Kelsi Bailey

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Kelsi Bailey

Kelsi Bailey

STEAM & Horizons Teacher, Girls JV Volleyball Coach

Kelsi Bailey

STEAM & Horizons Teacher, Girls JV 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.

Meredith Kohlbrenner

Meredith Kohlbrenner

Technology Integration Specialist

Meredith KohlbrennerEC Graduate 2003

Technology Integration Specialist

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.A. - English & Secondary Education, Grove City College

Bio:

Meredith is an EC alumna who is thrilled to rejoin the school community, this time as both a teacher and parent. She and her husband, Ken, have two daughters, Vienna and Hope. As a family, they enjoy rock-climbing, swimming, art, and serving at their church, Grace Redeemer in Glen Rock. In 2018, Meredith began teaching elementary school Horizons, which has a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) focus. Meredith is passionate about hands-on STEAM learning, especially creating, coding, and problem-solving. Before coming to EC, she had five years of teaching experience in the Connecticut public school system, where she enjoyed integrating technology into her classroom. She feels honored to contribute to EC’s mission of engaging students’ minds and preparing Christian leaders to serve the world.

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.

Laurie Genzink

Laurie Genzink

High School Media Center Aide

Laurie Genzink

High School Media Center Aide

EC Start Date: 1995

Education: B.A. - Secondary Education & English, Calvin College

Bio:

Laurie grew up in Michigan, met her husband Mike at Calvin, and ended up in NJ a few years later when Mike’s company was bought by a NJ company. Their 3 kids all went through EC, the youngest graduating in 2009. Laurie has been employed by EC since 1995, first as an English teacher, but covering Study Halls and assisting in the Media Center for most of those years. Laurie is a member of Covenant CRC in North Haledon, where she has served as a deacon, small group leader and choir member. She is a product of and firm believer in Christian education, seeing it as a pivotal part of preparing students to be agents of transformation in the world.

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