Faculty & Staff

Elementary Faculty

Heidi Dobie

3rd Grade Teacher

Contact: dobieh@riversidechristian.net

"I love that Riverside Christian School is a Christian school!  The kids enjoy relating all subjects to the Bible; and current events are also related to the Bible. This helps the kids understand our world and their place in our world."

Cheryl Whittlesey

1st Grade Teacher

Contact: whittleseyc@riversidechristian.net

“Jesus Christ is the purpose and the basis for all instruction at Riverside Christian School.”

Lolly Van Beek

6th Grade Teacher

Contact: vanbeekl@riversidechristian.net

“I love Riverside Christian School because you are rubbing shoulders with those who appreciate and put a high priority on Christian education. The families who have their children in RCS are those who value excellent Christian education. RCS has a high academic standard, but God’s Word and the teaching of God’s Word takes definite priority.”

Mary Kay Schuller

4th Grade Teacher

Contact: schullerm@riversidechristian.net

“Riverside has a strong sense of community and a deep love of God’s Word.”

Ginger McIlvanie

5th Grade Teacher

Contact: mcilvanieg@riversidechristian.net

“I love the view outside my window, which reminds me of God’s incredible love, which is then shared with the Riverside school family, including students, staff, parents and the community. When we gather for an all school chapel, it is a fabulous feeling to know we can worship one God together.”

Kristie Kuhlmann

Early Learning Center Director & Preschool Teacher

Contact: kuhlmannk@riversidechristian.net

“I like the freedom of being able to teach children about Christ and help them build a relationship with Him.”

Jill Fry

4th Grade Teacher

Contact: fryj@riversidechristian.net

“I love Riverside Christian School because of the sense of community. We are all one family with Christ as our leader. Just like traditional families, we are not perfect, but we are called to encourage each other and help one another to be the best we can be in all areas of life. This is what I see happening on a daily basis at Riverside from the administration, staff, parents, and students.”

Sabrina Fisher

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Contact: fishers@riversidechristian.net

“I love the sincere desire of the administration, faculty, and staff to encourage each student to develop a personal growing relationship with Jesus Christ. I love that these same people really know my own children on a personal level and genuinely care about supporting them as they walk through the ups and downs of daily life. I love that my children feel loved and valued by their teachers and the staff, and am confident that each and every student at Riverside is loved and cared for in exactly this same manner.”

Tori Cunnington

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact: cunningtont@riversidechristian.net

“This isn’t just a place to work. This is a place to nurture and also be nurtured. My three children came to school here and they received love and guidance, along with an education that stands on solid ground. They learned that God is truth and you can live in this world knowing right from wrong.”

Amy Bradford

Kindergarten Teacher

Contact: bradforda@riversidechristian.net

“I love teaching at Riverside Christian because I get to help students grow in their knowledge of the world around them and also in their faith and knowledge of the one that created it all.”

Sara Bos

5th Grade Teacher

Contact: boss@riversidechristian.net

“I appreciate more than I love the ability to teach from a Christ-centered world view.”

Jocelynn Bohannon

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact: bohannonj@riversidechristian.net

"I love how Riverside Christian School is a place where students are able to be challenged where they are. Students here are taught life skills that will help them thrive academically and spiritually in the years to come."

Emily Ankney

3rd Grade Teacher

Contact: ankneye@riversidechristian.net

“I enjoy seeing the kids form a close community with one another and strive to encourage one another and build each other up.”

Sandy Allen

1st Grade Teacher

Contact: allens@riversidechristian.net

“I think my favorite part of RCS is that I am free to include the truth of Jesus Christ in every aspect of my classroom. He is present in math as the God or order, in reading as the Author of Scripture, and in social studies as the Creator of all human society. Jesus is our model as I teach children how to love one another and work with all their hearts at the tasks He has set before us.”

Secondary Faculty

Kari Hanson

Junior High Social Studies & High School Spanish Teacher

Contact: hansonk@riversidechristian.net

"I love praying with the students and incorporating Christ into my lessons."

