Winterbourne, ON

Our Staff

Our Staff

Our school family is committed to your child’s learning, and helping them see the story God is writing in their life. Each member of our team is gifted by God in their role, and dedicated to the mission of the school.

Matthew
Robinson

Principal Galatians 5:1
Matthew considers his ministry at Foundation Christian School a gift from God. Having met Jesus as a teenager, he set his heart toward serving God in full time ministry. He pursued studies in International Development, which took him around the world for study and work. His studies were in pursuit of his vision of working in missions. However, God laid on his heart a passion for education. Having spent considerable time in Ecuador and India engaging in community development projects and research, he brings his passion for the world and community to his work at the school. He is committed to education on many levels. He leads Foundation where you will find him championing the gospel and learning, and encouraging kids in their faith. You might also catch him preaching some Sundays at his church, or leading small groups. Matthew and his wife Bethany have three children. His family is active in their church where he serves as an elder, and also uses his gifts in service. He believes that as followers of Jesus Christ it is critical that we invest in the future of our children and our community.

Favourite Verse: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1

Laurie
Gray

Finance Manager Jeremiah 29:11​

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.

Favourite Verse: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

Shannon
Leibold

Office Administrator John 8:31–32 ​

Shannon loves Foundation and feels privileged to serve the broader Foundation Family from the office. With over 16 years of administrative experience in a ministry setting, she knows that the behind-the-scenes work is critical to the success of any organization. Her children attend the school. Her husband and her have been so grateful for the academic and spiritual impact Foundation has had on their lives.

Shannon loves writing and teaching Bible study curriculum, which she has an opportunity to do in her local church. She also enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.

Favourite Verse: To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31–32

Kimberly
Kerr-Bott

TEACHER - GRADES 3-4
ART
VICE PRINCIPAL – ACADEMICS
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ​

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.

Favourite Verse: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Doreen
Lachance

Teacher Grades 1-2 Zephaniah 3:17​

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.

Favourite Verse: The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

Catherine
Dietz

TEACHER
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
GRADES 7-8 MATH
SCIENCE
Ephesians 3:20
Catherine holds both a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education. She brings more than 15 years of teaching experience to Foundation. She brings even more passion to teaching physical education, math, and science. Catherine is an avid sports fan. Her commitment to athletics is obvious, leading sports within our school, but also in her personal life. Her interests and hobbies include: sports, running, biking, travel, mission work, bible studies, and volunteering with Healing Rooms.

Favourite Verse: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

Ephesians 3:20

Bethany
Robinson

Teacher Colossians 1:13-14
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.

Favourite Verse: For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:13-14

Lauren
Gray

Teacher
Music
Joshua 1:9
Lauren holds holds a Bachelor of Science in Music from Central Michigan University. She has been teaching both voice and piano for over 15 years. She has private students, while also teaching at Eastwood Collegiate in the Integrated Arts program. She teaches classroom music at our school, and also offers on site private lessons. She is a choir director extraordinaire, and also performs as a soloist around the region. Her dedication to music, and its impact on learning, is obvious, and a blessing to Foundation.

Favourite Verse: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Annet
Shantz

Teacher
kindergarten
Joshua 1:9

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. 

Favourite Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Katie
Leier

Teacher
Kindergarten
Romans 12:12
While Katie once taught French, she transitioned into kindergarten several years ago. She showers the love of Jesus on the kids. Katie is gifted at providing a peaceful environment to nurture kids in faith and learning. Katie has also worked part-time as a technology consultant in the Upper Grand school board. She is a lover of learning, and a follower of Jesus. She and her husband attend Parkview Church in Guelph. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, exploring the outdoors, reading, and cooking.

Favourite Verse: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

Jennifer
Skinner

Teacher
French
Grade 7-8 History
Geography
Language Arts
Exodus 14:14

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.

Favourite Verse: The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Exodus 14:14

Janessa
Lichty

Educational Assistant Psalm 61:2
Janessa is a graduate from the Education Support Program at Conestoga College. She has been a wonderful addition to our team as an educational assistant. Janessa loves spending time with the students, getting to know each one for who they are. It is so exciting for her to watch students grow and achieve new goals. She attends Countryside Mennonite Fellowship, and has grown to deeply love her church family. In her spare time she loves spending time with friends and family, playing sports, and playing board or card games.

Favourite Verse: From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 61:2

Kristen
Freeman

Educational Assistant Romans 12:9-10
Kristen has been our lead 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.

Favourite Verse: Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:9-10

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.

Bethany
Teacher

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.

Doreen
Teacher
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