CCS Staff

Our dedicated, professional staff work together with parents as partners in your child’s education.

Our teachers are readily available to speak to parents and we encourage parents to contact them with any questions they may have.

Our teachers provide expertise in various extracurricular activites such as choir, drama, student clubs, and sports teams. They are active in their churches and faith life and we believe that this enhances their teaching ability. Our staff cares for each individual student and encourages him/her to grow in their God given talents.

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Staff 2022/2023

Mrs. Tricia Nicholson

Preschool Supervisor & Grow and Go (SK)

My name is Tricia Nicholson, and this is my second year at CCS. This year I will be teaching in the preschool program and Senior Kindergarten. I really love this age group of kids! I have had many roles over the last 6 years in Christian schools such as EA, TA, Primary Prep teacher and supplying in lots of different grades. I love spending time exploring nature that our amazing God created, especially while camping with my family.

Mrs. Sara Fietje

Junior Kindergarten & Grow and Go (JK)

Hello, my name is Mrs. Fietje and I am excited to teach JK this year. I have been working with kids since I was able to get my babysitter’s license at age 12. Growing up I was the popular babysitter at my church, sometimes even babysitting triplets at times. 🙂 I have always known that the Lord had given me the gift of working with kids. It has always brought me so much joy and I definitely have a passion for it. I have 3 sons in grades 2,4 and 5. I take it as such a privilege to be able to work at their school. I am excited for this year ahead and looking forward to where the Lord is going to take us.

Mrs. Nicole Postma

Junior Kindergarten/Senior Kindergarten

The idea of becoming a teacher has been my dream job since I was in elementary school. It has been a blessing to be a teacher at CCS since 2011. Getting to share the love of Jesus with my Kindergarten students as we grow and learn together throughout the year is a joy. One of my favourite subjects to teach is Literacy. I love to read and getting to see students’ eyes light up as they learn and make new connections with stories is wonderful! I also enjoy working with some of the older students by leading the Battle of the Books team.

Mrs. Joanna Weinhardt

Senior Kindergarten

My name is Joanna Weinhardt and I graduated from UBC in 2000. I’ve been teaching in many places around the world for a total of 13 years. This is my 7th year teaching at CCS. I taught part time Grade 3 for a few school years starting in 2008 and then stayed home for several years to have a family. In 2017, I joined the CCS staff again and for the last 5 years, I’ve been working both as a part time Grade 2 teacher and as a part of the Student Support Services team. I am currently thrilled to teach SK this year and I’m overwhelmed with thanksgiving toward God for allowing me, again, to get to know and love a new group of learners. I have 2 kids and both attend CCS; my daughter is in Grade 7 and my son is in Grade 4 this year. I love to sing, read, kayak, hike… and I love Jesus deeply. I am passionate about helping every person I encounter know how loved, unique, and special they are to God. Some of my favourite moments in teaching are when I can read books out loud dramatically, and to sing worship songs with my students!

Miss Sue VanderSpek

Grade One

My name is Sue VanderSpek. I have been blessed to be a teacher at CCS for the past 29 years. I grew up on a dairy farm outside of Exeter, Ontario. I have been so blessed during my time at CCS. My favourite part of teaching Grade One is seeing the tremendous change in my students through out the year. I love to see God’s light shine through them as they discover the gifts God has given them. It is my prayer that each of my students will grow in their faith and their love for God and others.

Miss Renee Wells

Grade Two

Hello, my name is Renee Wells and I have been working at CCS for the past 8 years. I have worked in our Preschool program for all of these years and I also have taught in Grade 4, part-time for the past 3 years. Fun fact, I also am a graduate of CCS and attended from K-8!
I am jazzed to be teaching Grade 2 this year and can’t wait to see the things that God has in store for our class, as we learn and grow together!”

Mrs. Elsie Botha

Grade Three

My name is Elsie Botha. Our family immigrated from South Africa to Canada in 2002. I studied at the University of Johannesburg and completed my post-graduate studies at the University of South Africa. Starting a new life in Canada was very difficult and challenging, but God was with us every step of the way and with God’s grace we built a new life in Canada. I started as an EA at CCS in September 2016 as well as taking care of the After School program. I believe God gave me this opportunity to continue my chosen calling and career. I love being outside enjoying God’s creation. It is such a privilege to share my faith with the students and to guide them to see all of God’s amazing wonders in his creation.

Mrs. Melissa Groves

Vice Principal & Grade Four

Hi, I’m Melissa Groves! This is my fourth year at CCS. I love being the Vice Principal and enjoy getting to know all of the students in our school. This year, I am teaching Math and Reading in Grade 4. At CCS, I have taught Grades 2 and 8 as well. My favourite subject to teach is Math. My goal each year is to help my students develop a growth mindset and to help them realize that we are all a “work in progress!” We are clay in the Potter’s hands! Outside of school, you will usually find me somewhere around our farm hanging out with the animals and my family.

Mrs. Susan Guichelaar Gesch

Grade Four & ESL

My name is Susan Guichelaar Gesch, and I have been working at CCS since 2004. Before coming to CCS, I taught in South Korea for a few years. This launched my journey into ESL, which I have continued ever since. I love helping my students to learn and discover new things and develop the gifts God has given them.

Mr. Gerrit Van Andel

Grade Five

Hi! I’m Gerrit Van Andel. I am entering my 8th year of teaching at Cambridge Christian School. One thing I love about our school is that we have a strong sense of community not just among the student body but with school supporters as well. One of my favourite things about teaching is getting to know students across the grades and helping them understand the incredible gift of being a child of God. I am passionate about sports at the school and enjoy being active at recess as much as the students do! In my spare time, I love spending time with my wife and four kids.