Debbie Hall

High School English & Home Ec Teacher

Contact: halld@riversidechristian.net

"I love having the freedom to be creative with the curriculum. I’ve been able to research objectives for college success, and love being absorbed in planning tactile activities to be able to engrain these standards into the students’ demonstrative abilities. I am seeing a lot of positivity in students’ attitudes and find it so refreshing and beautiful. The small classes are great, and I like being able to have free-flowing conversations about faith. Again, I am really enjoying researching materials and strategizing lessons for the students. So much work but so absorbing and fulfilling!"

Glenn Knutson

High School Bible & Computer Lab Teacher

Contact: knutsong@riversidechristian.net

Jason Haines

Jr High & High School Science, Social Studies & Math Teacher

Contact: hainesj@riversidechristian.net

“I desire to encourage spiritual, social, and academic growth in my students. I hope to challenge them to learn, to think, to question and to ultimately give back and serve others.

Amy VanBeek

High School Social Studies

Contact: vanbeeka@riversidechristian.net

“I love the students. Students have always been why I want to teach...I love seeing them interact with each other, make connections, and think!"

Gary Steingas

JH and High School Science, Robotics Teacher

Contact: steingasg@riversidechristian.net

“I love the fact that students can come to our school and be taught truth, with Christ being the foundation of that truth.”

Kathryn Anne Stoothoff

Junior High English and Bible Teacher

Contact: stoothoffa@riversidechristian.net

“Every day I come to work, I get to make an eternal difference in the lives of my students.”

Irving Benson

JH and High School Math Teacher

Contact: bensoni@riversidechristian.net

“I love being around young people who have respect for teachers and I love being around other believers.”

Mike Emmans

High School Science and Guitar Teacher

Contact: emmansm@riversidechristian.net

“RCS is the best place to teach science in Yakima. We have a huge amount of biodiversity on campus—from wetlands to the pond to arid areas. I frequently see migratory birds and we are involved in long-term research in the pond. Additionally, we are within a few minutes of native shrub steppe habitat and the Yakima River. The students are engaging and I enjoy my colleagues and administration.”

Megan Boswell

High School English Teacher

Contact: boswellm@riversidechristian.net

“I love the community of Riverside Christian School. The faculty and parents are able to work together to provide kids with the foundation they need for the future, both academically and spiritually. Having a common goal makes what we do more effective and meaningful.”

Tracy Golladay

Junior High Bible and Social Studies Teacher

Contact: golladayt@riversidechristian.net

“Riverside is a good place for Christians to learn and discover that God is in every part of life and learning.”

James Herring

High School Bible and Missions Teacher

Contact: herringj@riversidechristian.net

“Riverside Christian School is committed to the teaching of God’s truth, as well as the application of truth to everyday life. Students are regularly challenged to see all of life as the classroom in which they live out the truths they have been taught.”

Liz Lawrence

JH and High School Math Teacher

Contact: lawrencel@riversidechristian.net

“I love that I can pray freely with my students. I love that the administration works closely with the teachers, staff, and students. I love that the school is small enough for everyone to know each other, which allows us to support each other in trials/praises of our lives.”

Specialists

Josh Cowin

Physical Education & High School Health & Weights Teacher

Contact: cowinj@riversidechristian.net

"I like the family atmosphere and being in an environment where teachers and students have a belief in God."

Emily East

Music Teacher & Private Piano, Vocal & Guitar Instructor

Contact: easte@riversidechristian.net

"I have the opportunity to sow into the next generation of musicians, worship leaders, and songwriters. God is the original creative, He is the creator! I teach music because I believe it is one of the few things He’s given us, where our entire body, soul and spirit can connect with Him and those in need of Him. I am constantly reminded to spur my students forward, knowing God is not a respecter of persons but uses the young and old to build His Kingdom here on earth."

Mary Cowin

Librarian

Contact: cowinm@riversidechristian.net

Tanya Anderson

Music & Drama Teacher, Private Piano & Vocal Instructor

Contact: andersont@riversidechristian.net

"I love coming to work at Riverside. It’s a very supportive atmosphere. The staff is encouraging and helpful and the students are very respectful and eager to learn."

