Meet The Teachers

 

Elaine Anderson – Kindergarten

What a joy and a privilege it is to work alongside parents as we train and teach these precious kiddos in this very unique place we call Cor Deo. Words are not enough to explain the depth of joy that comes from sharing in this process and investing in the lives of children! Once my students, they are forever my friends! My name is Elaine Anderson, but most know me as Mrs. A. I just completed my 7th year teaching here, although I have had the joy of being involved in some sort of teaching for almost 24 years.

My husband Greg and I are both originally from Montana where I lived on our family’s cattle ranch before I was married. I love bringing some of the things I learned living on a ranch to the classroom. I substitute taught in the public school in Montana before moving to Oregon. Shortly after we moved to Oregon for my husband’s work, our son Caleb was born and I knew I wanted to home school. I home schooled him through the 5th grade and am so grateful for those years! It is an incredible journey to teach with curriculum in which Christ is the center. Our son graduated from high school this year and is will be starting college in the fall!

Music is one of my favorite things to do in my free time. It brings me great joy to play with our church orchestra and with a music group that plays for assisted living facilities. I love to bring music into the classroom as well!

One of my greatest desires in teaching is that the children would be able to see how incredibly AWESOME is our Lord and how much He adores them! As they see this, my prayer is that they grow a greater appreciation for each other when they see how unique and special Christ made them. I love to bring many experiences and hands on things into the class room and appreciate how each child learns differently and is uniquely gifted. They are all so special - “fearfully and wonderfully made”.

Psalm 145:3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.

 

Loretta Williams – Kindergarten

It is so great to be back with the Cor Deo Family!  My name is Loretta Williams and I have previously taught as a Fourth grade and Second grade teacher at Cor Deo. This year I have the privilege of returning as a Kindergarten teacher. I can’t wait! I love this school and all the people involved with it.  My educational background includes a Masters in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Samford University. I have taught Kindergarten, First grade and Special Education in the public school systems. I’ve also, served as Service Coordinator of an Early Intervention Program and Homeschooled our three children.

I grew up in Alabama in a Christian family blessed with wonderful parents that taught my sisters and I to love the Lord at an early age. Church has always been a large part of our lives. I don’t remember a time when I have not been involved in someway. My husband, Cary and I have tried to follow this example with our three children. All three of our children live in Portland and are active in church (which makes this mom’s heart happy!). Our daughter, Elizabeth works as an interventionist for an autistic developmental center and has been married for almost 2 years to her husband, David an account manager at a local marketing firm. Our son, Griffin works as a graphic designer for an advertising company and our youngest son, Austin is in college studying business. Our home has always been open to the kids usually with plenty of extras! This summer is no exception, for the second year in a row we have two Hillsboro Hops Baseball players living with us. This has turned into a fun thing for our family. We open our home and share God’s love with a couple of 19-21 year old guys who need a home for the summer. I’m so grateful for the home and family God has given me!

One on my greatest joys in life is working with kids and sharing God’s love with them. No matter what age they are it always fills my heart. I am so fortunate to be a teacher at this wonderful school and can’t wait to meet a new group of Kindergarten kiddos!

 

Cathy Lundy – First Grade

Hello, my name is Cathy Lundy, one of the First Grade teachers.  My passion is teaching, coming alongside children and parents, helping them strive for all that God would have them be, to walk in Christ-likeness.

Joel Lundy, my dear husband of 34+ years is one of the pastors at SW Hills Baptist Church.  We have four wonderful Christ-following children (Randy, Audrey, Amber, & Jonni), three of whom are happily married and have blessed us with four grandchildren and a fifth on the way!  Jonni is finishing college at this time.  All four of our children were homeschooled K-12th, with one of them attending a private school for a few years.  Through the years I have taught many classes at our large coop for various ages, taught Sunday School, helped at VBS’s, mentored mothers, and tutored children.  All that to say – my goal and love is teaching children and mothers.  That is why teaching at Cor Deo is such a joy for me.  It allows me to teach, encourage, & admonish gently these precious young people and work side by side, co-laboring with parents to help and challenge them to not grow weary, stay the course, lift their eyes a little higher, be firm and disciplined yet gentle, faithfully going to Christ for their answers and needs.

