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Lisa Abe

Lisa Abe

Art Teacher (K-5)

Lisa AbeGraduate 2008

Art Teacher (K-5)

Start Date: 2016

Education: Concordia University WI
Major- Art Education
Minors- Biology and Theology

Bio:

Lisa Abe is a Sheboygan area native and a graduate of Sheboygan Christian High School. She pursued a degree in art education at Concordia University in Mequon, WI. After teaching for three years at a middle school in Rice Lake, WI, God led Lisa back to the SCS community. She enjoys teaching students the value of visual art in light of God- the most supreme Artist. Her deep hope for her students is that they find joy in the creative process and reflect on how God finds joy in His creation.

Lisa lives in Sheboygan with her husband Joe and son Levi. They enjoy hiking and exploring new places together. Lisa also loves getting a chance to create her own art when she’s not chasing around a toddler! They are involved with their local church, River Rock, where Joe leads worship and Lisa helps with the children. 

Kathy Andringa

Kathy Andringa

2nd Grade Teacher

Kathy AndringaGraduate 1980

2nd Grade Teacher

Education: Dordt College- B.A.

Bio:

Kathy is married to SCS science teacher John Andringa. They have three out-of-the nest children, Kathryn (business analyst in Pella, Iowa), Sam (attorney in Itasca, Illinois), and Ben ( Senior Customer Specialist in Green Bay, Wisconsin). Kathy is a graduate of SCS. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Dordt College and then moved to Lake Worth, Florida to teach at Lake Worth Christian School where she taught 5th grade and middle school and met John. When they could no longer stand the beautiful weather, they hoped to move closer to family in the Midwest. Little did they know that God was preparing positions for them in Sheboygan at SCS and SCCHS! They have been blessed to send their children to SCS and to be a part of the SCS staff. Kathy is currently attending Hope Church in Sheboygan.

John Andringa

John Andringa

High School Science Teacher

John Andringa

High School Science Teacher

Start Date: 1990

Education: Calvin University, Bachelor of Science

Bio:

John is married to Kathy who is also a teacher at SCS. They have three adult children: Kathryn, Sam, and Ben. John grew up in Orange City, Iowa, and went to college in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His first teaching job was in Lake Worth, Florida which is also where he met and married Kathy. For the last 30 years he has taught science and many other subjects at SCS. He is passionate about teaching young adults, especially those with unique personalities and those living in unique circumstances. He loves spending time with his family and in his garden.

Jen Atkinson

Jen Atkinson

5th Grade Teacher

Jen Atkinson

5th Grade Teacher

Start Date: 2000

Education: Dordt University
B.A., Elementary Education
Field of Specialization in P.E. & Coaching Endorsement

Bio:

Jen moved to Sheboygan from Hull, IA to start her career at SCS in 2000. Jen and her husband, Tyler, have been married since 2004, and have two awesome kids: Noah and Naomi. In addition to their kids, they have a Boxer dog named Brewer (Go Brew Crew!) and some chickens, which provide eggs for delicious breakfasts (Tyler is the chef) and for baking sweet homemade treats (Jen is the baker). They attend Crossroads Community Church. Tyler is an avid bowler, and has passed that interest on to Noah and Naomi. They bowl every Saturday morning in their league and participate in different tournaments. Jen and Ty spend a lot of time cheering for their kids in bowling, football, volleyball, and basketball. The whole family enjoys Brewers, Badgers, and Packers games as well. They also love having people over to enjoy Tyler’s delicious BBQ. Jen and the kids annually go to Sioux City, IA to spend a week with her family. If Jen gets any time to herself, she enjoys curling up with Brewer and a good book. Jen is committed to the SCS mission by helping students grow in their faith as she continues to grow in hers.

Amy Balint-Kaat

Amy Balint-Kaat

Administrative Assistant

Amy Balint-Kaat

Administrative Assistant

Bio:

Amy has seen two of her children graduate from SCS and is looking forward to celebrating Aidan’s graduation this spring! She and her husband, Dave, attend Christ Community church and love to help lead worship. One thing Amy loves about her job as an Administrative Assistant is connecting with parents, staff and students. The SCS family is a wonderful picture of the body of Christ. She loves seeing different people from a variety of backgrounds come together to prepare students’ hearts and minds for service in God’s world!

Rachael Bilyk

Rachael Bilyk

Middle School Teacher

Rachael Bilyk

Middle School Teacher

Start Date: 2021

Education: Marian University. Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Biology, Minor in Environmental Science.

Bio:

Rachael has taught 6th-12th math and science courses since 2017, and is excited to continue at SCS teaching middle school math and STEM. As an educator, she strives to inspire students not only to have a heart for learning and academics, but a heart for Christ. Her deep hope is that students are empowered to develop their God-given gifts, seeking to bring glory to Him in everything they do. She loves all things math and science, and loves being able to show students all the ways our natural and mathematical world continuously points back to the Creator.

In her free time, she and her husband Ben love to go hiking, exploring WI state parks and national parks, kayaking, biking, and going on adventures with their dog, Calvin. She is an avid gardener, and she loves to learn and share about plants and flowers. She and her husband currently attend Vineyard Church in Grafton, WI.

Myron Bolkema

Myron Bolkema

High School Mathematics Teacher

Myron Bolkema

High School Mathematics Teacher

Start Date: 2001

Education: Dordt University--BA; University of South Dakota--MA

Bio:

Myron joined our school in 2001 after serving as an elementary teacher and an administrator in 3 other schools in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He married his wife, Chantelle 40 years ago and they have three children, all married, and seven grandchildren. He received his BA degree in elementary education from Dordt College (University) and his MA degree in Elementary Administration at the University of South Dakota. He and his wife are members of First Christian Reformed Church in Oostburg. Myron has seen our school go through some difficult times, but rejoices in God’s faithfulness as he sees the tremendous growth of the school in recent years.

Mya Chmielewski

Mya Chmielewski

2nd & 4th Grade Teacher

Mya Chmielewski

2nd & 4th Grade Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: Dordt University, B.A. Elementary Education
Endorsement in Special Education

Bio:

Mya is a recent graduate of Dordt University. She graduated in 2022 with a degree in elementary education. Mya also has an endorsement in special education. This is Mya’s first year of teaching at SCS. She enjoys going to the cabin, downhill skiing, and going on walks with her dog, Bandit. She will be coming to Sheboygan from Mayer, MN. Here she attended Lutheran grade school and high school. Currently she is a member of Zion Lutheran Church and will begin looking for a church to attend and get involved in in the Sheboygan community.

Mya is passionate about growing the mission of Sheboygan Christian School by integrating Christ into all that is done in her classroom throughout the day. She will show the love of Christ through her words and actions. Mya is excited to be a part of the Sheboygan Christian School family!

David Cornette

David Cornette

Board Member

David Cornette

Board Member

Start Date: 2020

Bio:

Church Affiliation: Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Cedar Grove

Family Information: I come from a family of five boys (my poor, dear mother): James, Timothy, David, Paul, and Jonathan. My parents, John and Lola Cornette, are alive and well in Greer, SC. Shannon has an older sister, Michelle, and a younger brother, Christopher. Her parents, Myron and Barb, are alive and (mostly) well in Beloit, WI. Myron is fighting cancer. Our Lord has blessed us with seven children:

Alyssa Mabel (21)

Calvin Myron (20)—SCS grad!

Annie Michelle (18)—SCS grad!

Iain Murray (16)—SCS senior

Lauryn Maisy (14)—SCS freshman

Graeme Machen (11)—SCS 7th grader

Liam Michael (7)—Homeschooled (Ulcerative Colitis struggles); I would love to see him at SCS, but Shannon is not ready for that.

Employment Information: I have been in pastoral ministry since 1999. I have been pastor of Calvary OPC since November, 2015. Before that, I was the pastor of Grace OPC in South Jersey for 16 years, leading a transition from a Reformed Baptist congregation to a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

Church/School Activities you are or have been involved with: Well, in the local church, just about every dimension of church life involving gathering, growing and glorifying our Triune God. I have been involved in discipleship from the youngest to the oldest of age groups; nursery, “children’s church,” youth group, Christian Ed at the macro level; hospital, house, hospice visits; crisis and discipleship counseling; teaching at all levels; VBS; residential facilities for the elderly, doing visits, leading devotional services; music ministry of all kinds, in and out of church services; home Bible studies; and so on. In the regional church of my denomination, I am chair of the Presbytery of the Midwest Diaconal Committee, which covers eight states as well as the Upper Peninsula.

At SCS, I have spoken in chapel services, taught a class for a semester or two, and am currently a substitute teacher. I was the speaker at the class of 2022 graduation ceremony.

