|Autumn Allen, Recess Supervisor/Para Educator
I grew up in Rainier, Oregon where I graduated in 1994 from Rainier High School. I met my husband in school and we’ve been married for 20 Years. We have three kids who attend TRCS.
After being at home with my kids for 10 years, I decided to become a substitute para educator for the Longview School district. I was hired permanently at Robert Gray Elementary where my kids attended school. I worked in a kindergarten classroom and 1 on 1 with students in special education. I like to call myself a “recess professional” because I also supervised two hours of recess every day.
Along with loving on the kids at the elementary school I will also be the assistant varsity volleyball coach. I was very active in sports growing up with volleyball being my favorite. And I still have a love for the game!
My family is very excited and blessed to be a part of the TRCS family. God knew we needed a change and His timing was perfect!
Best said by my 11 year old, who transferred late last year after his first day, “The atmosphere and the other kids make it feel like I’ve always been going to school here, they make me feel very welcomed.”
|Mr. Heath Annett, High School English/Bible/History/Math
|Mrs. Shelly Backstrom, Second Grade Teacher
Mrs. Backstrom began her teaching career in the Longview Public Schools, teaching 2nd and 3rd grade. She then spent years at home with her two children. This is her eleventh year with TRCS. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from WSU-Pullman with an emphasis in Reading/Language Arts and a Masters in Education from WSU – Vancouver (Go Cougs!). “I love the dynamic of meeting new students, familiarizing myself with their learning styles and then working hard to creatively meet their academic needs. An even greater joy is worshiping and praying together as we grow together in our faith! I also greatly appreciate the community that is TRCS!”
|Mrs. Julie Basurto, Spanish Teacher
|Mrs. TerraSue Brittell, High School Math/Science/English Teacher
Mrs. Brittell studied science and foreign language at PCC and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at San Jose Christian College with a dual major in Bible and Missions with a minor in Science. “As a teacher, I have a unique opportunity and responsibility to teach my students not only math and grammar and science, but to show them that God cares for them and to help meet their individual needs at the time. We serve a God who created the universe with all its wonder and yet he made each of us completely unique from other creatures and even each other. I enjoy helping my students see the evidences God has set in us of His love and care.”
|Mr. Tim Carns, High School Bible/Chaplain
|Mrs. Ruth Browning, Elementary Resource Teacher
|Mrs. Jessica Carroll, Kindergarten Teacher
|Mrs. Rachell Coffee, Student Services Coordinator – Elementary Campus
|Mr. Richard Copeland, High School History Teacher
|Mrs. Amy Coy, Fifth Grade Teacher
|Mrs. Aleta Guinto, High School Geometry Teacher
Aleta Guinto grew up in Rainier, OR and graduated from Rainier High School then headed to Southern California to study Elementary Education (with a Math Emphasis) at Vanguard University of Southern California. From there, she took her first teaching assignment out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on the island of Saipan, teaching at Grace Christian Academy where she primarily taught middle and high school math. She taught at GCA for five years, then in a public high school, teaching Algebra I and Geometry, for the following year. Since 2009, she has been a substitute teacher in many local school districts.
While in Saipan, she met her husband Ed, where they were married and had their first child. They all moved to the mainland in July 2008. They now has two daughters ages 10 and 7, and her son who is 3 years old. Ed & Aleta are the Kid’s Ministry Directors at Columbia Heights Assembly of God.
|Mrs. Lisa Hammond, Kindergarten Teacher
|Mr. Kurt Harbaugh, Music/Band Teacher
|Mrs. Terry Johnson, Elementary Music/Technology Teacher
Mrs. Johnson has an extensive background in music, having studied the piano, violin and worked with many choirs. (“Also,” she adds, “I’ve watched “Sound of Music” 185 times.”) She holds a BA from Northwest Nazarene College and served as a co-worship leader for ten years. Mrs. Johnson, who is also a childhood alumni of the school, says: “I love seeing the kids excited about music and I love the ministry.”
|Mrs. Carol Karns, Student Services Coordinator – High School Campus
Mrs. Karns has been with the high school for 16 years. Prior to that, she worked as a volunteer at Caring Pregnancy Center, and then eventually took over as their Office Manager. “I love interacting and helping students and their families,” she says. “Ministry is the focus!”
|Mrs. Mary Ellen Kiffe, Sixth Grade Teacher
|Ms. Keri McHattie, High School Art Teacher/Missions Coordinator/Chaplain
|Mrs. Linda Mills, Assistant Business Manager
|Mrs. Laurel Moore, Elementary Librarian
Mrs. Moore has been teaching at TRCS for nearly 15 years. When she is not engaged in grading English papers, she reads classical literature for fun, plays with her grandchildren, gardens, and raises orchids. She might be producing/directing/acting in a local play, or directing a choir rehearsal or giving a voice lesson. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from ASU in Tempe Arizona, and even more importantly to her, married her accompanist, Greg Moore. After a brief career with an opera company, she began a masters program at Fresno State University, followed by additional work at Stanislaus State University. Teaching young people is her true vocation and joy.
|Mrs. Lisa Moore, Bookkeeper/Elementary Lunch Supervisor
Mrs. Moore has a background in group home management and as a business owner. She holds her AA in Business Management from LCC. She loves the flexibility and efficiency of running the lunchroom. “Of course, I also love the kids!” she says.