My goal is to give structure and instruction to my students M/W/F and to support parents as they teach their children on T/TH.  I love this model of co-laboring together for the same cause – to make strong, yet humble disciples of one another.

It is my experience that as the family and I bond over this endeavor, great things happen – children blossom, parents are better equipped and feel supported…AND, I am truly blessed!

 

Stacey Erickson – Second Grade

Greetings, 2nd grade families! My name is Stacey Erickson and I am so blessed that I get to be your teacher this coming year!

I have always loved spending time with children, it has been part of my story as long as I can remember. I have wonderful memories of working at camps, tutoring, helping with VBS, leading AWANA, and teaching Sunday School.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University, and later received my Masters of Education from Portland State University. My schooling led me to work for Head Start, where I taught preschool and had the privilege of serving the children’s families in a social work capacity. I also taught 5th grade at Cornerstone Christian School.

Chris and I just celebrated 13 years of marriage! We have been blessed with three kids, Malia (10), Brighton (8), and Daisy (6). I have loved my last 10 years as a stay at home mom and we really enjoyed homeschooling this past year.

I love the Lord and am excited to see His hand in our upcoming year. I am committed to praying for your 2nd grader and your family as we partner in building Christ-like individuals and learning A LOT. Please contact me with any questions or concerns staceynerickson@gmail.com. I can’t wait!

 

Kathy Farquhar – Second Grade

Greeting Cor Deo Families!

My name is Kathy Farquhar and I am so blessed to be part of the teaching team.

My first memories of teaching reach back into my childhood when I attempted to ‘teach’ my four year old brother. With my prized chalkboard and chalk, I was ready to start. Unfortunately, my brother didn’t have the same enthusiasm and quickly abandoned my class room for the back yard.

Fast forward ….I graduated from the University of Illinois in the days of card catalogs, phone books, and typewriters.

God opened the doors for me to move to Oregon to complete an internship working with developmentally disabled children.

A few years later, I met my husband Dave. We were married in 1985.

I don’t know how 30 years could pass so quickly; how 4 babies born in over a period of 6 years could now be fully grown!  Rebekah is married to Chip Lubeck.  Our other children are David, Bethany, and Joshua.

But I do know that through it all God is faithful.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed many teaching opportunities: teaching 2nd grade at a Classical Christian school, homeschooling my children, teaching classes at our church co-op, Sunday school, VBS, Awana and subbing at Cor Deo since its beginning.

When the school opened, my youngest children, Bethany and Joshua became part of the first Jr. High and 5th grade classes.

What a blessing to look back on the early years of Cor-Deo and reflect on how far God has led the school.

At just the right time (2012), I was honored to become part of the teaching team.

 

Sue Kraakevik – Third Grade

Hi! My name is Sue Kraakevik (many students and parents just call me Mrs. K.). I am a mom of three kids – Peter (13), Molly (10), and Amy (7). Peter goes to school at Whitford Middle School in the Summa Program and Molly and Amy are at Cor Deo. My husband, Jeff, is a Neurologist at OHSU.

Jeff and I attended Bethel University in Minnesota where I earned a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies and Children’s Lit. (I LOVE reading!) I taught school (mostly 4th grade) for 8 years in Iowa before our son was born. We moved to Oregon 10 years ago and I have been privileged to be a stay-at-home mom. At our church I have been involved with teaching in a variety of ways – KidSpeak (our children’s church/kids choir), Awana, and VBS. I also get to sing on the Worship Team and work with our church’s worship commitee.

Cor Deo itself has been a blessing to our family, as I hope it will be to yours. I so appreciate your prayers as we get ready for the upcoming year – I am excited to see what God is going to do!

 

Julie Penn – Third Grade

Teaching children is a wonderful calling for parents and professionals.  From learning about adjectives, memorizing scripture, how to tie a shoe, or the importance of gratitude, every moment is a teachable moment.

