Our Staff

All of our teachers have their Teaching Certificate and a vast majority of our faculty are graduates of Christian liberal arts colleges.

Our Staff

Orangeville Christian School is a private, independent Christian School serving Shelburne, Caledon, Grand Valley and Orangeville as well as rural Dufferin County.

Hand picked, dedicated and in for the long haul.

Make no mistake about the fact that our team of highly qualified teachers and support staff could be using their credentials to make a lot more money in the secular workplace. But they’re not. They are all here at OCS, and for the same reason: to make a lasting difference in the life of your child.

For a job as important as that, only the best candidates are selected, and not only by academic merit, but by character as well. Our teachers must have warmth and compassion, a demonstrated love for God and a great sense of humour.

All of our teachers have their Teaching Certificate and a vast majority of our faculty are graduates of Christian liberal arts colleges. Teachers work closely with parents to ensure the best possible education for their children. Our unique and valuable shared commitment to Christ by both parents and teachers creates an atmosphere of love and care for the children. Academic excellence is expected and achieved through hard work and regular professional development.

Meet our staff below.

Rick Schenk

Rick Schenk

Principal & Gr. 5 Teacher

Mans Eisen

Mans Eisen

Gr. 8 Teacher

Brad McGitchie

Brad McGitchie

Gr. 7 Teacher

Kristie Walraven

Kristie Walraven

Gr. 6 Teacher

Alice Blydorp

Alice Blydorp

Gr. 6 Teacher

Jenny Bakker

Jenny Bakker

SERT, Vice-Principal & Gr. 5 Teacher

Marc Mailhot

Marc Mailhot

Gr. 3/4 Teacher

Julie Scrivens

Julie Scrivens

Gr. 3 Teacher

Meredith Dykstra

Meredith Dykstra

Gr. 1/2 Teacher

Samantha Boschman

Samantha Boschman

Gr. 1 Teacher

Kim Schenk

Kim Schenk

SK Teacher

Laura Moyer

Laura Moyer

JK Teacher

Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson

Educational Assistant

Yolanda Ryzebol

Yolanda Ryzebol

Office Manager

Jenica Brodie

Jenica Brodie

Bookkeeper

Gwen Kampen

Gwen Kampen

Office Assistant

Marianne Dorman

Marianne Dorman

Educational Assistant

Lisa Schildt

Lisa Schildt

Custodian

Rick Schenk

Rick Schenk

Principal & GR. 5 Teacher (B.A., BCED, CSTC, CSPC)

Rick is passionate about glorifying and enjoying God in every area of his life.  For twenty four years, he has pursued excellence in Christian education both as a teacher and administrator. He thoroughly enjoys interacting with students in the classroom, gym and especially at recess times. Rick is looking forward to serving God by providing experienced leadership to Orangeville Christian School.

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Religion & Theology, History, Redeemer University College
  • Bachelor of Christian Education (BCEd), Elementary Education, Redeemer University College
  • Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (CSTC)
  • Christian School Principal’s Certificate (CSPC)
Mans Eisen

Mans Eisen

GR. 8 Teacher (BA, OCT)

My journey in education has been fueled by my belief in Christ’s redeeming work on this earth.  Having taught in the Christian school system for ten years, I relish the opportunity to guide students, not only academically, but socially, emotionally, and spiritually.  Teaching in a school that strives to glorify God, allows me the privilege of walking alongside students as they grow in community and develop leadership potential, character, and grit.  I feel truly blessed to serve in God’s Kingdom work!

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Honours, History Major, English Minor, Redeemer University College
  • Bachelor of Education, Junior/Intermediate
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (Oxford Seminars)
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT)
  • Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (Edifide/Edvance)
  • Educators Leadership Development Institute (Christian Schools International)
Brad McGitchie

Brad McGitchie

GR. 7 Teacher (BA, OCT)

Growing up I did not see myself becoming a teacher. In my early professional life I worked in the manufacturing industry. I felt called to take my hands on skills and interests to the classroom. For the past 7 years I have loved being a high school technology and robotics teacher. I have enjoyed being a part of this wonderful community at OCS as a parent, so now I am thrilled to combine my desire to serve Christ and my teaching skills as a teacher here. I encourage students to think critically and provide them with opportunities to learn experientially in my classroom. I want to prepare students for high school with a confidence in themselves and who God has created them to be.

