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Donna Aceino

Donna Aceino

High School Art Teacher

Donna Aceino

High School Art Teacher

EC Start Date: 2006

Education: B.A. - Fine Arts Education K-12, Kean University of New Jersey

Bio:

Donna is happily married to Matthew Aceino. They are blessed with three children and five spectacular grandchildren! Donna considers it a blessing and privilege to assist her students at Eastern Christian School in developing their God-given creative spirit while opening their hearts and minds to the artistry of God’s creation as well as seeing their lives as works of art. Donna enjoys creating art, ceramics, gardening, cooking, taking long walks with her husband and being with family. She finds great joy in spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren. She and her husband are currently attending Restore Church.

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.

April Adin

April Adin

High School Deans' Administrative Assistant

April Adin

High School Deans' Administrative Assistant

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.L.A. - Purchase College

Terry Allen

Terry Allen

Grade 7 and 8 Social Studies Teacher, Middle School Track Coach

Terry Allen

Grade 7 and 8 Social Studies Teacher, Middle School Track Coach

EC Start Date: 1990

Education: B.S. & M.A., Western Oregon State College
M.A. & Ed.D., Montclair State University

Bio:

Dr. Allen and his wife Annette have been married 54 years. They have four adult children and a dozen grandchildren. He’s in his 51st year of teaching; 29 of which have been at Eastern Christian School. The Allen family moved from Salem, Oregon, in 1990 with their youngest daughter Trella (2000). While teaching at ECMS, Dr. Allen was able to earn both a M.A. and Ed. D. in Pedagogy and Teaching Philosophy to Children at Montclair State University. Through the study of the Bible and in answered prayer we daily affirm God’s presence in and relevance to our lives. God is alive and well, and we love Him. Dr. Allen has developed a respect and love for thinking philosophically, not only because there is so much to think about, but because this approach to education encourages children and helps them develop a voice for themselves. He wants his students to be open to honest thought and significant questions of faith and truth. His practice in teaching is to strive for a “Pedagogy of Asking.” He hopes that his students will learn to think for themselves and have legitimate and rational answers to life’s ultimate questions. The Allens enjoy Manhattan, and we also find ourselves traveling the country and world to stay connected to interesting places and to the interesting lives of our children and their families.

Joel Apol

Joel Apol

High School Social Studies Teacher, Cross Country Coach, Boys' and Girls' Track Coach

Joel Apol

High School Social Studies Teacher, Cross Country Coach, Boys' and Girls' Track Coach

EC Start Date: 1986

Maria-Belen Araneda

Maria-Belen Araneda

High School Mathematics Teacher

Maria-Belen Araneda

High School Mathematics Teacher

EC Start Date: 2016

Education: B.S. - Pure Mathematics, Montclair State University
M.A. - Educational Technology, Framingham State University (expected May 2021)

Bio:

Belen has been teaching for 7 years and has taught both in the middle school and high school setting. Before teaching, she was a web designer and her interest in technology is evident in her teaching style. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Technology and plans to graduate in May 2021. She has also coached girls’ basketball for many years. Belen grew up in NJ and has family nearby. She is currently attending The Plant Church in Mahwah, NJ.

Stephen Bailey

Stephen Bailey

High School Bible Teacher, Indoor Track Head Coach, HS Track Coach

Stephen Bailey

High School Bible Teacher, Indoor Track Head Coach, HS Track Coach

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.A. - Biblical & Theological Studies, Nyack College
M.A. - Ancient Judaism & Christian Origins, Nyack College Graduate Studies (In progress, completed May 2020)

Bio:

Stephen grew up in Milford, CT, is a graduate of Nyack College’s undergraduate school, and a current student of Nyack College graduate program in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins. He is recently married to the wonderful Kelsi Bailey. They currently live in Nyack, NY where they volunteer for the children’s, youth, and worship ministry at The River of the C&MA (Pearl River, NY). Stephen is passionate for biblical literature and understanding the ancient context of the New Testament. To assist his studies, he’s been to Israel for a tour, then for an archeological dig, and he hopes to return soon! In his free time, Stephen loves a good cup of coffee, playing board games, and reading any book written by J.R.R. Tolkien. He is committed to helping the students of Eastern Christian develop a personal love for God while also guiding them in the intricacies of His word. You can find Stephen teaching the Bible or helping coach Track & Field at ECHS.

Karyn Baitzel

Karyn Baitzel

Preschool Director & Kindergarten Teacher

Karyn Baitzel

Preschool Director & Kindergarten Teacher

EC Start Date: 2004

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education (K-8), Eastern University
M.A. - Teaching & Learning: Early Childhood Education, Liberty University

Janyce Bandstra

Janyce Bandstra

Database Assistant

Janyce Bandstra

Database Assistant

EC Start Date: 1987

Bio:

Janyce is married to Gerald and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Janyce was on the Eastern Christian Board during the late 80’s and desired to work in the school she loves. So in 1986 she became the Director of Admissions and retired from that position in 2008. Retirement was not for her so she came back to EC to work in the Foundation Office as a part-time database operator.

Jill Battle

Jill Battle

Grade 1 Teacher

Jill Battle

Grade 1 Teacher

EC Start Date: 2016

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education (K-5), Felician University
B.A. - English Literature, Felician University
M. Ed. - Curriculum and Instruction, American College of Education

Bio:

Jill Battle is thrilled to be teaching First Grade at Eastern Christian Elementary School. Serving her Lord and Savior through Christian Education is one of the most important callings on her life. She is blessed to be married to her wonderful husband, Matt, for 10+ years. They have two daughters, Aubrie and Lindsay, who both attend Eastern Christian. The Battle Family enjoys camping, going to the beach, and caring for their three furry kids Molly, Pete, and Nibbles (dog, cat, and rabbit respectively.) They attend Cornerstone Christian Church and live in Park Ridge, NJ.

Anne Bazanowski

Anne Bazanowski

High School Science Teacher

Anne Bazanowski

High School Science Teacher

EC Start Date: 2008

Education: B.S. - Biology, Muhlenberg College
M.S. - Biology, University of Virginia

Jenna Beverly

Jenna Beverly

Three-Year-Old Preschool Teacher

Jenna BeverlyEC Graduate 2005

Three-Year-Old Preschool Teacher

EC Start Date: 2009

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education (K-8), Calvin College

Josh Bini

Josh Bini

High School Boys Assistant Baseball Coach

Sarah Binkele

Sarah Binkele

High School Office Manager

Sarah Binkele

High School Office Manager

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: A.A.S. - Occupational Therapy, SUNY, Rockland Community College,
B.S. - Organizational Management, Nyack College (In Process)

Sue Boonstra

Sue Boonstra

Kindergarten Instructional Aide, Bus Driver & Bus Safety Educator

Sue BoonstraEC Graduate 1981

Kindergarten Instructional Aide, Bus Driver & Bus Safety Educator

EC Start Date: 1998

Education: A.A.S. - Bergen Community College

Bio:

Sue is the wife of David Boonstra also an alumni of Eastern Christian. They have three children that have also attended Eastern Christian, which has influenced their choices into their adulthood. Sue attends Unity CRC she spends a lot of time with the GEMS girls club as their club coordinator. Sue and her family like to be outdoors, camping, hiking, and playing with their dogs. Sue wears many hats, she drives a bus and aides in the kindergarten of Eastern Christian. Sue loves children and encourages a positive attitude. In addition to this already full time job, Sue has her own floral design business.

Jeff Botbyl

Jeff Botbyl

Director of Operations & Security

Jeff BotbylEC Graduate

Director of Operations & Security

EC Start Date: 2014

Bio:

One year after graduating from Eastern Christian School, Jeff was hired by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Dept. He found his passion in riding motorcycles and was assigned to the motorcycle unit for the majority of his career. After 26 years of service he retired as a Lieutenant and Master Instructor for Police Motorcycle Operation. Over the years Jeff remained involved at Eastern Christian coaching Softball, Soccer and Baseball. After his career in Law Enforcement he came back to EC and is now the Director of Operations and School Security. A great haircut sparked an interest in a beautician named Leida and since then their children are alumni of Eastern Christian. Ganelle (‘01), Matthew (‘12), Alyssa (‘17). School is not a place for students to feel afraid. So come to EC and have fun while learning. We are working very hard to create a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors.

Liesl Botbyl

Liesl Botbyl

Grade 7 and 8 Science Teacher

Liesl BotbylEC Graduate 1993

Grade 7 and 8 Science Teacher

EC Start Date: 1998

Education: B.S. - Psychology & Education, William Paterson University
M.S.Ed. - Educational Leadership, University of New England

Bio:

Liesl is wife to Paterson Police Detective Rick Botbyl and Mother of Greta and Elizabeth (and even dog Bosco). When telling people her career of choice there is always a cringe-like reaction greeted by Liesl’s “but I wouldn’t want to spend my day with anyone else!” She loves dreaming about what is going to help our students be better learners and even better keepers of God’s world. The next best thing to teaching would be anything involving reading, baking, and being outdoors enjoying nature.

