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2018-2019 Faculty and Staff

In addition to Mr. and Mrs. Yip, these are our current teachers and staff.  We believe God has richly blessed us with wonderful colleagues!

Mrs. Mei Fung – Assistant to the Administrator and Principal:  Mei returned to staff in August, 2006, and brought previous office experience and a facility in Cantonese and English to her new responsibilities. She is in her thirteenth year of a wide range of office duties, as well as having responsibility for first aid and the infirmary, and as an emergency supply teacher.  Her son, Ryan, and daughter, Vanessa, graduated from our Grade 8 in 2006 and 2010 respectively.  Both Ryan and her other son, Derrick, have helped in our After-school Program.

Mrs. Mathanasorupe Bhuvanaratnam – Pre-Kindergarten and High School Science Teacher:  Mathana team-taught part-time for several years at the Senior Kindergarten level before assuming the role of a full-time homeroom teacher for Pre-Kindergarten.  This is her third year in that role.  She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.  She has completed a B. Ed. from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa and is certified by the Ontario College of Teachers to teach Chemistry and Biology.  As a result, she also teaches part-time at the high school science level.  She is fluent in Tamil and English and has a working knowledge of Sinhala.

Mrs. Lina Ghelani -Junior Kindergarten and Art Teacher for Grades 4, 5 and 6:  Lina is in her seventeenth year on staff and has been a full-time teacher since 2006.  In 2007/8, she taught Senior Kindergarten.  In addition to teaching a junior kindergarten class, she is now in her fourteenth year of teaching the A Beka art program to our intermediate grades.  While in India, she taught Sunday School for several years.  Lina has a diploma in basic and creative calligraphy from the British Institutes of India.  She taught classes there in calligraphy and glass-painting, and has often applied that talent in our after-school clubs, in addition to preparing all the Bibles and diplomas for presentation in the school ever since she joined our staff.

Mrs. Cecilia Liu – Junior Kindergarten: Cecilia joined our staff in September 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Mathematics for Commerce from York University in 1989, and worked as a medical secretary for 10 years.  Cecilia has been an Awana leader, and taught Sunday School.  As a teacher’s assistant to one our kindergarten teacher for more than 8 years, she assumed the role of a full-time teacher when the opportunity presented itself.  She has three children: Anthony and Kristopher have both graduated from our Grade 8, and Victoria is in our Grade 11.

Mrs. Janice Fan –  Senior Kindergarten (except for maternity leave in 2012):  Janice ably taught our JK for nine years, then, in 2010, jumped at the chance to head up our new Pre-Kindergarten program that she had been advocating. Once again, she made the jump to Senior Kindergarten, when the opportunity presented itself.  She holds a Certificate in Child Care from Lee Wai Lee Technical Institute, Hong Kong, and an Equivalency of Early Childhood Educator from the A.E.C.E., Ontario.  Prior to joining us, she had extensive experience teaching in daycare centres, and working with disabled children in Hong Kong. In addition to her responsibilities with her class, she also supervises Grade 1-4 Lunch.  At her church, she is involved with the children’s worship team. Janice and her husband have three children: Bessie started in our JK in 1999 and graduated from our Grade 8 in 2010; Josie graduated from our Grade 8 in 2014; and Wesley is in our Grade 2 program.

Mrs. Victoria Go – Senior Kindergarten:  Victoria joined our staff just before Christmas, 2011.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the East, Manila, Philippines and certificates in Graphic Arts, Photography and Public Speaking from Canadian institutions. She has been general manager at JG Graphics/Go Beyond Consulting for twenty-two years.  During that time, she has been actively involved in various church ministries to children.  These included serving in the Awana program and being director of Kids Rock at The Campus Church, Aurora, and being Vacation Bible School General Manager at Aurora Christian Community Church.  Victoria and her husband have two children: Gillianne, who graduated from our Grade 8 program in 2016, and Timothy is currently in our Grade 10 program.

