The Carmel New Church School faculty and staff in Kitchener is made up of pastoral staff, principal, homeroom teachers, specialist teachers and support staff.
Rev. Brad Heinrichs
Rev. Heinrichs has served CNCS for 18 years, since 1999, as Pastor and Scripture Studies teacher. He believes that it is important for children to learn the many stories and truths contained within the Lord’s Word because this is how He speaks to us and shows us the way to a life of eternal happiness in heaven. Rev. Heinrichs hopes students learn those stories well and become familiar with them, more importantly though he wants them to really enjoy learning from the Lord’s Word and grow to love the things that He teaches.
Rev. Nathan Cole
Since joining the staff at CNCS in 2008, Rev. Cole strives to bring his love of learning and love of the scriptures into the classroom. Nathan believes that the lessons the scriptures leach will always be relevant and he is responsible for bringing life to the stories and lessons and helping students relate them to their lives and the current issues.
Mr. James Bellinger
Mr. Bellinger has been teaching for over 25 years in Ontario’s New Church Schools, and has over 15 years’ experience as principal. James is passionate about teaching children, leading them toward the Lord and seeing them grow into compassionate, useful adults.
Mr. Bellinger thoroughly enjoys the outdoors encourages the same feeling in his students, freeing them from the confines of a classroom when possible to embrace new learning opportunities and challenge themselves in ways they would not find within four walls.
Mrs. Suzanna Hill
Junior and Senior Kindergarten
Mrs. Suzanna Hill has been teaching at CNCS for the past 18 years and incorporates both New Church and Waldorf educational philosophy in the classroom. She has found that these philosophies work well together to nurture a child and let them grow.
Her program concentrates on spiritual and social awareness between students to foster their educational and social happiness and she believes that when the school and parents work together for the child that it brings about a positive sphere for the child to grow in.
Carmel New Church School is fortunate to have wonderful, natural outdoor areas, and outdoor play areas built by the community, that enhance and support many of the academics we cover in the classroom.
Mrs. Nina Riepert
Grades 3 & 4
Professionally, Nina has taught for 23 years at the Carmel New Church School. She brings to the job both a background in Social Work, as well as Education. Mrs. Riepert enjoys sharing both her love of teaching, as well as her love of the Arts with her students. She enjoys an activity-based, hands-on approach to teaching, and utilizes Waldorf practices, within a faith-based framework. Besides having taught at all elementary grade levels, Mrs. Riepert has enjoyed putting on many class plays, productions, and whole school musicals over the years.
Personally, Mrs. Riepert is married and the mother of 4 grown children. She has served in many volunteer capacities both in and out of the Church organization, including being a founding member of the local rape crisis center, which now serves thousands.
Ms. Steph Kuhl
Grade 9 &10
Ms. Kuhl started her teaching career in 1999 at the Academy of the New Church in Pennsylvania. In 2003, she moved back to Ontario to join the staff at CNCS. She really enjoys being able to teach science in light of the 3-fold Word and with incredible wonder in God’s creation. That passion for science and biology goes beyond the classroom as Ms. Kuhl loves animals especially her rescue dogs and teaching horsemanship at the local barn.
Mrs. Debbie Pattison
Music Grades 1 to 8
Mrs. Laura Hill
Grades 1 & 2
Having grown up in the mountains of West Virginia and attending both secondary and post-secondary in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Laura Hill graduated from Bryn Athyn College with a Bachelor of Education in 2002. She began teaching at the Carmel New Church School that same year and is heavily invested in the school, the church, and the community. In addition to teaching, she has two children in the school, volunteers with the church’s women’s group, organises the Sunday school program and sits on the board for the General Church in Canada. When it comes to her students, Mrs. Hill works hard to instill in the students that knowledge is not the ultimate end goal. We need to use our knowledge and talents to serve the Lord and our neighbors. This is supported by Laura’s favourite quote, from Albert Einstein, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
Mr. James Bellinger
Grades 7 & 8
Ms. Bettina Rampelt
Gr 3-8 Core French; Gr 3-5 Computer; Gr 4&5 Language Art and, Visual Arts; Gr 5 Social Studies.
Having taught in both the public and independent school boards over her 8 years of teaching, Ms.Rampelt strives to instill a love of learning in her students and spark an interest in life-long learning. Through student-led and inquiry-based instruction, students are encouraged and empowered with their growth in mind and will experience a gradual increase in responsibility.
Her love of languages started very young as she came from a German-speaking home and quickly learned English. She’s taken her love of languages and teaches French during the week and German on the weekends. When Ms. Rampelt is not in the classroom, she volunteers with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest as Vice-Chair of their Schools Committee.
Mrs. Monica Albrecht
Mrs. Patty Schnarr
Secretary and Educational Assistant