Our faculty and staff is committed to excellence in the classroom and beyond to ensure the success of RCS students and their families. All RCS staff members are:
- Professing Christians who attend an Evangelical Christian church regularly
- Have at minimum a four-year degree from an approved university
Teachers not only educate but reinforce the values and practice of godly character development, respect, orderliness, and productivity in our students by integrating the truths of the Christian faith into the academic subjects they teach. All teachers are required to participate in the RCS Teacher Certification Program to continually mature as classical teachers and servants to the home.
DR. DENISE MONROE: Principal, 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 and her husband have three children who are all graduates of RCS.
MRS. HOLLY WHITE: Kindergarten, Elementary Music, Brass Band Program
Mrs. White has been a part of the RCS staff since 2009. She is blessed to have attended her elementary and secondary years in Christian schools; from 5th through 8th grade she attended Redeemer Christian School! She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor emphasis in Music Education from Grand Canyon University, and an earned certification as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. Mrs. White’s hobbies include music (especially brass bands), baking, traveling, and reading. She spends a lot of time working at her church and most of all she enjoys doing activities with her husband Jeff and their sons (both graduates of RCS!). 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 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 working as a sheriff & detective. 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. She has a son and three grandchildren, and she and her husband are loving cat owners.
MRS. TERRI LONG: 2nd Grade
Mrs. Long has been teaching in Christian schools for 25 years. It is her passion and delight to show students God’s world and all that He has created for them. Her favorite subjects are: literature (especially classical literature) and Bible. Mrs. Long is originally from California, but has lived in Arizona since 1979. She and her husband have have two sons and four grandchildren. She and her husband enjoy hiking, camping, 4-wheeling in the desert, and other outdoor activities. To relax, she crochets, sews, paints, and reads. She enjoys challenging her mind with Sudoku, crossword puzzles and solitaire. She is honored and privileged to serve God by ministering at RCS.
MRS. SUSAN ALLEE: 3rd Grade, Elementary Latin & JH Latin
Mrs. Allee holds a Master’s of Arts in Philosophy/Worldview Studies from Clarks Summit University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Physical Education from Tabor College. Mrs. Allee was born and raised in Kansas. After classically homeschooling her four children for ten years she then stepped into the classroom to continue teaching. Mrs. Allee’s husband is also a teacher and RCS and her four children attend as well. Mrs. Allee fills her leisure time with reading great books, running, reading Latin, learning Greek, and just enjoying time with her family.
MRS. SHARON KIEHNE: 4th & 5th Grades and Elementary Latin
Mrs. Kiehne has been a part of the RCS staff for over fifteen years. She currently teaches the 4th and 5th grade students at Redeemer Christian School, and serves as the House Council Advisor. She also is also 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 and her husband have three children, one attending and two graduates of RCS. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, being with her family, and reading.
MR. JACOB ALLEE: JH Bible & Humanities (History, Grammar, Literature, and Classical Writing)
Jacob Allee is excited to be teaching Jr. High Bible and Humanities (History, Grammar, Literature, and Classical Writing). His professional experience involves about a decade of ministry in local churches (primarily working with students and young adults) and he has been teaching in classical and Christian schools since 2015. His own education includes a B.A. in Religion and Apologetics from Luther Rice University, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Piedmont International University, and he is currently working to complete his doctoral dissertation (on the role story plays in the formation of virtue) for a Ph.D. in Humanities from Faulkner University. Mr. Allee is married to Susan Allee who teaches 3rd grade and Latin at Redeemer, and they have four kids who also attend here. Mr. Allee has eclectic interests and hobbies ranging from the study of ancient & medieval philosophy, literature, and languages to skateboarding, martial arts, The Legend of Zelda, and Star Wars. Lastly, but not leastly, Mr. Allee is passionate about equipping Christians to be good ambassadors for Christ in a world that very much needs Jesus.
MRS. MARISSA PRINS-VERBURG: JH Grammar, High School Spanish (Concurrent College Enrollment Program), Elementary P.E.
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. Her professional experience includes teaching Spanish, German, Portuguese, English, International Studies, Sociology and Humanities. Mrs. Prins-Verburg has lived and traveled abroad extensively. Her passions include time with her children, travel, and fostering an understanding of and an appreciation for other languages and cultures.
Dr. PAUL THORPE: Elementary & Secondary Science, HS Apologetics & Christian Worldview, and Christian Worldview of Cinematic Film
Dr. Thorpe teaches Science for all grades, and Apologetics and Christian Worldview at the high school level. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Ministries from Southwestern Assembly of God University, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctorate of Education from Liberty University. Dr. Thorpe has worked as a Vice-Principal and has taught secondary science. He dearly loves his wife and they have two grown children, a son and daughter, a two-year-old granddaughter and an eight-month-old grandson, and two dogs who complete the family.
