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Watershed: Sixth Grade

Ryan Chrusch (Lead Teacher)

Ryan joined the teaching staff of our Watershed program in 2015. During the 2015-2016 school year, Ryan supported and was mentored by our previous Watershed teacher, Erica Reiter. He became the lead Watershed teacher in the 2016-2017 school year and will lead Outdoor Education for the school in 2017-2018. He has a B.A. from Messiah College in Adventure Education. Ryan has worked with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Susquehanna Watershed Education Program as intern. He is certified as a Leave-No-Trace (LNT) Trainer, a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), an American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor and has led various extended wilderness trips that focus on reinvigorating people's relationship with God, creation and each other.

Ryan has also worked as a Ropes Course Facilitator, was a member of the leadership team for outdoor experiential retreats through the King’s Men ministry throughout PA, VA, and NY, and also served in the US Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009.

Ryan is married with 4 boys and enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, paddling, family gardening, exploring nature -- any opportunity to share in the discovery of God’s creation with his family. He has a passion for living simply and contributing to a world that cares deeply for and protects God’s creation and His people.

Laura Grizzard (Pre-Algebra)

Laura joined the faculty in 2016 and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from George Mason University. She taught at elementary and middle school levels for 12 years at a local Christian school in several subject areas, including math, science, language arts, and art. She also directed the handbell choir. Laura most recently has been homeschooling one of her children.

Laura believes that Christian education is one of the most valuable resources -- that teaching and learning in a Christ-centered atmosphere provides an opportunity to unite our faith in the Creator with learning about Creation. She loves helping her students see God's divine order in nature, helping them appreciate the way everything in our world works together.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys sewing, both machine and needle crafts, ringing in her church's handbell choir, and participating in a variety of outdoor activities like tennis, bike-riding, and hiking. She and her husband, Jack, have three teenage children.