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Marie Wilson has served in education for many years. She began teaching in 1986 in the Chandler school district and became the principal of Chandler Christian School in 1997. After seven years at CCS, her husband’s work took them to Southern California where she taught and led the after school program at Mariners Christian School. Marie has also been principal and assistant superintendent for a large charter school district here in Arizona. Although she enjoys all aspects of school leadership, Marie feels God has indeed called her to Christian Education and is delighted to be the first principal of the GCS Greenfield campus. She loves educating children, supporting parents, and mentoring teachers in a Christ-centered environment that bring God glory. Marie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from AZ State University and a Master’s Degree from Northern AZ University. Marie and her high school sweetheart, Doyle, have been married since 1986. They have an adult son and daughter, son-in-law and grandson. One of her favorite verses is Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
Mrs. Abbott attended Baylor University where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music History and Literature. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education through Arizona State University. While living in Northern California, Mrs. Abbott worked as a substitute teacher in the public school system for two years before relocating to Arizona. After spending time at home with her children, she returned to substitute teaching and then accepted the position of Teacher Apprentice for the second and third grades. She and her husband Josh have two children currently attending Gilbert Christian. Mrs. Abbott enjoys working with Troop AZ2029 of the American Heritage Girls which meets at GCS. The Abbotts attend Central Christian Church in Gilbert.
Mrs. Ames holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She has taught kindergarten at GCS since 2001. Before coming to GCS, she taught for 10 years in Mesa Public Schools and three years in Kyrene Public Schools. In addition to introducing boys and girls to math and reading, Mrs. Ames loves to lead children in worship and praise to God.
Mrs. Avery graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Western Baptist College in Oregon with an emphasis on Bible and music. She has taught grades PreK-3rd for 20 years most of which in Christian schools. Mrs.Avery is excited to be able to teach Bible again and relate the Word to the kids’ lives. She enjoys getting to know the students and their families. She attends Sun Valley with her family and has been involved in the children’s and women’s ministries. She’s been married for 25 years, and now her twins are in high school. She loves to plan vacations and of course go on them!
Ms Boylan graduated from Concordia University Nebraska in 2011 with a B.S. in Education and a B.A. in English. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in reading instruction. Originally from Southern California, Ms Boylan has spent her life travelling around the world with her missionary family. She’s lived in Namibia, Guatemala, Mexico, Sierra Leone, and all over the U.S., and she now calls Arizona home! Ms Boylan loves school and loves her students even more. She has taught high school for four years, focusing mainly on English and honors or AP English, but making the occasional foray into theology, social studies, and Spanish as well.
God brought Mrs. Briggs to Arizona in January of 2010 as a result of her husband’s position at Central Christian Church. She has earned two degrees in Spanish, one from Hanover College (B.A.) and the other from Illinois State University (M.A.). Mrs. Briggs has taught Spanish in both public and Christian schools and came to us with seven years of recent experience as Dean of Faculty in a Christian school near Chicago, overseeing teacher development and evaluation. She and her husband, Dave, have two sons in full-time ministry and four grandchildren. Mrs. Briggs loves to motivate both students and teachers and is blessed to be a faculty member of Gilbert Christian Schools.
Mr Brown began teaching at GCS in the spring of 2015. He holds a B.A. degree in Bible from Bob Jones University and an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary. He has been serving in student ministry at various churches for 15 years and continues to do so currently at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chandler. He loves Jesus. He loves being with students. And he loves watching God’s grace heal broken people (including himself). He loves spending time with his wife Kristin and their three children. Also, teaching Bible at GCS is the greatest job he’s ever had.
Kareena Brown is a familiar face to GCS families because she has been working both as a substitute teacher and as a teaching assistant to Mrs Lindberg this year on the K8 campus. Mrs Brown is an ASU graduate and earned her BA in elementary education. After graduation, she worked as a para-professional at Hull Elementary School teaching advanced math. Kareena left the work force to raise her two children, Grafton and Deklan. Returning to teaching by working at GCS has been a welcome transition for Mrs Brown because she considers Gilbert Christian the perfect place to work. “I love working in an environment where my passion for teaching and my Christian faith go hand-in-hand. I love the Word and Jesus, so to teach in a Christian school thrills me.” Mrs Brown and her husband Vince attends Desert Springs Church where she serves in children’s ministry and women’s ministry as a speaker and Bible study leader.
Ms. Buchanan began teaching 2nd through 6th grade art at GCS in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Education from Ohio University. Teaching art in public school classrooms was sporadic due to yearly moves to various Air Force Bases. Finally landing in Chandler, AZ in 1976 gave her the opportunity to teach art at Williams Air Force Base where her daughter and son attended. Eventually Mrs. Buchanan answered God’s call into Children’s Ministry and served as a Children’s Pastor for twenty five years. Now she has the opportunity to combine the three things she is passionate about; Jesus, children, and art. As an added blessing, she is now teaching art to her granddaughter at the same age her mother was when she taught her art class at Williams AFB. Besides Ms. Buchanan’s passion for teaching art, she also enjoys spending time with her two grown sons, daughter, and two grandchildren.
Katie was raised in a Christian household and attended Christian schools her whole life. She attended Phoenix Christian Preparatory Schools from Preschool- 12th grade (then Light and Life Elementary and Phoenix Christian Jr/Sr High School). After high school, she attended Biola University. She felt God leading her to work with high schoolers. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors in English, as well as 3 minors: Secondary Education, TESOL (teaching ESL), and Bible. She decided to continue pursuing her education and graduated with her Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2015 from Biola University. The past 2 years she has worked as a freshman, sophomore, Honors, and Foundational English teacher at Phoenix Christian Preparatory School. She got married in September 2016 and started attending Cornerstone Church in Chandler. She works with the nursery and is a part of the “After I Do” young marrieds group.