Sandra Bottge

Sandra Bottge

Elementary School Principal

Sandra BottgeEC Graduate 1986

Elementary School Principal

EC Start Date: 1990

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education, Messiah College
A.A. - Media Specialist, Montclair State University
M.A. - Educational Leadership, Dordt College

Bio:

Sandy was born in Wyckoff, NJ and attended Eastern Christian from kindergarten through high school. After graduating from Messiah College in 1990, Sandy returned to EC where she taught kindergarten, 3rd grade, art, library and computers before becoming an administrator. Sandy is passionate about education and sharing her faith with children. Sandy and her husband, Rob, have two children. Matthew is a college student studying criminal justice. Kevin is a special needs child. Rob and Sandy continue to trust in the Lord as they experience the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs. Rob and Sandy attend Cornerstone Christian Church in Wyckoff.

Emily Bradley

Emily Bradley

Grade 8 Math Teacher

Emily Bradley

Grade 8 Math Teacher

EC Start Date: 2019

Bio:

Emily is excited to be at EC teaching 8th grade math! She grew up in the Albany area of New York and has lived in Rochester for the last four years where she taught high school math. When she’s not teaching, she can be found outside hiking, biking, or reading a good book in her hammock.

Dave Brain

Dave Brain

Maintenance Assistant

Dave Brain

Maintenance Assistant

EC Start Date: 2019

Naomi Braunius

Naomi Braunius

Middle School Educational Support Services

Naomi BrauniusEC Graduate 1996

Middle School Educational Support Services

EC Start Date: 2000

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education, Messiah College

Bio:

The way students learn and giving access to all students for that opportunity to access knowledge is what makes Naomi passionate about teaching. She remembers teachers at Eastern Christian who made that possible for her, and knew from a very young age that she wanted to teach. Teaching middle school students is by far her favorite! When she is not in the classroom or learning herself, Naomi is with her husband Matt (also a graduate of EC) and her two teenage daughters, Jennifer and Kirsten. They love being in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in NY all seasons of the year where they snowmobile, paddle board, hike, boat, swim and spend time with extended family and friends. The Braunius family are active members of Emergence Church in Totowa.

Joyce Breur

Joyce Breur

Grade 7 and 8 English Teacher

Joyce Breur

Grade 7 and 8 English Teacher

EC Start Date: 1996

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education (K-8), Nyack College
M.A. - Inclusive Education, Nyack College

Bio:

Joyce lives with her husband in Oakland, NJ. She loves to read all of the newest books, so she can recommend them to her 7th and 8th grade students. Aside from reading and other hobbies, she mostly enjoys making memories with her family.

Judy Bruinooge

Judy Bruinooge

Director of Transportation

Judy BruinoogeEC Graduate 1976

Director of Transportation

EC Start Date: 2000

Bio:

Judy married her high school sweetheart and together they raised 3 children – all graduates of Eastern Christian School. She is an avid animal lover and enjoys photography. Her father and brother-in-law were EC school bus drivers and they convinced her to get a CDL. She did so in 2000 and continued to drive until she was asked to consider the position of Transportation Director in 2008. To this day, she is still passionate about her job and enjoys being part of the EC Community workforce.

Gail Bushman

Gail Bushman

Bus Driver

Gail Bushman

Bus Driver

EC Start Date: 2012

Marilyn Bushman

Marilyn Bushman

Four-Year-Old Preschool Teacher

Marilyn BushmanEC Graduate 1975

Four-Year-Old Preschool Teacher

EC Start Date: 1995

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education, Calvin College
B.S. - Degree Mentally Impaired & Emotionally Disturbed, Grand Valley State College

Carol Byma

Carol Byma

Grade 4 Teacher

Mildred Cameron

Mildred Cameron

Bus Driver

Mildred Cameron

Bus Driver

EC Start Date: 1997

Laura Carey

Laura Carey

Assistant High School Girls Lacrosse Coach

Cathy Clark

Cathy Clark

Middle and High School Orchestra

Cathy ClarkEC Graduate 1984

Middle and High School Orchestra

EC Start Date: 2000

Education: B.A. - Viola Performance, Montclair State University

Bio:

Cathy Clark, violist/violinist/music educator, began her musical studies at the age of 6 as a participant in the Suzuki Method String Program at Eastern Christian Elementary School under the instruction of Kay Andreas. As a music educator, Mrs. Clark holds the position of Orchestra Director at Eastern Christian Middle School and High School. She also maintains a private music studio where she teaches 20 violin and viola students. Her outstanding career as a dedicated music educator spans over twenty years and virtually every age level, from elementary through college. She continues to inspire young string students with her performance skills and educational knowledge sharing the passion she has for music with them.  Cathy has been married to her husband Mark for 27 years, and together they have two sons, Jeff and Matt, both Eastern Christian graduates.

Ed Connell

Ed Connell

Boys' JV Basketball

Bruce Cooper

Bruce Cooper

Bus Driver

Bruce Cooper

Bus Driver

EC Start Date: 2015

Adam Culp

Adam Culp

High School Bible Teacher, Middle School Boys' Basketball Coach, Girls' Varsity Tennis Coach

Adam CulpEC Graduate 1997

High School Bible Teacher, Middle School Boys' Basketball Coach, Girls' Varsity Tennis Coach

EC Start Date: 2001

Education: Health and Physical Education, Messiah College
Reformed Theological Seminary - Continuing Education

Bio:

Adam and his wife Kate live with their three boys in Ringwood, NJ. He enjoys biblical theology, outdoor activities, music, sports, and exploring the world with his family. The Culps attends All Souls Community Church, where Adam helps lead the boys Brigade program. His interest in theology has led him to continue his studies at Reformed Theological Seminary.

Cheryl Cusack

Cheryl Cusack

Girls' Assistant Varsity Softball

Peter Damsma

Peter Damsma

Bus Maintenance

Melanie Davies

Melanie Davies

Grant Writer

Melanie Davies

Grant Writer

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.S. - Community Health/Business, Liberty University
M.S. - Wellness Management, Ball State University

Bio:

Melanie lives in Glen Rock with her husband Peter and two children: Abby and Mark. Melanie is passionate about education and supports Eastern Christian School by researching and writing grants. When she is not working she is busy volunteering with MOPS and helping out in the community. Melanie enjoys the outdoors, going to the gym, running, yard work and organizing/planning projects and activities. The Davies family attends Grace Church in Ridgewood where her husband Peter is an elder.

Sandra De Marco

Sandra De Marco

Host Family Coordinator

Sandra De MarcoEC Graduate 1980

Host Family Coordinator

EC Start Date: 2005

Education: Dover Business College

Bio:

Sandy is happily married to Peter J. De Marco. They have 2 children, Joey (class of 2011) and Morgan (class of 2012) and the most adorable 4 lb. Yorkie named Lanikai. Sandy lives in Lincoln Park, NJ (named one of the top 10 towns in New Jersey). Sandy and her family are hopeful Jet fans and would really like to watch them win the Superbowl. She is passionate about finding loving and caring Christian homes for the international students of EC. Sandy and Pete are members of Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church.

Anna DeJulia

Anna DeJulia

International Student Advisor

Anna DeJulia

International Student Advisor

EC Start Date: 2015

Education: B.S. - Marketing, Rutgers University
M.A. - Teaching, Montclair State University

Bio:

Anna is happily married to Rob DeJulia. They have two kids: Robbie and Cassandra. They have a crazy black pug named Lily who keeps them on their toes! Anna is passionate about working in a Christian ministry and helping her international students adjust and excel at Eastern Christian School. She loves reading, music, piano, and spending time with friends and family. She is grateful to God for this amazing Christian school and her EC family.

Diane DeRooy

Diane DeRooy

High School Nurse

Diane DeRooyEC Graduate 1995

High School Nurse

EC Start Date: 2012

Education: B.S.N - William Paterson University

Thomas Dykhouse

Thomas Dykhouse

Executive Director & Head of School

Thomas DykhouseEC Graduate 1976

Executive Director & Head of School

EC Start Date: 2007

Education: B.A. - Economics, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Program on Leadership for Senior Executives - Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University,
Fellow, Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools, Calvin College

Bio:

Tom is a proud EC alumnus (1976) married to fellow alum, Linda (1977).  They are the parents of Kristin, Mike, and Kim, and proud grandparents to Bryce (EC class of 2034).  Tom joined EC as Head of School in 2007 following a career as an international reinsurance broker during which time he also served as a member of EC’s Board of Directors.  In addition to providing leadership to EC, he serves as chair of the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management at Calvin College and the Pension and Benefit Board of Christian Schools International, and as a trustee of the Christian Health Care Center.  In his spare time he enjoys reading and travel.  Tom and Linda are members of Faith Community Church in Wyckoff.

