I am in my 12th year of teaching at CWC. I teach High School Physical Education, High School Woods Class, and High School Metals/Building Trades. I am also the High School Girls’ Athletic Director as well as the Middle School Athletic Director. It is a pleasure to be able to teach a wide range of students each day. I get the opportunity to teach and influence students outside the “normal” classroom setting. I enjoy the fact that in my Woods and Metals class I work with students in a hands on area that for many of my students leads them directly into their chosen career after graduation.
I have spent my entire professional career at Central Wisconsin Christian. While at Calvin College, obtaining a degree in education with a history major, I vowed to not return to Waupun. God had different plans and called me to not only teach in the school in which I was educated but now to the role of administrator.
Though my commitments to CWC consume much of my time, I am in constant gratitude with the family with which I am blessed. Dianne and I are blessed with three children and 4+ grandchildren. When we are not involved with the work at CWC we are enjoying our family or traveling to some of our favorite destinations. God reminds us daily of His faithfulness as He sustains us in our work and in our family lives.
I grew up in the area and attended RCS through 8th grade and graduated from CWC in 1995 and then went to Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights IL. I am married to Becky, also a 1995 CWC graduate and CWC teacher starting in 2013-14, and we have 3 children who all attend CWC. Maxwell is 4th grader, KK is a 2nd grader, and Josie is in 4K.
I am thankful for the opportunities each and everyday to influence the students that walk into my classrooms. Teaching them to glorify God and serve in His world.
Susan and I have been married 43 years. God blessed us with three children, Suzie, Erika, and Janna, and five grandchildren, Gabi, Madison, Lexi, Harper, and Maggie. I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended public schools and the Univeristy of Memphis before moving to Wisconsin. I graduated from UW-La Crosse and began teaching ban…d in the public schools in Sioux Center, Iowa. Little did I know that God had plans for me! Now I find myself preparing students to possibly attend Dordt College in Sioux Center. I also taught in Humphrey in Nebraska, and in Prentice, Omro, Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Nekoosa, and Mellen in Wisconsin. This is my third year at CWC and my 43rd year teaching students about God’s gift of music. I perform professionally on clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet. Of my many recordings, two have been nominated for Grammy Awards. I was once part of a Smithsonian exhibit on Czech folk music and spent two weeks performing in Washington, D.C. I play clarinet in the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band. This helps me remember what it is to follow another band director. It keeps me on my toes and sensitive to the performers in my bands. Every morning I enjoy receiving God’s blessings as students come into school and into the music room. I love helping students make music. Over the years I’ve learned the easiest way to play every instrument and I am eager to pass along that knowledge.
I have the privilege of teaching middle and high school art at CWC and am in my 24th year of teaching. I started with just middle school students in 1983 and added high school art in 1993. Having taken a few years off from teaching from 2002 to 2007 to work as a professional artist, I returned in 2007 to teach on a part time basis and still work profession…ally as an artist as well. I feel really spoiled to have the freedom to work professionally in both areas that I love. It is such a blessing to see students develop their God given talents in creative ways! Rich and I have lived in Brandon for 34 years and love it there. Our two boys, Jason and Jesse both grew up enjoying the small town life and both boys attended CWC from kindergarten through high school. Both are now married and live in Waupun. Jaxon is our first grandchild and is also now in kindergarten at CWC with his sister Charlotte soon to follow. I have many interests that keep me busy outside of school. I am active in our church life at Bethel Reformed Church here in Brandon. I also am an active member of Waupun Fine Arts and coordinate the fall Art Around Waupun art show in and around the Waupun City Hall. I love to keep a flower garden in the summer months and of course I love to do my art. I keep my website up to date with my art activities: www.gbuteynslicesoflife.com. I just happen to be exhibiting during the month of January at the Langdon Divers Gallery at the Fond du Lac Public Library. I think the highlight of my personal art career has to have been reproducing Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” with my son, Jason in a 26 foot high dome in a surgery center in Oshkosh. God has been good and I feel very blessed to be a part of the CWC staff and community!
I am married to Brian and we have 2 children, Tyler and Hollie. They are both graduates of CWC and now attend Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. I grew up near Oskaloosa, Iowa and was privileged to attend a Christian school for both my elementary and high school education. I graduated from Dordt College with an elementary… education degree and a music minor. When I moved to Waupun in 1986 I taught 4th grade for seven years. In 1989 I also began teaching the elementary music classes. When our son was born I started teaching part time. I taught a variety of things including 3rd grade, 5th grade, MS Bible, MS Literature and always the elementary music classes. In 1998 I went back to full time teaching and became the K-12 choir teacher and director of the New Generation Singers. A few years ago I also became chapel coordinator. I absolutely love my job because I work with every student in our school K-12. I get to see them using their God given talents in a very special way – through the gift of music. It is so rewarding to listen to children lifting their voice in song. Last year I was diagnosed with colon cancer and only by the power of God can I say today that I am cancer free! I learned through all this that I need to rely on God for everything and to make each day count.