What do you like most about SCS? Clearly, the LORD led us here, but he used her presence. Back in Jersey we homeschooled, avoiding a tough state school context. I had a low salary, Shannon worked hard as a homemaker but not outside the home for wages. There were no vouchers. Christian School costs for our family were way beyond us. Wisconsin’s voucher program opened the door to send our kids to SCS. It was the Lord’s good will to bring us to Wisconsin, within reach of SCS, and to provide the means. HOWEVER, meeting Ann Steenwyk was it for me as father. Her passion, communication of the SCS vision, leadership, clear love for students, and her gifted way of dealing faithfully and kindly with people stood out to me. From our experience so far, SCS is filled with sinful, imperfect, loving and faithful teachers and staff. There is a pretty big commitment to community life. We are geographically out of the community, which comes with challenges, but we are so blessed.

What do you think is the most important goal for SCS? My conviction is that the call to ‘bring our children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord’ (Ephesians 6:4) goes beyond the moral realm to include all of life. “The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them” (Psalm 89:11). While the call is to the home and to parents, it certainly embraces the church, Christian community, and the Christian academy. I fully embrace SCS’s wholistic approach to seeing God in every arena of life, in every academic subject. I think our core goal should be to send graduates forth whose academics flow out of a God-centered, Christ-adoring worldview. This is different than academics with a Christian perspective added.

Why did you accept to be nominated for the School Board? I cannot recall the exact time or words, but there was a call for parents to be a committed part of the SCS community. I wanted to be part of the solution to the challenges and problems SCS, like any school, faces. I have often not found it doable to be part of some of the “grunt” work/volunteer efforts, due to my back pain and busyness as a pastor. Here is what I know: I LOVE people, people of all ages. From young children all the way through teens, and the elderly. Hormone-driven Middle Schoolers do not stress me out, nor do smart-mouthed teens. I love people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and ethnicities. Spiritually, I long to see kids graduate and NOT walk away from Jesus. My heart breaks over this continuing trend. According to Scripture, this nurture must happen in the home; but SCS has a supporting role, especially when it is absent in the home, that just vital. Investing in students for the sake of the gospel? I’m in!

Jim Cowdy

Jim Cowdy

Physical Education Teacher

Jim Cowdy

Physical Education Teacher

Start Date: 2016

Education: UW LaCrosse Degree in Physical Education and Minor in Elementary PE

Bio:

Jim Cowdy currently teaches K-5 Physical Education at SCS. He is from New Berlin, WI and received a Physical Education degree from UW- LaCrosse. Jim formally taught elementary PE in Howards Grove before coming to SCS. In 1976 at an FCA Coaches Camp, Jim had his picture taken with Coach Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys! He has coached Soccer, Gymnastics, and His favorite Sport… Wrestling! In 1980, Jim was the Wisconsin Cultural Exchange Team Leader of an elite high school Wrestling team that competed in both Germany and Belgium. In 1978, Jim was invited to become an associate staff member with Sheboygan County Campus Life. His involvement with the ministry of Campus Life of over 40 years was monumental in forming his personal, professional and spiritual life! Campus Life’s Crazy out of the Box fun events and activities woke the “Creative Giant” within him! He was blessed over the years, to work with hundreds of Jr/Sr high students in weekly Club meetings, Saturday Fun Nights, Summer Charge Camp, and annual Holiday Teen Retreats! Campus Life Director Dave Justice was a significant mentor in his life. Each of his three children Josh, Jason, and Rachel graduated from SCCHS. Both of his sons work in the computer software field and his daughter is a Nurse. He is so thankful to God for His divine providence throughout his life! Jim especially loves the fact that he really gets to know individual students after having them in physical education classes for six straight years!

Bryce DeRoos

Bryce DeRoos

Director of Student Services

Bryce DeRoosGraduate 1995

Director of Student Services

Start Date: 2019

Education: UW-Eau Claire - Ed.S. School Psychology
Marquette University - M.A.- Community Counseling
Calvin University - B.A.- Psychology

Bio:

Bryce met and married his beautiful wife Holly Barker (no relation to Bob) while both were attending UW-Eau Claire. Together they have three kids – Conor (14), Luke (13), and Ella (10). They live just a few blocks away from Lake Michigan and Holly couldn’t think of a better place to live. As a family, they love walks along the lakefront, hikes through Door County, talking about, but rarely camping, and enjoying every type of pizza as long as it is from Il Ritrovo. They attend and are actively involved at Calvin CRC in Sheboygan. As an alumni, Bryce can’t be more excited to be at SCS and be a part of helping to shape, guide, and instruct students in living out the mission of SCS. Also, Holly can’t think of a better place to live.

Laura Dolfin

Laura Dolfin

Accounts Payable/Receivable

Laura Dolfin

Accounts Payable/Receivable

Start Date: 2021

Education: LTC, Administrative Assistant; UW-Sheboygan, Associates of Science; Mount Mary College, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Bio:

Laura has a diverse background of experience. She’s worked at Pine Haven in the kitchen and accounting prior to starting a family. She’s also been a stay at home mom, non-traditional college student, owner of a fitness center and nutrition counseling business, and most recently as a librarian, athletics/MS administrative assistant, and accounting clerk at a local school district. Laura attends New Life Community Church and is thrilled to be a part of the SCS mission of Christ-centered academics, the exciting completion of the new 3K-12 school, and the potential to impact the community.

Laura grew up in the Oostburg area and has been married to her husband Todd for 34 years. The Dolfins have three sons – David, Kevin (married to Nicole), and Justin (fiancée Meta) — and a very special labradoodle named Buddy. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time up north and outdoors, walking, gardening, reading, and doing jigsaw puzzles. Fact: Laura is a leap year baby!

Roshelle Doornbos

Roshelle Doornbos

Instructional Interventionist

Roshelle Doornbos

Instructional Interventionist

Start Date: 2021

Jenna Ege

Jenna Ege

Counselor

Jenna EgeGraduate 2009

Counselor

Start Date: 2015

Education: Lakeland University, Masters in Counseling
University of Northwestern- St Paul- Bachelors in Psychology

Bio:

Jenna resides in Sheboygan with her husband Riley and sons Bo and Jax. They enjoy all things outdoors together. Her family attends Christ Community Church. Jenna attended SCS from grades K-12 and went on to earn her BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling. Jenna started working at SCS in 2015 as the Sonshine House Aide and officially became the School Counselor in 2017. Jenna is excited about growing the mission of Sheboygan Christian School by providing support and resources to students to help decipher God’s calling for their life.

Karen Elgersma

Karen Elgersma

Elementary School Spanish Teacher

Karen ElgersmaGraduate 2001

Elementary School Spanish Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: Dordt University
B.A., Spanish

Bio:

Karen Elgersma has life experience all over North America! She was born in Canada, raised in the USA, and recently returned home to Sheboygan after 11 years of living in Mexico. Even her name reflects the bicultural and bilingual life she has: officially Karen Elgersma, you can informally call her “Senora Mejia.”

Her life experiences and accomplishments have spanned from high school at SCS to Dordt University with a B.A. in Spanish for Secondary Education, then teaching high school Spanish in Iowa four years, to missions work in Monterrey, Mexico. There she worked several years connecting short-term groups to help grow the local churches. After missions, she stayed and switched to teaching English at a more elementary level.

In Mexico she met and married her now husband, Angel Mejia, and now has one son (Jacob) and one on the way (very soon.) She and her family are very excited to be making the transition to living in the States where they currently attend First CRC Oostburg. They are very thankful to be able to be a part of the SCS community. Karen is eager to not only connect children to a bicultural, bilingual community but also to connect them more to our Creator of this diverse world.

Melvin Elgersma

Melvin Elgersma

Maintenance

Melvin Elgersma

Maintenance

Start Date: 1998

Education: Dordt University, B.A., Agriculture & Agri-Business

Bio:

Mel has been married to Mary Elgersma for 43 years. All four of our children graduated from SCCHS and then scattered all over the continent. Mel has been the custodian at SCS since 1998 and Mary has helped him since 2009. They attend Oostburg CRC and are active in church music. Mary and Mel raise small birds and manage the aviaries at Pine Haven Communities as well as the aviary at SCS. Other hobbies include organ playing, gardening, and photography. Mel is committed to Christian education and excited to see the vision of SCS becoming a reality.

Jonathan Engbers

Jonathan Engbers

High School Teacher

Jonathan Engbers

High School Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: Trinity Christian College
B.A., K-12 Art Education

Bio:

Jonathan is new to the SCS community but has roots in Sheboygan via his mother’s side of the family. He moved to the area along with his pets Podrick (a dog) and Zor (a cat) from Mishawaka, Indiana specifically to teach at SCS. Before living in Mishawaka he lived in Puyallup, Washington and grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Being new to the area, Jonathan is searching for a church to attend and serve in. He plans to further SCS’s mission by guiding students in communicating through both the visual and dramatic arts. He is excited to see what God has planned for this next stage of life.

