Faculty & Staff

TCS teachers are required to meet standards for ACSI teacher certification in his or her field of employment. Faculty members are carefully selected with regard to educational preparation, Christian testimony, personality and scholarship.

TCS teachers are fully-qualified, born-again men and women who have a special understanding and love for their students. They are dedicated to providing students with an academically sound education integrated with the principles of Scripture. Teachers are aware that their influence reaches beyond the textbook and take seriously their responsibility as role models.

HEAD OF THE SCHOOL

Dr. James Smock
Head of School

Ed.D. (Educational Leadership), Nova Southwestern University; M.A. (Counseling, Millersville State College); B.S. (Bible), Lancaster Bible College

Favorite Scripture Verse: We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father. I Thessalonians 1:2-3

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ELEMENTARY FACULTY

Maribel Cintron
K4 Teacher
B.A. Biblical Counseling & Psychology, Pillar College Favorite Scripture Verse: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
Alejandra Donoso
K4 Teacher Aide
Graphic Designer,Colegiatura, Medellin-Colombia, Child Development Associate (CDA),Union County College, Elizabeth NJ
Verse: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 
Shari Barry
Kindergarten Teacher
B.A. (Elementary Education), The King’s College Favorite Scripture Verse: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Trinity Tinsley
Kindergarten Teacher
BS (Interdisciplinary Studies - Education emphasis), University of Texas, Arlington Favorite Scripture Verse: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
Alison Rabideau
1st Grade Teacher
B.A. (Elementary Education and English Language and Literature), Gordon College Favorite Scripture Verse: For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then My faithful love for you shall remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,’ says the Lord, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:10
Stefanie Attia
1st Grade Teacher
Graduate Certificate (Virtual Instruction, Assessment and Technology) Montclair State University, B.A. (Education K-6 / Special Education K-12), WGU, A.A. (Education P-5), RVCC, Diploma (Montessori Education - P-3), The Christopher Academy. Favorite Scripture Verse: A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. 1 John 13:34-35
Aiyana Wilkinson
2nd Grade Teacher, Varsity Cheerleading Coach
B.S. (Early Childhood Education), Ohio University Favorite Scripture Verse: For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16
Alyssa Palma
3rd Grade Teacher
B.A. (Family and Child Studies with a K-5 certification and concentration in Families, Children, and School Settings), Montclair State University Favorite Scripture Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Tonya Wildgoose
3rd Grade Teacher
B.Sc. (Biology), University of Georgia; A.A (Biology), The College of the Bahamas; Diploma (Secondary Education, Science), College of the Bahamas, Diploma (Montessori Early Childhood), North American Montessori Center, Nutritional Therapy, The Health Sciences Academy, London, United Kingdom. Favorite Scripture Verse: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
Amy Arnold
4th grade teacher
B.A. (Educator of Individuals with Disabilities), Kean University Favorite Scripture Verse: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Amy Delmanto
5th Grade Teacher, Middle School Tr
B.S. (Elementary Education and Psychology), The College of New Jersey Favorite Scripture Verse: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up . Galatians 6:9
Kristi Anne McInerney
Elementary Principal

M.A. (Curriculum and Instruction), Baptist Bible College, B.A. (Elementary Education), Rowan University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Sarah Dickerson
Administrative Assistant

Liberal Arts ( Elementary Education), Eastern Nazarene College

Favorite Scripture Verse: Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8

MS & HS FACULTY

Yolanda Adrian
High School Spanish Teacher

B.A. (Early childhood and Primary Education);  Universidad Metropolitana, PR

Favorite Scripture Verse: I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Farris Alfanik
High School Math Teacher

M.S. (Biomedical Science), Rowan University, B.S. (Exercise Science and Sport Studies), Rutgers University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong . 2 Corinthians 12:10

Holly Arnesen
High School Biology Teacher

M.A. (Teaching), Liberty University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16
Jonathan Barr
High School Bible and Worldview Studies Teacher

B.S. (English Literature), Liberty University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened. But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answerto everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hopethat you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. I Peter 3:13-17

 
James Carr
Middle School & High School Computer Science Teacher

B.S (Electrical Engineering) & B.S (Computer Science)  Washington University, MBA Rutgers University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.Psalm 23:4 

Lawrence Coven
AP US History Teacher

J.D. Ohio Northern University, B.A. Rutgers University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:6-8

Dorrel Covington
7th Grade Bible Teacher
M.A. (Theological Studies), Liberty University, B.S. (Business Management), Pillar College

Favorite Scripture Verse: Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  James 1:2-4

Juliana Dagnall
Middle & High School History Teacher

B.A. (History Honors and Secondary Education), Kean University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.  Colossians 3:24

