Ottawa Christian School staff members can articulate a personal faith in Jesus Christ and have a provincial teaching certificate or equivalent. All teachers are required to have the Christian School Teacher’s Certificate or be working towards it. All staff who are members of the Ontario College of Teachers are teachers in good standing.
Learning Support Staff
Mr. Triemstra is our Principal at Ottawa Christian School. He enjoys watching children mature in faith and knowledge and working with an excellent group of Christian Educators. He is passionate about sharing what Christian Education is about.
Mr. Triemstra has been our Principal since 2002. He has taught grades 5-12, and has been working at OCS since 1991. He is also a graduate of Ottawa Christian School.
Certification: Christian School Principal’s Certificate (2011), Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (1994), B.A. Christian Education (Hon.) (1992), B.A. (1994).
Mrs. Naftel is our Learning Resource teacher and is also the Vice-Principal of Curriculum. She is passionate about helping students reach their full potential. She desires to encourage and teach the necessary skills to continue the race set before her students, regardless of the obstacles that may be found on their paths.
As VP of Curriculum she accesses and oversees the curriculum of the school to ensure that we are meeting or exceeding the Ontario Ministry of Education Standards.
Mrs. Naftel began her teaching career at OCS in 1992 and returned in 2011 after taking a decade to be with her children and run a home daycare business.
Certification: Special Education Specialist (2017), Ontario Teachers Certificate (2012), Christian School Teachers Certificate (1992), and BA in English (1992).
Mr. Stassen is our grade 7 teacher. He enjoys making connections with his students. He works on finding ways to show his students that they are unique children of God.
Mr. Stassen is the Vice Principal of Student Life. As Vice Principal of Student Life, he helps create and foster a restorative culture at OCS through restorative justice practises.
Mr. Stassen is also the computer coordinator. He handles the technical side of the network, and makes sure the computers are functioning to maximize their use by teachers and students.
Mr. Stassen has taught at Ottawa Christian School since 1997. He has experience in grades 4-8.
Certification: Christian Teacher’s Certificate (2008), Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (1996), B.Ed. (1996), B.A. (1989), math specialist (elementary and high school)
As Advancement Coordinator, Mrs. Dawson represents OCS with the purpose of increasing enrollment, increasing awareness of OCS, and identifying potential sources of new students.
Mrs. Dawson has been working in the marketing field since she was 11 years old helping to promote the family business, Storyland, in the Ottawa Valley. Previous experience includes Marketing Director at a resort, Marketing Coordinator at CAA Toronto, Events Manager at The Financial Post and varied positions in public relations, media sales and event planning. She is excited for what the Lord has planned for the school, the parents, the children, the staff, the supporters, the churches, and the Christian and non-Christian communities in the Ottawa area.
Mrs. Dods is the bookkeeper at Ottawa Christian School. She is excited to have the opportunity to be used of the Lord in her new role and to be a part of the school community.
Mrs. Dods was born and raised in the US but has called the Manotick area home now for close to 40 years. She has over 30 years of administrative and bookkeeping experience in a small business capacity and puts her strengths to use at OCS.
Mrs. Dykstra is the person you see when you first come into the front doors and manages the front desk. She is the one that keeps a lot of the day to day things running smoothly. Prior to starting as administrator at OCS, she was known to most of us as a parent and former board member.
Mrs. Dykstra enjoys working and interacting with people. She looks forward to seeing the children on a daily basis, assisting in the administrative duties and greeting each person that comes into the school.
Mrs. Armishaw is the part time office assistant. She enjoys helping Mrs. Dykstra with the day to day tasks that help make OCS a great school.
She is a parent of two OCS students and has a strong desire to see all kids grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Mr. Darch is the custodian at Ottawa Christian School. He enjoys taking care of the school and making repairs so the facility is always looking and functioning at it’s best.
Mr. Darch has two children attending the school and enjoys the curiosity of all the children as they wonder what Mr. D’s fixing today.
Certification: Diploma in Horticulture (1990); Certified Horticulturalist, Landscaper and Greenskeeper (1988)
Mrs. Fournier is our Director of Music for students in Grades 1 – 8. She joined the OCS Staff in the fall of 2009.
Mrs. Fournier has taught music programs in various parts of Canada, as well as Alaska. She has developed and implemented music programs overseas in The Netherlands at the International School in Brunssum and also in Geilenkirchen, Germany.
Mrs. Fournier is pleased to be a part of the OCS community. She believes it is a privilege to guide the development of students’ musical abilities and to nurture their God given talents in this area of the curriculum.
Certification: Saskatchewan Teacher’s Certificate (1977), Bachelor of Teaching with a Music Specialty (1977), New Brunswick Letter of Standing (1979). She is working toward the completion of her CSTC.
Madame Speirs is our grade 6 homeroom teacher and our senior French teacher. She inspires students in their acquisition of French as a second language. She is passionate about training children to be godly leaders.
