Mr. Ron Wickens has been involved at Calvary Christian School since 1994. 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 our Safe Place policies and procedures. Donna Jo has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and has completed additional university level qualification courses in the area of Early Childhood Administration, Special Education Specialist, and Autism. She is passionate about teaching and training children to be all they are 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.
Mrs. Jacinda King graduated from Heritage Baptist University in Greenwood, IN with an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. She joined the Calvary team in 2023 and has been working with children in a variety of settings for over twenty years. Over that time, her experience with children has included church ministries, camp ministries, the YMCA childcare and preschool programs, and teaching in a Christian school setting. She is excited to be able to have a part in helping children learn and grow in the Lord.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday Program
Mrs. Rachel Bartley graduated from Redeemer University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2017. She has since enjoyed working as the Educational Assistant in Calvary Christian School’s Senior Kindergarten classroom and is excited to step into her new role as the Senior Kindergarten teacher for the 2021/2022 school year. Having attended Calvary as a student, Rachel has been very pleased to return as a member of the staff. Her greatest desire is to walk alongside her students, encouraging and strengthening them both academically and spiritually.
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 started teaching at Calvary Christian School in 2014. In 2016, Alyssa was thrilled to join the tutoring program at Calvary Christian School. In 2020, she transitioned into teaching the Grade 2 class. Alyssa attended a Christian school for her elementary and secondary education. It is her heart's desire to serve in a Christian school and help train the next generation.
Mrs. Sue DiBacco earned her Bachelor of Religious Education (Christian Education) at Briercrest Bible College. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario respectively. She joined the Calvary team in 2023. She considers it a privilege to facilitate learning and growth in her students and to walk alongside each of them as they continue to discover God’s truth and write their stories.
Mrs. Kaitlyn MacDougall graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Sciences and a Bachelor of Education Junior/Intermediate Qualification - Science Teachable. Throughout her education, Kaitlyn was involved in educational programs and camps at Agape Valley Bible Camp and Ball's Falls Outdoor Education programs. She has experience tutoring students online and in-person in subjects such as Math and Language. She joined the Calvary team in 2020. She teaches with a sincere heart and desires to see her students learn and grow both academically and spiritually.
Mrs. Emily Damsted graduated from Whitworth University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education (Kindergarten to Grade 8). She also graduated from Ball State University, where she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Gifted Education. This is her ninth year teaching but joined the Calvary Christian School team in 2022. Emily is passionate about Christian education and helping students find their full potential through a Christian perspective. She is committed to provide learning experiences that promote life-long learning and equip children for a life of serving Christ.
Mr. Jim Groff attended Briercrest Bible College, then earned his Bachelor of Physical Education at Brock University and his Bachelor of Education at Queen's University. Prior to coming to Calvary, he taught for 12 years at Burlington Christian Academy. He began supply teaching at Calvary in 2010, and has since taught Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6, and has supported in the Tutoring Program. He has taught apologetics for homeschool groups, churches, and schools in Canada and Nicaragua. He is passionate about teaching students from a Biblical worldview and helping them treasure God’s Word in their hearts. He is also grateful for the opportunity to teach apologetics to our Grade 5-8 classes.
Mrs. Evelyn Sinka graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Intermediate/Senior Education with the teachable subjects of mathematics and French as a second language. As an alumna of Calvary, she was excited to return as a member of staff in 2021. Evelyn believes that every student can find their own success, and that their value and identity as a student is not solely dependent on grades. Rather, she believes it is reflected in their attitude towards learning and growth, their willingness to put in effort and persevere, their openness to learning from mistakes, their collaborative and respectful interactions with others, and most importantly, being rooted in Christ. Evelyn looks forward to encouraging students in building these traits and guiding them in their academic and spiritual journeys.
Miss Carol Ng graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts (honours) in Tourism Studies and a Bachelor of Education in the Junior/Intermediate division. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has been involved in various youth ministries through church and Christian organizations. She is passionate about teaching youth how to honour God in all areas of their lives using the gifts that He has given them. Her goal is to be used by God to help students see the sufficiency of Christ and be transformed by His grace to be effective servants of His kingdom.
