ST. STEPHEN'S ACADEMY | Faculty & Staff
As a classical Christian school in Beaverton, St. Stephen’s Academy aims to provide an academically excellent education in a grace-filled environment that develops Christian character and equips students with tools of learning that will last a lifetime. Serving the greater Portland area.
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Faculty & Staff

Administration

 

Headmaster

Degrees: B.S. in Education, University of Georgia; Master of Education in Secondary Education, Armstrong State University

Year Joined Staff: 2008

Professional Background: 2016 is Mr. Breckenridge’s 21st year as an educator. Before becoming St. Stephen’s Headmaster in 2008, he served in the same capacity for five years at Veritas Academy in Savannah, Georgia. Previously, he was a classroom teacher for eight years in middle and high school classrooms, primarily in the field of United States and European history.

Philosophy of Education: Mr. Breckenridge believes that St. Stephen’s Academy exists to serve the families God brings to its doors. The students he serves are image bearers of God, and as such are to be afforded respect and dignity. The school can only be as strong as the families and faculty that are gathered together at St. Stephen’s Academy.

Grammar School Principal

Degrees: B.A. in Elementary Education, Arizona State University; graduate coursework in education, theology, communication and cultural issues, and various academic subject areas

Year Joined Staff: 2007

Professional Background: Ms. Alston has been involved in teaching in many venues over a long career: public schools, tutoring and long term subbing, conventional Christian schools, and eight years in classical Christian education. Her years at St. Stephen’s have been the richest and most rewarding, as the curriculum is rich and full and ministers to the whole student, and the grace and truth of Christ inform everything.

Philosophy of Education: Classical Christian education is a practical application to the whole person, in a manner that is developmentally appropriate, of all that is true, good, and beautiful in God’s creation.

Dean of Academics, Humanities

Degrees: B.A. in History with Distinction and Departmental Honors, Stanford University; M.A. in History, Yale University

Year Joined Staff: 2016

Professional Background: After 12 years working as a craftsman and builder, Mr. Koch’s love of learning led him back into the classroom to study American western, environmental, and religious history. While in graduate school he taught history at a classical Christian school in New Haven and decided to direct his academic efforts toward serving in the classical Christian education movement. Mr. Koch developed curriculum and taught history, literature, rhetoric, theology, and biology for several years at another ACCS member school before coming to St. Stephen’s Academy.

Philosophy of Education: The goal of education is to train up free, wise, and eloquent persons who love God and serve others in the home, church, workplace, and city using whatever gifts God gives them, wherever He calls them to serve. This goal is best accomplished through a liberal arts education that consistently emphasizes the relationships between our knowledge of God, His world, and His creative and redemptive purposes.

Dean of Students, English, Logic, Rhetoric

Degrees: B.A. in English, Central Washington University; M.F.A. in Creative Writing: Poetry, University of Washington; M.A.T. in Education, Western Oregon University

Year Joined Staff: 2008

Professional Background: Mr. Haferbecker’s first teaching experience was at the University of Washington where he taught expository writing during the second year of his M.F.A. While living in New York he taught for three years at  the Geneva School of Manhattan, a classical Christian school. He has taught Upper School humanities and logic since joining St. Stephen’s in 2008. He has been serving as the Dean of Students since 2016.

Philosophy of Education: Teaching, at its core, is an act of service. It is an act of service first to the student, and by extension, an act of service toward the family. You cannot serve someone until you first know their needs.

Director of Operations

Degree: B.A. in Business Administration, Northwest Nazarene University

Year Joined Staff: 2009

Professional Background: Mrs. Six served as an executive assistant to an elected official prior to joining the staff at St. Stephen’s. She started out working on a website and branding for the school, and built upon that to eventually become the school’s Director of Operations.

Director of Business

Degree: B.S. in Elementary Education, George Fox University

Year Joined Staff: 2017

Professional Background: Stephanie’s background is in process and system development. She most recently served as a quality assurance manager and business analyst for LinkTech.

 

Teaching Faculty

 

5th Grade

Degrees: B.A., University of Puget Sound, M.A., Lewis and Clark College

Year Joined Staff: 2017

Professional Background: Ms. Davis has worked as a teacher, tutor, and reading specialist during her professional career. She founded and directed the Imagination Learning Center and developed a written curriculum for reading, math, and language arts.

