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Mrs. Cunningham began teaching at GCS in the year 2000 and is the instructional leader for the 2/3 team. She holds a B.A. degree in Communications from Ottawa University and is currently pursuing an MEd in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Cunningham is passionate about her students learning to treasure Christ above all else. She loves literature and loves teaching students to think deeply about the lessons of literature from a Christian worldview. She is thankful for the great blessing of her husband, Jim Cunningham, and her three adult sons.
Jim Desmarchais is thrilled to be a part of the Christian education at Gilbert Christian School. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and grew up in Pittsburgh, Southern California, and Toronto, Canada. Jim received his bachelor’s degree from the Universtiy of Toronto and his Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix in Educational Administration. He has taught elementary physical education and sixth grade. At the administrative level, he served as the assistant principal at Rhodes Junior High, the principal at Barbara Bush Elementary School (which was named an A+ School), and later as principal of Robert Frost Elementary School in Mesa. Jim also served three years as the children’s pastor at East Valley Bible Church (Redemption Gilbert). He currently attends Redeemer Bible Chruch. Jim brings a passion for working with kids and families and is honored to be part of what God is doing at GCS. Jim is married to Natasha and has two sons. Christopher and Steven, who are both GCS Graduates.
Ann Flagg has been teaching students in public and private schools for over 20 years. She started her teaching career in the Washington School District teaching first grade and has taught pre-kindergarten through college including several years at Edu-Prize Charter School as a kindergarten teacher and science specialist and Northern Arizona University as an adjunct professor. As principal of Gilbert Christian Elementary School, she enjoys designing curriculum, supporting the teachers, and working alongside the parents for the good of the boys and girls and for the glory of God. Mrs. Flagg received both her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English and her post-degree certificate in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. Her M.Ed. is from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is in the area of science education. Mrs. Flagg earned a graduate certificate for state certification as a Principal from Northern Arizona University in the Educational Leadership Department in 2014. Mrs. Flagg has been married 30 years to Jay Flagg. The Flaggs attend Harvest Bible Chapel in Chandler and enjoy that their daughter Dana, son-in-law Jeremiah, and 3 grandchildren live near by.
Matthew Littlefield has been an educator for the last 15 years, starting his teaching career at Oaks Christian High School in California. He became a teacher after graduating grom Vanguard Universtiy with his BS in Biology and Chemistry. His family moved to Arizona in 2004, where he continued teaching at St. Paul’s Academy while working on his Masters in Educational Leadership from Ottawa University. Upon getting his Principal certificate, he became an administrator at St. Paul’s before moving on to AAEC South Mountain and AAEC Red Mountain where he was the Principal until 2010. During this time he completed a Certificate in Graduate Studies from Ottawa in Psychology. After completing his Masters, he continued his education at ASUwhere he completed his doctoral work in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Change. In February 2014 he joined the GCS community as the high school principal. His four kids attend GCS and allow him to see his students grow and mature under the guidance of Christian teacher’s. Matthew raises his four children by himself after being widowed in 2013, when his wife suddenly passed away. He feels incredibly blessed to be part of such an amazing community and school.
Adam Rasmussen brings 20 years of experience in Christian education to his role at Gilbert Christian Schools. Adam received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern College and his master’s degree from Wheaton College in Educational Ministries. Before moving to Arizona, Mr. Rasmussen was on the pastoral staff of the College Church in Wheaton, Illinois where he joyfully served as the Pastor to Students under the leadership of R. Kent Hughes. Through the years Adam has done consulting work for various non-profit organizations including churches, missions agencies, and schools in the Gilbert and Mesa Public School districts. He has taught courses at a the college level in the areas of leadership, Christian worldview, and university success. He has served with North Central Accreditation on quality assurance reviews of area schools. This invaluable experience has familiarized him with research-based standards which help schools succeed. Adam is currently pursing a PhD in Educational studies with a focus on leadership and administration from Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. Adam and his wife Lynnette have four daughters and live in Gilbert. His passion is to glorify God by helping students grow to maturity in Jesus Christ.
Cruz Thomas is excited to be relocating to Arizona from California to be a part of the Gilbert Christian Schools. He was born in Columbia, SC and was born and raised in the south. Cruz received his bachelor’s degree at Limestone College in Criminal Justice and his master’s degree at Concordia University in Educational Leadership. Cruz has served as Athletic Director, Bible Teacher, Dean of Students and Assistant Director of Technology all at private schools in San Jose, California. He brings high energy, excitement and joy to any school campus he is a part of through the love of Jesus Christ. Cruz has been married for 6 years to Vanessa and they have been blessed with two children, Olivia Grace (Live Love) who is 3 and Cruz Jaden (CJ) who is 4 months old.