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Faculty Staff


Faculty & Staff

The faculty is comprised of dedicated men and women who share the Christian mission of Grace Christian School.  Faculty members have graduated from a variety of Christian and secular colleges and universities.  Many hold advanced degrees, Association of Christian Schools International certification, and/or state certification.  In-service workshops give faculty a chance to expand their educational expertise.

Administrator

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Shawn Smith

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 117

Email | ssmith@gcsvt.org

Education | 

  • Hudson Valley CC | AAS in Counseling
  • Davis College | Bachelors of Religious Education
  • The College of Saint Rose | Masters of Science in Teaching

Years of Education Experience | 11

Years at Grace | 9

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Discipleship

Grade & Classes Shawn Teaches | GLEAM, Electives

Favorite Verse | 1 Timothy 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost.

Hometown | White Creek, NY

Family Info | I have been married for 11 years to my amazing wife, Melissa. We have a four year old daughter Aubrey. My wife and I live on my familiy’s farm in White Creek. Aubrey is the fifth generation to live on the farm. My wife is originally from Schaghticoke, NY.

Favorite Worship Song | How Great Thou Art

Unique Talent | Tying a bow tie

Hobbies | Gardening, Baking, Hiking, Hunting

Principal

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Damian Greene | Principal

Phone | 802.447.2233 Ext. 112

Email | dgreene@gcsvt.org

Education | Russell Sage College | English & Elementary Education Bachelor of Science

Years of Education Experience | 6

Years at Grace | 6

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Family

Favorite Verse | Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Hometown | Berlin, NY

Family Info | Married to John Greene (20 years) | Children: Casey (Class of ’14), Wyatt, Katie & Wade

Favorite Worship Song | How Great Thou Art

Unique Talent | Baking cookie pizzas

Hobbies | Volleyball

Administrative Assistant

Becky Darling Administrative Assistant

Becky Darling
Administrative Assistant

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 115

Email | bdarling@gcsvt.org Full Bio Coming Soon!

Pre-K

 Judith Galusha Teacher

Judith Galusha

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 103

Email | jgalusha@gcsvt.org

Kindergarten

Micki Perry  Teacher

Micki Perry

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 101

Email |mperry@gcsvt.org

Sandy Bisson | Foster Grandma (No Picture)

1st Grade

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Jana Wright

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 107

Email | jwright@gcsvt.org

Education | Texas State University | Elementary Education Bachelor of Science

Years of Education Experience | 19

Years at Grace | 2nd Year

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Family

Grade & Classes Jana Teaches | 1st Grade

Favorite Verse | Psalms 40:2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

Hometown | San Antonio, TX

Family Info | 

Husband – Ed Wright
Daughter – Haley Wright
Son – T. Wright
Daughter -in – Law – Melinda Wright
Grandson – Lawson Wright

Favorite Worship Song | Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Hobbies | knitting

 

2nd Grade

Johanna Benson

Johanna Benson

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 109

Email | jbenson@gcsvt.org

Education | SUNY at Oneonta | Bachelor of Science

Years of Education Experience | 39 years

Years at Grace | 16 Years

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Adventurous

Grade & Classes Johanna Teaches | 2nd Grade

Favorite Verse | John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world.

Hometown | Lansing, NY

Family Info | 

Single,
Mother is still alive,
Two Sister and Two Brothers

Favorite Worship Song | Jesus is all the World to Me

Unique Talent | Teacher

Hobbies | Walking, Sewing, Crafts

3rd Grade

Jessica Laporte

Jessica Laporte

Phone | 802.447.2233 Ext. 108

Email | jlaporte@gcsvt.org

Education | Cedarville University | Early Childhood Education | Bachelor of Arts

Years of Education Experience | 9 Years

Years at Grace | 2nd Year

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Humble

Grade & Classes Jessica Teaches | 3rd & 4th Grade

Favorite Verse | Hebrews 12:1-2a “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,”

Hometown(s) | NY/ME/South Korea

Family Info | Parents, two younger brothers, sister-in-law, dog

Unique Talent | Used to be a sign language interpreter

Hobbies | Photography, reading, traveling, & languages

4th Grade

Jessica Laporte

Jessica Laporte

Phone | 802.447.2233 Ext. 108

Email | jlaporte@gcsvt.org

Education | Cedarville University | Early Childhood Education | Bachelor of Arts

Years of Education Experience | 9 Years

Years at Grace | 2nd Year

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Humble

Grade & Classes Jessica Teaches | 3rd & 4th Grade

Favorite Verse | Hebrews 12:1-2a “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,”

Hometown(s) | NY/ME/South Korea

Family Info | Parents, two younger brothers, sister-in-law, dog

Unique Talent | Used to be a sign language interpreter

Hobbies | Photography, reading, traveling, & languages

5th Grade

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Cindy Metzger

Phone | 802.447.2233 Ext. 112

Email | cmetzger@gcsvt.org

6th Grade

Connie Lee 

Phone | 802.447.2233 Ext. 112

Email | clee@gcsvt.org

 

Secondary | Bible

Dave Hall

Dave Hall

Education | Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary | Masters of Divinity

Years of Education Experience | 33 Years

Years at Grace | 13 Years

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Calling

Grade & Classes David Teaches | Bible 7-11, Government 12, Economics 12

Favorite Verse | Colossians 3:23,24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for The Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from The Lord as a reward. It is The Lord Christ you are serving.

