MEET OUR TEAM
The True Light Christian School Staff have hearts for each individual student. Their love for God is expressed in every classroom and they model Christ to our students daily. It is a privilege to have such a great team at our school.
Cindy graduated in 1998 from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, with an Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education degree. She taught first and second grade in Elkton, SD, from 1998-2000. Cindy helped to get the True Light preschool program started in 2010 and has served as the True Light preschool teacher since that time. Past time activities include spending time with family, bonfires, kid’s activities, and organizing! Cindy and her husband, Corey, are the parents of Kianna, Kaylee, and Carter. What a blessing it has been to be part of the True Light family!
Pat graduated in 1978 from Inver Hills Community College with an associate’s degree in Human Services. Pat has many years of experience of as a paraprofessional and as a personal home care assistant.
Cindy graduated in from Mankato State University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She worked for the Slayton Public Schools as a third grade teacher until 1987. Cindy came to True Light in 1993 to start our kindergarten program. Cindy and her husband Mike have three grown children and four grandchildren. Cindy enjoys reading, and outdoor activities such as gardening and hiking.
Eric graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2007 with a degree in Music Education. He currently heads up the percussion program at Marshall Public Schools, including Marching Band and the winter percussion program called BEATS. He also coaches junior high golf in the spring. Eric is currently in the process of becoming the owner of SEARS store in Marshall. The rest of his time is devoted to his family, his wife Melissa and their two boys, Jayden and Ethan.
Gloria has served as a teacher’s assistant since 2000 and Afternoon Kindergarten Program supervisor since 2014. She also coordinates the school yearbook. Gloria has her degree in Finance and worked in banking for eight years, then stayed at home with her children before joining the staff at True Light in 2000. She and her husband, Darren, were grateful to send their three children to True Light. Spending time with family, playing games, photography, walking, and being outdoors are her favorite pastimes.
Angie graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2000 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Art. She taught music and art classes in the Canby school district from 2000 to 2004. She has taught first grade at True Light Christian School in since 2004 and enjoys art, camping, cooking, gardening, worshipping and digging into God’s Word. Angie and her husband Brad were privileged to send both of their two sons to True Light.
Tricia graduated from SMSU with a degree in Elementary Education and earned her Masters in Educational Strategies from Winona State. She started teaching reading and language arts part-time in 2nd grade at True Light in 2012. She enjoys kids, reading, Bible study, music, sports and outdoor activities. She is the mom of three True light students.
Amber graduated in 2012 from Dordt College in Iowa with an Elementary Education degree. She first taught in Saipan from 2012-2016 before joining the True Light staff in 2016.
Karen De Graaf
Karen earned her teaching degree from Dordt College in 1983 and taught at a Christian elementary school for one year before staying home full time to raise her family. Karen substituted and volunteered at True Light before joining the staff in 1998. She loves to hike, garden, and visit her grandchildren in California.
Amy graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Biology in May, 2011. She received her Science Education Accreditation from Western Governors University in December 2013. Amy joined the True Light staff in 2014. Amy and her husband, Jacob, and daughter, Kira, enjoy having friends and family over to enjoy meals together, play games, or sit by the fire. Amy and her husband also enjoy taking Kira on adventures swimming, biking, and running.
Shawna graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in December 2014 with a secondary education degree in Communication Arts & Literature. She is happy to be able to spend time with her husband Joe, and go on walks with their dog, Han Solo. In her free time, she likes to be lost in a book, sipping coffee, and loving life. Shawna joined the True Light staff in the fall of 2015. She continues to find joy and fulfillment in bringing Godly book knowledge and discernment to students.
Tim graduated in 1999 from University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire with a degree in Geography and a minor in History. God has blessed him with an amazing wife and five children. Tim loves to spend any free time building forts, riding bike, playing hide and seek, wrestling…basically being a kid again with his kids! Tim joined the True Light staff in the fall of 2015 and counts it a great privilege to serve the Lord and invest in the next generation at True Light!
Russ graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 1976 and began his first teaching job at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Marshall where he taught from 1976-1988. He became True Light’s founder and first teacher in 1988. He has served in many different teaching and administrative capacities within our school since that time. Currently, Russ serves as one of our middle school teachers. He and his wife Joanne have been blessed with seven children and thirteen grandchildren.
Laura graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, with a major in Elementary Education and completed her master’s degree in 2009 at Southwest Minnesota State University with a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Leadership. She taught at True Light from 1998-2003 and rejoined the staff in 2007 after teaching at the International Christian School of Lima in Peru from 2003-2006. She enjoys music, sports, time with family and friends, and adding stamps to her passport.
Julie has been our administrative assistant since 2004. In addition to her office role, she provides support as needed in various areas of the school. Though her four children are now grown, she was blessed to have them attend True Light during which time she volunteered in the classroom and served on the board. She now enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading, biking, and new adventures in the Lord!
Michelle has served in this role since 2001. She graduated with a business degree from Central College. She and her husband, Brian have had the joy of seeing their four children educated at and graduate from True Light Christian School. Michelle has also served on our School Board as the treasurer and as a third and fourth grade teacher’s assistant.
Sheri graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 1995 with a BS in Nursing. Sheri has served as the True Light school nurse since 2004. She and her husband, Tim, have lived in Marshall since 2003. They keep busy with their two boys, Josh and Isaac, and enjoy going to their different activities.