Ms. Boylan graduated from Concordia University Nebraska in 2011 with a B.S. in Education and a B.A. in English. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in reading instruction. Originally from Southern California, Ms Boylan has spent her life travelling around the world with her missionary family. She’s lived in Namibia, Guatemala, Mexico, Sierra Leone, and all over the U.S., and she now calls Arizona home! Ms Boylan loves school and loves her students even more. She has taught high school for four years, focusing mainly on English and honors or AP English, but making the occasional foray into theology, social studies, and Spanish as well.
Katie was raised in a Christian household and attended Christian schools her whole life. She attended Phoenix Christian Preparatory Schools from Preschool- 12th grade (then Light and Life Elementary and Phoenix Christian Jr/Sr High School). After high school, she attended Biola University. She felt God leading her to work with high schoolers. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors in English, as well as 3 minors: Secondary Education, TESOL (teaching ESL), and Bible. She decided to continue pursuing her education and graduated with her Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2015 from Biola University. The past 2 years she has worked as a freshman, sophomore, Honors, and Foundational English teacher at Phoenix Christian Preparatory School. She got married in September 2016 and started attending Cornerstone Church in Chandler. She works with the nursery and is a part of the “After I Do” young marrieds group.
Mr. Chisum has a Master’s in Elementary Education from NAU and is coming to us with 16 years of teaching experience. He is looking forward to teaching at a Christian school where he can share his faith without restraint. He enjoys serving in children’s ministries at Redemption Gateway Church.
Mrs. Desmarchais has been teaching Physical Education since 1989. She took a wonderful hiatus to stay home for eight years and raise her boys, returning to teaching in 2009. Mrs. Desmarchais has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical/ Health Education and Dance from the University of Toronto, the city in which she was born and raised. She moved to Gilbert, with her husband Jim, in 1988 where she received her AZ teaching certificate, allowing her to teach PE grades K-12. She continued her graduate work in Secondary Education at ASU and the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Desmarchais came to Gilbert Christian Schools in 2008 and established the Elementary PE Program, teaching K-6 grade students for six years. In 2015 she continued her teaching at the High School by teaching a girl’s Fitness/PE class. Besides her faith and her family, teaching students about physical education and have them understand and appreciate that fitness is a lifestyle, is what she most cares about. Mrs. Desmarchais is a member of Redeemer Bible Church in Gilbert and serves in the Nursery ministry. Her favorite pass time is anything that involves being with her husband, Jim and her two boys, Christopher and Steven, both GCS graduates. Mrs. Desmarchais enjoys being active: hiking, bike riding, and working out. She balances that with her love of cooking/baking and finding new restaurants to enjoy!
Mrs. Fellows was born and raised on the east coast working as a licensed commercial insurance broker/legal admin before moving to Arizona with her family in 1996. Since her children were still quite young, she was a stay-at-home mom. During those years, she decided to fulfill a life-long goal to complete college and graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix in 2004 with a B.S. degree in Management with emphasis on technology. Wishing to keep the same school hours/vacations as her children, she became a certified substitute and moved from being a Para-educator to substituting in the Chandler Unified School District. She did this for 11 years and gained most of her teaching experience from long-term positions in kindergarten, first, fourth, and fifth grades. In 2015, she became certified in Career and Technical Education. Through daily prayer and devotion, Mrs. Fellows feels God has led her to Gilbert Christian HS. She feels truly blessed and humbled by all the Lord has helped her achieve. Mrs. Fellows looks forward to directing her Christian beliefs and values through education to encourage the growth of students who embrace God’s wisdom in every subject they study. Mrs. Fellows has been married to her husband, Bill, for 28 years and has two adult children. They currently attend Sun Valley Community Church.
Mrs. Field has a B.S. in Physics and 25 graduate hours from San Diego State University as a McNair scholar. She previously taught 2 1/2 years at college level. She worked as the research scientist for two years. For the past nine years, she stayed at home with her children. Mrs. Field and her husband David have four children and is looking forward to her second year of teaching at GCS.