This is my 13th year of working in Christian education. For 9 years I taught at Sunnyside Christian High School in eastern Washington. While there, I had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects ranging from History to PE and Psychology to Geometry in addition to coaching boys soccer. While in Sunnys…ide, Stacey and I got married, had two daughters, and bought a home. In the Spring of 2009 God began to open doors for us to leave Sunnyside and move to Waupun and CWC. This was a great opportunity for us to bring our daughters closer to their grandparents in Oostburg, WI and Edgerton, MN. Now in our 4th year here at CWC, Waupun does feel like home. My wife Stacey also teaches at CWC in the Middle School. This year Ada is in 2nd grade and Sophia is enjoying Kindergarten. Cora joined our family this summer and her big sisters think she is the greatest thing. CWC is very much a big part of the Smies family! Here at CWC I teach History, Bible, and Government. I love being able to help open students’ hearts and minds to the beauty and complexity of the social world He has created. Since all the courses I teach are required, it is rewarding to see how students develop from 8th grade though graduation. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy running, home improvement projects, reading, and watching our girls grow up. At CWC I have been able to be a part of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams as head and assistant coach, respectively. I count it as a blessing to have those opportunities to work with our kids in those environments.
I am teaching the four high school math classes (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precalculus) as well as Chemistry in my fourth year as a high school teacher. I previously spent 16 years teaching middle school at Randolph Christian School and CWC. My wife, Sarah, and I have two children: Bria…n is graduating from Trinity Christian College next month, and Molly is a junior here at CWC. Our family would appreciate your prayers as Brian is scheduled to spend five months in Indonesia assisting at a missionary school starting in early January. I enjoy my duties as JV boys soccer coach (this past season was my 13th in that role) and varsity girls soccer coach (my third season is upcoming.) In my free time I am an avid reader and a lifelong runner with three marathons under my belt. I am a huge Packers, Brewers, and Badgers fan and I follow their games whenever time allows. An annual highlight for our family is the week we spend renting a cottage at Tuttle Lake each August. Teaching at the school I grew up in is a real treat. I really appreciate the rapport among the staff and the support I feel from our parents. I love teaching in an atmosphere where I am free to share my faith and express wonder (along with the students) at the world God has created. For example, in Chemistry we are currently studying the Periodic Table of the elements and it is simply remarkable how God fit the elements together and guided humans to discover their properties. Thank you all for your continued prayers for CWC and its teachers!
My name is Jennifer Ritzema, and I am in my 14th year of teaching at CWC. I grew up in western Michigan, attended Dordt College in Iowa, and came to CWC in the fall of 1999. I teach all of the English classes in the high school, so I basically see every high school student every day of their high school career. I love… that about my job, because I am able to see my students grow and change so much in 4 years—not only in their abilities to read and write, but also in their faith walk. I love getting to know my students and what’s important to them! I feel I am in a unique position because the students do so much writing for me, and they are asked to share a lot of themselves through journals, essay writings, and speeches. Outside of the classroom, I dedicate the majority of my time to my family. My husband, Scott, works with Youth for Christ, and I try to partner with him in his ministry as much as I’m able. I do that by joining him on some trips, like a summer camp, and opening our home to teenagers who might stop by needing to talk. We also have three daughters: Elise (2nd grade), Cassidy (1st grade), and Tirzah (2 years old). They keep us very busy! Some of our favorite things to do as a family are fishing, camping, watching movies, and traveling to visit extended family in MN, IL, and MI. In my own free time (what’s that?), my favorite thing to do is read. I try to read as much as I can during the summer, because my free time is so limited during the school year. I feel very blessed to be a part of the CWC community, and I am excited to see how God will continue to work here.
I am in my 6th year of teaching at CWC. When I am not at school teaching or coaching I spend as much time as I can with my two kids Abbie (4) and Caleb (2). I also stay busy as a Captain in the Air National Guard, where I spend one weekend a month training as a Contingency War Planner. My wife and I opened The Pizza Ranc…h in Waupun, and she still works there part time when she’s not at home with the kids. Our family loves to cheer for the Minnesota Vikings and against the Packers. I feel blessed to be part of the CWC family because I can already see the positive benefits that my kids have received from being around here so much. I can’t wait until they get the chance to come to school and learn about God’s world.