Philosophy of Education: I believe in excellence in education. In order to achieve this, I feel we need to teach the whole person, not just the brain. To do this, we need to be aware of the different learning styles of our students. As an experienced educator, I work to identify the students’ learning styles such as auditory, visual, and kinesthetic styles. I do my best to accommodate these styles while covering the academic material to maximize the students’ ability to learn. It is my desire to help students recognize their strengths and how to make the most of those strengths. It is also essential to strengthen the areas of lesser innate abilities. In doing so, the students become well rounded individuals.

Another aspect of the “whole” person that needs to be addressed is the students’ spiritual growth. Success in life is more than just academic knowledge. One of the great aspects of a classical Christian education is the emphasis on the inclusion of Christian values and virtues in our teaching. By emphasizing Christian values, we help our students to become the best individual that God has created them to be. As we maximize their strengths, build up their lesser innate abilities, and emphasize their Christian growth, we teach our students how to learn and apply that learning to their lives.

PreK Aide, Afternoon Enrichment

Degrees: pursuing a B.A. in Community Development, Portland State University

Year Joined Staff: 2014

Professional Background: International students’ connector and French tutor at Clackamas Community College; King’s Kids/YWAM (Youth With A Mission); Wycliffe Bible Translators/SIL Cameroon; teacher and youth leader at at Church of the Lutheran Brethren elementary schools in Cameroon; children’s radio program producer at RASAL (Radio Salaaman) in Cameroon

Philosophy of Education: Working with youth has always been Madame Eugenie’s passion. Her desire is to teach students in ways that they would enjoy the learning process and be willing to embrace and utilize what they have learned both in the present and the future. 

English, Greek

Degrees: B.A. in Music and Ancient Studies, St. Olaf College; M.A. in Biblical Studies, Multnomah University

Year Joined Staff: 2014

Professional Background: After several years as a music teacher, Mrs. Alsop taught English and writing in China, Indonesia, and an online high school. She greatly appreciates both the classical riches of the St. Stephen’s curriculum and the Christian charity among the staff.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Alsop’s favorite part of teaching is her students’ contagious love of learning.

1st Grade

Year Joined Staff: 2017

4th Grade

Degree: B.S. in Human Development, Warner Pacific University

Year Joined Staff: 2004

Professional Background: Prior to her employment at St. Stephen’s Mrs. Barnes homeschooled her son 1st grade through 5th grade. Before that she was the logistics/traffic manager for an exporting company.

Philosophy of Education: A fine educator should aspire to educate students to intelligently process all kinds of information and make prudent, godly choices so as to grow into wise, upright, and content individuals who can contribute to and make society a better place.

Physics, Mock Trial

Degree: BSEE, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD.

Year Joined Staff: 2015

Professional Background: Mr. Barth spent 10 years in the US Air Force and 34 years in the high tech industry as a design engineer and program manager in research and development.  He worked for Unisys, Sequent Computers, Xerox, and TE Connectivity.  He retired in 2014.  In retirement he enjoys teaching Physics and coaching Mock Trial at SSA.

Philosophy of Education: Science is to God’s Creation as Theology is to God’s Word.  Both Science and Theology are man’s study of God through His Creation and His Word to know His eternal power and divine nature.  Students should have the opportunity to see and learn about God’s creative nature, power, dependability, and consistency in their study of His Creation through physics.

 

Mock Trial

Degree: B.S. in Applied Art & Design, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; M.S. in Safety & Systems Management, University of Southern California; Certificate in Classical Christian Studies, New Saint Andrews College

Year Joined Staff: 2013

Professional Background: After graduating from Cal Poly, Mrs. Bergeron worked for Computer Sciences Corporation as a graphic designer. Then, after spending five years at home with her four children, she joined the team at Classical Conversations as a classroom teacher and trainer. Later she joined the Classical Conversations administrative team as State Manager for Oregon and Idaho. The necessity of furthering her education in the humanities led her to take classes at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, where she discovered her love for history, languages, and writing. Mrs. Bergeron loves coaching students through the multi-faceted, integrated “subjects” of Mock Trial: writing, linguistics, logic, rhetoric, acting, and law. She is currently continuing her own theological Latin studies through the Davenant Institute.