Mr. Chisum has a Master’s in Elementary Education from NAU and is coming to us with 16 years or teaching experience. He is looking forward to teaching at a Christian school where he can share his faith without restraint. He enjoys serving in children’s ministries at Redemption Gateway Church.
God brought Mrs. Cifuentes to Gilbert Christian in 2012 after teaching middle school for six years in the Kyrene School District. The integration of faith and learning was what attracted her most to GCS in addition to the genuine care teachers and administrators hold for each student. Mrs. Cifuentes currently teaches 4/5 science and loves seeing students explore, problem-solve, and understand God’s world around them. Mrs. Cifuentes was blessed to attend Wheaton College (IL) (M.A.) and NAU for her Master’s in Educational Leadership. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their two young daughters, serving at Hope Covenant Church, going on lots of walks, and trying not to step on too many Legos around the house.
Mrs Clouatre has a passion for Christian education and years of experience teaching 4th and 5th graders. Before joining the GCS in 2014, she taught 4th grade for six years at a California Christian school, and two years at the 4th and 5th grade at Bios Christian Academy. She delights to make learning interesting and see God glorified in each lesson. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from New Mexico State University.
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.
Mrs. Daily brings 6 years of teaching experience to the elementary team at Gilbert Christian School. Prior to moving to Arizona, Mrs. Daily taught 1st and 2nd grade in Idaho where she completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education and Administration. Mrs. Daily’s greatest joy is serving God; however, she feels very blessed and honored to serve the students and families at Gilbert Christian School, too. Mrs. Daily currently resides in Chandler, AZ with her husband and daughter.
Ms. Day holds a Master’s of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU with a reading endorsement. She worked on her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Moody Bible Institute where integrating the Word of God with every lesson they prepared and taught was standard practice. Her expertise in reading and instruction, coupled with a love for Christian education makes Ms. Day a wonderful addition of our GCS elementary team.
Frank received his B.A. with a major in Psychology from the University of Dayton and his M.S. with a major in Counselor Education from California State University, Los Angeles. He received credentials to work as a school counsellor and school psychologist. He also earned a License to practice as an Educational Psychologist. Frank received his Administrative Services credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
He worked as a special education teacher, a school psychologist, the Director of Special Education, and then became the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. Frank was also an Adjunct Professor at CSUDH in the graduate education department as well as serving on the Advisory Committee for the Loyola Marymount University School Psychology Program. Overall, he has spent over 30 years in the field of education, working with populations that include special needs and at risk students, as well as being in positions where he would make policy decisions for the entire unified school district.
Frank is a member of Desert Springs Church in Chandler. He is married to Shana and has two sons, Bryan and Eli, as well as a daughter in law Tiffany, and granddaughter Sofia.
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.
Mrs. Desmarchais has been teaching Physical Education since 1989. She took a wonderful hiatus to stay home for eight years and raise her boys, returning to teaching in 2009. Mrs Desmarchais has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical/ Health Education and Dance from the University of Toronto, the city in which she was born and raised. She moved to Gilbert, with her husband Jim, in 1988 where she received her AZ teaching certificate, allowing her to teach PE grades K-12. She continued her graduate work in Secondary Education at ASU and the University of Phoenix. Mrs Desmarchais came to Gilbert Christian Schools in 2008 and established the Elementary PE Program, teaching K-6 grade students for six years. In 2015 she continued her teaching at the High School by teaching a girl’s Fitness/PE class. Besides her faith and her family, teaching students about physical education and have them understand and appreciate that fitness is a lifestyle, is what she most cares about. Mrs Desmarchais is a member of Redeemer Bible Church in Gilbert and serves in the Nursery ministry. Her favourite pass time is anything that involves being with her husband, Jim and her two boys, Christopher and Steven, both GCS graduates. Mrs Desmarchais enjoys being active: hiking, bike riding, and working out. She balances that with her love of cooking/baking and finding new restaurants to enjoy!
James has been married to his wife Adrianna since 2012. He was born in Indiana, but since 1996 has lived with his family in Gilbert. In 2012 James had the privilege of joining the staff at Gilbert Christian Schools. As the Tuition and Finance Manager he sees his role as an opportunity to minister to both the families and students of GCS. James and his wife are both graduates of GCS, so getting the opportunity to come back to serve and work along side some of those who educated him, has been a very unique opportunity. When he is not working, James enjoys spending time with his family, serving at his Church Tempe Nazarene, drinking coffee and all things car related. In addition to these things and his love for the Lord, James is also passionate about the State Tax Credit scholarship program that is available at GCS. He is responsible for educating both current and future families of GCS about this program. He takes this responsibility very seriously, as he knows this program affords many the opportunity to join GCS, that otherwise could not afford to attend. He looks forward to his continued service at GCS.
Mrs. Dudley earned her M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Dudley found her love of teaching when she became involved in children’s ministry. After two years as a paraprofessional in a public school district, Mrs. Dudley is excited to come to GCS where education and faith work together. Mrs. Dudley and her husband have two kids who attend GCS. The Dudley family attends and serves at Central Christian Church.
Holly Earle started at GCS in 2008 as a playground aide as well as substituting and coaching varsity softball team. She began teaching morning pre-kindergarten in 2011 and currently teaches both morning and afternoon pre-kindergarten. Mrs Earle provides an excellent program that prepares each child for kindergarten with a focus on the joy of the Lord.