Jenny Engels

Jenny Engels

3rd Grade Teacher

Jenny Engels

3rd Grade Teacher

Start Date: 2020

Education: National Louis University - Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction
University of Wisconsin Green Bay - Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
National Board Certification - Middle Childhood Development

Bio:

Jenny is happily married to Juan (also known as Señor at the high school) and proud mom of Jonathan and Juliana. Her family attends eFree Church where she is involved in Children’s Ministries leadership and Welcome Team. One of her favorite parts about teaching is helping her students discover and grow their God-given gifts to be used in his kingdom.

When she’s not busy at school, Jenny enjoys traveling, reading, writing, baking, and doing creative projects around the house. 

Juan Engels

Juan Engels

Spanish Teacher

Juan Engels

Spanish Teacher

Start Date: 2008

Education: The Hague University, The Netherlands- B.A. Communications

Bio:

Juan, or better known as Señor Engels, is married to Jenny Engels. They have two children. He has a BA in Higher European Studies and Communication Management. His family attends the Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church, where he has served on the Elder Board and most recently on the Missions Committee and Welcome Team. Juan was born and raised in Venezuela as a missionary kid and brings plenty of stories into the classroom of God’s faithfulness and goodness. Since SCS’s mission is to work in partnership with the Christian community, Juan is excited to see the growing number of different churches from Sheboygan County being represented at our school.

Rebecca Flipse

Rebecca Flipse

Marketing & Enrollment Coordinator

Rebecca FlipseGraduate 2011

Marketing & Enrollment Coordinator

Start Date: 2018

Education: Trinity Christian College, Bachelor of Arts in Business
Minor in Psychology

Bio:

Rebecca lives in Oostburg with her husband, Zack, and children: Avy, Mae and Jude. Rebecca attended SCS from 4k-12th grade. She has a BA in Business and a Minor in Psychology from Trinity Christian College. Her family attends Oostburg CRC. She started her role at SCS in 2018 because she wanted to help expand SCS’ reach in the community and help more students receive Christian education in Sheboygan County. Interests: She likes reading, making crafts with her girls, serving as a GEMS leader at church, spending time with family, and being outdoors.

Hannah Garside

Hannah Garside

Band & Choir Teacher

Hannah Garside

Band & Choir Teacher

Start Date: 2019

Education: Hope College, Music Education (K-12) and Saxophone Performance

Bio:

Hannah Garside has been at Sheboygan Christian since January 2019 teaching a combination of 5th-12th grade Band and Choir. She truly believes that she has one of the best jobs in the world because she gets to spend her day ministering and making music with amazing students! A few of her favorite parts of her day are preparing music for concerts and seeing students get excited about their musical progress.

Hannah is a graduate of Cedar Grove-Belgium High School and Hope College with a double major is Music Education and Saxophone Performance. When not at school, Hannah loves spending time with her husband, Zach, and their adorable son Elijah, watching movies, playing board games, and cooking.

The Garsides currently attend Calvary Orthodox Church in Cedar Grove where they are involved in music and youth ministry.

Rudi Gesch

Rudi Gesch

Director of Marketing & Enrollment

Rudi GeschGraduate 2000

Director of Marketing & Enrollment

Start Date: 2020

Education: University of Phoenix, Master of Business Administration
Trinity Christian College, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education

Bio:

Rudi is a graduate of SCS (high school) and Oostburg Christian School. He has a BA in Elementary Education and MBA in Marketing. Rudi is passionate about growing the mission of Sheboygan Christian School by helping new families join our amazing Christian School community.

Rudi and his wife Stephanie have three kids: Sawyer, Xander, and Arlo. The Gesch family also has a Boxer named Duke. The Gesch family attends Breakwater Church.

Fun Fact: He’s been on the Green Bay Packers season ticket waiting list since he was 8 years old.

Kevin Gesch

Kevin Gesch

High School English & Social Studies Teacher

Kevin GeschGraduate 1979

High School English & Social Studies Teacher

Start Date: 1994

Education: B.A. Calvin University
Majors: History, Philosophy, Education
Minor: English

Bio:

Kevin born and raised in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, being further nurtured in Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church. After nine years in the Cedar Grove schools, his parents decided to send him to Sheboygan County Christian High School (over his vigorous protests). After that it was a series of Christian colleges, marriage to Gwendy, and living in Europe, Canada and the States. He landscaped and made inner tube (really) before going back to school for a teaching degree. After three years at Unity Christian School in Fulton, Illinois, he moved to SCCHS in 1994 and has not been fired yet. Since then, his wife of 40+ years, Gwendy, six children (assisted by 19 grandchildren), church and colleagues have shoved him down the path of spiritual growth. Reading, outdoor activities, reading, spending time with family, reading and working with wood occupy most of his time. And reading. Seeing children, grandchildren and great nephews and great nieces living in God-honoring ways is the life-highlight; he echoes his mom’s favorite verse (3 John 1:4), a verse he was privileged to read at her funeral: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children [and students] are walking in the truth.”

Emily Glewen

Emily Glewen

3rd Grade Teacher

Emily Glewen

3rd Grade Teacher

Start Date: 2020

Education: Concordia University, Wisconsin- Bachelor of Arts in Christian Elementary Education
Minor in Spanish

Bio:

Emily is in her fourth year of teaching, but her third year at SCS. She has a BA in Christian Elementary Education from CUW. She enjoys traveling to new places, taking pictures, and cheering on Wisconsin sports teams. Emily attends Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church and enjoys serving as a young adults leader and on the worship team. She is passionate about growing the mission of Sheboygan Christian School by teaching students more about Jesus and how to live a life that glorifies Him.

Fun fact: She spent time student teaching in Szarvas, Hungary.

Kristi Gonzalez

Kristi Gonzalez

2nd Grade Aide

Kristi Gonzalez

2nd Grade Aide

Start Date: 2022

Education: Concordia University Mequon- Bachelor degree in Athletic Training
California University of Pennsylvania- Master’s degree in Exercise Science

Bio:

Kristi is passionate about helping others in whatever role God places her in. This year, Kristi will be assisting in 2nd grade and she is excited for her new calling.

Kristi is married to her best friend David. They have three kids together: Keegan (kindergarten), Dawson (3K), and Nora (infant). She enjoys walking/hiking with her family and traveling. Kristi and her family attend Shepherd of the Hills church in West Bend, which is where she grew up. Her husband is from South Florida and they met at Concordia University Mequon in the Athletic Training program.

Eric Grasse

Eric Grasse

Board Member, Treasurer

Eric Grasse

Board Member, Treasurer

Start Date: 2021

Bio:

Church Affiliation:  Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church – Oostburg

Family Information: We have five children: Natalie, 2020 graduate of SCS, William,2022 graduate of SCS, Andrew, Senior at SCS, Lilly, Grade 8 at OCS and Emily, Grade 7 at OCS.

Employment Information: I am a financial advisor and I run a financial planning practice of 20 years, called Third Coast Financial Consultants – Thrivent Financial here in Sheboygan.

Church/School Activities you are or have been involved with: I have served as the chair of the One Walk committee for SCS for the past 6 years.  I have served as elder of my church, board member for Oostburg Christian School, and I serve on the Charger Shootout Committee for OCS.

What do you like most about SCS? I am entrusting the education of my children to teachers and administers who love and serve their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I appreciate that SCS puts Christ at the forefront in each class that is taught there.  I also appreciate the fact that I know that my children can speak openly about their faith and that they are supported in prayer by their peers and leaders there.

Why did your family choose SCS over other schools? Although our children have received their elementary education from Oostburg Christian School, we were very interested in the fact that SCS provides our county with an option for our high school age students to receive Christian Education.  We felt that SCS provided the tools and support needed to grow in their Christian faith as well as learn the tools necessary to prepare them for their college education.

What do you think is the most important goal for SCS? To continue to maintain the strong Christian principles that the school is rooted in while at the same time providing excellent academics. 

Why did you accept to be nominated for the School Board? I accepted this nomination as we have 5 children coming through this school over the next 12 years.  With that being said, it is important to us to be active and involved in any school we entrust our children’s education and spiritual growth to.  I am excited about the opportunity this school has to impact our children and our entire county, then as we send them out, to impact the world.

