NEW TEAM MEMBERS for 2023/2024
Miss Lageer - Principal and Head of Upper School
Miss Lageer has a Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. She has completed the Special Education Part 1 and English as a Second Language Part 1 Additional Qualifications. She has completed a Bachelor of Religious Education from Emmanuel Bible College and has also completed an introductory French course through Conestoga College.
Miss Lageer has taught PreJK to grade 11 in various schools internationally and nationally and has been at RCA as the music teacher for 12 years and French teacher for 2 years. She has also been running a private music studio for over 30+ years.
Her hobbies include photography and fishing.
‘’Having attended Christian education myself, I understand the many benefits of attending a school with a Christ-centered focus. As now a principal and teacher at RCA, I aim to provide a nurturing and safe environment for each student where they can grow and discover their God-given gifts and abilities."
Mrs. Hallock - Head of Lower School
Mrs. Hallock received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth studies from Brock University, with a primary focus on child development, education, and behaviour, mental and learning disabilities. During her educational journey she enjoyed various teaching placements specifically in primary grades and after school reading programs.
She has a true passion for working with our youngest learners! Helping each child progress in all areas of their development, academics, social, language and motor is a challenge that she is honoured to accept daily. Mrs. Hallock strives to create a classroom of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment
Mrs. Hallock’s education began in Christian education and truly believes Christian education makes a difference in the lives of the students as it did for her. She had many placements and teaching experiences in public schools within Ontario and realized quite quickly she wanted to teach in a Christian school environment. Resurrection Christian Academy offers a space for children to feel safe and understood, and when a child feels safe and understood the best learning happens. At RCA we pour into our students and instill in them that they are a child of God, made in His image and who are dearly loved by their Heavenly Father. More than anything we strive to create a safe place where our students can grow mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually without limitations.
Mrs. Hallock has two young children and enjoys camping in their trailer in the summer and adventurous activities, where they can enjoy the sunshine and swimming. She also enjoys baking, cooking, and shopping.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
Miss Dufton - Classroom Teacher
Miss Dufton’s eclectic teaching career started in the 1980’s. She received her Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario and began teaching Adult Education, supply teaching, tutoring, and then settled into a thirty-year long career at St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School in Cambridge. There she taught mainly English and Drama and studied Special Education (Part 2) and completed her Specialist in Guidance. While at St. Benedict she humbly received The Teacher of the Year Award, and The Barrday Teacher of Excellence Award. After retiring in 2014 she has supply taught at Christian elementary schools and worked as a Teaching Assistant and an Educational Assistant in grades JK to 8.
Miss Dufton is thrilled to join the staff at Resurrection Christian Academy. Teaching is her life’s passion and believes there is no greater assignment on earth than teaching the next generation about the awesome love of our God and the saving grace found in Jesus Christ.
Outside of school, Miss Dufton enjoys serving with the Kids’ Ministry Team at her church, co-leading a church life group, and co-directing Camp HBC (her church sponsored summer camp). Her other passion in life is Theatre. She is very active writing, directing, stage managing, etc. with Audience of One Christian Theatre in Guelph. In quiet times she loves reading, walking, and watching classic movies with her cat.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Miss Slack - Classroom Teacher
Miss Slack was in one of the first classes to graduate from RCA. Miss Slack holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Redeemer University in 2021 with a double major in Music and Psychology as well as a minor in Disability Studies. She was involved in many other activities such as tutoring, Best Buddies, concert choir,
IT help desk and the Residence Life team while at the university. She recently completed her Bachelor of Education from Redeemer and is certified through the Ontario College of Teachers. Her placements were in HWDSB and HWCDSB within the Junior/Intermediate grade range.
Over the past several years, she has assisted with RCA's STEM electives - robots, 3D printing, and coding. She has also been a part-time teaching assistant at RCA from kindergarten to grade 8 for two years. Additionally she has years of experience working in summer camp settings providing one-to-one support for campers with a cognitive, physical or learning challenges.
Her love of music has led her to be involved in many concert bands. Her primary instruments are woodwinds and she can play 14 different instruments. Her other hobbies include reading, gardening, crafting and horseback riding.
“I am excited to be back at RCA as a teacher and have always dreamed of being a teacher. As an educator I want to share my passion for learning, music and nature with my students.”
