Teresa Culp – Kindergarten

Credentials

  • BASc Honours  Degree in Child Studies – U. of Guelph
  • RECE – Registered Early Childhood Educator – U. of Guelph
  • BEd- Primary/Junior – Wilfred Laurier
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certificate (OCT)
  • AQ (additional Qualifications) – Kindergarten Specialist
  • AQ – Special Education Part 1

I am a very blessed individual.  I say this because I am able to merge my passion with my job.  Teaching ‘tiny humans’ brings me much joy and it has been my passion.  Every day my students show me Jesus in tangible ways. I am also blessed to be part of their lives in such an influential and developmentally significant time in their lives.

My professional and personal life often merge as my love for learning and teaching is part of both. I enjoy “trying new things” (this is often said in our classroom) and “giving it my best try” (another kindergarten mantra) as a way to grow as a person.

Rachel Ajiel – Grade 1/2

Credentials

  • Masters of Education – Dordt College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education and Language Arts – Calvin College
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certificate (OCT)
  • Christian School Teachers Certificate
  • Special Education Specialist – AQ (Additional Qualification)
  • Teaching Students with Communication Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder) – AQ

Sharing jokes, stories, and laughter with my students quickly becomes the highlight of my day! I love seeing each student’s growth throughout the year – witnessing those moments when their abilities and passion for learning takes off, hearing them articulate their faith in a new, confident way, and seeing leadership blossom as the year progresses. As a passionate learner myself, I love uncovering how to reach each student, with an understanding of their unique strengths and weaknesses. When I’m not teaching, I love cooking new recipes with my husband and spending time enjoying God’s creation together through biking rail trails or hiking through forest paths.

Marianne Cooney – Grade 3/4

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Christian School Education
  • ACSI Teacher Certification (Association of Christian Schools International)

Amanda Koster – French

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Waterloo
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certificate (OCT)
  • French as a Second Language, Part 1 – AQ (Additional Qualification)
  • Religious Education, Parts 1, 2 and Specialist – AQ

I love guiding students on their journey of an appreciation for another language and culture and seeing them grow in their abilities. It also brings me joy to assist students in serving others within the school and the community. I love seeing them realize their gifts and share them with those around them.

I love spending time with my family playing board games, hiking, and staying active.  I also enjoy home decorating and event planning.

Paula Parker – Grade 5/6

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science – Redeemer College University
  • Bachelor of Christian Education – Redeemer College University
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certificate (OCT)
  • Christian School Teacher Certificate (CSTC)

I love my job. It is plain and simple.  I love teaching and feel blessed to be able to play an important role in the lives of my students.  Each day has its challenges and ups and downs, but the laughter, the smiles, the stories, and the “aha” moments all make it worthwhile.  Getting to spend almost every day for many months with a group of students makes them feel like part of my family, they become “my kids”.   I care about their well-being as a child of God and about the learning journey that they are on.  

When I’m not in the classroom I love hitting the gym, playing baseball, and just being active.  I also enjoy reading and being the loudest cheerleader at my kids’ sporting events.

Ian Adams – Grade 7/8

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Music Education – University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Education – Queen’s University
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certificate (OCT)
  • Honours Specialist Instrumental Music – AQ (Additional Qualifications)
  • Certified Royal Conservatory Piano Teacher
  • Group Building and Leadership Training including an Ecotourism Focus Program
  • Coached Track and Field and Volleyball

Betty Hovingh – Learning Support Teacher

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts, History & Physical Education – Trinity Christian College
  • Bachelor of Education – Brock University
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certificate (OCT)
  • Special Education Part 1 &2 – AQ (Additional Qualifications)
  • Christan School Teacher Certificate (CSTC)

I  have been a classroom teacher for many years. I now enjoy working with children in small groups or one on one. I take great delight in seeing students experience success in their classroom work as a result of the work we do together in the Learning Resource Room.   

In my leisure time, I enjoy reading, biking, camping, backpacking, and completing 1000+ piece puzzles. 

Genise Grasman – EA

Candace Burnett – Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper

Marina Heikamp – Bus Driver

Credentials

  • Class B License
  • PSW Certificate – Conestoga College

Hi, my name is Marina Heikamp and I have been working in the Health Care Feild as a Personal Support Worker for over 20 years. I got my Degree at Conestoga College in Kitchener. I have worked in Home Care as well as in Long Term Care. Three years ago I made a life change and got my B License so that I could drive School Bus. I am proud to be a bus driver for CCS School now!

I have been a part of the CCS school family for many years though, as I’m also a proud Oma to my two grandchildren that have been attending CCS since JK. They are now in grades 4 and 6. I have seen the wonderful Christian family that you have at the school, both staff and parents! I’m happy and blessed to be a part of this School.

Paula Manderwood – Bus Driver

Credentials

  • Class BZ license

I’ve been driving a school bus since 1988 and believe it or not, it still brings me joy!  I love seeing the students grow and change.  I have a class BZ license and over the years I’ve done hundreds of school and public charters.  I love to drive and I love to explore.

Music brought me great joy for many years, as a professional singer/musician.

I love my life in Harriston, (where I was born and raised).

I have a wonderful Christian husband, Steve, a beloved standard poodle, Roxy, and a 20 yr. old turtle!  I have one son and now finally a granddaughter!   I love all my backyard birds and critters,  and finding a corner to cozy up with a good book.

I am truly thankful to be part of a wonderful school that teaches and upholds Christian values that are in line with my own.

The Joy of the Lord is our strength😊

Tieneke DeBoer- Custodian

My name is Tieneke de Boer. I am one of the custodians at Community Christian School. I was a nurse in Holland and specialized in working with children with mental and physical disabilities. In 1993 our family immigrated to Canada, where we dairy farmed on a farm outside of Arthur. I have been a part of the Community Christian School Community for over 28 years, as our four children attended this school and now my grandchildren. This past September, I started in my role as Custodian at CCS after semi-retiring from dairy farming. It is such a joy to be a part of the CCS community, and I continue to find a new passion in my role of custodian.

Sarah Nykamp- Custodian

Ray Verburg – Principal

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts, History – University of Waterloo
  • Bachelor of Education – University of Western Ontario
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certificate (OCT)
  • Christian School Teaching Certificate (CSTC)
  • Christian School Principal Certificate
  • Van Lunen Fellow

I love being a mentor to students as they grow spiritually and educationally I love creativity in students as they explore all aspects of God’s creation I enjoy reading, thinking, cooking, eating good food, watching the Kitchener Rangers play at the Aud, biking, and hiking.