HELLOS

Join us for welcoming or welcoming back the following staff to ACS!

ELEMENTARY

Jessica de Haan will be returning from her maternity leave. Welcome back Jessica and we look forward to having her back on staff this year!

Ruth Emerson will be joining us from England. She has been teaching at the kindergarten level (though with a different label) for one year plus a very full professional year for her degree. She and her fiancé Kyle will be getting married on August 17 and they will arrive in Abbotsford shortly after. We welcome Ruth and Kyle to our school community!

Madison Funk is an ACS alumni and will be one of our educational assistants this year. She received her EA training at Columbia Bible College and worked as an EA at Cornerstone Christian School for just over 2 years.

Alysa Foth has also been hired as an educational assistant. She is an ACS alumni and received her training and experience at Bethesda Christian Association over the past 3 years.

Melissa McLeod has been hired as an educational assistant. She received her training through Columbia Bible College and comes with eight years experience at Open Door Child Care Center as a K/1 Coordinator.

Cathy Morandini will be joining us at the elementary. Cathy comes with nearly 20 years’ experience as a kindergarten teacher at Pacific Academy. While she has thoroughly enjoyed her experience in kindergarten, she is excited about the challenge of an older grade. For next year, she will most likely be taking a grade 1 maternity leave, so not too big of a change in grade level. Cathy lives in Clayburn Village and so the idea of a 3 minute commute is very exciting for her. Welcome to ACS, Cathy!

Hannah Veldman is just graduated from Dordt College and is from Terrace, BC. She has done her practicum in grade 4 and has significant volunteer experience with a variety of ages. We welcome Hannah to our school community!

MIDDLE

Hanney Annan has been hired as an Educational Assistant. She has a BA in Psychology and Criminology as well as experience as an ESL teacher, a Home Support Worker and a Youth Worker. Most recently, she has worked this past year as an EA at Maple Ridge Christian School.

Jonathan Brooks has been hired to teach grade 8 math and science. Jonathan comes to us with experience teaching math and science to grades 7-10 in Nunavut, as well as three years spent teaching English in Taiwan.  Jonathan has his Bachelor of Education degree from Memorial University in Newfoundland and a Master’s of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Welcome Jonathan to our ACS community!

Kristina Eden comes to us from Maple Ridge Christian School, where she has worked as an Educational Assistant at various grade levels for the past four years. Prior to this, she ran a child care centre in Chilliwack. Kristina and her husband live in Mission with their two children, who will both be attending ACMS next year.

Steven Giesbrecht is already known to us, after stepping in part way through this year to provide support in two classrooms at the middle campus. He has worked as an Educational Assistant in two lower mainland Christian schools, and has used his technological gifts in other fields as well. He and his wife, Melody, live in Chilliwack with their young son, Samuel.

Sara Jansen has been hired as an Educational Assistant. Sara attended ACS in her primary years before moving with her family to Salmon Arm. She has her EA Certificate from Okanagan College and has worked as an EA for the past six years at King’s Christian School in Salmon Arm.

Carrie Lockwood will be the new Athletic Director (previously held by Jonathan Zuidhof) and itinerant PE teacher.

Cheryl Meisenheimer comes to us from Langley Christian School, where she has worked as an Educational Assistant for the past two years. Prior to that, she has training and experience in Respite Care and Behavioural Intervention. Cheryl’s husband is a pastor at Sevenoaks Alliance Church, and they have two children.

Andrew Richmond will be an Educational Assistant this year. Andrew studied education at Trinity Western University, with minors in English and Special Education. He comes to us from Surrey Christian School, where he worked as a middle level EA at the Cloverdale Campus for just over a year.

Heidi Siebenga will be assisting with the LSS Coordinator caseload at the middle campus, in addition to her regular EA duties. Heidi’s training and experience in social work, leadership and education have prepared her well to take on this new role. We are grateful for her willingness to take on this new challenge.

Paul Still will be returning to the middle school as an itinerant teacher. We welcome Paul back into our ACS community!

SECONDARY

Christine Boer has accepted the position of Drama Department Head and teacher for the coming school year. Christine comes to us from Unity Christian School most recently, but she spent many years in Christian schools in Ontario before that. She has produced and directed more than 10 mainstage productions, been involved with set design and building, and has been instrumental in growing the drama department at Unity. We are excited to have her join our staff and look forward to many wonderful productions at ACS in the future with her leadership. Welcome to ACS, Christine!

Naomi Stewart joined us as the secondary French teacher mid-way through the year. Naomi is fluent in English and French, graduated with an honours degree in Education and English Literature from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and is currently studying for her MA degree at Simon Fraser University. She took her PDP teacher training program at the University of Victoria and has been working as a TOC in the Abbotsford school district. She is also an accomplished dance instructor. We are so grateful for Naomi joining our school community.