Philosophy of Education: Preparation happens before a teacher enters the classroom. A teacher who expects active participation from her students must be active in her own education, active first in her own mind. Students become like their teachers–with their same weaknesses, their same strengths. My aim is to increase activity and confidence in each student’s mind and body, employing pedagogies of the medievals as well as current research about how we learn and remember best. I want to give quick feedback so that my students are aware that I applaud their hot pursuit of truth and virtue, or that they’re not there yet, and can exert further effort in order to reach the goal. In both discipline and encouragement, I am seeking what a wise teacher called “soul-to-soul interaction” with my students.

K-12 Mathematics Coordinator

Degrees: B.S. in Mathematics, Western Oregon University; M.A.T., Multnomah University

Year Joined Staff: 2012

Professional Background: Mrs. Boden starting her teaching career at St. Stephen’s Academy and has enjoyed teaching mathematics across the grades from as low as 5th grade all the way through high school calculus.

Philosophy of Education: When we talk about education we should focus not merely on facts or figures but instead on the lifelong process that is learning. It is critically important to teach how to learn as well as what is worth learning.

Humanities, Latin, Theater

Degree: B.A. in English, Portland State University

Year Joined Staff: 2014

Professional Background: Before joining the faculty at St. Stephen’s, Mr. Boden worked as a teacher’s assistant, substitute teacher, and tutor at all grade levels, including university.

Philosophy of Education: Mr. Boden hopes to reflect in some small way the myriad of excellent teachers he has had in his life – individuals who point to God’s faithfulness in everything, individuals whose peace and confidence rest solely on His grace and His promises.

4th Grade

Degree: B.A. in Elementary Education, University of North Florida

Year Joined Staff: 2015

Professional Background: Before joining the St. Stephen’s faculty, Mrs. Breckenridge taught Kindergarten for seven years at another local Christian school. Prior to that, she had the privilege of staying home with her four children.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Breckenridge believes strongly in classical Christian education. She hopes to instill in her students a deep love for learning and a desire to know Christ more intimately as a result of what they are studying at St. Stephen’s.

Mathematics

Degrees: B.S. in Mathematics, Tennessee Tech University

Year Joined Staff: 2017

Professional Background: Ms. Buchanan has conducted college-level physics labs for three years. Additionally, she has worked as a researcher at two national labs: the Sanford Underground Research Facility and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Philosophy of Education: To quote one of her math teachers, Ms. Buchanan believes that “the best learning occurs when a willing student connects with a willing teacher.” She strives to be a willing teacher and to inspire a love of learning in her students.

6th Grade

Degrees: B.A. in English, Biola; Teaching Credential and M.A. in English, California State University, Long Beach

Year Joined Staff: 2016

3rd Grade

Degrees: B.A. in Arts and Letters with minor in Linguistics, Portland State University; M.A.in Education with Reading Endorsement, George Fox University

Year Joined Staff: 2011

Professional Background: Ms. Conteh has done missions on and off with Mercy Ships. She taught at The Language and Culture Institute and The Riggs Institute. She taught 4th and 5th grade at MITCH Charter School, Kindergarten at Happy Hollow Children’s Center, was a reading specialist at Park Academy, and has always privately tutored. She has been teaching for 16 years, the last 7 at St. Stephen’s.

Philosophy of Education: Ms. Conteh believes that her primary role as a teacher is to guide her students into knowing and loving Jesus Christ. With the aid of the Holy Spirit, she seeks to model character virtues such as kindness, faithfulness, and patience while genuinely loving and encouraging her students. She wants them to learn from her how to have their own trust in Jesus, how to obey Him, and how to love others. She strives to implement the Gospel into every subject.

5th Grade

Degree: B.A. in Liberal Studies: Teacher Education, The Master’s College

Year Joined Staff: 2015

Professional Background: Mrs. Cybulski first began teaching in 2005 at a Christian school in California. After an extended time off to raise her family she returned to teaching. She was very excited to join the team at St. Stephen’s.

Philosophy of Education: It is Mrs. Cybulski’s desire to educate students about who God is and what He has done in the world around them. She enjoys highlighting God’s hand in history, science, mathematics, and even language. She seeks to build a foundation of education that will prepare students to discern truth and think critically.

Athletic Director, Theology

Degrees: B.A. in Music, San Diego State University;  M.A. in Biblical Studies, Westminster Seminary California

Year Joined Staff: 2016

Professional Background: Mr. Feil has served in two different churches as an intern, The Resolved Church in San Diego (Acts 29) and Intown Presbyterian (PCA) in Portland.  In addition he has worked in the food and beverage industry for Marriott.  He is currently working toward ordination in the PCA and hopes to pursue both Christian education and vocational ministry.

