2016 – 2017 Faculty

Kindergarten

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KAITLYN HENSON
BA in Special Education, Endorsement in K-8 Education from Western Washington University – I am so excited to be here teaching Kindergarten and getting to guide children in their education and closer to God everyday.  I love working with Kindergarteners; everyday is a new adventure with so much to learn!  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, sewing, playing games, and doing crafts of all kinds.

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JANET NEWTON
BA in Elementary Education & Sociology from the University of Puget Sound and continuous classes in elementary teaching strategies: I am married, have two children and eight grandchildren. I love teaching because it brings me great joy to see children apply their God given talents to the task of mastering the taxonomy of skills that will enable them to survive and thrive. I can walk into my Kindergarten classroom and behold sixteen little spirits filled with endless energy and infinite desires to be delighted by God’s creation and how it all works together for good. I find my plum line each morning as I pray with those sixteen little ones. Together we ask God to lead and guide us to love Him and to love others as ourselves.

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HAYLEY PAYNE
I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and am very much looking forward to beginning my teaching career at Lighthouse this year. In college I was a track athlete and on the WSU Women’s Rowing team. I love athletics, baking, crafting, and anything outdoors. This past summer, I married my high school sweetheart and we couldn’t be more excited to be starting this new season of our lives. I am thrilled to be joining the Lighthouse team and sharing the love of Jesus through learning!

First Grade

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CATHY GIVENS
BA in Education & Masters in Reading from U of Arizona: I feel that God put me on this planet to be a teacher. Teaching brings me great joy. I have been immensely blessed to be a teacher at LCS!

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KELLY GUTIERREZ
BA in Early Childhood Education from Covenant College. I have been married 6 years to Caleb Gutierrez and we have a 1 year old son. We enjoy the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Teaching is a joy for me because I get to equip and guide students to be successful learners. I am thankful that God has brought me to Lighthouse Christian and I look forward to what He has in store! “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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JULIE ROCKNESS
BA and Teaching Certificate from Seattle Pacific University. Masters in Reading and Literacy from City University. I am so excited to be back in the classroom and teaching at Lighthouse. I feel very lucky to have my daughter Megan here at Lighthouse with me. Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and four kids!

Second Grade

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ROSALIE HOVE
BA in Elementary Education from Luther College in Decorah, IA & Fifth Year from 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 and I have two grown sons in college who are studying to be Chiropractors. I enjoy walks, gardening, getting together with family and friends, and the quiet solitude of my home with my two dogs and cat!

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PATRICIA HARRISON
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.

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KIM TARR
BA from Central Washington University: My husband of 26 years, Gene, and I have three wonderful daughters. We enjoy skiing, sports and vacationing together. I fell in love with Lighthouse when my daughters began school here. I now have been teaching here for 13 years!! Mathew 19:13-15

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ANN WEBB
BS in Elementary Education from Liberty University: There is nothing better than doing what you know you were called to do with the best people in the world! All three of my own children have received an excellent education at Lighthouse. I am honored to be teaching at school that has impacted my own family in such a rich way as it has done for so many families that have gone through these doors and will do so in the future.

Third Grade

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KIMBERLY WILLIAMS
I grew up in a Christian home on a potato farm in southern Idaho. My husband and I moved to North Bend, Washington where we raised our three children – Joshua: Air Force Captain (just married to Anna!), Caleb: paraeducator for autistic children, Sarah: Clinical Dietitian. The past 20 years I have enjoyed a variety of teaching opportunities including directing vocal and handbell choirs, teaching youth gymnastics, and teaching writing courses for students in grades two through twelve. I recently authored and published a book which gave me new perspective on writing, editing, and revising. My favorite aspects of teaching are forming relationships with students, seeing eyes light up in “ah-ha” moments, and hearing a child share when he/she experience personal moments of relationship with Jesus. My husband/best friend and I love to kayak, bike, and hike together.

