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Seeing your child become a happy and accomplished adult is the goal of every parent. It is our goal too. We look at every student as an individual and help him or her develop responsibility and independance. Our goal is to help students become the best they can be physically, mentally and spiritually.

Our faculty members have the expertise, experience and faith needed to provide your child with an environment he or she can thrive in.

Meet our Faculty Team:

Mrs. Jackie Angi-Dobos

Director of International Education

Mrs. Jackie Angi-Dobos, Director of International Education, has been part of the NCC community since 2010. When studying at Brock University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Politics and a Bachelor of Education degree in TESL.  Mrs. Jackie also holds teaching certification from TESL Ontario (OCELT). She has taught English and ESL in four different countries at the high school, college, and university levels.  While in Budapest, Hungary, Mrs. Jackie held the Dean of Academics and English/ESL coordinator positions at Greater Grace International School. Mrs. Jackie's work background is well-suited to meet the needs of international students at NCC.

Mrs. Jackie warmly welcomes all students to NCC as she helps them find success in the many areas necessary to excel in high school and beyond. Some specific areas included in Mrs. Jackie’s portfolio are: ESL program coordination, academic classroom support for English Language Learners (ELL’s), English placement testing, IELTS test preparation, English and ESL tutoring coordination, and community service. It's her goal to enhance students' experiences both in the classroom and out. 

Mrs. Jackie also feels strongly that all students should have the opportunity to share their culture and heritage while at NCC. She helps students showcase their culture with international days throughout the year - both on and off campus, with recognition of national holidays, and with an annual celebration of all nations represented at NCC. 

Mr. Graeme Appleyard

Teacher

Mr. Appleyard has been teaching at NCC since 2017. He attended Brock University, where he earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree before attending the University of Ottawa. While in Canada’s capital city, he earned a Bachelor of Education in the Intermediate/Senior level with teachables in Science and Mathematics. 

Mr. Appleyard has been very active in youth ministry, having spent many summers serving the Lord at Galilee Bible Camp near his home town. In 2013, he lived in eastern Ontario and began his teaching career with a Grade 8 class at a private Christian school. He moved back to the Niagara area in 2017, and is currently enjoying new opportunities at NCC teaching Math and Science to middle and high school students. 

Ms. Laura Bailey

Teacher

Ms. Bailey has been teaching at NCC since 2001 in both the middle school and secondary school.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Language Acquisition from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, USA, and also completed her education certification in teaching Spanish K-12 and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She attended the University of Barcelona’s study abroad program while in university, which helps her identify with our international students who are learning another language far away from their home.

Ms. Bailey teaches Geography at NCC. Over the years, she coordinated the library and learning commons programming, and has coached a variety of sports, including middle school basketball and volleyball, and high school basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and softball.  

Ms. Bailey shares that she has a particular appreciation for the value of smaller, private Christian institutions like NCC due to having experienced as a student the “exact opposite” as she attended a very large, public high school in California.  She shares that she felt “lost in secular education” and is thrilled to be a part of NCC.  “Many years ago I knew God was calling me to teach English in a foreign country,” she says. ”I did not know it was going to be Canada, but He was faithful to fulfill the calling in my life.”

Ms. Michele Barlow

Resource Teacher

Ms. Barlow has been with NCC since 2011 working as a Resource Teacher for both middle school and high school. Ms. Barlow graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in History from Xavier University in the United States.  After teaching for several years in the U.S., she moved to Ontario and became an Ontario Certified Teacher. She has since furthered her education by completing three levels of Special Education along with other various specialized training. She enjoys working closely with NCC Student Services and strives to help students achieve success in learning.

Mrs. Sherrie Bayne

Teacher

Mrs. Bayne joined our team of teachers at NCC in the fall of 2019.  She graduated from the Concurrent Education program at Brock University with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelors of Education at the Junior/Intermediate/Senior level.  She holds additional qualifications in Guidance.  Mrs. Bayne began her teaching career in 2002 and continues to have a passion for teaching mathematics, seeking to explore how to teach mathematics from a Christian worldview.

Mrs. Laurie Blue

Teacher

Mrs. Blue graduated with honours from the Applied Arts/Illustration program at Sheridan College.  In her sixteen years of teaching art, she has taught from the JK level to adult classes.  Mrs. Blue has taught at NCC for eleven years.  Her NCC students have won first place awards at the ACSI Art festival four years running.  Mrs. Blue has also participated in leadership for the art club, has held various coaching positions, and has enjoyed taking students on ski trips.  She most recently returned to NCC from a two year missions trip with Operational Mobilization in Wales.  We are pleased to have Mrs. Blue and her tremendous art talent back at NCC. 