Mrs. Daitz Lee – Grade 1:  Daitz is in her ninth year on staff, having joined us in January 2011 to take over a Grade 2 class when Mrs. Song-Choo went on maternity leave.  Daitz has a Bachelor of Arts (with concentration in visual art and drama) from Trinity Western University, a Bachelor of (Elementary) Education from University of British Columbia, and Special Education Specialist Certification AQ course: Behaviour from Queen’s University.  She was employed from 1999 to 2009 by Three Fishes Christian Elementary School as a Grade 3, split 3/4, art, and special ed teacher, and as supervisor of the primary division in programming and planning.  During that time, she acquired some familiarity with the A Beka curriculum.  Prior to those years, she taught Chinese, art, and crafts to children in several settings.  She has also been involved in church summer camps and Awana, and, more recently, Sunday school at Markham Chinese Baptist Church.

Mrs. Kerri Halonen – Grade 1: Kerri is an experienced teacher with a degree in education from Lakehead University. She has worked with the York Region Board of Education and has taught at Holland Landing Public School. Kerri and her husband have a heart for mission, and they have served the Lord in Ukraine for three years. She also has extensive experience in tutoring. Mrs. Halonen and her husband have three children.

Mrs. Brenda Song-Choo – Grade 2:  Brenda has been on staff (except for two mat leaves) since 2006.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an English/History major from York University, and has completed a variety of additional professional qualifications.  She taught Grades 3, 4 and 5 for five years at Holy Cross Armenian Day School, and Grade 5 and Senior Kindergarten in the public system.  In addition, she has ESL and Special Education experience, and has taught Sunday school at the Full Gospel Mission Church for eight years.  She joined our staff as a Grade 1 teacher and has taught Grade 2 ever since.  She is conversant in Korean and enjoys a variety of sports.  She and her husband have been on missions together.  They have three children; Rocky in Grade 8, Marcus in Grade 6, and Elisha in Grade 2.

Miss Darmae Reyes – Grade 2: Darmae had the privilege of completing her high school career from FaithWay Christian school that uses A Beka curriculum. She attended FaithWay Baptist College of Canada and earned a Bachelor of Religious Education with a minor in Christian Day School while consistently being on the Dean’s List of academic achievements. She also had the opportunity to work at a Kumon Math and Reading Centre. Darmae is looking forward to training up the next generation in academic excellence.

Mrs. Marlene Hadden – Grade 3:  Marlene spent her first two years on staff as an SK teacher, nine year as a teacher of Grade 1, four years as a teacher of Grade 4, and now as a teacher of Grade 3.  In addition to a certificate in office administration from Fanshawe College, Marlene has a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology.  In November, 2007 she was awarded the A.C.S.I. Teaching Practitioner Certificate.  Her many years of prior teaching experience include positions in Yip’s Children’s Choral and Performing Arts Centre, Chapel Place Daycare Centre, and Kindergarten at Stouffville Christian School.

Mrs. Fjoralba Spahija – Grade 3 and Hillsview Campus Manager:  From Vision International University, Fiori holds an Associate in Biblical Studies, and a Bachelor of Theological Studies in Christian Education, graduating with honours and first in her class.  She has a Master’s Degree in Christian Education in process. She is fluent in English, Albanian, and German, and has a working knowledge of Italian and Greek. Fiori had nine years teaching experience at Athens Christian Academy in Greece. There, she taught mainly multi-grade classes, including 4 years with Grade 1, 2 combined.  All her work was in English, using the A Beka curriculum primarily.  Fiori joined us in 2009 to teach a combined 1, 2 class.  In 2010-11, she taught one of our Grade 1 classes. After returning from maternity, she took over Grade 3A from Mrs. Smith who went on maternity, and is this year’s teacher of 3B.  Fiori is also the Hillview Campus Manager.  She and her husband, Altin, were active in the Sunday School work of Glyfada Christian Centre in Athens.  They now have two children:  Tomas, in our Grade 6, and Kate Elizabeth in our Grade 2.

