BA in Education from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. I look forward to another year teaching Kindergarten at Lighthouse Christian School. From a young age, the Lord impressed upon my heart, the desire to teach. I have enjoyed teaching in many capacities throughout the years. I am grateful to be a part of the Lighthouse Christian School community. I am married to John and we have four children together. When I am not teaching, I enjoy exploring the PNW outdoors, playing any sport, being creative, and spending time with friends and family. It is an incredible honor to team up with parents and invests in the next generation. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
BA in Early Childhood and Family Studies from the University of Washington, and currently studying through WGU for Masters Degree in Elementary Education: Born and raised in Port Orchard, WA, I married my high school sweetheart. We have three adult children and a son in high school. I am excited to utilize my experience and education to provide high-quality, research-based instruction and strategies in purposeful play, equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to become “Big Thinkers” who are on the road to academic success and a lifelong love of learning. My role here at LCS is as a humble servant who has been entrusted with the responsibility of sharing the Good News of Christ’s salvation with the next generation of leaders. My hope is they will lean on God’s Word and believe, “I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me.”
I have a BA in English & a Masters of Education from the University of Washington. I am the oldest of five, so I was a built-in teacher from the very beginning. I remember setting up “school” and taking hours to perfect my “classroom” and being so upset when my younger siblings didn’t want to be my perfect little students! My mom always predicted I was going to be a teacher, but by high school age, I was determined to be a writer or journalist. During my senior year at UW, I took a job tutoring in a middle school and it was during that time frame that I realized teaching was what I truly loved to do. Life Lesson: moms are usually right. I first taught in the Tacoma Public schools for two years before coming to Lighthouse for the first time in 2011. The atmosphere was so warm at LCS, I immediately knew it was where I belonged. After becoming a mom, I took some time off to raise my littles and now have the privilege to be back teaching at LCS, and to be at the same school my children will now attend is a double blessing! I feel so thankful to be a teacher for the glory of God! I love the pure innocence and joy children bring, and they always remind me to slow down and appreciate the little things. I count it a privilege to plant seeds for the gospel in their hearts. I am married to my best friend, Nick, and we are raising our three kids in Olalla. We love to travel & be outside in any way, shape, or form! “And I am sure of this, that He who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
I am a lifelong teacher with over 20 years of experience in the teaching profession. I have known I wanted to be a teacher and invest in children’s lives since I was very young. I taught my sister to read and was hugely impacted by an elementary school teacher that made a profound difference in my life. I received a BA and Teacher Credential from Cal State Bakersfield and have taught in various capacities, beginning with public elementary school to recently teaching Pre-K at Stepping Stones Pre-School. My husband and I have two adult sons and a daughter in high school; and have resided in Gig Harbor, WA for the past eleven years. It is an honor to join the LCS community and share God’s love with my students. “How precious is your unfailing love, O’God.” Psalm 36:7
B.A. in Elementary Education from Central Washington University: I am so thankful for how Jesus has worked in my life and can’t wait to see what He will do for our students this year. Nothing brings me more joy than teaching young students because their excitement is contagious. While I was born and raised here in Western Washington, I was blessed with the opportunity to volunteer for five months in Eastern Europe. Although I have taught six years in both public and private schools, I find that there are new things to learn every single day. I enjoy reading, hiking, spending time at the ocean, and star-gazing. My favorite Bible verse is 1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
B.A. from Oakland University and Michigan State, M.A. from Cal. State: I began teaching in inner city Los Angeles then to went on to Shantou University in China. I have been with Peninsula School District since moving to WA with my husband and children. Our family has been deeply blessed and enriched by having our kids attend at Lighthouse and I am thrilled to be part of this amazing community. I love sharing the wonders of God’s world with kids in fun ways and helping them grow in the potential He has given them. My husband and I enjoy reading about history, swimming, and traveling.
