Our faculty and staff team is one of the best assets of our school. They are committed to excellence in the classroom, a classical Christian philosophy of education, Christian ethical practice, and partnership with parents in the maturity of their children. In addition to a quality academic program, our classrooms focus on encouragement of godly character development, and work habits of respect, orderliness, and productivity with opportunities for Christian service.
All RCS faculty and staff members are:
- Professing Christians who attend an Evangelical Christian church regularly.
- Have at minimum a four-year degree from an approved university.
- Able to integrate the truths of the Christian faith into the academic subjects they teach.
- Active in the RCS Teacher Certification Program, an ongoing teacher/staff development program, which matures them as Christian servants to the home, classical teachers, and mentors of students.
DR. DENISE MONROE: Principal, JH Latin, Hand Bell Choir
Dr. Monroe, serving at RCS since 2002, holds an Ed.D in Education, an M.Ed. in Educational Counseling, a B.S. in Zoology and a B.A. in German from the University of Arkansas and is a Certified School Administrator with Association of Christian Schools International. Dr. Monroe has refined the academic curriculum at RCS through school improvement and accreditation review. Dr. Monroe is passionate about Christ-centered, classical education, and is convinced of its value in students’ lives. A student for many years of the flute, she is an avid supporter of the arts, and is seen promoting music, educational travel, and theater arts at school and throughout the community. Dr. Monroe, her husband, and family are active members of Church of the Redeemer. The Monroes have three children who are all graduates of RCS.
MRS. BYUNG PETERSEN: Bookkeeper
Mrs. Petersen joined our team in November 2018 as Bookkeeper. She has a background in banking, accounting and financing with a little marketing along the way as well. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Eastern Michigan University. She finds the finance field interesting and is looking forward to helping Dr. Monroe and the school. She primarily handles accounting and various other administrative tasks. She is the friendly voice that will greet you when you call or come to the office! In her spare time, she is on a sideline cheering for her kids’ club baseball or soccer with her husband, Bob. And enjoys spending time with her family watching a movie, hiking, and taking a long nice walk too.
MRS. JOY WHITEHEAD: Director of Hospitality, Marketing and Development
MRS. TOMI SMITH: Registrar, Elementary and Secondary Art
We welcomed Mrs. Smith to RCS in 2018 as our Registrar and in the Art classroom. She holds a B.A. in Human Ecology and a minor in Art Education. As Registrar, Mrs. Smith manages student records, attendance, transcripts, school assets inventory, emergency records, health, immunization, and insurance records, enrollment documentation, and more. She and her husband have two children: Riley and Josie (at RCS) and they moved here from Cookeville, TN where the children attended and Mrs. Smith taught art in a classical Christian school there. We are excited to have her energy in the school office, and in the classroom.
Mrs. White is blessed to have attended her elementary and secondary years in Christian schools; from 5th through 8th grade she attended here at Redeemer! She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor emphasis in Music Education from Grand Canyon University in 1998, and an earned certification as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. Mrs. White is excited to be returning as an RCS teacher for her eleventh year, and to have her two sons as secondary students attend with her. Mrs. White’s hobbies include music (especially brass bands), baking, traveling, and reading. She spends a lot of time working at her church, the Salvation Army, and most of all she enjoys doing activities with her husband Jeff and their sons. Mrs. White’s goal is to instill a love for God and a commitment to excellence into each child she teaches.
MRS. CAROL HEWETT HOLMOND: 1st and 2nd Grade
Mrs. Holmond was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She attended the University of Akron, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English, minoring in Creative writing and American literature. She also holds a literature certification in Pan African studies. Mrs. Holmond has a wide work experience including: hosting her own radio show, and being a retired sheriff and detective from Summit County Sheriff’s Office. As a child, Carol sang in a children’s gospel performing group with her siblings. In her spare time, Mrs. Holmond writes fiction novels of adventure and intrigue, including ‘Watch Out for the Wind’, and the ‘Swift and Silent’ series. Carol has a son and three grandchildren, and she and her husband are loving cat owners. The Holmonds live in Gilbert, and attend Pilgrim’s Rest in Gilbert.
MRS. ANGELA TODD: 3rd Grade, Elementary Science
MRS. SHARON KIEHNE: 4th and 5th Grades and Elementary Latin.
Mrs. Kiehne teaches the 3rd – 5th grade students at Redeemer Christian School, and serves as the House Council Advisor. She also is the elementary Latin instructor for her students. An Arizona native, Mrs. Kiehne received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Arizona University in 1995. She has 17 years experience teaching combined grades. She and her husband have three children, one attending and two graduates of RCS. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, spending time with her family and reading. Her family worships at Redemption Church in Tempe. Mrs. Kiehne joined the faculty at RCS in 2004.
MRS. MARISSA PRINS-VERBURG: High School Spanish (Concurrent College Enrollment Program), JH Latin
Marissa Prins-Verburg holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked as a university, college, and high school educator and as a corporate trainer. Mrs. Prins-Verburg has lived and traveled abroad extensively. Her professional experience includes teaching Spanish, German, Portuguese, English, International Studies, Sociology and Humanities. This academic year will be Marissa’s 21st year of teaching and her third school year at Redeemer Christian. She created a unique program whereby students may earn college credit for Spanish classes taken during their high school years at Redeemer. Mrs. Prins-Verburg’s passions include time with her children, travel, and fostering an understanding of and an appreciation for other languages and cultures. Marissa and her family worship at Hillsong Church in Mesa where she has been active serving as a volunteer with various children’s ministries.