  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
    Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT)
  • Honour Technological Education Specialist
  • Health & Physical Education, Part 1
  • Science & Technology, Grade 7&8
  • Special Education, Part 1
Kristie Walraven

Kristie Walraven

Gr. 6 Teacher (BA, BEd, OCT)

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. God affirmed this passion as I grew and made it clear that I would serve Him in this vocation in a Christian school. I love being able to integrate God and His creation into my lessons, and having Him be the centre of what happens in my classroom. The most rewarding part of teaching for me is the relationships that develop with my students. I enjoy learning who they have been created to be, and to challenge them to develop their characteristics they’ve been designed with. I love relearning things through their eyes.

  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), Redeemer University College (Ancaster, ON)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Redeemer University College (Ancaster, ON)
  • Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (CSTC)
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT)
Alice Blydorp

Alice Blydorp

Gr. 6 Teacher (BA, OCT)

Alice’s vibrant personality is a real asset to the classroom and to the whole school. When she’s not helping in the classroom, she can be found teaching piano lessons or organizing events. No matter what she is involved in, she serves with joy and energy.

  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), University of Western Ontario
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Music, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT)
Marc Mailhot

Marc Mailhot

Gr. 3/4 Teacher (B.Sc., MSC, MEd, OCT)

Marc believes that Christian Education is true, comprehensive education. Students have minds, bodies, souls and spirits, but in secular education only half the child is educated. A child’s spirit and soul is so often left without nurture and direction. Through Christian education, a child can internalize Jesus’ message of grace: while we all “mess up” daily, his sacrifice on the cross will cover all wrongdoings… and now we can all live in this spiritual and emotional freedom!

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), Life Sciences, McMaster University
  • Master of Christian Studies (MCS), Focus on Christian Epistemology, Regent College
  • Master of Education (MEd), Focus on Community Building in Schools, D’Youville College
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT)
  • Special Education, Part 1
  • Reading, Part 1
  • Recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2017 for The GrandPals Project.
Julie Scrivens

Julie Scrivens

Gr. 3 Teacher (BA, OCT)

Growing up I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher but I never envisioned myself teaching in a
Christian School.  I am so thankful that 25 years ago God opened  the door for me to start my teaching
career in a Christian school.  Now I cannot envision teaching without the freedom to openly share my
faith, my love for God and to invite and encourage children to find their place in God’s story.  In my
years in Christian Education I have experience teaching in all of the elementary grades from
Kindergarten to grade 8 as well as humbling serving as a principal for 12 years.  It is a great joy each day
to walk in the classroom and to spend my days learning alongside my students. Everyday is a great day
to be at school!

  • Concurrent Bachelor of Arts (Child Studies)/ Bachelor of Education- Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario)
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT)
  • Special Education Part 1
  • Computers in Education Part 1
Meredith Dykstra

Meredith Dykstra

Gr. 1/2 Teacher (BA, BEd, OCT)

I remember going to my youngest sister’s kindergarten open house “looking for teaching ideas.” I was 11 at the time! I’m still always looking for new ideas and ways to share the excitement of learning. For the past 25 years, I have taught here in Ontario, as well as in Nigeria and Indonesia. Where I taught made little difference, for in all learning communities, we were called to put Christ at the centre of all things. And what I taught cannot be separated from who I taught. I’ve been richly blessed by my students – each unique – each created by God and loved by Him. Together we have shared, and continue to share, in a learning journey that helps prepare each student academically for life in this world as well as intentionally guiding each one to develop discernment and hearts geared for service.

  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed),Redeemer College University (Ancaster, ON) 
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Redeemer College University (Ancaster, ON)
  • Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (CSTC)
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification(OCT)
  • International Baccalaureate PYP Training 2012 (Tangerang, Indonesia) 
Samantha Boschman

Samantha Boschman

Gr. 1 Teacher (BSc, OCT)

I loved being a student so it seemed fitting that I would one day choose to stay in the school environment by becoming a teacher myself. I graduated from Liberty University’s Concurrent Education Program with a specialty in Social Studies and a minor in American History. I am passionate about learning and not just the academics but also the social, emotional and spiritual development of each student. I am very excited to explore the academic world through a Christ-centred lens with the students in my class!