Steve DiSebastian
Senior Bible Teacher

M.Div , Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, B.A. (English and Secondary Education), Rowan University; A.A (Communication), Camden County Community,

Favorite Scripture Verse: Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Matthew 9:37–38

Tiny Sara George
6th Grade Teacher

B.S (Bio- Medical Engineering) , Anna University, India 

Favorite Scripture Verse: Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.  Ephesians 5:1-2

Andre Hayes
Middle School & High School History Teacher

M.S. (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages), Nyack College; B.S. (Adolescent Education with English Concentration), Nyack College

Favorite Scripture Verse: Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

Dr. Robert Heffner
AP Chemistry Teacher

Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry), University of Pennsylvania; (M.B.A) Rutgers University; B.S. (Biochemistry), Millersville University

Favorite Scripture Verse: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

Nyrie Janho
7th & 8th Grade Teacher

B.S.(Education), Liberty University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Diana Kuyumcu
High School English Teacher

M.A. (English) Rutgers University, B.A. (General Studies) The New School University, (TESOL certificate) The New School, A.A. (Liberal Arts) Bergen Community College

Favorite Scripture Verse: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, the Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.Lamentations 3:22-24

Philip Landis
High School Science Teacher

M.S. (Physics), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, , B.S. (Applied Physics), Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Favorite Scripture Verse: His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  2 Peter 1: 3-4

Tara Leahy
Middle School Math Teacher

B.A. (Education), Messiah College

Favorite Scripture Verse:  But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.  I Samuel 12:24

Doug MacMillan
Guidance Counselor

B.S.(Marketing), Messiah College

Favorite Scripture Verse:  He has shown you o man what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God!.  Micah 6:8

Josiane Martinez
High School Math Teacher

M.A. (Electrical Engineering), Columbia University; B.A. (Electrical Engineering & Physics), Duke University

Favorite Scripture Verse: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Dennis McNulty
High School Bible Teacher

B.A. (Biblical Studies), Pillar College

Favorite Scripture Verse: Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. Hebrews 10:35

Barbara Nelson
High School English Teacher; Middle School & High School Theatre Teacher; Yearbook Advisor

B.A. (Theatre), Campbell University

Favorite Scripture Verse: And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. Corinthians 3:15

Dr. Joanne Noel
AP English Teacher

Ph.D, Union Institute & University, D.Min, New Brunswick Seminary, M.A Rutgers, M.Div, New Brunswick Seminary, B.A Queens College;

Favorite Scripture Verse: The Lord is my light and my salvation. Psalm 27:1

Josiah Panza
6th Grade Teacher

B.S. (Physical Education K-12), Palm Beach Atlantic University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Stephen Van Ness
Middle School English Teacher

B.S. (Secondary English Education), Cairn University

Favorite Scripture Verse: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Donald Williams
High School Math Teacher; STEM Program Coordinator
B.S. (University of Michigan), M.S. (Stevens Institute of Technology)
 

Favorite Scripture Verse: God was in Christ, offering peace and forgiveness to the people of this world. And he has given us the work of sharing his message about peace. We were sent to speak for Christ, and God is begging you to listen to our message. We speak for Christ and sincerely ask you to make peace with God.  2 Corinthians 5:19-20

Laura McKay
Middle School/High School Principal

Ed.S. (Educational Leadership), Liberty University; M.S. (Biomechanics),Temple University; B.S. (Physical Education), The King’s College

Favorite Scripture Verse: Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us. Ephesians 3:20

Linda Pierre
Middle School & High School Vice-Principal

M.A. (Educational Leadership), Purdue University, B.A. (Communication) , A.A (Liberal Arts), Kean University

Favorite Scripture Verse:  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Christina Griguoli
Administrative assistant MS/HS

B.S. (Health Sciences), Rutgers University, A.A.S. UMDNJ

Favorite Scripture Verse: Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are His; we are his people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise His name.  For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.  Psalm 100:1-5

SPECIALS FACULTY

Ruthy Brookman
Elementary Music, Piano teacher, Accompanist

B.S. (Bible), Bachelor of Church Music, Philadelphia College of Bible (Cairn)

Favorite Scripture Verse: In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus! 1 Thessalonians 5:18

LeeAnna Colonnello
5-12 Band Director, Middle School Bible Teacher

B.A Biblical Theology and a minor in Christian Education, Zion/Northpoint

Favorite Scripture Verse: But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9

Joshua Decker
Physical Education Teacher

B.S. (Health and Physical Education), Cairn University

Favorite Scripture Verse: So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.  Acts 5:41