Hometown | Hoosick, NY

Family Info | Single with many sons as international students

Favorite Worship Song | 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Unique Talent | Calling turkeys & deer

Hobbies | Gardening, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting

Secondary | English

Laura Schmigel

Laura Schmigel

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 212

Email |  lschmigel@gcsvt.org

Education | 

  • University of Vermont | Bachelors of Science in Education
  • Regent University | Master of Arts in Practical Theology

Years at Grace | 13

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Joy

Grade & Classes Laura Teaches | Grades 9-11, English and Geography

Favorite Verse | 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 

Hometown | Berlin, NY

Family Info | I am a host parent to some wonderful international students of GCS, a proud auntie of two lovely young ladies, and a loving daughter.

Favorite Worship Song | More

Unique Talent | Kazoo, yo-yo, boomerang, kite-flying and yelling loud enough to be heard in a noisy gym.

Hobbies | Crafts, especially from recycled materials, reading, gardening, travel

Marcy Stearns

Marcy Stearns

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 212

Email | mstearns@gcsvt.org

Full Bio Coming Soon!

 

Secondary | History

Sue Aalderink History Teacher

Sue Aalderink

Education | Ramapo College of New Jersey | Bachelor of Arts

Years at Grace | 4

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Laughter

Grade & Classes Sue Teaches | Middle & High School History & Math

Favorite Verse | Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.

Hometown | Cambridge, NY

Family Info | Steve (husband), Julia, Lilah, Sadie

Favorite Worship Song | You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)

Unique Talent | Filtering

Hobbies | Cooking, Reading and Hiking

Secondary | Language

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Rossie Knight

Phone | 802.447.2233 Ext. 201

Email | rknight@gcsvt.org

 

Secondary | Literature

Marcy Stearns

Marcy Stearns

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 212

Email | mstearns@gcsvt.org

Full Bio Coming Soon!

Secondary | Math

Marcy Stearns

Marcy Stearns

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 212

Email | mstearns@gcsvt.org

Sue Aalderink History Teacher

Sue Aalderink

Education | Ramapo College of New Jersey | Bachelor of Arts

Years at Grace | 4

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Laughter

Grade & Classes Sue Teaches | Middle & High School History & Math

Favorite Verse | Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.

Hometown | Cambridge, NY

Family Info | Steve (husband), Julia, Lilah, Sadie

Favorite Worship Song | You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)

Unique Talent | Filtering

Hobbies | Cooking, Reading and Hiking

Secondary | Science

Zechariah Underwood Science Teacher

Zechariah Underwood

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 210 or 120

Email | zunderwood@gcsvt.org

Art

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Cindylee Bohley

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 123

Email | cbohley@gcsvt.org

 Full Bio Coming Soon!

Music

Stephanie Paul Music Teacher

Stephanie Paul
Music Teacher

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 124

Email | spaul@gcsvt.org

Full Bio Coming Soon!

Librarian & Computer Teacher

Natalie Waters Librarian & Computer Teacher

Natalie Waters
Librarian

Phone |  802.447.2233 Ext. 121 Email | nwaters@gcsvt.org Years of Education Experience | 14 Years at Grace | 12 What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Family Grade & Classes Natalie Teaches | K-10 computer class & K-6 library Favorite Verse | Psalm 29:11 -The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Hometown | Bennington Family Info | Robert Waters (Husband), Kayleigh (22) &Bree (19) | both graduated from GCS Favorite Worship Song | Jesus, Friend of Sinners by Casting Crowns Hobbies | Spending time with family and our new puppy, road trips, shopping

Athletic Director

Kayleigh Waters Interim Gym Teacher

Stephen Carr

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 119

Email | scarr@gcsvt.org  

Facilities Manager

Terry Rousseau Facilities Manager

Terry Rousseau

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 127

Email | trousseau@gcsvt.org

Years of Education Experience | 8

Years at Grace | 3

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Blessed

Grade & Classes Terry Teaches | Boys Soccer Coach

Favorite Verse | 1 John 5;13 .. “These things i have written to you who believe in the name of the son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name…”

Hometown | Bennington

Family Info | wife of 26 years Candi, oldest daughter Victoria (24), son Caleb (22), daughter Raelee (20)

Favorite Worship Song | Revelation Song

Hobbies | soccer, hunting, fishing & farm

Unique Talent | plugged in while, juggling life `:-)

Business Office

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Jennifer Morse

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 207

Email | jmorse@gcsvt.org

Years of Education Experience | 26

Years at Grace | 15

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Family

Favorite Verse | 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Hometown |Bennington

Family Info | My husband, Shannon and I have been married for 25 years as of May 2015 Daughter and son-in-law – Hannah and Seth Green reside in Washington Our oldest son, Ryan, resides in North Carolina and our youngest son, Ashton, will begin his academic career here at GCS in the Fall 2015

Favorite Worship Song | In Christ Alone

Hobbies | travel, spending time with family, running

 

Marketing

Joe Frey Press Shot 1

Email | jfrey@gcsvt.org

WebsiteWorship Music Ministry

Education |

  • Southern Vermont College | Corporate Communications Bachelor of Arts
  • Liberty University | Management and Leadership Master of Arts

Years of Education Experience | 5

Years at Grace | 2nd Year

What does GCS mean to you in one word? | Fellowship

Favorite Verse | Acts 20:24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

Hometown | Bennington

Family Info | Married to Sara (9 years) | Children: Isaac, Evan, Jack, & Lulu

Favorite Worship Song | Come As You Are

Unique Talent | Songwriting

Hobbies | Music, Leading Worship, Songwriting, Spending time with my kiddos and Sara

Nurse

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Front Office | 802.447.2233

Cafeteria Director

Sandy Kanonik Cafeteria Director

Sandy Kanonik
Cafeteria Director

Phone | 802.447.2233 ext 126

Email | skanonik@gcsvt.org