I homeschooled my eldest daughter through sixth grade. When we adopted our other daughters, they were four and six years old. I taught them the English language and homeschooled them until fifth and sixth grade.  All three girls attended Cor Deo as their first experience with “away school”.

Having a passion for teaching, homeschooling has been a blessing for my whole family. As the lead Sunday School teacher for elementary kids at church, having assisted in VBS, and having been part of a homeschool co-op, learning to teach other children has been part of my teaching journey.

The Lord has been the ruler of my life ever since I was a little girl. I’m thankful for the lessons I experienced about confession, repentance, and forgiveness from Him. I have incorporated these principles and extended them to my children, preparing them for a life of following Christ.

In my other time, I mentor young gals at church, lead a women’s Bible study, exercise, read, and drink gallons of coffee. Of course, my true love is for my Prince Charming husband to whom I’ve been married since 1994.

 

Karen Pautz – Fourth Grade

My name is Karen Pautz and I am the new 4th grade teacher at Cor Deo. I am married to Brian and have 3 wonderful children. Our oldest is Grant, Kelsey is next along with her husband, Brennan, and Collin is the youngest. I was raised in a Christian home and at the age of 11, made my decision to follow Christ as my Lord and Savior.

I attended Oregon State and received a degree in Elementary Education. I taught one year in Corvallis, then 17 years in the Beaverton School District, teaching 4th and 5th grade, being an elementary librarian and kindergarten. After that I homeschooled my children for a total of 16 years. I have been a certified homeschool tester for the last 20 years and also an advisor to homeschooled high school students. I have taught Sunday school, VBS, led Bible studies and have been a mentor to young Christian women.

In my free time, I enjoy reading (have belonged to the same book club for 10 years!), cooking, meeting with friends and doing crafts.

I look forward to being part of the Cor Deo community and how the Lord will lead and guide us.

 

Michelle Miller – Fifth Grade

Michelle grew up in a non-Christian home, but by the grace of God was sent to a private Christian school where she was given a solid foundation of biblical truths. Through the witness of faithful Christians and the study of God’s word she recognized the need to be delivered from her sin. Jesus Christ is her Lord and Savior!

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Michelle has been married to Don for 29 years and they have four wonderful children, Robyn (25), Bryan (23), Chris (16) and Holly (13). Having a heart for children, Michelle and Don have had the joy of teaching 10+ years of Sunday school as well as being AWANA leaders at SWHBC. Having home educated her four children for 18 years she is an experienced mother, wife and teacher. She looks forward to meeting your children and being an integral part of their academic and spiritual growth.

 

Judy Fast – Sixth Grade

Hi. My name is Judy Fast, and I am currently the 6th grade teacher at Cor Deo. I have been at Cor Deo for eight years. The first four years I taught a variety of junior high and senior high classes including world history, U.S. history, English and biology. I enjoyed the interaction with the older students, but four years ago, the opportunity came for me to move to the elementary program and 6th grade. I absolutely love my job with 6th grade. Sixth graders are changing every day, and I am so thankful that I have the chance to work with them and pour into their lives, not only with teaching academic subjects but also sharing a love for God and His Word.

I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and received Christ as my Savior at a young age. I have had the opportunity to serve Him in various capacities in the church such as Sunday School and the Awana program.

I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher and began my teaching career “teaching” my dolls and stuffed animals. I went to Seattle Pacific College and received a B.S. in social science and my teaching certificate. I continued my education with a master’s degree from Lewis and Clark College. I have taught in two other Christian schools prior to coming to Cor Deo. I homeschooled my children and as a result participated in and taught numerous classes in private and co-op situations. As you can see, I do enjoy teaching.

My husband, Dave, and I are empty-nesters after having raised three daughters. We are also the proud grandparents of two granddaughters.

I look forward to working with your child and you as we partner together.

 

Joshua Schneider – South Campus – Recess/Security/Operations

Hi, my name is Joshua Schneider and I am very much looking forward to working at Cor Deo. I will be helping with recess and various other operations.