BA and Teaching Certificate from the University of Washington, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction/Arts Integration from Lesley University, and Principal/School Administrator Certification from Seattle Pacific University: My career in education began in 2002. After teaching at the elementary level in the Sumner and Steilacoom school districts, I was called into school administration. I have served in a variety of administrative roles: National Board Cohort Facilitator through PLU, Highly Capable Program Coordinator, Title I Coordinator. Most recently, I served for 5 years as an Assistant Principal in the Clover Park School District in a high needs school where I was blessed to work alongside and support families living in high poverty situations. I am now beyond thrilled to follow God’s calling to return to teaching and give back to the LCS community, that has blessed my own family over the past 6 years. My son, Brayden, and daughter, Jillian, both have attended Lighthouse since kindergarten. Outside of LCS, our family loves to travel, have family game nights, and you can always catch us on the soccer field!
BA in Elementary Education from George Fox University, OR, with an ESOL Endorsement. Upon graduating from George Fox University, Kitsap County beckoned me back home! During my free time, you will find me relaxing around home, reading, and doing crafty projects. I love spending quality time with my family and husband, finding a beautiful place outside, or meeting friends for coffee. For as long as I can remember, I desired to be a teacher. Well, there was a time in first grade where I genuinely planned to become a ballerina princess, but I suppose you could say that dream has evolved ever so slightly! Teaching has stretched me more than I ever expected and reminded me of the importance of being a learner oneself. The greatest learnings (and my most satisfying memories) have come from watching and my students blossom each year. For the last five years, I taught first graders in Central Kitsap School District, and I adore the way young children see the world. They are wonderful teachers of kindness, friendship, forgiveness, curiosity, joy, honesty, and determination. They have also provided me with countless opportunities to laugh. I am immensely grateful to become part of the Lighthouse community, teaching 2nd grade. I cannot wait to hear the students’ unique ideas, watch them have “aha” moments about our subjects, and help them deepen their love for and knowledge of God.
BA in Elementary Education (K-8) from Western Governors University. God has given me a heart and passion to help students learn and grow. I hope to help inspire students to develop a love for learning. I started down the education path after working in a Christian daycare. I learned through this time that I love to help students grow spiritually and academically. For the past four years, I have been working as a paraeducator in a special education class. I have loved my time working with incredible students and staff in a local public school. I grew up in this area, and I am so excited to be stepping into my new role as a teacher here at Lighthouse Christian School! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I love the outdoors exploring, hiking, and skiing. I also enjoy being creative and making quilts!
BA in Elementary Education from Luther College in Decorah, IA & Fifth Year from the University of Washington: Teaching has been my lifelong passion. I love the energy the children exude. They are a constant reminder of the greatness of God! My husband (of 41 yrs.) and I have two grown sons, who are practicing Chiropractors in the area, and one daughter-in-law. I enjoy walks, gardening, getting together with family and friends, and the quiet solitude of my home “in the woods.”
BS in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University: My husband Kelly and I recently celebrated 10 years of marriage. We live less than a mile from my husband’s childhood home and are so blessed to be raising our three children in this community. My teaching experience started in preschool and while I love all ages, lower elementary is where my heart lies. It is a privilege to be a part LCS creating a foundation for lifelong learners who are eager and curious about God’s world. In my free time, I enjoy reading, knitting, and road trips with the kids.
BA in Educational Studies from Western Governors University and currently completing a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. I was born and raised in the Harbor as well as Port Orchard where my husband Quinten and I currently live. We have been married for 10 years and have a two-year-old “miracle” son. After teaching at Stepping Stones Pre-School for several years, God was calling me to be at home with our son. Now God is calling me to Lighthouse and I am thrilled to be able to teach Third Grade and share the love of Christ with my students. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, traveling, and being outside exploring this beautiful state. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
BA and Teaching Certificate from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters in Reading and Literacy from City University: During my time as a teacher I have enjoyed teaching Kindergarten, First Grade, Third Grade, and being a Reading Teacher. Before coming to LCS, I worked for the public school system. I am so excited to be teaching at Lighthouse. I love being able to share my faith and love for learning with my students. Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and four kids!