Philosophy of Education: Mr. Feil’s goal is to help our students treasure wisdom and to find pleasure in understanding so that they might grow into more virtuous and joyful people.  This is possible so long as we continue to serve our students and assist them in cultivating their love for God’s word and His world.

Science, Mathematics

Degrees: B.S. in Physical Science, Biola University; Master of Education in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Year Joined Staff: 2016

Professional Background: Mr. Gilmore taught high school in inner city Las Vegas for four years, with the first two years as part of Teach for America. He taught physics and geoscience and served in school leadership as the Instructional Leadership Team Chair.

Philosophy of Education: Mr. Gilmore believes that education is ultimately a training of the affections in which a love for the Good, the True, and the Beautiful of each unique discipline is fostered. In the classroom, Mr. Gilmore seeks to develop this love through highly engaging inquiry-based lessons that require students to think critically.

Robotics Team

Degrees: M.S. in Telecommunications, INSA-Lyon; M.S. in Information Technology, Royal Institute of Technology-Stockholm, Sweden

Year Joined Staff: 2016

Professional Background: Mrs. Haralson worked 7 years for Intel Corporation in the Post Silicon Validation group. She has led the St. Stephen’s Academy FIRST Lego League team since 2015.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Haralson wants to get her students interested in technology and confident in their ability to be successful in STEM fields.

Art

Education: Deaf Studies Certificate from Portland Community College

Year Joined Staff: 2016

Professional Background: Mrs. Harvey’s passion for creativity and the arts has been a driving force in her volunteering for the last three years in the art studio at St. Stephen’s. Prior to St. Stephen’s, she has been raising her two children while working in various ministries over the years from Young Life and WyldLife to the children’s ministries at Grace Chapel in Wilsonville.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Harvey’s philosophy of education is a work in progress as this is her first foray into the classroom in an official capacity, as the assistant to the lead art teacher. She believes in the importance of learning art and the impact it has on a young and developing mind. She believes it is important to provide an environment where students feel encouraged to express their own reflection of God’s beauty through their works of art.   

1st Grade

Degree: B.S. in Elementary Education and English, Concordia University – Seward, Nebraska 

Year Joined Staff: 2015

Professional Background: Mrs. Hilchen has 26 years of teaching experience, including music, choir, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade. She has also served as a church organist in several churches and teaches private piano lessons.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Hilchen believes in educating the whole child, mind, body, and spirit. She teaches lessons are in a variety of ways to help reach each child and their different learning styles. Every child should have a sense of accomplishment and success each day. She wants her students to find joy in exploring, expanding their knowledge, and discovering how to learn on their own. By connecting subjects with each other and with life experiences, she hopes to see her students grow in their understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of God’s wonderful world.

K-12 Science Coordinator

Degrees:  B.A. in Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO; M.A. in Education (Early Childhood), Hood College, Frederick, MD

Year Joined Staff: 2005

Professional Background: Mrs. Holt spent 17 years in biomedical research at several research facilities, including Washington University Medical School, Johns Hopkins Medical School, NIH in Bethesda, MD, and a small Biotech Company in MD. She also spent three years teaching various elementary school science classes and then spent seven years teaching 2nd-4th grades for the Montgomery County Public School in MD. After joining SSA in 2005, she taught 2nd and 3rd grades, and 5th and 6th grade math. She now teaches Upper School science classes and is the K-12 Science Coordinator.

Philosophy of Education: In the art and science of teaching there should be a continuous, interactive, entrusted partnership between teacher and student. Both should always be teaching and learning with and from each other. The process of imparting knowledge and skills from the teacher to the learner is designed to facilitate the student to become a lifelong learner and caretaker of God’s creation.

K-12 Music Coordinator

Degrees: Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, Arizona State University; Master of Music in Voice/Opera Performance, New England Conservatory of Music

Year Joined Staff: 2016

Professional Background: Mrs. Killebrew began formal vocal training at age 12 and was instructed in the Bel Canto style. She has performed in numerous recitals, operas, musicals, and choral concerts, both as a soloist and ensemble artist. She began teaching private voice in 1999 and began teaching middle and high school choir in 2006. Many of her students have gone on to advanced music degrees and have placed in competitions, both as soloists and as choral singers. Mrs. Killebrew took a five year break to raise her two children up to school age and has continued to teach private voice.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Killebrew’s goal is for her students to obtain a deeper understanding and appreciation of music and how it shapes the world around us, as well as a healthy and natural vocal technique. We were given music so that we might use it in praise and expression! She is thrilled to be the Music Director at St. Stephen’s Academy.

