Faculty & Staff

Elementary Faculty

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.”

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.”

Sandy Allen

1st Grade Teacher

Contact: allens@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.—Alaska Pacific University, M.Ed Western Governors University

Favorite thing about RCS: “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.”

“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.”

Cheryl Whittlesey

1st Grade Teacher

Contact: whittleseyc@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.—Washington State University, M.I.T.—Heritage University

Favorite thing about RCS: “Jesus Christ is the purpose and the basis for all instruction at Riverside Christian School.”

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

Deborah Hohmann

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact: hohmannd@riversidechristian.net

AA in Office Administration, Blackfeet Community College, a BA in Elementary Education, and a MA in Education, Ashford University

I love the kindred spirit here at Riverside. The staff are so helpful and truly a blessing! It is inspiring to witness how God is working in the lives of these young people and I am honored to be a part of that!

Tori Cunnington

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact: cunningtont@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.—Central Washington University

Favorite thing about RCS: “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.”

“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.”

Heidi Dobie

3rd Grade Teacher

Contact: dobieh@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.—Washington State University with a degree in elementary education and an endorsement in special education.  M. Ed.—Heritage University.

Favorite thing about RCS: "I love that Riverside is like a family.  We care about each other and want each other to succeed in life both here on earth and in heaven"

"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."

Erin Van Otterloo

3rd Grade Teacher

Contact: vanotterlooe@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.—Early Childhood Education, John Brown University

Favorite thing about RCS: I love the community that has been created here, the small class sizes, the support from fellow staff members, and the love for Christ that is so evident in the families and staff of Riverside. 

Mary Kay Schuller

4th Grade Teacher

Contact: schullerm@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.—Northwest University, M.Ed.—Central Washington University

Favorite thing about RCS: “Riverside has a strong sense of community and a deep love of God’s Word.”

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

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.”

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.”

Sara Bos

6th Grade Teacher

Contact: boss@riversidechristian.net

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

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.”

Secondary Faculty

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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

Degree: B.A.—Central Washington University

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

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

Jason Haines

Jr High & High School Math & Strategies, JH Science & Social Studies

Contact: hainesj@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.—Central Washington University & Endorsement in Middle School Mathematics

Favorite thing about RCS: “The family atmosphere at RCS is really special.  I have seen the climate in many buildings and there are great things happening in many places but we are lucky to have our 'family climate' truly be staff, students and their families."



“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."

Gretchen Perkins

High School Social Studies

Contact: perkinsg@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.—Secondary Education with a certification in History and English from Northwest Nazarene University.  M.A.—in History from Liberty University.

Favorite thing about RCS: “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!"

Noel Vincent

High School English

Contact: vincentn@riversidechristian.net

B.A.- California State University, Bakersfield
M.A.- California State University, Long Beach

What I appreciate about RCS: The support community of teachers, staff, and administration prayerfully, and with authenticity, lead, instruct, and compel students toward inquiry, integrity, citizenship, and truth.

Glenn Knutson

High School Bible & Computer Lab Teacher

Contact: knutsong@riversidechristian.net

"Riverside is a place where Christian teachers are able to share life and expertise. Students are given opportunities through academics, sports, social activities, and discipleship to deepen their Jesus informed worldview. And the community as a whole is able to express the love of Christ in practical ways."

Specialists

Tanya Anderson

Music & Drama Teacher, Private Piano & Vocal Instructor

Contact: andersont@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B—Music Education

Favorite thing about RCS: I love coming to work at RCS.  It’s a very supportive atmosphere.  The staff is encouraging and helpful and the students are very respectful and eager to learn.

"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

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.”

Karen Tranch

Art Teacher

Contact: tranchk@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.—Northwest Nazarene College, M.S.—University of Oregon

Favorite thing about RCS: “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.”

“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.”

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."

Josh Cowin

Physical Education & High School Health & Weights Teacher

Contact: cowinj@riversidechristian.net

B.S. CSD

Favorite thing about RCS: “I have quite a few favorite things about Riverside but it's fun that the students call me, 'Mr. Coach', I enjoy playing sports with the students and helping them to improve and build relationships."

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

Mary Cowin

Librarian

Contact: cowinm@riversidechristian.net

Estrella Knutson

Computer Lab, Elementary PE, Preschool Teacher Assistant

B.Th. Life Bible College East

Early Learning Center

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!"

Erin Cherry

Early Learning Center Assistant

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."

Administration

Rick VanBeek

Superintendent & Athletic Director

Contact: vanbeekr@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.--Letourneau University, M.A.--University of San Francisco

Randy Reynolds

Principal

Contact: reynoldsr@riversidechristian.net

B.A. Central Washington University, M.A.Ed/Adm. University of Phoenix

Amy Bradford

Vice-Principal

Contact: bradforda@riversidechristian.net

Degree: B.A.—Central Washington University, M.Ed.—Central Washington University

“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.”

Central Office

Colleen Bjur

Receptionist

Contact: bjurc@riversidechristian.net

Tricia Gilmore

Director of Marketing and Enrollment

Contact: Tricia@RiversideChristian.net

Degree: BFA—Northwest University in Graphic Design and Photography; MA—Strategic Communications—Washington State University, June 2020

"The leaders of Riverside love the Lord and serve faithfully. The teachers are passionate and integrate Jesus into the education as well as the character of each student. The families support and serve the school! The students are set up for success through character expectations and opportunities to share God's love. All this makes up the body in a safe and nurturing community that is for His kingdom."

Calvin Howe

Business Manager

Contact: howec@riversidechristian.net

Degree: BS, Bible, Corban University; MSHA, Health Administration, University of Colorado

Favorite thing about RCS: "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."

"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

Degree: BS, Yakima Valley College

"As an employee, my favorite thing about RCS is how it is a community where you can come together with other families of similar beliefs for a common goal.  I enjoy building relationships with coworkers, students and families. As a parent, I greatly appreciate the mission of RCS and its commitment to prepare students academically, and spiritually, while giving them many incredible experiences.  My favorite thing about RCS is seeing how seeds of faith that have been planted are nurtured here and watching my boys grow in their relationship with Christ."

John Meinzinger

Technology

Contact: meinzingerj@riversidechristian.net

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

Dani Reynolds

Administrative Assistant

Contact: reynoldsd@riversidechristian.net

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."

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."

Staff

Tim Frazier

Kitchen Specialist aka Dining Dude & Soccer Coach

Contact: fraziert@riversidechristian.net

Wendy Gravesen

Kitchen Assistant aka Lunch Lady

Char Conradi

Teacher Assistant

Tonya Faxon

Teacher Assistant

Contact: Faxont@riversidechristian.net

Donna Peggins

Teacher Assistant

Contact: pegginsd@riversidechristian.net

Diane Pynch

Teacher Assistant

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

Jerry Johnson

Bus Driver & Assistant Janitor
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