Mr. Ruben Dunnink

Teacher

Mr. Dunnink teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced ESL courses at NCC. Prior to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at NCC, Mr. Dunnink spent 7 years teaching ESL at Brock University. He graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics/TESL and also holds a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics/TESL from Brock. Mr. Dunnink is very passionate about working with young people and helping them develop their language skills, their character, and their confidence. He is amazed at how God directs our paths even when we don't know what's next and feels that all his experiences over the past decade have prepared him to be a high school ESL teacher at NCC. Besides teaching, Mr. Dunnink also coaches the Junior Boys basketball team and softball team and participates in many other extra-curricular activities on campus. He is thankful to be a part of the community at NCC and is continually excited to see what God has planned for his future here.   

Mr. Tim Durksen

Teacher

Tim Durksen is part of the middle school team at NCC and teaches the grade six/seven class. He is passionate about making his classroom a safe place for learning where his students can express themselves and be proud of who they are. Mr. Durksen is also the Monday morning Chapel Coordinator and Worship Team Leader. He helps in the guidance department with grade nine and ten students. 

He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Brock University where he also attended teachers college. 

Playing and listening to music, reading great science fiction, and Ultimate Frisbee are some of his favourite things to do. He and his wife Mel live in St. Catharines with their two daughters, Ellie and Lucy, who love chicken fingers, reading books and Baby Shark.

Ms. Julia Fleming

Teacher

Ms. Fleming is an OCT-qualified teacher who studied at Wilfrid Laurier University,  earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Culture, followed by graduate studies at Wilfred Laurier University's Martin Luther Seminary. Ms. Fleming graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland earning a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary). She taught Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies at in the UK before returning to Ontario where she recently earned a graduate certificate from Durham College's school of business.

Ms. Fleming is excited to be teaching at NCC, and is grateful for the opportunity to help foster the skills, faith, and character necessary for life-long success. 

Mrs. Martha Giles

Resource Teacher

Mrs. Giles has been on the teaching staff at NCC since 2000, and during that time has been privileged to teach a variety of subjects such as Spanish, Biology, Health Care, Learning Strategies and Bible.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and has done post-graduate work with the National Institute of Learning Development as an Educational Therapist. Drawing on this training, she currently works in the Student Services department assisting students on an individual basis to help them reach their full potential as high school students.  Continuing with her interest in nursing and health, she enjoys working alongside the residence staff with student health, as well as training faculty and staff in Red Cross First Aid.  

Mr. Anthony Haughton

Middle School Lead Teacher

Mr. Haughton graduated from Houghton College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Inclusive Childhood Education. He holds teaching certifications in both New York state and Ontario for general as well as special education K-8. Mr. Haughton is in his fifth year at NCC, and in addition to teaching the Middle School classes, he acts as the Middle School Athletic Director and coach.  Before coming to NCC, Mr. Haughton played semi-professional basketball in the Czech Republic, and both students and fellow teachers respect his skills on the basketball court.  

Mr. Haughton shares that he is not only passionate about education and athletics, but also about the spiritual development of his students.  Mr. Haughton believes that every student in his class can and will meet success.

Mr. James Kryger

Director of Athletics

Coach Kryger was named Director of Athletics at Niagara Christian Collegiate in 2014.  Mr. Kryger, who comes to NCC with more than ten years of athletic administration experience, spent the last six years in Florida with an NCAA D2-member university, serving as the Director of Campus Recreation and Head Women’s Soccer Coach. By the conclusion of his first season as Director of Athletics at NCC, Mr. Kryger coached the NCC basketball team to the Southern Ontario basketball championship in a 26-3 season. An undefeated soccer season followed in the spring of 2015.

Under Mr. Kryger's leadership, NCC captured four SOSSA championships and qualified numerous athletes for OFSAA finals in 2014-15. Overseeing a coaching staff of 20 top-tier leaders and more than 100 student-athletes, Coach Kryger’s short term in charge of NAV athletics has been impressive.

Coach Kryger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Psychology from Cleveland State University in Ohio, USA, and a Master of Education degree from Campbell University in North Carolina, USA.

Coach Kryger is a former professional soccer player and coach and is looking forward to seeing NAV Athletics help grow God’s Kingdom on the playing fields, courts and arenas of play.

Ms. Holly Krys

Teacher

Ms. Krys graduated from the Concurrent Education program at Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies, and a Bachelor of Education for the Primary/Junior level. She holds additional qualifications in English as a Second Language and Special Education.  She has also completed the ACE TESOL Diploma course through the Niagara Catholic District School Board. 

Over the past few years she has taught in various capacities at NCC, including: ESL for the August Program, Middle School ESL, High School courses in English and History, and Resource Support. Each experience has been an adventure, and she continues to wait on God to see what will happen next.

