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Miss Abraham received a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University This is her first full teaching year with her own classroom. With 4 years of experience in practicum, teaching positions, substituting and student teaching at public, charter, and other private schools. Miss Abraham loves the outdoors including hiking, camping, paddle boarding, cliff jumping, and on occasion surfing. She is the youngest of 7 kids who live in multiple different states. Miss Abraham attends Christ Church Phoenix. She began working as a substitute teacher in January of 2023 at GCS.
“How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand when I awake, I am still with you.” Psalm 139:17-18
Joanna has her BAE in Elementary and in Special Education along with an ESL Endorsement. She is also C.L.I.P. Trained (Reading Recovery). Her experience involves 4 years of teaching Sp. Ed in Tempe, AZ, 5 years teaching Elementary Ed. (grades K-3) in Tempe, 1-year teaching 1st grade in Mansfield, TX, and 2 and a half years homeschooling her children in Queen Creek. Joanna is a native Arizonian and has spent the last 2 and a half years homeschooling so that the family could travel. Her favorite place is to be with family and friends at their cabin in the White Mountains. Joanna met her husband Mark in school and have been friends since 1975. They went to kindergarten together and have now been married for over 15 years. They have 3 children: Avery, Caden, and Tessa who all attend Gilbert Chrisitan Schools. The whole family worships at Sun Valley Community Church where Joanna and Mark have served as mentors for engaged/pre-engaged couples. Joanna became a part of our Gilbert Christian Schools staff in 2018.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Ms. Ashley graduated from NAU with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Ms. Ashley has 6 months of Student Teaching Kindergarten at Riggs Elementary. She also has a year and a half of experience in Practicum at Riggs Elementary (K) and Towne Meadows Elementary (1st and 4th grade). Lastly, she has over four years of teaching art classes with K-6th grade students at Young Rembrandts. Ms. Ashley loves to golf, create art, and work out. She is the only granddaughter out of twelve grandchildren. Ms. Ashley has one brother and two amazing parents. Ms. Ashley attends Cornerstone Church. 2023 was Ms. Ashley’s first year at GCS.
“Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you. Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.” Job 22:21-22
Mrs. Azeka has received her Bachelors in Psychology from Northern Arizona University and her Masters of Education and Certification through Arizona State University. She has been teaching in the primary grades since 2017 and also has experience with curriculum coordination and team leadership. Mrs. Azeka loves to spend time with her family, read, watch movies, be creative, and go antique shopping. She has been happily married to her husband Bryan for 10 years. Mrs. Azeka currently attends Christ Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert, Arizona. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8
Mrs. Blunt earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Susquehanna University and a Masters Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University. This is Mrs. Blunt’s 16th year of teaching Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Mrs. Blunt loves to play with her family farm of dogs and chickens. During school breaks, she will be hiking in Sedona or playing at the beach with her family. She has been married to her husband Brian for 20 years and they have a daughter (17) and a son (13). Mrs. Blunt and her family are members of Risen Savior Lutheran Church. She is a greeter and a volunteer for the Women’s Ministry. She began teaching at GCS in 2023.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Mrs. Brasier has received a Bachelors in Music Education, a Masters in Music Education, a Masters in Elementary Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership and is currently working on her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership in K-12 Education. She has taught in both music and elementary classrooms for over 10 years and has been a private Christian school administrator for 8 years. Mrs. Brasier loves spending time with family and playing video games on her Switch with her kids. She has been married to her amazing husband Robert for 29 years and has a son and daughter. Her son is an adult and her daughter is a senior at GCS. Mrs. Brasier currently attends Rock Point Church. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Mary Brotherton received her degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She taught 5th grade for 2 years and preschool for 5 years before stepping away from the classroom to stay home and raise her 4 children. She was so excited to be able to return to teaching at Gilbert Christian Schools! Mary is a Gilbert native and enjoys hiking and spending time with her family. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Mike, for over 14 years and they have 4 sweet kids who all attend Gilbert Christian Schools. Mary and her family attend and serve Christ Church. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
Ms Burkhart holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State and a Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University She has been teaching for 16 years and has taught grades Preschool through 7th grade during her career. She was also been the Yearbook advisor at her previous school. Ms. Burkhart enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She has a 25-year-old son Brian, who graduated from Gilbert Christian in 2016. Ms. Burkhart currently attends Queen Creek Bible Church where she is part of the Children’s Ministry and the Cares Ministry. She began working at GCS in 2023.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Sarah Carson received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Millikin University. She holds a PK-3rd grade certification in Ohio and Arizona. Her teaching experience started in 1997 and involves years of teaching every grade from Kindergarten to 3rd grade. Sarah has lived in Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Arizona. Arizona is her 5th state to be certified to teach in, and she has loved learning new things everywhere she has gone! Sarah has been married to her husband Derek since 2000 and they have two sons. Both David and Drew attend Gilbert Christian Schools. Sarah has been a part of our Gilbert Christian Schools staff since 2018.
“Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Mr. Cervantez earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 1998 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Arizona State University in 1995. In 2006, Mr. Cervantez earned a certificate from the EVBC Training Center for completing the Training Center for Development of Church Pastors, Teachers, Elders, and Lay Leaders. Mr. Cervantez has been teaching PE since 1995. Mr. Cervantez is excited to use his gifts, experiences, and passions to communicate the glory and worth of Jesus Christ to students and families at GCS. Mr. Cervantez enjoys family time and vacations on the beach. He enjoys spraying golf balls around the golf course when time permits. Mr. Cervantez and his wife, Carina, just celebrated their 26th year of marriage. They have four children. The Cervantez family attends Redeemer Bible Church. Mr. Cervantez joined GCS in 2023.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
Mr. Chapman has received his Bachelor’s degree in Education. This will be his 5th year teaching. He has taught 4th, 6th, and 8th grades in the past. Mr. Chapman enjoys spending time outdoors and working out at the gym. Mr. Chapman attends Calvary East Valley. He began working at GCS in 2023.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Mrs. Clower received her Bachelors in Education from Ottawa University and also had an Early Childhood Endorsement. She has been teaching kindergarten for over six years and has also taught 1st and 2nd grade. She has served as a PTSO Teacher Representative, has been the kindergarten team lead, and served as a mentor for first year teachers. In her spare time, Mrs. Clower enjoys decorating her home and spending time in the mountains at her family cabin. As a family, they also enjoy fishing, hiking, exploring Arizona, and playing sports. She has been married to her husband, Scott, for 22 years and they have three children ages 19, 18, and 9. Her youngest son will be joining her at Val Vista and will be in the 4th grade. Mrs. Clower currently attends Generation Church with her family. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Mrs. Cook graduated with a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and teaching certificate from ASU in the Spring of 2022. Prior to teaching, she worked in college ministry for 12 years alongside her husband in CA and AZ. Most recently, Mrs. Cook taught kindergarten for Chandler Unified School District and has a background in working as a behavioral therapist for children with autism. Mrs. Cook likes to read, decorate, cook, and cheer her kids on in their sports and activities. She also enjoys visiting the beaches of her hometown with her family. She has been married to her husband Jared for 14 years and has three children (Dusty, Elijah, and Harper) who also attend GCS. Mrs. Cook attends Christ Church Gilbert with her family and is so thankful to be a part of a church body that is deeply rooted in the Bible. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Mrs. Cruz received her Bachelors in Education from Ottawa University and her Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University. She has been in education for 18 years. She has begun her journey by working with English Language Learners, after graduating with her teaching certificate, she moved to general Education and taught in 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade classes. Mrs. Cruz enjoys cooking for family and friends, she likes to paint, and her favorite places to visit have to have a beach or a lake. She has been married to her husband for 30 years. They have two grown children, her daughter who lives in Northern California, and her son and his wife in Washington. She enjoys traveling to visit them and spending quality time together. Mrs. Cruz currently attends Shepherd’s House Bible Church. She began working with GCS in 2023.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
Ms. Daily has been teaching in the elementary grade levels since 2009. Before teaching at GCS, Ms. Daily previously taught in Idaho where she completed her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Specialist Degree in Education and Administration. Ms. Daily’s greatest joy is serving God; however, she feels very blessed and honored to serve the students and families at Gilbert Christian Schools, too. Ms. Daily currently resides in Gilbert, AZ with her two children and attends Sun Valley Community Church.
