Mrs. Grant - Principal of Operations
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Education from Heritage Bible College in 1998 She also has the ACSI teacher accreditation and has completed the ACSI principal certification. She is also pursuing a Certificate in School Management and Leadership (CSML), a joint program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Harvard Business School (HBS). During her teaching career she has had the opportunity to teach several grades including kindergarten and Grades 5 - 8. Mrs. Grant is a gifted leader of the school and specializes in Mathematics. This year she will also be teaching grade 7 and 8 for various subjects.
“I have a passion for teaching young people of all ages and inspiring them to be the best that God made them to be. I have a special bond with this school because I attended a Christian school as a student from JK to grade 8. I always knew I wanted to teach in a Christian school. I love teaching and couldn't imagine a more fulfilling calling.”
Miss Bauman - Principal of Academics
Miss Baumann earned a two-year Biblical Studies Diploma from Kawartha Lakes Bible College. She also studied at Heritage Baptist College and earned a Bachelor of Christian Education. As well, she maintains an educators certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International. Miss Bauman specializes in English Literature and Art. This year her teaching instruction time will focus on the grade 6 class.
“Teaching at Christian schools has been a blessing in my life. I enjoy the opportunity to share my faith with my students in various contexts. I also enjoy the freedom of being able to use my creativity and encourage my students to do the same. It is exciting to see a class grow and mature so they are ready to face the world. My favourite aspect of teaching is getting to know my students inside and outside the classroom. Through the time spent together, I love to discover the individual gifts God has given my students and encourage them to use their abilities to serve others.”
Mr. Hamel - Grade 6, 7/8 Homeroom and French
Mr. Hamel completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto where he focused on French and Canadian Studies. He then completed his Bachelor of Education at Redeemer University College with distinction. Mr. Hamel is also recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers. Mr. Hamel teaches Social Studies and French.
Mr. Hamel's passion for teaching in a Christian school is summarized by the following verse:
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
Mrs. Zehr - Grade 5 Homeroom
Mrs. Zehr graduated from Redeemer University College in 2015 with a B.A. in Theatre Performance, a Bachelor of Education P/J focus and is accredited with the OCT. During the summer she works on producing stage musicals with children of all ages. She is passionate about engaging with children in the primary grades and creating enthusiastic, hands-on learning environments. Mrs. Zehr is enjoying being a part of the RCA community.
“I’ve always enjoyed interacting with children and forming a good foundation for their future learning. I am enjoying incorporating their diverse interests into classroom experiences.”
Mrs. Wright - Grade 3/4 Homeroom
Mrs. Wright has a Degree in Honours Psychology with an emphasis on Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Waterloo. As well, she has a Bachelor's of Education from the University of Western with additional qualifications in Special Education (Special Education Part 1). She is certified through the Ontario College of Teachers.
Mrs. Wright completed her placements in Teachers’ College with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Elora Road Christian School. She began her teaching career as an Educational Assistant at St. John’s Kilmarnock. She then worked as a supply teacher at a variety of private schools, some of which included Resurrection Christian Academy, St. John’s Kilmarnock, Scholar’s Hall, and Elora Road Christian School. She has taught at RCA for a few years now as a Grade 2/3 teacher. She currently works with a small team of teachers to assist in the development of Individual Education Plans.
"RCA is a school with a caring, welcoming community of both staff and students, which is exactly why I am so grateful to be teaching at this school!"
Mrs. Steffler - Grade 1/2 Homeroom
Mrs. Steffler has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University: Schulich School of Education. She is qualified to teach Primary, Junior, and Intermediate grades and holds the Special Education Part 1 qualification. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. Having a background in English Language and Literature Studies, Mrs. Steffler began teaching at RCA in 2013 as the spelling and grammar rotary teacher. Since 2015, she has been teaching Grade 1 and really has a heart for the primary realm.
Mrs. Steffler also enjoys volunteering with her church as a Sunday school teacher and is an active coordinator and participant with the youth through camp ministries. In her spare time, she likes to go for walks or visit the local market with her husband and daughters.
“I am thrilled to be able to play a role in quality, Christian education. RCA truly has a unique, uplifting atmosphere and I love being a member of this wonderful community. One of my favourite things to do each day is to close in prayer with my students. It brings me joy to have students as young as five- and six-years-old lead in prayer and sing praises to God. I am blessed to work at RCA.”
Mrs. Hallock - JK/SK Homeroom
Mrs. Hallock graduated from Brock University with a Bachelors of Art with a Major in Child and Youth Studies with focus on child development, education, and behavioral, mental and learning disabilities. During her educational journey she enjoyed various teaching placements specifically in primary grades.
“I am so excited to be teaching at RCA as I have dreamt of the day I would have my own classroom and be able to impact the lives of many children that walk through my door. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for me!”
Mrs. Andres - Pre-JK Homeroom
Mrs. Andres has an Early Childhood Education Diploma and is also a certified Educational Assistant. She has worked in Christian Education for almost 20 years and is the RCA Pre-JK Home Room Teacher. She has also taken additional courses including:
• Phonological Awareness and Phonics
• Learning In A Play-based/Inquiry-based Environment (Dr. Jane MacIntyre)
• Music Matters in Kindergarten (Dr. Jane MacIntyre)
“Teaching in Pre-JK is my passion; I love the little ones and feel it is a privilege to be with them. I enjoy watching them discover new things. It's such a wonderful age of exploring and growing in God's world.”
2 Peter 3:18 "But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ".
Ms. Lageer - Music
Ms. Lageer has been enjoying teaching music since 1988. She has a current Ontario College of Teachers certification with a Bachelor of Education, Honours Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Religious Education and training to teach special education as well as English as a Second Language.
"I believe that everyone has the ability to learn, perform, and appreciate music and the Lord asks us to worship Him with music. I see music as one of the gifts that God has given to us that is a part of our everyday lives. Music was created to be used to honour and glorify God! For over 20 years I have been working with students to help them achieve their level of performing music that makes it something enjoyable for them, no matter what stage of life they are in. It brings me continual joy to hear the piano being played with excitement during a recital, and to hear the students humming a tune to a new song that they have just learned while they walk in the school hallways! That is God’s gift back to me."