Maiden Name: Jonkman

What year did you graduate from RCS?
R: 2012
C: 2011

Which grades did you attend at RCS? K – 12

Were you a part of any clubs, societies or teams at RCS?
R: I was a team member on the soccer, basketball and volleyball teams. I coached the girls grade 7/8 basketball team when I was in grade 12, and coached the girls high school basketball team for 2 years after graduating.
C: I participated as part of the soccer, volleyball and basketball teams and was Treasurer of Student Council for a year.

What was your next step after graduating from RCS?
R: I completed the Educational Assistant Program at Mohawk College.
C: I completed an Honours Chemical Biology Co-op Undergraduate Degree at McMaster University.

How did you find the transition from RCS to your next phase of life?
R: The transition from RCS to college was not as difficult as I thought it would be. A friend from RCS was in the same program at college.
C: I found the transition to be smooth as the university prep courses prepared us well for the first year of university.

What is your highest degree of education? Where did you receive this degree and from what institution?
R: I attended Mohawk College and graduated with an Educational Assistant diploma.
C: Master of Biotechnology Degree from University of Toronto Mississauga Campus.

What is your current occupation?
R: I currently work as a full-time EA for the Hamilton School Board at Bennetto Elementary.
C: I am a Study Delivery Associate at AstraZeneca Canada Inc.

Where do you currently live?  We moved recently to Lynden.

Are you married? Yes. If yes, for how long? We got married on March 25, 2017.

Do you have children? No.

Have you retired? No.

What feedback or suggestions do you have for the teachers working with our graduating seniors?
R: Continue to push them towards their goal and give them lots of homework!
C: I think that the teachers should be informing the students with possible jobs related to the content they are teaching. Having a real world application that is a realistic career choice will make them excited about continuing education and motivate them to pursue non-traditional careers.

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?
R: The teachers that stood out for me functioned as both coaches and teachers. They encouraged and pushed me to use my talents to achieve my goals and ambitions. Whether teaching subjects or coaching the team, they always remained positive and had a good influence on the students. Their teaching style was balanced in demanding excellence while being relaxed and having fun. I admired them as teachers and role models.
C: I remember our class always being challenged by various teachers in high school to push our boundaries and excel in whatever subject we were taking.

Do you feel connected to RCS? Please provide a reason for your response.
R: I feel connected to RCS because I attended the school for 13 years as a student and worked as an elementary EA for a year. I was fortunate to be able to work side by side with the very teachers who influenced and taught me.  Additionally, I enjoy going to school functions to reunite with classmates and support the school.
C: Not as much as I probably should. I have been so busy with post-secondary education that I haven’t had the time to remain connected. However, I still attend the fundraisers and participate in the events to support the school as it gives an opportunity to see how the school has changed and reconnect with old classmates.

From your perspective, what is the value of an RCS education?
R: I believe that having a Christian education is very important. I had the privilege of learning about Christ every day, woven into every subject and extracurricular activity. As we get older, we can use the solid background knowledge to be examples and mentors for those around us. I was also able to build lasting friendships with older and younger schoolmates.
C: The value of a RCS education is the input of a Christian point of view on every subject. Understanding the role of Christ in everything we do is important to prevent you from being persuaded otherwise by other worldviews. Being able to logically explain and defend your faith is an important aspect of being a Christian in the world today.

What is your favourite memory from RCS?
R: My favourite memory from RCS was being part of a school sports team. I loved going to school knowing that there was going to be gym class or a team practice. I had the privilege of being a team captain and encouraging my team. This taught me the importance of being a team player.
C: My favourite memory from RCS is participating on the sports teams with classmates and forming great friendships over the years as an RCS Student.

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