Masters Degree of Education from University of Washington – Tacoma: I’ve spent time working in public schools, a charter school, and other private schools, on the East Coast, the jungles of Central America, and in the Gig Harbor area, and with that said, teaching at Lighthouse Christian is the best. Apart from school, I enjoy family time, involvement in our church, reading, running, and biking. “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Bachelor’s from Wheaton College in Illinois: After graduating from college, I eagerly left the cold and snowy midwest to return to Washington, and made my way to Bremerton to teach fourth grade in the Bremerton school district, then eventually to Lighthouse. Fourth grade is my sweet spot. I love helping students discover their passions and guide them on how to use that to glorify the Lord. Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading, adventuring in the outdoors with my husband, and drinking coffee, preferably all at the same time.
BA and Teaching Certificate from City University, For the past 20+ years I have been teaching grades PreK-9th grade in both public and private schools. The past few years I have found a passion for teaching 4-5th grade highly capable students. I am so excited that God has guided me to Lighthouse Christian School! My husband and I have been married for 28 years and we have a grown son and daughter in law that live in the Portland Oregon area. For fun, we love riding our Electric cruiser bikes and going on hiking adventures all over the Pacific Northwest.
BA in Education from Washington State University and a Masters in Education from City University. I am so fortunate to be a part of Lighthouse. I love having the opportunity to not only challenge my students academically but also the opportunity to build relationships and encourage them in their faith. I love spending time with my incredible family – my husband of 27 years, our son, Matthew, who is a junior at George Fox University and our daughter, Allison, who is a senior at Gig Harbor High. I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading and spending time outside.
Bachelor’s from Pacific Lutheran University and post-graduate teaching certification from The University of Washington, Tacoma: This is my 18th year teaching, and I love it more each year. I’ve had the opportunity to teach in several schools in the US and Britain and can certainly say that Lighthouse is the best place to teach and learn! Fifth grade is a pivotal year in the life of a student; one in which he/she will develop independence as a learner, make deeper friendships and continue to grow in his/her faith. It is also fun! Apart from school, I love spending time with my amazing wife and two daughters, church, travel just about anywhere, reading, hiking, home improvement, and working out.
Master of Education Degree, University of Washington: This is my 24th year teaching. My experience includes public and private school settings and levels of instruction range from preschool to grade five. I love sharing learning, fun, and Jesus with my students. “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” – John 1:16
Pre-Algebra, Algebra, & Geometry; Grades 6 – 8th
BS & Masters of Arts in Teaching/Administration from Oakland City University (OCU), Pro-Cert from Seattle Pacific University: In June 2013, my wife and I welcomed our eighth child into the Buchanan family. Teaching is rewarding because it is relational, emphasizes truth, involves growth, and impacts lives…for now and eternity. I give thanks for God’s gifts of my wife, my family, my health, my vocation, and most importantly His Son & LIFE eternal!
History, Grade 7 – 8th
BA in Psychology & K-8 Education Certification from Seattle Pacific University: History excites me because it is made up of standout stories that can inspire us to understand God’s larger story. My hope is that in coming alongside students to discover the world around them, they will gain a clearer vision of how to impact culture today and in the future. My husband Ryan and I have three children- one in the adult world, one in college, and one in high school. All three attended Lighthouse! I am thankful to be a part of such a God-honoring, purposeful place that influences the next generation
Middle School Dean of Students and Middle School Teacher
BA in Education from Central Washington University, Masters Degree in Instructional Design from American College of Education. As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I’ve grown up in the great outdoors. I love camping, toiling in the yard, hiking beautiful trails, and finding hidden treasures on road trips. My generational roots in Gig Harbor have grounded my family in the community I cherish. My husband and I have enjoyed raising our four children and watching them flourish into young adults. Lighthouse has been an integral part of my family’s development and it is a privilege to work within a thriving and nurturing environment.