Mrs. Dania Edwards – Grade 4: Dania holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Zoology and Botany from the University of the West Indies, a Bachelor of Education with Highest Distinction from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and a Master of Education from the University of Manitoba. She also holds an Ontario Teaching Certificate in the Primary-Junior Division.  She has taught in Jamaica, Istanbul, Turkey, and here in Canada for 16 years, including this, her ninth year on our staff.  Dania has a passion for Christian dance and drama and was the lead choreographer and playwright for many school concerts while teaching in Jamaica.  For two years, she was Director of Bible Teacher’s Church Youth Group and for fourteen years, she was a teacher in the Bible Theatre Academy of Dance and Drama.  Dania enjoys floral design, arts and crafts, and cooking, and has created several after-school clubs at RHCA that involve these interests.

Miss Lynn Tran – Grade 4: Lynn had the privilege of completing her high school career from a Christian school that uses A Beka curriculum.  She attended FaithWay Baptist College of Canada next and earned a Bachelor of Religious Education with a minor in Christian Day School while consistently being on the Dean’s List of academic achievements.  Lynn is in her second year of teaching here at RHCA.  She enjoys singing and playing the piano as well as graphic design.  Lynn has a love for working with young people as she has been involved with summer camps, many Vacation Bible Schools (VBS), as well as working at Kumon.  She is looking forward to challenge students academically and encouraging them to grow spiritually.

Miss Stephanie Lui – Grade 5: Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music Education. She has extensive teaching experience in that field and is an accomplished musician. Stephanie has worked with students ranging from kindergarten to middle school. She is committed to inspire and help her students reach their highest God-given potential.

Mrs. Najwa Oweis – Grade 5: Najwa, originally from Jordan, has a Bachelor in English Literature and a minor in Archaeology from the University of Jordan.  She has about 4 years of teaching experience in Jordan.  Since coming to Canada, she has supply taught and volunteered at various elementary schools.  She began as a teacher assistant last year in our Senior Kindergarten class but her teaching experiences have allowed her to teach at the Grade 5 level when the opportunity arose.  Najwa also has been very involved with Sunday School teaching for the past 14 years.  Her desire to train children both spiritually and academically has led her to our school.  Mrs. Oweis and her husband have three children with their youngest, Daniel, in our Grade 7.

Mrs. Tina Garabedian – Grade 6 Math, History, Senior Music Co-Teacher:  Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music (Piano Performance) from Bob Jones University, and has had many years of experience as teacher, performer, composer (woodwinds, strings and brass), accompanist and arranger.  As the wife of a busy pastor, she has served in many church ministries, including music director, ladies’ leader, conference organizer, and children’s work.  She home-schooled three of her children from JK to high school using the Advanced Training Institute and Bob Jones Home Sat curricula, and is particularly adept at math.  Tina joined RHCA in March, 2006, as a Teacher Assistant in the Grade 2, 3 programs.  From 2007 to 2012, she taught Grade 4, and was the instrument coach in the senior music program.  She has also taught Kindergarten gym and home economics.  We particularly appreciate her skill and creativity on the piano at many concerts over the years.  Tina has also taken on the important role of leading the school’s Moms-In-Prayer group that meet each Monday. She is in her thirteenth year on staff.  Both of her two youngest children, Gary and Karissa, have graduated from RHCA.

Miss Kerenza Yuen – Grade 6 Language, VSP, Reading, and Penmanship Teacher: Kerenza graduated from Queens University with a Bachelor of Education as well a Bachelor of Arts with honours for English Language and Literature. She has the privilege of being the Children’s Program Coordinator for the Kingston School of Art. As a student teacher, she taught at Aurora High School and Frontenac Secondary School. Her desire is to inspire students and parents from all backgrounds to firmly seek God in their journey.

Mrs. Collette Michel – Grade 7 Bible, History, Science, and Literature Teacher: Collette is an experienced teacher who taught at FaithWay Christian school that uses the A Beka curriculum. She has a Bachelor of Religious Education from FaithWay Baptist College. Collette also has a heart for mission. She and her husband and their three children served the Lord as missionaries to Holland for one year before her husband went home to be with the Lord due to an automobile accident. Collette is looking forward to helping students seek and fulfill God’s plan for their individual lives.