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Mrs. Dobbs is originally from Tucson, Az, and attended the University of Arizona for her Undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and then went on to get her Masters in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. She previously taught 1st and 2nd grade for 9 years in Casa Grande and was a technology teacher in New Jersey for Prek-8th grade for 3 years. Mrs. Dobbs loves to travel and has been to The UK, France, Germany, Holland, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, and Canada. She also enjoys a good trip to Disney whenever she can. She has been married for 7 years to her Husband Charles. He is a senior manager of business intelligence for Verizon. They have 3 children. Her stepson Sean is 17 years old and attends Desert Ridge High School, Their daughter Harper is 4 years old and will be attending the 5-day Pre-k program at Val Vista, and they have a 2-year-old son named Hunter. She and her family attend church at Cornerstone in Chandler. She is involved in their women’s ministry, and MOPS. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13
Mrs. Dudley earned her M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Grand Canyon University. In 2009, Mrs. Dudley found her love of teaching when she became involved in children’s ministry. Mrs. Dudley decided to go back to school to become a state certified teacher in Early Childhood Education. She began teaching at GCS in 2016 and feels blessed to teach the minds and hearts of her students, keeping Jesus as the focus. Mrs. Dudley and her husband have two children. The family attends and serves at Central Christian Church.
Ms. Franklin earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Educational Leadership (Administration) She has been teaching for over 25 years. Most of her teaching assignments were Middle School/Jr High Science, Math, and/or Computer Science. Ms. Franklin is a soprano and loves to sing in choirs. She has been a member of the ASU Gospel Choir as well as singing on the church worship team and choir. She also enjoys experiencing the wonders of nature and is hoping to visit ALL of the National Parks. Her son and daughter-in-law are her pride and joy! Ms. Franklin is currently a member of Trinity Worship Center and serves in Sunday School and music ministry. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“…Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Genesis 15:1 KJV
Mrs. Geopfert has received her Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies/ Undergraduate Education K-8 from Azusa Pacific University. She has taught Pre-K and assistant taught Kindergarten and 4th grade. She was a vocational ministry leader overseeing Kindergarten through 5th-grade Children’s Ministry for over two years before moving to leadership over the team of directors from Birth-Grade 5. Mrs. Geopfert is an Arizona native who loves going up to the mountains, boating, and hiking. She also enjoys reading and cooking for family and friends. Mrs. Geopfert has been married to her husband Tyler for 12 years and they have two sons and a daughter who will be attending the Val Vista campus as well. Mrs. Geopfert attends Rock Point Church and has loved being a part of the KIDS Ministry there. She joined the GCS staff in 2023.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:10-14 Also, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9
Brian earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. He has been in the field of education since 2002 and began teaching elementary school at the same school he attended as a child where he taught for a decade in grades from second to fifth. His desire to make a larger impact on the lives of children required a move to teacher coaching and administration. He spent three years as a teacher coach before moving into a principal position where he has served students in that capacity since 2015. Brian and his family love traveling, they often can be found in the great outdoors enjoying the natural beauty that God has created. He and his wife Erin have been married since 2006. Their oldest daughter Addison attends GCS, and their son Benjamin will, once he is old enough to attend. Brian and his family currently attend Cornerstone Church in Chandler. Brian has been a part of the GCS team since 2022.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinder and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ” Hebrews 12:1-3
Mrs. Hodge received her Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Bible and Theology from William Jessup University. She has experience teaching all ages but has spent the majority of her teaching career teaching middle school and High school. Mrs. Hodge loves to read and bake with her children. She has been married to her husband Taylor for 8 years and have three children together. Their oldest began attending GCS in 2023. Mrs. Hodge attends Generation Church with her family. Her husband is a Worship Pastor and she serves with their little G’s ministry. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
James 1:2-4 ESV
Mrs. Kerr has received her Bachelors in Education and has received her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been teaching for 4 years. She has taught kindergarten and 3rd grade. Mrs. Kerr likes to knit, watch hockey, and visit her husband’s family cabin up north whenever they have the chance. She has been married to her husband Bryce for 4 years. They have a German Shepherd dog, who always keeps them active. Mrs. Kerr currently attends Gold Canyon Community Church. This is her first year at GCS.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9
Mrs. Kost loves to create wonderful lessons and encourage her students to always do their best and glorify God with their lives. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon College and is Arizona State Certified. Before coming to GCS, she taught 4th grade in public school and homeschooled her own children for 15 years. God has given her a tremendous heart for children and her entire family loved and cared for foster children in their home from many years. Mrs. Kost has three grown daughters and two who attend GCS. She and her family worship God together at Cornerstone church.
