KICS REIMAGINED

 

KICS is ready to launch the 2020-2021 School year. Please click HERE to find all the information you need about our school reopening.

MEET OUR PRIMARY SCHOOL STAFF

A basic profile of our classroom teachers and administrative staff:

  • Experienced and certified educators, many with advanced degrees in their fields of expertise
  • Predominantly native English speakers
  • Experience teaching in International and American school systems
  • Dedication to keeping current with best-practices through professional development
  • Commitment to living out God’s mission
  • Passion for learning and empowering students from a holistic approach

 

Gretchen Driesenga
Gretchen Driesenga

Kindergarten

gdriesenga@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Anderson University, Master’s degree in Educational Ministry from Calvin Theological Seminary.

Years in Children’s Ministry: 14, 4th at KICS 

Favorite Scripture: “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9.

 

Jen Harkleroad
Jennifer Harkleroad

Kindergarten

jharkleroad@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Atlanta, GA, USA.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Endorsement from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Years in Teaching: 7, 3rd at KICS.

Favorite Scripture: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18.

 

Christina Horton
Christina Horton

1st Grade

chorton@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Lowell, Michigan, USA 

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute.

Years in Teaching: 4, all at KICS

Favorite Scripture: “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast in my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.

 

 

Peggy Raji

Peggy Raji

2nd Grade

praji@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Bradford, UK.

Education: BSc in Health Wellbeing and Social Care and Post-graduate Certificate in Education from Bradford University and Sheffield Hallam University.

Years in Teaching: 3, 2nd at KICS.

Favorite Scripture: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.

 

Jordon Bright
Jordon Bright

3rd Grade

jbright@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Development from College Of The Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Years in Education: 8, First at KICS.

Favorite Scripture: He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

 

Douglas Bryan

Douglas Bryan

3rd Grade (Sem.2)

dbryan@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Berne, IN, USA 

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University.

Years in Teaching: 11, 10th at KICS 

Favorite Scripture: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6.

 

Vicki Leatherwood
Vicki Leatherwood

4th Grade

vleatherwood@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Education: Bachelor of Christian Education from Redeemer University College.

Years in Teaching: 8, 2nd at KICS 

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 103.

 

Jordan Mbaraga

Jordan Mbaraga

4th Grade

jmbaraga@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Landstuhl, Germany.

Education: Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico.

Years in Teaching: 6, 4th at KICS 

Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will not forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.

 

 

 

Susie Thomas
Susie Thomas

5th Grade

sthomas@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Fairborn, OH, USA.

Education: Bachelor's in Biblical Studies & Communication from Taylor University.

Years in Teaching: 3, all at KICS.

Favorite Scripture: "

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works." Psalm 73:28.

 

Francis Sims
Francis Sims

Physical Education/ Grade 3 (Sem. 1)

fsims@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Bucks County, PA, USA.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education.

Years in Teaching: 2, all at KICS.

Favorite Scripture: "But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?" Romans 10:14.

 

Efua Hagan
Efua Hagan

Fine Art

ehagan@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Accra, Ghana.

Education: Art & Design Diploma from University College for the Creative Arts; Textile Design Diploma from Nottingham Trent University.

Years in Teaching: 4 at KICS

Favorite Quote: "We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated." - Maya Angelou.

 

EunSook Lee

Eunsook Lee

Music

elee@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Deajeon, South Korea.

Education: Master of Music, and Master of Music and Piano from the National Academy of Music in Bulgaria.

Years in Teaching: 25, 5th at KICS

Favorite Scripture: "I will sing to the Lord as long as I live." Psalm 104:33.

 

Jean Claude Mbarushimana
Jean Claude Mbarushimana

Kinyarwanda

jclaude@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Years in Teaching: 7, all at KICS.

Favorite Scripture: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.” Revelation 7:9.

 

Lauren Hakizimana

Lauren Hakizimana

French

lhakizimana@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Schaumburg, Illinois USA

Education: Bachelors degrees in French Language, Broadcast Journalism from University of Missouri, Columbia.

Years in Teaching: 7, 3rd at KICS

Favorite Scripture: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28.

 

Adam Koelling

Adam Koelling

Bible

a2koelling@kicsrw.org

Hometown: Longview, Texas.

Education: Master of Communication Disorders (Speech Pathology) from LSU HSC.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University.

Years in teaching: 2nd, all at KICS.

Favorite Scripture: “For our sake he made him to be sin, who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21.