Our Teachers

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Karilyn Jensen  

Mrs. Jensen first began teaching at the Rudyard Christian School during the 2018-2019 school year. She grew up in Kincheloe and attended Rudyard Area Schools through pre-k-12th grade. Mrs. Jensen then went on to attend Bible college in Minneapolis, MN and graduated from North Central University with a degree in English Writing and minor in Bible. Mrs. Jensen had worked in the Rudyard school district for 3 years before joining the Rudyard Christian School, and has loved every minute spent with her wonderful students. 

Mrs. Jensen is married to her best friend, Levi, who is a nurse at War Memorial Hospital; and has a beautiful baby girl, Orfelina Jensen, their precious miracle baby. Mrs. Jensen enjoys teaching, singing at her church, reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.

Her favorite verse in the Bible is Psalm 27:13-14. “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”


Katriina Manner 

Katriina Manner was hired in as Lead Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. She grew up in a small town in Finland and moved to West Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents as young teen. Throughout her life she has served at churches with music, Sunday School and youth groups. She has worn many hats by volunteering at other local organizations always with the goal of serving the community.

She has a MA in Library and Information Science from University of South Florida and MA in Education and BA in political science from Florida Atlantic University. She started out as high school teacher in social studies, and then moved to public libraries.  After completing a Leadership Certificate program with Florida State University, she managed library branches in Palm Beach County. 

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (aka Ms. Manner) felt the Lord was leading them out of South Florida. They thus sold their home and Mr. Brian Smith accepted a position as Library Manager of the two libraries located here in Kincheloe at Chippewa Correctional Facility. Mrs. Smith switched to teaching during this transition and is looking forward to her son’s graduation from high school next spring. The family has explored the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan this summer and are thankful for the Lord leading them here. Both Mr. and Mrs. Smith see that serving God through their jobs is the best purpose in life.

Her favorite verse in the Bible is Phil. 1:9-11. "And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."