Ryan Dykstra

Ryan Dykstra

High School English Teacher, Boys' Varsity Tennis Assistant Coach

Ryan DykstraEC Graduate 2010

High School English Teacher, Boys' Varsity Tennis Assistant Coach

EC Start Date: 2015

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

Lisa Dykstra

Lisa Dykstra

Three-Year-Old Preschool Aide

Lisa Dykstra

Three-Year-Old Preschool Aide

EC Start Date: 2005

Todd Elder

Todd Elder

High School Science Teacher

Todd Elder

High School Science Teacher

EC Start Date: 2016

Education: B.S. - Chemistry, Wheaton College
M.S. - Chemistry, University of Kentucky
Ph.D. - Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kentucky

Bio:

Todd is married and has one son. Due to Todd’s ever inquisitive nature in the sciences and his passion with working with teens, Todd joined ECHS as a volunteer for the STEAM program and has since joined the Science department as a chemistry teacher. When not doing “science stuff”, Todd enjoys bicycling with his wife and pretending to be a chef in the kitchen. The Elder family attends The Chapel in Lincoln Park.

Alisa Engelhard

Alisa Engelhard

High School Educational Support Services

Alisa Engelhard

High School Educational Support Services

EC Start Date: 2005

Education: B.A. - Business, Psychology, Education, & Special Education, Calvin College
M.A. - Childhood Special Education, Montclair State University

Bio:

Alisa’s three passions are: sharing Jesus’ love, racial reconciliation, and helping students learn. Eastern Christian provides the opportunity to do all three every day. It is such a blessing to share with students that God doesn’t make mistakes, so when we struggle in school, we have confidence that we are each made in His image and perfectly designed for a kingdom calling. Her church, Madison Avenue Christian Reformed, would welcome you anytime!

Kathy Faasse

Kathy Faasse

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Kathy Faasse

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

EC Start Date: 1991

Sherri Faber

Sherri Faber

Elementary School Nurse

Sherri Faber

Elementary School Nurse

EC Start Date: 2019

Mary Faber

Mary Faber

Middle School Vice Principal

Mary FaberEC Graduate 1977

Middle School Vice Principal

EC Start Date: 1989

Education: B.S. - Physical Education, Gordon College
M.A. - CSI Principal's Institute M.A. Teacher Certification Physical Education & Health K - 12

Bio:

Mary was born and raised in NJ and attended Eastern Christian School, K-12. After teaching and coaching at Gordon College for 5 years, Mary was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to NJ and ECS as a PE and Health teacher. Mary thoroughly loves working with, teaching, and guiding upper elementary and middle school aged children. Mary has 2 daughters: Allison is a first grade teacher and resides in Arizona with her husband. Rachel is a nurse and lives close by in NJ. In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading a good book, baking, and staying active.

Rob Flim

Rob Flim

Middle School and High School Band, Grades 2-4 General Music Teacher

Rob Flim

Middle School and High School Band, Grades 2-4 General Music Teacher

EC Start Date: 2009

Education: B.A. - Music Education, Calvin College

Bio:

Rob began his professional music career after graduating Calvin College. After teaching for 3 years in a small school in Montana, Rob and his wife Cindy (also currently a teacher at EC) moved back to New Jersey where they raised their 4 children, all graduating from Eastern Christian School. Rob left teaching to work in the business world for several years however his passion for teaching music was reignited and he joined the EC faculty in 2009. Being raised on a farm in Canada, Rob loves the outdoors and spends much of his free time hiking, kayaking, and being out in the yard.

Cindy Flim

Cindy Flim

Grade 7 and 8 Mathematics Teacher

Cindy FlimEC Graduate 1982

Grade 7 and 8 Mathematics Teacher

EC Start Date: 2001

Education: B.A. - Mathematics, William Paterson University
B.A. - Criminal Justice, Calvin College
Certificate in Paralegal Training (Litigation) - Institute of Paralegal Training

Bio:

Cindy was born and raised in New Jersey. She moved to Michigan and Montana before coming back to New Jersey to raise her family. She is happily married to Rob Flim. They have four children, Rebecca, Rachel, Michael, and Hannah, all of whom graduated from Eastern Christian. Her outside interests include cooking, gardening, biking, camping, and going to the gym. Cindy and Rob attend Faith Community CRC.

Benjamin Fuller

Benjamin Fuller

College & Career Counselor, Varsity Boys' Basketball

Benjamin Fuller

College & Career Counselor, Varsity Boys' Basketball

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.S. - Education. Cairn University
B.S. - Bible, Cairn University
M.S. - Educational Administration, Lamar University

Bio:

Ben lives in Pompton Lakes with his wife and two kids, Owen and Lucy. Some of his hobbies and interests include volleyball, basketball, stand-up paddle boarding, theology, traveling, podcasts, and Chick-fil-A. Ben was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He enjoys being a resource and guide for students as they navigate their post-secondary plans. The Fuller’s attend Grace Redeemer Church.

Katie Gabriele

Katie Gabriele

Assistant Girls' Soccer Coach

Geraldine Gallagher

Geraldine Gallagher

Business Office Assistant

Geraldine Gallagher

Business Office Assistant

EC Start Date: 2002

Bio:

Geraldine is happily married to Dominic Gallagher. They have two girls who are both married, and have a grandson and granddaughter (and another grandson on the way). Geraldine enjoys helping families with any billing questions they may have. When not in the office Geraldine can usually be found back in her homeland (Northern Ireland) visiting with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.

The Gallagher family attend Emergence Church (Glen Rock Campus).

Leah Genuario

Leah Genuario

High School Journalism and Yearbook Teacher

Leah GenuarioEC Graduate 1997

High School Journalism and 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.

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.

Rudi Gesch

Rudi Gesch

Director of Marketing & Enrollment Management, Boys Varsity Soccer Coach

Rudi Gesch

Director of Marketing & Enrollment Management, Boys Varsity Soccer Coach

EC Start Date: 2014

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education, Trinity Christian College
M.B.A. - University of Phoenix

Bio:

Rudi is happily married to the lovely Stephanie Gesch. They have three kids: Sawyer, Xander, and Arlo. The Gesch family also has a Boxer named Duke. Rudi is passionate about growing the mission of Eastern Christian School by helping new families join our amazing Christian School community. When he’s not on campus tours or admissions events, you’ll see Rudi coaching the boys varsity soccer team or announcing basketball games & Robot Fight Night. Rudi was born in NJ (his parents taught at EC), but grew up in Wisconsin. He’s been on the Green Bay Packers season ticket waiting list since he was 8 years old. The Gesch family attends Restore Church.

Megan Glanzman

Megan Glanzman

Grade 2 Teacher

Megan Glanzman

Grade 2 Teacher

EC Start Date: 2019

Education: B.S. - Childhood Education-History, and Special Education, Molloy College in Rockville Centre N.Y.

Bio:

Megan is happily married to her husband, Jason, for 8 years. Megan and Jason both grew up in New York but moved to Florida in 2014. They recently relocated to New Jersey and are excited to be “back up North”. The Lord has given Megan a passion for educating students, helping each student realize their gifts and talents, and she is excited to continue with this calling at Eastern Christian Elementary School. Megan and Jason enjoy sports, game nights, and exploring new places. Megan especially loves playing word games. They attend Cornerstone Christian Church in Wyckoff.

Luis Gomez

Luis Gomez

Board of Directors Member (Term ends 2022)

Steven Gorter

Steven Gorter

Board Advisor

Laura Gorter

Laura Gorter

Middle School Nurse

Laura GorterEC Graduate 1985

Middle School Nurse

EC Start Date: 2007

Education: B.S. - Biology, Calvin College
B.S.N. - William Paterson University

Bio:

Laura is married to Steve, also an Eastern Christian grad, and they have had 4 children, all of whom went to Eastern Christian Schools. She enjoys being the school nurse for the middle school students, having started working for ECMS when 2 of her own children were in middle school. Her grown children tell her she is the school Mom/Nurse. Outside of school, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, walking, reading and taking care of her granddaughter whenever she can. She and her husband worship at Midland Park Christian Reformed Church where she teaches Sunday School and Children’s worship.

Max Harvell

Max Harvell

High School Physical Education Teacher, Boys' Varsity Baseball, Boys' JV Basketball, Boys' JV Soccer

Max Harvell

High School Physical Education Teacher, Boys' Varsity Baseball, Boys' JV Basketball, Boys' JV Soccer

EC Start Date: 2015

Education: B.A. - Physical Education & Wellness Education, Lee University
NJIC Drivers Education Certification

Lauren Harvey

Lauren Harvey

Grade 3 Teacher

Lauren HarveyEC Graduate 2003

Grade 3 Teacher

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education, Nyack College

Bio:

Lauren is excited to be a part of the EC family where she can help her students experience God’s love and embrace EC’s Core Values as they pursue the character of Christ. Lauren is happily married to her husband of 10 years. She has a toddler who is always running and keeping her busy as well as entertained. Lauren and her husband are excited for the Fall as their family grows bigger with a little one on the way. Lauren enjoys all sports, but specifically, the Yankees and Steelers are her favorite teams. Lauren and her husband have a goal to visit every major league baseball stadium. They have currently visited 12 out of a total of 30 stadiums. Lauren also loves spending time at the beach with her family or playing outdoor games with friends. Lauren attends Cornerstone Christian Church.

