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Ruth Rudd

Ruth Rudd

Technology Teacher

Ruth Rudd

Technology Teacher

EC Start Date: 1987

Education: B.S. - General Science, Houghton College
M.S. - Educational Technology, Ramapo College

Bio:

Ruth doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up, but she sure enjoys the adventure that God is taking her on! She met her husband while at Houghton College. Though her degree was aimed at a research lab type job, she ended up finding her passion in teaching – helping students see the magnificence of God’s world and their special place in it, giving them the tools they need to learn about it and follow their own passions as they serve Christ. Ruth encourages teachers and students to tech-ily go where no one has gone before as a force for good. She loves hiking, biking, and geocaching with her husband, family and friends, as well as writing music and making videos for her 6 grandchildren, some of whom live in Japan.

Heidi Kabot

Heidi Kabot

Upper Elementary & Middle School Media Specialist

Heidi KabotEC Graduate 2001

Upper Elementary & Middle School Media Specialist

EC Start Date: 2023

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education, Messiah College
MLIS, University of Pittsburgh

Bio:

Heidi and her husband, Bryan, have three children and live in Midland Park. She enjoys hiking, sports, reading, baking, and going on adventures with her family. She loves to share her love of books and reading with students and to support classroom teachers in curricular instruction. Heidi and her family attend Grace Church in Ridgewood where she serves with the children and coordinates MOPS, a ministry to moms.

Robert DeJulia

Robert DeJulia

IT Support Technician

Robert DeJulia

IT Support Technician

EC Start Date: 2023

Education: B.S. in Computer Science Geneva College
M.S. in Cyber Security, Geneva College

Bio:

Rob is a Geneva College Graduate with a Master’s in Cyber Security and Bachelor’s in Computer Science. Rob likes to make technology more usable while enhancing its benefits to users, as he believes that can glorify God and improve people’s lives. He believes working at Eastern Christian School will allow him to accomplish that, as the school district is committed to providing an excellent school environment and wants to deepen their students’ worldview and calling to be a light in the world. Walking with the Lord daily, even in the smaller details of life, is an important aspect of Rob’s life. Rob goes to Budd Lake Chapel, a non-denominational church, which focuses on growing in one’s relationship with Christ and ministering to others in various ways. In his free time, he likes to read fiction, spend time with friends, practice karate, and game design.

Fernando Garcia

Fernando Garcia

High School Art Teacher

Fernando Garcia

High School Art Teacher

EC Start Date: 2022

Education: BA - Visual Communications, FIT NYC

Bio:

Fernando is married to Claudia Garcia for 20 years. They have two children, Victoria and Samantha, who are enrolled at EC.

He started his passion for fine arts and visual communications at an early age. He studied Advertising Design at the H.S. of Art and Design and F.I.T. State University in NYC. He is a 5x Emmy Award-winning television director/producer with 20+ years of experience in broadcasting productions, event activations, and advertising design. He has substantial experience in the development of live newscast production, talk shows, musical stage performances, special TV programs, & TV/Web commercials.

Fernando previously served at Transformation Life Church in Wood-ridge, NJ for 6 years and is now a member at Bethany Church in Washington Twp. He has always been committed to serving the community and advancing God’s calling.

David Riley

David Riley

IT Support Technician, Boys' JV Basketball Coach

David RileyEC Graduate 2002

IT Support Technician, Boys' JV Basketball Coach

EC Start Date: 2022

Education: B.A - Video Production & Film, Five Towns College

Bio:

David Riley is excited about being back at EC. He is a 2002 graduate of Eastern Christian School and hopes to put back into the community what he got out of it 20 years ago. David has a beautiful & loving wife Cursha, along with three children he adores, one boy Ja’zai, and two girls Janiya, and Jaiya. David is also an ordained Minister of 13 years, his love for Christ and making him known is part of his life’s mission. He is also an educator, a filmmaker, & songwriter. While juggling all these passions you can find him on the basketball court where he plans to help grow the EC basketball team as a coach. For David, coming back to EC is God ordained.

Stephanie Chan

Stephanie Chan

Long Term Substitute, Elementary School STEAM

Kelsi Bailey

Kelsi Bailey

STEAM & Horizons Teacher, Girls MS Volleyball Coach

Kelsi Bailey

STEAM & Horizons Teacher, Girls MS Volleyball Coach

EC Start Date: 2021

Bio:

I grew up in Florida, where I discovered my lifelong interests of playing volleyball, reading, writing, and working with kids. I moved to New York for college and found new exciting things to add to my interests, like hiking in the mountains, playing intricate board games, and going on adventure trips with my husband and my friends. I now live in New York with my husband and our kitten, Goose, where we spend our days working, volunteering at our church, reading, playing games, learning how to make new recipes, and finding coffee shops to sit in.

I went to Nyack College to study Education with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and graduated with my degree. I knew that God was leading me to teach, but I had no idea about all the different contexts of teaching that God would bring me through! I taught first grade for two years in a private Christian school, while also co-leading the children’s ministry and youth ministry at our church. I then spent six months at the YMCA, assisting students in their online schooling and leading programs in how to use virtual learning platforms. I then heard about the available position here at EC, and having heard from my husband – Stephen Bailey, the Bible teacher at ECHS – about the type of culture and working environment that was kept at EC, I felt led by God to pursue this position!

At Eastern Christian, I have heard and seen firsthand the level of care and intentionality that permeates the culture and environment – starting at the top with the school leadership that is directed towards the teachers, who are then able to pass it on to their students. To work and serve in a place that treats each person as reflecting the image of our holy God is a concept that I know will help each student learn their own worth and value as ascribed to them by God, and that is something I am extremely passionate about.

Ben Spoelstra

Ben Spoelstra

Director of Technology

Ben SpoelstraEC Graduate 2007

Director of Technology

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.A. - History, William Paterson University
M.I. - Library & Information Science, Rutgers University

Tim Steen

Tim Steen

High School Technology Teacher, Varsity Track Assistant Coach

Tim Steen

High School Technology Teacher, Varsity Track Assistant Coach

EC Start Date: 2001

Education: B.A. - Telecommunications, Calvin College
M.A. - Telecommunications, University of Georgia

Bio:

Tim has been teaching technology and writing classes at EC since 2001. He and his family (wife Stephanie and kids Emily, Josh, and Charlotte) took a two year hiatus from EC to live and teach at an international school in Tanzania. Since returning in 2015, Tim has been passionate about treating New Jersey as a mission field, and to opening the eyes of EC high school students to a larger world and larger vision of God’s redemptive love for them and the whole world. Along with that, he’s excited to explore God’s creation through technology, especially the EC Robotics program. Recently Tim has been involved in leading Spring Break mission trips, a tech director of the drama program, and a STEAM mentor, and being a father of two high school and one middle school student. The Steen family attends Emergence Church.

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