Lisa first came to Zambia in the summer of 2008 as an intern with Every Orphan’s Hope. She fell in love with the people of Zambia and knew she would come back one day. In 2010, Lisa graduated from Trinity Christian College with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, she has interned at a church in Hawaii, taught first grade at Denver Christian School, and served as the director of youth ministry at the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds. Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and anything camp related.
Wayne Costley, with his wife Allison, and children, Analeigh and Abby, joined The Esther Schoolin 2015 as the Headmaster. Wayne graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Education and Allison from The University of Georgia with a degree in counseling. Both served in their respective fields until they felt God calling them to Uganda. The Costleys served at an international school in Uganda for two years. During this time, a friend told them about The Esther School. The family visited and quickly fell in love with the children and school. Wayne, Allison, Analeigh, and Abby are excited to join the ministry, share the Gospel, and train servant leaders.
Dave & Beth Diepenhorst :: Music & Homeschool Teacher
Dave and Beth first joined The Esther School in 2016. Dave and Beth are natives of West Michigan, where they raised a family and used their talents to serve God there. Dave and Beth felt God calling them to serve Him in Zambia and now they bring their gifts to bless another community! Beth will be teaching music as well as instructing the North American students (who are in Zambia with their families) in 7th and 8th grade language arts, social studies, and science. Dave will be using his experience in the food industry to work with the food service at The Esther School, as well as helping wherever there is a need.
Anne knew she wanted to be a teacher after the fifth grade and discovered her heart for missions while in high school. After a college classmate introduced her to The Esther School, Anne knew this was a place that would combine her love for teaching and missions. Anne is excited about the way that education will affect the lives, communities, and futures of the children she will be serving. Anne will be serving as a resource teacher as well as teaching some subjects for the children of the missionary families.
Mutinta Jamaima :: Grade One Teacher
Mutinta first became connected to The Esther School in 2013 as a substitute teacher. Mutinta continued volunteering at the school while getting her diploma in Early Childhood Education. After graduating, Mutinta began teaching grade one at The Esther School. Teaching at The Esther School is special for Mutinta - she comes from Nyangwena, the same village as the school! She is excited to serve her community through teaching at The Esther School. Some of Mutinta's hobbies include, singing, reading, playing with little ones, and dancing.
Weston Kabaghe :: Grade Four Teacher
Weston joined The Esther School in 2015 as the first male teacher! Weston received his teaching certificate in 2012 and also has a diploma in Management Studies. Before coming to The Esther School, Weston taught at a Christian school in Lusaka. Weston heard about The Esther School from a land surveyor who had come to the school and knew of the need for teachers. Weston came for an interview and felt the Lord calling Him here. Weston and his wife, Mary, have a daughter, Cecilia. Weston enjoys acting, singing, and playing football.
Dana Krol :: Sponsorships & Communications Coordinator
Dana joined The Esther School in 2014 as the Sponsorship and Communications Coordinator. She graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelors Degree in Strategic Communications. After a semester abroad and other out of country experiences, she felt God calling her overseas. Dana is excited for the opportunity to connect with students, encourage sponsors, and share the stories of God working at The Esther School. Dana enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active, playing games, singing, and laughing.
Gloria Lunkuntwe :: Kindergarten Teacher
Gloria received her teaching diploma in 2014 and began teaching Grade One at The Esther School in the fall of 2014. In 2015, Gloria began teaching Kindergarten. Gloria heard about The Esther School through her lecturer from university. After her interview, Gloria felt the Lord leading her to teach at the school. Gloria is married with two children, one of which attends The Esther School. Gloria also has an interest in psychosocial counseling. Gloria enjoys spending time with her family.
Bob and Barb joined The Esther Schoolstaff in 2015, but have been actively involved from the start. Barb has been a long time supporter of The Esther School’s mother organization, GEMS Girls’ Club. Barb was a GEMS counselor for 42 years, served as the GEMS board president, and on the first team to come to Zambia. Bob worked at Steelcase in product and design prior to The Esther School. Bob has come to The Esther Schoola number of times, either on a work team or a visit. Bob and Barb have 7 children and 19 grandchildren. They enjoy hosting their family, gardening, and pretty much anything – as long as it’s together.