Chris and his wife, Lori, were high school sweethearts while at Schaumburg HS in the suburbs of Chicago and were married in 1993. They moved to the East Valley in 1995. Their son, Kyler, attended GCS from kindergarten through high school, graduating in 2018, and he is now attending Grand Canyon University. Their son, Karsten, also started in kindergarten at GCS and is a member of the high school class of 2021. Chris has been working at GCS in various capacities since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania. The Gargans attend Rock Point Church in Queen Creek.
Having been a part of Gilbert Christian Schools for nineteen years, in a variety of roles from a parent, prayer/mission coordinator, substitute, part-time and full-time teacher, I have experienced from, a unique perspective, the development and emergence of a quality Christian school. My passion for my own four children, as well as those who continue to attend here, has been to do all I can to help them grow physically, academically, emotionally and spiritually to be all they can be in Christ. My varied background including a B.A. from East Stroudsburg State University, PA, along with great dance and performance experience gleaned from years of living in the NY metropolitan area, have enabled me to serve in a variety of roles at the school. The shared focus of staff and teachers alike, to support one another, while wholeheartedly serving the Lord, our families and students are unmatched by anything I have encountered. I am exceedingly blessed to be able to continue to teach, facilitate prayer and provide ministry opportunities that lead to the expansion of God’s kingdom at GCS and beyond, through the impacted lives of our students!
Debbie moved from Kansas City, MO one year ago with her family. She and her husband enjoy six children and five grandchildren. Debbie was raised in a loving Christian home, and that strong heritage is what she has instilled in her children and grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves watching her kids in sporting events, scrapbooking, and worshipping and pleasing God in everything she does.
Mr. Holsinger graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) in 1996, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Graphic Design. After college, Mr. Holsinger worked as a graphic designer and a high school art teacher before moving from Ohio to Arizona in 1998 to begin his career as a professional fine artist. Starting as an art apprentice for three years in a fine art studio, Mr. Holsinger worked for six years as a painter along with many other professional artists at the Phoenix Art Group. In 2004, he left to establish his own fine art business, Holsinger Fine Art Studio, where Holsinger continues to create paintings for various private clients, businesses, agents, art publishers, and art galleries, nationally and internationally. Mr. Holsinger is excited to teach art at GCS, both at the high school and the middle school. He and his wife, Natalie, have four children, two of which attend GCS.
Mr. Jarles attended Northern Arizona University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in History, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. He has been teaching since 2002 at various high schools including Mountain View, Valley Christian, and Blue Ridge. Mr. Jarles has taught a wide range of classes such as AP Composition and Language, World History, Senior level English, Government and Economics, and Broadcast Journalism. Mr. Jarles has two wonderful children that attend GCS, Abrielle and Alijah. He loves teaching at GCS, and being able to share the Gospel with students on a daily basis, taking these daily interactions and using them as teachable moments.
Mrs. Johnson earned her BS in Physical Education, with a minor in Bible, from Biola University located in La Mirada, CA. Following graduation, she completed her post-baccalaureate teaching certification through Ottawa University in Arizona. In 2002, she earned her Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University. She taught in the local public schools as a junior high science and PE teacher, before staying home to take care of her children. She has also taught part-time as an online instructor, since 2001. Mrs. Johnson and her husband, Jeff, have two children. Garret and Sarah have attended Gilbert Christian since 2010. Mrs. Johnson appreciates being part of the Christian environment here at GCHS.
Mr. Johnson graduated from The Ohio State University in 2005 and 2006, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and a Masters of Education in Mathematics focusing in Secondary Education. After college, Mr. Johnson moved to Georgia where he taught for two years at East Paulding High School. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Johnson coached several sports including basketball, golf, and fastpitch softball. In 2008, Mr. Johnson moved to Arizona to Fountain Hills High School. During his five years there, Mr. Johnson taught Geometry, Geometry Concepts, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC. He was also the head coach of the basketball team at Fountain Hills amassing 98 wins, five consecutive trips to the state tournament (including state runners-up in 2011), and two region coaches of the year. In 2013, Mr. Johnson changed to Skyline High School in Mesa, Arizona. He taught Geometry, Geometry Honors, and Algebra 2 in his time at Skyline. In 2015, Mr. Johnson joined the high school staff at Gilbert Christian High School as a math teacher (Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Precalculus, Statistics, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2) and as the varsity assistant boys’ basketball coach. In his free time, Mr. Johnson enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Stephanie.
