Teachers & Staff

Our dedicated, Christian teachers are highly qualified and fully competent, having earned degrees in their respective fields, many 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.

Mr. Reid Robbins

Mr. Reid Robbins

Principal

About Mr. Reid Robbins:

  • Principal at EPCS since: 2018
  • Related Experience: Mathematics Teacher in the City of Rochester, 19th Ward, 7 years.
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education 5-12 Roberts Wesleyan College, Masters Degree from Walden University in Middle School Education.
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: I love the culture, community and environment of our school. The servants hearts in the teachers to continuously go the extra mile, and the parents involvement in making the school a success, allow this school to rise above. What is refreshing about our school compared to public schools is the specific focus on Christ and creating disciples.
    1. A disciple knows and follows Christ: Mark 8:34
    2. A disciple is being changed by Christ: 2 Corinthians 3:18
    3. A disciple is committed to the mission of Christ: Matthew 19-20
  • My desire for EPCS: I am praying that every student or adult who walks through these hallowed halls, finds their God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion for their life.
  • EPCS email: rrobbins@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Mr. Steve Adams

Mr. Steve Adams

Bookkeeper

About Mr. Steve Adams:

  • Involved at EPCS since: 2018
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  • EPCS email: sadams@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Mrs. Kimberly Wise

Mrs. Kimberly Wise

High School Math & Science

About Mrs. Kimberly Wise:

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  • EPCS email: kwise@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Mrs. Debi Price Murray

Mrs. Debi Price Murray

High School ELA & History

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. Kathleen Cornwell

Mrs. Kathleen Cornwell

FLCC Gemini Music, Music, Band, Jazz Band, Choir, 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 5 and 6

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. Nanita Szarek

Mrs. Nanita Szarek

Grades 3 & 4

About Mrs. Nanita Szarek:

  • Teacher at EPCS since: 1998
  • Related Experience: General and Instrumental Music, grades K-8 at Mercy Ships Academy on Africa Mercy (2010-2015).
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education & Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, both from Roberts Wesleyan College.
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching? :I love being part of the East Palmyra Christian School community and being able to share my faith on a daily basis. Being in the classroom is such a rewarding experience, I love coming to work every day.
  • EPCS email: nszarek@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Mrs. Deborah Thompson

Mrs. Deborah Thompson

Grades 1 & 2

About Mrs. Deborah Thompson: 

  • Teacher at EPCS since: 2015
  • Related Experience: Several years as a Teaching Assistant and Substitute
  • Education: BS in Education from Nazareth College
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: I love being able to talk about God with our students! When students learn to read it opens so many doors to learning. We search and discover the world around us, going on field trips to enhance education. The support from families in our school is amazing!
  • EPCS email: dthompson@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
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
Mrs. AnnMarie Priestly

Mrs. AnnMarie Priestly

Art

About Mrs. AnnMarie Preistly:

  • Teacher at EPCS since: 2018
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  • Education: I studied fine art and graphic design in Ireland.
  • What do I love about EPCS and/or teaching?: I love the family atmosphere at EPCS & how the high school kids look out for the younger kids. My favorite time of the day is listening to a little voice praying ‘Grace’ in front of the whole school before lunch. EPCS is a truly special place.
  • EPCS email: apriestly@eastpalmyrachristianschool.com
Mrs. Deborah Howell

Mrs. Deborah Howell

Teaching Assistant

About Mrs. Deborah Howell:

  • Teaching Assistant 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
Ms. Christina Heidi Beiderbecke

Ms. Christina Heidi Beiderbecke

Secretary

About Ms. Christina Beiderbecke:

  • Secretary at EPCS since: 2014
  • 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
Mr. DeVries

Mr. DeVries

Volunteer Teacher - Drafting

About Mr. DeVries

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