Bible, Grades 7 – 8th
BA in education from Seattle Pacific University, Masters in Biblical Studies from Covenant Bible Seminary: I have seen God’s mighty hand working with Middle and High school students for 11 years in Youth ministry and am thrilled to continue ministry through teaching 7th and 8th grade Bible. I also have the privilege of teaching electives: Study Skills, Missional Leadership, Drama Workshop, Creation Creativity and Study! My fan club consists of my high school sweet heart, Jonathan, amazing kids Timothy, Ethan, Ashley and running buddy-dog Mortie! Stop by my classroom anytime if you need a treat, a hug, a run, a book recommendation or a joke!
Language Arts, Grades 7 – 8th
BA from Washington State University: I feel called to the ministry of teaching and am honored to play a small role in equipping students for the work God has for them to do. My hope is to inspire the joy of learning, the importance of critical thinking, and the value of becoming active rather than passive members of the culture. My husband and I have two grown children. In my free time, I enjoy being with my family, traveling, exercising, reading, and learning new things. Isaiah 1:17
Science, Grades 7 – 8th
BS of Microbiology and Biology education, with a minor in Chemistry from Washington State University: I am married to my best friend, Mike, and I am a mother to 5 active, precious children. Through them I have learned unconditional love. I am thankful for the opportunity to teach students about science with a Christian worldview. I see the beauty in our creation and appreciate the opportunity to point our students to the Creator. Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
History, Language Arts, Bible Teacher; Grade 6.
Musical Theater, French, Grammar Workshop; Grades 6 – 8th
Master of Arts, Education (SPU), BA in French (UW & Université de Nice) Colson Fellow (Christian Worldview Instructor): I am married to Reverend Dr. Ed Longabaugh, pastor of Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church. I have three children, Drew in the US Coast Guard, married to Bekah, and twins, Claire and Eric, officers in the US Navy. I have taught middle schoolers for more than two decades because they energize me, and I love getting students excited about seeing God at work in history, literature, and EVERY discipline! “There is no neutral ground in the universe, every square inch, every split second is claimed by Christ and counter-claimed by Satan.” C.S. Lewis.
Master of Education, Bachelor’s Degree, and Teaching Certificate from the University of Washington. We (me, my husband of 17 years, and our two sweet kids) just returned to the area after 4.5 amazing years of teaching in Taiwan. Prior to living overseas, I taught in public, private, and cooperative schools. I’m looking forward to being part of the Christ-centered community of learners at LCS!
Worldview Matters and Grammar; Grades 6 – 8th
BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park and MA in Theological Studies from Liberty University: I am originally from Kentucky but moved to Washington in 2012 with my husband of 20 years and our now 10-year-old son. I served 12 years in the Air Force as a Russian linguist, executive assistant, and public affairs officer. I started substitute teaching at Lighthouse in 2018, but am thrilled to transition to part-time teaching as I share my passion for biblical worldview education with our bright middle-school students. I am truly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to play a small part in helping prepare the next generation to thoughtfully engage with culture and contribute to the reshaping of our world to the praise and glory of God.
BS in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly, MS in Materials Science & Engineering from NJIT, MA in Teaching from WGU (student teaching at LCS!): I enjoy exploring God’s wonderful world with my wife and four kids. I am excited to join the LCS team in 2020!
Physical Education, Grades 6th – 8th
MBA – Jack Welch Management Institute, B.A.A.S University of the Incarnate Word. Originally from New Orleans, I am a 25-year, retired U.S. Air Force (USAF) Veteran and look forward to joining the Lighthouse family. I have a passion for coaching and working with the youth. I am thrilled to be a part of developing future leaders in our community. 2021 will be my first year at Lighthouse and I am excited to continue to grow more ingrained in the community and become stronger in my faith.