6th Grade

Degrees: B.A. in English Education, California State University, Fullerton

Year Joined Staff: 2000

Professional Background: Upon graduating from university Mrs. Lewis served as a foreign student adviser at both California State University, Fullerton and United States International University for six years. In 1995, Mrs. Lewis, along with board member Cheryl Boden and two other members of Evergreen Presbyterian Church, began the early planning stages and development of St. Stephen’s Academy.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Lewis’s goal as a teacher is to ensure that these young students, despite the gifts God has bestowed on them or where He will place them in society, will be content and have a deep assurance that all they do is worthy and a sweet smelling sacrifice to our living God. Her students need to learn that they serve God and not man. They must know that every small deed done, job completed or service rendered is done to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

Theology

Degrees: B.A. in English, Biola University; M.Div., Westminster Seminary California

Year Joined Staff: 1999

Professional Background: Rev. Nathan E. Lewis is Pastor at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, OR, a congregation he and his wife, Glenda, planted in 1991. Rev. Lewis and his wife also helped found St. Stephen’s Academy as a ministry of Evergreen Presbyterian in 1999.

Philosophy of Education: The kingdom of God is expanded on earth through all fields and all vocations. Education must not only be offered from a Christian worldview, but it must have as its purpose and end the expansion of the kingdom of God.

Kindergarten

Degrees: B.A. in Liberal Studies, California State University, Fullerton; M.A. in Special Education: Orientation and Mobility, California State University, Los Angeles

Year Joined Staff: 2016

Professional Background: Prior to teaching Kindergarten at St. Stephen’s Academy, Mrs. Marshall worked as an educator for blind and visually impaired students in California for seven years. She has experience working with students ages birth through 12th grade and has worked for a variety of educational agencies in both the public and private sector. She also holds a Clinical Rehabilitation Credential and completed an internship at the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center at the V.A. Hospital in Palo Alto, CA.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Marshall strives to teach her students to view all areas of learning through the lens of a biblical worldview. She strongly desires for her students to be both challenged and encouraged by what they are learning, and she feels honored to be one of the instruments used to cultivate growth and instill grace in her students’ lives.

K-12 Art Coordinator

Degree: B.A. in Psychology and Art, Southern Oregon State University 

Year Joined Staff: 2002

Professional Background: A lifelong artist, Mrs. Mier has been showing and selling her artwork in shows, galleries, and privately for 25 years. She owned a gallery in Portland, Oregon, before coming to St. Stephen’s Academy and has been teaching art for 19 years, 15 of those at St. Stephen’s. She recently illustrated a children’s chapter book written by a local author that is now available on Amazon. Her passion is watching students reach their potential in art and have that work be a joy to fellow men that honors God in Heaven.

Philosophy of Education: Education should be provided in a safe but disciplined environment that challenges all students to achieve academic and artistic excellence by honoring God and exciting the human need to create and question through a demanding and comprehensive curriculum. Students should be able to obtain and use tools of learning to create demonstrate and perform or present materials that represent the curriculum learned.

Pre-Kindergarten

Year Joined Staff: 2017

Latin

Degrees: B.A. in Latin, Hillsdale College

Year Joined Staff: 2017

Professional Background: Taught Latin in the Upper School at Rockbridge Academy, Millersville, MD.

Philosophy of Education: History is full of great men and women who understood that educating the next generation was the only way to build the kingdom they sought, from the polis to the reich. The modern state increasingly seizes control over education in an attempt to build its version of the City of Man, the only state they acknowledge to exist. As a teacher at St. Stephen’s, I profess the school’s motto: Christus in Litteris (“Christ in words”) to my students. His word reveals that as Christians our citizenship is in Heaven and from it we await a Savior, Jesus Christ. (Phil 3:20) When he comes, every tongue will confess that his name is greater than any other name in the history of the City of Man. (Phil 2:10-11)

5th Grade

Degrees: B.A. in Elementary Education

Year Joined Staff: 2015

Professional Background: Mrs. Oeverman spent five years teaching 5th and 6th grades in Michigan and Minnesota before having the privilege of being full-time mother to her five children. She returned to the classroom in 2015 and is thankful to be a part of St. Stephen’s Academy’s pursuit of the truth, knowledge, and wisdom of our sovereign God.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Oeverman desires to educate students to see God at work in all that he has made, “…for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.” This biblical foundation is the basis for the subjects she teaches, as she seeks to train up young men and women who will glorify God and enjoy Him in a lifetime of service to Christ.