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DIANE MIGITA
BA University of Hawaii at Manoa and Fifth Year at California State University Long Beach: I grew up in a military family and lived in Washington, Alaska, Texas, Germany, and Hawaii (where I met my husband). We started our marriage in California, and later moved here to Washington where our two children have grown up. I love the smiles, hugs, and inquisitiveness of third grade children. Eight and nine year olds have a contagious zest for life that helps keep the adults around them young at heart!

Fourth Grade

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GREG ALBERT
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, biking, and eating doughnuts..lots of doughnuts. “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

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HEIDI OTIS
BA in Elementary Education & Masters in Reading from CWU: Teaching brings me joy because the children are so much fun and I enjoy watching them grow in God’s love.

Fifth Grade

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STEPHANIE HAGEN
BA in Education from Washington State University. Masters in Education from City University. I am blessed to be a part of Lighthouse and look forward to what God has planned for me. I enjoy teaching kids. I love having the opportunity to not only challenge my students academically but also the opportunity to build relationships with them and encourage them. I love spending time with my incredible family – my husband of 22 years, our son, Matthew and our daughter, Allison. I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading and spending time outside.

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HEIDI STEPHENS
Masters Degree of Education from UW: God always knows, and my road to Lighthouse is no exception. Our family has found great joy at LCS. My boys thrive here; spiritually, academically, and socially. As a teacher, my co-workers and students help make each day so good. Great things are happening at LCS, and I’m blessed to be a part of it.

Middle School

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STEPHEN BUCHANAN
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!

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JOE DILLE
Athletics Director
Physical Education, Grades K – 8th
Health Teacher,  Grades 7 – 8th
BA in Education & Physical Education & Masters in Religious Education: Travel, Reading, Cycling, Kayaking and Family. I love teaching at Lighthouse because it is significant work.

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KRISTIN FINNIGAN
History, Grade 7 – 8th
BA in Psychology & K-8 Education Certification from Seattle Pacific University: Lighthouse is a huge blessing both personally and professionally. I am thankful for the positive difference LCS has made in the lives of my own three children; two LCS graduates & one current student. My hope is that in helping students discover the people and places of the world around them, they will gain a clearer understanding of how to impact their world today and in the future!

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TERESA GARCIA
Math, History, and Bible; Grade 6
Middle School Fun With Technology; Speech & Debate- BA in Education from Central Washington University: I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy fishing and being outside.

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TERYL ISENBERG
Bible, Grades 7 – 8th
I graduated from Seattle Pacific University with my BA in K-8 education with an emphasis in Fine & Applied Arts. I have seen God’s mighty hand working with Middle and High school students for 11 years in Youth ministry. What a delight to come to Lighthouse and continue working with precious students teaching Bible, Community Service, Leadership and Study Skills! My fan club consists of my high school sweet heart, Jonathan, amazing kids Timothy, Ethan, Ashley and runny buddy-dog Mortie! Stop by my classroom anytime if you need a treat, a hug, a run, a book recommendation or a joke!

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DAWN JIMENEZ
Language Arts, Grades 7 – 8th
BA from WSU: I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, exercising, reading, and learning new things. The primary reason I teach is simple – it is what I was created to do. I love teaching at Lighthouse because I am surrounded with students who are in love with life, who are eager to learn, and who are hungry to know more about Jesus Christ. I see in each of them endless possibility and limitless potential.

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CYNTHIA LONGABAUGH
Language Arts, Science & Bible Teacher; Grade 6
BA in French & Centurion (Christian Worldview Instructor) from UW & Universite de Nice: I am married to Reverend Dr. Ed Longabaugh, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church. I have three children, Drew in the Coast Guard, and the twins, Claire and Eric at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. I love to teach middle school because they energize me; I love to help students get excited about seeing God at work in History, Literature, and EVERY discipline!

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KAREN MOURA
Creative Writing, Life Skills; Grades 6 – 8th
BS Elementary Education K-8, Children with Moderate Special Needs K-8, Fitchburg State College, Massachusetts. Teaching at Lighthouse is a blessing to me. I have always loved helping children. In addition to teaching, I love spending time with my husband, (we will celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary this year), my two children, (girls ages 25 and 28), family , friends, and two small dogs. I also enjoy reading, exercising, kayaking, walking in the woods, studying the bible and watching sunsets.