I grew up in Beaverton, Oregon with my parents, as the oldest of 4 siblings (I have 1 sister, 2 brothers). My parents also chose to homeschool my sister and I through 12th grade. Despite growing up in a loving Christian home, where my parents taught that salvation came not by works but by faith alone in Jesus Christ, I believed that my good works determined my standing with God until the end of my last year of high school. God used the friendship of one of the volunteers in my youth group to open my eyes to see Jesus’ love for me and my need to repent of trusting in my good works. Because Jesus’ saved me, I developed a desire to pursue a career in ministry.

I got my BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Bethlehem College and seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota (where I lived for 5 years). While at college I also decided that I wanted to become a biblical counselor. About two years ago I moved back to Portland and have been working full time Detailing cars for a Ford Dealership (detailing means cleaning). I now live in Sellwood with three other Christian guys and have become a member of Sellwood Baptist Church.

I have a desire to use my education and grow in being able to give biblical counsel, and I think that Cor Deo will be a good environment for doing both of those things. I hope to help create an environment where Christ is made much of and kids’ hearts can be drawn to see their need for him through friendship and good structure. I look forward to getting to know you all soon.

 

Kevin Puckett - North Campus Principal 

Hello, My name is Kevin Puckett. I was born and raised in a Christian home but never understood God’s immeasurable love for me until I was in college.

1 John 4:20 says, “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” When I read this verse, I realized there were a number of people whom I did not like and wondered if I really knew God. It was then I cried out to God for forgiveness and asked Him to help me experience and share His love. Through the study of scripture God changed my heart.

It is my heart’s desire to show the world who God is, what God does, and that lives can be changed through the study and application of His word. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and I am committed to following Him for the rest of my life.

My wife Elyse and I have been married for two years and welcomed our first born, Joanna, in December of 2014. We met at Moody Bible Institute’s Spokane campus, but did not begin to date until after Elyse accidentally pocket dialed me over a year later. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and moving back to Oregon, we became members of South West Hills Baptist Church and currently enjoy leading the young marrieds’ ministry.

My background is in management, team development, and Bible. I am excited to serve Cor Deo’s teachers, students, and parents in the 2015/2016 school year as the North Campus’ Administrator.

I look forward to advancing Cor Deo’s vision to put God and family first. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call: (503) 352-5663.

In Christ, Kevin Puckett

 

Jennifer Anderson – Science 7 & 8 – Chemistry – Geography – World Literature

I have had the privilege of teaching at Cor Deo since 2007. I teach 7 and 8th grade science and high school Chemistry. I also teach 9th grade Geography and World Literature. Although that may sound like several different subjects I am often delight to see how they overlap in the classroom and our studies.

My Bachelor of Science is in Microbiology from Cal State University at San Luis Obispo, but my teaching credentials come from 20 years of homeschooling our 5 kids, about 10 years at the SWH co-op and now 10 years at Cor Deo. As much as I love teaching, I love my students even more. I see my mission as a mentor in the class room to teach each subject as reflection of loving Jesus, understanding how amazing His creation is and how vital it is to live a life obeying His laws in the natural and spiritual sense. I became a Christian as a teen and often remember how it was to struggle at that age.

Because I teach several classes at different levels I often have the same students through middle and high school years. I love that I get to see them grow up, and know them over a long period of time. Teaching then seems like a continuum that gives me history with each student and a basis to challenge them on a deeper level. That is the best part of my job. I genuinely look forward to each day and each class throughout the year.

 

Wendee Lewis – Upper Grade English

“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.”  Psalm 100:2

One of my earliest memories entails teaching my younger brother how to write his name on a drawing he made in Sunday School. That was the spark that lit the fire. Other treasured teaching moments include Children’s Church, Camps, VBS, and Youth Group.

In 2002 I graduated with a BA in Writing/Literature from George Fox University. After graduation I felt like the Lord was calling me into teaching. I enrolled in the MAT program at the University of Arkansas, graduating in 2004. Since then I have had the opportunity to teach at Sylvan Learning Center, Substitute in several school districts, and homeschool my own two children.