Mr. Charles Snelgrove – Grade 7 Science; Grades 5 to 8 Computers; Grades 2 to 9 Physical Education; After School Club Director:  Charles is in his eighth year on staff.  He has an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics (with majors in Computer Science and Combinatorics & Optimisation) from the University of Waterloo. He has been an Elder, Sunday School Teacher, and Worship Leader at Celebration Presbyterian Church.  Following twenty years in senior software support and administration positions in industry and government, in 2008, Charles decided to make a career change to teaching children.  He enrolled at Tyndale University College, earning a Bachelor of Education in June, 2009, where he was awarded Most Outstanding Teacher Candidate in the Junior/Intermediate Division.  Charles joined our after-school staff in 2009.  When we discovered that he was also experienced as coach in a variety of sports, he was our first choice to head up our Senior Phys. Ed. Program afternoons, and for three years, teaching Grade 4 in the morning; he is now to teaching Grades 5-8 Computers in the morning and is looking after the After School sports clubs; he joined our staff full-time in September, 2010.  Charles and his wife, Susan, have two children, Connor and Mackenzie.

Mrs. Margaret Wong – Grade 8:  Margaret is in her seventeenth year on staff.  Earlier, she taught both Grade 2 and 3; since 2011 she has been teaching Grade 6 up until the end of the 2013-2014 school year.  Currently, she is our Grade 8 homeroom teacher.  She holds a B.Sc. (Computer Science and Applied Math) from the University of Toronto and an M.R.E. (Christian Education) from Central Baptist Seminary and Bible College.  Margaret is the wife of Rev. William Wong of Toronto Swatow Baptist Church.  She has been serving the Lord in various church ministries such as teaching Sunday School of different age groups and ESL classes, training Sunday School teachers, counselling, and planning and overseeing church Christian educational programs.  Margaret is also gifted in piano and organ and is an experienced choir conductor as well.

Mrs. Sonia Yoon – Grade 7 Math, Grade 8 Science: Sonia is a former RHCA Grade 5 and 2 teacher. She was with the school for 3 years before moving to the US and later to Europe. Sonia graduated from the University of Toronto with an education degree. During her time at RHCA, she initiated, formed, and trained the first RHCA Math Competition Team. Due to her leadership and the hard work of our students, RHCA students won 1st prize two years in a row at the ASCI Math Competition (now known as the ACSI Math Olympics)! After moving to the US, Sonia became an education department board member of the Detroit Institution of Art Museum. Later in Europe, she became a board member of the Frankfurt International School – one of the leading international school in Germany that founded the IB program. She is passionate about math and science and has been the founder of Supporting Math and Science (SMS) – an international group to encourage the exchange and enrichment of math and science programs.

Mr. Elijah Wong – Before School Club Supervisor, Grade 6 and 7 Bible, and Grade 6 Science:  Elijah graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Mathematics from York University. His work experience includes retail and customer service.  For three years, he was a counsellor with Kids Clubhouse, a summer program at Richmond Hill Chinese Baptist Church.  At Logos Baptist Church (York Region), Elijah is a teacher assistant for the pre-teens worship, and is also the coordinator for the university group.  Elijah plays and coaches the team sport of ultimate frisbee.  He joined our staff in October of 2012.  He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary and teaching our Grade 6B and 7B Bible classes as well as the Grade 6 science classes.

Miss Grace Brant – Grade 7A and Grade 8 English and High School English:  Grace is another RHCA alumnus that has returned to teach at her alma mater.  She has a Honours Bachelor of Arts in English from York University.  She also has training from the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies from George Brown College.  Grace has been working with young people extensively since 2010.  Her area of interests is in interacting and teaching those who are hearing impaired and working with young people in youth camps.  Since returning to RHCA, Grace has taught in our high school English program, Grade 7 and 8 English programs, and she has been one of our teacher’s assistants for Junior Kindergarten.

