Grades 1 and 2 are exciting years for our students as they continue to develop their reading, writing, addition and subtraction skills.

Students are immersed in a literacy-rich environment as they use the Daily 5 framework to foster their language skills. Students enjoy being independent and choosing their own language activities based on their interests and ability. This framework is used throughout the primary grades and allows all students’ instruction to be differentiated. This results in students who are challenged, as well as feel like their level of learning is their “best fit”.

Students learn to appreciate God’s incredible creation in Science as they explore life systems, structures and mechanics, matter and energy, and earth and space systems. Changing roles and responsibilities and the local and global communities are investigated in Social Studies. Recess time is an exciting time for the grade ones as they transition to the big playground and field. Grade 2 students develop team-building skills through the playing of sports and cooperative games. Off-campus field trips often include the Burlington Arts Centre, Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Halton Safety Village and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Teaching Team

Teaching has always been a passion of mine, since… yup, you guessed it, teaching my stuffies at a very young age in the basement of our home. I received my Bachelors of Education from Calvin College in Michigan and then went on to teach a variety of grades in a variety of interesting places, such as Nigeria and Indonesia. While my own four children were little, I began working at Trinity as an EA. I have been a classroom teacher at Trinity since 2013. It is my desire to bring Christ’s truth and light into my classroom each day. To teach in a school where Christ is at the centre of everything we do is such a blessing.

BA – Calvin College
BEd – Calvin College
Ontario Certified Teacher
Christian School Teaching Certificate

Doreen Breukelman - Grade 1
I’m delighted to be teaching at Trinity Christian School after graduating from Redeemer University College in 2015. I am a personable, engaging educator, dedicated to my students through qualities of patience, creativity and enthusiasm. I wholeheartedly ensure learning in all academic subjects and strive to awaken within students a passion of learning. I enable character education within students through guiding questions as they develop socially, morally and spiritually. I believe that each student deserves an excellent education in an environment where they are safe, valued and genuinely cared for. I am beyond excited to put my education to action.

BA – Redeemer University College
BEd – Redeemer University College
Ontario Certified Teacher

Natalya Geleynse - Grade 1
I always wanted to be a teacher. As I grew, that desire became a passion and a calling. I enjoy being part of the lives of so many interesting, unique and eager students. My faith forms the grounding foundation of my life, and it is a joy and privilege to work in a school where I can teach each subject through a worldview that places God at the center. Teaching is a deeply challenging profession, but, without a doubt, it is more enriching, inspiring and fulfilling than I could have imagined.

BA – Redeemer University College
BEd – Calvin College
Christian School Teaching Certificate
Ontario Certified Teacher

Jacquie DeRaaf, Grade 2
I feel privileged to be working at a school where faith is the foundation. With a degree in Child and Youth development, I received my Bachelor of Education from Brock University in 2012. I then spent some time working with children with developmental and mental health needs before working as an EA at Trinity. I began teaching the grade two class in 2014 and enjoy watching my students learn in their own unique ways. I believe that all students have infinite potential and it is my goal to help each child develop traits of empathy and kindness for those around them. I love to teach children about the world around them and how they can bring God’s love to those who need it most.

BA (Hons)- Brock University
B.Ed- Brock University
OCT- Ontario Certified Teacher

Laura Zorn - Grade 2