Throughout my life, there have been many wonderful people that have invested their time into my life. I now have that same passion to invest into others’ lives, specifically as a teacher. Being at home with my children when they were young was such a blessing. Nonetheless, I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life. This is my fourth year at Cor Deo, teaching 7th grade, 9th grade, and 11th grade English. It has been a joy being back in the classroom both teaching and learning.

This summer, Paul and I celebrated 13 years of marriage. We have two beautiful daughters, Dahlia (10), and Mahala (8) who attend Cor Deo. As a family we love the beach, breakfast for dinner, and serving the Lord.

From an early age, teaching has brought gladness to my heart. I am looking forward to sharing that gladness with you in addition to partnering with you this year. Thank you for all you do at home!

 

Jason R. Washburn - Math 7 and Gov/Econ

Howdy! My name is Jason R. Washburn, but most people just call me Washburn. I grew up on the east side of Portland, moved away for a few years for school and the war and then came back. I have bachelor’s degrees in Economics from University of Oregon and Information Technology from Oregon Tech. I’ve been married for almost ten years to my awesome wife Heather who’s an RN in the NNICU. I enjoy working out, running, water sports, snow sports, reading and studying (especially Theology, History, and Philosophy), and tabletop games.

I’m very joyful about the continued opportunity to teach at Cor Deo, but it’s not a blessing that’s come from anything I have done or earned; I’ve been blessed with a passion for working with youth. I’ve been on staff for youth groups for about 13 years now and have been blessed with a plethora of opportunities for teaching, mentorship, and helping teens follow after Christ. Whether it’s questions about their faith, a call at 2 a.m. to come pick them up from a party they realized they shouldn’t be at, or watching them continue to follow Christ after they leave home, God has been so good to me in letting play a very small role in His plans for young people.

I’ve been blessed with another opportunity to use my experience with youth and combine it with my passions for academic topics (especially Social Studies and Philosophy) to teach at Cor Deo. I’m very excited to see what opportunities there will be for God to use me in the classroom, and what He will teach me about my own walk with Him.

 

Don Heberling – Upper Grade Bible

Having grown up in a Christian family attending a Bible-teaching church, I had an all-too-common problem: I knew the “answers” before I had even asked the questions. At some point, I knew I had to make a choice, either make it my own faith, or walk away from it all. God graciously gave me an “Elijah” moment. No, not the dramatic earthquake or whirlwind – just the still small voice that said, “If the Lord is God, then follow him! If not, then go your own way.” At age 15, He gave me the ability to see that following my own way is like leaning the ladder against the wrong wall. Even if I make it to the top, life without Him ends up empty and meaningless. So I made my choice, got baptized, and began to learn as much as I could about how to follow Him.

A few years later in college, I got confused by all the different things Christians were telling me. Once again, God gave me a moment of clarity in thinking. I decided I needed to learn to study the Bible for myself and find out what God said rather than relying on others to spoon feed me. So I applied for seminary. Going from a Bachelors in Physics to a Masters in Theology was an unusual combination, but I never regretted it.

In seminary, I married my college sweetheart, Ruth. Following graduation, we moved to Portland where Ruth got a graduate certificate from Multnomah. I served in a series of 3 churches in Portland, Hillsboro and Beaverton as teaching pastor, deacon, and Sunday school teacher, all the while completing a 37 year career as an engineer at Intel.

Ruth and I have been married 39 years now, with 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Our two girls are married and live in Washington and Oregon, and our 2 boys are still single, living in Ireland and California.

I look forward to teaching Bible to the 7th to 12th graders this year. My prayer is that they will come to understand that the only sure truth we have in this world is God’s Word.

 

Luke Bernard – Bible 7, 8, 9 & 11

My name is Luke Bernard and this year I have the privilege to teach Bible 7, 8, 9, and 11. I am so excited that God has given me another opportunity to teach at Cor Deo.

A little bit about me:

I love Jesus. Serving him is the source of my deepest joy and greatest satisfaction. I want nothing more than to serve him every day of my life, becoming more like him in the process. I desire to give him glory in all my thoughts, words, and actions, and to “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col 3:17).