MR. JON NITTA: HS Mathematics, JH Mathematics, Physics, JH Logic, HS Logic, Secondary P.E., Tyndale House Advisor
Mr. Nitta is originally from Fresno, California. In 1988, he graduated from Fresno State University with a B.A. in mathematics. Mr. Nitta has 23 years experience teaching in Christian schools, serving at RCS for 13 years. Mr. Nitta is the RCS Faculty Advisor for Tyndale House. He worships at Church of the Redeemer in Mesa, AZ where he also serves as an Elder. In his spare time he enjoys reading, golfing, watching sports, and crossfit workouts. “God has been faithful throughout all my years of teaching and I am grateful to be in a school where Christ is exalted in classical education.”
MR. GEORGE WALLACE: JH Bible, JH Language Arts, Classical Writing, JH American History, and Senior Thesis
Mr. Wallace served as a United States Marine retiring in 2006. He graduated Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a B.S. Ed. Throughout his military and civilian career, he has held various positions including, teaching, curriculum development/analysis, and administration. Mr. Wallace holds a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies (MTS) in Biblical Studies from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has been a proponent of and advocate for classical Christian education for over a decade. George and his wife, Cassie, have been married for 34 years, they have two grown sons and one daughter attending RCS. An avid reader, he enjoys reading the Puritans, bicycling, motorcycling and travel, and serving as a Sabbath School teacher in his church, First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Phoenix (RPCNA). As a lifelong learner, his desire is to “infect” his students with a love for God, His Word, and His world.
MRS. HILARY SHEPPARD: English Language Program for International Students, Tutoring for I-20 Students, Secondary Students Academic Support, Study Skills for Junior High Students, Victor House Advisor
Mrs. Sheppard has been instructing English language learners from all over the globe for the past fifteen years. After teaching Spanish K-12 in her home state of Iowa for a couple of years, Mrs. Sheppard returned to the University of Northern Iowa to earn her master’s degree in TESOL. Upon graduation, she also completed a certification in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, which completely revolutionized her perspective of the Bible’s primary theme—God’s extraordinary love and pursuit of all people of the world! After her graduation, Mrs. Sheppard taught English at the collegiate level to non-native English speakers at the University of Northern Iowa, the Texas Intensive English Consortium, the University of Texas at Austin, and at Gateway Community College in Phoenix. She also taught English in both Mexico and Chile and has spent a significant amount of time in over a dozen different countries around the world. She is proficient in Spanish and was also once a student of both French and Urdu. Mrs. Sheppard and her husband reside in Gilbert and have two children. Since arriving at RCS three years ago, Mrs. Sheppard has grown in deep appreciation for classical education and the value and fruit she has seen in her children, specifically their love for learning and their joy in persevering through new experiences. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, writing, coldbrew coffee, HIIT workouts, hip hop dancing, family games, date nights with her husband, and spending quality time with friends. She and her family worship and serve at Antioch Community Church in Chandler.
MRS. PATTY GREGERSEN: HS Omnibus (Ancient Literature, History, Philosophy/Bible), HS Rhetoric, Secondary Archery, Lawrence House Advisor
Mrs. Gregersen earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Arizona in secondary education–social studies and humanities, and she has a physical education/dance teaching endorsement. Mrs. Gregersen has 19 years teaching public high school, private Christian preschool, and Christian classical home school. She has experience in student leadership, drama, foreign language, travel and missions experiences, gymnastics, musical choreography and dance. Her gentle spirit and love for children, and understanding of the classical methods is an asset to our faculty, with our students benefiting most. Her interests and passions include worship through music and singing, books, road trips with her family, home decorating, and collecting Bibles and mugs. She and her husband, Paul, have one daughter and son-in law, and three sons still at home. The Gregersens worship at the Source in Mesa.
MRS. TIFFANY WEBB: Secondary Chorus
Mrs. Webb moved to Arizona in 2013 after fifteen years of church planting and ministry in several different states. She is married with three teenagers who are pursuing their passions. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1997 with a B.A. in Music, she applied her music degree as a performer, artistic director, teacher, and worship leader. She has enjoyed working in the field of education and music for 24 years. Music collaboration taught her to embrace the process, strive for excellence, practice reflective evaluation, direct through servant-leadership, and value team effort. Mrs. Webb loves foo-foo coffee, adventure and is attracted to building new quality programs and opportunities for growth. She has bridged her leadership skills into kids’ ministry, working as a Director of Kids Ministry since 1998, creating ministry networks for training and encouragement, and writing and speaking for training and discipleship purposes. She earned her M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis on Supervisory Leadership from Liberty University in 2018.
WAYNE KIEHNE: Elementary P.E.
Wayne Kiehne is a 2015 alumnus of Redeemer Christian School, and is in his fourth year at Grand Canyon University. He is studying Biblical Studies through GCU’s Honors College, with a Psychology minor. He has worked with numerous youth groups through specific internships: Love Thy Neighborhood program, Royal Family Kids Camp, and is an Aid to Adoption of Special Kids Mentor. He is an active athlete, loving basketball and hiking.