Mrs Enright graduated from Truman University in Kirksville, Mo with an education degree in General Science with a minor in Biology. She taught 1st – 3rd combination class during her first 7 years at Gilbert Christian. She then took a break and came back to GCS to teach science and has blessed the school with the immense task of being the Curriculum Coordinator. She loves working with the amazing Godly staff at GCS. Mrs. Enright and her husband George attend Pursuit Christian Fellowship.
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Mrs. Fellows was born and raised on the east coast working as a licensed commercial insurance broker/legal admin before moving to Arizona with her family in 1996. Since her children were still quite young, she was a stay-at-home mom. During those years, she decided to fulfill a life-long goal to complete college and graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix in 2004 with a B.S. degree in Management with emphasis on technology. Wishing to keep the same school hours/vacations as her children, she became a certified substitute and moved from being a Para-educator to substituting in the Chandler Unified School District. She did this for 11 years and gained most of her teaching experience from long-term positions in kindergarten, first, fourth, and fifth grades. In 2015, she became certified in Career and Technical Education. Through daily prayer and devotion, Mrs. Fellows feels God has led her to Gilbert Christian HS. She feels truly blessed and humbled by all the Lord has helped her achieve. Mrs. Fellows looks forward to directing her Christian beliefs and values through education to encourage the growth of students who embrace God’s wisdom in every subject they study. Mrs. Fellows has been married to her husband, Bill, for 28 years and has two adult children. They currently attend Sun Valley Community Church.
Mrs. Field has a B.S. in Physics and 25 graduate hours from San Diego State University as a McNair scholar. She previously taught 2 1/2 years at college level. She worked as the research scientist for two years. For the past nine years, she stayed at home with her children. Mrs Field and her husband David have four children and is looking forward to her second year of teaching at GCS.
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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.
Larry and his wife Susan have have two children; Jamie who is attending GCHS and David who is at GCS Middle School. Both kids have been attending GCS since 2008. The Fleischer’s live in Gilbert in the Morrison Ranch area, and attend Epiphany Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Chandler where both Larry and Susan are active in ministry. Larry leads a Sunday morning Bible Class, is a member of the choir and has been a frequent member of Epiphany’s Board of Ministry Directors. Larry graduated from Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in Accounting. He also received an MBA from University of Phoenix, and is a CPA who worked with the Apollo Group for 31 years in finance and accounting before leaving in 2013. The Fleischer’s love sports and music and are avid movie watchers, and Larry has enjoyed being an assistant coach on the GCS Middle School and High School Softball Teams since 2009. We thank God for bringing us to GCS, and Larry looks forward to serving in this new capacity.
Chris and his wife, Lori, were high school sweethearts while at Schaumburg HS in the suburbs of Chicago and has been married 23 years. They moved to the East Valley in 1995. Both of their sons, Kyler, now a Junior, and Karsten, now an 8th grader, have attended GCS since Kindergarten. Chris is in his ninth year working at GCS. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania. The Gargans attend Rock Point Church in Queen Creek.
Mrs Garza graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2011. Holly has been teaching for five years, the last four at Gilbert Christian. She moved to Arizona from Baltimore in 2006. (Go Ravens!) Holly has a love for science and firmly believes that studying God’s creation on a daily basis with students is one of the greatest privileges she has had. Holly and her husband, Josh, both serve in the youth ministry at Harvest Bible Chapel Chandler. The do not have children yet but do own a huge St. Bernard. Holly is looking forward to another great year at GCS.
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Mrs. Gonzalez earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The King’s College in New York. She has taught PreK, 2, 3, 4, and 6-8 grades in Christian schools in New Jersey and Tennessee before coming to Gilbert Christian in 2013. Mrs. Gonzalez desires to see her students grow in their knowledge, understanding and love of the Lord while helping them develop a Biblical worldview. She is passionate about Christian education and feels blessed to be a part of Gilbert Christian Schools where she can minister to the students in her class and their families
Mrs. Good will be a new teacher at GCS. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Good has been teaching at a Title I school in Chandler for the last several years and is excited to make the transition here to GCS. Mrs. Good and her husband Cody attend Harvest Bible Chapel Chandler where they serve together in Children’s Ministry. Mrs. Good is thankful for God’s provision in bringing her to GCS and is delighted to share her joy for the upcoming year, her love of the Lord, and for literature with her students. Romans 15:13, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live!” Mrs. Grotenhuis feels so privileged to share in the growth of students in the art form of music, particularly singing and piano playing. Growing up in the music of the church, she began playing organ at age 13. She earned a vocal performance degree from Dordt College, where a deep love for singing artistically to the glory of God was instilled. She has served the Lord in music in various places of the U.S. and Canada. She has led youth and adult choir programs, and taught elementary-college level private voice lessons. At GCS she serves as the High School accompanist, vocal coach, and tutor for individual music students. She also has directed the Summer Song choral camp for 3 years offered at GCS. She is married to Phil, who is a pastor, and they have 4 children (the 2 youngest have attended GCHS).
Mrs. Hallaran earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She and her husband Scott have 3 children that have attended GCS and attend Redemption Church. Mrs. Hallaran has loved being home with her family and began substitute teaching on the elementary campus in 2008. After aiding in morning kindergarten for 3 years, Mrs. Hallaran is enjoying her second year aiding and teaching numbers and early math concepts to precious little ones in Pre-Kindergarten morning and afternoon programs. In her free time she enjoys family sporting events and serving together in the community through National Charity League and East Valley Boys Service Club.
