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.

Jenny Bakker

Jenny Bakker

Principal

Mans Eisen

Mans Eisen

Gr. 7/8 Teacher

Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy

Gr. 6 Teacher

Kristie Walraven

Kristie Walraven

Gr. 5 Teacher

Alice Blydorp

Alice Blydorp

Gr. 5 Teacher

Ashley Orme

Ashley Orme

Gr. 4 Teacher

Julie Scrivens

Julie Scrivens

Gr. 3 Teacher

Charlene VanDerWal

Charlene VanDerWal

Gr. 2 Teacher

Emily Talsma

Emily Talsma

Grade 1 Teacher

Samantha Boschman

Samantha Boschman

SK teacher

Sarah Berger

Sarah Berger

SK Teacher

Laura Moyer

Laura Moyer

JK Teacher

Joy Blackburn

Joy Blackburn

Art Teacher

Robert Aszmies

Robert Aszmies

Music Teacher

Marianne Dorman

Marianne Dorman

Educational Assistant

Rachel Bletsas

Rachel Bletsas

Educational Assistant

Danielle Elliott

Danielle Elliott

Office Administrator

Jessica McLean

Jessica McLean

Office Assistant

Jenica Brodie

Jenica Brodie

Bookkeeper

Lisa Schildt

Lisa Schildt

Custodian

Jenny Bakker

Jenny Bakker

Principal

God has blessed me with a deep passion for administration, teaching, and instilling a love for learning in every child. I have a strong desire to see every child succeed.  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, Grade 1/2 and led the Resource Program 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 here at OCS. It is a privilege to be able to share my love for the Lord with the students 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 Specialist
  • 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
Mans Eisen

Mans Eisen

GR. 7/8 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)
Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy

Gr. 6 Teacher

My teaching journey began in 2011, upon graduating from Lakehead University. I also obtained a Jazz Performance Diploma from Mohawk College and an Honours Music degree from McMaster University. As a teacher, I am passionate about educating students and helping their pursuit of a biblical worldview. I am excited to be joining the community of OCS as a staff member and I look forward to being able to foster personal and corporate worship at our school. Outside of school, I can be found spending time with my wife and three children here in Orangeville.

  • Coming soon…
Kristie Walraven

Kristie Walraven

Gr. 5 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. 5 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)
Ashley Orme

Ashley Orme

Gr. 4 Teacher (BA, BEd, OCT)

I have always had a passion for working with children and encouraging students’ love for learning. 

I graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies. I completed my Bachelor of Education at Redeemer University, where I learned to encourage a greater understanding of God and foster a sense of awe and wonder in His creation through the teaching of curriculum. 

Each student that enters our school is a precious child of God, made in his image, and with a divine purpose, therefore, I believe that it is important for educators to nurture the whole child – mind, body, soul, and spirit.

I am so grateful to be a part of the team of dedicated and caring educators at OCS. It brings me such joy to work with young students, learning and growing alongside them. 

Matthew 22:37 says, “Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, this is the first and greatest commandment.” My goal is to be an example of this verse to those around me, especially my students. 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies, Brock University
  • Bachelor of Education, Redeemer University
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT)
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
Charlene VanDerWal

Charlene VanDerWal

Gr. 2 Teacher

For over 20 years, I have been teaching children in various settings. I enjoy teaching math, reading, music, and science to young children. It is a joy to watch their curious minds discover new things each day in God’s amazing creation. I love helping students learn, grow, and discover the unique gifts that God has given each of them. I look forward to a new journey at OCS as we prepare students for a life of service for our Lord and Saviour.

  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), Redeemer University College (Ancaster, ON)

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), Redeemer University College (Ancaster, ON)

  • Bachelor of Christian Studies, Redeemer University College (Ancaster, ON)

  • Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (CSTC)

  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT)

  • Special Education – Part 1

Samantha Boschman

Samantha Boschman

SK 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
Sarah Berger

Sarah Berger

SK Teacher

I started working with children and families at a young age through diverse opportunities of volunteering, and later working in the early year’s settings as an RECE. From Northern Indigenous communities, to Danish Forest Kindergartens, God has given me the divine gift of helping foster resilience and guiding children to be unique in the way God made them to be. Colossians 3:23 tells us “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” and it is a blessing to work in a community that shares in this teaching. I pray God will guide me through this year, using me as a light in the children and families I have the honour of working with.

  • Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE)
  • Early Childhood Studies Degree (BASc)
Emily Talsma

Emily Talsma

Gr. 1 Teacher (BA, BED, OCT)

Ever since I was young, I wanted to be a teacher and spent as much time as I could with
children. I enjoy walking alongside children as they learn, grow, and discover who God created
them to be. I am excited to see what God has in store for this coming year.

  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), Redeemer University (Ancaster, ON)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Redeemer University (Ancaster, ON)
  • Ontario College of Teachers Certification (OCT)
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)
Joy Blackburn

Joy Blackburn

Art Teacher

As I child I always wanted to be an artist.  As I got older my love for art and all things creative never faded but I also found a great love for teaching.  I got my degree in Education from Bethel College in Kansas as well as minors in Art and Spanish.  For the next 7 years I taught a variety of subjects including English, Spanish, Speech, Debate, Dramatic Arts, Yearbook, Graphic Design, and Media Production.  I also developed a love for photography and went on to complete my Master’s Degree in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Since moving to Canada in 2010 I have primarily pursued my photography career which has taken me to many interesting and unexpected places.   I was able to do some long term supply teaching at OCS during the 2021-22 school year and I loved being part of a Christian school community where it’s about more than just living my faith, it’s about the freedom for that faith be an integral part of any subject I’m teaching.   I am very excited to be teaching art at OCS this year.  There is something extra special about being able to teach art in a way that focuses on seeing and appreciating the world God has given us, as well as in a way that helps students discover and develop God given abilities.
  • Bachelor of Education from Bethel College, Kansas
  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Bethel College, Kansas
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Bethel College, Kansas
  • MA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Kansas State Teaching Credentials
  • Wisconsin State Teaching Credentials
  • Ontario Teaching Credentials
Board Member

Robert Aszmies

Music Teacher

I entered classroom teaching in 2011 after completing a B.Ed. at Wilfrid Laurier University and have been teaching music in Christian schools in southern Ontario since then.  Currently, I am a part of the OCS family for 2 days a week (W/F) and the JKCS (Brampton) family the other 3 days of the week.  I have been a professional musician and music teacher for many years teaching hundreds of private students piano and related theory subjects, conducting and directing bands and choirs, coaching and accompanying vocal and instrumental soloists, and composing and arranging music for vocal, choral and instrumental settings.  My B.Mus. is in Piano Performance & Composition (Laurier) and my M.Mus. is in Composition (U of Alberta).  I absolutely love teaching music and I love to work with kids – everyday they make me laugh, help me to think outside-the-box and see things from many different angles – in many ways, they help keep my ‘old brain’ young!  And, to teach them within an environment where we can talk about our faith is an extra-special blessing!
  • coming soon…
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
Rachel Bletsas

Rachel Bletsas

Educational Assistant

I started working with children at a young age and have always had a passion for helping people. When it came time for me to choose a career, I knew it had to include those things. I find being an Educational Assistant very rewarding and I strive to do everything I can to ensure students succeed. I am very grateful to be apart of Orangeville Christian School. 

DANIELLE ELLIOTT

Danielle Elliott

Office Administrator

Danielle joined the OCS team after relocating from Kitchener after 18 years in office administration at Grandview Baptist Church. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her family including her grandchildren. She also enjoys road trips with her husband Steve on the motorcycle taking in all of God’s beautiful creation right here in Ontario.
Jessica McLean

Jessica McLean

Office Assistant

Jessica McLean helps out as an office assistant on Tuesdays and part-time french teacher. She lives at Teen Ranch with her husband and family where she works in office administration. She loves being a part of ministry and helping where the needs are. Jessica spent nearly 20 years working at a Torchbearer Bible School in Quebec in the areas of student ministry, staffing and office management.
Jen Brodie

Jenica Brodie

Bookkeeper (CPA, CA)

About Jenica

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

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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