Brian-VerwolfBrian Verwolf
Head of School

Mr. Verwolf’s leadership at Deer Creek is informed by his experience as a teacher, a coach, and a father. His interests include school leadership, professional development of teachers, and encouraging a growth mindset in education so that students and teachers are equipped for a changing world. Consequently, he says, “I am passionate about creating an environment where students gain confidence in their unique strengths as Christ’s ambassadors.”

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Preschool

Erica-GalloyErica Galloy
K3 Teacher

Mrs. Galloy has an Early Childhood Education degree from Olivet Nazarene University, and many years of experience teaching children. She appreciates Deer Creek’s culture of intertwining Faith, Academics, and Character, and she looks for daily opportunities to share the love of Christ with students. She is intentional about giving our preschoolers a positive first experience in a school setting.

Rennel-Walls_280Rennel Walls
K3 Aide

A joyful smile, an open heart, and willing hands make Mrs. Walls an asset to the K3 classroom she serves.

Kasey Esparza-Saxon
K3 Aide, Director of Extended Care

The Extended Care program is for students who need to arrive at school before classes start, and/or wait at school after classes have ended. Therefore, Mrs. Esparza-Saxon turns this time into an opportunity to create a safe, nurturing environment where kids can make progress on their homework or simply spend time socializing after the school day.

Kim-Mosel_320Kim Mosel
Aide

Mrs. Mosel has a long history with Deer Creek in a variety of roles, including parent of two alumni and treasurer of the Parent Teacher Fellowship. She joined the staff in 2010.

Kim Brunson
K4 Teacher

Mrs. Brunson is our Pre-K4 lead teacher. She graduated from Prairie State College with a degree in Early Childhood Education and comes to us with experience in teaching 3- and 4-year-olds. She is a former children’s librarian and therefore has a passion for reading as well as caring for children. Mrs. Brunson has also taught Sunday School and is excited to share with students her love for Christ.

Renee Rodriguez
K4 Aide

Mrs. Rodriguez has taught preschool and second grade in recent years, and she has led an after-school program for kids. She is currently earning her BA in Early Childhood Education and a Certificate in Counseling. Mrs. Rodriguez loves watching children develop their imagination and their love for learning, and she loves to grow alongside them as they deepen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Elementary

Robin-Von-ThadenRobin Von Thaden
Kindergarten Teacher

With an MS in Reading and more than 10 years of classroom experience, Mrs. Von Thaden is well equipped to give her students not only basic reading skills but also a love of words and ideas. Her classroom atmosphere is a testament to her sense of hospitality, and students learn early to welcome differences.

Carol-DooleyCarol Dooley
Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Dooley loves young children, and she has a warm, caring interaction with them. Her experience in Early Childhood Education enables her to create a positive learning environment where students flourish. And her no-nonsense approach helps promote higher-level thinking skills in children starting at a very early age.

Kendra-OprondekKendra Oprondek
First-Grade Teacher

BA in Psychology, MA in Elementary Education, Jewish upbringing, conversion to Christianity—Mrs. Oprondek’s diversity of background and experience make her classroom a naturally interesting place to be. She taught Elementary Reading for several years in a public school setting before joining the Deer Creek faculty in 2006.

Tricia-VanRegenmorterTricia VanRegenmorter
Second-Grade Teacher

Ms. VanRegenmorter claims Psalm 118:34 as a favorite Bible verse: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” While living out that verse, she makes her classroom a place of joy, and she teaches her students to multiply that joy as they interact with others.

Kelsey-BevanKelsey Bevan
Third-Grade Teacher

Mrs. Bevan loves being surrounded by children—probably because she grew up surrounded by five siblings! She brings energy and passion to her work, and she considers herself blessed to be making a difference at a school that expects its students to make a difference in the world.

Nanci-NataleNanci Natale
Fourth-Grade Teacher

Mrs. Natale and her husband were both raised in Catholic homes, and as young parents they felt something tugging at their hearts that made them thirst for a deeper relationship with God. Their two children attended Deer Creek at the time, so the entire family became immersed in a Christian environment. They learned to read the Bible, pray, and talk with other Christians about spiritual things. Consequently, their relationship with God grew deeper. Gradually they accepted Jesus as their Savior. That experience gives Mrs. Natale a special appreciation for how intentional Deer Creek is about fulfilling its vision. She believes that teaching is a God-given gift and a calling, and she is excited to be able to use that gift within the Deer Creek family.

