• Anna Simmons
    Anna Simmons Kindergarten

    asimmons@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Arts: Central Washington University
    Washington State Teaching Certificate
    Began Teaching: 2010
    Joined ECS: 2008 (aide/sub)

    I have been volunteering with middle school students at my church since 2003. I stay active in short-term mission trips, both as a participant and as a leader for youth. I graduated with specializations in Family Studies, Latin American Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Spanish. I enjoy the arts and love bringing them into the classroom.

  • Helena Lee
    Helena Lee Kindergarten

    hlee@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Education: Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada
    Master of Educational Technology: Boise State University, ID
    Washington State Teaching Certificate
    Began Teaching: 2001
    Joined ECS: 2002

    I love music, art, hiking, beaches, and prayer. I have known ECS as a staff and parent for 10-plus years. My daughter has attended ECS since pre-K, and I have witnessed the influence of Christian education firsthand. My favorite part of being a kindergarten teacher is teaching them all they really need to know in life (Robert Fulghum) and eavesdropping on the funniest things that they say.

  • Carolyn Karkainen
    Carolyn Karkainen First Grade

    ckarkainen@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Arts: Oregon State University
    Washington State Teaching Certificate
    Began Teaching: 1974
    Joined ECS: 1992

    My hobbies include hiking, walking my tawny lab Angel, and gardening. I love children and am passionate about teaching. Two of my own children have become teachers, one at the high school level and the other at middle school.

    I made a decision at a young age to ask Jesus into my life.  My relationship with Christ has grown through the years.  He is the source of my strength and the reason I live.  Sharing my faith journey with the children at our school is what God has called me to do.  It is my desire to be able to influence children to love, serve and follow Jesus.

  • Paula Satterberg
    Paula Satterberg First Grade

    psatterberg@ecswa.org

    Bachelors of Science: Oregon State University
    Washington State Teaching Certificate
    Began teaching in: 1986
    Joined ECS: 2014

    I am so excited to be on staff at ECS. I am originally from Eastern Oregon.  Growing up I attended a small non-denominational church with my family.  I accepted the Lord as my Savior when I was 12.  I have walked with the Lord since then.  After attending college at Oregon State University, I moved to the Seattle area with my husband, James, in 1987.  We are currently members of St. Barbara Catholic Church in Black Diamond.  We have two grown children and a grandson.

    For over 20 years, I have been involved in Christian education as a parent, teacher and administrator. My children attended Christian school from preschool through 12th grade.  I have taught preschool through 6th grade.  I served as a preschool director and elementary principal for five years.

    My favorite part of teaching is watching the students grow and learn new things. Their excitement when they discover a new concept brings joy to my heart. It gives me a small glimpse at how the Lord must feel when we as Christians accomplish His works.

  • Carole Bell
    Carole Bell Second Grade

    cbell@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Arts: California State University, Northridge
    California State Teaching Certificate (Washington State Certificate in Progress)
    Began Teaching: 1981
    Joined ECS: 2008

    All three of my children attended Christian school during parts of their education.  Our family moved from California to Washington five years ago when my husband was called as a pastor to Crossroads Bible Church.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, home decorating, spending time with friends, serving in my church, and showing hospitality in my home.

  • Velvet Belvin
    Velvet Belvin Second Grade

    vbelvin@ecswa.org

    Bachelor of Arts:  Seattle Pacific University (Elementary Education, Language Arts K-12)
    Washington State Teaching Certificate
    Began Teaching:  1987
    Joined ECS:  2014 (aide); 2015 (teacher)

    I am so blessed to be at ECS. After working here as an aide, I knew this was where the Lord was leading me to teach. I received my BA in Language Arts and Elementary Education from SPU and taught all-day Kindergarten/pre-first for 4.5 years. For 14+ years I worked as an educational consultant to homeschooling families with children ranging from preschool through 6th. This experience gave me a great appreciation for parents and their desire to come alongside their children’s education. I have an amazing husband and two awesome grown children and am excited to share my love of learning and my love for the Lord with the students at ECS. My favorite activities include scrapbooking, boating, and doing just about anything with my family.