Teachers and Staff

Our teachers in grades K-8 are state-licensed professionals who uphold high academic standards and are committed to teaching biblical truth. FBC pastors oversee weekly chapels and teach the daily 7th and 8th grade Bible classes. Our art, music, and P.E. teachers come to us through a shared-time program with North Muskegon Public Schools.


 suzanne landis - kindergarten

suzanne landis - kindergarten

Suzanne Landis - Kindergarten

EMAIL ADDRESS:  SLandis@OceanaChristianSchool.com

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ

Teaching Experience:  Began teaching 4th grade at Heart to Heart Christian Academy, which later included Middle School Home Economics Classes. Began working as a preschool teacher at OCS in 2002 and added kindergarten 2 years later.  (Haven't graduated from kindergarten yet!)

Favorite thing about OCS:  What I love about OCS is the staff and being able to include God as Maker and Creator in EVERY subject and experience.

 Rosie priest - 1st and 2nd grades

Rosie priest - 1st and 2nd grades

Rosie Priest - 1st and 2nd Grades

EMAIL ADDRESS:  RPriest@OceanaChristianSchool.com

Education:  Bachelor of Arts from Grand Rapids Baptist College (Cornerstone University), Language Arts Group Major.  Masters Degree in General Education with an Emphasis on Early Childhood Education.

Teaching Experience:  Taught at Traverse Bay Christian School in Traverse City, MI for one year, 1st and 2nd grade.  Began teaching at OCS in 1993: K - 1st (3 years), 1st (5 years), 1st - 2nd (14 years).

Favorite thing about OCS:  The small class size.  It gives you a nice chance to really know your students one on one.

My favorite thing about teaching at OCS:   The excellent staff we have.  We work well together and encourage one another.

 lisa arcello - 3rd and 4th grades

lisa arcello - 3rd and 4th grades

Lisa Arcello - 3rd and 4th Grades

EMAIL ADDRESS:  LArcello@OceanaChristianSchool.com

Education:  Graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Teaching Experience:  Taught Kindergarten and 1st grade for missionary kids while their parents were attending language school.  Began teaching at OCS in 2007.  I've taught 2nd/3rd combined, 2nd grade, and 3rd/4th combined.

Favorite thing about OCS:  My favorite thing about OCS is that OCS feels more like a family than just a school.  

What do I like best about teaching at OCS:  I love teaching at OCS because I can teach so much more than "the basics."  While I love challenging my students academically, I especially love that I can freely share the love of Jesus with my students.  

 karrie edwards - 5th and 6th grades

karrie edwards - 5th and 6th grades

Karrie Edwards - 5th and 6th Grades

EMAIL ADDRESS:  KEdwards@OceanaChristianSchool.com

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Major in science, Minor in music from Cornerstone University.  Master of the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.   Master of Science in Educational Administration from Purdue University Calumet.

Teaching experience:  Two years at Grace Christian School, Watervliet, MI - elementary music teacher, orchestra conductor, 7th and 8th English and history, 9th geography.  One year at Providence Christian School, Kalamazoo, MI - 4th/5th combined.  Began teaching at OCS in 1997 - 5th, 5th/6th combined, 7th science.

Favorite thing about OCS:  I love the atmosphere - we are one big family!

What do you like best about teaching at OCS:  I love that I have the opportunity to teach truth using God's Word, to individualize instruction, to remediate or challenge, when needed, and to make a difference in the lives of students.

 cindy lohman - 7th and 8th grades

cindy lohman - 7th and 8th grades

Cindy Lohman - 7th and 8th Grades

EMAIL ADDRESS:  CLohman@OceanaChristianSchool.com

7th & 8th Grade Classroom Website

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Elementary Distributed Minor, Grand Valley State University.

Teaching Experience:  Four years at North Muskegon MIddle School teaching 6th grade math, 6th grade science, and 7th grade computers - left teaching to be a stay-at-home mom and then subbed several years.  One year teaching (part-time) 2nd grade at New Era Christian and taught Language Arts and Math.  Left New Era Christian for a full-time job at OCS in 2007.  The first four years I taught 4th grade then moved up to middle school.

Favorite thing about OCS:  I love the safe environment for the students.  Classmates are kind and supportive of one another.  I have seen several students bullied at other schools, arrive at OCS, and really blossom.

Favorite thing about teaching at OCS:  I do not have to leave my values at the door.  We teach the truth here.  I love that the students are hearing the true history of the United States and learning about creationism and evolution.

Jean Riley - Administrator

Mark Looman - Bible Teacher (and Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church)

Ryan VanderZwaag - Bible Teacher (and Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church)