Mr. Steve Lauchlan

Teacher

Mr. Lauchlan joined NCC in 2018 to teach Senior History and World Religions. He earned his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, majoring in Social Studies and minoring in English Language Arts. After teaching for three years in Alberta, he spent the next nine years teaching at the International School of Macao. While there, he enjoyed traveling in the region and experiencing its diverse cultures. In 2017 he returned to Canada to complete a one-year Masters of History program at Western University in London, Ontario. In his role at NCC, he is excited to continue working with international students in a Canadian setting. He sees great value in having a diverse group of students who bring a variety of perspectives to the discussion of history. He is married and has two daughters. 
 

Mr. Jairo Meza

Music Teacher

Mr. Meza graduated from Messiah College (Pennsylvania, United States) in 2014 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in General Music  with a dual minor in TESL and Education. Mr. Meza worked in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from 2014 to 2017 at two bilingual schools. Teaching grades 7-12, Mr. Meza taught musical performance, specifically Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Instruments. An opportunity to work at a school without a music program was presented to Mr. Meza, so he accepted and became a Music Director to Junior Kindergarten to 11th grade students. During this two-year period he designed curriculum, facilitated a music elective, and directed several musical productions. Mr. Meza is passionate about music and creativity, striving to facilitate a classroom that supports and promotes musical ability and ingenuity.

Mr. Larry Moss

Teacher

Mr. Moss has been teaching Math at NCC since 2005.  He has also served as a part-time instructor at Brock University. He earned his Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, and Teaching Certificate at Brock University. He also obtained a two year diploma in Church Ministry at Winkler Bible Institute in Winkler, Manitoba.

In years past, Mr. Moss has been a volleyball, track and field, and swimming coach at NCC. He shares that “being able to speak openly about my faith makes NCC an awesome place to teach.”

Mrs. ErikaLyn Osborne

Teacher

Mrs. Osborne is an Ontario-certified teacher and taught middle school English and Social Studies before joining the NCC faculty in 2017.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, and a Certificate of Professional Communication in Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. She then earned her Bachelors of Education from Brock University.   

Here at NCC, Mrs. Osborne teaches high school English. Passionate about clear communication and the power of the written word, Mrs. Osborne is a bit of a grammar and book geek; she firmly believes language is a gift and one of the greatest tools for communicating the gospel and love of Christ to the world. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, powerlifting, and spending time with her six nieces and nephews. She lives in St. Catharines with her husband, Joel.

Mr. Jake Peters

Teacher

Mr. Peters is an Ontario Certified Teacher, having graduated from the concurrent education program at Brock University with a Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Mathematics and a Bachelors in Education at the Intermediate/Senior level. He enjoys showing students that math and science are useful tools for succeeding in current and future ventures when applied properly. His mission statement is to prepare students for a life of service to God in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Peters is a youth leader and music coordinator at his home church in Thorold. He enjoys volunteering at Agapé Valley Bible Camp in the summers as well. In his free time, Mr. Peters can be found spending time with his family and friends in a variety of games and activities. 

Mr. Tyler Rienas

Teacher

Mr. Rienas graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree and also the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Education degree. He has been teaching since 2012 starting off his career in Vancouver, B.C. He holds teaching certification in both British Columbia and Ontario for K-12. Mr. Rienas teaches high-school Physical Education and Kinesiology at NCC, and is proud to be back serving at his Alma Mater. Mr. Rienas thoroughly enjoyed his time at NCC as a student and credits the family-like atmosphere at NCC with helping shape the person he has become. He currently lives in Hamilton, ON with his wife Alison ,daughter, Stella and son , Zane.

Mrs. Janice Smajda

Teacher

Mrs. Smajda joined the NCC faculty in 2011 after teaching internationally for six years at Ontario Curriculum schools in the Caribbean and Malaysia. She has enjoyed meeting and teaching students from diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences, so felt right at home with the diversity of the NCC student body.


Mrs. Smajda has served as an Academic Head and has taught Grades 9-12 English, various ESL courses, as well as I/S Science, Chemistry, and Biology.  At NCC, Mrs. Smajda oversees the Advisory Program, teaches Grade 11 Chemistry and Senior Biology, and is the teacher advisory for Student Council.  She has a passion for life-long learning through travel and shares this passion with students through class field trips, local charity partnerships, and educational nature-based adventure student trips to tropical rainforests and coastal reefs.


Mrs Smajda earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science Honors in Biology at Queens University before completing a Bachelor of Education in I/S Biology, Science, and English at York University.
 