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.

Sara Heerema

Sara Heerema

Elementary and Middle School Student Assistance Counselor

Sara HeeremaEC Graduate 1994

Elementary and Middle School Student Assistance Counselor

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.S.W. - Calvin College
M.S.W. - Kean University

Bio:

Sara lives in North Haledon with her husband, fellow EC alum Michael Heerema and their two children, Aiden and Maggie. They are active members at Cedar Hill CRC where Sara is a worship planner, sings on the praise team, and is involved in the GEMS club. Her family shares a love of movies, books, and traveling.

Nancy Hemrick

Nancy Hemrick

Records Management Assistant

Nancy HemrickEC Graduate 1976

Records Management Assistant

EC Start Date: 1990

Education: North Eastern Bible College

Bio:

Nancy was born and grew up in New Jersey. For the past 29 years she has work for Eastern Christian School. Previously Nancy was employed by The Pocket Testament League – a worldwide mission organization concentrating on the distribution of the Gospel of John via national evangelists. As a result Nancy has been blessed to see much of the world! For the past 25 years Nancy has been happily married to John Hemrick. The Hemrick’s are involved with the Grace OPC in reaching Fair Lawn and beyond for Christ. Together they are renovating their 100+ year old farm house and cheering on the Boston Red Sox.

Everett Henderson

Everett Henderson

Grade 6 Math and Science Teacher

Everett Henderson

Grade 6 Math and Science Teacher

EC Start Date: 1999

Education: B.A. - Art, William Paterson University
Post Baccalaureate Elementary Education, William Paterson University

Ruth Henion

Ruth Henion

Transitional Kindergarten Instructional Aide, Before School Care

Ruth HenionEC Graduate 1976

Transitional Kindergarten Instructional Aide, Before School Care

EC Start Date: 1994

Lindsay Hoffman

Lindsay Hoffman

Head Track Coach, Assistant Cross Country Coach, Assistant Indoor Track Coach

Lindsay Hoffman

Head Track Coach, Assistant Cross Country Coach, Assistant Indoor Track Coach

EC Start Date: 2014

Education: B.A. - English, Monmouth University
B.A. - Education, Monmouth University

Cory Hoffman

Cory Hoffman

Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach, MS Boys Soccer Coach

Donna Holly

Donna Holly

Kindergarten Teacher

Donna Holly

Kindergarten Teacher

EC Start Date: 1997

Education: A.A. - Human Services, Mt. Wachusett Community College
B.S. - Education Worcester State College

Bio:

Donna knew her life’s calling was to be a teacher since she was a student herself in first grade at a christian school in Cambridge, MA. She has delighted in teaching early childhood education her entire career. Outside of the classroom Donna takes pleasure being among God’s creation when she visits national parks, goes hiking, birdwatching, camping, walks on the beach or during snowstorms. At home she likes relaxing with friends and family, a good book, or at her easel painting and listening to music. Donna is a member of the local Covenant Church, has been married thirty-two years and has one son and a daughter-in-law.

Steffanie Honore

Steffanie Honore

Varsity Volleyball Coach

Donna Hoogerhyde

Donna Hoogerhyde

Grade 4 Teacher

Donna HoogerhydeEC Graduate 1978

Grade 4 Teacher

EC Start Date: 2001

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education, Calvin College

Bio:

Donna has been married to her husband, Kevin, for over 30 years. They have two daughters, Joan and Jessica. In July 2019, Donna will be gaining a son-in-law, Joshua. Donna is committed to Christian education and has been teaching at Eastern Christian for almost 20 years. Her daughters were the fourth generation in her family to attend Eastern Christian. Donna and Kevin are avid cyclists and have taken many self-supported cycling trips around the country.

Kristen Intlekofer

Kristen Intlekofer

Extended Learning Program Assistant

Kristen Intlekofer

Extended Learning Program Assistant

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.A. - English Language & Literature, University of Maryland

David Intlekofer

David Intlekofer

High School Principal

David Intlekofer

High School Principal

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.A. - Philosophy & Classical Studies, University of Maryland
M.A. - Education--Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership, Loyola University Maryland

Bio:

Dave and his wife, Kristen, are originally from Maryland and attended a Christian school very similar to EC. They have one son, who loves going to Eastern Christian Preschool. Dave has been in Christian education his whole career, with 10 years as a teacher before becoming an administrator in 2013. He has experience working with all ages of students–from infants through seniors–but loves high school the best. The Intlekofer family attends Cornerstone Christian Church.

Mark Jacobus

Mark Jacobus

Consultant

Mark Jacobus

Consultant

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.S. - Psychology, Ramapo College
M.A. - Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics, Montclair State
M.S. - Pure & Applied Math, Montclair University
M.S. - Education Administration, Kean Univesity.

Carrie Johnson

Carrie Johnson

High School Educational Support Services

Carrie JohnsonEC Graduate 1992

High School Educational Support Services

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: M.P.S. - Spiritual Formation, Alliance Seminary
B.S. - Elementary Education & Psychology, Gordon College

Bio:

The great joy of Carrie’s life is walking alongside others into deeper relationship with Jesus. She finds ample opportunity to do this in her role as special education teacher at ECHS. Carrie is married to Michael Johnson – a local pastor. They are quickly approaching their 25th wedding anniversary! Carrie has 3 children – one at Messiah College, one starting college in August 2019 (at her and Michael’s alma mater – Gordon College!) and a third beginning high school in the Fall of 2019.

Nancy Johnston

Nancy Johnston

Kindergarten Teacher

Nancy Johnston

Kindergarten Teacher

EC Start Date: 1999

Education: B.S. - Human Resources & Early Childhood Education, University of Delaware

David Joustra

David Joustra

Custodian

David Joustra

Custodian

EC Start Date: 1995

Heidi Kabot

Heidi Kabot

Elementary School Librarian

Heidi KabotEC Graduate 2001

Elementary School Librarian

EC Start Date: 2019

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education and University of Pittsburgh
MLIS - University of Pittsburgh

Bio:

Heidi and her husband Bryan live with their three children in Midland Park. She enjoys sports, outdoor activities, traveling, and having fun, spontaneous adventures with her family. The Kabots attend Grace Church where Heidi is involved in children’s ministry and coordinates the Mothers of Preschoolers program. She is excited to share her love of books and reading with students at ECES.

Esther Kim

Esther Kim

High School Mathematics Teacher

Esther Kim

High School Mathematics Teacher

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.A. - Economics, Columbia University
M.A. - Secondary Mathematics, Teachers College, Columbia University

Bio:

Esther is born in Korea and came to the States as an international student. She has a husband and two children in the family. Her children, Timothy and Jamie, are attending EC. Kim’s family also has a puppy name Hope, and they are hoping that one day Hope would be able to potty trained and do some tricks.

Esther loves to paint and listen to music when she gets a chance. Timothy and Jamie enjoy archery, and they compete nationally.

Esther is grateful for EC, where teachers teach students with mission and love in their heart. She is happy to teach and send her children to EC.

Kelly King

Kelly King

Grade 2 Teacher

Kelly King

Grade 2 Teacher

EC Start Date: 2005

Meredith Kohlbrenner

Meredith Kohlbrenner

Elementary School Horizons Teacher and Media Specialist

Meredith KohlbrennerEC Graduate 2003

Elementary School Horizons Teacher and Media 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.

Kathy Kooistra

Kathy Kooistra

Kindergarten Instructional Aide

Kathy Kooistra

Kindergarten Instructional Aide

EC Start Date: 1990

Education: B.A. - Early Childhood & Elementary Education, William Paterson University

Suzanne Kraai

Suzanne Kraai

Director of Extended Learning, Service Learning Coordinator

Suzanne KraaiEC Graduate 2005

Director of Extended Learning, Service Learning Coordinator

EC Start Date: 2010

Education: B.A. - Theatre, Baylor University
M.S. - Educational Administration, The University of Scranton

Bio:

Suzanne is an energetic, creative, and organized team member at ECSA. She has served in a variety of roles over the years, including Humanities and CP English teacher, HS Musical Theater and Choral Director, and MS Choral Director. Currently she works in Extended Learning, which coordinates programs such as Before and After School Care and Clubs Pk-6th grade, Service Learning Pk-12th grade, Camps Pk-8th grade, Early College program development, and several cultural exchange and short-term international programs. She and her husband own a small business in Warwick, NY, and are proud parents to a 3-year old son and a daughter on the way.

Suzanne met her husband in the hallways of ECHS upon transferring mid-way through HS; her heart and passion for serving this transformative institution, most recently through financial means to support its core educational mission, is deep seeded. With a passion for new challenges and program development, she’s grateful for the opportunity to continue learning and growing as a member of the EC family, no matter what hat she’s wearing!