Mrs. Annette Regnerus

Grade Six & French

Hello! My name is Annette Regnerus and this is year 31 for me in the classroom. I began my career at Providence and then moved to Cambridge in 2004. Both of my sons are graduates of CCS. Spending my time in the classroom with eager minds is the thing I love to do. Praising God together, learning together, creating together, figuring things out together, having that “”aha”” moment…what could be better?
I also love to coach and do other extracurricular activities.
When not at school, my husband and I love to go for hikes in God’s amazing creation and we love to discover new places in the world.

Mr. Kyle Maerz

Grade Seven

My name is Kyle Maerz and this is my first year here at Cambridge Christian School. I taught Grade 6 last year at Chatham Christian School and taught Bible and P.E. before that at Smithville Christian High School. I love exploring the gifts that we all have, and finding ways to discover them and encourage one another. I love spending my time running, playing disc golf and reading.

Mr. Kevin Stevens

Grade Eight

My name is Kevin Stevens. I am a Redeemer graduate, and this is my 9th year teaching. I taught a mix of Grades 7 and 8 for seven of those years, and I also taught one year at Woodland Christian High School. I love being able to share how everything on our planet points towards our Creator! I’ve always experienced this profoundly in nature. It’s amazing to see how the order and design in all of creation works together. When I am not in the classroom, I love spending time with my wife and two daughters adventuring in God’s creation!

Mrs. C. Gray

Student Support Services

I have been working in Student Support Services at Cambridge Christian School for 21 years. I love finding creative ways to help every child learn to the best of their abilities. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, canoeing, and hiking with my family. I love to play the piano and sing! Being creative with friends as we go to Play With Clay is a highlight of my week!

Mrs. Yvonne Rizzo

Student Support Services

My name is Yvonne Rizzo. I have been an Educational Assistant for 22 years, and this is my 6th year at Cambridge Christian School. I am passionate about supporting our students to learn new skills that help them to reach their potential.

Mrs. Darlene Bokma

Student Support Services

Miss Anita Brouwer

Student Support Services

I am Anita Brouwer, and I am so glad to be teaching again at CCS. I have taught Grade Two for over 27 years. I am looking forward to working on the Lexia program and in grades 1-4. In the past, I have helped with many musicals and organized many special days for school families. When I am not at school, I love to swim, kayak, read, and play with clay. The Lord has blessed me with many opportunities to travel and I enjoy learning about other cultures and seeing different landscapes and animals such as the dung beetle.

Mrs. Stephanie Smith

Student Support Services

Our family has been connected with the CCS community for a few years now, and I’m excited to join on as an educational assistant. My background is in social work and I am passionate about working with children and their families; whatever their academic, social, physical or mental health needs. I love watching children explore the world around them and make connections in their learning. It’s fascinating for me to chat with kids and see how they think about things, especially as they begin to understand concepts about God and faith.
Personally, I love spending time with family and friends and being outside whenever possible. I also love music of many kinds, and I cannot imagine a world without singing, dancing and instruments! I am grateful for the many blessings God provides, and for His unfailing faithfulness and perseverance during difficult times.

Miss Fran Huberts

Music

I have loved working at CCS as a teacher, vice-principal and short-term principal for over 30 years. After retiring from full-time work in 2019, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach Math and Reading to Grades 3/4, Grade 7 and Grade 8. This year, I am teaching Music to Grade 5-8 in a portable that is setup for my subject. Imagine, being able to make music which sometimes sounds a ‘little or a lot like noise’ and not interrupting anyone else.

Mrs. Ann Clark

Development Officer & Administrative Assistant

My name is Ann Clark. This is my fifth year as Administrative Assistant at Cambridge Christian School and my third year as Development Officer. Cambridge Christian School has been part of my family since 2003 when our oldest son joined SK. Our youngest son graduated in 2016. My experience during those years was volunteering both in the classrooms, on committees and the Board of Directors. I love working alongside a wonderful Christian staff and seeing the students learn about God in every subject. When I am not in the school, I enjoy walking, baking and reading.

Mrs. Katie Valade

Advancement Coordinator

Hi, I’m Katie Valade, and I have the privilege of helping our new families with admissions, giving tours of the school, and assisting with our fundraising and community events. One of my greatest joys is my family, and you can find my three kids around the school as well. My family has been at CCS through three generations now – my mom, myself and my siblings, and now my kids. It has been incredible to watch CCS grow throughout the years and see God’s faithfulness to us! I joined the staff at CCS in 2019 and love a good challenge, the opportunity to make spreadsheets, and building community at a place that is so special to me. When I get true free time, I love playing volleyball and baseball, board games with my kids, and catching up with friends over brie and coffee.

Mrs. Jenn DeVries

Bookkeeper

I’m Jenn DeVries and I’m the bookkeeper at CCS. You’ll find me in the Finance Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’ve been on staff here since 2017, but I’ve been a parent and volunteer at the school since 2009, serving in fundraising, finance, and on the Board of Directors. I love being part of the office team and using my gifts to further God’s kingdom through the mission of CCS.

Mr. Scott Beda

Principal/COO

My name is Scott Beda and I love being the Principal of Cambridge Christian School! I have my Master’s of Educational Leadership and have served as principal for a decade. Before I was a principal I taught everything from Grade Two to Grade Eight. My favourite subjects to teach are History and Bible. I love playing guitar and leading chapels. In my spare time I spend time with my family, bike, play on the Worship Team and listen to old records.

Librarian

Mrs. Caroline Dyk

Facilities Manager

Mr. Doug Hanchar

Curriculum Coordinator

Mrs. Melissa Groves