Brent Westerink has accepted a position in our science department. He comes to us from Langley Christian School (but lives in Abbotsford) where he taught science classes, organized a Career Education program, and was involved in PBL curriculum. Brent is a “coach” in our PBL Residency program. We are excited to have him join our staff for the coming year.

Jessica Thiessen comes to us from the Abbotsford School District 34. She has background and experience in environmental education, science, biology, PE, and she has a passion for cross-curricular education. We are excited to hire an employee who has extensive training from the Buck Institute in PBL and has experience implementing PBL into their pedagogy. We welcome Jessica to our ACS community!

ADMIN

Nicole Hamm has accepted the position of Financial Administrative Assistant. She comes to us from Merom Farms Ltd., where she worked as a financial administrator for the past 7 years. Prior to that she also has experience working for Prospera Credit Union and The Royal Bank of Canada. Nicole and her husband, Raphael are ACS parents with their daughter Amelia in grade 9. Welcome to the team, Nicole!

GOODBYES

We are so sad to say goodbye to the following staff members and pray God’s richest blessings on them as they begin a new season of their life.

ELEMENTARY

Britney Beukens has been an Educational Assistant for the past three years. We wish her God’s blessings wherever He leads her.

Victoria Butler has been teaching grade 4 and 5 in the three years at the elementary campus. We will miss her and wish her God’s blessings in her new position as a grade 1 teacher at The Bear Creek School in Redmond, Washington.

Debbie Goertzen has taken a kindergarten position at White Rock Christian Academy. We thank Debbie for her outstanding contributions to our Kindergarten program over the past eight years. She has been a strong team player, with her team and in the school community. Debbie accepted this position so that she and her husband Gerry, current secondary principal, can fully invest in one community. We pray God’s richest blessings as they prepare for this move and begin to enrich their new community.

Lori Hall has decided to retire at the end of this school year. She says it has been a pleasure to be here for the past 11 years and she will miss this community. The feeling is reciprocal. We wish Lori God’s richest blessings in the adventures God has in store for her in the years ahead.

Nancy Humphries will be retiring after 28 years at ACS. She has taught in a variety of primary classrooms but has been the familiar face in our kindergarten program for as long as most of us can remember. This entire community will certainly be sad to no longer see Nancy in our school and at so many school events. Nancy and her husband, Jim are planning to move to the Calgary area to be nearer to family. We want to wish Nancy all the best as they make plans for a new future and to see what God has in store for her.

Karen Maza one of our Educational Assistants, will not be returning next year. We wish her God’s blessings whereever He leads her. 

Monique Weir will not be returning next year. She has been an Educational Assistant for 6 years at the elementary. We wish her God’s blessings wherever He leads her. 

MIDDLE

We congratulate Justin Verwoerd, one of our Educational Assistants, who is getting married in July and will be relocating to Vancouver with his wife. We wish him God’s blessings in their new life together.

Paige Lammers will not be returning from her maternity leave, but will be staying home to enjoy time with her daughter.

Abigail Kibarita, Educational Assistant, is furthering her education toward a teaching career next year and will not be returning. We wish Abigail all the best in her studies.

Mckayla Trottier, Educational Assistant, will not be returning next year. She and her husband are relocating to Powell River

We are so grateful that Sara de Waal was able to join us on campus to fill in short-term for the maternity leave of Michaela Friesen in grade 7. She is planning to finish her Master’s Degree and will not be returning. We wish her God’s blessings in her studies.

SECONDARY

Gerry Goertzen will not be returning next year. He has taken a position as Principal in the Junior School Program at White Rock Christian Academy this fall. He led our secondary staff through some exciting and meaningful changes over these last 8 years. From grade 12 Bible Modules, EPIC Mentoring, Grad Activity Service Days, special chapels, revised commencement, international student baptisms, Nicaragua trips in both directions, the Digital Learning Initiative, the implementation of myACS and PowerSchool, robots, visiting students from around the world, PBL initiatives, POL nights, outdoor education, and so much more. We will miss Gerry and we wish Gerry and Debbie God’s richest blessings in their new school community.

Alexis Krieg will not be returning next year. She taught math and PE and was very involved with the track & field team. She will be teaching in the Abbotsford school district next year and we wish her God’s blessings in her new school.

Janice Kostelyk will not be returning next year. She has been an Educational Assistant and we wish her God’s blessings wherever He leads her.

ADMIN

Heidi Isaac, our Financial Administrative Assistant is relocating to the Okanagan in May with her family. As an Administrative Office (as well as the rest of the staff), we are going to miss Heidi. Her laugh, her love of her job and the school, her expertise in her role, her humble spirit…not to mention keeping Peter in line. We wish her and her family God’s richest blessings in this transition.