Elaine Obbink–Administrator I grew up in a small rural town in Wisconsin. My Dad was a teacher. When I use to visit his classroom as a child I knew that teaching is what I wanted to do with my life. I graduated from a Private Christian College –Dordt, in 1987. I taught 6th grade for one year while my husband Randy finished his degree in business. We moved to Monroe in the summer of 1987, and I began teaching for Monroe Christian School in September. I earned a Master’s Degree from Western Washington in 1993. In February of 1995, I was asked to be Principal of Monroe Christian School. In May of 1996, our daughter was born. The changes that have taken place over the last 20 years at MCS are amazing. Over the years it has been inspiring and even humbling to see all of the parents, the students, and the teachers who have invested of themselves at MCS. Every family, child, and teacher has a different story to share. For me it is a privilege to see God at work in His people. I am humbled that He has called me to serve His children at this time and in this place. Laurie Willis–Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper My children have been attending Christian schools since preschool, and Monroe Christian School since 2003, and I am blessed to work in the same wonderful Christ-centered environment. My training and experience allows me to support the administration, faculty, parents, and students of MCS. We have something rare and very special here – a staff who loves Jesus and, in conjunction with providing academic excellence, minister that godly love to the children and their families. I love being a part of this community! Kristen Barron–Secretary/Scrip Coordinator My family has been actively involved with MCS for over 10 years. Our daughters started attending in Pre-K and continued through 8th grade. As the girls moved on to full days at school, I started working in the office. It was a 1-day-a-week job that gradually evolved into a full-time position. Life at MCS seems to work that way. It is ever evolving and changing. I love that I wake up in the morning happy and excited to go to work (not many people can say that). So, now you will find me spending my days in the office, answering the phone (or giving you a call), handing out Band-Aids and hugs, and a multitude of other responsibilities. My days are filled with frequent interruptions and it is never boring. I am so thankful to support our families and work with a caring and talented staff at MCS. Sue Jansons–Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten I am blessed to teach Preschool and Pre-K at Monroe Christian School. I enjoy teaching 3- and 4-year-olds because they are eager to learn and are so full of wonder about all of God’s creation. I am married and we have three children…all girls. One graduated from Monroe Christian School and the other two currently attend. My husband is the Pastor of New Hope Fellowship and also volunteer teaches here at MCS. We have lived here in Monroe since 1996. On our days off, we love to do things as a family. Among our favorites are museums, the zoo, camping, biking, and visiting the many parks in our area.
Rebekah Petty-Neal–Little Lambs & Preschool
Dorie Hughes–Kindergarten I have been teaching since 1982. I joined the MCS staff in 1991 and have taught all grades, Preschool through 5th except for 1st! I love Monroe Christian School, and the teachers, staff and parents are exceptional! My husband is pastor of Echo Lake Community Church, and we have 4 children. They have all graduated from Monroe Christian School. I love teaching Kindergarten because the children are so excited about learning at that age! They love coming to school and soak in everything that is taught to them. Leanne Sytsma–1st Grade I love teaching first grade! I have been teaching at Monroe Christian School since 1989. Teaching at MCS is great because God is at the center of every class and subject. Each day we have the privilege of worshipping our Creator. I appreciate the sense of family and community here. I love teaching because children are so fun and bring me great joy. My students make me laugh, and I get excited about the opportunity to encourage them to grow socially, academically, and in a closer relationship with God. I enjoy the challenge of meeting the variety of needs each student has and observing and celebrating the success they achieve. Deanna Bailly–2nd Grade I love teaching children! I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Montana Western Campus. My first experience at MCS was as a mom and a T.A.P.P. (Teacher and Parent Participation) volunteer. During that year, our family was able to experience and observe the quality education and sound Christian values that were being shared with the children. As a member of the T.A.P.P. organization, I was able to make connections with our school family and staff. I have since been blessed to be a part of the MCS teaching staff as of 2006. Second grade is an exciting place to be! Each day is an adventure as we see God’s truth while building on the skills introduced in 1st grade, working hard to solidify those skills, and then preparing for 3rd grade. While we transition from subject to subject, day to day, my joy comes from knowing that I have the privilege to share the hope and love of Jesus as we strive towards academic success.
Rose Rodriguez – 3rd Grade & Music In 1998, I received my B.A. degree from Northwest University with a K-12 endorsement in Choral Music and a K-8 endorsement in Elementary Education. My teaching career has been in Monroe: over 10 years in elementary schools, 5 years home schooling and private music lessons. After teaching music at MCS this past year, I am thrilled to be joining the full time staff as the 3rd grade teacher and music teacher. Gratefully, we have constructed a schedule that will ensure the 3rd graders are continuing their academics while I will be released two afternoons a week to teach music. What a joy it is to give God glory and enjoy Him every day together as we learn at MCS!
Amanda Smeenk – 4th Grade Julie Baxter–5th Grade I have been greatly blessed to be a teacher since 1993. I began my teaching career in the Issaquah School District, and I received my Masters in Educational Technology before moving to Monroe. I found my home as an educator here at Monroe Christian School in 2002. I have taught every grade from preschool to fifth grade and feel very passionate about the children here. I love teaching 5th grade because I find this age group easy to relate to, and I enjoy showing them their gifts and talents. I am inspired to hold students accountable for a high level of education as well nurture their spiritual walk with God. I have a strong connection with the students, and our favorite topic to study is the Bible! Jerrie Froelich–Junior High (Homeroom Bible, English/Writing, Computer) I have been teaching since 1984. I spent four years as a missionary teacher in Haiti, have taught everything from 4th grade through high school classes here in the states, and recently spent four years as the Pastor of Children and Families at Shoreline Free Methodist Church. We have graduated two daughters from MCS. I am enjoying teaching Junior High Bible and writing – two of my personal passions. One of my favorite things about MCS is that I love the way we embrace children right where they are and partner with parents to move them forward in God’s plan.
Heather Moses – Junior High