Mrs. Ashley Barry – High School: Ashley is in her ninth year on staff.  She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Pure Mathematics and a three-year concurrent Bachelor of Education (Junior-Intermediate Division) from York University.  Her practicum was most of a school year in Grade 7 at Aldergrove P.S.  In addition, she taught English for five months at Cornerstone English School in Uzgorod, Ukraine.  While at Unionville High School, she received up to Grade 10 in French; this enabled her to teach Grade One French for us in her first year.  Ashley has several years’ experience as Children’s Group Leader and Youth Group Leader at Markham Missionary Church, and a year assisting the Education Advocate of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society.  Ashley’s husband, Sam, is on the pastoral staff at Markham Missionary Church.  They have two children, Logan is in our Grade 1 class, and Marlie is three and a half.

Mrs. Wendy Ledgister – Senior French:  Wendy is in her fourteenth year on staff. She holds a B.A. Ordinary French Language and Literature with minors in economics, English and linguistics from Glendon College, York University. She has both business administration and teaching experience. For several years, she counselled at Beacon Bible Camp, and is involved in the music program and Sunday School at Rossland Ridge Bible Chapel.  She is also fluent in Italian.  She has her Grade 8 Piano (Royal Conservatory) and served for a number of years as our primary and junior grades music teacher.  Wendy and her husband, Marco De Venezia, have two children; Jonathan graduated from our Grade 8 in 2011, and Rebecca graduated from our Grade 8 in 2015.

Mme Margrate Gebreal – Junior French; Margrate received a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from the University of Windsor.  She has about 11 years of teaching experiences in both French and English at several private and public Lebanese schools.  She is in her second year of teaching at RHCA.  Mme Gabreal has a love for people and a desire to encourage her students to strive for excellence.  She is fluent in French, English, and Arabic.  Mme Gebrael and her husband have three children.

Mrs. Marian Eskandar – Junior French:  Marian is in her seventh year on staff.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Education from the University of Assiut’s Faculty of French Education.  Marian have both experiences in teaching French at the elementary and high school level.  She is active in Awana, Sunday School, ladies’ ministry, as well as camp counseling at Willowdale Christian Assembly.  Marian and her husband, Wael, have three children; Joice graduated from our Grade 8 program in 2014, Jane did likewise in 2018, and Julia is in our Grade 7A class.

Mrs. Fenny Lau – Senior Music:  Except for one year on sabbatical, Fenny has been on our staff for ninteenth years.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Toronto.  She is a conductor, pianist, accompanist, church musician, and arranger of choral and band music.  She teaches a variety of instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.  She has her own piano studio and has taught for 31 years, from beginners to grade 10, ARCT in piano performance and ARCT in piano pedagogy.  In church, she co-ordinates worship ministry, children ministry, and senior ministry.  She is the mother of five grown up boys.  Her husband is Rev. Dr. Michael Lau, senior pastor of Logos Baptist Church, York Region.

Ms. Mimi Fung – Kindergarten and Grades 1-4 Music:  Mimi has an honours degree in Environmental Studies from York University and has studied at Seneca College in Computer Graphics Design and Layout and at Ryerson in Publishing.  She has her Grade 10 Piano from RCM.  For many years, she has been the Conductor of Children’s Choir, Music Director of Summer Vacation Bible School, and pianist for Sunday worship at Carmel Logos Baptist Church.  Mimi was employed by the Toronto Stock Exchange for ten years but is now fully committed to a teaching career. She have received an Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Ryerson University. She joined our staff in 2011 as a TA and kindergarten music teacher.

Ms. Hui (Janet) Jiang – Teacher of Mandarin:  Janet comes highly recommended by Mrs. Grace Sum, our former Mandarin Club teacher.  She is an award winning and experienced Mandarin teacher of 19 years.  She concurrently teaches Chinese courses in other schools within the York Region District School Board.  Janet currently offers Mandarin clubs on three levels.

Mrs. Jacqueline Kee – Senior Kindergarten Teacher Assistant; After-School Club Manager; Junior Lunch Assistant Manager; Senior Lunch Assistant Manager; Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1 Gym Teacher (Bayview), Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 Gym Teacher (Hillsview); Bayview Campus BASC Accounting Manager:  For many years, Jackie had a career in administration with the Bank of Nova Scotia, but her true calling has been to work with children.  She has done this through extensive involvement in church ministries, including Awana, VBS, children’s church, and the church nursery.  She is now in her thirteenth year on staff.  Her son, Joshua, graduated from our Grade 8 program in 2015.