Josh Gross

Josh Gross

Middle School Teacher

Josh Gross

Middle School Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: UW-Sheboygan- A.A.S.-Arts and Sciences
Northwestern College (Iowa)- B.A.- Sociology, Cultural Studies minor
Wisconsin Lutheran College- M.A.- Teaching

Bio:

Josh is happily married to Michelle and recently became a father. When he’s not teaching, preparing lessons, or grading papers you might see him kayaking, hiking, camping, gardening, and snowshoeing, or spending time with his family.

Josh and his family attend First Presbyterian Church in Oostburg where Michelle directs the Family Ministry programs. Josh has taught at the elementary and middle school levels and enjoys seeing students grow. He is excited to join the team at Sheboygan Christian School because he’s encouraged by the school’s commitment to helping students grow as disciples and learners.

Adam Guenther

Adam Guenther

Board Member

Adam Guenther

Board Member

Start Date: 2022

Bio:

Church Affiliation: Crossroads Community Church

Family Information: In addition to Michelle, we have two teens who attend Sheboygan Christian, Alison (Junior) and Josiah (Sophomore).

Employment Information: I am a Transactional Master Black Belt for Compassion International.    My role is to drive continuous improvement processes within this organization with the amazing purpose of “Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.”

Church/School Activities you are or have been involved with: I have been active in several areas, including worship ministry, small group leadership, Bible study leadership and various school activities.  While in the Navy, I was the religious programs officer (essentially the chaplain) for a 200-person crew on the USS Ingraham.  Most recently with Sheboygan Christian I assisted with the COVID response team.

What do you like most about SCS? Sheboygan Christian School does a great job of creating a learning environment in which students of different Christian faith backgrounds can grow while being exposed to the basic tenets of the Christian faith.  While there is value in the ecumenical nature of the school, it is also so important that the kids grow up knowing the Lord. SCS does a good job helping families in this task through the presentation of the Gospel in various modes, including journal entries, integration into classwork, and the personal witness of the teachers.

Why did your family choose SCS over other schools?  Michelle and I committed to having our kids either homeschooled or in Christian school before they were even born.  We are committed to Christian education for our children and Sheboygan Christian was the best option within the Sheboygan area.

What do you think is the most important goal for SCS? It may sound obvious, but the most important goal for the school is knowing God and making him known in our children.  The mission of Christian education overall is to help raise up the next generation of Christian youth to impact the world for Christ, and Sheboygan Christian’s place is to make that happen within Sheboygan County.  

If you could do one thing to increase SCS’ visibility in the community, what would it be? I think the school would benefit from working more with local churches to serve the community at large.  There are likely several opportunities for service with local churches in need of support or willing to partner on community outreaches for the less fortunate among us.  Such partnerships would fulfill Jesus’ command to serve while giving opportunity for word of mouth and potentially media coverage. 

 Why did you accept the nomination to serve our community on the School Board? When I was approached to consider the school board it was a great honor. My family and I prayed and discussed it at length. Together we ultimately decided that, if chosen, I have an opportunity to serve the community in a role for which my life experiences, both those acquired through schooling at Liberty University and through various work roles and areas of service, have prepared me.  If selected, I am looking forward to the opportunity to help SCS continue to be the beacon of Christian Education in our community.

Jessica Gutoski

Jessica Gutoski

Kitchen Assistant and Extended Care Provider

Jessica Gutoski

Kitchen Assistant and Extended Care Provider

Start Date: 2022

Bio:

Jessica is married to Josef Gutoski. They have four children: Gabe (adult), Leah, Chloe and Truban who attend SCS. They value the partnership that SCS has with them not only in academics but with training them in the Lord.

The Gutoski family attends Crossroads Community Church where Jessica serves in the nursery and as a leader in their HS & MS youth group(RUSH). Jessica has had the privilege to be a stay-at-home mom for the past 13 years. She enjoys being in the kitchen cooking and baking as well as being out in the garden.

Jessica is excited about growing the mission of Sheboygan Christian School by sharing the love of Christ with children on a daily basis at SCS.

Fun Fact: Jessica LOVES to knit and spin(and other fiber crafts) and will do so any time her hands are free. Being creative helps her show God’s love to others and it brings her joy.

Shane Hansen

Shane Hansen

Athletic Director, Human Resource Coordinator, Spiritual Formation Mentor

Shane Hansen

Athletic Director, Human Resource Coordinator, Spiritual Formation Mentor

Start Date: 2019

Education: Lakeland University, Master of Business Administration
Christian Coach Institute CPLC

Bio:

Shane and his wife Sarah have been blessed with five wonderful children. The Hansen family lives on a hobby farm near Kiel, where they attend Trinity Lutheran Church. Shane has a B.A. in Athletics Administration & Management and an M.B.A. in Business Administration (both from Lakeland University), and he is also a Certified Professional Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute). Shane is passionate about the ministry of raising up the next generation of Godly men and women, and serves in a wide range of capacities focusing on that mission both in and out of SCS. As an avid reader, some of Shane’s favorite authors include C.S. Lewis, James Herriot, the Apostle Paul, and Mark Batterson. 

Tricia Hendricks

Tricia Hendricks

Teacher Aide

Tricia HendricksGraduate 1993

Teacher Aide

Start Date: 2009

Education: Dordt University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Bio:

Tricia and her husband Keith Hendricks have three kids together: Kristi, Erin and Kory. Tricia is an SCS alumni and so are all of her kids!  She has a BA in Psychology from Dordt University. Tricia has worked at SCS since 2009 in several different roles: groundskeeper, volleyball coach and teacher aide.

She loves being involved at the school because of the dedicated community that love Jesus and every child that walks in the the doors. Tricia and her family attend Christ Community Church. She has been part of the praise team there for many years, playing guitar, drums and singing. In her free time she does woodworking and has her own company called The Rustic Board.

TJ Hendrikse

TJ Hendrikse

Board Member, Board Chair

TJ HendrikseGraduate 1992

Board Member, Board Chair

Start Date: 2021

Bio:

Spouse’s Name: Laura Hendrikse

Church Affiliation:  Christ Community Church

Family Information: Laura and I have six children.  Zach is a 2017 graduate of SCS, Tanner (Alicia) is a 2019 graduate of SCS, Justin is a 2022 graduate of SC, Madison (sophomore), Xzairah (6th grade) and Jaimichael (3rd grade) are all currently attending SCS.

Employment Information: I work at Manitou Equipment America, LLC in West Bend, Wisconsin as the Director of IT, North America and have been working there since 2015

Church/School Activities you are or have been involved with: Aside from serving on the SCS Board of Trustees and several of the Board committees, I also server on Apple Pie Committee, Cherry/Blueberry committee and help coach junior Eagles soccer.  At church, I have served as a Deacon for one term and as an Elder for two terms.  I am also involved in our audio and video programs, running sound on a weekly basis and also helping out with our video ministry.

What do you like most about SCS? SCS will always have a special place in my heart.  I am a graduate from the grade school and the high school and I met my wife Laura at SCS.  I love most everything that is going on at this school, it is amazing to see how God is at work and leading this school.  One of my favorite times of the year at the school is the Apple Pie making event.  It is so awesome to be able to participate in an event where you see the body of Christ come together in support of Christian education.  But even more than that, I love the dedication of our teachers and staff, the love they have for our children and how they are able to teach from a Christian Worldview.

Why did your family choose SCS over other schools?  Honestly, we never even considered another school.  Christian education is one of the most important things that I can give to my children and SCS is the best school in the county to be able to provide that. 

What do you think is the most important goal for SCS? To continue to teach from a Christian worldview while providing an excellent academic education, giving our children a firm foundation for their future.

If you could do one thing to increase SCS’ visibility in the community, what would it be? I think one of the best ways to increase visibility is community involvement through service projects.  I love that SCS has implemented the TFT (teaching for transformation) program and I would love to see the school get more involved in our community.

Why did you accept to be nominated for the School Board? I am honored to be considered as a nominee for the board.  I believe it is a very exciting time for SCS and love to serve the school any way I can.

Chris Hendrikse

Chris Hendrikse

High School Science Teacher, Student Council Advisor, Worship Team Advisor

Chris HendrikseGraduate 1990

High School Science Teacher, Student Council Advisor, Worship Team Advisor

Start Date: 2000

Education: Calvin University - Biology (BS)
Silver Lake College - Teaching Licensure

Bio:

Chris is happily married Kim (Van Ess) Hendrikse. They have four kids: Noah, Emma, Sam and Caleb. Chris is a graduate of SCS (high school) and SCS (elementary) and has been working at SCS since 2000. He has a BS in Biology and his teaching license through Silver Lake College. Chris is also the Youth Director at Bethel O.P.C. where he and is family attend church. Chris enjoys working with high school students and is passionate about offering his students a Christ-centered education. He loves getting his students outside the classroom. Highlights each year include the Senior Retreat, the Environmental Science canoe/camping trip in the Sylvania Wilderness and the Discovery Term mission trip to Atlanta.

