Staff of ACCS

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Mrs. Burling has lived in the Alliston area for almost 30 years. She is married and has 2 adult sons. She has worked with preschool children, including many special needs children over many years in a variety of preschool environments. For 16 years, she has worked with JK and SK students in a Christian school setting. It has been her privilege to return to ACCS, after about 16 years.

Mrs. Burling enjoys sharing the love of Jesus with her students through stories, music, prayer and discipline. The family community at our school provides integral support and encouragement to its staff, which she is grateful for.


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Miss Sarah Hayes – Grades 1 & 2 Teacher

Born in England, Miss Hayes came to Canada at the age of five. For as long as Miss Hayes can remember she has wanted to be a teacher and has been involved in education for over 20 years. Throughout her career as a teacher she has met some interesting people including CTV weatherman Tom Brown and former astronaut Roberta Bondar.

When not teaching Miss Hayes enjoys travelling, reading, crafts and shopping. It is rumoured that Miss Hayes is Scholar’s Choice number one customer!


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Mrs. Mary Ellen Span – Grade 3 & 4 Teacher

Mrs. Span is in her 17th year of teaching in the junior grades.  After graduating from Redeemer University she has taught students in grades 4, 5, & 6 in Mississauga, Guelph, and the South American country of Suriname.  She moved to Alliston in 2011 after marrying Dave Span who is an alumnus of ACCS. She enjoys the opportunity to integrate faith and learning in her classroom and to use Scripture to point students to their Creator and encourage their relationship with Him.

In her spare time, Mrs. Span enjoys reading, playing volleyball, going cross country skiing, and spending time with family and friends.


Mrs. Sarah Van Ryn – Grades 5 & 6 Teacher

Born in Prince Edward Island, Mrs. Van Ryn traveled to Alliston to teach at ACCS in 2007. After marrying her husband Tim Van Ryn in 2009, she decided she just had to stay. She lives in Lisle and has twin boys (who attend ACCS) and a girl.

In her spare time she enjoys playing roller derby, baking pies, a good ping pong game, reading and theological discussions. She has a bachelors of theology from Kuyper College, her bachelors of education from Cornerstone University and loves challenging developing minds.


alliston christian School, ACCSMrs. Debbie Roberts-Dodd – Grades 7 & 8 Teacher

ACCS has been a part of her life for over 20 years. All three of her children have gone to ACCS. Debbie went back to school, earning her Bachelor’s of Professional Arts from Athabasca University with a Human Services major, and a concentrated focus on learning disabilities and children with exceptionalities. After working in public and private schools as an EA, and in her own tutoring business, Debbie went to York University to earn her Bachelor’s of Education. Debbie continued with her education, earning her Special Ed. Part 1, and her Advanced Basic Qualification Intermediate level in Dramatic Arts.

Debbie loves all things related to travel, coffee and chocolate. She is excited to be teaching in the senior class, hoping to make their last years at ACCS extraordinarily exciting and desiring that every day they walk a little closer to God because of their time at ACCS.


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Mrs. Yvonne Fraser – Band Teacher

Mrs. Fraser has been teaching Band at ACCS for a number of years.  Recently, she has introduced a Bucket Band to ACCS.  Students learn rythem and beat through playing drums on buckets.

Students from Grades 5 and above participate in band class twice weekly.  Students have the opportunity to learn a new instrument and under the talented instruction of Mrs. Fraser, they do well.


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Mr. John Bronsema – Principal

John Bronsema, our principal, has spent 37 years involved in Christian Schools in Ontario, Alberta and BC. He enjoys schools that create a healthy community spirit, an atmosphere of learning that respects the uniqueness of each child, and the knowledge that each day is a gift found through the grace in our Lord Jesus Christ.

John enjoys coaching, officiating, landscaping and camping in his spare time.  He looks forward to ACCS continuing to serve the greater Alliston community.


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Mrs. Holly Tuninga – Administrative Assistant

Holly Tuninga has lived in Alliston for 17 years with her husband Eric, who has retired from TD Canada Trust in Alliston. Holly worked full time for 10 years in the electrical industry first as an Administrative Assistant in Alliston and then as a Service Manager for a company in Barrie.  Holly has two grown step daughters and they are blessed with 6 grandchildren, ranging in age from 15 to 4 years of age.

Eric and Holly both enjoy biking, fishing and reading. They are blessed with a wonderful spot up north to enjoy all of God’s creation, on and off the water.  We also volunteer within the church, school and community.

Holly has been working at ACCS for six years and it is rewarding and challenging all at the same time.  She feels truly blessed to able to be a part of these students lives, God has given her more kids than she can imagine.  It is a pleasure to work in the office with a great group of caring, nurturing people and many wonderful families.


Mrs. Karin Watson – Financial Assistant