Dr. Donna Furrey, BABL, MEd, MEd, EdD
Dr. Furrey is a graduate of Northeastern Bible College, William Paterson University and Nova Southeastern University. She has been a part of the R.C.S. faculty since 1978. In addition to serving as school administrator, Dr. Furrey teaches two math classes and a Biblical Worldview class. Teaching is her passion! She serves as the president of the Northern New Jersey Christian School Association and on the advisory board of the MidAtlantic Christian School Association. She has written numerous magazine articles and the children’s book, God, Where’s My Daddy?
Mrs. Regina Bernstein
Mrs. Bernstein grew up right here in Ringwood. She and her husband Rick have three children who are alumni of Ringwood Christian School and she now enjoys watching other kids grow up and graduate with a heart for God!
Mrs. L. Barlow, BS
Mrs. Barlow graduated from Cairn University (previously known as Philadelphia Biblical University) with a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as a BA in Bible. Growing up attending Christian school herself, Mrs. Barlow has a passion for Christian Education and is thrilled to be joining the R.C.S. staff this year. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Barlow enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Mrs. Belinda Bedard, BS
5th and 6th grade Science
Mrs. Bedard graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a BS in Music Education K-12 and piano pedagogy. While in IL she taught General Music classes for K-6 and had a piano studio. When living in WV she taught piano at a Christian School in Charleston. Upon living in PA and NJ, Mrs. Bedard substitute taught various K-6 subjects. For the last 2-4 years she has homeschooled her two daughters, graduating the older. Mrs. Bedard is married to Tom, who has been one of the RCS science fair judges since 2008. They have three children, two now in college. Mrs. Bedard has enjoyed the practice of homesteading the last ten years by tending a garden, canning, caring for chickens and rabbits and now an avid beekeeper.
Mrs. Malissa Brodeur, BS
Jill Brown, BS
Mrs. Brown graduated from the University of Phoenix with a BS in education. She is excited to be teaching 3rd grade at RCS. Prior to joining the staff at Ringwood Christian, she worked for 6 years as a special education paraprofessional, as well as, 3rd and 4th grade reading interventionist. Mrs. Brown and her husband, Danny have been involved with youth ministry for over 30 years. They have 5 children and a wonderful son-in-law, whom they love to spend their free time with, whether watching their sporting events or just hanging out at home.
Miss K. Brown, BA
Miss Brown is a graduate of Centenary College with a BA in Liberal Arts. She has her New Jersey Teacher K-6 Certification along with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement. She has previously worked at Franklin Borough Elementary School and is involved in children’s ministries, including summer day camp counselor. She loves spending time with her family and playing soccer. Although she enjoys helping her students learn the academics her ultimate hope is to point others back to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mrs. D. Carlsen, BA
Mrs. Carlsen earned her BA from Ramapo College of New Jersey with dual majors in Literature and American and International Studies. She worked for two fortune 500 companies for twelve years as senior purchasing buyer and analyst before going back to school to earn a teaching certificate. She completed the New Jersey New Pathways to Teaching, a Master’s level program with Jersey City University. Mrs. Carlsen and her husband, Mark, have four children, who have all attended RCS.
Mrs. M. Clark, BABL MEd
Mrs. Clark majored in Bible and Elementary Education at Northerneastern Bible College. She graduated with a BA in Biblical Literature and her certification in elementary education. She and her husband, Bruce, have been married for over 25 years and have one son, Bill, who is an alumnus of R.C.S. Mrs. Clark joined the faculty in 1995 as the second grade teacher and has served as the school’s yearbook editor for several years.
Mrs. L. Geer, BA
Mrs. Geer is a graduate of Cedarville University with a BA in Early Childhood Education. She joined the faculty in 2010. She is an alumnus of R.C.S. and is enjoying being a part of the R.C.S. family again! Mrs. Geer enjoys spending time with her husband and being involved with music and theater. She assists with the choreography for the school musicals.
Karyn Hytrek, BS
Mrs. Hytrek is a graduate of Messiah College with a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Growing up in a Christian school herself, she is excited to be teaching the youngest students here at RCS. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Hytrek enjoys exercising, spending time with her children at parks, being involved in the children’s minstiries at church, hanging out with family and friends, and eating ice cream! Mrs. Hytrek and her husband, Benjamin, have three children, two of whom currently attend RCS.
Miss M. Kachler, BA
Grade 6 and Middle School History
Miss Kachler graduated Montclair State University with a BA in English Education. Miss Kachler joined the faculty in 2013. Prior to coming to RCS, she had been working with children for 8 years through serving and working in various Christian ministries. She is passionate about pouring into the lives of young people.
Miss D. Lincoln, BABL, MEd
Middle School English, Literature, Spanish
Miss Lincoln has lived in the northern New Jersey area for her entire life. She earned a BA in Biblical Literature from Northeastern Bible College with New Jersey teaching certification. She also graduated William Paterson University with an MEd in Language Arts. She joined the faculty in 1978 as a middle school teacher. She teaches English, Literature, and Spanish. In addition, Miss Lincoln directs the all-school musicals and the school’s singing group, “His Sheep”. In 1994 Miss Lincoln received the distinguished “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” award.
Mrs. T. McLaughlin, BA
Music & Band Director
Mrs. McLaughlin is thrilled to be a member of the R.C.S. teaching staff this year. She is a graduate of Crane School of Music (B. Mus. Ed.), SUNY Potsdam and The University of New Mexico (M. Mus. Perf.). She has been teaching music and playing the trumpet for over thirty years. Along the way, she home schooled her four children for a total of nineteen years, teaching each of them to play piano, string and brass instruments. Presently, Mrs. McLaughlin is a freelance professional trumpet player and also loves to sing and play piano as part of the Worship Team at Living Word CMA Church. Mrs. McLaughlin and her husband (band director at West Milford High School) enjoy hiking and backpacking. Her passion is to help young people develop musical skills that will remain a joyful personal outlet, as well as a possible opportunity to serve the Body of Christ for years to come.
Mrs. A. Rolando, BS
Art & Secretary
Mrs. Rolando is the mother of three Ringwood Christian School alumni. She earned a BS in Biology from William Paterson College and has done 13 years of research in a variety of labs. Besides her love for art, she has a passion for the outdoors that she loves to share with others. She also helps coach the school’s track team.
Miss Megan Van Schepen, BA
Miss Van Schepen grew up in North Jersey where she attended and graduated from Eastern Christian Schools. She graduated from Cedarville University with a B.A. in Physical Education and a minor in Bible. Outside of school Miss Van Schepen enjoys crocheting and spending time with her family.