Teachers and Staff
Our teachers in grades K-6 are state-licensed professionals who uphold high academic standards and are committed to teaching biblical truth. FBC pastors oversee weekly chapels and guest speak in our Bible classes. Our art, music, and P.E. teachers come to us through a shared-time program with North Muskegon Public Schools.
Stacy Vander Zwaag - Three Year Old Preschool
EMAIL ADDRESS: SVanderzwaag@OceanaChristianSchool.com
Education: Stay at home, homeschooling mom for 18 years, Great Start to Quality Child Development Associate
Teaching Experience: Taught all of my six children from preschool - 7th grade (some of them), one year volunteering at Diman Wolf Early Childhood Center, one year para-pro at OCS before teaching preschool in 2017.
Favorite thing about OCS: I love working here and knowing all of the kids because of the small size. I also enjoy being able to talk to my students about God.
Jacinda Bitely - Four Year Old Preschool
EMAIL ADDRESS: JBitely@OceanaChristianSchool.com
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Cornerstone University with a Language Arts major
Teaching Experience: Taught at the Potter’s House in Grand Rapids, MI for four years before starting a family. Home-schooled full-time for eight years before teaching at OCS in 2015.
Favorite thing about OCS: I appreciate teaching at a school that values moral character and Biblical faith! While you can find other schools that offer a quality educational experience, not many also equip their students for a life that values what matters eternally. We do. I love that!
Rebecca Scott - Kindergarten and Art
EMAIL ADDRESS: RScott@OceanaChristianSchool.com
Education: Double major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a concentration in Art Education from Concordia College, River Forest, IL. (now Concordia University, Chicago). Masters in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University. ZA Endorsement in Early Childhood Education from Ferris State University.
Teaching Experience: Taught Kindergarten and Preschool at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Troy, IL for three years. Taught first grade, preschool and art education at Our Redeemer Lutheran School, Muskegon, MI. Our Redeemer Lutheran School consolidated with Trinity Lutheran School to become West Shore Lutheran School, Muskegon where I taught 4 year old preschool, 3 year old preschool, and first grade for a total of ten years. A stay at home mom for ten years and a substitute teacher for grades K - 5 for Hart Public Schools for four years. Taught 4 year old preschool for the GSRP at Diman Wolf Early Childhood Center at HPS for six years.
Favorite thing about OCS: My most favorite thing about teaching at O.C.S. is the opportunity to share about faith in Christ everyday, throughout the day! I love being able to pray with the children for needs and concerns and that they are initiating the desire to pray as well.
Rosie Priest - 1st Grade
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. I also love the excellent staff we have. We work well together and encourage one another.
Lisa Arcello - 2nd Grade
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. 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.
Scott Bitely - 3rd and 4th Grade
EMAIL ADDRESS: SBitely@OceanaChristianSchool.com
Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University, major in social science and minor in language arts. Master of Arts in Reading from Western Michigan University.
Teaching experience: Fifteen years at Rockford Public schools in Rockford, MI, teaching 3rd and 4th grades (self-contained classrooms) as well as 7th grade language arts.
Favorite thing about OCS: At OCS the kids really do come first!
Cindy Lohman - 5th and 6th Grade
EMAIL ADDRESS: CLohman@OceanaChristianSchool.com
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.
Lauren Rabe - Instructional Specialist, PE, and Computers
EMAIL ADDRESS: LRabe@OceanaChristianSchool.com
Education: Graduated from Grand Valley with a Bachelors degree in Integrated Science 6-8 grade and Elementary K-8 all subjects. I am continuing my education from Marygrove University and Madonna University.
Teaching Experience: Taught 9 yrs of 3 and 4-year-old preschool, 10 yrs of physical education, 3 yrs of computers and 2 yrs being an Instructional Specialist and one year of 5/6th grade.
Favorite thing about OCS: I love that OCS partners with home and church to help grow students to make them real-life ready. I also love the family atmosphere and knowing that older students are learning to care for younger students.
Susie Gray - Spanish
EMAIL ADDRESS: SGray@OceanaChristianSchool.com
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Education, Masters of Arts in Christian Education
Teaching Experience: four and a half years teaching 2nd and 3rd grade at Community Christian School in Richmond, IN. One year of 5th and 6th grade at Puebla Christian School in Mexico, and home-schooled grades K-4 and 6-7.
Favorite thing about OCS: Making new friends!
Karrie Edwards - Music
EMAIL ADDRESS: KEdwards@OceanaChristianSchool.com
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Cornerstone University, major in science, minor in music, Master of the Art of Teaching (MAT) from Marygrove College, Master of Science in Educational Administration from Purdue University
Teaching Experience: Two years teaching elementary music and 7th - 9th grade history and geography at Grace Christian School in Watervliet, MI. One year teaching 4th and 5th grades at Providence Christian School in Kalamazoo, MI. Twenty-one years teaching 5th and 6th grades at OCS.
Favorite thing about OCS: I love that at OCS we leave God in! Our school family and extended community truly care about instilling in our students good character, faith, and an excellent education.