Debbie moved from Kansas City, MO one year ago with her family. She and her husband enjoy six children and five grandchildren. Debbie was raised in a loving Christian home, and that strong heritage is what she has instilled in her children and grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves watching her kids in sporting events, scrapbooking, and worshipping and pleasing God in everything she does.
Mrs. Hanna earned her Elementary and Special Education degree from Northern Arizona University in 1995. After graduating, she taught as a resource teacher and self-contained special education teacher in Mesa. After developing a special needs program at a local church, God brought her to GCS to work part time as the Educational Support Coordinator. In addition to her work at GCS, Mrs. Hanna is the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at San Tan Bible Church. She is passionate about God’s children and their growth and development as a person who is, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) She is blessed to be married to her husband, Brian – an adapted PE teacher and coach, and to spend her non-working days home-educating their three children.
Rachelle Hayes has been teaching in Arizona for ten years and is excited to integrate her love for the Lord and to teach in the classroom. Mrs Hayes is originally from Minnesota where she earned her teaching degree from St. Cloud State University. Rachelle received her Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She and her husband Dean have been married for 15 years. They have three children ages 13, 11, and 9. As a family, they worship at Rock Point Church. They also enjoy watching and playing sports, swimming, vacations, and going to the movies together. She is passionate about God and teaching his children and considers it a blessing to be his hands and feet in the classroom and their home.
Mr. Henderson graduated from ASU in 1991 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. He worked as a classroom teacher at Shumway Elementary School teaching grades 5 and 6 for nearly 9 years. He left the classroom to work on school fundraising teams, and as a result, was able to work with students in schools all across the valley. Mark Henderson grew up in a Christian home and at age eleven he made a decision to follow Christ. He has been married to Trinka for 31 years and they have one adult daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Henderson currently attend Sun Valley Community Church. They previously attended Chandler Christian Church where Mark served as an elder for nine years and youth/children’s ministry leader for twelve years. Mark has a true heart for leading young people to understand God’s Word and looks forward to teaching Bible to students in his new GCS homeroom. Mr. Henderson explained the call on his life during his interview, “I know God has given me a talent and gift to work with kids as a teacher. He has given me a passion to work with young people.”
Mrs. Henderson earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1985 and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2001 from Northern Arizona University. She taught in the Chandler Unified School District for 17 years before she was called to teach in Christian schools. She taught at Bethany Christian School for two years and Hope Christian Academy for 13 years. Teaching is her passion! She considers it a gift from God to pour His life into young lives, enabling them to grow spiritually, emotionally and academically. She and her husband Mark attend and serve in the missions ministry at Sun Valley Church in Gilbert. She is thrilled to begin this new chapter at Gilbert Christian School teaching first grade this year.
Mrs. Hendrix has been an Aide at Gilbert Christian Schools for 6 years. Additionally, she taught Kindergarten science for three years. Before coming to GCS, Mrs. Hendrix home schooled her two children and helped her husband run a business. She has been married to her husband Gary for 26 years and has two children, one graduated from GCS and the other is currently a senior. Mrs. Hendrix attends The Grove church in Chandler. She is blessed to be a part of GCS. Mrs. Hendrix loves teaching the children and sharing Jesus’ love.
Mrs. Hightower holds a B.A. degree in Sociology and Spanish from East Stroudsburg University, which included internship opportunity to teach at risk youths. Her additional training with the American Council on Exercise and subsequent professional dance/fitness career uniquely yield over twenty five years of teaching experience, seven of which have been spent here at GCS. Mrs. Hightower is also the Prayer Coordinator for the GCS Lettuce Pray Partners and the GCHS Student Prayer Team.
Mr. Holsinger graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) in 1996, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Graphic Design. After college, Mr. Holsinger worked as a graphic designer and a high school art teacher before moving from Ohio to Arizona in 1998 to begin his career as a professional fine artist. Starting as an art apprentice for three years in a fine art studio, Mr. Holsinger worked for six years as a painter along with many other professional artists at the Phoenix Art Group. In 2004, he left to establish his own fine art business, Holsinger Fine Art Studio, where Holsinger continues to create paintings for various private clients, businesses, agents, art publishers, and art galleries, nationally and internationally. Mr. Holsinger is excited to teach art at GCS, both at the high school and the middle school. He and his wife, Natalie, have four children, two of which attend GCS.
Mrs. Hoppal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Missouri Southern State University. She also graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Bible and Elementary Education from Ozark Christian College. Before coming to Gilbert Christian, Ms. Grizzle taught for two years at J.O. Combs Unified School District in San Tan Valley. She loves to teach students to write well and strives to help each one understand more about God’s love.
Lauri Hoskins is excited to be a part of the Gilbert Christian family. Lauri attends Central Christian Church in Mesa and is active in the Jr. High Ministry.
Mr. Jarles attended Northern Arizona University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in History, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. He has been teaching since 2002 at various high schools including Mountain View, Valley Christian, and Blue Ridge. Mr. Jarles has taught a wide range of classes such as AP Composition and Language, World History, Senior level English, Government and Economics, and Broadcast Journalism. Mr. Jarles has two wonderful children that attend GCS, Abrielle and Alijah. He loves teaching at GCS, and being able to share the Gospel with students on a daily basis, taking these daily interactions and using them as teachable moments.
