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 Keener
JrK-3 Teacher

“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

Jessica Whitmarsh
JrK-4 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

AmySue Crawford
Kindergarten Teacher

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Phillipians 4:6

Kasie Fjeld
Kindergarten Teacher

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

Tawnee Savage
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

Kayla Artz
2nd Grade Teacher

“I can do everything through Christ, who strengthen me.”  Phillipians 4:13

Hannah Mengershausen
2nd Grade Teacher

 “Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.  ”  1 Peter 4:10

Desiree Goldberg
3rd Grade Teacher

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

Kim Marroquin
3rd Grade Teacher

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take”  Proverbs 3:5-6

Emily Ivey
3rd Grade Teacher

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

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

Nancy Fox
5th Grade Teacher

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 KJV 31   

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

Jennifer Illers
6th-8th Grade Teacher

“I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”  Philippians 1:6


Melissa Beck
6th-8th Grade Teacher

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

Steven Illers
6th-8th Grade Teacher

“We weren’t meant to be somebody; we were meant to know Somebody.” John Piper

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.”

Patricia Henry
 Music Instructor

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

Stephanie Grote Cortes
Aftercare and Programs Facilitator

” Start children off the way to go and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”  Proverbs 22:15

CJ Stevens
Aftercare and Programs Assistant

” BE kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32