Poetry, Study Hall, and Literature, Grades 6-8
BA in Education from Central Washington University: I began my teaching career at Bonney Lake Elementary. I then stayed home to raise 3 lovely daughters who have now all graduated from college: twins Anni and Josie from WSU, and the youngest Ellie from Texas Christian University. Last year our family grew when Josie married Ian, a wonderful man she met at her church while at WSU. I fell in love with Lighthouse when our twins began 1st grade with Mrs. Newton. Ellie soon followed starting Kindergarten with Mrs. Otis (all graduating 8th grade from LCS). I began teaching Kindergarten soon after, and then 2nd grade – I have taught here for 18 years! My husband Gene and I have been married 32 years. We love to vacation as a family and spend time together. Children are our most important resource – and so very special to Jesus! Matthew 19:13-14 “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
MA in Educational Administration from Cal State San Bernardino and National Board Certification: Married to my best friend for 30 years and blessed with our 2 miracles Emily and Ty (it’s a great story). After teaching in public schools for more than 20 years, I was excited to follow God’s calling to join the LCS family. Between school and church, I have taught all grade levels and God continues to grow my passion and care for young people. God continues to equip me and challenge me as an educator. I am excited to begin my new adventure as Resource Teacher. I have the honor of supporting teachers and students as they strive to reach their full potential. I enjoy cooking, cake decorating, camping, and walking on the beach with my family and our English Bulldog, Drax, and crazy Labradoodle, Yondu.
Ceramics, Grades 6-8
Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Associate of Science Degree in Commercial Photography: My husband Mike and I have been married for 30 years and now live in Ruston where we are restoring an old farmhouse. We are involved in leadership in our church and lead small group Bible studies. We have three wonderful adult children, a sweet daughter-in-law, and six fantastic grandkids. I am passionate about teaching art, bringing a diverse scope of creative skills to the classroom. I am excited to be back with my Lighthouse family after 5 years of living and teaching in the Seattle area. I look forward to working with each aspiring artist teaching the mastery of technical skills while encouraging students to develop their own unique artistic talent using art to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, the Lord, and the world around them. I enjoy teaching the bible, gardening, hiking, taking photographs, and creating all types of art.
HEATHER DE PREE
Elementary Music; Middle School Choir
Bachelor’s in Music Education and Master’s in Education from Cedarville University with an endorsement in elementary education from SPU and Level 1 Certification in Kodaly method of music education from SPU: I grew up in the wonderful state of Michigan where I first learned to love music by taking violin lessons at the age of seven. Music has always been a part of my life rather it was in Church, practicing my instruments, singing in the choir, playing in pit orchestras, or going to the theater. I moved to Washington in 2007 to begin teaching music at Lighthouse where I can reach children with the gift of music. In my free time, I love being involved in the Gig Harbor Peninsula Civic Orchestra and playing with my string quartet for different events. Being involved in my local church is also a wonderful place where I can serve the Lord. My other hobbies include hiking, cycling, enjoying time with family, road trips, and jigsaw puzzles.
BA in Elementary Education (K-8) from Western Washington University, Special Education Endorsement: I love working here at Lighthouse! My favorite part of my job is that I get to interact with all the students and encourage the love of reading and their relationship with the Lord. I have a wonderful husband named Tim and two fabulous daughters; Rachel, who just got married in 2018, and Emily who attends Seattle Pacific University. I love to READ, exercise, golf, travel, and spend time with my family.
Physical Education, Grades K – 5th
BA in English – Creative Writing from Western Washington University and pursuing a MA in Education through Western Governors University. This year I will be making my teaching debut and I am so excited to be doing it as a part of this special Lighthouse community. My wife, Ashley, and I are parents to four amazing kiddos and we love supporting them in all of their extracurricular activities. Our oldest son, Isaac, is a Peninsula Seahawk (9th grade), while Calen (6th grade), Elsie (3rd grade), and Hadley (2nd grade) are all Lighthouse Navigators! I enjoy traveling with my family, a good game of whiffle ball, and I have a strong passion for coaching and working with youth. I have spent the last 17 years coaching multiple sports across many levels and I am currently in my 4th season as the Head Baseball Coach at Peninsula High School… Go Seahawks! Each day is a blessing and I am excited to journey alongside the incredible students and staff here at Lighthouse Christian, building lifelong relationships rooted in Christ.