Mrs. Joy-Gluvna will team teach fourth and fifth grade with Mrs. Renaud for the 2016-2017 school year. Mrs. Joy-Gluvna has an M.Ed in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. She taught both second and then third grade at Canyon Pointe Academy in Glendale as well as German to fifth, sixth and seventh graders in Flagstaff public schools before her son Dallon was born. Sharing her faith at school is an exciting opportunity for Mrs. Joy-Gluvna, and she looks forward to teaching the truths of scripture and creating a loving Christian relationship with the children in her classroom. She and her family worship at Central Christian Church.
Mrs. Johnson earned her BS in Physical Education, with a minor in Bible, from Biola University located in La Mirada, CA. Following graduation, she completed her post baccalaureate teaching certification through Ottawa University in Arizona. In 2002, she earned her Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University. She taught in the local public schools as a junior high science and PE teacher, before staying home to take care of her children. She has also taught part time as an online instructor, since 2001. Mrs Johnson and her husband, Jeff, have two children. Garret and Sarah have attended Gilbert Christian since 2010. Mrs Johnson appreciates being part of the Christian environment here at GCHS.
Matt and his wife, Lindsay and their 7 children have lived in Gilbert, AZ for the past 15 years. The Johnsons have been attending Gilbert Christian Schools since 2007, and have loved the community, education and friends the kids have enjoyed. They also attend Harvest Bible Chapel in Chandler. Matt and Lindsay have a passion for obeying God’s calling (especially when it comes to kids!), and enjoy opening their children’s eyes to helping others in Mexico. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Arizona State University and has worked in the distribution and sales field since 1997.
Mr. Johnson graduated from The Ohio State University in 2005 and 2006, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and a Masters of Education in Mathematics focusing in Secondary Education. After college, Mr Johnson moved to Georgia where he taught for two years at East Paulding High School. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Johnson coached several sports including basketball, golf, and fast pitch softball. In 2008, MrMrJohnson moved to Arizona to Fountain Hills High School. During his five years there, Mr. Johnson taught Geometry, Geometry Concepts, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC. He was also the head coach of the basketball team at Fountain Hills amassing 98 wins, five consecutive trips to the state tournament (including state runners-up in 2011), and two region coaches of the year. In 2013, Mr. Johnson changed to Skyline High School in Mesa, Arizona. He taught Geometry, Geometry Honors, and Algebra 2 in his time at Skyline. In 2015, Mr. Johnson joined the high school staff at Gilbert Christian High School as a math teacher (Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Precalculus, Statistics, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2) and as the varsity assistant boys’ basketball coach. In his free time, Mr. Johnson enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Stephanie.
Shane and his wife Becca have been married 15 years and have 3 children; Ben (12), Cameryn (10) and Carsyn (6) who all attend GCS. The Jones live in Agritopia, and have enjoyed being part of the school and community since 2007. The Jones have attended Mission Community Church for the last 3 years and previously attended the Grove Bible Church where Shane served in youth ministries and mens ministries. Shane also participated in missions trips to Mexico and Africa. Shane graduated from ASU with a Bachelors in Business Communications. Shane went to work in the auto industry in 1995, and started his own business wholesaling and retailing cars in 2001. In 2007, he started JONES MOTORS and has recently expanded his business to a new location in Mesa. The Jones feel truly blessed to be part of the GCS family, and they are thankful for the staff, leadership and community of believers that make GCS the God-centered school that it is.
Mr. Keener graduated from Wittenberg University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and secondary education. He earned his Masters of Science degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in 1986. Mr Keener spent 35 years at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan where he taught history, coached the boy’s varsity basketball team and served as the Director of Upper School Athletics. When he left Michigan, he had the second highest boys coach winnings in Michigan prep history with a record of 688-121. In that time he coached DCDS to nine state championships and produced four McDonald’s All-Americans. As a member of Rosedale Park Baptist Church, he was active in many ministries including youth Sunday School, church landscaping, the homeless ministry and the urban garden ministry. Mr Keener came to Gilbert Christian Schools to work in an environment in which the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence is achieved in an atmosphere of Scriptural based spiritual growth. Away from school, Mr Keener enjoys gardening, hiking, and watching sports events. He and his wife Nedra have two grown sons.
Barry Klontz has been with GCS since Fall of 2012. Before that he worked as a technical support representative for AT&T, and did IT work for a local mapping company Sites USA. In 2004 Barry helped in starting Family Bible Church, creating their first website and working with the tech team to understand any new audio/visual equipment. He is married to Steffani. Barry has been the worship leader at Family Bible Church since 2009, and his wife also sings on the worship team. When he is not working, Barry is engaged in a heated after school chess match, playing video games, or relaxing with a piano/guitar.
Mrs. Lerner has been a homeschool mom for the past 20 years. She has a passion for teaching and training elementary age students. She is the women’s ministry leader at Hi-Way Baptist church, where she also plays the violin in the orchestra. She is also very involved in teaching Precept upon Precept Bible classes for women. When she is not teaching she enjoys hiking with her family and boxers.
Mrs. Lewis holds a BA in Religious Education: Elementary Education and Bible from West Coast Baptist College in California. She has taught K-5th grades for City of Lancaster After School Programs. Before coming to G.C.S She taught 5-6th grade at Saguaro Hills Christian School in Arizona. In 2012-2013 she was the Lunch Coordinator at G.C.S. Elementary/Middle school campus. Mrs. Lewis says that it is a blessing to be a part of molding the minds and hearts of God’s children. The Lord has given her a passion for children, and she thoroughly enjoys teaching. Her favorite verse is Psalm 18:2.
Mrs. Lindberg earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She taught in the Kyrene School District in Phoenix for five and a half years and then home schooled her two sons for five years. She began her teaching career at Gilbert Christian Schools as a substitute teacher and part-time home school teacher in 2005. Mrs. Lindberg considers being a teacher at GCS a great privilege and a blessing; she shares this joy of the Lord with her students daily.
