“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does!”
– William James
I come to Faith Lutheran with a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University and a B.A. degree in Political Science and Education from Central State University. I have over 15 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and over 10 years of experience in Human Services and as Director of Programs for various agencies providing leadership, guidance, and enthusiasm.
I’ve traveled thousands of miles to join Faith Lutheran because I believe in the inclusive doctrine it has for the staff, parents, children, and community. It was an easy choice for me to join Faith Lutheran because I also believe inclusivity strengthens teams and, in turn, you get better outcomes, which results in better services and stronger communities.
Romans 12:10 says “be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Peter 4-10 says “each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others. As faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” I take great pride in helping and serving others to be whoever they are called to be, and I am excited to be here at Faith Lutheran and ecstatic about what God is about to do!
“Every morning starts a new page in your story. Make it a great one today.”
– Doe Zantamata
I was drawn to Faith Lutheran School because children are my passion and the values, vision, and mission of Faith strongly align with what I believe in as an early childhood educator. I graduated with my BAS in early childhood education in June 2021 from Lake Washington Institute of Technology, where I focused on guiding behaviors, anti-bias education, inclusive environments, project-based learning, and much more. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy camping on my family’s property in Forks, WA, and exploring the Olympic Peninsula. I also have a passion for animals, my favorite being my birds which can often be seen on my shoulder while running errands or just hanging out with my family.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
– Fred Rogers
I am at Faith by the grace of God. I honestly do not remember sending a resume or filling out an application. I received a phone call requesting an interview. I immediately felt at home and knew I would enjoy working here. I had worked for 25 years in another location and wasn’t sure I would ever find that feeling again. I truly appreciate the staff, parents, and children at Faith and hope to stay for many years. I have a BA in Education with Special Education Endorsement from Eastern Washington University.
“Chaos is how I learn.”
– Nathan W. Pyle
I came to Faith in search of a welcoming and supportive community, where I could grow more as a teacher. When I first arrived for my interview, I could feel the care and love of each classroom, and I felt confident that this was the place I needed to be. I have always found teaching to be one of the most important parts of my life, and to be in a place where I can thrive alongside my students brings me so much joy. At home I take care of my cat Tinkerbell (AKA Stinker) and my three rats: Garnet, Amythest, and Pearl. Besides teaching, I enjoy writing- usually children’s stories or fantasy novels. I am also part of a local theatre group- “Heart Repertoire” as a stage manager.
Multi-Age Preschool Teacher
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.”
– O. Fred Donaldson
Multi-Age Preschool Teacher
“If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.”
– Alfie Kohn
I have been associated with Faith Lutheran Church and Faith Lutheran School for many years. I’m a member of the church, and I am the School Board Secretary. My oldest child went to Faith, and my youngest currently attends here, too. I have a Masters in Elementary Education and taught for 10 years at St. Edward Catholic School in Seattle. I am fluent in French and English and grew up overseas.
Kindergarten Prep Teacher
“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.”
– Robert John Meehan
I am so fortunate to be a part of such an outstanding group of educators, in such a wonderful community! Teaching children is my passion, and I am so blessed to be able to do it at Faith Lutheran School. Raising my three children has been the joy of my life, and my motivation to keep learning and growing as an individual. I am currently working on my AA degree in Early Childhood Education, at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. At home, I spend my time with my three amazing teenagers, my fiancé, and my wonderful friends and extended family. I also enjoy time outdoors with my two dogs, Wesley and Roxas.
Multi-Age Preschool Teacher
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.”
– Friedrich Froebel
I value the art of human connection and the way it serves as a vital tool to create a nurturing learning environment. I am incredibly grateful to be part of such a welcoming community at Faith Lutheran. I was drawn to Faith Lutheran because I instantly felt connected through our shared values. My passion for working with children stems from the blessing of being a part of their learning journey. I have worked with toddlers and elementary-aged children for over a decade. My focus has been on providing equity in educational programs through a whole-child approach, anti-bias education, social-emotional support, and inclusive teaching practices. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy camping, hiking, biking, spending time with my dog Mango, and exploring the little wonders of the world.
