With more than 30 years experience of bookkeeping and small business, Laurie delights in using her gifts in ministry. She loves sharing the miraculous stories of God’s hand at work since the Foundation began. Her work is a blessing because she gets to see first hand the joy of Christian Education in action!
Laurie and her husband have ten grandchildren which keeps her very busy. She is active in her church, where she enjoys singing in the choir.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where she earned a degree in Arts & Business. Prior to joining the Foundation team, she worked in administration, finance and children’s ministry. As part of her role, Amy strives to foster a welcoming environment and effective communication channels to serve the school community well. She also thoroughly enjoys interacting with students in the hallways and when they come to visit her in the office.
In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and their three daughters. She likes to take walks, play games, read and bake.
Kimberly loves teaching. With a strong fine-arts background, she loves the opportunity to connect art to God, and to build character through visual art. Aside from teaching the school-wide art program, she nurtures the grade 3 and 4 students as their homeroom teacher. She believes this is a special time in the lives of children.
Sharing her love of art in the context of biblical creation is an immense blessing. Leading children in learning to express themselves in art, music and drama is an awesome experience for her and for her students. Kimberly is an avid reader, loves the colour red, and is one of the creative minds behind our musicals and dramas.
Hillary has spent the majority of her career doing daily supply work with the WRDSB after graduating from Laurier and Nipissing’s Concurrent Education program with a BA and a BEd. She unexpectedly made a change in the fall of 2021 to join the Foundation family as the 5-day kindy teacher. She loves the new home that she has found here in Winterbourne! Hillary and her husband Jeremy live in Elmira with their 4 children. They love the community they live in and are so glad to be able to invest in God’s kingdom so close to home and as a family. Their family is a loud one! They love dance parties, campfires, Friday family movie nights and especially the time they get to spend in Algonquin every summer at their family cottage. Hillary loves books and music and hopes to be able to foster a love of these things early in your children’s lives as it leads to so much future learning.
Amanda has been teaching kindergarten at Foundation since January 2022. She comes from a background of Social Development Studies and Early Childhood Education. She has spent many years working in children’s ministry roles through church and camp. She considers it a joy and a privilege to be part of the ministry at Foundation, and loves supporting her students as they grow socially, academically, and in their understanding of God at their young age. Amanda is passionate about Jesus and sharing what He has done in her life. She is also passionate about creating meaningful relationships with her students and their families. She loves the community at Foundation and feels so blessed to be a part of it! Outside of school, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on road trips, playing the piano, and having lots of summer bonfires.
Linda knows the Lord has called her to Foundation Christian School. She loves children and the opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ with them each day. It is her heart’s desire to see them rooted deeply in the truths of God’s Word so that they can stand strong for the Lord and bring much glory to Him.
Linda graduated from Pensacola Christian College with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She brings over 10 years of teaching experience and thoroughly enjoys praying for and teaching foundational skills to her grade one students. In her spare time she also enjoys walking, reading and spending time with friends and family.
For 13 years, Doreen served in communities overseas. As a principal in Haiti, Fiji and Nepal, she learned many leadership skills, and the importance of good education. She counts it a privilege to share her personal journey of faith in Christ with her students. She wants to give them a widening circle of experience that includes a global perspective.
Doreen teaches grades 1 and 2. In her spare time, Doreen enjoys reading, music and further discovery of cross-cultural experiences.
Jennifer holds a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is thrilled to be called by God to be a part of the Foundation family and serve him as a teacher. She loves to go to work in a place where staff gather and seek to hear from God in devotions and prayer daily together. She lives in St. Clements with her husband Andy, who also teaches, and their four amazing children. Jennifer has a background in bible study and discipleship ministry and did outreach to university students for over 15 years. She loves God’s word and is happy to now have the chance to share it with elementary kids. She also loves the excitement of the learning process and enjoys just being with her students and getting to know each uniquely created person.
After about 15 years in public education, Dave is thrilled to be a part of the staff team here at Foundation. He considers it a great honour and privilege to play a role in the spiritual, academic, and social development of the children he teaches. He aims to inspire curiosity and to make learning fun. Dave lives in Elmira with his wife and three kids, and they attend Woodside Church. As a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, he is accustomed to disappointment and being humbled. He enjoys downhill skiing in the winter, and tennis and golf in summer. Dave appreciates the simple things in life, like reading, drinking black coffee, or doing the Wordle. He is completely content on a trail in the woods, hand-feeding the chickadees, contemplating the beauty and wonder of God’s creation.