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc): Elementary Education Integrated Studies: Social Sciences, Liberty University
  • VDOE – Virginia Department of Education Certified
  • OCT – Ontario College of Teachers Certified
  • Association of Christian Schools International Certified
Kim Schenk

Kim Schenk

SK TEACHER (BA, BCED, CSTC) (3 DAYS PER WEEK)

Kim Schenk is a dynamic elementary educator who joins our team with a wide range of teaching experience. She is a wife and mother of four who is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus and developing fundamental life skills, character, and a love for learning in all students under her care. In her spare time, she loves to walk her dog “Copper”, bike, read, garden, and spend time with her family.

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Music, Religion & Theology, Redeemer University College
  • Bachelor of Christian Education (BCEd), Elementary Education, Redeemer University College
  • Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (CSTC)
Laura Moyer

Laura Moyer

JK Teacher

I’ve had the immense privilege of working and volunteering with young children of various ages in different settings for over 15 years. Because children are learning and growing at a rapid rate, these early years are a fantastic opportunity to foster their desire to discover themselves and all about God’s world around them. I feel blessed to be a part of the Orangeville Christian School Kindergarten program, and I look forward to providing a rich learning environment full of experiences where our children can learn and grow.
  • Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE)
Jenny Bakker

Jenny Bakker

SERT, Vice-Principal & Gr. 5 Teacher

God has blessed me with a deep passion for teaching and instilling a love for learning in every child. I have a strong desire to see every child succeed. In order to do this, I am continually learning through reading, professional development training and working towards a Master’s Degree in Developmental Reading. I have had the opportunity to teach many different ages and in many different places. I spent three years teaching High School students and adults in Romania, two and half years teaching University of Waterloo students English at Conestoga College, and have taught Kindergarten and Grade 1/2 students here at OCS. God has been very present in my life wherever he has led me over the years, and I continue to see him working in me here at OCS. It is a privilege to be able to share my love for the Lord with the children I interact with every day. Every child that I come in contact with is loved, valued and cherished by the Lord and deserves to be given every opportunity to succeed!

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Elementary Education, Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa)
  • Special Education, Part 1
  • Iowa Teaching Certification
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT)
  • Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (CSTC)
  • Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL) Ontario Certification, Conestoga College (Kitchener, ON)
  • Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Training
Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson

Educational Assistant

As our school continues to grow, so has our need for additional staffing. Judy has a graceful and caring nature that is displayed whether it is in helping in the Kindergarten classroom or with individual students.  Her positive attitude and years of EA experience is a real blessing to OCS.

  • Educational Assistant (EA)
Yolanda

Yolanda Ryzebol

Office Manager

About Yolanda

Yolanda is part of the Leadership Team at OCS. Yolanda has been our eyes, ears, and hands (not to mention brains!) in the office for many years now.  Visitors and staff are greeted with a big smile every time they come into the office.  If you hang around the office long enough, you’ll probably hear another staff member ask “where would we be without her?”  It’s definitely true, she’s an exceptional person, and a great office manager!

Jenica Brodie

Bookkeeper

About Jenica

Jenica obtained her CA designation in 2003 and is a school parent of three children. She brings a wealth of financial knowledge a well as a passion for OCS to her position here. Her gentle manner and capable skills are a blessing to OCS.

Gwen Kampen

Office Assistant (BA)

About GWEN

Gwen is a fabulous addition to our school and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as she provides office assistance. Gwen is trained as a teacher and often supply teaches for us. She has also served as the Board Secretary for many years so she is certainly a well-rounded and gifted individual!

Marianne Dorman

Marianne Dorman

Educational Assistant

I am thrilled to be bringing my many years of experience in the public sector to my role at OCS. Whether it be through individual support, working with small groups, or tasks that help the whole class run smoother, I am committed to providing the help and encouragement needed to see students succeed. It is such a joy to work in a place where I can openly share the love of Jesus with students and a blessing to work with such an awesome team of faithful educators. 
  • BA (Exceptionality in Human Learning ), University of Toronto
Lisa Schildt

Lisa Schildt

Custodian

About Lisa

I enjoy and take pride in providing a clean learning environment at OCS. In my spare time I like to camp, canoe and go for hikes with my rescue dog.

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