BA in Elementary Education with minors in Science Education and Missions, Concordia University Wisconsin, 2007
MS in Educational Administration, Concordia University Wisconsin, 2013
I began being principal at Concordia Lutheran School in the summer of 2017. Previously, I taught at Unity Christian Lutheran Elementary School in East St. Louis, IL, Amazing Grace Christian School in Renton, WA, and right here at Concordia Lutheran School Seattle. Being able to watch teachers, staff, and students succeed with the gifts God has given them while working alongside them to help them achieve even more success is one of the greatest joys of my position. It is an honor to serve our Concordia family at large! I live in Lake City with my husband, Brad, and two growing daughters, Esther (born 2015) and Iris (born 2017). We enjoy spending time with each other cooking, playing, hiking, and traveling.
Wedgwood Campus Concordia Preschool Director and Teacher
Pam joined the Concordia Wedgwood staff in August 2010 as Preschool Director and preschool teacher of the Giraffe 5’s class. Prior to working at the Wedgwood Campus, she directed the Lake City Preschool Campus for 13 years. Pam held management positions in the computer industry and paramedical field prior to her years serving in preschool.
Pam’s love of children and passion for ministry lead her to a position in a preschool setting. She has an Associate degree in Child Development and has taken a multitude of professional development classes over the years. Pam has a long history with Concordia, as both her sons attended here preschool through 8th grade. She believes Concordia played a pivotal role in the preparation for their future academically, socially and spiritually.
Pam and her husband enjoy family life and feel very blessed with the vocations God has given them. She enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Lake City Preschool Director, 2’s Teacher and 3 /4 ‘s Teacher
Graduate of University of Washington
I have been with the Lake City Preschool since my oldest daughter (now in college!) participated in the 2’s class. I assisted in the classroom for a few years, before becoming director in 2009. I have 19 years experience at Lake City and have 10 years+ as Preschool Director. Both of my children attended preschool at Lake City, and both of them are midway through their college careers. As the teacher of both the 2’s class and the 3/4’s class, I love watching children grow during their preschool years, and work hard to build a loving connection with each and every child.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two daughters. We love spending time together with our two new goats! My favorite vacation spot is Disneyland.
Team Roots Teacher
I started working as an elementary teacher at Concordia in 2015 but have been part of the Concordia family for much longer. I attended Concordia as a student from Kindergarten to 8th grade and worked with both preschool and elementary age kids at the summer camp program while in high school and college. One thing I love about teaching (especially with smaller class sizes) is forming a positive and caring relationship with each individual student so that they feel safe and are eager to challenge themselves and take risks in their learning! My goal is that each child knows of God’s unending love for them, and with that knowledge, are confident in themselves and their unique abilities.
Team Hawthorn Teacher
BA in Elementary Education, Concordia University Texas
The 2018-2019 academic year was my first year at Concordia Lutheran School. I previously taught at Christ Lutheran School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a blessing to be a part of such a loving, caring, and Christ-centered school community. I love watching my students explore and learn about new topics. My favorite thing about being a teacher is getting to learn, grow, and laugh alongside my students.
My husband, Ivan, and I moved here in August 2018. We have fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest and with Concordia Lutheran School. We love riding our bikes, hiking, cooking, exploring new places, and eating delicious food.
Team Woodlands Teacher
BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Concordia University Nebraska, 2005
MS in Literacy Education, Concordia University Nebraska, 2010
I joined Concordia Lutheran School in August 2018. Prior to that, I taught at Zion Lutheran School, Brighton, CO for 13 years where I taught in grades 1-5. I found the upper elementary ages bring me the most joy as I get to watch the students grow and question the world around them. They are beginning to explore, find themselves, and find who God created them to be. I love being a part of their adventure.
I’m so thankful God brought me to this school of amazing staff, parents, and students! I live north of Seattle with my old puppy and enjoy running and biking around the area.
Music & Art Teacher, Chapel Coordinator
I have been the music and art teacher for both Preschool and Elementary at Concordia Seattle since 2018. Before that, I was a classroom teacher at Amazing Grace Christian School in Renton, WA and a classroom teacher here at Concordia as well. I’m currently taking classes at North Seattle College with the goal of getting my Associates Degree in Fine Arts. I love being able to teach a wide age range of students here at Concordia, incorporating lots of movement, listening skills, and composition in Music as well as celebration of progress and intention in Art!
Outside of the classroom, I like going to parks, being outside, reading, traveling, and rock climbing.
Teddy Bear Teacher
My husband and I have two adult children and one granddaughter. When I’m not at work, I spend my time gardening and enjoying my Labrador named Gracie.
I feel blessed to have been working in early childhood education for 26 years and with the Concordia Preschools for the past 20 years. I joined the Lake City team in 1999 and in 2006 I transitioned to the Wedgwood team. I earned my CDA in Early Childhood Education in 1998 and continue to take classes to grow and learn of new, fun ways to teach our young ones.
I’ve been married to my husband, Bob for 40 years. We have three grown children- Jason, Keith and Eric; one granddaughter and two more grandchildren on the way!
My youngest son, Eric graduated from Concordia. His years at Concordia provided him with a good education, nurtured his love for Christ and helped develop wonderful moral values and lifelong friendships. (Ask me how two of his friends joined him in bonding their friendships and their love for Concordia!)
My philosophy on teaching children is- Treat them with respect, Teach them how to succeed, Give them strategies to deal with challenges, and Help them develop social skills and a sense of community.
Some of my favorite things are sharing my love for the Lord, backyard barbeques with family and friends, motor home trips with my husband, our fur babies, and teaching!
The 2019-2020 academic year was my first year at Concordia and I love it! I have been in the teaching field for 20 years; mostly with ages 2-5, but also have some experience with school age children. I spent four years teaching to children of missionaries overseas; the first two years were spent teaching 2nd grade and my last two years I worked with 6th graders.
I grew up in Westport, Connecticut, but have lived in the Seattle area since 1992, currently residing in Lynnwood with my dog, Pepper. I love the beach, traveling, writing poetry and lyrics to songs, hiking, and taking pictures of nature.
Sonya Marquez Strachan
Lake City Pre-K Teacher
Graduate of University of Washington
I have been a part of the Lake City Preschool since 2005 when my older son attended the 2’s class. I began as an assistant in the 2’s class, then the 3 / 4’s class and worked for many years as an assistant in the Pre-K class. The 2018-2019 school year was my 10th year teaching the Pre-K class. I enjoy teaching the children and watching them grow as they become more confident throughout the year. As a Pre-K teacher, I do my best to go above and beyond to make sure I send the children onto kindergarten with the necessary skills for them to succeed. Both my boys attended the preschool at Lake City.
I enjoy spending time with my family which includes my husband and two sons. Our favorite things to do include exploring the hidden treasures in the city and going for bike rides around our neighborhood.
BA in Physical Education with a minor in Recreational Sports and Development, 2007
My name is Kendrick Holley. I am a former college athlete who played for Northwest University in Kirkland. During my tenure there, I helped my basketball team make a run at the Final Four for NAIA College Athletics. After receiving my degree, I had the opportunity to be an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Northwest University for four years while I began teaching at Concordia Lutheran School as a Physical Education teacher. I have worked with children of all ages. Having taught at different levels, I relate to children very well and understand that every child is unique in his or her own way.
As well as teaching P.E. to the kids, I am the Athletic Director for the school. I overlook all the athletics at the school with scheduling games, practices, transportation, etc. I take great pride in representing the school in a positive manner at all times. Concordia Lutheran School is a place for your child to grow as an individual and be loved and respected by others.