Mrs. Lentz has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, with Middle School Endorsements in both math and science. She also has a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from Grand Canyon University. She has been teaching 6th-grade math and science for the last 5 and a half years and also has 7 years of experience as a junior high and high school youth leader through her church. Mrs. Lentz loves to sing and has been a musician for as long as she can remember. She also has a blackbelt in TaeKwonDo and enjoys continuing to learn new styles of martial arts. Most recently she has taken a liking to gardening and learning how to grow different fruits and veggies. She has been married to her husband Joshua for the last 5 years and they have a wonderful son named Jameson together. Mrs. Lentz has attended Redemption Gilbert for the last 26 years. She previously served as a leader for their youth ministry, and is proud to call her church “home”. She began working at GCS at the start of the 2023/2024 school year for the opening of the Val Vista Campus.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
Megan Martin has received her Bachelors Kinesiology and a Masters degree in Education She has taught kindergarten through 8th-grade physical education for over 15 years and has coached after-school athletics for 10 years. “Coach” Martin loves to spend time weightlifting and traveling with her family. She has been married to her husband, Michael for over 7 years and they have one daughter who is in first grade at GCS. Coach Martin currently attends Rock Point Church with her husband and volunteers with the Kids Ministry. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength. Philippians” 4:13
Mr. Mathews has a Bachelors in Anthropology and is currently enrolled in pursuit of a Masters of Divinity from Southern California Seminary. He has ministered in college and young adult ministry on church and para-church staff for 10 years, with a focus in discipleship and inductive Bible study. He loves hiking, climbing, golf, snowboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, exercising, traveling, Jeopardy, and board games. He has been married to Adrienne since 2019. He attends Shepherd’s House Bible Church and serves in discipleship ministry and young married discipleship He began working for GCS in 2023.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
She has received her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, Masters in Elementary Education, certified as a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood Generalist. She is also currently finishing her second Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in August from Grand Canyon University. She has been teaching preschool to fourth graders for over 18 years. Mrs. Meyer likes to spend time gardening, baking with her girls, playing with two dogs, hiking, camping, watching movies, and creating crafts with her Cricut. She has been married to her husband Rob for over 16 years. They have three sweet kids. Their oldest is Phyllicity (Felicity) and she attends ALA Gilbert High High School. Then Shelby is an 8th grader also at ALA Gilbert. Their youngest is Robbie and he is in 3rd grade at ALA Mesa. her family attends Christ Church of the Valley (CCV). We have been there for 6 years. Our kids attend youth group. We attend small group. She will begin working at GCS this current school year.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Amy graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2006 with my Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Certificate for K-8th grade. Then, she graduated from Azuza Pacific University in 2009 with my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Amy also holds my Standard Arizona Teaching Certificate for PreK-12th grade and Arizona Principal’s Certificate for PreK-12th grade. She began teaching in 2003 at a Christ Lutheran Preschool in California. In 2006 Amy moved on to teaching elementary school first in California and now in Arizona. She taught all grades preschool through 5th grade and have been an Instructional Coach as well. Amy loves to exercise and take Zumba and Hip-Hop classes. She was in competitive dance as a child (for 18 years actually) which lead me to my first job working at Disneyland in the character department. Disneyland was a magical place to work. She and her family currently attend and serve at Rockpoint Church in Queen Creek and love it! She is married to her high school sweetheart in 2004. They have three beautiful children and two fur babies. Amy became part of the GCS staff in 2019.