Theology

Degrees: Bachelor of Science and Engineering, Calvin College; Graduate Studies in Theology, The Bethlehem College and Seminary; Master of Divinity, Westminster Seminary California.

Year Joined Staff: 2013

Professional Background: Rev. Steve Oeverman began his professional career as a project engineer in the automotive industry. After completing his graduate studies in theology, Rev. Oeverman served as a minister of the Escondido United Reformed Church and executive vice president of Westminster Seminary California. In 2012, Steve was called to serve as minister of Grace United Reformed Church in Milwaukie, Oregon, along with his responsibilities as teacher of 10th Grade Bible and Theology at St. Stephen’s Academy. 

Philosophy of Education: Rev. Oeverman seeks to complement the classical study of God’s world with a confessional study of God’s Word. While looking to the wisdom of pastors and scholars of the past we read, interpret, and apply the Bible for Christian faith and life today.

3rd Grade

Degrees: B.A. in Bible and Theology and Minor in Educational Ministries, Multnomah University

Year Joined Staff: 2016

Professional Background: Miss Renn has five years’ experience in administrative work in the fields of healthcare and higher education. Her exposure to teaching comes from experience in tutoring and her background in an education based degree. Miss Renn’s Latin knowledge comes from being privately tutored in Latin by a New Saint Andrews graduate. She joined St. Stephens for the 2016-2017 school year to teach 4th Grade Latin and is looking forward to teaching full-time this year.

Philosophy of Education: Miss Renn seeks to serve her students by combining academically challenging concepts with care and support so that her students feel confident and realize more of their own learning potential. She is excited about the opportunity to incorporate Christ and biblical themes into her teaching and encourage students to serve Him.

Physical Education, French

Year Joined Staff: 2017

2nd Grade

Degrees: B.A. Education, The Master’s University

Year Joined Staff: 2017

Professional Background: This is Mrs. Smith’s 11th year as an educator.  Prior to coming to St. Stephen’s she served as a special ed. teacher in Los Angeles, a homeschooling tutor out of her home, and a grammar school teacher at Beacon Hill Classical Academy, an ACCS school in California that she and her husband helped found.

Philosophy of Education: Because Jesus calls us to love God with all our minds, it glorifies Him when we train our minds well.  Loving God with all our minds includes exploring the beauty of His creation, telling and writing stories, rehearsing His providential rule through history, analyzing words in sentences and paragraphs, memorizing Scripture, creating art and music, and exercising our brains through logic and mathematics.  Since the whole earth is full of His glory, education is a devotional experience.

Bible, Latin, Senior Thesis

Degree: B.A. in Theology, The Master’s University; M.Div, The Master’s Seminary

Year Joined Staff: 2017

Professional Background: This year is Mr. Smith’s 13th year as an educator. Before coming to St. Stephen’s, he served as a science department chair, head of school, academic dean, chaplain, and teacher in grades 1 through college. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in philosophy from Talbot Seminary.

Philosophy of Education: Because the world is transformed through the cross and not the schemes or strength of men, education should carry a cross. Because the whole earth is full of God’s glory, it should be doxological. Because we belong to a long and prestigious tradition, it should be classical. Because we do not want to succumb to the errors and sins of our fathers, it should be prophetic. Because it cannot be done in our own strength, it should be prayerful.  Also, it should be fun.

Humanities, Spanish

Degrees: B.A. in English Literature, Texas A&M University; M.A. in English Literature, University of Texas

Year Joined Staff: 2010

Professional Background: Mrs. Ueltschey has a breadth of experiences teaching at many age levels: 5th grade at Regents School of Austin, English survey courses at the University of Texas, and 1st grade and high school courses at St. Stephen’s Academy. 

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Ueltschey considers her current position to be a God-given blessing and an ideal combination of challenging curriculum, student interaction, and peer relationships and support. Within the limited bounds of a school settings, she desires to teach Spanish and literature to the whole person, instilling in students a passion for the material and, more significantly, the gospel incarnate.

