Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor of Arts: Hardin-Simmons Baptist University, Abilene, TX
State Teaching Certificate, Texas (Washington State Certification in progress)
Began Teaching
: 2002
Joined ECS: 2020

As a native Texan, I am so excited to be in the PNW (where there are 4 different seasons!) and at ECS. My husband and I moved to Washington from Texas with our dachshunds almost 2 years ago and we absolutely love it here. We also have 3 children who are spread out all over the country.

I have been teaching for 18 years and can’t imagine doing anything else that brings such joy to my heart. I’ve been fortunate enough to teach 1st-5th grade and now that I’m teaching kinder, I can see why Jesus placed me in this grade!

My Christian journey started early in my life and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at 13 years old. I attended Hardin-Simmons Baptist University in Abilene, Texas and my faith continued to grow stronger during my years there. We now attend Redeemer Eastside Church (currently housed in our gym on Sundays) and know that God led us there and ultimately to ECS for His glory.

First Grade Teacher

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.

First Grade Teacher

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.

Second Grade Teacher

BA, Communications/Broadcasting: Washington State University
MBA: Western Governors University
MA, Teaching/Elementary Education: Western Governors University
Washington State Teaching Certificate

Began Teaching: 2020
Joined ECS: 2020

I am very excited to join the ECS family this year. My favorite part about teaching is that I get the chance to share my love of learning with my students to create lifelong learners. I felt that teaching was the path God wanted me on, so after being an emergency substitute in elementary school for a little while, I decided to get my second Masters in Elementary Education. While completing my degree, I worked full time at a local high school as part of their front office staff. During my student teaching God blessed me with the opportunity to spend half of my time in the classroom prior to the pandemic and then the other half of it teaching online. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, cooking, photography, traveling and Cougar Football.

Third Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Arts: Northwest University (Elementary Ed)
Master of Arts: Northwest University (Education)
Washington State Teaching Certificate
Began Teaching: 2020
Joined ECS: 2020

I am looking forward to working at ECS as I begin my teaching career this year.  In my spare time I love playing softball and to go hiking. My husband and I call Snoqualmie home now. We attend Crossroads Bible Church, where I am active in the children’s ministry.

Third Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Arts: Biola University
CA State Teaching Credential
Began Teaching: 2011
Joined ECS: 2016

I grew up in Long Beach, California, and studied Intercultural Studies, Education, and Bible at Biola University. After college, I moved from the central coast of California to Washington. I have taught at a variety of places, from a small Christian co-op to a 1000+ student public school, as well as on the decks of tall ships! My favorite thing about teaching is to see students grow and to understand how God is involved in all aspects of life. No amount of knowledge could ever quench my wonder of who He is! Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, reading, feeding people, writing letters, and creating things.

Fourth Grade Teacher

Masters in Teaching: University of Washington
Washington State Teaching Certificate
Began Teaching
: 2012
Joined ECS: 2014

Born and raised in Hawaii, I left my island home to attend the University of Washington. After graduating in 2012 with a Master in Teaching, I taught for two years at South Shore PreK-8. While teaching at South Shore PreK-8 was a huge blessing, there are many reasons why I love teaching at ECS. What I’m most excited about is helping students grow spiritually and academically. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my new daughter and my wife, and also serving on our church’s worship team as a drummer.

Fifth Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Arts: University of Washington
Master of Arts: City University
Washington State Teaching Certificate
Began Teaching: 2006
Joined ECS: 1994-2005 (aide); 2006 (teacher)

I joined the ECS family in 1988, when my oldest son attended preschool. All three of my children attended ECS from Preschool through Middle School. I started teaching as a Kindergarten aide from 1994 – 2005, then returned to school to earn my Masters in Teaching certificate. I returned to ECS in 2006 to be a lead teacher in 5th grade and have enjoyed teaching 5th graders ever since. Sharing the love of Jesus and living for Him is the most important lesson we all have to learn and teaching at ECS allows me the privilege to do this all day with my students.  In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, walking, water skiing, playing with my grandchildren, boating and Husky Football!

Fifth Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Arts: Central Washington University German Language and Literature
Master of Arts: Central Washington University English Literature: Shakespeare
Washington State Teaching Certificate: 2003
Began Teaching: 2001
Joined ECS: 2015

I attended school in Germany and England for undergraduate and graduate school, and it taught me the value of scholastics, determination, and faith. I discovered that I love to learn and contemplate God’s works through literature and culture. I’m excited to share with my students His grace, love, and faithfulness. After teaching for many years in public high school, I am blessed to join the ECS family as a parent and as a teacher. All of my children attend Eastside Christian. My loving husband and I love to be active with water skiing and snow skiing and attending opera. I come from Central Washington and I love the Pacific Northwest. Go Hawks.