 
what I do and the Cross Creek Community.

  I attended Grand Valley State University to receive a bachelors degree in 
English/Language Arts and Social Studies. I'm currently working on completing 
a masters in curriculum instruction and development, again at Grand Valley. 
While attending college, I worked as an aquatic supervisor at Sandy Pines. I 
taught swimming lessons, created aquatic recreation activities, and 
lifeguarded in the summer. 
  Social Studies has always been a passion as I feel it incredibly important 
to educate students on the importance of accepting diversity and learning 
about the development of human beings. It is crucial for students to have an 
appreciate for past achievements and develop an understanding of the 
importance of their presence in the world as well as the opportunity they 
have to transform it. 

Mission For The Class

To help every student to achieve their very best in mathematics. I want 
students to be able to think critically and communicate their thinking 
others. I also want students to recognize how math relates to the world 
around them everyday.

Language Arts . . .
In 7th grade ELA, we will be working to improve the skills needed for 
effective reading, writing, listening, & speaking.  In addition to reading 
writing, students will share, collaborate, & confer with one another on a 
regular basis.  As we explore different types of literature & writing, our 
emphasis will be on the elements & mechanics of each.

Science . . .
In 7th grade Science we use facts and labels to help organize 
communicate conclusions and assumptions, and generate new questions for 
study.  Discovery and exploration are key factors in 7th grade Science.  
Science is an investigative process for examining the universe.  It is 
changing and advancing.  We culminate our year with a 7th grade class trip 
that revolves around this investigative process.   Implementing our hands 
approach to learning while participating in an outdoor canoeing excursion 
Northern Michigan - giving real connections and meaning.   
Topics covered include:  Scientific Method and process, Graphing
Measurement, Cells, Heredity, Matter, Chemistry, Force/Motion, Weather, 

Social Studies. . .This year in Social Studies we will be focusing on World 
History. Our main purpose is studying ancient civilizations, government, 
economics, major world religions, and the eastern hemisphere. Below is a 
general outline for the progression of our study:

>Geography Concept Review
>Introduction to World History and Historical Skills
>Beginnings of Human Society and Pastoral Peoples
>Ancient Civilizations
>Rise of Empires
>World Religions
>Fall of Empires

Social Studies gives us the tools to become better citizens and more 
productive members of society...