JESSICA ADAMS
Music and Drama Teacher

jadams@ecswa.org

Masters in Teaching: St. Martin’s University
Washington State Teaching Certificate
Began Teaching: 2005
Joined ECS: 2016

Originally from Orange County, I relocated to Olympia, Washington, where I developed a theatre program for Community Christian Academy in Lacey and Cascade Christian High School in Puyallup. After graduating from St. Martin’s University in Lacey in May of 2016, I completed a double Masters in Theatre and Literature, as well as my Washington State Teaching Credential. My interests include watching movies and plays, travel (Mexico, France, England, Italy, Germany, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco), and spending time with my family, friends and dogs! I also enjoy hiking, swimming, motorcycle riding, shooting, and shopping! Teaching kids to sing, dance, act, and love the stage and theatre, as well as showing them how to build spiritual faith and character on and off the stage, takes me to my happy place! I consider it my life’s mission and testimony. Ever since I came to Jesus at their same age, He has grown my love for theatre and kids and Him together. Sticking with Godly messages for our shows and actors means everything to me, and my heart’s desire is that is does for the kids too! I feel I am beyond blessed to get to be a part of the ECS community, and I am looking forward to seeing how incredibly talented all of these amazing kiddos are at performing.

CLAY AUWARTER
PE Teacher, Athletic Director

cauwarter@ecswa.org

Bachelor of Science:  Cedarville University, Ohio 
Master of Science:
K-12 Physical Ed, Health & Athletic Administration, Summit University, Pennsylvania
Certifications:
  WA State Teaching Certificate; Lifetime ACSI Professional Certification
Joined ECS: 2019

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1

I am thankful to all for the wonderful start to my time here at ECS.  Everyone has been an encouragement to me every day during my transition here from the south.  I have felt at home in this community from day one.

Originally from the State of New York, I have served the Lord in the states of Michigan, New York, Georgia, Virginia, and now back to Washington for my second tour of duty.

My career experiences include classroom teaching, curriculum development, coaching, and athletic program administration.  Each experience has presented me with opportunities to expand the scope of my knowledge and sharpen my skills as an instructor.  I have helped design a PE program with learning experiences that are highly engaging and focused on progressively building lifetime fitness, sport skills, and Biblical character attributes for every ability and age level from K-12.  Middle school is an ideal time to support students in their physical and athletic development, as their individual interests, strengths, and desires emerge.  As an outcome, they should be prepared to develop the lifetime fitness habits and goals necessary to construct an individual fitness program by the conclusion of their senior year in high school.  Whether students wish to continue participating in sports and athletics at the secondary school level, or simply possess the basic desire to be fit and healthy, I strive to create a coaching relationship with all my students that will provide the challenges for growth through trust and safety.  It is my desire that my students leave my classroom excited and prepared to take on the responsibility for their own lifelong physical fitness, and I draw on my work with experiential education, curriculum development, coaching, and leadership training to promote these outcomes.  In conclusion, I believe physical education programs also correlate positively with a student’s overall academic achievement and play an important role in their character development through biblical integration in the classroom and in their athletic endeavors.

Two of my favorite sayings related to Christian School education are:

“God strikes straight blows with crooked sticks.” – Old Gaelic saying

and

“Changed lives, changing lives.” – Dr. Ruth Haycock

ANNIE AVERETT
Spanish Teacher

aaverett@ecswa.org

Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration, University of WA
Certificate of International Studies in Business – Latin America (CISB): University of WA
Began Teaching: 2014
Joined ECS: 2020

Through each of the steps I have taken in my career, one thing has been certain; the Lord gave me a teacher’s heart. It has been a great privilege to teach Spanish over the last six years, in additional to radKIDS.  The opportunity began with 8th Grade Spanish at Islander Middle School, and then continued with a sweet bunch of PreK students at Emmanuel Day School. The Spring of 2020 provided a rare opportunity (let’s call it that) to teach Spanish virtually. In a short amount of time, my colleagues and I learned how to best reach young learners remotely, and help “bring back the lost sheep” when needed. Working with 2nd through 5th Grade students at ECS has been so much fun, I truly believe that they are learning how to be “bright and polite” virtually and in-person. I am grateful to the ECS community for the positive impact it has had on our family.

BOB KRAJCI
IT Coordinator, Computer Teacher

bkrajci@ecswa.org

Bachelor of Arts:
Computer Science, Sonoma State University
Began Teaching: 2019
Joined ECS: 2019

After a career in Software Development with Microsoft and other software companies, I’ve come to ECS to teach youth and help with Information Technology. I live in Issaquah with my wife. We have 1 daughter who went to ECS back in 2003. My wife also teaches Preschool at ECS, so we have a lot of history with the school. I desire to teach students not only computer skills, but how to love and serve the Lord in life.