Mrs. Daphne Cheng – Senior Kindergarten Teacher Assistant:  Daphne is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science.  She is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.  Despite her credentials, she has a love for children and has extensive volunteer experiences as a Sunday School teacher, Day-Camp Director, and teaching assistant at Pioneer Club.  Her desire is to share the love of God with the next generation.  Daphne and her husband have two girls – Ashleigh in our Grade 1 and Natalie in our JK.

Ms. Mi Young Ha (Mrs. Kim) –Junior Kindergarten Teacher Assistant:  Mi Young has master degrees in both music and Christian counseling from Myung Ji University and Cumberland University respectively, and was a licensed music teacher in Korea. She has been teaching violin after school at RHCA since September 2011.  Starting in the fall of 2016, she began assisting one of our Senior Kindergarten teachers.  Currently, she is assisting one of our Junior Kindergarten teachers.  She has two children – Esther in our Grade 8 program, and Elias in our Grade 6 program.

Mrs. Connie Chan – Junior Kindergarten Teacher Assistant:  Connie was educated at the Hong Kong Bishop Bianchi College of Careers and had an earlier career in financial administration in Hong Kong and Toronto.  For some years, she volunteered frequently as a teacher assistant at her son’s elementary school in Richmond Hill.  She joined RHCA in 2004, assisting in lunch time and recess supervision, and has gradually assumed increasing responsibilities for the care of the children.

Ms. Caroline Lee – Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Assistant; Used Uniform Manager:  Caroline graduated from Central Commerce High School and has a diploma in Business Administration from Seneca College in Toronto, and a certificate in Esthetics from Frederick Holistic & Wellness Institute in Hong Kong.  She worked for a number of years in customer care, sales, and office assistant capacities in both Hong Kong and Canada.  In the 2010-2011 school year, she volunteered as a lunch program, recess, and after-school program assistant manager, and was involved in our April fund-raiser.  Caroline’s mother tongue is Mandarin, and she is also fluent in Cantonese and English.  Her children, Davina graduated from our Grade 8 program in 2015, and Matthew did the same in 2018.

Mr. Dan Carels – School Vehicle Manager:  Dan has a B license and is our main bus driver and school vehicle manager, shuttling the classes to and from the Bayview Hill Community Centre, RHCCC gym, and taking out the occasional field trip.  He drove school buses for Stock transportation for three years.  In addition to being awarded Infrastructure Health and Safety Associations’ safe driver two years in a row, Dan is a certified mechanic.

Ms. Nancy Keena – After-school Club Assistant, and Second Bus Driver:  Nancy is in her thirteenth year on RHCA staff.  She has a B license, and served with Laidlaw Transportation in Scarborough from 1996 to 2000 with a perfect driving record.  She has also looked after children in home care for many years, and makes the best shortbread cookies in the area.

Mr. Gary Cheung – Custodian:  Gary is in his third year with RHCA. He came recommended by Mr. Wilson Chan.  He is a hard worker and is willing to serve God and the school.  We appreciate how well he is taking care of the school building at RHCA.

Mrs. Lillian G. Langfried has extensive management experience in the food and nutrition services in the healthcare sector and is a registered dietitian with a degree in Applied Arts specializing in food, nutrition, consumer and family studies from Ryerson Polytechnic University.  She is also a qualified teacher after receiving her education degree from the University of Western Ontario.  In addition to assisting in various capacities around the school, Lillian often helps in our after school clubs.  She is also on our list of supply teachers.

In addition to the above-mentioned staff members, we are blessed to have a group of supply and support staff that ensures a Christ-honouring learning environment.

Helen Assikopoulos

Olga Carels

Laura Gam

Christie Lo

Sally Ng

Nelly Sayegh

Shirley Sung

Michelle Wong

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