Maiden Name:  Vlietstra

What year did you graduate from RCS?  2003

Which grades did you attend at RCS? K-12

Were you a part of any clubs, societies or teams at RCS? 
Student Council and Yearbook!  Those were about the only two options at that time ☺!

What was your next step after graduating from RCS?
Redeemer University College (2 years, beginning of my Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree, English & History), McMaster University (2 years, finishing my Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree, English & History), Brock University (Bachelor of Education- Teacher’s College)

How did you find the transition from RCS to your next phase of life?
I was always so grateful for my Christian school experience at RCS.  I felt academically and spiritually prepared in many ways for my post-secondary education.  Specifically, my close relationships with high school teachers and my senior high school apologetics classes were critical to this preparation.

I knew after leaving RCS that I wanted to have both a Christian and secular post-secondary education experience.  Because of this, I chose to go to Redeemer University College first, with the intention of transferring over to McMaster University for some final study in a secular institution.

Stepping from RCS into the rigorous academic demands of Redeemer University was critical in preparing me for my eventual transition into the overtly unchristian humanities program at McMaster University.

What is your highest degree of education? Where did you receive this degree and from what institution?
Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree- McMaster University
Bachelor of Education- Brock University

What is your current occupation?
Mom, Supply teacher, Small business owner

Where do you currently live? Brantford, ON

Are you married? Yes, to Sam Overduin  If yes, for how long?  10 years

Do you have children, if yes, how many?   2 children, Conrad (age 5) and Tessa (age 4)

What feedback or suggestions do you have for the teachers working with our graduating seniors?
Building relationships (spiritually, academically and personally) with your students has long-lasting impact.  Each teacher, pastor, classmate and course at RCS affected my life in some important way.

Be aware of the worldviews students are facing once they go into the workforce or post-secondary education.  Don’t be scared to tackle their tough questions in an honest and Biblical way, as students will inevitably face very challenging attacks on the Bible, Jesus and the Christian worldview.  Ultimately, your genuine love and spiritual concern for them as students can often speak louder than lectures.

Do you have a memory or comment you would like to share about a favourite teacher, or someone that influenced you the most at RCS?
Our class went through some difficult high school years.  Our dear friend and classmate, Byron Kloetstra, battled cancer throughout our secondary years at RCS.  I will never forget those precious times: lounging with him in the upstairs narthex during our spares, passionately discussing politics and grand ideas, creating homemade videos under his enthusiastic direction for Joanne Roth’s English class, and driving off to Tim Horton’s in our rickety cars for his needed coffee fix.

He never complained about his suffering, but was an inspiration to us all through his steadfast trust in Jesus.  Byron’s battle with cancer impacted us all in a deep and unforgettable way.  God used his life and testimony powerfully in my own personal life.

I still regret not bursting out of my seat and loudly cheering for him when he walked across the Grade 12 graduation stage—what an accomplishment that was for him and his family!

Do you feel connected to RCS? Please provide a reason for your response.
Very!  I’m so thankful for the community of RCS!  Aside from teaching high school and doing guidance counselling, I have also volunteered on the athletic committee for a number of years and coached high school volleyball teams. Our oldest son also attends kindergarten at RCS.   The many fundraisers throughout the year also help keep the community unified.

From your perspective, what is the value of an RCS education?
A safe, Biblically focused school that seeks to faithfully teach students from a Christian and gospel centered worldview.  A value can’t be put on that!   Although no school will ever be perfect, I could never fully express the spiritual impact RCS and its teachers have had on my life.

What is your favourite memory from RCS?
Spring Banquets (when we did all the decorating and planning on our own at the school – hours of work and mess, but a lot of amazing memories!)

 

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