Multi-Age Preschool Teacher
“Education is the most powerful weapon. Which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela
I joined Faith in 2021. It is an amazing experience for me. Faith is an excellent school for kids. I love teaching because I can impact childrens’ lives and watch them grow and learn. I enjoy working with children and especially love laughing and watching the children enjoy their childhood and school experiences. I have a passion for early learning, especially enriching young minds through play and mindful experiences. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (B. Com) and a Diploma in Taxation Law. I have completed the Early Child Star Hours course.
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
– Albus Dumbledore
I was drawn to Faith Lutheran school because I was drawn toward the warm and caring environment that I felt while touring the school. I come to Faith Lutheran with over a decade of experience working with children of all ages. I have my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Teaching has been a passion of mine for a long time, and I look forward to teaching children and seeing them learn and smile daily. In my downtime, I like to hang out with my friends as well as my husband, Josh, and my cat, Lilly.
I was searching for a workplace that valued community and was delighted when I found Faith Lutheran School. After graduating with a BA in Sociology from the University of San Antonio, I served as an Americorps VISTA member for the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. Creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive classroom has always been my top priority.
Since moving to Washington state five years ago, I have spent time primarily in Independent Middle Schools, working in and out of the classroom, helping students find their confidence. I have seen the impact that teachers have on learners of all ages. I consider it a privilege to work with children and learn and grow alongside them.
I look forward to helping students expand their curiosity in the classroom!
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou
Faith Lutheran reflects a supportive and caring atmosphere, coupled with the message of God’s amazing love for all. I am originally from Michigan but lived in Arizona for over 30 years. I started off my professional career as an elementary school teacher but, after having my first child, decided to switch to teaching preschool. For 30+ years, while living with my family in Arizona, I continued to work in early childhood education. For 12 years, I was the director of a Christian preschool in Arizona. While healing from a broken ankle, I came out to visit my older daughter’s family and decided to stay. I love it here in the PNW! It reminds me of Northern Michigan but with a lot less snow.
“Education is the manifestation of the perfection already present in a man.”
– Swami Vivekananda
I am a passionate educator blending a finance background with a love for early childhood education. With degrees in Business Administration and corporate experience, I’ve transitioned into nurturing young minds. I believe in unlocking the innate potential within each child.
My unique perspective, combined with a certification in Early Child Star Hours, allows me to create a stimulating and mindful learning environment. I’m dedicated to instilling a strong educational foundation while fostering curiosity and growth in my students.
Kindergarten Prep Teacher
“Giving children encouragement and the gift of time allows them to grow and flourish in preparation for elementary school.”
– Author Unknown
God brought me to Faith for many reasons; most importantly to give children the gift of time – another year to grow academically, socially, and emotionally before entering kindergarten. As a teacher here, I appreciate the fact that we collaborate as a staff, and we have a supportive and caring connection with all of our families. It’s a blessing to see our students grow, mature, and flourish here at Faith Lutheran School! I have a BA in Elementary Education, with Minors in Early Childhood Education and Japanese, from Central Washington University.
Pastor Debbie Boyce
Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church
Pastor Debbie began her ministry at Faith in late October 2020. She is enthusiastic about both Sunday morning services and everyday opportunities to learn and worship. She is passionate about her calling as a preacher and providing many ways to hear and connect with God’s word. In her words: “I feel very traditionally Lutheran, but want to be innovative.” She’s excited by Faith’s desire to embrace change, even as we strive to identify what that means. Pastor Debbie and her husband, Bill, have raised five kids and delight in the joy of their six grandchildren. For her, they are the people who daily reflect the love and grace of God. Pastor Debbie welcomes the opportunity to visit and get to know you. Don’t hesitate to contact her.