The staff and faculty at Emmanuel Christian Academy are devoted, mature Christians, with a love for children and God. They put Christ at the center of their lives and do not put ambition for success above God’s will for Emmanuel Christian Academy or the students.

Barb Thofson

“Anything we do in education should always manifest the glory of the Lord”

Tahnya Gordon
Assistant Principal  

“Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate.”  Anonymous

Mary Krabbe
Finance Manager

“Jesus said “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 19:14  ECA provides an avenue to bring children to Jesus, one of the main reasons I love working at ECA!

 Elisha Blickenstaff
Administrative Assistant/School Nurse

“I love to pray and it would be my honor if I could pray for you and your student.”

Sylvia Saucedo
Administrative Assistant JrK-1st

“Be like a sunflower be STRONG, STAND TALL, and follow the SON!

Jessica Whitmarsh
JrK-3 Teacher

“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.  I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.”  Psalm 86:11-12

Kimberlin Van Dyke
JrK Teacher Assistant

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118:24

Sue Sawicki
JrK-4 Teacher

“Except you become as little children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  And who receives one such little child in My name receives Me.”  Matthew 18:3-5   “This is why I love to be with little children and why I am at ECA.”

Jessica Keener
JrK Teacher Assistant

“Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them.  For it is the Lord your god who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

AmySue Crawford
Kindergarten Teacher

“Impossible is an opinion when God is in control. Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Kasie Fjeld
Kindergarten Teacher

“You are a child of God.  You are wonderfully made, dearly loved, and precious in his sight.”  Psalm 139

Nicole Hood
Kindergarten Teacher

“You are a child of God.  You are wonderfully made, dearly loved, and precious in his sight.”  Psalm 139

Barbara Ricketts
Kindergarten Assistant

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16


Jeanne Miles 
1st Grade Teacher

“In the same way let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

Crystal Rivera
1st Grade Teacher

“Every Student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.”   George Evans (edited)

Tiffany Woodside 
1st Grade Teacher

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another with love.”  Ephesians 4:2

Teddi Elder
2nd Grade Teacher

“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto JESUS the author and finisher of our faith.”  Hebrews 12: 1-2

Sarah Jo Hill
2nd Grade Teacher

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”  Aristotle

Puperi, Samantha
2nd Grade Teacher

 “I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.”  John 10:10

Desiree Goldberg
3rd Grade Teacher

“You are a child of God.  You are wonderfully made, dearly loved, and precious in his sight.”  Psalm 139

Katiana Henderson
3rd Grade Teacher

“Education is discipleship.  Whoever is educating our children, is discipling them.”  Dr. Voddie Baucham

Stephany Paruch
4th Grade Teacher

“And we can know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord, for them who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28

Rebecca Williford
4th Grade Teacher

“Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”   Colossians 3:23

Diana Daniels
5th Grade Teacher

“Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Joy Lightner
5th Grade Teacher

“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption a sons through Jesus Christ unto Himself, according to the kind intention of his will. Ephesians 1:4-5

Jill Kelley
6th-8th Grade Teacher

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

Laura Gannon
6th-8th Grade Teacher

“I teach because I want to give students the tools and passion to know God and make Him known.”

Jason Gannon
6th-8th Grade Teacher

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing.  You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while…winning is a habit.”   Vince Lombardi

Lee Erickson
PE Instructor

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Kathleen Redick
Computers Instructor/Teacher’s Aide

“I love ECA and working here because I see the mission statement carried out every day in the staff; children receiving a quality academic education from people who know and love Christ, love the students and teach faith through their words and actions.”

Hanna Glenn
Art & Music Instructor

“Sing a new song to the Lord!  Let the whole earth sing to the Lord.”  Psalm 96:1

Sally Rogers
Aftercare and Programs Facilitator

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delights, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.”  Jeremiah 15:16


Emily Ivey
Aftercare Aide

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”  Psalm 145:8