The Miedema family has supported The Esther School from the beginning. They were first introduced to the school through Brent’s mother, who played an integral part in starting The Esther School. The family followed the progress of the school and faithfully prayed for it. Brent and Kathy, with their four children, Alaina, Seth, Lacy, and Ava, came to The Esther School in May of 2014 for Brent to serve as the Facilities Director. Prior to The Esther School, Brent spent 17 years as an electrician. The Miedemas enjoy being outdoors, camping, swimming, skiing, and biking.
Therisah Mubanga :: Kindergarten Teacher
Therisah first heard about The Esther School through a friend teaching at The Esther School. Therisah has taught Kindergarten at The Esther School since 2013. She received her teaching diploma in Primary Education in 2012. Therisah loves teaching at a school where God is found throughout every subject. Therisah enjoys being in nature, reading, and playing games with the students.
Phillipa Mwewa :: Grade Four Teacher
In 2013, Phillipa received a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Phillipa spent a short time at The Esther School as a grade one teacher in 2013, before the birth of her daughter, Lisabella. Phillipa returned to The Esther School in 2015. Phillipa loves teaching because she can see the children growing in front of her eyes, and that is the best reward. She especially loves teaching at The Esther School, because she feels the difference and the Christ-centeredness of the school. Phillipa enjoys singing, dancing, and making new friends.
Paige has always had a heart for missions. She loves traveling to new places, learning about the culture, and making relationships with those in the community. So when she heard about The Esther School, she felt the Lord calling her to Zambia. Paige graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Language Arts-Elementary Education. She has a passion for dancing and spending time with kids. Paige is excited to use her combined passions to serve the Lord in Zambia.
Brian Silungwe :: Grade Two Teacher
Brian Silungwe joined The Esther School staff in 2016. Originally from Lusaka, Zambia, Brian taught in a small school in Lusaka after receiving his certificate in Early Childhood Education. Brian passed The Esther School every time he drove to his family’s farm. As he learned more about the school, Brian saw that this was a place he could use his passion for serving the vulnerable and the community for Christ. Brian is married with two daughters and enjoys listening to music and playing the keyboard.
Clare received her teaching diploma in Early Childhood and Primary Education in 2014. She began teaching at The Esther School in the fall of 2014. As the preschool teacher, Clare is excited to join her students at the beginning of their educational journey, and watch them grow. She also helps with Story Hour, a once a week program for young children in the community. Clare is married with two children, one of which attends The Esther School. Clare enjoys playing sports, especially netball, basketball, and football (soccer).
Lindsey first came to The Esther Schoolin 2014 on a cross-cultural trip through Calvin College. When she left, she knew she would be back some day. Lindsey returned only a couple years later in 2016 as the third grade teacher. Originally from Lynden, Washington, Lindsey grew up in a family that instilled in her a love for adventure and a passion for her Savior. Lindsey is thankful that she was given the opportunity to receive an education and looks forward to giving that opportunity to many more children.
Rachel brings her heart for children and missions to The Esther School. She graduated from George Fox University in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. Rachel spent a year with AmeriCorps as a reading tutor and soccer coach. After her time with AmeriCorps, she discovered her heart for missions while serving at an orphanage in Mexico. Rachel joined The Esther Schoolin it’s first year in 2012 as the Kindergarten teacher and has served many roles since then. She is excited to love her students with Christ’s love and to offer them a hope and future through Him. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports and games, drinking coffee, laughing, and worshipping at all hours.
Gina first came to The Esther School in 2014 on a cross-cultural trip with Dordt College. During her time here, Gina fell in love with the school and community. Graduated in 2015 from Dordt College with a degree in Elementary Education, Gina accepted a teaching position at The Esther School, answering the call she felt the Holy Spirit had placed on her heart.
Cecelia first heard of The Esther School while volunteering for VBS at her church. Cecelia graduated from Taylor University in 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. After student teaching in Mexico, Cecelia felt a desire to help under resourced children. Cecelia joined The Esther School in 2014 as the preschool teacher. Cecelia enjoys spending time with family, reading books, and conversing over chai tea lattes.
Gertrude Zimba :: Community Partnerships Coordinator
Gertrude is from Lusaka, Zambia. She received her teaching diploma in 2012. Gertrude has been at The Esther School since it’s beginning. She taught for three and a half years, before becoming the Community Partnership Coordinator in 2016. Gertrude loves watching how The Esther School impacts Nyangwena and grows the faith of the people around her. “The children learn more about God in school, but their families learn more about Him through the school,” observed Gertrude. “They see that The Esther School is here because God loves them.” Some of Gertrude’s hobbies include sewing, singing, leading worship at church and running her shop.