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 from 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 ASU where 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.
Mrs. Lopez has a BA degree in International Commerce. She had the privilege of assisting at a Christian High School in her hometown Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico where she met her best friends. She is excited to be a teacher at a Christian school because she firmly believes that life is all about Jesus and feels that Christian schools can be an extension of what our children learn at home. Mrs. Lopez taught Spanish at Grace Community Christian School and has been working as an aide at Eduprize Charter School since 2013. Mrs. Lopez has been married to Josue Lopez for almost 15 years. Her husband is one of the Pastors of Redemption Church West Mesa and also the worship leader. They have two children, Misael and Michelle. God brought the Lopez Family from Mexico in December 2004 and since then they have been serving in Latino Ministries.
Amy Majeski is a kind and enthusiastic educator with a proven ability to cultivate trusting and productive relationships wtih students. Mrs. MAjeski has been teaching since 1993 in Washington and Oregon. She holds a BA in elementary education from Seattle Pacific with an elemetary certification and endorsements in 412 grade Social Studies and History. Mrs. Majeski loves the Lord with all her heart and it is evident in everything she says and does.
Mrs. Martin graduated from Arizona College of the Bible with a degree in Elementary Education and Bible and from Northern Arizona University with an M.Ed in Elementary Education. She spent six years teaching in Tempe and Chandler public schools before beginning at GCS in 2000. She is the instructional leader of the kindergarten team. Mrs. Martin has insight into the hearts of young children and skillfully helps them grow academically and spiritually every day.
Mrs. Mazzola earned her MS in Math Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University in 2002. She taught for five years before staying home to take care of her children. Since 2012, she has taught Algebra and Trigonometry at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She began her career with GCS as a substitute teacher. Mrs. Mazzola and her husband, Dan, have three boys who attend GCS, Daniel, Joshua and Anthony. The Mazzola’s are active participants of Redemption Church, lead Bible studies and are Cub Scout den leaders. Mrs. Mazzola loves to share Gods’ ingenuity with her students through the instruction of mathematics.
Mrs. McLaughlin earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education/English from Edinboro University, graduating Cum Laude. Her master’s degree in English is from Northern Arizona University. Mrs. McLaughlin began teaching in 1991 and has taught at the high school, middle school, and elementary levels. She leads her students to be better communicators and critical thinkers through a variety of creative means. Mrs. McLaughlin is a committed believer with a strong Christian testimony.
Ron Miller serves Gilbert Christian School as the new Agritopia campus building manager. The Miller family attends 29:11 Church. Mr. Miller has participated in planting several churches and loves to see new churches become established. His daughters both attend GCS one in middle school and one in high school. As our new building manager, he oversees the Agritopia facility making sure the school grounds and classrooms are clean, safe and in good repair.
Mrs Murray earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, then a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Phoenix. She began her teaching career at Gilbert Christian Schools as a substitute teacher in 2008. Mrs Murray considers teaching at GCS a great blessing and cherishes every day with her students!
Mrs Paasch has a degree in Sociology, from Arizona State University and is studying for her Masters in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding at California State University. She has spent many years as an international worker in Mexico, as well as Morocco, North Africa. Mrs Paasch loves to encourage her students and is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with those she encounters. She is looking forward to teaching Spanish and Social Studies to her students at Gilbert Christian High School!
Mike Paasch received his BA in Political Science at ASU. Languages have been a big part of his life: he is fluent in Spanish and spent a year studying Arabic. He has lived abroad with his family, years in Mexico living in Mexico and about one year North Africa. God saved him during his college studies and gave him a desire to reach the nations far and near with the good news of Jesus. He is married to Lynne and has two daughters: Hannah and Amy. He has engaged in cross-cultural service for the past 15 years. His desire is to encourage this generation of students to pour out their lives for Jesus!
Mrs. Pam Palacio teaches High School Theatre Arts. She directs the plays for the HS, MS, and Elementary at Gilbert Christian. She graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles after studying Theatre at the University of Hawaii and has pursued an acting career in LA. At Gilbert Christian, she has directed 18 plays and musicals, and has taught Drama, Student Council, Choir, Speech/Debate and Yearbook, as well as substituted on both campuses. She has also directed seven home school, and community theatre plays through MoezArt Productions. She and her husband, Mark, have been married for 25 years and have four beautiful children. Born and raised in Hawaii, she became a believer in LA, where she and her husband enjoyed excellent teaching at Grace Community Church, pastored by John MacArthur. Her children were homeschooled for eight years, and after moving to Arizona in 2004, all attended GCS for many years. They joyfully attend San Tan Bible Church in Agritopia where she serves in the nursery.
Mrs. Patterson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1990 receiving a BS in communication and business. For the past 16 years she has been at home raising her four children. Upon her last child entering GCS she began substituting during the 2006-2007 school year. This is her third year teaching junior high History. Mrs. Patterson and her husband, Shawn, have four children who attend GCS.
Mr. Patterson graduated from Arizona State University in 1989 receiving a bachelors of science degree in Bio Mechanics. While at ASU, Mr. Patterson played as a defensive lineman for ASU Sun Devil Football. After college, Mr. Patterson played as a defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers Football Team for six years. He then worked as a custom home builder. Mr. Patterson and his wife, Jackie, have four children who attend GCS.
