Pastoral Staff

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Rev. Mark Allais

Head Pastor

Rev. Mark Allais currently serves as Senior Pastor of the Carmel New Church.  He is delighted to be a part of the teaching staff at CNCS, aiming to help our students develop a love and joy for the stories of the Lord’s Word while learning true ideas to live by.   Mark received his master’s degree in divinity (MDiv) from the Academy of the New Church and was ordained into the General Church of the New Jerusalem priesthood in 2009. Pastor Mark is passionate about meeting people in the struggles of life, parenting, marriage, and growing old, and leading all to the Lord in His Word.  He seeks to support the creation of spiritual community where an understanding of self and compassion for others can thrive.  When he is not at Carmel New Church or CNCS you will find him enjoying spending downtime with his wife and 3 daughters.

Justin Schorran - Assistant Pastor

Rev. Justin Schorran

             Assistant to the Pastor - Scripture Studies grades 1 - 5

Rev. Justin Schorran serves as the assistant to the pastor at the Carmel New Church.  He is excited to be a part of the teaching staff at CNCS, to help the students come to love the Lord’s Word and draw from its infinite love and wisdom forever.  Justin received his Masters of Divinity in 2021 from Bryn Athyn College of the New Church in Pennsylvania and he was ordained into the priesthood of the General Church of the New Jerusalem.  Justin believes that knowledge and understanding of the threefold Word (The Old and New Testaments, and Heavenly Doctrine revealed through Emanuel Swedenborg) can help lay the foundation for a useful and meaningful life in this world and in the world to come.


Ms. Steph Kuhl at Carmel New Church School

Ms. Steph Kuhl

Grades 7 - 10

Ms. Kuhl started her teaching career in 1999 at the Academy of the New Church in Pennsylvania. In 2003, she moved back to Ontario to join the staff at CNCS. She really enjoys being able to teach science in light of the 3-fold Word and with incredible wonder in God’s creation. That passion for science and biology goes beyond the classroom as Ms. Kuhl loves animals especially her rescue dogs and teaching horsemanship at the local barn.

Teaching Staff

Ms. Mark

Ms. Mary Cassels

Junior and Senior Kindergarten

Bio coming soon

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Mrs. Nina Riepert at Carmel New Church School

Mrs. Nina Riepert

Grades 3 & 4 Homeroom

Professionally, Nina has taught for 23 years at the Carmel New Church School. She brings to the job both a background in Social Work, as well as Education. Mrs. Riepert enjoys sharing both her love of teaching, as well as her love of the Arts with her students. She enjoys an activity-based, hands-on approach to teaching, and utilizes Waldorf practices, within a faith-based framework. Besides having taught at all elementary grade levels, Mrs. Riepert has enjoyed putting on many class plays, productions, and whole school musicals over the years.

Personally, Mrs. Riepert is married and the mother of 4 grown children. She has served in many volunteer capacities both in and out of the Church organization, including being a founding member of the local rape crisis center, which now serves thousands.

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Mrs. Laura Hill - M.S. SpEd., B.S. Ed.

Grades 1 & 2

Laura brings passion and a caring nature to her classroom.  She has a professional background in Education and New Church curriculum.  She began teaching at CNCS over 20 years ago and has heavily invested in the school and church community.  Laura loves teaching Grade 1-2 students with a wide range of abilities.  She is committed to creating motivational and collaborative learning environments that encourage spiritual, academic, social, and emotional growth. 

She uses a variety of teaching methods and enjoys teaching play-based learning, especially during worship.  Laura loves sharing her passion for the outdoors and the environment in her classroom and feels it helps to support the children’s curiosity and wonder about the world around them. 

As a mother of 2 children, Laura’s presence is felt both as a mom and Educator at CNCS.

“For with GOD, nothing will be impossible” Luke 1:37

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Angela Tait at Carmel New Church School

Mrs. Angela Tait

Grades 5 & 6

Mrs. Tait has over ten years of experience working with children who have special needs in many different areas. Her background in social services and behaviour modification help her provide a holistic classroom environment. Angela’s passion in the classroom is all about helping students meet their maximum potential in academic, social, and spiritual aspects.  When outside of the classroom Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.  Her love for serving the neighbour is demonstrated in her volunteer work at the Carmel New Church and within the community.

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Ms. Bettina Rampelt at Carmel New Church School

Ms. Bettina Rampelt, BEd., OCT

Gr. 3-8 Core French; Gr. 3-8 Computer; and Visual Arts

Having taught in both the public and independent school boards over her 10 years of teaching, Ms. Rampelt strives to instill a love of learning in her students and spark an interest in life-long learning. Through student-led and inquiry-based instruction, students are encouraged and empowered with their growth in mind and will experience a gradual increase in responsibility.

Her love of languages started very young as she came from a German-speaking home and quickly learned English. She’s taken her love of languages and teaches French during the week and German on the weekends. When Ms. Rampelt is not in the classroom, she volunteers with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest as Vice-Chair of their Schools Committee.

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Heather Allais - Grade 7 & 8 teacher at Carmel New Church School

Ms. Heather Allais, MA., HDipEd., BA(Fine Arts)

Grades 7 & 8

Heather brings a warm and friendly presence to her classroom.  She has a professional qualification in Fine Arts as well as teaching experience at Kainon New Church School and Bellavista School in South Africa.  She has a high school-level teaching diploma from the University of the Witwatersrand and a postgraduate qualification from the British Dyslexia Association. 

Heather enjoys teaching and preparing her Grade 7 & 8 students for their high school years by building their confidence and independence skills.  She enjoys helping the students make connections between the subjects they are learning and seeing the presence of the Lord in all things. 

When not teaching Heather enjoys sewing, quilting, crafting, and singing in the choir.

With God nothing is impossible. - Matthew 19:26

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Support Staff

Mrs. Emmy Hasen

Part-Time Physical Education (PE)


Emmy brings a fun and strong program to our Physical Education classes with our students in grades 3-8.  Emmy has a vast experience with many sports, activities, and athleticism.    You will find Emmy taking part in the PE curriculum as she models and teaches alongside the students.  When not teaching PE, Emmy enjoys spending time with her children and husband, taking part in many extracurricular activities. 

Mrs. Cindy Schnarr

Office Administrator