Madame Speirs has taught at Ottawa Christian School since 2004. She is currently teaching the Intensive French Programto grade 6 students which started September 2010.
Certification: Licensed Teacher with the Ministry of Education in Quebec (2004), B.Ed., working towards her Christian Teacher’s Certificate.
Mrs. Groen is the junior and senior division art teacher, teaching visual arts to grades 4-8.
Mrs. Groen has a passion for Christian Education and is excited to help students discover their God given creativity within this context. She looks forward to partnering with students as they explore, discover, and experiment with different media to further self-expression, technical skills, and the development of a visual language.
Mrs. Groen has been privileged to teach at two other Christian Schools before coming to OCS. She has taught in the junior division, as well as having some administrative experience prior to starting a family. She returned to OCS in 2012.
Certification: Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (2014), B.A. with Art major (1993), B.A. Christian Education (1993), and Christian Schools Teacher Certificate (1993)
Mr. McGregor is teaching the grade 4 class as well as physical education to grades 4-8. As a member of the National Track and Field team since 1995, he has learned about goal setting, training, sportsmanship, and team work and is passionate about passing this knowledge onto his students.
Mr. McGregor has taught at Ottawa Christian School since 2004. He has experience teaching homeroom in the junior grades and physical education in the junior and senior divisions.
Certification: Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (2004), B.Ed. (2004), B. Sc. Kinesiology/Psychology (2002).
Madame Manouchehri is one of our French teachers; she enjoys implementing a variety of teaching methods to assist children in their second language learning. Mrs. Manouchehri also teaches the Extended Kindergarten Program (EKP); she is excited about providing enrichment opportunities in a play-based environment for her EKP students.
Mrs. Manouchehri loves teaching and has been working with children and youth all of her adult life, teaching in Christian schools in British Columbia, being involved in the homeschooling community in Ottawa, and working in children’s ministries in the church setting for over 25 years. She has been at OCS since 2011.
Certification: Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (2010), BEd (1990), BC Professional Teaching Certificate (1988), BGS (1986)
Mrs. MacFie is a certified teacher librarian with 20 years of experience operating, renovating and designing libraries. Her passion is to pass on her love of quality books to students through author visits, new book displays, book readings, book fairs and book clubs in collaboration with parent volunteers. Her reward is to see the excited faces of children when they visit the library.
Mrs. MacFie has two grown children, both of whom attended Ottawa Christian School and is married to Jim.
Mrs. Buisman is our Junior Kindergarten teacher.
With her art and musical background, she enjoys providing opportunities for her students to creatively express themselves. She considers it a joy working with her Junior Kindergarten students, who show much enthusiasm, curiosity and delight while learning.
Mrs. Buisman has been a teacher at OCS since 2003, with 5 years teaching experience prior to Ottawa Christian School. While living in Halifax, she taught music classes to young children at the Canadian Conservatory of Music.
Certification: Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (1989), Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (1987), B. A. of Christian Education (1987).
Mrs. Vedder is our Senior Kindergarten teacher. She is excited about encouraging a sense of wonder in her students as they discover God’s amazing world. Mrs. Vedder puts a strong focus on preparing her students for grade one in a fun and enriching environment.
Mrs. Vedder has experience teaching homerooms in both the primary and junior divisions. She has been teaching at Ottawa Christian School since 2002. She is also a graduate of Ottawa Christian School.
Certification: Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (2014), B. Ed. (2002), Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (2002), B.A. Psychology (Hon.)(2001).
Mrs. Reid is one of our grade 1 teachers. She is also teaching grade 2 in the afternoons and on Fridays. She enjoys helping each student to discover and develop their God given gifts and talents. Mrs. Reid has a strong interest in developing curriculum to meet student’s individual needs, with a focus on enrichment activities. She also enjoys encouraging her students to worship God through music and praise dance.
This is Mrs. Reid’s fifth year at OCS. She has taught at the Renfrew & District Christian School since 2003, with experience teaching grades 1 through 8.
Certification: Special Education Part II (2005), Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (2003), Special Education Part I (2003), BA.Hons. in Developmental Psychology (1997).
Mrs. Rusthoven is our Grade 1 teacher. She is excited about encouraging her students to see the wonder in God’s creation. She loves to share her passion for reading with her students and seeks to help them discover and develop their own interests and ideas. Mrs. Rusthoven has taught a Grade 3 homeroom and also has experience teaching rotary subjects in the primary, junior and intermediate divisions. She has been teaching at Ottawa Christian School since 2004.
Certification: Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (2015), B.Ed. (2010), Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (2004), B.A. French (2002), B. CEd. (2002).
Mrs. Sontrop is our grade 2 teacher. She strives to enable every child in the class to experience success and self-sufficiency. Mrs. Sontrop enjoys developing curriculum to meet the different needs and abilities of her students. Mrs. Sontrop looks for the gifts of the spirit that each child has and she encourages them to develop these gifts.
Mrs. Sontrop has taught in the primary division in Ottawa Christian School since 1982.