Ms. Perry is an accompanist with over 30 years experience. She studied piano performance at Western Oregon State University. She taught music at Eastside Christian School for fourteen years and was the accompanist at Central Christian Church (Mesa) for twenty three years. She currently performs with various groups around the valley and teaches private piano lessons. She has accompanied all of the Gilbert Christian Schools choirs since 2007.
Mrs. Peterson is extremely excited for the opportunity to join the GCS family! She and her husband, Robert, have been married for almost ten years, and have been blessed with two beautiful children! Mrs. Peterson’s family attends Life Link Church and have been blessed to watch recently their seven-year-old be baptized there. She has spent the majority of her time working in the educational system. Mrs. Peterson feels that the opportunity to become a part of the GCS community, and have her children attend school here, is an answer to many prayers. They feel so blessed to be able to have the children’s education grounded in the knowledge and love of God!
Mary Phillippe has been a believer in Jesus Christ since she was 15 years old, and she is looking forward to sharing her faith with GCS first graders as our newest first-grade teacher for 2015/2016. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education, and she has over 14 years of classroom experience. “I am very excited to get to know the children at GCS. I want to know each child and family well,” said Mrs. Phillippe. Her husband Jeff owns a small business. Their son Austin works in the family business and attends college, and daughter Logan is a senior at ASU in fashion design, while a hunting dog and a Yorkie round out the family. Mary attends and serves at Sun Valley Church and volunteers in crisis pregnancy as part of her ministry to others.
Ms. Pillen is a recent 2016 graduate from Grand Canyon University with a B.A. in Christian Studies. She attends Without Walls Church and is a member of the worship team. Ms. Pillen is also the administrative assistant to the Creative Department and coordinator of the young adults group. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good book, worshipping our awesome God, and doing life with others.
Mrs. Poweleit has a Master of Arts in French Literature/History and extensive experience in teaching foreign languages including French, German, Spanish and Japanese. In her classroom it is clear that she regards children as a gift from God and educates each with love and skilful experience.
Ms. Katelyn Rachoy is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, holding a B.M.E. degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis. She has more than 5 years of experience teaching privately and in group classes. Her teaching experiences have been in early childhood strings, middle school outreach band, middle school orchestra, and elementary orchestra. Prior to teaching at Gilbert Christian, Ms. Rachoy substituted for music classes in the Mesa Public School district. She is very excited to be teaching music at a Christian school where she can motivate students to glorify God through stringed instruments.
Paige Ramos graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and with a Minor in Mathematics. Before working at GCS, she worked for two years as a middle school math teacher for Gilbert Public Schools. She has several years of prior experience working with mathematics students, having worked as a math tutor with Mathnasium during high school and with NAU during college. She enjoys teaching at GCS because of its amazing community and because she gets to educate the whole student, both mind and spirit. She loves coming along and encouraging middle school students in their walk with Christ. Paige attends Mission Community Church with her husband Micah, who is a graduate of GCS.
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.
Mrs. Renaud earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Texas Woman’s University and her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Communications from The University of Iowa. She began teaching at Gilbert Christian in 2010 and taught elementary grades previously in Texas public schools. She considers it a blessing to be a teacher at GCS because of the Christian love and family atmosphere here. It is her passion to teach and instill a lifelong love of learning in her students.
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Mr. Roberts earned both his B.A. and M.Ed. from Arizona State University. He is certified to teach K-12 physical education and also holds an administrative certification. While at ASU, Mr. Roberts played as an offensive lineman for the Sun Devil football team. He has 32 years of teaching experience and spent the first 31 years of his career teaching Physical Education in the Mesa Public School district before joining the GCS team in the fall of 2015. Mr. Roberts was recognized as the 1998 National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education. He loves working with both children and young adults in order to cultivate in students a love for physical fitness and an active lifestyle. He and his wife Cate both enjoy working with High School students as Student Ministry Discipleship Leaders at Redemption Church in Gilbert. Mr. Roberts is thankful for the opportunity to impact the lives of students both in their physical development and in their development in godliness. He loves the Word of God and is blessed to be able to share the Gospel and love for Jesus with the students of Gilbert Christian. 1 Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise has some value, but godliness has value in all things, having the promise of the life which is now, and of that which is to come.”
Mr. Robinson graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education (English). He currently attends Tempe Nazarene Church, where he serves as both a Youth Ministry adult/worship leader and the lead guitar player for the main service’s worship team. He is married to a fellow teacher at GCS, Megan Robinson. In his spare time he plays guitar and enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs, Scout and Foxy. He also likes playing and watching soccer. He is excited to work at GCS because of the ability the school provides to implement Biblical and spiritual teaching and guidance throughout his classes, which he believes provides each student with a truly complete education.
A graduate of Gilbert Christian Schools and Grand Canyon University, Mrs. Robinson brings her passion for teaching to the 6th grade science class. Mrs. Robinson is a certified teacher with a strong Christian testimony and a love for students. She makes learning an “adventure” in her lessons. She is honored to return to GCS as a part of the middle school team of teachers!
Jeff Rogers leads the Audio Production Department at Gilbert Christian High School. He attended Mesa Community College for Audio Production. Jeff also is currently the Technical Director of student ministries at Mission Community Church, as well as a production coordinator for adult ministries. From Front of House and Monitor mixing to lighting designer and video director, he has the understanding of the production technical field and has a passion for it. He connects technology with music, and how it can glorify God, and create environments that point to Jesus.
Mrs. Ryals has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University. She spent 10 years serving 1st grade families in private and public education before moving to Arizona. She has taken extra college courses and attended technology conferences as the Lord has prepared her to serve as a computer teacher. She and her husband (Alex) and their two daughters (Abby and Alyssa) attend Harvest Bible Chapel Chandler where she is involved with children’s ministry. She and Alex also help teach in the young adult ministry.