Mrs. Janet Soppitt

Teacher

Mrs. Soppitt teaches English and Physical Education at NCC. She holds degrees in both English and Geography, which she obtained from Oxford Brooks University, England.  She then earned her Post-Graduate Certificate of Education at University College, Oxford, England.  While living in the United Kingdom, she also served as a pastor’s wife.

Mrs. Soppitt, a former Niagara Regional Athletics coach, has helped coach track and field at NCC.  She is a gifted motivational speaker and is also a professional life coach.  She shares: “I love the family atmosphere at NCC, and I enjoy being able to teach students about English as well as share the love of Jesus with them.”

Mrs. Trish Sutherland

Teacher

Over the years, Mrs. Sutherland has taught a variety of high school courses at NCC including science, math, physical education and civics and careers.  She graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Geography. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. She holds qualifications in both the intermediate and senior divisions.

Mrs. Sutherland is an alumnus of NCC and is thrilled to be able to help shape the lives of young people and share the love of Christ with them. She is married with two adult sons and enjoys hiking and mountain climbing in her free time.

Mrs. Lisa Thompson

Teacher

Mrs. Thompson joined Niagara Christian Collegiate in 2019 as a supply teacher. She is so grateful to be joining the faculty teaching English Literacy Skills and Drama this school year. Mrs. Thompson graduated from the University of Alberta in 2006 with a Bachelor of Education degree. She then taught for many years on Vancouver Island and completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology a couple of years ago before moving to Fort Erie with her family. Mrs. Thompson has a passion for learning, advocates for mental health, and loves connecting with youth to inspire growth and to share the love of Jesus Christ. 

Mrs. Thompson also loves theatre. She has directed and choreographed over 15 musicals including Cinderella, Legally Blonde, The Addams Family, and Beauty and the Beast to name a few. When she’s not teaching, she is spending time with her three kids, helping her husband at his takeout window, Comet, or working on a puzzle. She is thankful to be teaching in a Christian school surrounded by God’s beauty. 

Mrs. Monica Trombley

Teacher

Mrs. Trombley has worked at NCC since 1998.  She teaches Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at St. Francis Xavier University and a B.S. Combined degree with both St. Francis Xavier University and Brock University.  Recently, she received her Master of Science degree at Brock University in the field of Neuropsychology.  In addition to teaching at NCC, Mrs. Trombley contributes to the NCC community by coaching tennis and swimming, and she is a teacher-advisor for yearbook.  She makes it a point to keep in touch with past students and alumni, and enjoys sharing great memories of their time here at NCC.

Mrs. Rosa Trombley

Middle School and Secondary School French Teacher

Mrs. Trombley has been teaching Italian and Core French at NCC for the past thirteen years. She graduated from Wilfred Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Accounting with a minor in French.  She then pursued her teaching degree at D'Youville College, followed by her French as a Second Language certification at Niagara College. She is passionate about learning languages and exploring cultures.

Mrs. Trombley is enthusiastic about enriching her students' lives with cultural cooking lessons and has enjoyed traveling with them to Europe on several occasions. Her students also have pen pals in France that they correspond with.  Each winter, her Middle School classes look forward to skiing and tubing in celebration of Winter Carnival. In addition to teaching the Middle School and Secondary School classes, Mrs. Trombley coaches tennis and girls' soccer on campus and enjoys talking to students about their life goals and spiritual development. 

Mrs. Trombley believes that all students can succeed at learning a second language.
 

Ms. Hannah Wall

Teacher

Mrs. Wall began full-time teaching at NCC in 2019, and had an amazing first year of teaching. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher having graduated from the Concurrent Teacher Education Program at Brock University with a Bachelor of Physical Education (Honours) with a minor in Biology, and a Bachelor of Education. Mrs. Wall has a passion for Physical Education and Science, and teaches Science and Math at the school. She enjoys seeing what God has in store in the classroom - both for her and her students.

Mrs. Wall grew up in Niagara Falls and now lives in Niagara on the Lake.  She has always loved staying involved in the community, whether it be at her church teaching Sunday School, or coaching soccer and basketball in schools and local clubs. In her free time, you can find Mrs. Wall thrift shopping, playing sports, watching Netflix, and playing the Nintendo Switch with her husband. 

Mr. Michael Zadorozny

Teacher

Mr. Zadorozny, affectionately known as “Mr. Z” by students and staff alike, has taught at NCC, since 2004, in a variety of courses in Business, Accounting, and Economics. He earned his Coop Accounting Honours degree from Brock University and his Masters of Education from Niagara University. He has enjoyed volunteer leadership roles with the cross country, track team, and Bible reading club. He is a member of the Ontario Business Educators Association.

Mr. Zadorozny shares that God has placed a passion in his heart to teach business from a Christ-centered worldview, and adds that his desire is for the students God places in his life to find their joy and satisfaction in Christ.