I love the Bible. It is God’s eternal word to humanity. It’s the book he’s given us. Through it, God has taught me so many amazing things. Every time I read it, even the parts I’ve read many times before, I see something new, I learn something new, and I hear God speaking through the Scriptures to me. The Bible is old, but it’s still completely and totally relevant to the present day.  I once heard someone say that, “Nothing is more relevant that that which is eternally true.” One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 23:29 where God himself says, “Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”  I don’t know about you, but I think that’s so awesome!  Nothing can stand against the truth of God’s Word!

I love my family.  My wife, Nancy, and I met at church, began dating in 2004, were married in 2009, and we had our first child, a girl, in 2015 and her name is Emerson. It’s been truly amazing to see a brand new human being grow. God’s design of life is so precious and so wonderful to witness. She brings immense joy into our lives.

Other odds and ends: I really like Star Wars, peaches are the best fruit, and I love reading. I love listening to lectures and sermons, and writing papers. I am currently in the process of obtaining my master’s degree. I got my bachelor’s degree at Western Oregon University. My favorite city is Monmouth, Oregon.

I am so thankful and excited for another year at Cor Deo! I look forward with much anticipation to what the Lord will do this year.

 

Rick Stark – English 10 – Essays

Hello, my name is Rick Stark and I’m married 41 years to my Canadian Sweetheart, Carol. God blessed us with two sons, Jake Stark of Oahu, Hawaii, and Jono Stark wed to Aimee.  They have three beautiful children, Hudson, Ollie and Jersey (in photo with us) all happy to be Cor Deo Elementary students here in Beaverton!

I received my Elem. Ed. Degree at Seattle Pacific College (now University) along with a major in PE. I taught 5th grade during my last year at SPC. Then received my diploma from Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada, as well as a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago, IL. During an 8-year period between missionary assignments, I taught ESL at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA, specifically advanced level in grammar and writing.  I also substitute taught K-12 during the same 8 years.

Before teaching ESL and substitute teaching in Mount Vernon, WA, Carol and I planted churches as missionaries in Brazil for a total of 17 years. The first 4 years we served in Sao Paulo, followed by 10 years back in Washington. We returned to Brazil in 2001, this time to Rio de Janeiro for another 13 years. Jesus gave both Carol and me a passion to minister to Rio’s urban poor, homeless, addicted, sexually confused and abused. We were privileged, while working with Christland, an arm of the Brazilian Baptist Convention, to see hundreds of lives transformed (harvest factory) by the power of God. Our job description included receiving over 45 short-term youth and adult mission teams with whom we ministered in Rio’s countless favelas (drug controlled slums). After our retirement from Converge Worldwide Missions staff 09/30 2014, Carol and I settled in Beaverton, OR in March 2015.

I have always been energized by youth and recently when my wife helped me dye my white goatee lime green for a Seahawks game, my Converge Worldwide boss on FB described me as “right up there with In/Out Burgers as being the best anti-depressant on earth”! I am not only crazy about sports, but also crazy about our good, heavenly Father and His final harvest. This includes prayerfully finding young and old “people of peace” (Luke 1o:1-6), especially among the “poor in spirit”, who immediately take the Good News to others. This results in multiplication of harvesters (harvest factory) as we clearly communicate God’s love, especially in writing, to all the nations. I look forward to praying and growing this year in our writing adventures with each one of my students, and your families. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to email me at: rc1stark@gmail.com.

 

Shelley Chase –  Biology and Physical Science

When I was 11 years old, I knelt on a bale of hay and prayed a simple a prayer. This was the beginning of a challenging and exciting life of following Jesus wherever he leads me.  I strive to love him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to sacrificially love others as Jesus taught us to do. It has been my great joy and pleasure to teach at Cor Deo for the past four years.

I graduated from the UC Davis with a degree in Wildlife Biology then earned my Teaching Credential at San Jose State. Before I had children, I taught high school biology in a public school. My husband and I raised four children, whom I taught at home for 15 years. I have also taught small groups of homeschoolers many kinds of science, including botany, zoology, biology, forensic science, anatomy and physiology, general science, chemistry, and physical science.