Scott Hendrikse

Scott Hendrikse

Custodian

Scott HendrikseGraduate 1983

Custodian

Start Date: 2022

Education: Lakeland Technical College

Bio:

Scott has joined the Sheboygan Christian School staff as full time custodian; in the past he worked part time as janitor at the k-8th grade building on Geele Ave. in Sheboygan.   Scott grew up in Oostburg and has lived in the Sheboygan area all his life. He graduated from OCS, SCCHS and from Lakeshore Technical College.  Scott coached boys and girls 5/6th and 7/8th grade basketball teams at SCS in the past, which is also where he met his wife, Anne, when she was a teacher.  Anne now works for Third Coast Financial.  They married in 1998, and have 3 children – Hannah (22), Mary (20) and Jacob (17) who all graduated 8th grade at SCS.  The family are members of Hope Church in Sheboygan.  Scott has been in the manufacturing field most of his working career.  Scott enjoys following various sports including his children’s games and attending games throughout each season.  He has been involved in Church activities such as Cadets, Deacon, and Men’s Bible Studies.  Scott is looking forward to working with the great dedicated staff at SCS.

Amanda Hildebrand

Amanda Hildebrand

High School Teacher

Amanda Hildebrand

High School Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: San Diego State University
B.A., Business Management
Minor, I/O Psychology

St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Business Ed (DPI License #1250)

Bio:

After more than 20 years of business experience, Amanda joined SCS as the high school Business and Computer Science teacher in 2022. Amanda brings first-hand experience in the areas of customer service, leadership, finance, IT, marketing, and quality/operations.

Amanda’s mission as a high school teacher is to equip her students with real-world, practical knowledge, giving all glory to God the Father, while learning how to apply their gifts and talents to doing His work.

Amanda and her family are active members at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls and she has taught for their AWANA and Sunday School programs for several years. Amanda has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from San Diego State University and is currently working to earn her Master’s in Education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Amanda is happily married to Eric Hildebrand and they are blessed to have their two children, Madeline and Benjamin, attending SCS.

Greg Ingelse

Greg Ingelse

Director of Operations and Student Safety, High School Shop Teacher

Greg IngelseGraduate 2000

Director of Operations and Student Safety, High School Shop Teacher

Ashley Janz

Ashley Janz

3K Teacher

Ashley Janz

3K Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: LTC, Associate's Degree
Lakeland College, Elementary Education

Bio:

Ashley Janz is the 3k teacher at Sheboygan Christian School. She graduated High School in 2006, attended LTC and received an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood.  After that, Ashley taught children of all ages in various daycare settings for 16 years, with about 10 of those years being the 3k age.  She also worked as a paraprofessional for children with special needs for 3 years.  Eventually, Ashley felt the Lord was leading me to return to school and get my teaching degree.  Ashley attended Lakeland College and, in May of 2022, graduated with honors and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  

Ashley attends Revolution Church in Plymouth.  She has been married to her wonderful husband Adam, for 9 years now.  In their spare time, they enjoy taking motorcycle rides together.  Mrs. Janz also enjoys spending time with her extended family up north every summer!

She is so excited to be at Sheboygan Christian and can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for her!

Holly Kiel

Holly Kiel

Teacher Aide

Holly KielGraduate 1996

Teacher Aide

Start Date: 1998

Education: Lakeshore Technical College, Child Care Services

Bio:

Holly is married to Kevin Kiel. They are both graduates of SCS. They have three boys: Jackson, Brody, and Eli who attend SCS. They appreciate the partnership that SCS has with them in training their boys in the Lord. Their family attends Bethel OPC in Oostburg. Holly is in her 23rd year as a preschool aide at SCS. She enjoys the wonder and excitement that preschoolers bring to the classroom. When not at school, Holly enjoys spending time with her family, coffee with friends, going to garage sales, and attending her sons’ sporting events.

Lindsey Kiser

Lindsey Kiser

1st Grade Teacher

Lindsey Kiser

1st Grade Teacher

Start Date: 2020

Education: Wisconsin Lutheran College, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
Minor in Social Studies

Bio:

Lindsey Kiser has been teaching first grade at SCS since 2020, but has 8 years of prior experience teaching lower elementary from Hope Christian Schools located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Lindsey and her husband, Randy, reside in Belgium, Wisconsin. Randy is a firefighter and paramedic for the Sheboygan Fire Department. They are thrilled to both be serving in the same community. She is passionate about being around like minded Christians and integrating her faith into academics. In Lindsey’s free time she enjoys traveling, thrifting, exploring new restaurants, baking, and cooking.

Lindsey and Randy attend Crossroads Community Church.

Brittney Kramer

Brittney Kramer

Board Member

Brittney KramerGraduate 2001

Board Member

Start Date: 2022

Bio:

Church Affiliation:  Hope Church

Family Information:  Rowan-4th grade, Madden-1st grade, Willa-3K

Employment Information: Northview Elementary Physical Education Teacher (Howards Grove)

Church/School Activities that you have been involved in: Nursery volunteer, Vacation Bible School, MOPS coordinator, Wednesday night activities leader, Children’s Church teacher, SCS auction lead solicitor, inaugural SCS parent ambassador, Apple pie volunteer, Good-As-New volunteer, One-Walk picnic and classroom volunteer

What do you like most about SCS? One of the things that I truly cherish about SCS is that each day when my children enter the doors of SCS, I am assured they will be engaged with and surrounded by followers of Christ. These are teachers who love them and are committed to helping and encouraging them in their faith.

Why did your family choose SCS over other schools? We chose SCS for our family because we wanted our children to have a Christ-centered education where they are taught from a Biblical worldview.  It was evident from day one that the teachers, administrators, and other staff were invested in the “whole child”.  

What do you think is the most important goal for SCS?  I believe the most important goal for SCS is to maintain sustainable growth.  This means a growth that our staff, administration, community, building, and resources can maintain, all while preserving excellence in a Christ-centered education.

If you could do one thing to increase SCS’ visibility in the community, what would it be? I believe that SCS’ visibility is a two-fold approach of both a physical presence by our students and staff and by visual signage.  Our school does an amazing job of showing up to serve and give back to our community.  The bake sales, food drives, neighborhood clean-up days and service projects are ways that we can show our love of Christ in Sheboygan County.  If I could increase our visibility in one specific way, I would increase the signage around town.  Many people do not know where we are located or that we have such an extraordinary campus.  I would love to see a billboard on one of the major highways to advertise the mission and location of SCS.

Why did you accept the nomination to serve our community on the School Board? I am excited to be a part of what God has planned for SCS! We are facing some very exciting times of unprecedented growth.  I fully understand that with student and teacher population growth, in addition to building projects, comes the challenge of how to provide the space and resources needed to meet the academic, social, and spiritual needs of all students.  I feel that I can contribute in a positive way to the Board as we move forward with God’s blessing.

Nicole Mahler

Nicole Mahler

Extended Care Provider

Nicole Mahler

Extended Care Provider

Start Date: 2021

Bio:

Nikki has been married to Mike (a Sheboygan native) for 14 years. They have 3 boys Jackson, Carson and Dawson and a golden retriever named Ollie. Together as a family they attend Crossroads Community Church and have been attending since the church’s movie theater days back in 2011. Nikki grew up in Palm Coast, Florida but when settling down with Mike and making plans for their future…Nikki chose living in Sheboygan because she just loves the Midwest feel. Nikki’s dream job has always been to be surrounded by children and sharing the love of Christ with them on a daily basis is fulfilling that dream even more.

Ryan Moeller

Ryan Moeller

Board Member

Ryan MoellerGraduate 1992

Board Member

Start Date: 2020

Bio:

Church Affiliation: Plymouth Alliance Church

Family Information: Four children; Natalie (SCS graduate), Megan (SCS graduate), Bobby (SCS senior), Joshua (SCS 9th grade).

Employment Information: Business owner

Church/School Activities you are or have been involved with: Former middle school board member, auction committee, concessions, tickets, sports announcer, school worship team, church worship team and leader, church elder board, church youth director, church building committee.

What do you like most about SCS? SCS provides a quality education and training that incorporates God’s Word.

Why did your family choose SCS over other schools? It is the best school option in the area.

What do you think is the most important goal for SCS? Excellence in education, biblical training, incorporated with the gospel message of Christ.

If you could do one thing to increase SCS’ visibility in the community, what would it be? Tell others outside of SCS about the school and explain why we are so thankful to have this option for our children. Encourage consideration.

Why did you accept to be nominated for the School Board? Always willing to answer the call of service when God moves or allows.