Specialists

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EVA BATTLE
Art, Grades K-4th
BA in Art from University of Washington & Masters of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University: God has blessed me in many ways. I have three siblings and one adorable niece. My parents have been happily married for 43 years and are a wonderful example of a marriage built on Christ. I enjoy drawing, painting, knitting, reading, jogging, biking, doing pilates, watching movies and playing games. I love Lighthouse and my students! It is rewarding to see the children develop artistically using the gifts God has given them.

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ERIN CARMAN
Math Lab Instructor, Grades 1 – 5th
BA in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College, Multi-Subject Certification from California State University Bakersfield, and lifelong learner. After enjoying the last few years at home with my husband and darling daughters (ages 4 and 6), I’m thrilled to be back teaching with my beloved Lighthouse family! Teaching math lab is a dream job – I have the privilege of helping students embrace math with confidence through the use of manipulative materials and authentic learning experiences. Hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on!

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LISA CREEKMORE
Technology, Grades K – 8th
BS in Social Studies Education from George Fox University: My husband and I have two children who we enjoy spending our time with. It has been a privilege to be able to send our daughter to Lighthouse. I have taught at Lighthouse since 2000 and have found my second home here. Watching the children grow as the staff invests in them keeps my heart at Lighthouse.

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HEATHER DEPREE
Music, Grades K – 8th
Music Teacher & Violin Instructor
BME from Cedarville University: My hobbies are swimming, hiking, and visiting my family in Michigan. I also love playing my violin in the local orchestra and my string quartet.

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JILL GERINGER
Librarian
BA in Elementary Education K-8, Special Education Endorsement from Western Washington University: 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. I have a wonderful husband named Tim and two fabulous daughters, Rachel and Emily, both have attended Lighthouse since Kindergarten, I love to READ, golf, travel and spend time with my family.

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SELINA KELLY
Science, Grades 7 – 8th
BS of Microbiology and Biology education, minor in Chemistry from Washington State University. Married to my best friend and husband of 18 years, Mike, and mother to 5 active, precious children, 4 joining us the traditional way, and our youngest joining us from China. Thankful for the opportunity to share God’s amazing creation through a science perspective in an environment that allows me to impact students for the kingdom of God.

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JANI MILLER
Science Lab Instructor, 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.

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ILIANA NICHOLAS
Spanish, Grades 2 – 8th
BA in Elementary Education from Western Governors University: “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” Colossians 3:17. I am thankful to work in a place where students grow socially, academically, and knowing that Jesus loves them – no matter what!

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REBECCA SHARRETT
Concert, Jazz & Worship Band, Grades 5 – 8th
AA from University of South Carolina; BS in Liberal Arts, Area of Focus in Music from Excelsior College: I was raised in a large musical family that loves the Lord and so grew a passion for music and having fun with kids. After high school, I joined the Army Band and met my husband, John, a fellow Army trombonist, and we still play trombone together 30 years later. I eventually became an Army Band Commander, conducting many concerts and ceremonies. We have three children who also play trombone and have gone to LCS since kindergarten. I am so blessed to be at Lighthouse where I can rekindle my love for music and have fun inspiring kids to grow their own passion for music and our Lord!

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TAMI SULLIVAN
Art, Grades 5 – 8th; Yearbook Instructor, Grades 6 – 8th
As Owner and Artist of Carpets by Design, I have been creating works of art as my business for more than 26 years. My artistic hobbies also include many types of glass art, mosaics, pottery and textiles. When deciding to enroll my twin daughters here at Lighthouse, I felt called to join them and teach 4th-8th grade art classes. Personally, I did not discover the art mediums that inspired me until High School. I look forward to helping younger students discover these art mediums and showing how they can be used in life, business and with a spiritual connection. I grew up in Gig Harbor, and we currently reside in Port Orchard. I love the outdoors, where I can appreciate the beauty that God has created all around us!