Mr. Ron Wickens has been involved at Calvary Christian School since 1996. As a parent, school board member, and now in his current position as administrator/principal since 2000, he has experience from many different perspectives. Along with his extensive administrative background, Ron has completed the Association of Christian Schools’ Principal's course, as well as, many workshops, courses, and seminars relating to Christian education. Ron sees Calvary Christian School as a ministry, partnering with parents/guardians in the spiritual formation of their children. He believes it is a privilege to speak into the lives of the students. His passion is training the tender hearts of the students with good character qualities, positive habits, and rooting them well in God's Word. It is Ron's desire to meet the needs of all of God's treasures through the development of Calvary's special education programs. Ron also serves on the Board of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for eastern Canada.
Donna Jo Hewitt
Pre Kindergarten/Junior Kindergarten, Vice Principal
Mrs. Donna Jo Hewitt has been a part of the teaching staff at Calvary Christian School since 2001. Currently, she is Vice Principal, lead teacher responsible for Kindergarten, and Calvary's coordinator for Plan to Protect. Donna Jo has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and has completed additional qualifications courses in the area of Early Childhood Administration and Autism. She has completed Level 1 and Level 2 courses toward her Special Education Specialist designation. She is passionate about teaching and training children to be all they are were created to be. Donna Jo is part of the Special Education Team at Calvary Christian School, and focuses on early identification, intervention, program planning, and the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans. Donna Jo is actively involved in presenting workshops in schools, churches, community settings, and Christian school conferences. Donna Jo is committed to helping teachers, educators, ministry leaders, and volunteers successfully meet the needs of all children.
Educational Assistant for JK and Pre Kindergarten
Mrs. Tracy Willms graduated from Niagara College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children for over two and a half decades and has been part of the Calvary Christian School staff, working as an Educational Assistant in the Kindergarten classroom, since 2003. Tracy appreciates all that CCS has to offer; the partnership with parents to help children be successful, teaching children Biblical truths in a world that is losing absolutes, and doing all through the love of Christ.
Educational Assistant for JK and Pre Kindergarten
Mrs. Beining Zhang graduated from Beining feels privileged to have joined CCS as an Educational Assistant in the Kindergarten classroom in 2020. It is her hearts desire to be intentional in her job and help make a loving difference in each amazing child she works with.
Mrs. Tina Miloud earned her Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Faithway Baptist College of Canada. She has also earned a Teacher's Practitioner Certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International. She joined the staff of Calvary Christian School in 2002. Instilling a love for learning is a high priority for Tina. Being education in Christian schools for elementary to post secondary years, she has seen the enduring positive influence of having an education that is based on the principals found in God's Word. Tina loves to teach Kindergarten and is thankful each day for the opportunity to partner with parents/care-givers for their child's education.
Mrs. Kimberly Dueck is a graduate of Brock University with a degree in Child and Youth Studies, BA Honors/ B. Ed Concurrent Primary/Junior stream with first class standing. She attends the Meeting House and has been involved as a volunteer leader in youth groups, Bible studies, and teaching Sunday School. She is excited to join the Calvary Ministry team and to have the opportunity to help shape students’ minds, beliefs, and character not only in an academic and social level but on a spiritual level as well.
Educational Assistant for Kindergarten
Mrs. Rachel Bartley graduated from Redeemer University College with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2017. She enjoys working with children and hopes to one day continue her education and become a certified teacher. Having attended Calvary Christian School as a student, Rachel is very pleased to return to the school in 2018 as an Educational Assistant in the Senior Kindergarten classroom. Her greatest desire is to walk alongside students on their spiritual journeys and help them come to know the Lord in a deep and personal way.
Tutoring Math Learning Resource Teacher
Miss Alyssa Martens graduated from Brock University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Child and Youth Studies and a Bachelor of Education in 2013. She joined the staff at Calvary Christian School in 2014. Alyssa was thrilled to join the tutoring program at Calvary Christian School in 2016. The focus of this program is to provide support for students who, for a variety of reasons, struggle in the general classroom. Additional training in Special Education has helped Alyssa build specific skills to support these students' needs. Alyssa attended a Christian school for her elementary and secondary education. She attends Jubilee Community Church where she is a Sunday School teacher, worship leader, and involved with their youth program. It has been her heart's desire to serve in a Christian school and help train the next generation.
Mrs. Beth McLeod earned her Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Studies) and her Bachelor of Education at Brock University. She has been teaching at CCS since 2008. Beth considers her job a great privilege, especially because she is able to help her students recognize the signature of their Creator across all subject areas. She enjoys helping her students to be creative, to take pride in hard work, and to think critically about what they see and hear in the world around them.
Mrs. Madeleine MacDonald graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Studies and a Bachelor of Education Primary/Junior Qualification - Concurrent Education. After graduating from Brock in 2017, she was an Art Camp Counselor and taught English as a second language at Niagara Christian Collegiate during July and August 2017. She has also been a literacy camp counselor and a private and volunteer tutor. She attends Niagara Community Church and her heart is for her students to grow in their faith and knowledge of their Lord and Saviour.