Science lab, K – 5th grade
BA, experimental psychology from Covenant College. MS, research psychology emphasis on childhood memory and cognition from University of TN, Chattanooga: I began my career in pharmaceutical research and shifted to clinical research in both a pediatric hospital setting as well as in academia. My research emphases included childhood eyewitness testimony, pediatric cancer and coping strategies, and early detection of neurodegenerative disease.
I have been a Gig Harbor resident and Lighthouse parent for nearly ten years. I started out volunteering in numerous capacities and fell in love with the school. More recently, I have been a K through 8th grade substitute at the school and the head cross country coach for several years. Additionally I am a USATF certified Gig Harbor running coach, involved in youth track and field, trail running groups for children and adults, mental training, and private coaching.
Coordinator, Dyslexia Screening and Tutoring Program
BA in Education from Central Washington University. I have spent over 37 years in education teaching in many areas which have included public school, homeschool, private business, and now working with students at Lighthouse Christian School. I feel fortunate to have worked with students at all levels of instruction and abilities. I truly believe that each student is gifted with talents that God has bestowed upon them. My joy has been to find the best avenue for each student to excel and reach their potential in their learning. My husband and I have been married for 37 years and have three (plus daughter in law) adult children and two beautiful grandchildren.
Coordinator, Dyslexia Screening and Tutoring Program
BA in Elementary and Special Education from Central Washington University. My teaching story began in the Kent School District as a K-6 resource room teacher and then turned into substitute teaching in both the Federal Way and Peninsula School District as I wanted more time at home with my children. I love living in Gig Harbor with my husband, David, and raising our three young children in this community. I am honored and thankful to be a part of the Lighthouse Christian team, influencing student’s lives for Christ. I have a passion for helping all students succeed and reach their potential. I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, and adventuring in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Art, Grades K – 5th
BA in Elementary Education and Language Arts (K-12th grade) from Seattle Pacific University: What an amazing adventure God has led me on over the fifteen plus years of teaching everything from 1st grade, junior high math, science lab, to Senior High English! I love getting to know my students and using my creativity to make the learning come alive for them. I am passionate about teaching, my relationship with the Lord, and my family which includes a husband of 26 years and two kids, ages 18 and 20. I enjoy art, animals, reading, scrapbooking and skiing.
Spanish K-4th, 6th-8th
World Languages 6th-8th
BA in Elementary Education from Western Governors University: It is a joy to have been a part of LCS for almost 14 years, first as a parent looking for a Christ-centered quality education for my kids and later as the Spanish teacher. I was born in Cuba, lived in NJ, and have settled in Gig Harbor with my husband Keith and our three teenagers. I love sharing my first language and the culture of the Hispanic world with my students. It is my goal to help them develop an appreciation for the diverse languages and cultures of God’s world, gaining practical knowledge in order to make a positive impact not only locally, but also globally to the glory of Jesus Christ! “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:10-12
Concert, Jazz & Worship Band, Grades 5 – 8th
BS in Liberal Arts, with a Focus in Music from Excelsior College: Growing up in a large musical family that loves the Lord, I grew a passion for music and having fun with kids. After high school, I joined the Army Band as a trombone player, where I met my husband, John, also an Army trombonist. Eventually I became the First Sergeant and Commander of an Army Band where I conducted many concerts and ceremonies, both military and civilian. My husband and I have three grown children who attended LCS since kindergarten, and we both still enjoy playing trombone together in local community bands. I am blessed to work at Lighthouse where I can share my love for music while inspiring kids to grow their own passion for music – and for the One who created it!
ANGIE VAN DUYN
BA in Integrated Strategic Communication, Washington State University. Teaching middle school students at Lighthouse brings me so much joy. The smaller class sizes provide an opportunity for me to connect relationally with each student as they learn the fundamentals of digital design. I enjoy being witness to their creativity and increasing aptitude for technology. When I am not behind a camera or computer screen, I love to spend time with my husband, three sons, and our oversized Bernedoodle – Lola.