History

Degrees: B.A. in History, Whitworth University; M.Div., The Master’s Seminary

Year Joined Staff: 2013

Professional Background: Mr. White began his teaching career at Northridge Community School in Northridge, California, while he worked on his masters degree at The Master’s Seminary. After graduating from seminary, he taught for six years at Providence Classical Christian School in Lynnwood, Washington, while serving as an elder at Crossway Fellowship. He also currently serves as a pastor at Grace and Truth Bible Church in Hillsboro.

Philosophy of Education: Most education in our modern world is goal oriented, focused on getting students to pass a test or complete a project. A liberal arts education however, focuses on knowing how to discern truth and then articulate it. It is aimed at thinking versus testing. Since Christians desire to not only be knowledgeable but virtuous (Christ-like) as well, the liberal arts serve as an excellent approach to achieving the Christian aim of spiritual maturity.

 

Staff

 

Maintenance Coordinator, Bus Driver

Year Joined Staff: 2016

Administrative Assistant

Degree: BS in Business and Equestrian Studies from Rocky Mountain College

Year Joined Staff: 2017

Professional Background: After completing her degree, Mrs. Emly started working in the banking field. She finished her banking career as a branch manager and loan officer after 10 years of experience. She is a trained Dave Ramsey Financial Coach and has taught many classes of Financial Peace University. When she and her family moved to Oregon, she started volunteering at St. Stephen’s until she was hired in 2017.

Librarian

Degrees: B.S. in Technical Journalism, Oregon State University; MAPS Pastoral Studies, Multnomah Biblical Seminary

Year Joined Staff: 2014

Professional Background: Mrs. Emory joined the staff of St. Stephen’s in 2014 as librarian. In her years with the school she has also served as receptionist, 5th grade math teacher, and teacher’s aid. Prior to joining St. Stephen’s, Mrs. Emory spent her time raising her family. She has also served as Administrative Assistant for Jr.High Pastor, High School Pastor, and College Pastor at Beaverton Christian Church, and office help at Ringor International.

Administrative Assistant

Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Digital Imaging & Prepress Technology, Linn-Benton Community College

Year Joined Staff: 2011

Professional Background: After completing her degree, Mrs. Hamilton worked in the printing environment until her first child was born. While her children were small, Mrs. Hamilton volunteered her skills in desktop publishing at various churches. When her children started at St. Stephen’s she again volunteered until was she was hired in 2011.

Teachers' Aide

Education: attended Southern Oregon State College

Year Joined Staff: 2010

Professional Background: Mrs. Herriott joined the staff as the front desk receptionist. In 2012, she became our Teachers’ Aide, working mainly with Kindergarten-5th.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Herriott loves working with the younger students, especially helping them with reading and writing skills. She hopes to develop a love of reading and books in the students.

Receptionist

Degree: B.A. in Business Administration, Seattle Pacific University

Year Joined Staff: 2015

Professional Background: Amie has administration experience in the corporate and nonprofit world prior to coming to St. Stephen’s.

School Nurse

Degree: B.S. in Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University

Year Joined Staff: 2015

Professional Background: Mrs. Storm has worked as a registered nurse since 2003. She has worked in the fields of oncology, chemical dependency, mental health, case management, diabetes education, school nursing, and maternal fetal medicine.

Admissions, Marketing

Education: attended Texarkana College and New Saint Andrews College

Year Joined Staff: 2015

Professional Background: Mrs. Turner has been a teacher in Classical Conversations. She also started the Masters School of Art satellite school in Beaverton and worked as the administrator there for several years.

Philosophy of Education: Mrs. Turner loves classical Christian education because it teaches students about the truth, goodness, and beauty of God and how that relates to the rest of their learning. She believes a student’s education should not only change their mind, but it should also change their heart as they internalize a Biblical worldview and come to know God more fully.

Assistant to the Headmaster

Degree: B.S. in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting – George Fox University

Year Joined Staff: 2007

Professional Background: Mrs. Williams has been working in the field of accounting since high school with various summer jobs and then as the Beaverton Christian Church bookkeeper during college. Following graduation from George Fox, Kristy worked in the finance department at Intel Corporation for 7 years before starting her family. She began doing bookkeeping at St. Stephen’s in 2007, and her role expanded to Business Manager in 2012.