| Mrs. Karin Newport, Elementary PE Teacher
My name is Karin Newport. I graduated from Rainier High in 1994. I joined
the Army in 1997 as a communications specialist and received an honorable
discharge in 2000. I have been married almost 19 years to a (recently)
retired Army service member. We have four children together. Our oldest is
a senior at Mark Morris and I have an 8th grade and 9th grade student
attending TRCS. Our kindergarten student has Down Syndrome and receives
special education classes at Mint Valley Elementary.I have a Bachelors in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. I am
currently finishing my Masters in Human Security and Disaster Management
with a concentration on Fire Services Administration. I have been a
dedicated volunteer with The American Red Cross and led a very successful
disaster education program in Georgia.We recently moved back to Longview after my husband retired from the Army;
I began substitute teaching at Kalama ISD this past year. I recently
joined the staff of TRCS as a physical education teacher and I am excited
about the opportunity I have been given. I look forward to engaging your
students in physical education and instilling my love for health and
fitness in your child.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Mrs. Mary Norton, Elementary Consultant
|Mrs. Melanie Portwood, High School Teacher: Bible/French
Mrs. Portwood holds a BA from Whitworth College and a professional teaching certificate. She worked for five years as a substitute teacher in Spokane, Cusick and Longview, and has been at TRCS for 11 years. “I like the Christian atmosphere, encouragement and camaraderie we have as a staff,” she says, “and I enjoy teaching students to think critically and creatively.”
|Mrs. Brittany Pruitt, First Grade Teacher
|Mr. Johnny Rosado, High School PE Teacher
|Mrs. Debra Sande, High School Math Teacher
Mrs. Sande went to Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and homeschooled her three sons through highschool until they entered Running Start. She holds a BA in Mathematics. “I love being able to share my love for math as well as my love for the Lord with highschool students and watching them learn and grow,” she says.
|Mrs. Linda Stiltz, Lunchroom Supervisor
|Mrs. Hayley Takko, Third Grade Teacher
Mrs. Takko holds her Bachelor’s in Education from WSU. She taught 3rd grade in Kelso and then took a break to be with her two daughters. Mrs. Takko also taught preschool but eventually came back to 3rd grade at TRCS. This will be her second year teaching with TRCS. Her favorite part of working at TRCS is being able to openly share with students about her own relationship with Jesus. “I love watching kids learn important concepts in Reading and Math, but the greatest part of being here is assisting our Lord with the work of reaching a child’s heart with the Word of God.” She says. “ I also love the family atmosphere here at TRCS, which is full of love: love for the families, students, and staff. I remember picking up my daughter, Grace from school one day at the beginning of her kindergarten year here at TRCS. I asked her what the best part of her day was. She said, “In chapel we sang, I’ve got the love of Jesus down in my heart.” I knew at that moment we were in the right place!”
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
|Mr. Chris Toms, High School Bible Teacher/Lead Chaplain
Background/Education: Born and raised right here in Longview, WA. Graduated from Mark Morris in 2003, studied music for 2 years at Mt. Hood, and completed a Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in 2006. I’ve worked in youth ministry and high school athletics for over 10 years. I’m currently also the Youth Pastor at Fathers House Church in Longview.
Degrees: Bachelors of Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute
What you like about your job: “I love that I get to interact with youth on a daily basis in their world. It’s a joy to educate, teach the Word of God, and worship with students. I love TRCS!”
|Mrs. Debbie Vegh, Fourth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Vegh is an alumni of TRCS and graduated from Western WA University with a BA in Elementary Education and a major in Psychology. Her career has given her the ability to teach in Longview, Wyoming, and Montana over the course of 8 years. After the first part of her teaching career, she took time to stay home until her youngest child entered kindergarten at TRCS. She started teaching at TRCS as the 4th grade teacher while her older daughter was in her class. She says, “One of the things that I love about teaching at TRCS is that when problems arise in student’s lives, we are able to stop whatever we are doing and pray about it. I love being able to purposefully and openly share Christ in my classroom.”
|Miss Kensie Welch, Recess Supervisor/Office Assistant
Miss Kensie enjoys seeing the kids every day and being able to make a difference in their lives. She also works around the school wherever she is able.
|Mr. Joshua Wenzek, High School Science Teacher
Mr. Wenzek holds his Bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Northwest University. He also earned his Washington State teaching credentials with endorsements in biology and middle level science as well as his ACSI certification. This is his second year at TRCS. Previously he taught middle school at Makua Lani Christian Academy in Kona, Hawaii. This year he is looking forward to working with a team of middle school teachers and a great group of students! He also looks forward to helping students establish a larger produce garden and build their own greenhouse. He enjoys working at TRCS because students get a well-rounded, top quality education grounded in the Bible, in a loving environment where students are encouraged to seek God and love each other.
|Mr. Steve Wilcox
|Miss Celeste Woodman, First Grade Teacher
Celeste Woodman has an AA degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah School of the bible, a BS in Elementary Education from Western Oregon State College, a BS in Biblical Education from Multnomah School of the Bible, and a Masters in ESL from City University. A Washington native, Miss Woodman is the youngest of 8 children, and has adopted two children of her own. She served as a short-term mission in the Phillipines, and taught for one year at the International Christian School in Budapest, Hungary. She has been at TRCS for 22 years. “I love teaching kids from a Biblical worldview,” she says. “I love getting them excited about learning, and I enjoy the challenge of making that learning both fun and meaningful — for eternity!”