Ruth Kuder

Ruth Kuder

Chief Education Officer

Ruth KuderEC Graduate 1984

Chief Education Officer

EC Start Date: 1990

Education: B.A. - History & English, Wheaton College
M.S. - Education Administration, University of Scranton
Ed.D. - Vanderbilt University (In Progress)

Bio:

Ruth has served in a variety of roles at Eastern Christian since 1990 including teacher, dean, international program director, and high school principal. Prior to serving at her alma mater, she worked in Latin America, as a writer for Food for the Hungry International. Ruth, and her husband, Rich, have five children, all of whom have graduated from Eastern Christian School.

Laura Kuehlke

Laura Kuehlke

Grade 7 and 8 Writing Teacher

Laura Kuehlke

Grade 7 and 8 Writing Teacher

EC Start Date: 2003

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education & English Literature, Caldwell College

Bio:

Laura is married and has one child who attends Eastern Christian. As an avid reader and writer, she is passionate about helping her students develop their own voices in writing. After school, she hosts a weekly writing group devoted to giving students opportunities to work toward publication in journals and contests.

Nicholas Kuiken

Nicholas Kuiken

Board of Directors President (Term ends 2020)

Nicholas Kuiken

Board of Directors President (Term ends 2020)

Laurie Kuipers

Laurie Kuipers

Middle School Choir Director & Instructional Aide

Laurie Kuipers

Middle School Choir Director & Instructional Aide

EC Start Date: 1995-98 & 2014

Education: B.M. - Classical Music, William Paterson University

Bio:

Laurie’s career path has always centered around the Bible, music and education, leading to volunteer opportunities in worship ministry and professional teaching in general music, choir directing, elementary education, and middle school Bible. She graduated as a music performance major at William Paterson University and, as a life-long learner, has taken coursework at Teachers College/Columbia University and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Teaching Bible literacy is her passion, and she is humbled that God would use her at Eastern Christian where she can pour herself into Bible study and have it overflow into her teaching. Laurie and her husband Rich Kuipers have been married for over 20 years and they have three children: Elisabeth, Anneliese, and Benjamin. The Kuipers reside in North Haledon and attend Restore Church.

Cathy Lagerveld

Cathy Lagerveld

International Enrollment Coordinator

Cathy LagerveldEC Graduate 1974

International Enrollment Coordinator

EC Start Date: 1994

Education: The Berkeley School

Catherine Lang

Catherine Lang

Student Services Assistant - College & Career Office

Catherine Lang

Student Services Assistant - College & Career Office

EC Start Date: 2019

Education: B.A. - Psychology, Nyack College

Bio:

Catherine is married to her adventuring partner Jon Lang. The couple loves traveling together, trying new foods and finding amazing coffee shops. In her spare time Catherine enjoys working on home improvement projects, hand lettering, and playing music. She is the Worship Coordinator at her church, The River. Catherine is passionate about working with young people and investing in their lives. She is excited to have the opportunity to help work with EC students as they prepare to embark on their next adventure post-high school.

Daniel Lazor

Daniel Lazor

Middle School Principal

Daniel Lazor

Middle School Principal

EC Start Date: 2015

Education: B.S. - Cornell University
M.A.T. - Fordham University
M.Ed. - Clarks Summit University
Ph.D. - Columbia International University (In Progress)

Bio:

Dan is married to his best friend Michelle Lazor. Together they have nine children: Isabelle, Danny, Manny, Nora, Karina, Lucy, Judah, and twins Addie and Andy. The Lazor family’s most meaningful experience was spending nine years serving with an International Christian School in Seoul, South Korea – an experience that has shaped Dan’s and his family’s outlook on many aspects of life and faith. Dan is originally from Scranton, PA, but to answer your question, no, he never worked at Dunder Mifflin. He is a huge sports fan, having played on athletic teams from the age of 5 through 19, and enjoys running now. His favorite teams are the ones his kids are playing on (and of course, EC!). The Lazors attend Emergence Church in Glen Rock.

Richard Lee

Richard Lee

Board of Directors Member (Term ends 2021)

Richard Lee

Board of Directors Member (Term ends 2021)

Dwayne Leegwater

Dwayne Leegwater

Board of Directors Member (Term ends 2020)

Manuela Lindemulder

Manuela Lindemulder

High School World Languages Teacher

Manuela Lindemulder

High School World Languages Teacher

EC Start Date: 1978

Education: B.A. - French, Marist College

Louis Lotito

Louis Lotito

Varsity and JV Girls' Basketball

Snehal Mackwan

Snehal Mackwan

Middle School Science Teacher

Snehal Mackwan

Middle School Science Teacher

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.S. - Physics, St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad, India

Melissa Macy

Melissa Macy

Preschool and Elementary School General Music Teacher and Elementary School Strings Teacher

Melissa MacyEC Graduate 1999

Preschool and Elementary School General Music Teacher and Elementary School Strings Teacher

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.M. - Violin Performance/Music Education - Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
M.M. - Violin Performance, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music

Bio:

After completing her formal education, Melissa spent five years as an orchestra director in a local public school district. She has also worked with groups such as the Ridgewood Festival of Strings and the Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra as a conductor and sectional leader. Melissa also continues to perform as a chamber musician and has been a violin soloist with the Hawthorne Symphony Orchestra, and the Adelphi Orchestra. She is the first violinist of a professional string quartet. Melissa has 3 children in Eastern Christian, and is humbled to contribute to the excellent education they receive there. She hopes that her students will deepen their worship to the Lord in song as they grow in their understanding of music.

Scott Martin

Scott Martin

Board of Directors Vice President (Term ends 2021)

Dan Martin

Dan Martin

Bus Driver

Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin

Grade 1 Instructional Aide

Nancy MartinEC Graduate 1987

Grade 1 Instructional Aide

EC Start Date: 2006

Education: B.S. - Early Childhood Education, Gordon College

Bio:

Nancy is married to Steve Martin, an EC alumni. Both Nancy and Steve have EC alumni in their families. They are parents to two children, Rebecca (EC Class of ’15) and Luke (EC Class of ’20). Nancy enjoys going to work at the Elementary School and helping the first grade teachers give the students a great EC education. She also likes interacting with the students out on the playground, where she can get to know them a little better. When not at school, Nancy likes to relax with a good book. Some of her other favorite things are spending time with her family traveling to Massachusetts to visit Rebecca at college and vacationing in upstate New York. The Martin family attends Cedar Hill Church in Wyckoff.

Christina McGowan

Christina McGowan

Elementary School Educational Support Services

Christina McGowan

Elementary School Educational Support Services

EC Start Date: 2016

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education K-6, Palm Beach Atlantic University
M.Ed. - Inclusive Education (Special Education K-5), Montclair State University

Sofia Mejia

Sofia Mejia

Spanish Teacher

Sofia Mejia

Spanish Teacher

EC Start Date: 2019

Bio:

Sofia lives with her wonderful husband, Scott, in East Rutherford. A native of the Jersey Shore, Sofia moved up north after getting a job in New York City, where she taught for seven years. Sofia and Scott attend Beth Israel Messianic Congregation in Wayne, where they co-lead the prayer ministry. Both Sofia and Scott are Jewish believers, and they have a big heart for Israel. They are passionate about sharing the Jewishness of Jesus and God’s heart for Israel, and they are burdened for their Jewish brethren to see Jesus as He truly is. Currently Scott is studying to become a messianic Rabbi, and he will be ordained in January! Sofia loves working with children and youth, and she could see right away that Eastern Christian is a very special place. She stands in full commitment to the Eastern Christian mission of making God a part of every aspect of our school, and she feels so excited to be a part of a community that is equipping the next generation of the Lord in a Messiah-centered environment, where biblical principles are instilled in students, and where Jesus is presented as He truly is.

Lauren Merkley

Lauren Merkley

Middle School Educational Support Services, Girls' Varsity Softball Coach

Lauren Merkley

Middle School Educational Support Services, Girls' Varsity Softball Coach

EC Start Date: 2016

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education 1-6, Nyack College
B.S. - Early Childhood Education Birth-grade 2, Nyack College
M.Ed. - Special education K-6, Nyack College

Kim Meserole

Kim Meserole

Middle School Girls Soccer Coach

Beth Milkamp

Beth Milkamp

Assistant Director, Foundation for E.C.S.A

Beth MilkampEC Graduate 1975

Assistant Director, Foundation for E.C.S.A

EC Start Date: 1998

Education: B.A. - Psychology, Calvin College

Bio:

Beth is married to her college sweetheart. They have three boys who are all EC graduates. Beth started her career at EC as TRIP Coordinator, then for many years served as Event Coordinator. She has been in her current position since 2009. Beth is not only thankful for the education she and her sons received at EC, but also thankful she and the boys all have lifelong friendships that began while students here.