Joel Navis

Joel Navis

4th Grade Teacher

Joel Navis

4th Grade Teacher

Start Date: 2006

Education: Dordt University, Bachelor of Arts, Education

Bio:

Joel and his wonderful wife Rachel are the proud parents of Kellin and Mina. Their family loves playing sports with the neighborhood families, going for walks and bike rides, and cooking together in the kitchen. Joel and his family are members of Bethel OPC in Oostburg, helping lead in church ministries and Bible studies. SCS is a place that he has felt called to serve at from day 1. Joel’s deep hope for his students is that they will engage and wrestle with transformational learning for God’s glory. He feels blessed to be a part of helping to prepare students’ hearts and minds for service in God’s world.

Nicole Ongna

Nicole Ongna

5th Grade Teacher

Nicole OngnaGraduate 2007

5th Grade Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: Dordt University
B.A. Elementary Education
Minor in Special Education
Reading Endorsement

Bio:

Nicole Ongna is a graduate of OCS and SCS high school and is now excited to join the SCS team as a 5th grade teacher! Nicole attended Dordt College and earned a BA in elementary education. She moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after graduating college and taught for 6 years at Robinson Township Christian School and 5 years at Trinity Christian School.

While in Pittsburgh, Nicole was a member at Providence Presbyterian Church in McKees Rocks, PA. She loved being involved, particularly in children’s ministry. She led VBS, taught Sunday School and children’s church, volunteered in nursery, taught a 4th-7th grade girls small group on Wednesday nights, and sang in the choir.

Nicole is excited to be closer to family, as she loves spending time with them, particularly her niece and two nephews. She also loves to read, bake, and spend time with her friends!

As she looks forward to joining the Sheboygan Christian family, Nicole is excited to get to know and develop relationships with the families. She is excited about the continued growth and passion the school has, and how committed they are to purposefully and excitedly teach about our good God!

Kelly Orth

Kelly Orth

Administrative Assistant

Kelly Orth

Administrative Assistant

Start Date: 2014

Bio:

Kelly is married to David, and has enjoyed 29 years of wedded bliss. They have two adult children, Emily and Joshua, whom Kelly homeschooled for many years. She and David have attended the Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church for 29 years. Kelly started working at SCS the summer of 2014. She has a genuine love and joy in serving the students and families of SCS, and she would tell you she has the best job EVER! Kelly and her husband are passionate about marriage and have mentored at Great Marriages of Sheboygan for the past 11 years.

Jessica Palmer

Jessica Palmer

Instructional Interventionist

Alyssa Pasiewicz

Alyssa Pasiewicz

Special Education Teacher

Alyssa Pasiewicz

Special Education Teacher

Start Date: 2021

Education: Flagler College- Bachelor in Elementary Education and Bachelor in Deaf Education

Bio:

Alyssa is starting a new chapter by moving to Sheboygan to join the SCS team. Originally from Illinois, Alyssa moved to St. Augustine, Florida to attend college and then be a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing for 4 years. Feeling called to be closer to home and family, Alyssa eventually relocated to Green Bay, WI to continue her career in deaf education. God has opened new doors and Alyssa is thrilled to begin this journey as the special education teacher at SCS. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys traveling, spending time with family, being outdoors enjoying God’s creation, reading, and coaching and/or playing volleyball, basketball and softball. As she is settling into the Sheboygan community, Alyssa is currently attending Crossroads Community Church. She is looking forward to seeing how God works in her and through her to be a tool for students to set their heart and mind on God.

Rachel Rasmussen

Rachel Rasmussen

4th Grade Teacher

Rachel Rasmussen

4th Grade Teacher

Start Date: 2021

Education: Trinity Christian College, Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

Bio:

Rachel graduated Trinity Christian College in 2021with a degree in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Special Education. Rachel is an alum of Sheboygan Christian School- having attended from kindergarten through high school (2017).

Rachel attends Arise Church and is a volunteer for their children’s ministry. In her free time, Rachel enjoys camping with family, playing sports, and reading. Rachel is also one of the head womens varsity basketball coaches and is a middle school volleyball coach. Rachel is passionate about helping students grow in their faith and academic knowledge. Teaching them to be confident and God honoring people. Rachel is incredibly excited to continue to be a part of the SCS team this year!

Lauren Ries

Lauren Ries

Event Coordinator

Lauren Ries

Event Coordinator

Start Date: 2022

Education: Florida State University - Business Degree with a specialization in hospitality management

Bio:

Lauren grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from Florida State University. Lauren and her husband, Mike have four boys: Oliver, Oscar, Olsen and Otis. They also have two dogs, Bogey & Divot. Together they own Six Turtles Boutique. The Ries family currently attends church at St. Clements. Fun Fact: Prior to having a number of shoulder surgeries, Lauren had hopes of playing golf on the LPGA Tour after college. She originally went to college to become a PGA Professional and prior to opening Six Turtles she worked for the PGA of America helping run their major Championships.

Jayne Ringel

Jayne Ringel

Elementary School Music Teacher

Jayne Ringel

Elementary School Music Teacher

Start Date: 2014

Education: Moody Bible Institute & Columbia College- Bachelor of Arts, Communications and Bible
Silver Lake College- Music Educator's Certificate (FAME)

Bio:

Jayne enjoys spending time with her husband, Rob. They are part of the Word of Grace Community Church family. They have 3 adult children, Cassie, Brock (who both graduated from SCS), and Briana. She also enjoys playing with her 2 little grandchildren, singing and reading. Fun Fact: She is interested in building a tiny house :). Jayne is passionate about knowing God, and teaching children to worship Him with music! She is thankful for SCS, both for the blessing it has been to her own family, and for the opportunity she has to serve our SCS families and community for the glory of God.

Kelly Ritsman

Kelly Ritsman

Special Education Teacher

Kelly Ritsman

Special Education Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: University of Iowa: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History

University of Illinois at Chicago: Master of Arts in Special Education

Bio:

Kelly and her family recently moved to Sheboygan after living in Chicago for 15 years. She and her husband Mark have three kids: Lucas, Milo, and Lara. Kelly grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Iowa (BA in Journalism and Art and Art History) and continues to be a big Hawkeye fan. She received a Masters in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kelly has worked in education for 10 years (9 years in special education). She is excited to help SCS students with diverse needs discover and grow their gifts to help serve their communities and realize God’s plan for their lives. Kelly and her family are searching for the right church in Sheboygan but previously attended Covenant Presbyterian in Chicago.

Jen Rocklewitz

Jen Rocklewitz

4K Teacher

Jen Rocklewitz

4K Teacher

Start Date: 2020

Education: National Louis University- Master in Curriculum Instruction
Cardinal Stritch University- Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood, Special Education (Birth to 3rd grade )

Bio:

Jen is married to Jason and they have two daughters: Ella and Allison. Currently, the family is living in Sheboygan Falls. Jen is a graduate of Sheboygan South High. She attended Cardinal Stritch for her undergraduate degree along then receiving her Master’s degree from National Louis. The Rocklewitz’s attend church at Bethany Reformed Church where Jen has been a member for almost her entire life. Jen has been teaching at SCS since 2020 but has 18 years prior experience for the Sheboygan Area School District. Jen came to teach at SCS because she has seen her daughters grow in their faith and have been blessed by Christian education and wanted the same for herself! The Rocklewitz’s love to go camping any chance they get!

Andy Rosenthal

Andy Rosenthal

Board Member, Board Secretary

Andy RosenthalGraduate 2003

Board Member, Board Secretary

Start Date: 2020

Bio:

Copy of Board Nomination Profile Andy Rosenthal

Spouse’s Name:

Bethany

Church Affiliation:

Christ Community CRC

Family Information:

We have four children, Lauryn (10), Joshua (8), Maely (6) and Jameson (5) and all attend SCS

Employment Information:

I am the Quality Assurance Manager at Nemschoff Chairs and have been in that roll almost two years. I’ve been employed there for the last 14 years.

Church/School Activities you are or have been involved with:
I’ve recently retired from the Christ Community council where I served as deacon secretary and deacon

chairman. I play guitar and bass on our church worship team..

I currently serve as the president of the Camp Calvin Board of directors. I’ve been serving in that role for the last four years and on the board for the last seven years.

I spent two different tenures coaching at SCS boys’ basketball as an assistant coach and a head coach of the 7/8th grade team. I also was an SCCHS JV assistant and JV head coach for the boys’ basketball team

What do you like most about SCS?

I like the family feel that SCS has. When you walk the halls and talk to parents you can sense the love there is for the school and each other.

Why did your family choose SCS over other schools?

My kids are a fourth generation attending SCS and I am proud of that heritage and want to continue that on top of the excellent education that I received.