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Miss Orlando - Classroom Teacher
Miss Orlando has recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts Honours History Degree with a specialization in English. She has also completed a variety of other courses that focus on youth, adolescents, and children with exceptionalities. Miss Orlando is excited to be a part of the RCA community and support her students in their development and education journey.
Miss Orlando has a passion for the outdoors, such as camping and hiking, which she has been able to nourish through her experience as an Outdoor Education Facilitator and Summer Camp Director at C.Y.O. Camp Brébeuf. When she is not teaching, Miss Orlando enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two nephews, and expressing her creative side through visual art. Working closely with children for many years has shown her the importance of lifelong learning and nurturing a collaborative environment between teacher and student.
"For me, one of the most inspiring aspects of education has been its ability to create community across diverse groups, creating opportunities to learn about Christ and faith, while incorporating elements of my creativity into the classroom. It is through each of these pieces that I feel students and teachers can connect best and learn together. I am looking forward to making these connections and building these relationships in the upcoming school year at RCA."
Miss Guenther - Classroom Teacher
Miss Guenther received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music in voice with a concentration in Community Music from Wilfrid Laurier University. She also received her minor in education. During her educational journey, she enjoyed various teaching placements in group music classes for primary grades, as well as gaining experience teaching voice and piano lessons privately at instructional schools, working in childcare, and facilitating group music lessons that center on child development.
Though Miss Guenther’s desire for education and teaching stemmed from music, she has grown to love and appreciate all forms of education, and is absolutely ecstatic to have her own classroom this year!
Miss Guenther’s inspiration for teaching began in her secondary years, and being so incredibly inspired by teachers that had touched her heart and impacted her in positive ways. Now that she has decided to pursue education as a career path for herself, she desires to impact the lives of her students in the same way that she felt so inspired by the teachers in her life.
Growing up, Miss Guenther was raised in a Christian household and has always been very involved in various church ministries, including worship teams, church productions, and children’s programs. Along with fostering and nurturing students' emotional, cognitive, and academic growth, she believes that fostering spiritual growth is of utmost importance, especially within a class environment. Having her personal school experiences within the public school environment, she felt that there was always something missing. Miss Guenther strives to create an accepting environment in her classroom, where all children truly know that they are loved and accepted by their Heavenly Father.
In her personal life, Miss Guenther enjoys recreational reading and writing, shopping, performing and singing, and being creative!
But Jesus said, Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs to the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 19:14
Mrs. Andres - Classroom Teacher
Mrs. Andres has an Early Childhood Education Diploma and is also a certified Educational Assistant. She has worked in Christian Education for almost 25 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.”
But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18
Mr. Slack - Computer Teacher, IT Support, Tech Coordinator
Mr. Slack has education at both the university and college levels plus experience in the use of print and visual media. He has also been involved in research, product design, training and marketing at the corporate level. Mr. Slack has 17 years of experience in Christian education plus 36 years of experience with computers, photography and video production. He currently runs a part time multimedia/computer service company but still finds time to teach electives (robotics, coding, 3D printing, model rocketry) and assist other classes & teachers with their technology needs. He also manages the technology infrastructure for the school as well as assist with events where tech assistance is needed.
Mr. Slack has attended various technology courses related to education. Some of these courses involved using digital technology tools in the classroom, coding, circuitry, response technology, SMART Board techniques and 21st century teaching practices such as PBL and Flipped Classroom concepts. He has also attended GAFE (Google Apps for Education) courses at the Google Summit and currently administers the school’s G Suite for Educaton system and the RCA Clouds.
"I have a passion to see Christians use all the current technology to make a positive impact in the world of media."
Mrs. Brombal - Administration, Head of Enrollment and Fundraising
Mrs. Brombal comes from a banking background and became a stay at home mom when her fourth child was born. All her children went to Christian schools and now her daughter is teaching at a Christian school. As well as being a co-founder and an active board member, Mrs. Brombal will also be helping with administration of the school, serving as head of enrollment and co-ordinating fundraising efforts.
"I believe in Christian Education and that is why my husband and I chose Christian Education for our five children. There isn’t a better gift you can give your children than a safe environment where they can learn and be accepted and loved for who they are. I feel each day is a gift when I walk the halls and I hear laughter, giggles and excitement of student’s enjoying their days here at Resurrection!"
“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else at this time in my life. I know that God has put me here for a reason and my job is to be obedient to Him. I do my best to live by Philippians 3:12:14, and having the chance to influence so many young lives has become such a blessing in my life. THANK YOU!"
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do; forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:12-14