Dr Santos has a Nursing Degree and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She previously taught for five years as adjunct faculty at the college level. She recently moved to Gilbert and retired her clinical practice. Dr Santos and her husband Ken Delos-Santos have two boys attending Gilbert Christian High school, and they are looking forward to answering the call of Christ in guiding today’s youth at GCS.
Jim is married to, Stephanie, his wife and partner of 20 years. They are blessed with two children, Alexis and Gabriel, both attending GCS – Elementary and Middle School. The Sadlers are 15+ year members of Redemption Church and are actively involved in multiple ministries at the Church and off campus. Jim is a national board member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and actively involved in an advisory board capacity for The Salvation Army. Jim attended Albion College and Arizona State University’s business school and earned a general business administration degree. Jim has been in the commercial real estate industry for 25 years and a corporate officer of two large public companies. He is employed as a corporate solutions executive with Jones Lang LaSalle specializing in tenant representation – global commercial real estate services. Jim and his family live in Agritopia and enjoy golf, tennis, and the multiple sports and music activities each of their kids participate in at GCS.
Mrs. Samp graduated, Suma Cum Laude in 2012, from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been a volunteer at Sun Valley Community Church in their “Special Needs one-on- one” Sunday school program, and taught elementary music at both Calvary Academy and Faith Christian School in Mesa. Incorporating joy through music is just one way Mrs. Samp brings God’s love to the boys and girls in her classroom.
Mrs. Shue earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Azusa Pacific University in California. She began teaching in 2010, after staying home with her three children for ten years. Her husband has recently retired from a naval career, and her family has relocated to Arizona. Mrs. Shue views teaching as a ministry and considers it a blessing that God has called her to GCS. She is passionate about helping her students discover their spiritual gifts and become faithful stewards of God’s blessings. Mrs. Shue enjoys reading and collecting children’s literature.
Dakota Smith is an Arizona native who teaches Junior and Senior Bible. He also serves as the college ministry leader at Mesa Baptist Church. In 2012 he graduated from Arizona Christian University and had been involved in youth ministry, teaching, and coaching high school sports for 8+ years. He has served as a missionary for the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association in the Philippines and spends extra time ministering to Muslims for the cause of Christ. At the moment, he is attending Grace School of Theology and continuing his current work towards an MDIV with an emphasis in Global Outreach. In 2014, he married his wife and best friend, Shannon. As a Registered Nurse, she also has a passion for the lost and joins Dakota in ministry efforts for the Lord. This past September they welcomed their first baby girl, Selah Noel, into their lives. As for hobbies, Dakota loves hiking, backpacking, Arizona sports teams, and setting up romantic dates for his beautiful wife. Going forward Dakota and his wife have aspirations to make Jesus Christ known to people who are experiencing the emptiness of the world, and seeing the moving of God’s Spirit evident among the saints through revival and prayer (Ephesians 1:15-17; 2nd Thessalonians 1:9-12).
Mrs. Sundt graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting. She has taught kindergarten at GCS since 2005, and was instrumental in successfully launching the GCS, all-day kindergarten program. She seeks to help young children have a successful first year in school and especially enjoys teaching math from a Christian world view.
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 seven years to Vanessa, and they have been blessed with two children, Olivia Grace (Live Love) who is 3 and Cruz Jaden (CJ) who is one year old.
Herbert Washington serves as the Director of High School Choral and Drama Activities at Gilbert Christian High School and the Cadet Choir Director of the Phoenix Children’s Choir. He graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a B.A in Music and Fine Arts. He also holds a Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona. Washington frequently serves as a guest clinician for choral festivals throughout Arizona. Recently married, Herbert resides in Phoenix with his beautiful wife Yadira and their two sons Elian and Yadian. God’s gift of music is an eternal blessing!
Mrs. Weinland joins GCS with experience as a 3rd-grade teacher and 4th-grade student teacher in the Chino Valley School District. She holds a BA in Elementary Education and is also certified by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and practices biblical counseling throughout her church. With a genuine heart for the Lord, Mrs. Weinland is skilled at implementing positive and effective classroom structures to create a Christian classroom environment that is safe and encouraging to children. She is excited to continue the long GCS tradition of differentiated instruction so all children in her class will make progress towards their goal each day. Mrs. Weinland and her husband, Scott, have two grown daughters and attend Grace Covenant Church.
Mrs. Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She holds a highly qualified status in English and Middle School Social Sciences – the two subjects she is passionate about teaching. Exciting students to broaden their knowledge about God’s world in order to know Him better is a treasured honor, and she is grateful for the opportunity to teach the students at GCS. Mrs. Williams homeschooled her two children through high school and has taught art in a Christian school. She and her husband, Michael, make their home in Mesa.
Kimberly Young joined the staff at Gilbert Christian Schools in 2008 as their first official registrar. Born and raised in Ashland, Ohio, she received her Associates Degree in Applied Science (Executive Secretarial Administration) from North Central Technical College in 1990. She and her husband Daryl were married later that same year. Before moving to Arizona in 1999, she worked at a law firm for several years in Wooster, Ohio. She then took time off to raise and homeschool their three children: Corbin (GCHS Class of 2013), Colleen (GCHS Class of 2014), and Caleb (GCHS Class of 2017). Kimberly enjoys watching her kids compete for Christ in athletics, as well as keeping the scorebook for her husband’s basketball games. Her family attends Mission Community Church.