What do you think is the most important goal for SCS?

Continuing the Christ-centered tradition of education and continuing to follow God’s word while being a light to the surrounding community.

If you could do one thing to increase SCS’ visibility in the community, what would it be?

Look at investing and donating to public events like some run/walk events to show the SCS is willing to invest in the community. Making Spirits Bright for example.

Why did you accept to be nominated for the School Board?

I’m excited and humbled for the opportunity to serve on the board as we look to grow and build.

Bethany Rosenthal

Bethany Rosenthal

Finance Assistant

Bethany Rosenthal

Finance Assistant

Start Date: 2020

Education: Central WI Christian 2006
Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Nursing from Trinity Christian College in 2010

Bio:

What started as a desire to help during the pandemic turned into the job she has today. Bethany loves working behind the scenes to ensure SCS can effectively accomplish its mission each day.

Bethany lives in Sheboygan with her husband, Andy, their four children (Lauryn, Joshua, they Maely & Jameson) and their two dogs (Chewy & Charlie). Bethany is an RN and works at Aurora Medial Center-Sheboygan County part time in Interventional Radiology. She and her family attend Christ Community Church where she serves as the Youth Ministries Chairperson and plays on the worship team.

Matthew Seider

Matthew Seider

High School Math Teacher

Matthew SeiderGraduate 2015

High School Math Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: Lakeland University, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Business Administration, and Marketing

Bio:

Matt is very excited to return to SCS! He attended SCS from kindergarten through high school. He played left back for the Eagles soccer team and graduated in 2015. Matt stayed local after graduating and attended Lakeland University. He earned his BA from Lakeland in 2019 majoring in Mathematics, Business Administration, and Marketing. While at Lakeland Matt played more soccer and founded a gospel movement through the campus ministry Cru. Following college, Matt served full-time with Cru in Milwaukee for 2 years where he reached lost students with the Gospel and helped Christian students grow their faith through discipleship at Marquette University, UWM at Waukesha, and UW-Parkside. This year he will continue to use his passions for discipleship and evangelism by teaching high school math and serving part-time with Cru in Milwaukee.

Matt is the youngest of 5 and uncle to 8 nieces and nephews. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing sports, and collecting vinyl records and sports cards.

Karen Southwick

Karen Southwick

3K Aide

Ann Steenwyk

Ann Steenwyk

Head of School, Director of Academics & Instruction

Ann SteenwykGraduate 1987

Head of School, Director of Academics & Instruction

Start Date: 2016

Education: Calvin College - BA Psychology
Indiana State University - MED, School Psychology; EDS, School Psychology
Concordia University - MED Educational Administration

Bio:

Ann grew up in the SCS community as a third generation alumna. She and her husband Robb came back to Sheboygan in 2002 to be closer to family and to send their children Nicholas, Brett, and Elianna to SCS. Ann began her career in education as a school psychologist, working in the public school setting for over 20 years. She has a BA in Psychology, an MED in School Psychology and Educational Administration, and an EdS in School Psychology. In 2016, she felt called to help lead SCS and is passionate about making sure all students have access to excellent Christian education. She wants all children to find their role in God’s big story. Ann and her husband are active members of Calvin Christian Reformed Church. They enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking (Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail), camping, biking, and walks to Lake Michigan.

Nathan Strom

Nathan Strom

Bible Teacher

Nathan Strom

Bible Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: University of Northwestern-St. Paul – Bachelor of Science Bible
Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) – Master of Divinity
Postgraduate study at Greystone Theological Institute.

Bio:

Nathan is thrilled to be joining the SCS team. He will celebrate 15 years of marriage to Anna, and spends most of his home time chasing their three children—Elliana, Noah, and Philip. Following seminary in Philadelphia, Nathan was a youth pastor at Autumn Ridge Church.  After a five year haitus in corporate finance, he returned to pastoral ministry as a church planting resident in St. Paul, MN and served as Associate Pastor at Bethel OPC in Oostburg from 2019 until this past June. He is currently the church planter for Breakwater Church in Sheboygan. He is passionate for the next generation to see their lives playing out in the theatre of God’s glory and see Christ as supremely satisfying. His hobbies include weightlifting, fishing & hunting, backpacking, meeting new people, reading good books, and, most of all, dating Anna.

Michaela Tempas

Michaela Tempas

Kindergarten Teacher

Bevin Tislau

Bevin Tislau

Middle School Teacher

Bevin Tislau

Middle School Teacher

Start Date: 2020

Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University- Bachelor of Science, Organizational Management

Bio:

Bevin is happily married to Andy Tislau, an SCS alum and local business owner. They have three daughters: Faith (6th grade), Grace (5K), and Joy (3K). Bevin worked at SCS for one year in 2014/15 and rejoined the staff in 2020 now that all three of her daughters are in school. Bevin and her husband are both passionate about Christian education and love being able to be a part of the mission of SCS and its amazing community. The Tislaus attend Crossroads Community Church where Bevin volunteers with their high school ministry. She enjoys baking, reading, Hallmark movies, and spending time with her family.

Corrina Torrenga

Corrina Torrenga

Middle School Interventionist

Steve Van Drunen

Steve Van Drunen

Middle School Teacher

Steve Van Drunen

Middle School Teacher

Start Date: 1980

Education: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee- Master of Arts
Trinity Christian College, Bachelor of Arts

Bio:

Steve married Deb their junior year at Trinity Christian College. Upon graduation both were looking for teaching jobs in a Christian School and Sheboygan Christian became their home in 1980. Steve and Deb have three children and nine grandchildren. Steve has enjoyed coaching soccer, basketball, softball, and being a part of the annual Parochial School track meet. He enjoys most sports and exercises regularly. Yard work and gardening are also hobbies that bring great joy and satisfaction to Steve. He considers it an honor and privilege to work alongside a number of his former students. His greatest joy is seeing his former students working in Christ’s kingdom doing various occupations.

Janna Vanden Brink

Janna Vanden Brink

Music Teacher

Janna Vanden Brink

Music Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: Dordt University, Bachelor of Arts
Major: K-12 Instrumental Music Education
Minor: Music Performance

Bio:

Janna graduated from Dordt University with a BA in K-12 Instrumental Music Education and a minor in Music Performance. She grew up in the town of Orange City, Iowa but Wisconsin has always felt like her second home as she has been visiting family in Waupun since she was young!

Janna enjoys playing her main instruments in her free time: piano, violin, and flute. She also enjoys running, hiking, and ice cream! Janna is excited to become part of a new church family in the Sheboygan area. She is passionate about music and helping students at Sheboygan Christian cultivate and develop their gifts for the glory of God.

Krissy Vander Laan

Krissy Vander Laan

Administrative Assistant

Krissy Vander Laan

Administrative Assistant

Start Date: 2018

Bio:

Krissy has been married to her husband Tim since 1999, back when everyone was worried about Y2K. They have two daughters, Eleanor and Breanna, and an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Helen.  The Vander Laans have attended Crossroads Community Church for the past 7 years, and Krissy is a leader in their high school youth group.  Krissy LOVES being a part of the SCS community, and says it’s a pleasure to support our amazing staff — and wonderful families — with the vision of educating students that impact the world, both near and far, for Jesus Christ. When Krissy’s not helping in the school office, you’ll find her at the beach (weather permitting), reading a good book, or watching Friends reruns.

Deb VandeSlunt

Deb VandeSlunt

Kindergarten Teacher

Deb VandeSlunt

Kindergarten Teacher

Start Date: 2020

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Bio:

Deb lives near Oostburg with her husband Mark. They have two adult children, both graduates of SCS and two grandsons. Deb attended Waupun Christian grades 1-12. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She started teaching at SCS in 2020. She is a member of Word of Grace Church.

Deb loves teaching striving, beginning readers and seeing them grow in confidence and ability. She is excited to be part of the academic excellence and Christ-centered learning happening at SCS.

Riley VanHulzen

Riley VanHulzen

Middle School Teacher

Riley VanHulzen

Middle School Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: Dordt University, Elementary Education and Special Education, Middle School Science & Language Arts endorsement

Bio:

Riley can’t wait to join the team at SCS! She is originally from Lynden, Washington and comes from a family of four with one younger sister. Both her parents are teachers in the Lynden area. She and her family are members at Sonlight Community CRC. After graduating from Lynden Christian, Riley made her way over to the midwest to attend Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa and obtain her degree in elementary education and special education, with an additional endorsement in middle school science and language arts. She was also a member of the Dordt Women’s basketball team all four years of college. In her free time, Riley enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying active/playing sports, reading, being outside, and trying new things.