Jaclynn Bell

Physical Education Teacher and Support Lab Assistant

Contact: bellj@riversidechristian.net

Karen Tranch

Art Teacher

Contact: tranchk@riversidechristian.net

“I love teaching at a school that is preschool through 12th grade. I appreciate the daily interaction between all ages of students in social, academic, and spiritual situations.”

Debby Doornink

Special Education Director

Contact: doorninkd@riversidechristian.net

“One of the things I love best about Riverside is their commitment to teaching all of God’s children regardless of mental or physical ability.”

Carol Mourey

Band Teacher

Contact: moureyc@riversidechristian.net

“The attitude of the entire staff demonstrates God’s love. We are all willing to help each other any time it is needed. Being able to teach sacred songs all year around and especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas is a joy to me.”

Early Learning Center

Patricia Gage

Early Learning Center Assistant

"I enjoy working with the various ages that we have in childcare. The best part is that we have the freedom to bring God into our teaching and training."

Kristie Kuhlmann

Early Learning Center Director & Preschool Teacher

Contact: kuhlmannk@riversidechristian.net

“I like the freedom of being able to teach children about Christ and help them build a relationship with Him.”

Tammy Cherry

Early Learning Center Assistant Director

Contact: cherry@riversidechristian.net

"My favorite thing about RCS is the Godly, loving family environment. All of the teachers truly care about the students and their relationship with the Lord. I love working here!"

Administration

Rick VanBeek

Superintendent & Athletic Director

Contact: vanbeekr@riversidechristian.net


Randy Reynolds

Principal

Contact: reynoldsr@riversidechristian.net

Wendy Schmidt

Vice Principal: Curriculum and Staff Development

Contact: schmidtw@riversidechristian.net

"My favorite thing about RCS is our faculty—without a doubt! I’m convinced you will never EVER meet a more dedicated group of people who love Jesus and love what they do. The best part of my job is observing teachers Biblically integrate their lessons day after day after day. Witnessing Jesus-loving teachers share their love for the Lord and teach through a Biblical worldview absolutely warms my heart."

Central Office

Tricia Gilmore

Director of Marketing and Enrollment

Contact: Tricia@RiversideChristian.net

"This is my first year employed by Riverside but I am not new to Riverside. What I am seeing is that the leaders of Riverside love the Lord and serve faithfully. The teachers are passionate about teaching and integrating Jesus into every day. The families are Riverside's #1 FANS! The students are set up for success through character expectations and opportunities to share God's love."

Dani Reynolds

Administrative Assistant

Contact: reynoldsd@riversidechristian.net

Melody Stein

College/Career Counselor, ASB Advisor, Fundraising Coordinator

Contact: steinm@riversidechristian.net

"I love working with the students to develop their leadership skills through student government and class activities as well as challenging them to seek God’s plan for their future and step out to reach their God-given potential."

Colleen Bjur

Receptionist

Contact: bjurc@riversidechristian.net

Calvin Howe

Business Manager

Contact: howec@riversidechristian.net

"I enjoy working with the dedicated staff at RCS. Although I have little contact with the students it is good to see the amazing impact the teachers and staff have on them."

Patty Lee

Administrative Assistant

Contact: leep@riversidechristian.net

John Meinzinger

Technology

Contact: meinzingerj@riversidechristian.net

“I really enjoy fixing problems people are having with their computers, software or network connections.”

Staff

Jerry Johnson

Bus Driver & Assistant Janitor

Tim Frazier

Kitchen Specialist aka Dining Dude & Soccer Coach

Contact: fraziert@riversidechristian.net

Wendy Gravesen

Kitchen Assistant aka Lunch Lady

Char Conradi

Teacher Assistant

Joe Wagner

Bus Driver

Tonya Faxon

Teacher Assistant

Contact: Faxont@riversidechristian.net

Eric Stucker

Maintenance & Custodial

Contact: stuckere@riversidechristian.net

"Riverside is a strong school academically and morally. Most importantly, Riverside is a family."

Gary Bjur

Janitor

Contact: janitors@riversidechristian.net

Donna Peggins

Teacher Assistant

Contact: pegginsd@riversidechristian.net

Diane Pynch

Teacher Assistant
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