Carlos Eduardo da Costa
Middle & High School Choir Director

B.A. (Architecture and Urban Planning), Universidade Federal Fluminense – Brazil

Favorite Scripture Verse: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.  Ephesians 1:3-4

Debbie Hubler
K-12 Media Specialist, Elementary and Middle School Technology Teacher

M.L.I.S., Rutgers University; M.Ed. (Educational Media), Temple University; B.A. (Elementary Education), Eastern University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

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Christine Jensen
Debate Coach

B.A. Religion & Jewish Studies,(Rutgers University)

Favorite Scripture Verse: No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37

Elizabeth Simmons
Elementary Instrumental Music

M.A. (Urban Studies), Long Island University, B.A. (Urban Studies), Hunter College, New York, Carnegie-Hall (Weill Music Institute), Music Education, Rutgers-Mason Gross School of the Arts

Favorite Scripture Verse: I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Betty Toussaint
Elementary and Middle School Art Teacher

B.A. (Art), The City College of New York

Favorite Scripture Verse: I can do all things through Christ who strengths me. Philippians 4:13

Terry Walker
Physical Education Teacher

B.S. (Health and Physical Education), East Stroudsburg University

Favorite Scripture Verse: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1

STAFF

Nick Badillo
Athletic Director & Varsity Baseball Coach

M.A. (Counseling), Kean University, B.A. (Biblical Studies & Youth Min. Leadership), Palm Beach Atlantic University;

Favorite Scripture Verse: My flesh may fail, my spirit may grow weak, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever, He is mine. Psalm 73:26

Linda Bailey
Educational Therapist

M.A. Ed., Louisiana Baptist University; PCET (Professionally Certified Educational Therapist with NILD), SEARCH & TEACH Therapist, CDT (Certified Dyslexia Therapist with the International Dyslexia Association)

Favorite Scripture Verse: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

Marty Conte
Security Officer

Marty Conte has served as a municipal NJ police officer for 28 years and 6 years as a federal officer with the Department of Defense where he held the rank of Captain in charge of the Police Training Academy. In this position Captain Conte conducted numerous drills with municipal, state and federal law enforcement officers in regards to Active Shooter protocol. He is a certified instructor for Police Response to Active Shooter which also involves training school administrators and staff as well as students in lock down and security procedures. Marty has also served in the US Marine Corps.

Favorite Scripture Verse: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.  2 Timothy 1:7

Harold Hubler
Maintenance, Bus Driver

B.S. in Recreation and Camp Administration, LeTourneau College, A.A. in Aviation, Hesston College

Favorite Scripture Verse: In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.  Hebrews 1:1-3

Robin Di Fiore
Administrative Assistant to Head of School

B.S. (Business Administration/Management), Bloomsburg University

Favorite Scripture Verse: Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

Jonathan Sztyk
IT Coordinator
Madeleine Gilmour
Human Resources Administrator, After-care

Union County College, College of St. Elizabeth

Favorite Scripture Verse: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

LaShonda Gittens
Business Manager

B.S. (Accounting), Seton Hall University, Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A)

Favorite Scripture Verse: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.  Psalm 32:8

Sini George
Business Office, Accounts Receivable

B.S. (Business Administration & Accountancy), CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College

Favorite Scripture Verse: In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct Thy paths.  Proverbs 3:6

Paul Lee
Advancement, Business Office & Food Services

B.A. (Anthropology), UC Irvine; A.A.S. (Accounting), Middlesex County College; Marketing Certificate, Orange Coast College

Favorite Scripture Verse: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Denise Hanlon
Food Services Supervisor

NRA ServSafe certified

Favorite Scripture Verse: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalm 139:23-24

Siria Maia
Food Service Staff

Favorite Scripture Verse: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Bette Miller
School Nurse, Nurse Mentor for Educational Services Commission of New Jersey

B.S.N. (Nursing), Rutgers University College of Nursing; R.N., Johnson and Johnson School Nurse Fellow

Favorite Scripture Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Robert Eckert
Athletic Trainer

B.S. (Athletic Training), King’s College 

Favorite Scripture Verse: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

Lisa Dyer
Director of Advancement

M.A. (Counseling), Boston College; B.A. (Psychology and Studio Art), Bucknell University

Favorite Scripture Verse: For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

Ella Mendalski
Admissions Coordinator, Administrative Assistant

A.A. (Liberal Arts), Union County College, Secretarial School, Medical Transcription

Favorite Scripture Verse: Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are changed, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.  2 Corinthians 3:16-18

Sarah S Nuthalapati
Marketing and Alumni Coordinator

M.B.A. (Healthcare) Goldey Beacom College Delaware, M.B.A. (Finance) IRMA, Anand, India

Favorite verse: And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord your will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

Juan Salas
Maintenance

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