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Mr. Pastor earned his bachelor’s degree in Commercial Physical Education at Colorado State University. He later earned his master’s degree at the University of Arizona in Exercise & Sports Sciences. He continued his education by earning a post-baccalaureate degree at Arizona State University in elementary education (K-8). He has been teaching middle school and high school math for 26 years. He also taught biological sciences for 7 years and a STEM class for 3 years. Mr. Pastor enjoys coaching, most recently volleyball and softball. He is an avid Denver Broncos fan. He has been married to his beautiful bride, Terri, for 35 years. He has two children. Hannah, his oldest, is 27 and is, presently, a stay-at-home mom. She graduated from Grand Canyon University. Jared is 25 years old. He is living and working in Irvine, California. He works as a web designer and technology manager for a realty company. Mr. Pastor is, presently, looking for a new church home. He is new to the Gilbert community since moving from Oro Valley, AZ. He began his new teaching venture at GCS in 2023.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7,8
Mrs. Pastor attended Northern Arizona University where she received a dual degree in elementary/special education. During her years of teaching in Phoenix, she continued her education and earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education through Northern Arizona University. Her first teaching job was in the Cartwright School District in Phoenix, Arizona. She taught 3rd grade for 10 years at Heatherbrae Elementary School. She moved back to her hometown, Tucson, in 1999. She continued pursuing her love of teaching in the Amphitheater School District. She taught for 10 years in 4th grade and 12 years in 3rd grade at Wilson K-8. For the past two years, she had the blessing of teaching 4th grade at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, also in Tucson. Mrs. Pastor’s interests include enjoying the outdoors by hiking and going on walks, reading, attending plays, and watching movies. She has been married to her husband, Mike for over 35 years. Her husband, Mike, is the 7th/8th grade math teacher at Val Vista. She has two amazing, grown children. Hannah, her oldest, graduated from Grand Canyon University as an education major. Presently, Hannah is a stay-at-home mom with her grandson, Zander. It is so fun having a little one in our lives again! Jared, her youngest, is living and working in Irvine, California. He works as a web designer and technology manager for a realty company. Mrs. Pastor is currently looking for a new church as she and her family are new to the community. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Mr. Pearson received his Bachelors in Education from Arizona State University. He has been teaching 4th grade for 7 years. He also taught a year of 5th grade. Mr. Pearson enjoys all things nerdy (Superheroes, Star Wars, Video Games, and much more). He collects comic books and loves to play board games whenever he gets a chance. He has been married to his wife Kayla for over 8 years and is a foster parent who has had many littles ones over the last 3 years that have so far all gone back to live with their families. Mr. Pearson currently attends The Source Church in East Mesa and serves as an elder as well as in the sound booth on Sunday mornings. He has been a part of the Gilbert Christian Schools team since 2023.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Mrs. Person received her Bachelors of Arts in Special Education from Arizona State University and her Masters of Education in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. She has over 19 years of education experience teaching special education resources, special education self-contained, and general education English Language Learners. Her experience includes public and charter schools. Mrs. Person loves to hike, camp, and hunt in the forests of Arizona. She has been married to her husband Dennis for over 35 years. They have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Mrs. Person and her husband attend Redemption Church Gilbert where she serves in the R/Kids children’s ministry. Mrs. Person is very excited to join the GCS family at Val Vista for the 2023-2024 school year.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Mr. Peters has received his Masters in Educational Administration and his Bachelors in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. He has been teaching for five years. One year in first grade, three years in fourth grade, and one year in sixth grade. Mr. Peters and his family have 10 animals at home. They have five dogs, four cats, and a bird. Mr. Peters is married to his wife Desiree going on eight years. Together they have four children. Tristan, Logan, Emmaline, and Madeline. All of their children attend GCS. Mr. Peters and his family attend Rock Point Church. He began working at GCS in 2023.