Certification: Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (1986), Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (1979), B. Sc. Of Ed. (1979).
Mr. Fleming is our grade 3 teacher. He is excited to be part of the Ottawa Christian School community and looks forward to all that God has planned for him and his students. He is passionate about being a positive role model as a teacher and in his community. Mr. Fleming continuously seeks to inspire and motivate others to reach their God-given potential in all that they do.
Certification: Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (2013), B. Ed. (2013), B.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice (2007).
Mme Lafontaine teaches grade 4 and grade 7 Language Arts as well as French and Physical Education for kindergarten to grade 3. Under Mme Lafontaine’s instruction, students grow in their abilities and their enjoyment of the French language.
Ottawa Christian School has had the privilege of Mme Lafontaine’s teaching talents since 2015. Her past experience includes teaching Kindergarten to grade 7, in both English and French Immersion settings.
Certification: Ontario Teaching Certificate (2014), Alberta Teaching Certificate (2008),B.Ed After degree (2008), B.A. English and Psychology (2006)
Mrs. Vriend is our grade 5A teacher. She is honored to be teaching in a learning environment that encourages spiritual growth alongside academic. She firmly believes that God has created each child unique with a wonderfully designed purpose. It is her joy to support students’ individual needs and challenge them to realize new goals.
This is Mrs. Vriend’s first year as a homeroom teacher at OCS. However, over the past two years she has taught in various positions within the school and has greatly enjoyed getting to know the OCS community.
Certification: Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (2014), Special Education Part I (2014), Intermediate English (2014), B.Ed. Primary-Junior Divisions (2014), BA.Hons. History and English (2013).
Mrs. Speyers is our grade 5B teacher. She brings creative ideas and consistent care to the training of each child. She loves teaching children and opening God’s world to them.
Mrs. Speyers has been teaching since 1990. She has experience in grades 1 through 9. At Ottawa Christian School she has taught in both primary and junior grade levels.
Certification: Christian Education Degree (1972), Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (1972), B.A. Geography (1971).
Mr. Hoytema is our grade 8 teacher. He also teaches Bible and computers. He provides students with the skills required to move forward to high school while recognizing their role as senior students at Ottawa Christian School. He readily involves the students in community service projects both within OCS and in the community at large.
Mr. Hoytema has taught grade 8 at Ottawa Christian School since 2003. He has taught in both junior and senior divisions, as well as having experience in administration.
Certification: Christian School Principal’s Certificate (1996), Christian School Teacher’s Certificate (1989), Ontario Teacher’s Certificate (1989), B.A. (1984).
Mrs. Boucher, a trained Educational Assistant, has worked with many students in this position at Ottawa Christian School. She loves helping students achieve success by finding out what learning strategies work for them. She enjoys working in the small group setting where there is freedom to work at the student’s pace.
Mrs. Boucher has helped within classrooms and in the Resource Room for over 20 years. She has been working at OCS since 2000.
Certification: Certified Barton Reading/Spelling Tutor (2007), Hanen Early Language Program (1980), Sign Language 1 and 2 (1978), B. of Child Studies (1975).
Mrs. Courteau, is a qualified Child & Youth Worker, has worked as an Educational Assistant at both the Public and Catholic School Boards, and has extensive training in children’s ministry in various church settings.
She is currently in her third year of Bible School and is passionate about working with children and helping them develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Currently in her first year at OCS, Mrs. Courteau is honoured to be a part of such an amazing team.
Certification: Child & Youth Worker Diploma (2012), Biblical Doctrine
Diploma (2012), Biblical Studies Certificate (2008), Travel & Tourism.
Mrs Schievink is an E.A. in the JK and grade one classes. She has her diploma in Early Childhood Education and has many years of experience working with children and adults with special needs.
Mrs Schievink is currently in her first year of working at OCS. She recently moved to Ottawa with her family from southern Ontario. She is excited to help children reach their educational goals by working with the students on an individual level. She loves to work in a Christian classroom environment and watch children develop a relationship with Jesus.
Certification: Early Childhood Education (2000)
Mrs. Fayer is an educational therapist who has worked in private practice since 2013, and began working at Ottawa Christian School in 2015.
At OCS she works as an NILD therapist, Search and Teach provider and as a literacy specialist. She is passionate about helping kids learn, developing their strengths and improving their weaknesses.
Certification: NILD Certified Educational Therapist – Levels I, II & III (2013-2016), Search and Teach (2015), Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (1999), Bachelor of Arts (1997).
Miss Boucher (Miss Chris) is a graduate from the Child and Youth Worker program through Algonquin College. Miss Chris, as she is affectionately known, is very experienced working with children and their families with a diversity of needs as an EA in the public school board and also as a Child and Youth Worker through Crossroads Children Centre.
Miss Chris’ passion is working with students to promote self-regulation skills through strength based practice.
Certification: Child and Youth Worker 3 year Advanced Diploma (2017)
Member of: Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care