Principal’s Office

Mrs. Yolanda GarrisPrincipal, Abundant Life Christian School

Yolanda Garris

  • Practiced Corporate Law with such Financial Institutions as JP Morgan and Citicorp for nearly 24 years prior to yielding to her passion for education.
  • 1980 Received Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts;  Admitted to the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and the  U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • 1982 Gubernatorial Appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Roxbury Community College, Boston, Massachusetts
  • New Jersey State Certified Teacher
  • Graduate – Case Western Reserve University
  • BA degree and concentration English, History, Education
  • Teaching Experience
    • Durban Ave. Elementary School, Hopatcong, NJ
    • Marie Duffy Elementary School, Wharton, NJ
    • Alexander Hamilton Elementary School, Morristown, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. “


- Mr. Joseph Arminio9th-12th Grade/ Bible teacher, Athletic Director, Phys. Ed.

Joseph Arminio

  • Active student at Abundant Life Bible Institute
  • Children’s ministry 11+ years
  • Youth ministry 7+ years
  • Full time ministry 3+ years
  • Physical Education/AD Experience
    • Certified Personal Trainer
    • Certified Aerobics Instructor
    • Certified in Exercise Nutrition
    • Certified CPR

Favorite Scripture: James 4:14 “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

- Ms. Jodi Hopp- Middle and High School Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Jodi Kahan

  • NJ/NY Certification: School Counselor
  • NJ Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing
  • Life Coach Certification
  • 1996-BS, Education, University of Maryland
  • 1998-EdM, Counseling Psychology: School Counseling, Columbia University, Teacher’s College
  • Teaching Experience
    • Teacher/Guidance Counselor, Bronx, NY
    • Guidance Counselor, K-8, Totowa, NJ
    • Substitute Teacher: Bergen County Tech, Fort Lee, Palisades Park, NJ (K-12)
    • Substitute Teacher: Biology & Anatomy/Physiology (11-12), Bergen County Tech School
    • Substitute Teacher: English, History, Health (9-12), Abundant Life Christian School, Whippany, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

- Mr. Paul SeliksonMiddle and High School Math Teacher

  • New Jersey Certified Math Teacher
  • 1989- Graduate of Fairly Dickenson University, MBA Degree
  • 1983- Graduate of Montclair State University, Bachelor of Science Degree, Double Major: Mathematics/ Computer Science
  • Alumna of Kean University, Early Childhood Education
  • Teaching Experience
    • Algebra I (Honors and ESL), Geomoetry (Regular, In-Class Support, Honors), Algebra II (Regular and Honors), Advance Algebra II and Trigonometry (Regular), Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ
    • Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Abundant Life Christian School, Whippany, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:10 “The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are today as numerous as the stars of heaven.”

- Mrs. Linda RosaMiddle and High School History Teacher

Linda Rosa

  • ACSI Certified Teacher
  • Graduate of Louisiana Baptist University, Bachelor of Applied Science in Biblical Studies
  • Graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute of Biblical Studies, Associate of Bible
  • Alumna of Kean University, Early Childhood Education
  • Teaching Experience
    • Grades 6, 7 & 8 Middle School Teacher, Abundant Life Christian School, Whippany, NJ
    • 17 years as Children’s Director & Teacher, Abundant Life Worship Center, Whippany, NJ
    • Children’s Sunday School Teacher & Director, Abundant Life Worship Center, Whippany, NJ
    • Substitute Teacher, The School of the Hills, Far Hills, NJ
    • Student Teacher and Teacher’s Aide, Abundant Life Academy, Nutley, NJ
    • Youth Ministry, Abundant Life Worship Center, Whippany, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