Bethany graduated from Trent University with degrees in International Development and Education. She loves ministry, and the wider world God has made. She has been blessed with amazing opportunities abroad as well as in Canada. Bethany has worked in drop in centers and a Compassion funded school in Ecuador. She also had the wonderful opportunity to work for Upper Grand District school board. When an opportunity opened up at Foundation she felt a deep stirring from God to move her ministry here. She is grateful for the amazing opportunities she gets each day to pray with her students. She loves mentoring and encouraging them in their journeys with God. She loves the amazing team that creates a welcoming and loving community with exceptional education. She believes Foundation Christian School is a special place. Bethany enjoys hanging out with her three sweet kids and wonderful husband. In her spare time she is a bookworm. If she isn’t reading you will find her with friends and family, diving deeper into God’s word, and spending time exploring this amazing world God has given us.
Jennifer has been bilingual her whole life. She has been teaching our engaging French program for four years. She previously taught French Immersion for the Upper Grand District School Board. Now she models our core French program after immersion. She speaks mostly in French and the language is acquired as organically as possible. She shepherds the grade 7-8 class as homeroom teacher. Jennifer conveys the glory of God in teaching Language, History, and Geography. Her husband, Ben, is a self-employed videographer and works in sound, video and tech at Forward Church in Cambridge where they attend. They have an adorable son named William. Jennifer loves to cook, swim, and volunteer in Youth Ministry. She is excited to be able to teach and share her faith through her ministry at Foundation.
Sophie is grateful that the Lord has opened the door for her to serve as a part-time French teacher at Foundation Christian school. Sophie has been blessed by the community this ministry represents from its staff, to parents, to students. Having a keen interest in learning, and a native French speaker born and raised in Quebec, Sophie hopes to impart her love for her mother tongue to her students. Sophie has held various roles within children’s ministries and hopes for young ones to come to know Jesus personally. She loves cultivating students’ curiosity about God and his creation. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking. Sophie holds a BA in Fine-Arts and Economics and an MA in Economics from the University of Waterloo.
After spending the last several years working as an EA for Upper Grand District School board, Tashia felt a strong calling to become part of the Foundation team. She is deeply committed to supporting teachers and students with their individual educational needs. She enjoys finding any opportunity to celebrate small accomplishments with her students and loves watching them grow. Tashia feels privileged to work with such a united team and appreciates the time spent in prayer each morning.
Tashia is always up for an adventure and loves spending time with family and friends especially while camping. She is blessed with 3 sons and a wonderful husband who find many ways to enjoy the outdoors together.
Kristen has been an Educational Assistant at Foundation Christian School for several years. She graduated from the Educational Assistant Program at Fleming College, then worked for WRDSB. She then made the move into ministry at Foundation Christian School. Her passion to help children learn has taken her to a variety of schools in Alberta, Nunavut, Peterborough and Waterloo. Kristen loves helping children achieve that “lightbulb” moment when things start to click. Her mission is working alongside the rest of the Foundation staff to help each child achieve their goals. In her spare time she loves to be active in whatever way she can. That might include going for a run, zumba, soccer, volleyball or taking a walk outside. Kristen loves spending time with her family and friends as well as baking. Any chance they get, you will find her husband and her exploring the great outdoors.
Tara joined the Foundation staff team in 2022. She is a graduate from the Educational Assistant program at Conestoga College and spent a few years working for the WRDSB. She also spent six years providing IBI therapy for young children with Autism. She loves teaching and enjoys seeing children learn about the world around them. Tara considers her role as an EA an honour and privilege, and is thankful to God for the opportunity to invest in the lives of students at school. She loves spending time outside in God’s beautiful creation, and making memories with her husband and three daughters.
Sylvia is a graduate from the Social Service Worker program at Conestoga College. Ever since she was old enough to join the work force she has worked with children in different capacities including camps, nannying, and daycare settings. As an EA here at Foundation she absolutely loves getting to know every child and the opportunity to build a relationship with each one she interacts with. She loves being able to share the love of Jesus with each student, and appreciates how that is the focal point of foundation; she finds it such a blessing to call this her workplace. Sylvia lives nearby on a dairy farm with her husband. They are involved with their church in youth and music. She has too many hobbies to keep up with! Some include; time with friends and family, music, creating art, and outdoor activities like sports and camping.
Annet graduated from the University of Waterloo and currently teaches kindergarten. She loves working with children and watching them blossom and grow into the boys and girls the Lord has created them to be. Annet’s favourite part of teaching kindergarten is being able to experience the joy and curiosity her students exude while learning. Besides teaching, Annet enjoys spending time with her husband, Brad, participating in outdoor activities, and reading.
Our Staff Says...
I love being a teacher at Foundation because I have the opportunity to disciple kids every day, helping them grow spiritually, academically and socially. We can see so much growth in our students, because there are great relationships between parents, staff and students. It’s a lovely community.
I appreciate being free to integrate faith into every aspect of the classroom. I love that I can not only pray for my kids but also pray with them. And there is nothing more precious than when my kids pray over me. I am not just teaching the curriculum and I’m not just trying to form good citizens. Together, my kids and I, we are learning to be more like Jesus.