Staff

Brenda_Thumb_FrameBrenda Hill, Westside Christian Administrator

Hello, my name is Brenda Hill.  I am the administrator for Westside Christian School. I love the adventure that God has led me on ever since being called into teaching.  There is nothing like working with young people, parents, and colleagues, and learning from one another.  Professionally, my journey has looked like this: 

    • Elementary Education degree, USF 2002
    • Classroom Teacher, Challenge Center 2002-08
    • M. Ed Leadership, USF 2008
    • Assistant Principal, Hawthorne Elementary 2008-10
    • Principal, Rosa Parks Elementary 2010-13
    • Education and Program Director, Khor Wakow Project 2013 – Present
    • Administrator, Westside Christian 2016 – Present

Personally, I am married to Donn and we have two sons, two daughter in-laws and one very special grandson.  I enjoy time with family and friends, reading, writing, kayaking, biking, and sunsets at the lake.

Jennifer Haugaard, Kdg-1st Grade Classroom Teacher

My name is Jennifer Haugaard.  I teach the youngest students at Westside Christian.  I love the environment that God has led us to have at Westside, where we get to really know each individual student well, and provide just what each student needs.  I love to teach by imagining what would make learning fun for kids and seeing things through the eyes of a child.  Teaching at Westside is a dream-come-true for me. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing the children develop a love for learning as they begin to become readers, writers, and mathematicians, while at the same time being able to develop a love for Jesus.

I married to Mike and we live in Sioux Falls where I have lived most of my life.  I attended Christian Center Elementary for Preschool – 5th grade, Sioux Falls Christian for 6th– 8th grade, and then home-schooled during high school.  After graduation, I attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, where I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with special endorsements in reading, early childhood, and kindergarten.

In my free time, I like to play games with family and friends, watch movies, and eat popcorn.

Heather Wilson, 2nd-3rd Grade Classroom Teacher          

Hello! My name is Heather Wilson and I am excited to join the Westside Christian School team this year! I felt called to teaching at a young age and have been working with students from the time I was in high school. I have had experience teaching in both public and private schools, as well as tutoring, teaching English online, and homeschooling. I love watching the “aha” moment when a student understands something for the first time, and engaging students in becoming lifelong learners by making school exciting and fun! I believe in student-driven, hands-on learning and meeting the individual needs of students at their own pace. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share and model my faith in Jesus with my class.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my two daughters, my family, and my friends. I love playing games, cooking, drinking coffee, and going on adventures!

Tim Thomas, Upper Elem Classroom Teacher

Hello! My name is Tim Thomas, and I am excited to be teaching the upper elementary students at Westside.  I am passionate about teaching in ways that help students remember experiences.  I receive my BA and MA in Elementary Education at Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR.  I’ve taught both locally in public schools and also in China.

On a more personal note, I love spending time with my family, reading research studies on topics I am curious about, and building relationships with others.  I look forward to working with you and your children!

Michael Smith, GL PlayEVERYTHING Instructor                                                                                          

My name is Michael Smith.  I teach Physical Education at Westside through GreatLIFE Golf and Fitness. As the lead for the Play Everything program at GreatLIFE, it has been a true joy to see the effect this program has had on children.  Learning diverse ways to incorporate knowledge of a healthy lifestyle and Jesus Christ has been a joy. Seeing the excitement each student has when they come to class makes coming to Westside a fulfilling experience.

I earned my Master’s degree in Human Performance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and Exercise Science at Simpson College where I also played collegiate football and baseball.  I also earned an MBA from the University of Sioux Falls.  Having grown up in a Christian home, I was blessed at an early age to be introduced to God’s grace and his forgiveness. Educating young people on this knowledge has been a great blessing to me.

In my free time I love spending time with anything that involves sports, physical activity, or the outdoors.

Ginger Rumzis, Music Teacher                                                                            

I’m Ginger Lodmell-Rumzis, the music teacher at Westside Christian.  I live in my hometown, Dell Rapids, where I graduated in 1991.  My passion for music began in high school where I sang and learned to play the oboe.  I was principal oboe for All-State Orchestra and a soprano alternate for All-State Choir my senior year.  I earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from USD in 1997.  While in college, I won the South Dakota Music Teachers National Association for Woodwinds.

I’ve been teaching private lesson since 1991.  My teaching experience includes K-12 Band (including marching, Jazz, and pep), Choir, Strings, and general music in both South Dakota and Arizona– in both parochial and public schools.  I was also the choir director and chair of the music and worship committee where I was a member in Arizona.  My primary instruments are oboe and clarinet, and I double on flute, voice, and piano, but I play almost every instrument.

In 2010, I returned to school and earned a law degree (LLB) with honors from Nottingham-Trent University.  I had the opportunity to present an argument at a summer law program in Strasbourg, France at the European Court of Human Right, European Union, and Council of Europe.  Though I enjoyed the experience and thrill of this winning experience, it was when I was asked to fill in and teach elementary band, strings, and junior high choir that my true passions were confirmed.  I love teaching music.

 Georgia Hayes, Art Teacher