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 for success.
Tutoring Learning Resource Teacher
Mrs. Karen Epp holds a Child and Youth Worker Diploma from Niagara College. Over the years, she has cherished her experiences working with children in various educational settings. She joined the Calvary Christian staff on a part-time basis in 2022 and is thrilled to transition to a full-time role in the Tutoring program in 2023. Mrs. Epp deeply values the opportunity at Calvary to share the truths found in the Word of God and to be able to pray with and for both the students and staff.
Educational Assistant for Pre Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten
Educational Assistant for Pre Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten
Mrs. Tracy Willms graduated from Niagara College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Willms has been a part of the staff at Calvary Christian School since 2003. She currently is an Educational Assistant for the Pre-K/JK classroom. Tracy has had all three of her children attend Calvary. She loves Jesus and desires to show HIS love and truth to the students through her teaching and interactions.
Educational Assistant for Grade 1
Senior Kindergarten (Thursday Program)
Mrs. Kailey Ediger attended the Niagara College Educational Assistant and Special Needs Program. Kailey joined the Calvary team in 2023. She has a passion for working with children and serving those around her. Her three children attend Calvary Christian School. Kailey is excited to be a part of the staff and to see how God will use her to help inspire future generations.
Ashley Van Natter
Educational Assistant for Grade 1
Mrs. Danielle Latchman graduated from York University Glendon college in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in French studies and a certificate of Bilingualism. After which for three years, Danielle did missions work in Paris, France and now finds herself being drawn to the education field in Canada. Since joining Calvary’s team in 2021, Danielle has enjoyed her position as an Educational Assistant and looks forward to also teaching Senior Kindergarten one day a week. She is passionate in showing and telling people how loved and valued they are by God no matter their age, gifts, talents, and abilities.
Mrs. Ashley Van Natter is an Education Assistant in the Grade 1 classroom. Mrs. Van Natter previously worked at Niagara Christian Collegiate as a Program Coordinator. She currently lives on site and assists with the dorm activities at Niagara Christian Collegiate alongside her husband. Mrs. Van Natter joined Calvary in 2022, and she is extremely thankful for being able to be a part of this incredible team.
Educational Assistant for Grade 4
Mrs. Tina Miloud joined the staff at Calvary Christian School in 2002. She carries a Bachelor of Religious Education degree as well as a Teacher’s Practitioner Certificate. Prior to coming to CCS, she taught various elementary grades in Christian Schools for eight years. She also served for one year with Operation Mobilization aboard the Logos II which at that time was sailing around Central and South America. In her time at CCS, Tina taught Senior Kindergarten for the greater part of eighteen years and Grade 1 for two years. Instilling a love for learning is a high priority for Tina. She attended Christian schools for most of her elementary and secondary education and feels blessed to be able to guide students to recognize God’s love for them. After almost three decades in education, Tina continues to love teaching and is excited for her new role in assisting in the Grade 4 classroom.
Secretary and Bookkeeper
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 desire 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.
Mrs. Suzie Nickel is an Educational Assistant in the Tutoring program and classrooms as needed. Mrs. Nickel joined the Calvary Christian School team in 2019 and has worked in various roles at the school. Mrs. Nickel has worked as a Children’s Ministry Director, as well as a support worker for Bethesda and Hannah House. She attended Briarcrest Bible College where she earned a degree in Bachelor of Religious Studies. Mrs. Nickel comes with many years of experience working with both children and their families.
Mrs. Becky McKeown is part of the office support staff. Mrs. McKeown joined the Calvary Christian School team in 2020. She attended Niagara College for Business Administration - Marketing. Becky 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.
Mrs. Somer McIntee has been employed at Calvary Christian School since 2018. Somer has a passion for Christian Education and values it first-hand as both of her children have attended Calvary. Somer’s heart to serve has been very evident in her daily work and interactions with staff and students. We are thankful that God is using Somer’s giftings and talents to bless Calvary.