Our Teachers

Cindy Ruess
Kindergarten through 4th Grade

Cindy Ruess has been teaching at Hillside Christian School for more than 20 years. She has an elementary teaching degree from the University of Iowa. She spent two years at Camp Forest Springs, a Christian camp in Northern Wisconsin, with her husband Dan and their four children. There, they participated in a one year leadership, training, and development program plus one year on staff. Upon returning to their home in West Liberty, she and her husband and family were among a small group of Christians that began a new church, West Liberty Christian Fellowship. They continue to play an active part in this ministry. Cindy sees the unique setting at Hillside, including the multi level teaching environment, as an optimal place for academic learning as well as development of the whole child. She continues to be amazed at the way children respond in this environment. Teaching at Hillside is the fulfillment of Cindy's life-long desire to be a teacher. Cindy enjoys gardening in the summer, playing with her grandchildren, traveling with her husband and reading when she can catch a few extra minutes.


Lisa Stalcup
5th through 8th grade

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Lizz Hagedorn
Kindergarten Teacher

Lizz Hagedorn has been involved at Hillside Christian School since her homeschool years when her family participated in Iowa Test of Basic Skills at Hillside. After graduating high school, Lizz has furthered her education at Kirkwood Community College, taking courses in early childhood development and education. Her wide range of experiences in teaching and ministering to young children include church Sunday School, serving as a counselor at Christian summer camps, and five years of employment at West Liberty Child Care Center. In 2013 she was hired as the Kindergarten teacher for Hillside Christian School. Her passion to see boys and girls grow, learn and thrive through a Christ-centered curriculum and atmosphere is apparent in the loving relationship between her and her students. Lizz was recently married to a local youth pastor, Brian Hagedorn, and will continue her education in the teaching, disciplining, and mentoring of children and youth.