Mrs. Lindsay Hicks graduated from Brock University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Child and Youth Studies and a Bachelor of Education in 2016. She joined the staff at Calvary Christian School in 2016. Lindsay attends Central Community Church and is a volunteer at her church's Guest Services and leads a young adults' life group. It has been her heart's desire to serve in a Christian school and help train the next generation.
Mr. Jim Groff earned his Bachelor of Physical Education at Brock University, and his Bachelor of Education at Queen's University. He began supply teaching at Calvary in 2010 and has since taught Grades 3, 3/4, Grade 5 core subjects, and supported in the Tutoring Program. He is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to teach students from a Biblical worldview as well as to teach apologetics to our Grade 5 - 8 classes. Prior to coming to Calvary, he taught for 12 years at Burlington Christian Academy. He is active in day camp ministry and Christian education at his home church.
Miss Libby Tackey graduated from Brock University where she earned her Bachelors of Arts (Honours) in integrated studies (French as a second language) and a Bachelor of Junior/Intermediate Education. Libby enjoys working with children and seeing them achieve their educational goals. Libby strives to create a welcoming environment in her classroom where all types of learners can feel included and celebrated. Libby is honoured to have the opportunity to combine her passions of education and faith in a supportive environment with the hope that her students would apply themselves in their learning and create a passion in their hearts to know more about their God.
Miss Nadia Reyes is the Grade Eight teacher at Calvary Christian School. She has taught at CCS since 2001. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Brock University. During her first year, Nadia taught Grade One and Two, but in 2003 she began teaching Grade Seven and Eight. Nadia has a heart for Missions and has been involved in summer mission trips over the last decade, spreading God's message of salvation throughout Canada, the United States, England, and Mexico. Nadia believes that as Christians, we have been called to spread the Good News of salvation in whatever field of service we are in.
Tutoring Learning Resource Teacher
Mrs. Ann-Marie Johnson graduated from Brock University in 1994 with a Music Degree. She has completed her Masters of Science in Education Degree, specializing in Special Education. Ann-Marie has worked at Calvary since 2008 and is currently a Learning Resource Teacher in the Tutoring classroom and an assistant in the office. Ann-Marie finds it very rewarding to be able to experience the positive and successful transformations within the lives of the young children she teaches. Ann-Marie firmly believes that God has a special plan for each child and feels blessed to be an instrument used by Him in helping to equip and prepare them.
Tutoring Learning Resource Teacher
Mrs. Michele Koch graduated from Brock University with her Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Education. She has been teaching music lessons to children from her private studio for the last 9 years. She loves children and teaching and most importantly, sharing the Good News of the gospel and the love of Jesus to everyone around her. Michele felt a strong immediate connection with the ministry being done at CCS when she began in the Fall of 2018. She is extremely passionate about her role at the school, especially the privilege of working in a Christ centered environment.
Home Education Program Coordinator
Mr. Adam Janssen earned his Bachelor of Physical Education and his Bachelor of Education at Brock University. He joined the Calvary Christian School team in 2010. Adam is actively involved in the sports teams and Intramurals program. Adam feels extremely blessed with the opportunity he has been given to positively influence students academically and spiritually in their walk with God. Adam is very outgoing, creative, and supportive to all learning styles while creating a safe and respectful classroom environment.
Mrs. Suzie Nickel is a part-time Educational Assistant in the Tutoring program and classrooms as needed. Mrs. Nickel joined the Calvary Christian School team in 2019. Mrs. Nickel is also the Children's Ministry Director at Calvary Church in St. Catharines. She was worked as a support worker for Bethesda and Hannah House. She attended Briarcrest Bible College.
Mrs. Coreen Galenkamp has been employed at Calvary Christian School since 2004 as a secretary/bookkeeper. She earned a diploma in Business Administration – Information Systems from Niagara College. Coreen enjoys the variety of her work - it is never boring! Since, in many cases, Coreen is the first contact at the school office for families and students, her role is to reflect the respect, kindness, and care of the school. She is always available to support the teachers and families in any way she can. Coreen feels blessed to work with the teaching staff in this ministry and to participate as young lives are transformed.
International Student Program
Mrs. Alicia Stepien earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario. Alicia has 4 years of experience teaching ESL students and coordinating the student ministry program at Niagara Christian Community of Schools. Alicia joined the staff at CCS in 2015. In addition to teaching ESL at Calvary Christian School, she also assists in the school office. Alicia considers it a privilege to serve at the school where her two children attend, and daily witness the power of Jesus Christ to transform lives for God’s glory.
Capital Campaign Coordinator
Mrs. Sandra Miele has been employed at Calvary Christian School since 2012. Sandra has a passion for Christian Education. Both of her children graduated from Calvary Christian School. Sandra coordinates fundraisers throughout the school year. The capital campaign has helped Calvary Christian School pay for classroom renovations, an addition of a gymnasium, a playing field and installation of play structures, and is currently working toward paying off the mortgage. We are thankful that God is using Sandra's giftings and talents to bless Calvary.
Mrs. Becky McKeown is a part-time office support staff. Mrs. McKeown joined the Calvary Christian School team in 2020. She attended Niagara College for Business Administration - Marketing. Mrs. McKeown worked in office administration for over 12 years prior to coming to Calvary. She is honoured to be able to serve alongside the wonderful staff at Calvary Christian School.