Elizabeth Mulcock

Elizabeth Mulcock

After School Program Director

Elizabeth Mulcock

After School Program Director

EC Start Date: 2015

Christi Mulder

Christi Mulder

Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Coach

Jeremy Mulder

Jeremy Mulder

Board of Directors Member (Term ends 2020)

Jane Okma

Jane Okma

High School English Teacher

Jane Okma

High School English Teacher

EC Start Date: 1996

Education: B.A. - Speech/theatre education, Montclair State University
M.A. - Literature, William Paterson University

Sarah Olsen

Sarah Olsen

Grade 3 Teacher

Sarah Olsen

Grade 3 Teacher

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education, Nyack College

Bio:

Sarah is happily married to Erik Olsen. Together they spend a lot of time at Camp-of-the-Woods (where they met), skiing, hiking, and playing sports. The Olsen family attends Calvary Evangelical Free Church. At church, Sarah is a children’s church teacher and craft coordinator. When she’s not in her classroom, Sarah is often spotted wearing Baltimore Orioles’ baseball gear. Sarah was born in Baltimore, MD, but moved to NJ when she got married, which is when she started at EC. Sarah has a passion for Christian education, developing students with a Biblical worldview.

Ernie Pastor

Ernie Pastor

Community Connections Coordinator, HR Specialist and Assistant Board Secretary

Ernie PastorEC Graduate 1995

Community Connections Coordinator, HR Specialist and Assistant Board Secretary

EC Start Date: 2016

Education: B.A. - American Studies, Ramapo College

Bio:

Ernie is happily married to Sarah and they have two kids: Noah and Jonah. The Pastor family has two dogs – Jake and Olive and a cat Mimi. Ernie attended EC having graduated in 1995 and has lived in northern New Jersey his entire life. In the years between his graduation and his return to EC in 2017 as an employee Ernie worked as Human Resources professional in corporate America for 20 years. Although Ernie spent 20 years away from EC his passion for the school never left him and he eagerly enrolled his boys as soon as they were old enough to attend. Ernie loves music and art and is a lifelong Titanic buff. The Pastor family attends Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Julie Patel

Julie Patel

Board of Directors Member (Term ends 2021)

Amanda Post

Amanda Post

High School Science Teacher

Amanda Post

High School Science Teacher

EC Start Date: 2002

Education: B.S. - Biology/Environmental Studies, Calvin College

Christin Reinmuth

Christin Reinmuth

Foundation Office – Events Coordinator

Christin Reinmuth

Foundation Office – Events Coordinator

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.S. - Child & Family Services, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Bio:

Christin grew up in Suffern, NY, the middle child of three girls. As a kid she was always outdoors hiking or playing sports. She played softball and tennis throughout high school, and pitched at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

Her greatest love from the time she was little was Jesus! God gave her the gift of a Christian mom and grandma, and they instilled that loving relationship in her since before she can remember. Her relationship with God shaped and sustained her in everything she did in school and in sports. It has continued to be her number one passion as she and her husband minister together at All Souls Community Church in Suffern.

She has been married for 19 years to her best friend, Will, and they have three fantastic kids, Eva, Liam, and Noah, who are thrilled to be part of the EC community!

Mark Reitsma

Mark Reitsma

Board of Directors Treasurer (Term ends 2020)

Ray Roberts

Ray Roberts

Bus Driver

Ray Roberts

Bus Driver

EC Start Date: 1982

Marchelle Roniet

Marchelle Roniet

High School Social Studies Teacher

Marchelle Roniet

High School Social Studies Teacher

EC Start Date: 2016

Lynn Roukema

Lynn Roukema

Preschool Instructional Aide

Lynn RoukemaEC Graduate 1977

Preschool Instructional Aide

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: A.A.S. - Early Childhood Education, Bergen Community College

Bio:

Lynn is happily married to Kevin Roukema. They have 2 children (Karyn and Bret). They also enjoy their 4 (so far) grandchildren. Lynn, Kevin and both of their children have graduated from EC. Lynn enjoys working with the children at Eastern Christian School. Lynn likes to travel, and she and her husband enjoy exploring wine trails and the surrounding areas. Lynn is very active in New Life Ministries Christian Reformed Church.

Kristen Rudd

Kristen Rudd

High School Mathematics Teacher

Kristen Rudd

High School Mathematics Teacher

EC Start Date: 2013

Education: B.S. in Mathematics, Grove City College

Bio:

While she may not be an alumni of Eastern Christian, Kristen’s husband grew up attending, which is how she first came to know about the school. She grew up in Central Pennsylvania and found that EC’s mission for its students was well worth making the move. She and her family attend Grace Church. When she’s not running around after her one year-old son, she enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, and trying out new recipes. She is also part of the STEAM program and the EC Robotics Club. One of her summer goals is to teach her son that the sequence of positive integers goes, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5…” instead of “2… 5!”.

Ruth Rudd

Ruth Rudd

High School Library Media Specialist and Technology Coach

Ruth Rudd

High School Library Media Specialist and Technology Coach

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.

Ralph Rypkema

Ralph Rypkema

Substitute Bus Driver

Ralph Rypkema

Substitute Bus Driver

EC Start Date: 2011

Rebekah Sankey

Rebekah Sankey

High School English Teacher and Supervisor of Instruction

Rebekah Sankey

High School English Teacher and Supervisor of Instruction

EC Start Date: 2012

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education, The College of New Jersey
B.S. - English, The College of New Jersey
M.F.A. - Poetry, Sarah Lawrence College
Montclair State University (post-graduate)

Bio:

Rebekah’s family has been part of the Eastern Christian School community since the 1930s. She has taught in public and private elementary, middle, and high schools in NJ and New England. Rebekah serves as a core leader and worship director at Resting Place House of Prayer. She is passionate about seeing young people pursue God-given purpose. Rebekah’s unscheduled hours are full of beautiful books, places, and people, and as much sunshine as she can possibly soak up.

Janet Santhouse

Janet Santhouse

Four-Year-Old Preschool Instructional Aide

Janet Santhouse

Four-Year-Old Preschool Instructional Aide

EC Start Date: 1995

Joan Santoro

Joan Santoro

Middle School Office Manager

Joan Santoro

Middle School Office Manager

EC Start Date: 2017

Christina Schwab

Christina Schwab

Freshman and Sophomore Dean, High School Math Teacher

Christina Schwab

Freshman and Sophomore Dean, High School Math Teacher

EC Start Date: 2006

Education: B.S. - Elementary Education, Evangel University
M.A. - Administration & Supervision, Montclair State University

Bio:

Tina is newly married to JD Schwab. JD and Tina reside in Hawthorne with their adorable yellow lab named Jersey. Tina works as the Dean of Students for the 9th and 10th grade where she can use her passion for helping students to make good decisions, to love God and to love who God created them to be. Tina also spends time in the classroom teaching Algebra. JD and Tina are part of the congregation at Church at Bergen located in Paramus.

Teresa Sippel

Teresa Sippel

Grade 5 Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

Teresa Sippel

Grade 5 Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.A. - Elementary (K-6) Education, Warner University

Ben Spoelstra

Ben Spoelstra

Sr. Technology Specialist & Media Specialist

Ben SpoelstraEC Graduate 2007

Sr. Technology Specialist & Media Specialist

EC Start Date: 2018

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

Sharon Spoelstra

Sharon Spoelstra

TRIP Coordinator/Foundation Assistant

Sharon SpoelstraEC Graduate 1981

TRIP Coordinator/Foundation Assistant

EC Start Date: 2013

Education: Berkeley School, Ridgewood NJ

Seth Stadtlander

Seth Stadtlander

Assistant Athletic Director, High School Mathematics Teacher, Girls' Varsity Soccer Coach, Boys' Freshman Basketball Coach, Varsity Golf Coach

Seth StadtlanderEC Graduate 2013

Assistant Athletic Director, High School Mathematics Teacher, Girls' Varsity Soccer Coach, Boys' Freshman Basketball Coach, Varsity Golf Coach

EC Start Date: 2016

Education: A.S. - Mathematics, Pasaaic County Community College
B.S. - Education, Montclair State University
B.S. - Mathematics, Montclair State University

Bio:

Seth, a graduate of Eastern Christian, is proud to say that his greatest accomplishment while a student at the high school was meeting his high school sweetheart and now wife, Taylor. Taylor, an LSW who works at the Christian Health Care Center, graduated from EC in 2015 and from Ramapo College’s Master of Social Work program in 2019. They both enjoy hiking, camping, and playing sports in their free time. Seth, who graduated from Montclair State through the NJ Stars Program, is currently working towards his Masters in Educational Leadership. If not in the math classroom, you can find him in the Athletic’s Office, coaching an array of sports at the High School, or driving a school bus. The Stadtlander’s are members of Emergence Church and live in North Haledon.

Kara Stansel

Kara Stansel

Enrollment Management Assistant

Kara Stansel

Enrollment Management Assistant

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.A. - English, Women's Studies, Skidmore College

Bio:

Kara has been happily married to Tim Stansel for 23 years. They have three children: Kaitlin, currently attending Bucknell University, Carter, a future student of Franklin & Marshall College and Griffin, a proud member of the Class of 2022 of ECHS. When not working in the Enrollment Office, Kara enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering in her community. Kara currently serves as a Deacon on the Consistory of The Community Church of Glen Rock.