Elizabeth-DeurElizabeth Deur
Fifth-Grade Teacher, Middle School Language Arts Teacher

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ms. Deur is a huge fan of Michigan sport teams, especially the Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions! As a result, she brings similar fanaticism to the subjects she teaches and the students she interacts with. With the Deer Creek vision statement as a team motto, she cheers her students to academic success and equips them for victory in life.

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Middle School

Azuré Dobson
Interim PE Teacher

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” This passage (1 Corinthians 6:19–20) guides Ms. Azuré Vincent-Dobson in her work as our Interim PE teacher. “Ms. Rae” will be serving K–8 students for the second half of our 2016–2017 school year. She attended Maranatha Baptist Bible University in Wisconsin, where she did her field of study in the area of Physical Education. Following graduation, she applied her schooling to her work as a Fitness Specialist, helping people of all ages to live a healthier lifestyle. Azuré loves kids, and she considers herself blessed to join the Deer Creek staff.

Randi-ChambersRandi Chambers
Math Teacher

Mrs. Chambers was attracted to Deer Creek because she saw it as a setting that encourages teachers, students, and families to engage in a mission greater than themselves. Her goal as a teacher is to cultivate confidence, discipline, and thoughtfulness in her students, so they will be equipped to make a difference in the world. She quotes Philippians 1:6 as one of her favorite Bible verses: “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Ron-KuipersRon Kuiper
Science Teacher, Math Teacher

It was 2003 when Mr. Kuiper brought his 30 years of Christian education experience to Deer Creek Christian School. His educational philosophy is guided by Genesis 1–11: God is the great Creator, and we are loved by and responsible to Him. That theme is woven through Mr. Kuiper’s math and science classes, and as a result, his teaching is a testimony to his love for his God and Savior.

Ileana-LindahlIleana Lindahl
Spanish Teacher

Señora Lindahl came to Deer Creek by way of Panama, where she was born and raised. She moved to the United States after marrying Steve (Esteban), who was in the U.S. Army. As a family, they have lived and traveled across the U.S., as well as in Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru. Señora Lindahl is passionate about opening the doors to the Latino world for our students by sharing, showing, and practicing its culture and language.

Linda-MillerLinda Miller
Bible Teacher, Music Teacher, Director of Spiritual Life

Mrs. Miller believes she was born to serve God’s people unselfishly with the gifts and talents God blessed her with, hence she inspires others to discover their own gifts and calling. She brings a variety of experience and a long list of credentials to the Deer Creek family. We are excited to be partnering with her to equip students for their roles in the broader community.

Tammy-RiveraTammy Rivera
Art Teacher, Computer Teacher

Mrs. Rivera understands that technology is a tool, and she wants students to understand how it works so they can use it wisely and effectively. As a part-time website manager for a local village, she brings real-world experience to the classroom. Teaching Computer as well as Art gives her opportunities to synergize creativity and logic, and she enjoys helping children explore their strengths.

Julie-WroughtonJulie Wroughton
History Teacher, Athletic Director

Mrs. Wroughton first came to Deer Creek as our part-time librarian in 1995. In 2005, she added teaching middle school math to her responsibilities. From 2010–2014, she served as our principal. Today, she works part-time as a history teacher and athletic director. She has enjoyed being part of the Deer Creek family for many years as a parent as well, and her two sons are Deer Creek alumni.

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Office Staff

Linda-SalazarLinda Salazar
Financial Officer

Mrs. Salazar first came to Deer Creek as a parent in 1986 and then joined the staff in 1992. Her experience as a parent informs her work in the office, and her unique perspective helps make all our systems more efficient. Born and raised in Chicago Heights, she met her high school sweetheart Desi while attending Bloom High School. Desi and Linda have been married 37 years. “Being part of the team at Deer Creek is a huge blessing in my life,” she says, “and I am very thankful to be a part of His special ministry here.”

 
 

Steve-Blom_300Steve Blom
Director of Development

“I love Deer Creek because it is filled with passionate and talented followers of Christ,” says Steve. “Students, teachers, parents, staff, and Board are committed to really working together in our shared mission to help students grow in Academics, Faith, and Character for Kingdom service.” As Deer Creek’s Director of Development, Steve gets to share that mission with people who are interested in supporting it—and he gets to share the results of people’s gifts and prayers. Steve and his wife Sally live in Sauk Village with their three children. They are members of Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church in Sauk Village where Steve has served as an Elder and Junior High teacher.