Mr. Keener graduated from Wittenberg University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and secondary education. He earned his Masters of Science degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in 1986. Mr. Keener spent 35 years at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan where he taught history, coached the boy’s varsity basketball team and served as the Director of Upper School Athletics. When he left Michigan, he had the second highest boys coach winnings in Michigan prep history with a record of 688-121. In that time he coached DCDS to nine state championships and produced four McDonald’s All-Americans. As a member of Rosedale Park Baptist Church, he was active in many ministries including youth Sunday School, church landscaping, the homeless ministry and the urban garden ministry. Mr. Keener came to Gilbert Christian Schools to work in an environment in which the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence is achieved in an atmosphere of Scriptural based spiritual growth. Away from school, Mr. Keener enjoys gardening, hiking, and watching sports events. He and his wife Nedra have two grown sons.
Christina Lang is a California native who graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and minors in English and Bible in 2000. Education and Church Ministry have been her focus for the last 17 years as she has taught in Jr. High/High School, Children’s Ministry, Marriage Ministry, Women’s Ministry, and most recently as a Keynote Speaker in several churches and conferences across the country. Her greatest joy is to proclaim the message of freedom that can be found only when one surrenders their entire life to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. She has written for several publications, including Focus on the Family, and published her first book (a woman’s Bible Study) in 2015. Christina feels strongly that God led her family to Gilbert Christian School. Her new role as Guidance Counselor will allow her to pair two of her greatest passions: education and ministry. Working with students, teaching them to live intentionally by setting attainable goals, while simultaneously realizing that their greatest worth will always be found in their Creator is what she is most excited about. Christina and her husband Brandon are active members of Mission Community Church along with their six children who all attend Gilbert Christian School.
Matthew Littlefield has been an educator for the last 15 years, starting his teaching career at Oaks Christian High School in California. He became a teacher after graduating from Vanguard University with his BS in Biology and Chemistry. His family moved to Arizona in 2004, where he continued teaching at St. Paul’s Academy while working on his Masters in Educational Leadership from Ottawa University. Upon getting his Principal certificate, he became an administrator at St. Paul’s before moving on to AAEC South Mountain and AAEC Red Mountain where he was the Principal until 2010. During this time he completed a Certificate in Graduate Studies from Ottawa in Psychology. After completing his Masters, he continued his education at ASU where he completed his doctoral work in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Change. In February 2014 he joined the GCS community as the high school principal. His four kids attend GCS and allow him to see his students grow and mature under the guidance of Christian teacher’s. Matthew raises his four children by himself after being widowed in 2013, when his wife suddenly passed away. He feels incredibly blessed to be part of such an amazing community and school.
Mr. Lovelady received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University and a Temporary Principal Certification from ACSI. He is currently working on his Masters in Educational Leadership. For the past 25 years, he had the privilege of working in Tacoma, Washington, at Life Christian Academy with middle school and high school students in a variety of roles including teacher, varsity basketball coach, athletic director, department chair, upper vice principal, middle school principal, and Director of Advancement. He has thoroughly enjoyed mentoring students, parenting alongside parents, and building relationships with the staff and teachers. Mark was the 15-time speed skate champion and the school table tennis champion at his last school. He also had the privilege of coaching both the High School boys and girls basketball teams last year and both teams qualified for the state tournament. Currently, Mark and his wife are looking for a new church home in Arizona for their family. For over 35 years they were attending Life Center Church in Tacoma, Washington and served as an assistant youth pastor for 15 years. He has been married to his wife Jennifer for 23 years. They have four children Alexis, Luke, Landyn, and Ashton. Alexis is currently working at a couples and pastors retreat center in Northern California and will be joining them here in Arizona in the fall and finishing her degree at GCU. Luke is on scholarship playing basketball at Point Loma in San Diego. Landyn will be a Junior at Gilbert Christian High School this year and Ashton will be in the 7th Grade at our Greenfield Campus. Mark has joined our Gilbert Christian Schools staff in the summer of 2018.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
Mrs. Paasch has a degree in Sociology, from Arizona State University and is studying for her Masters in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding at California State University. She has spent many years as an international worker in Mexico, as well as Morocco, North Africa. Mrs. Paasch loves to encourage her students and is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with those she encounters. She is looking forward to teaching Spanish and Social Studies to her students at Gilbert Christian High School!