MRS. JOY BLACK: JH Grammar, English Language Learners, EMPOWER Program
Mrs. Black serves junior high students for study skills, and in grammar and classical writing. She holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University in education and has over 30 years of teaching experience in private schools, public schools and in homeschool. She enjoys empowering students and building confidence in their academic skills. Her hobbies are handwork, sewing, reading, travel, and geography
MRS. TIFFANY WEBB: JH Bible & Secondary Chorus
Mrs. Webb graduated from the University of Nevada with a B.A. in Music. She applied her music degree as a performer, artistic director, teacher, and worship leader. 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. 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.
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 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.”
MRS. DEBBIE WILLIAMS: HS Humanities, JH Humanities, House Lawrence Advisor
Mrs. Williams holds a Masters Degree in American History and Government and a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in K-8 Language Arts and Middle School Social Sciences. Though Mrs. Williams was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Arizona has been her home since her junior high years. Mrs. Williams’ husband is an elder in their church and a building official in the valley. They have two grown children, a daughter who is a nurse in Colorado, and a son, who is a facilities manager at a charter school here in the valley. Two miniature dachshunds, Mia and Sophie, fill the Williams’ home in Mesa with fun and adventure. Some of Mrs. Williams’ favorite things are enjoying fine art, indulging in good food – especially Italian food, watching old movies, taking early morning walks, and traveling to see historical sites.
MRS. BYUNG PETERSEN: Bookkeeper
Mrs. Petersen has served as the Bookkeeper at RCS since 2018. She has a background in banking, accounting, financing and marketing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Eastern Michigan University. She finds the finance field interesting and enjoys helping the school. She primarily handles accounting, inventory, purchasing and 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 with her husband on a sideline cheering for her kids’ club baseball or soccer. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching a movie, and hiking.
MRS. JOANNA HESNEY: Registrar
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Mrs. Hesney serves as the Registrar handling student records. She is currently studying Administration in Justice at Mesa Community College. Her focus is law in the juvenile courts and corrections system. She is looking forward to taking the next step toward her Forensics Science Degree. Mrs. Hesney and her husband have three children who attend RCS. One is a secondary student, and two are Elementary students. She enjoys working with the RCS staff and serving new and current families each day. In her spare time, she loves to read, teach her children how to cook, and make crafts.
MISS KELLY SEIFERT: Marketing, Recruitment & Advancement
Miss Kelly Seifert was born and raised in Arizona. She holds a B.S. in Business Entrepreneurship and a minor in Studio Art. In her early years, she was blessed to receive a Christian education as a homeschooler and was regularly involved with RCS through electives and sports. Kelly is excited to serve as part of the team to promote the values of a Christian education and recruit new families to join the RCS community. Her hobbies include, volunteering at church, painting, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
MRS. PATTY GREGERSEN: Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Gregersen has a heart for young people as they prepare their lives for God’s calling beyond high school. As the guidance counselor, she provides college resources, scholarships information, and Biblical wisdom to secondary students. She holds a B.A in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in social studies and humanities. She also has a physical education and dance teaching endorsement. Mrs. Gregersen has taught in public, private, classical and Christian schools. She has experience in: student leadership, travel and missions, gymnastics, musical choreography and dance. She and her husband have two adult children, two school-aged children, and one grandchild.
MS BRENDA KOERSELMAN: Librarian & Enrichment
Ms Koerselman grew up on a farm in NW Iowa. After graduating from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education/Humanities, she moved to Arizona. Brenda has been an elementary teacher, elementary, and a HS librarian for the past 30 years. She is extremely excited to work with the faculty, staff, and students at RCS as the librarian and serving in fundraising and kindergarten enrichment. Ms Koerselman is a charter member of New Hope Community Church in Gilbert and has enjoyed being part of almost every ministry at the church over the years. In her spare time she enjoys knitting, reading, paper crafting, playing piano, traveling and walking.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Redeemer Christian School is grateful for the volunteer service of our school’s board of directors. If you have any comments, recommendations, or would like to attend a meeting please email: YourRCSboard@redeemerchristianschool.org
MR. MIKE SMITH: President
MRS. LEANNE MARTIN: Vice President
MR. DWIGHT BUFFORD: Secretary
MRS. TANYA MIHAILOV: Treasurer
MR. JOSHUA WALKER: Director
MR. KEITH HESNEY: Director