Teachers & Staff

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

Mrs. Rachel Maag

Mrs. Rachel Maag

Pre-K & Kindergarten

About Mrs. Rachael Maag:

  • Teacher at EPCS since: 2010
  • Related Experience: Elementary Music and Band Teacher, Reading Specialist for grades K-9, Resource, Writing Teacher grades 3-6, Yearbook Editor & Coordinator and 1st/2nd Grade Teacher
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Trinity Christian School and Pending Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Aurora University
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: EPCS is such a wonderful community of believers. We are a family in Christ. The rooms and halls are always filled with positive words and laughter for all ages. I love teaching at EPCS because the students, staff, volunteers, and parents are warm and welcoming. Positive energy fills the halls and classrooms. God’s love shows in everything.
  • EPCS email: rmaag@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Ms. Christina Heidi Beiderbecke

Ms. Christina Heidi Beiderbecke

Secretary, Bible 6th/7th Grade

About Ms. Christina Beiderbecke:

  • Secretary at EPCS since: 2014
  • Teacher at EPCS since: 2017
  • Related Experience: Teaching Christian Education in church settings since 1988
  • Education: Lay Ministry Certificate and Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from SUNY Oswego
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: It is rewarding to see the students’ faces when they understand the relevance of what is in the Bible to their lives.
  • EPCS email: office@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Mrs. Lois Admiraal

Mrs. Lois Admiraal

Volunteer Librarian

About Mrs. Lois Admiraal:

  • Librarian at EPCS since: 1970s
  • Teacher at EPCS since: 1980s
  • Related Experience: Teaching in Washington State and Iowa
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and English from Calvin College
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: I love the closeness of the faculty, student body, and families and the way alumni and families continue to support the school especially through the Harvest Festival.
  • EPCS email: padmiraal@rochester.rr.com
Mrs. Kathleen Cornwell

Mrs. Kathleen Cornwell

Music, Band, Jazz Band, Choir, High School English Language Arts

About Mrs. Kathleen Cornwell:

  • Teacher at EPCS since: 1998
  • Related Experience: Taught elementary and middle school band and general music at Newark School District. Currently sings in church choir, and is a member of the Newark Park Band
  • Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from Ithaca College.
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: 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 the parents.
  • EPCS email: kcornwell@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Mrs. Judy Rachow

Mrs. Judy Rachow

Grades 4 and 5

About Mrs. Judy Rachow:

  • Teacher at EPCS since: 1994
  • Related Experience: Teacher at Evangelical Christian Academy on Guam from 1983-1990.
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Summit Christian College/Taylor University Fort Wayne and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY at Brockport
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: I love the sense of community at EPCS. We are like a family. My favorite part of teaching is seeing students’ faces light up when they make a connection between what is being taught and some aspect of their world. They are always so surprised! Teaching God’s children about His world is a great blessing to me.
  • EPCS email: jrachow@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Mrs. Jill O'Hara

Mrs. Jill O'Hara

Spanish Teacher

About Mrs. Jill O’Hara:

  • Teacher at EPCS since: 2017
  • Related Experience: Taught ESL and Spanish in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Oklahoma State University; Graduate work at Oklahoma State University and Kutztown University
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: I love the small classes and informal atmosphere at EPCS and enjoy the opportunity to give more individual attention to students.
  • EPCS email: johara@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Mrs. Debi Price Murray

Mrs. Debi Price Murray

Middle & High School level

About Mrs. Debi Price Murray:

  • Teacher at EPCS since: 2017
  • Related Experience: Special Education Instructor and Generalist for 10 years.
  • Education:  Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Scranton;  Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education Grades 1-6 and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6 with Minor in Instructional Technology from St. John Fisher College; Certification in Students with Disabilities Grades 5-9; Generalist from Touro College.
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: I believe every child can learn and I strive to help all students become lifelong learners. I believe God called me to EPCS. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. I love working at EPCS as I have been welcomed warmly by staff, students and community. I feel blessed to teach here.
  • EPCS email: dpricemurray@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Mrs. Deborah Howell

Mrs. Deborah Howell

Pre-K & Kindergarten Assistant

About Mrs. Deborah Howell:

  • Teacher at EPCS since: 2017
  • Related Experience: Life-long work in Christian settings to include day cares, schools, offices, and children’s ministries
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: I love that we as a school have Christ in our daily activities. We have “chapel” type gathering on Wednesdays, we can pray before a meal or anytime. The students are encouraged to use the talents that God gave them, memorizing Scripture is encouraged too.  Of course, I love the look on the kid’s faces when they hear they have done a good job at learning something new. I look forward to coming in each day…I’m thankful The Lord helped us find EPCS!
  • EPCS email: dhowell@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com