Tim Steen

Tim Steen

High School Technology Teacher

Tim Steen

High School Technology Teacher

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.

Shelley Steen

Shelley Steen

Middle School ESL Teacher

Shelley SteenEC Graduate 1987

Middle School ESL Teacher

EC Start Date: 2014

Education: B.A. - Communications/Business Management, Calvin College
M.S. - Speech/Language Pathology, Northeastern University

Bio:

Since completing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Ms. Steen has been working with hundreds of students to improve their English language skills. She has taught internationals from 40 different countries to focus on the areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and pronunciation. After spending many years living and working in other states, Ms Steen is now grateful to circle back to NJ and work at her alma mater.

Kenneth Steenstra

Kenneth Steenstra

Board of Directors Member (Term ends 2021)

Jim Stegink

Jim Stegink

Maintenance Assistant

Jim Stegink

Maintenance Assistant

EC Start Date: 2014

Carolyn Thomas

Carolyn Thomas

Grade 2 Instructional Aide

Carolyn Thomas

Grade 2 Instructional Aide

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.S. - Philadelphia Biblical University
M.Div. - New York Theological Seminary & Asbury Theological Seminary
D.Min. - United Theological Seminary, Dayton OH

Katelyn Tilli

Katelyn Tilli

Grade 1 Teacher

Katelyn TilliEC Graduate 2007

Grade 1 Teacher

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.A. - Early Childhood Education & Elementary Education, Cedarville University

Bio:

Katelyn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Cedarville University. She was born and raised in New Jersey. Katelyn taught English in Beijing for three years after graduating college. She is an Eastern Christian graduate and excited to return to the EC community as a teacher. Katelyn is eager to share her passion for teaching and learning with all students who enter her classroom. She is dedicated to creating a community of learners who love God and to integrating God’s truths into all academic subjects. When she’s not at school, she enjoys spending time with family and going to the beach. Katelyn attends Emergence Church.

Kristen Tolsma

Kristen Tolsma

Middle School Nurse

Ana Tortos

Ana Tortos

Custodian

Ana Tortos

Custodian

EC Start Date: 2004

Melissa Troast

Melissa Troast

Social Studies Teacher

Melissa Troast

Social Studies Teacher

EC Start Date: 2018

Jessica Truran

Jessica Truran

Grade 1 Teacher

Jessica Truran

Grade 1 Teacher

EC Start Date: 2019

Education: B.S. - Childhood Education, Nyack College
M. Ed. - Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University (Graduating June 2020)

Bio:

Jessica is so happy to join EC in its mission to serve students’ minds, bodies, and spirits. She grew up in a military family, traveling all around the globe, and now lives in NJ with her wonderful husband and Holland Lop rabbit, Ray. Jessica is a lifelong learner and believes that elementary education is a precious calling. She treasures the opportunity to pour God’s truth and love into her students. When she is not at school, Jessica enjoys reading, exploring new places, and spending time with loved ones. Jessica attends The Plant Church.

Betsy Tyvoll

Betsy Tyvoll

Grade 7 and 8 Bible Teacher

Betsy Tyvoll

Grade 7 and 8 Bible Teacher

EC Start Date: 1999

Education: BA - Religion, Trinity University
Masters of Music, Georgia State University

Bio:

Betsy is married to Stan the Man Tyvoll, and they have one son, an EC alum, Justin. The three of them enjoy camping and having long talks about theology and philosophy while sitting by a camp fire with their beloved Scout (their dog). Betsy and Stan are members of Grace Redeemer Church.

James Uitermarkt

James Uitermarkt

High School Social Studies Teacher, Boys' Varsity Tennis Coach

James Uitermarkt

High School Social Studies Teacher, Boys' Varsity Tennis Coach

EC Start Date: 2010

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

Jamie Van Buiten

Jamie Van Buiten

Grade 5 and 6 Social Studies Teacher, MS Volleyball Coach, HS Track Coach

Jamie Van BuitenEC Graduate 2010

Grade 5 and 6 Social Studies Teacher, MS Volleyball Coach, HS Track Coach

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education, Calvin College

Bio:

Jamie grew up in New Jersey and attended Eastern Christian from Pre-K through 12th grade. After graduation, Jamie attended Calvin College where she received her degree in Elementary Education. She went on to teach at a Christian School in Rehoboth, New Mexico for two years. She moved back to NJ and started teaching at Eastern Christian. She has a passion to teach students about finding God his world, and is thankful to be a part of Eastern Christian’s mission. When she is not teaching, you can find her outside walking, biking, hiking, backpacking, anything to get outside in God’s creation.

Justin Van Dyke

Justin Van Dyke

Webmaster & Visual Communications Coordinator

Justin Van DykeEC Graduate 2007

Webmaster & Visual Communications Coordinator

EC Start Date: 2004

Education: B.A. - Video Production, William Paterson University

Bio:

Justin started at Eastern Christian school as a preschool student and has not left. After graduating high school, he joined the EC staff and attended William Paterson University. He received a degree in Communications and worked on various projects at EC while working for several professional video companies and photography studios. He provides photo, video, graphic, audio and marketing expertise for the school. Both Justin and his wife Sara have a heart for serving others and are members of Emergence Church.

Linda Van Grouw

Linda Van Grouw

Elementary School Office Manager

Linda Van GrouwEC Graduate 1983

Elementary School Office Manager

EC Start Date: 2001

Brooke Van Lenten

Brooke Van Lenten

High School Track Assistant Coach

Elizabeth Van Ryn

Elizabeth Van Ryn

High School English Teacher

Elizabeth Van Ryn

High School English Teacher

EC Start Date: 2014

Education: B.A. - Secondary Education, Calvin College
B.A - English, Calvin College
M.Ed. - Curriculum & Instruction, Calvin College

Bio:

Liz grew up in West Michigan, but when looking for her first teaching job, she felt God calling her out of her comfort zone and into the wild unknown (New Jersey). Liz loves exploring the complexities and beauty of humanity in literature and using language to redeem and encourage others. She enjoys cultivating close relationships with her students, using humor and food in her lessons, and integrating pop culture with ancient literature. Liz supervises Debate and Anchored, the EC Girls’ Bible Study. She is a Young Life Leader and attends The Plant Church. Outside of teaching and learning, Liz’s passions include baking, running, watching sports, and creating unique outfits. Liz is incredibly thankful for the EC community, who welcomed her and continues to embrace her gifts and foster her growth.

Petra van’t Slot

Petra van’t Slot

High School Science Teacher

Petra van’t Slot

High School Science Teacher

EC Start Date: 2016

Education: B.S. - Chemistry, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
M.S. - Chemistry, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Postdoctoral teacher training program - Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Bio:

Petra loves learning so she basically never left school. When she completed her degree, she started teaching at Van Lodenstein College (VLC), where she taught high school Chemistry for 5 years. When her husband, Henk Eshuis, was invited to a PhD program in Bristol, they spontaneously said ‘yes’ to the opportunity and they moved to Bristol for a while. Their family grew and they had Rebecca and Joel. When they moved to Irvine, California, Petra started teaching again – first in summer school programs at UCI and then at Whittier Christian High School in La Habra. The family’s next move was to New Jersey and Petra started looking for a Christian School to teach at and to send their children to. She found EC on the internet, applied and was offered a position. Soon after she started, she realized how EC in many ways is similar to VLC, so she reached out to her old school and connected it with EC. Petra and her family are active members of the United Methodist Church, where she serves as a lay leader.

Deb Vandenberg

Deb Vandenberg

Grade 5 Math and Science Teacher

Deb Vandenberg

Grade 5 Math and Science Teacher

EC Start Date: 1983

Kristin Vander Pyl

Kristin Vander Pyl

Grade 2 Instructional Aide

Sarah Vander Wall

Sarah Vander Wall

Four-Year-Old Preschool Teacher

Sarah Vander WallEC Graduate 1995

Four-Year-Old Preschool Teacher

EC Start Date: 1999

Education: B.A. in Elementary Education, Calvin College

Bio:

Sarah is married to Marcus Vander Wall, and they have two kids, Matthew and Caleb, and a crazy dog named Rocket. Sarah went to Eastern Christian from Preschool through Grade 12, and is passionate about teaching Eastern Christian’s youngest learners. When not at school, Sarah loves reading, singing and leading worship at Midland Park Christian Reformed Church, leading Middle School and High School Youth Group, playing the flute and watching Yankee baseball.

