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Heather Westra

Heather Westra

High School English Teacher

Heather Westra

High School English Teacher

EC Start Date: 2022

Education: B.A. - Literature and Creative Writing, Ramapo College
M.F.A. - Creative Writing (fiction), University of Maryland

Bio:

Heather Westra taught at various universities before she felt called to teach at Eastern Christian School. She is passionate about literature, poetry and teaching. She hopes she can inspire her students to be better writers, better readers, and stronger critical thinkers. When she isn’t teaching, you can find her writing stories, hiking with her rescue pitbull, or snowmobiling in the Adirondacks.

Ryan Dykstra

Ryan Dykstra

High School English Teacher

Ryan DykstraEC Graduate 2010

High School English Teacher

EC Start Date: 2015

Education: B.A. - Literature, Ramapo College
M.F.A. - Creative & Professional Writing, William Paterson University (In Process)

Leah Genuario

Leah Genuario

Director of Publications, High School Journalism & Yearbook Teacher

Leah GenuarioEC Graduate 1997

Director of Publications, High School Journalism & Yearbook Teacher

EC Start Date: 2013

Education: B.A. - Communication Arts, Liberty University

Bio:

Leah was the former editor-in-chief of a leading industry trade journal, having spent 13 years in the B2B publishing industry prior to joining Eastern Christian School. She currently serves in a variety of ways, including advising the school’s journalism and yearbook classes, managing EC’s alumni publication The Herald, and partnering with a Christian college on an exciting new project. Leah is passionate about recognizing and strengthening the God-given gifts of her students, exhorting them to communicate with excellence and in a manner that glorifies the Lord. She is married to her high school sweetheart, and they currently have two children who attend the school.

Dawn Heerema

Dawn Heerema

High School English Teacher

Dawn Heerema

High School English Teacher

EC Start Date: 2011

Education: B.A. - English Literature, William Paterson University

Bio:

Dawn is a passionate mom who left the public schools to teach in this community that she feels best suits her family. As a mom of 3, married to an alumnus, Dawn realized that EC has what children need: a foundation built on truth. Certified to teach English, she found that she has a passion for building behavioral strengths. Today, Dawn teaches psychology and financial literacy classes in the high school. Dawn appreciates the space EC builds into the curriculum for Biblical connections with the intention of broadening the students’ worldviews. With one child in college and two in middle school, Dawn realized she and her husband Jeff were equipped to take in more children, and they now have hosted a total of 6 international students for the school year in their home. When Dawn isn’t working, she is at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in North Haledon leading a women’s Bible study, joining in on a prayer team, driving to a soccer field, or swimming at Green Pond Lake in the summer. It’s a busy, love-filled life she leads, and God has blessed Dawn richly with this community.

Cynthia Adair

Cynthia Adair

High School ESL/English Teacher

Cynthia AdairEC Graduate 1981

High School ESL/English Teacher

EC Start Date: 1990

Education: B.A. - English & Secondary Education, The King's College
M.Ed. - English, Penn State University

Bio:

Cyndi and her husband John are the parents of two children, Brandon and Emily. They also share their home with a dog, a cat, a rabbit, and a hamster! Cyndi is passionate about teaching English, ESL, and Writing at Eastern Christian, and she also enjoys being a “Mom” to our international students who think of her room as a second home. In her free time, Cyndi enjoys reading, journaling, photography, and solving puzzles of all kinds; she and her family also enjoy vacationing in Cape Cod. The Adair family attends Hawthorne Gospel Church and are active in the children’s ministry program there.

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