Teachers and Staff


Our dedicated, Christian teachers are certified and fully competent, having earned degrees in elementary and secondary education, most from Christian liberal arts colleges such as Calvin College, Dordt College, Trinity Christian College, Houghton College, and Taylor University. Our faculty is committed to Christ and to the perspective that all teaching and learning must be done under God’s Kingship.

Mrs. Rachael Maag (Pre K – Kindergarten)

Rachael Maag Bio Pic

This is my sixth year serving at EPCS. I love teaching at EPCS because the students here are warm and welcoming. They always have a smile on their face and are naturally curious learners. Their love for God shows in everything they do.

I am primarily the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teacher. I have also taught 1st/2nd, Writing for grades 3-6, and have served as the school’s Remedial/Resource teacher. I am also the Yearbook Coordinator and Editor. My former students will tell you that I am a crazy, fun-loving, quirky teacher and like to have fun every moment of every day. Class is never boring when Mrs. Maag is in charge!

I grew up just outside of the Chicago, Illinois area where I attended Trinity Christian College — GO TROLLS!

My previous teaching history includes PK-8 music/choir/band as well as a reading remedial aide.

I am happily married to my husband, the Rev. Brian Maag. Brian is the Pastor at Woodlane Community Church in Newark. We have two children, Andrew and Sarah Elizabeth. In my spare time, I love to work with photographs, scrapbook and be crafty. My favorite time of the day is being creative with my children and students. I also love to travel, but do not get the chance often. One of my goals is to take a trip to Europe and tour the different countries, landmarks, and historical places.

Mrs. Deborah Howell (Pre K Assistant)

Mrs. Deborah Thompson (grades 1-2)

Mrs. Nanita Szarek (grades 3-4)

Mrs. Judy Rachow (grades 5-6)

Go Packers!

My name is Judy Rachow, and as you have guessed, I’m a big Packer fan.  That’s not surprising since I was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  My path into teaching was a little different from most teachers.  As a teenager, I was certain that there was NO WAY that I would become a teacher.  Not me!  But God has a sense of humor, and He had a different plan.

After I graduated from East High School in Green Bay, I went into the US Navy.  I received training to be a communications technician (CTM for those of you who are familiar with the Navy).  After a year and a half of training, Uncle Sam sent me to Okinawa for my first duty station.  A sailor assigned to help me get acclimated to  Torii Station and to Okinawa picked me up at the airport.  His name was Wayne Rachow, and we’ve been together since then.  We were sent to Guam next.  After a couple of years, we both were discharged from the Navy but decided to stay on Guam to help our church start a school.

After a total of about 10 years on Guam, the Lord provided the way for us to attend Summit Christian College (later Taylor University Fort Wayne).  There, I received my BS in Elementary Education.  I attended SUNY Brockport part time to obtain my MS in Elementary Education.

Eventually, we returned to the Marion, NY area (Wayne’s hometown) to settle down.  I started teaching at EPCS in September of 1994, and have been privileged to teach here ever since. Through the years, I have taught, at different times, grades 1-8.  I currently teach upper elementary, and Bible for the middle school students.

I love the EPCS community!  Its members have been very supportive throughout my time here.  Working with the children, and seeing some of them now with their own children brings me great joy.  I can’t wait to se what even greater things God will do in the future for East Palmyra Christian School!

Kimberly Wise

Born and raised in Oklahoma, we moved to Marion, where my husband was raised, in 2001.  We have two children. In my free time, I enjoy camping and sports.  Our family worships at East Williamson Free MethodKim Wise Bio Picist Church.

I earned a BS in Finance from Southern Nazarene University. Then after working for several years, I went back to school and earned a BS in Math Education from East Central University, and most recently a Master’s in Math Education from Western Governor’s University.

I am the 7th/8th grade homeroom teacher and currently teach middle and high school math and science.

As a child, I attended public schools. When I started attending a Christian college, I discovered what a blessing it is to combine learning and faith.  I love teaching at EPCS because here we get to live out 2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”  At EPCS not only do we get to grow in knowledge but also in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

Kathleen Cornwell  (Music)

Kathleen Cornwell teaches instrumental music lessons, band, jazz band, general music, children’s choir and concert choir, as well as middle school and high school English Language Arts. Like most EPCS teachers, she has “worn many hats” over the years, teaching 2nd grade core subjects, primary level PE, and 8 years of middle school and high school art. Mrs. Cornwell has been teaching at EPCS since bio-pic1998, when she started a band program with about a dozen pioneering students.  Prior to that, Mrs. Cornwell taught elementary and middle school band and general music in the Newark Central School district. She resides in Newark with her husband, Jason, and kids, Luke and Mara, both EPCS alum, along with several beloved cats. She is a member of the First United Methodist church, where she sings in the choir, and a member of the Newark Park Band. Mrs. Cornwell is thankful to God for leading her to this wonderful school, where students can learn in a positive atmosphere, supported by dedicated teachers. She especially appreciates the whole-hearted support the staff, school board, and school community give to the music program.

Mrs. Zoey Murphy Houser (Art)

Mrs. Annette McDowell (Spanish)

Maestra Janet Brusso (In Memoriam)

Spanish 7 – 10, Spanish 5/6, 3/4

Janet A Brusso was born in Elmira and raised in Elmira Heights, NY. She received her BA degree from Nazareth College of Rochester, and MA degree from SUNY Albany.

Janet, a.k.a. Maestra, enjoyed photography, travel, scrapbooking, card making, baking, and gardening, and lived with her husband Jim.

Janet’s interest in Spanish began in the third grade, when she worked with a student teacher from Guatemala. In 7th grade, she knew she wanted to be a Spanish teacher. In college, she spent her junior year studying in Madrid, Spain.
She has also spent time with a family in Mexico.

Janet also had a somewhat unique experience of teaching for NYS Corrections. This is where she became truly fluent in Spanish, teaching English as a Second Language and helping inmates prepare for the high school equivalency exam, or GED, in Spanish. This meant teaching all subject areas, from language arts to science, in Spanish!

In September, 2005, Janet began a new experience with the students and staff at EPCS. She started out teaching Spanish to the 7th and 8th graders, supervising Spanish Buddies, and teaching Spanish to the 5th and 6th graders. As of 2010, she teaches Spanish 1A (7), Spanish 1B (8), Spanish 2, Spanish 3, and Spanish 4. In addition, she meets with the 5th and 6th graders twice a week, and hopes to add grades 1 through 4 to her schedule during the 2010-2011 school year.

Janet soon learned what a caring, fantastic place EPCS is to work. The Holy Spirit is definitely present, working through, and supporting administrators, staff, and students.

On January 31, 2011, Maestra passed away after a battle with cancer.  Maestra’s Memorial Service was held on Sunday, February 13, 2011.  We miss her much!

Lois Admiraal (Librarian)

Mr. Keith Vanderzwan (Principal)


Our students come from homes where parents profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. These parents desire that the education and nurture they provide for their children through EPCS be God-centered and under the direction and guidance of qualified teachers committed to a Christian perspective of life and the world. Current students attend churches from a variety of denominations in Wayne, Ontario, and Monroe counties.