“In God, whose word I praise- in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 56:4
Jenny received her Bachelors in Arts Degree from Western Governor’s University. She has been teaching since 2010 and was born and raised in Florida where she learned to swim in the Atlantic Ocean. She and her wonderful husband have been married since 1985 and have 4 wonderful sons and attend Rock Point Church. She enjoys swimming, reading, movies and hiking. Jenny became part of the GCS Staff in 2019.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Emily Russell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from ASU and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She served as the MOPs Kids Lead Coordinator for two years in 1st Grade and one year in 4th Grade. Interestingly, Emily has three daughters who were all born in different states: Reese in California, Stella in Arizona, and Tatum in Florida. Despite this, they are not a military family. Her teaching journey began in California, where she taught 1st Grade, and she continued to serve in children’s ministry through their church. Before GCS, Emily was at home raising her three daughters, alongside her husband, Geoff. She is excited to support her children in their spiritual growth and help them reach their full potential. Emily is a member of the Sun Valley Community Church in Tempe and joined the GCS staff in 2023.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Mrs. Schwindt received her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from Western Governors University. She is a certified Arizona state K-8 teacher and holds certification in Structured English Immersion. She has taught pre-k at a private school in Washington and taught first grade at a charter school in Gilbert. Mrs. Schwindt loves spending time with her family, friends, and serving at her church. She also enjoys going for walks, listening to podcasts, and cooking. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has four amazing kids and one cuddly little dog. Mrs. Schwindt and her family attend Rock Point Church where she serves in the children’s & middle school youth ministries. She joined the GCS team in 2023.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from the University of Washington. She also earned her Bible & Theology Certificate from Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, IA. Nicole has experience in nearly all grade levels of education. She has been a lead preschool teacher, high school substitute and most recently she worked on a 4th/5th grade team running remedial intervention groups. During her time working in Elementary school, she also worked as a paraeducator in the special education department as well as assisted in the highly capable/gifted program. Nicole and her family moved from Washington State, trading the forest for the desert. She and her family love exploring the great outdoors! Nicole moved from Washington in 2022 with her husband Kelly, daughter Georgiana, son Levi, their quirky dog Irwin and a pet fish named Bob. The Smith family is excited to find their new church family in AZ. They are thankful for all of the wonderful churches in the area to choose from. She joined Gilbert Christian Schools in 2022.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Brenna has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Woman’s University. She has been teaching since 2007, where she started in Texas public schools. It is Brenna’s passion to partner with parents to foster a love of both the Lord and learning within her students. She considers it a calling and blessing to be a Christian educator, to incorporate a Christian worldview throughout every subject. She has two daughters, both of whom attended GCS and are now in college. Brenna attends Rock Point Church. She has been teaching at Gilbert Christian Schools since 2010.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31
Mrs.Vanni was born in Florida, raised in Georgia, but found her home in Arizona. Her career began as a Designer of interior spaces and printed materials. She has a Bachelor of Science in Design from the College of Architecture at Arizona State University. Mrs. Vanni worked for 10 years in the Architecture field, then gave it up when she became a mom but God had another plan to use her gifts and talents in a different way. She is currently Greenfield’s Art teacher…teaching 2nd – 8th graders to tap into their creativity and to open their eyes to God’s beautiful artwork that surrounds us all. Mrs.Vanni enjoys quiet moments, paint on her hands, the smell of rain before a storm, the sound of waves on the beach, reading a good book, gazing at the stars, and helping someone in need. She is a visionary with her head in the clouds but her feet firmly planted in God’s word. Her life is a reflection of Christ inside of her and it is a masterpiece in the making. She has been married to her husband, Steve, for over 20 years and has two children that attend GCS.
” For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”…Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Becca Warbreck graduated from Central Washington University with her Bachelors in Education. She double majored in Elementary Education and in Early Childhood Education. Becca is currently working on her Masters in Theology with an emphasis in Apologetics. Becca comes to Gilbert Christian after teaching 7th/8th grade Bible for 6 years at Life Christian Academy in Tacoma, Washington. She enjoys building legos with her family, going cycling with her husband and reading when possible. She has been married for over 20 years to her husband, Justin and they have 4 children who will all be attending GCS. Becca and her family are still looking for a church home, since moving to Arizona this past summer. She began working at GCS in 2023.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1