Mike Paasch received his MA in Spanish Linguistics at New Mexico State University and his BA in Political Science at ASU. Languages have been a big part of his life: he is fluent in Spanish and spent a year studying Arabic. He and his family have lived abroad for the gospel in Mexico and North Africa. God saved him during his college studies and gave him a desire to reach the nations far and near with the good news of Jesus. He is married to Lynne and has two daughters: Hannah and Amy. They are foster parents. He has engaged in cross-cultural service for many years. His desire is to encourage this generation of students to pour out their lives for Jesus!
Mr. Patterson graduated from Arizona State University in 1989 receiving a bachelors of science degree in Bio-Mechanics. While at ASU, Mr. Patterson played as a defensive lineman for ASU Sun Devil Football. After college, Mr. Patterson played as a defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers Football Team for six years. He then worked as a custom home builder. Mr. Patterson and his wife, Jackie, have four children who attend GCS.
Ms. Perry is an accompanist with over 30 years experience. She studied piano performance at Western Oregon State University. She taught music at Eastside Christian School for fourteen years and was the accompanist at Central Christian Church (Mesa) for twenty-three years. She currently performs with various groups around the valley and teaches private piano lessons. She has accompanied all of the Gilbert Christian Schools choirs since 2007.
Mrs. Rachoy is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, holding a B.M.E. degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis. She has more than 5 years of experience teaching privately and in group classes. Her teaching experiences have been in early childhood strings, middle school outreach band, middle school orchestra, and elementary orchestra. Prior to teaching at Gilbert Christian, Mrs. Rachoy substituted for music classes in the Mesa Public School district. She is very excited to be teaching music at a Christian school where she can motivate students to glorify God through stringed instruments.
Mr. Robinson graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education (English). He currently attends Tempe Nazarene Church, where he serves as both a Youth Ministry adult/worship leader and the lead guitar player for the main service’s worship team. He is married to a fellow teacher at GCS, Megan Robinson. In his spare time, he plays guitar and enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs, Scout and Foxy. He also likes playing and watching soccer. He is excited to work at GCS because of the ability the school provides to implement Biblical and spiritual teaching and guidance throughout his classes, which he believes provides each student with a truly complete education.
Dakota Smith is an Arizona native who teaches Junior and Senior Bible. He also serves as the college ministry leader at Mesa Baptist Church. In 2012 he graduated from Arizona Christian University and had been involved in youth ministry, teaching, and coaching high school sports for 8+ years. He has served as a missionary for the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association in the Philippines and spends extra time ministering to Muslims for the cause of Christ. At the moment, he is attending Grace School of Theology and continuing his current work towards an MDIV with an emphasis in Global Outreach. In 2014, he married his wife and best friend, Shannon. As a Registered Nurse, she also has a passion for the lost and joins Dakota in ministry efforts for the Lord. This past September they welcomed their first baby girl, Selah Noel, into their lives. As for hobbies, Dakota loves hiking, backpacking, Arizona sports teams, and setting up romantic dates for his beautiful wife. Going forward Dakota and his wife have aspirations to make Jesus Christ known to people who are experiencing the emptiness of the world, and seeing the moving of God’s Spirit evident among the saints through revival and prayer (Ephesians 1:15-17; 2nd Thessalonians 1:9-12).
Mr. Wilson received his M.A. in Ministry from Phoenix Seminary and his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University. He is an avid bowhunter and archer. Mr. Wilson has been married to his wife Jeannie for 8 years and they now have two children: Abigail and Caleb. He joined our Gilbert Christian Schools staff in 2017.
“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14