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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. Angi-Dobos holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Politics and a Bachelor of Education in TESL from Brock University. She has taught English and ESL in four different countries at the high school, college, and university levels.  While in Budapest, Hungary, she held the Dean of Academics and English/ESL coordinator positions at Greater Grace International School. These positions, in addition to the Activities Coordinator position at Brock University, the Language School Director position in Alicante, Spain, and her local and international teaching experience, have provided an excellent background for her to meet the needs of international students at NCC in her current position as Director of International Education.

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, classroom support for ELL's, English placement testing, IELTS test preparation, English and ESL tutoring coordination, and community involvement.

Mrs. Jackie feels strongly that all students should have opportunities 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 - and with a celebration of all nations represented at NCC in the spring.  It's Mrs. Jackie's goal to enhance our students' experiences both in the classroom and out. 

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. 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

After supply teaching during the last academic year, Ms. Fleming is in her first year of full-time teaching at NCC. She earned her undergraduate degree in Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University, followed by graduate studies at WLU's Martin Luther Seminary. While living in the UK, 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 a number of public and private schools in the UK before returning to Ontario several years ago. She recently earned a postgraduate certificate from Durham College's school of business.

Ms. Fleming is excited to be teaching at NCC.

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.

Miss Holly Krys

Middle School ESL 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, and High School courses in English and History. 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. He graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education, 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. There he also coached basketball and cross-country running, as well as led student scuba-diving trips. In 2017 he returned to Canada to complete a one-year Masters of History program at Western University in London, Ontario. In his new role at NCC, he is excited to continue working with international students in a Canadian setting. He sees a 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, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. 
 

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.”

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. 

Miss ErikaLyn Rempel

Teacher

Miss Rempel 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, Miss Rempel teaches high school English. Passionate about clear communication and the power of the written word, Miss Rempel 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.

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

Mrs. Sutherland teaches high school Science, Math, and Physical Education at NCC.  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 in her tenth year of teaching here.  She shares that she is thrilled to be able to help shape the lives of young people and share the love of Christ with them.

Mrs. Stephanie Taylor

Teacher

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.
 

Miss Rebecca Vos

ESL Teacher

Miss Vos teaches ESL courses to students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and English proficiencies. She graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts (honours) and Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics/TESL. Rebecca is very passionate about teaching international students, and enjoys taking part in their journey navigating a new life in Canada. She hopes that her students will not only feel confident and proficient in English, but also that will grow to consider Canada and NCC as their home away from home.

Ms. Stephanie Winger

Teacher

Ms. Stephanie Winger earned her Bachelor of Arts/Education from Brock University in 2014. Since then, Stephanie has had an active role in the NCC school community, and now teaches Science and Computer Studies. Stephanie has a heart for students of all ages, and enjoys seeing them grow both academically and spiritually in her classroom. She also enjoys connecting with students outside of class, by coaching volleyball, softball, and participating in a variety of activities around campus. Stephanie feels blessed to have the opportunity to pursue her passion of teaching in a Christian community, and can't wait to see what God has in store this year. 

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.