- Mrs. Eglah Lugo Dicksen 5th/6th Grade / High School Spanish Teacher

Eglah Lugo Dickse

  • ACSI Certified Teacher
  • Graduate from “Santa Maria” University, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Bachelor of Laws Degree
  • Teaching Experience
    • Life Group, Realife Church, Parsippany, NJ
    • Children’s Ministry, Realife Church, Parsippany, NJ
    • Women Ministries, Reallife Church, Parsippany, NJ
    • Calvary Christian Academy, Wayne, NJ
    • Spanish Tutor, Springfield, MO
    • Children’s Ministry, Radiant Christian Church, Warren, RI
    • Missionettes, Radiant Christian Church, Warren, RI
    • Youth Ministry, Radiant Christian Church, Warren, RI
    • Marriage / Parenting Seminars, Radiant Christian Church, Warren, RI
    • Women Ministries, Radiant Christian Church, Warren, RI
    • Missionettes, Evangel Chapel, Bridgewater, NJ
    • Children’s Ministry, Evangel Chapel, Bridgewater, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 27:13 “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

- Mr. Felix Guzman3rd/4th Grade and High School Financial Literacy Teacher

Angela Fernandez

  • Graduate of Liberty University
  • Bachelor of Science in Religion
  • Youth Training Leader at International House of Prayer, Cranford NJ
  • Teaching Experience:
    • 4 years teaching in Elizabeth, NJ Public School system
    • Aide to VPof Standardized Testing Coordination for grades K-12, Sate of NJ
    • 1 Year teaching 4th Grade at ALCS
    • Physical Education and Health Teacher through Elizabeth NJ BOE

Favorite Scripture: James 5:15 “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

- Mrs. Christina Calabrese – 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

Angela Fernandez

  • Teacher’s Assistant and Long Term Replacement Substitute for Abundant Life Christian School – 3 years at the elementary school level
  • Teacher’s Assistant Kings Kids Preschool and Daycare
  • In Progress- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Children’s Church Leader 5 years – Abundant Life Worship Center
  • Youth Leader 10 years – Abundant Life Worship Center

Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

- Ms. Gwen May - Kindergarten Teacher

Gwen Bins

  • New Jersey State Certified Teacher
  • Graduate from Montclair State University
  • Bachelors Degree in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Early and Middle Childhood
  • Teaching Experience
    • Calvary Christian Academy, Wayne, NJ

Favorite Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

- Mrs. Crystal O’RourkePhysical Ed

Gwen Bins

  • Bachelor of Science Degree: William Paterson University; Exercise and Movement Science; Concentration: Physical Education and Exercise Physiology
  • K-12 Standard Teaching Certificate
  • K-12 Health Endorsement
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Teaching Experience:
    • Physical Education/Health K-8 Teacher (Dover Public Schools)
    • Assistant Track and Field Coach (Dover High School)
    • Currently Personal Trainer/Fitness Specialist (Fitness Together-Morristown)
    • Substitute Teacher (Boonton Public Schools)

Favorite Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”

- Mrs. Meredith Hamilton Kindergarten – 12th Grade Music Teacher

Meredith Hamilton

  • New Jersey State Certified Teacher
  • Graduate from The College of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Teaching Experience
    • Halsted Middle School, Newton, NJ
    • Merriam Ave. Elementary School, Newton, NJ
    • Lawrence Middle School Lawrenceville, NJ
    • The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
    • Abundant Life Bible Institute, Whippany, NJ
    • Abundant Life Worship Center Children’s Ministry, Whippany, NJ
    • Private Music Instructor

Favorite Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

Mrs. Jennifer Henderson - ALCS Drama Teacher

Mrs. Henderson

  • Studied theater and performing arts at Richland College in Dallas, Texas.
  • Studied film and literature at The New School For Social Research in New York, NY.
  • Graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, NY.
  • Prior cast member of several theatre companies in both Texas and New York.
  • Teaching Experience
    • 7th and 8th Grade Drama Teacher at Abundant Life Christian School.
    • 4 years as a leader in children’s ministry at Abundant Life Worship Center of Whippany:
    • Leader over a children’s ministry program of specialized workshops for 1st -6th graders.
    • Currently serving as the children’s ministry leader of the 1st and 2nd grade class.

Favorite Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…”