Riley is passionate about connecting with students and wants to guide them toward a life of discipleship. She is excited about the opportunity to invest in the lives of her students and help them understand the purpose they were created with in Christ. She is so excited to see how God works through the lives of her students and her own life in the coming year! She is very thankful to begin her teaching career in such a supportive, Christian community and can’t wait to get started.

Dave Veldhorst

Dave Veldhorst

High School Bible Teacher

Dave VeldhorstGraduate 1982

High School Bible Teacher

Start Date: 2014

Education: Covenant Seminary- Master of Divinity
Purdue University- Master in Education-Psychology
Dordt University- Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Dordt University- Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Bio:

Dave is the senior pastor at Bethel OPC in Oostburg. Dave graduated from SCS (high school) and OCS and has been working at SCS since 2014 after returning from doing overseas mission work in Bangkok, Thailand. Dave is committed to doing all he can to train young adults who love Jesus Christ and are passionate to serve him through their callings in life. In his free time he loves to run, read the Atlantic, enjoy conversations at Paradigm coffee, and spend time with Jan visiting their children in other states.

Dave and his wife Jan have 5 grown kids: James, Katy, Jonathan, Rebekah, and Nicolas and 3 grandchildren.

Jon Vrzal

Jon Vrzal

Board Member, Vice Chair

Jon Vrzal

Board Member, Vice Chair

Start Date: 2021

Bio:

Spouse’s Name: Kari Vrzal

Church Affiliation: Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church

Family Information: 3 sons – Kellen, Jordy, Jess 

Employment Information: I have worked at Charter Steel in Saukville for the past 25 years.  I have a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and am the Director of Operational Excellence. 

Church/School Activities you are or have been involved with: 

SCS School Board, SCS Auction Committee, SCS Policy Committee Chair, SCS Board Development Committee, adult Sunday school teacher and small group bible study leader

What do you like most about SCS? 

Simply… The vision. I deeply appreciate the commitment of our school to a community approach to using Christ-centered learning to prepare my boys hearts and minds for service in God’s world.    I have also really befitted from the partnering with the community of SCS in the serious job of raising our boys in a manner consistent with our biblical calling.

Why did your family choose SCS over other schools?  

Kari and I both received all our formal education from public primary, secondary and post-secondary schools.  When our first son was born, I had just assumed that our children would also enter public schools.  As we began evaluating the educational options, we quickly came to realize the worldview being presented in public elementary schools today was significantly more out of alignment with our biblically based worldview as compared to our firsthand experiences in public schools over 35 years ago.  We choose SCS because we wanted to have our sons be a part of an educational institution that can come along side us in developing the Christ-like character and Kingdom focused worldview that we are teaching our sons in our home.

What do you think is the most important goal for SCS? 

From my point of view, the two primary “customers” of our school are the 1) Christ and 2) the students.  As a goal, everything our school does 1) should increase the Kingdom and the glory of God by the living out of the gospel in our community and 2) serve the students by integrating academic excellence with Christ-centered learning to preparing students’ hearts and minds for service in God’s world. 

If you could do one thing to increase SCS’ visibility in the community, what would it be? 

Many in the community already think of our school as a fantastic option for a Christian education.  I would like to see our school increase its reputation in the community as the premier option in Sheboygan County for superior academic excellence and educational outcomes. 

Why did you accept to be nominated for the School Board? 

I love the Lord, I love my family, and I love our school.  I would like to be a servant on the board to support, enhance and grow the mission of our school.  I have a very collaborative leadership style that is process driven and outcome focused that I feel is well suited to school board membership.  

John Warmus

John Warmus

Director of Advancement & Finance

John WarmusGraduate 2004

Director of Advancement & Finance

Betsy Warmus

Betsy Warmus

Counselor

Betsy WarmusGraduate 2004

Counselor

Start Date: 2021

Education: Bachelors of Social Welfare from UW-Milwaukee

Bio:

Betsy and her husband John have three girls: Natalie, Grace, and Sophie. John and Betsy graduated from SCS in 2004 and are so excited to have their three kids enrolled at SCS. She has a Bachelors of Social Welfare. Her family attends Hope Reformed Church where Betsy serves as the Children’s Worship Director. Betsy is ecstatic to be on staff at SCS because of the opportunity it grants her to support students through these formative years of their lives. She appreciates the partnership between school and family and is filled with joy when she sees students finding their very own place in God’s big story.

Brian Whartnaby

Brian Whartnaby

High School Social Studies Teacher, Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Baseball Coach

Brian Whartnaby

High School Social Studies Teacher, Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Baseball Coach

Start Date: 2022

Education: Wheaton College

B.A. in History & Social Sciences (2011)
M.A. in Teaching (2015)

Bio:

Brian previously taught history and coached varsity baseball at Timothy Christian HS in Elmhurst, IL. Brian is passionate about teaching history from a Christian worldview. When done with the right attitude, he believes studying the past can be a humbling experience. He looks forward to helping his students think deeply about the story of God’s creation, and how they can participate in His righteous plan for their lives, and the world around them.

Brian is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, but he’s wise enough to show an appreciation for the Packers now. The Whartnaby family is looking forward to settling into their new home in Sheboygan, where they can walk along the lake, frequent the restaurants downtown, and easily visit their extended family (the Gesches), and other members of their new “SCS family!”

Brian is married to SCS 2nd grade teacher Anna Whartnaby. They have a 2 year old son named Augie and another child on the way this winter! The Whartnaby family just moved to Wisconsin from Glen Ellyn, IL.

Anna Whartnaby

Anna Whartnaby

2nd Grade Teacher

Anna WhartnabyGraduate 2008

2nd Grade Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: Trinity Christian College
Bachelor's Degree in English and Minors in Political Science and History

Dominican University
Master of Arts in Teaching

Teach for America 2014 Alum
Chicago/Northwest Indiana Corps

Bio:

Anna is an OCS and SCS graduate and is looking forward to joining the SCS staff as a second grade teacher in 2022 after ten years of teaching in the Chicago area. She’s passionate about SCS and is excited for her family to join the work God is doing through this school community. With teaching experiences in inner city public schools in Chicago as well as Christian schools in the Chicago Suburbs, she values every student of all backgrounds as an image bearer of Christ and sees the love of Jesus as the guide for living and learning. She loves to play volleyball, read, and visit Lake Michigan (this one will be much easier now that they will live in Sheboygan!).

Anna is married to Brian Whartnaby and they have a two year old boy named August. His little sibling will arrive in December of this year!

Emma Zaragoza

Emma Zaragoza

First Grade Teacher

Emma ZaragozaGraduate 2018

First Grade Teacher

Start Date: 2022

Education: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, Grand Canyon University

Bio:

Emma worked at SCS this past spring as an aid in first grade and is looking forward to continue working in first grade as a teacher this year! She just got married this summer to Kevin Zaragoza and they currently attend Bethel OPC in Oostburg but are also involved in the church plant, Breakwater Church, that takes place in Sheboygan. Emma went to SCS from kindergarten through high school and went on to get her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education at Grand Canyon University in Arizona. She has a huge passion for Christian education and teaching children through a biblical perspective!

Torrey Zimmerman

Torrey Zimmerman

Board Member

Torrey Zimmerman

Board Member

Start Date: 2022

Bio:

Church Affiliation: Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church 

Family Information: I’ve been married for 26 years to my wife, Clare. And we have been blessed with  three amazing children! 

Employment Information: Vice President of Operations, The Wasmer Company 

Church/School Activities you are or have been involved with: I’ve served within Church worship  ministry, Technical Media (sound, lighting, video, etc.), as an Elder, church board member, Men’s  Ministry leadership, Small Group Ministry Leadership Team member, Small Group leader, and as an  associate pastor in churches in Alaska and Minnesota. In my most recent, past employment, I worked  extensively to help families, school staff and education team members, to come together to find the  best ways to meet the educational and developmental needs of special education students. 

What do you like most about SCS? SCS partners with parents in forming our children’s learning  around a biblical, Christian worldview. 

Why did your family choose SCS over other schools? SCS supports a biblical worldview,  anchoring our son’s education in the beliefs and values we believe are most important. And SCS  encourages our son to live out his faith in every aspect of life. 

What do you think is the most important goal for SCS? I believe the school’s most important goal  must be to equip and release world-changers—students who are prepared academically, spiritually, and socially to lead by faith wherever the Lord takes them.

If you could do one thing to increase SCS’ visibility in the community, what would it be? I would  increase intentional service and partnerships with like-minded organizations outside of the school, to  encourage unity without compromise, and to show God’s love to the community around SCS. 

Why did you accept the nomination to serve our community on the School Board? Board service is an opportunity to give  back. I simply want to use the gifts and abilities God has given me to serve Him, and to serve others.

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