My science classes are hands-on, laboratory-based classes. It is my hope that through the study and observation of our natural world and its amazing complexity and creativity, students would be able to discover for themselves the awesomeness of our Creator, and would come away with growing faith and enough knowledge to defend their faith in a world that often believes science and faith do not mesh.

Our large family highly values education. I married my college sweetheart Eric, who is a computer engineer, and have been married 34 years. We have two grown and married daughters, both marriage and family therapists, who have given us 4 grandsons between them (and counting). Our oldest son is a software engineer and is also working on his MBA. Our youngest son has just started college, intending to study Biology (my science kid!).  I am also helping to raise up a future generation of science-loving Jesus-followers by babysitting my grandchildren in the afternoon a couple of days per week. I feel very blessed to serve and walk the path God has given me teaching students a love of God’s creation.

 

Hazuki Camp – Spanish I & II

My name is Hazuki Camp and I’m so blessed to be teaching, for the first time, Spanish I and II this year at Cor Deo.

First, let me tell you a little bit about myself. My mother is Mexican and my father is Japanese. Even though I was born in Japan, I was raised in Chiapas, Mexico. After high school I went to Japan to visit my aunt and decided I wanted to live there and experience more of Japan. Little did I know that the Lord had planned to meet me in that specific country where less than 1% are believers of Christ. In 2003, right after I decided to follow Jesus, I moved to the States to go to College. I lived in Seattle, WA with a wonderful Christian host-family who helped me grow in my faith. Then I met my husband Todd and married him a year later. Todd had been an English teacher in China, but hadn’t been to Japan before. So we decided to move there after we got married. He taught English in Junior and High school for two years. We both enjoyed building community with the people in the rural town where we lived and learning more about the Japanese culture as well as the language. In 2007, a few months after our daughter Elisa was born, we came back to the States to be close to Todd’s family and settle in Beaverton. Later, in 2010 our son Israel joined us. And in 2013 our last baby girl, Emi, came to complete our family. We first heard of Cor Deo through families at our home church, Cedar Mill Bible Church. When it was time for Elisa to go to Kindergarten the Lord opened the doors to Cor Deo and since then he has been faithful to us and we are now in our sixth year. Three years ago, I started grading as my volunteering hours for Mrs. Wachsmuth (former Spanish teacher) and eventually I subbed for her from time to time. I enjoyed being in the class with the students very much. I also enjoyed when I would do a small presentation about my life story to them and encourage them in their study of a foreign language. In my experience, God gave me the amazing opportunity to learn not just one, but two completely different languages from my mother tongue. I understand how hard and overwhelming it can be, but I also know the joy and excitement of being able to communicate with others. I have had to learn how to be humble, to persevere, to be patient and not to be AFRAID of making mistakes. My hope is that I’ll be able to motivate your student to learn not just Spanish, but any language they feel interested in as well as building some character traits that hopefully will last through their life.

I know I will be leaning as much as your student as we go, so bear with me :) I believe in open communication to avoid future issues, so please feel free to e-mail me at any time (hjko8@hotmail.com) or meet me in person if you or your student have any concerns, comments, suggestions or encouragement :)

I believe the Lord has called me to Cor Deo for a reason and I’m very excited to see what He’s going to do. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your kid’s education this year!

 

Hannah Couch – School Nurse

My name is Hannah Couch and I am so excited to have the opportunity to work at Cor Deo! In addition to helping with miscellaneous tasks throughout each day, I get to be the official school nurse!

Most of you know me as the volunteer coordinator and the immunization records organizer. I am also a Christian who loves the Lord whole heartily. I’ve been married to my amazing husband for almost 11 years and I am the mother of four wonderful kiddos (Mia, Silas, Lexie & Titus). Before becoming a mama, I worked as a pediatric RN for 6 years at both Shriner’s Hospital and at a pediatric clinic. I’ve also been blessed to travel to other countries to help children in need and provide training for orphanage caregivers. I love taking care of children during both their highs and lows.

It’s been so fun getting to know your children this year and I look forward to getting to know them even better as I care for their scrapes, bonks & tummy aches.

Please contact me with any question that you may have: hannahmcouch@gmail.com