ebatin@ecswa.org

Bachelor of Arts: Mariano Marcos State University (Philippines)
Began Teaching:  2011
Joined ECS
: 2021

It has been a dream to serve God and people.

I grew up in Ilocos Norte Philippines, in a little town called Bacarra. I served as a youth and worship leader at Church of God-Bani for more than 10 years. I taught at Savior’s Christian Academy for 2 years in Laoag City and more than 7 years at my former high school, Bacarra National Comprehensive High School. I moved to Washington in January 2021 to be with my wife, Aleesa. Washington is a new and different experience for me. I had my first experience with snow, extreme heat, different cultures and food. After leaving the Philippines and moving into the unknown, I asked God: “Why am I here?” When I got into ECS as a Middle School Math Teacher, I knew God still had a plan for me to teach. I told God “I am still on the right track of serving You and making a difference to somebody”.

To God be all the glory!

lcarpenter@ecswa.org

Bachelor of Arts: Washington State University
Master of Education:  University of Washington
Washington State Teaching Certificate
Began Teaching: 1992
Joined ECS: 2021

As a fourth generation Washingtonian, I have deep roots here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  I met my husband, Ken, at WSU while I was earning my undergraduate degree.  Following graduation, I began teaching in Kent working with a talented staff as I taught in the Resource Room, fourth grade and finally second grade.  After twelve years in Kent, I chose to stay home with my son and two daughters.  My son now attends Seattle Pacific University, and my daughters are at Newport High School.  A few years ago, I returned to teaching part time in the Bellevue School District as both a part time elementary librarian and a K-5 substitute teacher. Our family has been attending Bellevue Presbyterian since 2001.  It is such a joy to work with students as they explore the world around them and discover the many ways God gifted them.  I look forward to the new adventure of seeing these discoveries through with middle schoolers.  When not teaching I enjoy playing games with my family, walking and hiking, traveling, live theatre, classic movies, and reading.

dibrahim@ecswa.org

Bachelor of Arts: Western Washington University
Master of Education: Grand Canyon University
Washington State Teaching Certificate
Began Teaching: 1998
Joined ECS: 2004

I have been teaching at ECS for over 10 years. I am currently teaching middle school science for all 6th-8th grade students. Some of my other teaching experiences include teaching 3rd grade and being the Science Specialist at a public school, teaching Kindergarten at a Montessori school, and teaching 5th grade and Bible here at ECS. I also have the unique experience of having had my children attend ECS. Both of my children attended ECS from preschool through their eighth grade graduation. I know my children have been blessed by their time here. They have created lasting friendships and consider the ECS community to be an extension of our family. Their knowledge of the Bible and its principles for life will carry them through many of life’s challenges. Family time is the most important thing to me. My family and I enjoy playing games like Settlers of Catan, competing in a game of 2-on-2 basketball, traveling, and reading and discussing book series together.

gnishioka@ecswa.org

Bachelor of Arts:  University of Washington (Communications and Economics)
Master of Divinity: Fuller Theological Seminary
Joined ECS: September 2021

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

I am so very grateful to the Lord for this opportunity to serve as the 6th Grade Bible Teacher at Eastside Christian School. The middle school years are such a critical time when students begin to explore the world and culture for themselves and start to form their own identity separate from their parents and family. My hope is that our ECS Bible classes will equip the students with all they need to examine and investigate questions of faith in order to make their Christian faith their own and to be life-long truth-seekers.

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and we moved to Seattle when I was 3 years old when my father was called to serve as the English Congregation Pastor at the Japanese Presbyterian Church of Seattle. I have served in ministry for 24 years, first as a pastor in California and Washington. God then called me to work with underserved communities in the Rainier Valley neighborhoods of south Seattle with a Christian Community Development ministry called Urban Impact. Our mission was to partner with families and neighborhoods to help end the cycle of social, material, and spiritual poverty. In addition to teaching Bible at ECS, I am currently serving as the Pacific Northwest Director for the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society (JEMS).

My wife, Michele, and I have been married for 32 years now. We have two amazing children (Jayna and Cameron) who are both in college. I enjoy reading, coffee, and rooting for all of our Seattle sports teams.