Susan VanderPyl

Susan VanderPyl

Elementary School Nurse

Susan VanderPylEC Graduate 1996

Elementary School Nurse

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.S.N. - William Paterson University

Suzanne VanHousen

Suzanne VanHousen

Bus Driver

Arielle VanWingerden

Arielle VanWingerden

Indoor Track Assistant Coach

Stacie Veenema

Stacie Veenema

Instructional Aide

Stacie Veenema

Instructional Aide

EC Start Date: 2007

Barry Veenstra

Barry Veenstra

Athletic Director, High School Physical Education Teacher

Barry VeenstraEC Graduate 1975

Athletic Director, High School Physical Education Teacher

EC Start Date: 1981

Education: B.A. - PE/Health & Secondary Education, Calvin College

Bio:

Barry is a coach and teacher with over 30 years of experience who is passionate about making personal fitness fun for students using his love for Christ, sports, and music as well as a sense of humor to get the job done. He and his wife Debi are members of Emergence Church in Totowa. They are happy they chose to send their four children to EC from pre K through high school because they believe strongly in the school’s mission to provide a Christ centered education in a safe and loving environment. The Veenstra family also created and continues to enjoy directing the popular and unique Eagles Sports Camp every summer.

Debi Veenstra

Debi Veenstra

Elementary School Physical Education Teacher, Elementary School Head Teacher

Debi VeenstraEC Graduate 1981

Elementary School Physical Education Teacher, Elementary School Head Teacher

EC Start Date: 1985

Education: B.A. - Early Childhood Education, William Paterson University

Bio:

Debi (nee Wisse) has served as a Kindergarten teacher and for the last 18 years as the PE and Health teacher at ECES where she loves teaching through movement and making exercise fun. Debi is an active member of Emergence church in Totowa and the proud mother of EC graduates Brooke (Hagedoorn), Joseph, Dara and Carly. She enjoys the beach, biking, playing volleyball and taking care of her grandchildren. To many in the broader community she and her husband Barry are best known for over 30 years as the directors of Eagles Sports Camp.

Philip Verrengia

Philip Verrengia

High School Science Teacher, Junior and Senior Dean

Philip VerrengiaEC Graduate 1973

High School Science Teacher, Junior and Senior Dean

EC Start Date: 1980

Education: B.A. - Physical Science, Calvin College
M.S. - Geoscience, Montclair State University

Verge Versnel

Verge Versnel

Substitute Bus Driver

Verge Versnel

Substitute Bus Driver

EC Start Date: 2005

Lynda Vincenti

Lynda Vincenti

Middle School Aide

Lynda Vincenti

Middle School Aide

EC Start Date: 2013

Education: B.E. - Materials & Metallurgy, Stevens Institute of Technology, MS Technology Management

Bio:

Lynda and her husband, David, chose Eastern Christian for their daughters in 2010. The family immediately felt welcomed and saw the love the teachers and staff had for the students. Lynda knew she wanted to be a part of this school too and now can often be found in the Middle School Media Center. She also enjoys being part of the children’s ministries at Saint Aloysius Church in Caldwell.

David Visbeen

David Visbeen

Executive Director, Foundation for E.C.S.A.

David VisbeenEC Graduate 1974

Executive Director, Foundation for E.C.S.A.

EC Start Date: 2014

Education: B.A. - Psychology, Calvin College

Bio:

David and his wife Cynthia have been blessed with 41 years of an amazing marriage. Cynthia taught at EC for 35 years before retiring in 2018. They have two married children and three incredible grandkids. David has served EC on the Education and Building Committees, the Operating Board, and The Foundation Board. He was involved in a family construction business for 34 years before coming to work at The Foundation for ECSA in 2014. David often said he made a living in construction but exercised his passion by volunteering at EC. David serves as a trustee at ditto of North Jersey and at The Christian Health Care Center. David and Cynthia attend Cornerstone Christian Church where David has served as a member of the elder board.

Kendra Visbeen

Kendra Visbeen

JV Volleyball Coach

Paige Visser

Paige Visser

High School Student Assistance Counselor

Paige Visser

High School Student Assistance Counselor

EC Start Date: 1996

Education: B.A. - Psychology, Calvin College
M.S.W. - Grand Valley State University

Bio:

Paige is happily married to Steve and the proud mom of three great kids, one in college and two at Eastern Christian. She and her family enjoy camping and hiking. Some of her favorite hiking places are Badlands National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon. She hopes to venture west again to see for miles and soak in the beauty of God’s creation. She also enjoys working with and supporting kids at EC and has for many years. When she isn’t driving someone someplace, making dinner, or watching a cross country, track or robotics meet, she’s likely to be found near the wood stove, with her dog Ringo, reading a good book.

Yvonne Vitale

Yvonne Vitale

Grade 4 Drama Coach

Ryan Vogel

Ryan Vogel

Board of Directors Recording Secretary (Term ends 2022)

Maribeth Vriesema

Maribeth Vriesema

Business Office Assistant

Maribeth VriesemaEC Graduate 1978

Business Office Assistant

EC Start Date: 1999

Education: Bergen Community College, Lyons Institute

Bio:

Maribeth and her husband Wayne are the proud parents of two EC graduates. Daughter Rachel Kuperus (’00) is married to Jon Kuperus (’01) and son Kevin (’03) is married to Rebecca (Santhouse-’03). They enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren: Stella, Penelope, Abigail, Jonah & Anna. Maribeth is in her 20th year of employment at EC after volunteering for many years. She is the third generation in her family to have attended EC and is so thankful for the quality Christian education her family has experienced as part of the EC family. In her free time she enjoys spending time in Green Pond on the beach, boating, reading and photography. Maribeth & Wayne served as HS youth leaders for many years. The Vriesema family attends Covenant Church in North Haledon.

Sandy Westra

Sandy Westra

Board of Directors Corresponding Secretary (Term ends 2020)

Kari Wilkins

Kari Wilkins

Elementary School & Middle School Art

Kari Wilkins

Elementary School & Middle School Art

EC Start Date: 2019

Kimberly Willemsen

Kimberly Willemsen

Grade 6 Language Arts Teacher

Kimberly Willemsen

Grade 6 Language Arts Teacher

EC Start Date: 2018

Education: B.A. - English Literature, William Paterson University
A.A. - Early Childhood Education, Passaic County Community College

Bio:

Kimberly came to a saving knowledge of Christ at the age of seven. She has attended Grace Bible Church in North Haledon since she was a baby, and has been blessed to serve in the Olympians program, Junior High program, and church choir. Kim has been involved with Top O’ the Hill Day Camp, serving as a counselor there for 12 years. She is a graduate of Hawthorne Christian Academy and William Paterson University, having earned a B.A. in English Literature and her teaching certification. Kimberly is passionate about serving in a Christian school community and is passionate about helping the students at Eastern Christian grow, not only in their reading a writing skills, but also in their knowledge of Christ and who they are in the eyes of Christ.

Jesse Wright

Jesse Wright

High School Art Teacher and Work Internship (WINGS) Program Coordinator

Jesse Wright

High School Art Teacher and Work Internship (WINGS) Program Coordinator

EC Start Date: 2009

Elizabeth Yoder

Elizabeth Yoder

High School Choir & Honors Choir

Elizabeth Yoder

High School Choir & Honors Choir

EC Start Date: 2017

Education: B.A. - Voice Performance, Stetson University
M.M. - Voice Performance, The Florida State University
D.M.A. - Vocal Pedagogy, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Bio:

New music makes Elizabeth giddy! Whether it’s Broadway, classical or worship, you can find her with raised eyebrows and a humongous grin while she’s listening. As the Choral Director for the high school, Elizabeth’s job is to have fun in rehearsal. Her passion and goal in life is to convince people they matter to Christ and to use music as the language for the conversation. When she’s not music making, Elizabeth likes to build and paint furniture, dance salsa and Viennese waltz, and do dishes. (Not really.) Elizabeth is married to Jared; their kids Cobie and Lincoln crack them up. The four live and play in New York City and attend Redeemer Church.

Ian Zacharias

Ian Zacharias

High School Mathematics Teacher

Ian Zacharias

High School Mathematics Teacher

EC Start Date: 2012

Education: B.A. - Mathematics, Eastern University
M.S.E. - Educational Theory & Practice, Arkansas State University

Bio:

Ian is passionate about teaching mathematics to his students. He strives to teach in a way that helps students find the joy in mathematics. He loves coming along side students and helping them learn and grow. Ian sponsors the Rubik’s Cube and Board Game electives on the High School campus. Ian was born in Maryland and moved to New Jersey after college to get married to his wife Melody (also an EC teacher). Ian and his wife have three kids, Eli, Bennett, and Emma. Ian and his Family attend Covenant Church in North Haledon.

Melody Zacharias

Melody Zacharias

Elementary School Educational Support Services

Melody ZachariasEC Graduate 2007

Elementary School Educational Support Services

EC Start Date: 2011

Education: B.A. - Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Eastern University

Bio:

Melody is happily married to Ian Zacharias. They have three children: Eli, and twins Bennett and Emma. Melody was born and raised in NJ. She attended Eastern Christian for her whole life and always prayed that God would open a door to allow her to teach at EC. Melody teaches in the elementary school resource room. When Melody is not teaching, she is busy being a mom, helping out in children’s ministries at her church, and being a photographer. The Zacharias family attends Covenant Christian Reformed Church.

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