Faculty & Staff

Administration

Randy Reynolds

Principal

Contact: reynoldsr@riversidechristian.net

Wendy Schmidt

Vice Principal: Curriculum and Staff Development

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."

Rick VanBeek

Superintendent, Athletic Director

Contact: vanbeekr@riversidechristian.net


Elementary Faculty

Kristie Kuhlmann

Preschool Teacher & ELC Director

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.”

Amy Bradford

Kindergarten Teacher

Contact: bradforda@riversidechristian.net

“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.”

Sandy Allen

1st Grade Teacher

Contact: allens@riversidechristian.net

“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

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

Jocelynn Bohannon

2nd Grade

Contact: bohannonj@riversidechristian.net

"I love how Riverside Christian School is a place where students are able to be challenged where they are. Students here are taught life skills that will help them thrive academically and spiritually in the years to come."

Tori Cunnington

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact: cunningtont@riversidechristian.net

“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

"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."

Emily Ankney

3rd Grade Teacher

Contact: ankneye@riversidechristian.net

“I enjoy seeing the kids form a close community with one another and strive to encourage one another and build each other up.”

Mary Kay Schuller

4th Grade Teacher

Contact: schullerm@riversidechristian.net

“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.”

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.”

Jason Haines

6th Grade Teacher

Contact: hainesj@riversidechristian.net

“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.

Secondary Faculty

Amy VanBeek

High School History

Contact: vanbeeka@riversidechristian.net

“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!"

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.”

Sara Bos

JH Social Studies, Math, and Drama Teacher

Contact: boss@riversidechristian.net

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

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 in the pond. 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. I like the science lab set up. The students are engaging and I enjoy my colleagues and administration.”

Susan Emmans

Civics Teacher

Contact: emmanss@riversidechristian.net

“I love the teaching environment and the quality of the administrative leadership spiritually and academically. The opportunity to mentor students and watch them grow spiritually and academically is a great privilege.”

Tracy Golladay

JH Bible and Pacific Northwest History 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.”

Joy Oaks

Spanish Teacher

Contact: oaskj@riversidechristian.net

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

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

High School English and Bible Teacher

Contact: stoothoffa@riversidechristian.net

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

Specialists

Carol Mourey

Secondary 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.”

Tanya Anderson

Music Teacher

Contact: andersont@riversidechristian.net

"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."

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.”

Drew Edgerly

Physical Education; Head High School Boys Basketball Coach; Head Middle School Baseball Coach

Contact: edgerlyd@riversidechristian.net

"RCS has a great administrative staff supportive of both teachers and students in their overall success as individuals. I’ve also really enjoyed building relationships with students. The students are very obedient and the whole student body seems to possess a strong sense of camaraderie."

Karen Tranch

Art Teacher

Contact: tranchk@riversidechristian.net

“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.”

Marti Lommers

Keyboarding Teacher

Contact: lommersm@riversidechristian.net

“What I love most about Riverside Christian School is the positive, loving atmosphere. I love the small class sizes, as it allows me the opportunity to get to know the students, as well as help them improve upon their keyboarding skills.”

Staff

Tricia Gilmore

Director of Marketing and Enrollment

Contact: Tricia@RiversideChristian.net

John Meinzinger

Technology

Contact: meinzingerj@riversidechristian.net

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

Colleen Bjur

Administrative Assistant Elementary Office

Contact: bjurc@riversidechristian.net

Gary Bjur

Janitor

Contact: janitors@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.”

Calvin Howe

Business Manager

Contact: howec@riversidechristian.net

"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

Melody Stein

College/Career Counselor, ASB Advisor, Auction Co-Chair

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."

Support Staff

Tammy Cherry

Assistant Director/Lead Teacher ELC

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!"

Patricia Gage

Early Learning Center Teacher

"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."

Donna Peggins

Teacher Aid

Contact: pegginsd@riversidechristian.net

Matthew C. Powers

Food Service Co-Coordinator

"There are many things I love about RCS! The students and staff are what make RCS a great place. I am thankful for the opportunity to work here!"

Diane Pynch

Teacher Assistant

Lisa M. Reinmuth

Food Service Co-Coordinator/ “The Lunch Lady”

Contact: reinmuthl@riversidechristian.net

"My favorite thing about RCS is the awesome, supportive staff and Christian environment where I can talk about Jesus every day! I also love getting to know the students, and working with the great kitchen staff and volunteers."

Eric Stucker

Maintenance / Custodial

Contact: stuckere@riversidechristian.net

"Riverside is a strong school academically and morally. Most importantly, Riverside is a family."

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