BA in Elementary Education with minors in Science Education and Missions, Concordia University Wisconsin, 2007
MS in Educational Administration, Concordia University Wisconsin, 2013
Christy began being principal at Concordia Lutheran School in the summer of 2017. Previously, she 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 her position. It is an honor to serve our Concordia family at large! She lives in Lake City with her husband, Brad, and two growing daughters, Esther (born 2015) and Iris (born 2017). They 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
Julie has been with the Lake City Preschool since her oldest daughter (now in college!) participated in the 2’s class. She assisted in the classroom for a few years, before becoming director in 2009. She has 19 years experience at Lake City and has 10 years+ as Preschool Director. Both of her 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, Julie loves watching children grow during their preschool years, and works hard to build a loving connection with each and every child.
Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters. They also love spending time together with their two new goats! Her favorite vacation spot is Disneyland.
Team Roots Teacher
BA in Elementary Education, Concordia University Texas
The 2018-2019 academic year was Emilie’s first year at Concordia Lutheran School. She 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. Emilie loves watching my students explore and learn about new topics. Her favorite thing about being a teacher is getting to learn, grow, and laugh alongside my students.
Emilie and her husband, Ivan, moved here in August 2018. They have both fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest and with Concordia Lutheran School. They love riding their bikes, hiking, cooking, exploring new places, and eating delicious food.
Team Hawthorn Teacher
BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Professional Church Work, Concordia University Portland, 2015
Katie started working as an elementary teacher at Concordia in 2015 but has been part of the Concordia family for much longer. She 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 Katie loves 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! Her 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 Woodlands/Cardinals Teacher
BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Concordia University Nebraska, 2005
MS in Literacy Education, Concordia University Nebraska, 2010
Kristin joined Concordia Lutheran School in August 2018. Prior to that, she taught at Zion Lutheran School, Brighton, CO for 13 years where she taught in grades 1-5. Kristin found the upper elementary ages bring her the most joy as she gets 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. Kristin loves being a part of their adventure.
Kristin is so thankful God brought her to this school of amazing staff, parents, and students! Kristin lives north of Seattle with her old puppy and enjoys running and biking around the area.
Music & Art Teacher, Chapel Coordinator
BA in Elementary Education with Music emphasis, Concordia University Chicago, 2014
Elizabeth has been the music and art teacher for both Preschool and Elementary at Concordia Seattle since 2018. Before that, she was a classroom teacher at Amazing Grace Christian School in Renton, WA and a classroom teacher here at Concordia as well. She is currently taking classes at North Seattle College with the goal of getting my Associates Degree in Fine Arts. Elizabeth loves 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, Elizabeth likes going to parks, being outside, reading, traveling, and rock climbing.
Teddy Bear Teacher
Mrs. Lynnie loves working at Concordia! She has been teaching in the Early Education field for the last 30 years. Lynn feels blessed to be teaching in an amazing school that loves God and that has a nurturing, loving environment. She enjoys guiding the children to embrace learning and experience new challenges.
Lynn and her husband and have two adult children and one granddaughter. When she’s not at work, Lynn spends her time gardening and enjoying her Labrador named Gracie.
Ginny feels blessed to have been working in early childhood education for 26 years and with the Concordia Preschools for the past 20 years. She joined the Lake City team in 1999 and in 2006 transitioned to the Wedgwood team. Ginny earned her CDA in Early Childhood Education in 1998 and continues to take classes to grow and learn of new, fun ways to teach our young ones.
Ginny has been married to her husband, Bob for 40 years. They have three grown children- Jason, Keith and Eric; one granddaughter and two more grandchildren on the way!
Ginny’s 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 her how two of his friends joined him in bonding their friendships and their love for Concordia!)
Ginny’s 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 her favorite things are sharing her love for the Lord, backyard barbeques with family and friends, motor home trips with her husband, their fur babies, and teaching!
A.A. in Early Childhood Education, Mount Saint Joseph University Ohio
The 2019-2020 academic year was Amy’s first year at Concordia and she loves it! She has been in the teaching field for 20 years; mostly with ages 2-5, but also has some experience with school age children. Amy spent four years teaching to children of missionaries overseas; the first two years were spent teaching 2nd grade and her last two years she worked with 6th graders.
Amy grew up in Westport, Connecticut, but has lived in the Seattle area since 1992, currently residing in Lynnwood with her dog, Pepper. She loves 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.
Athletic Director/ P.E. Teacher
BA in Physical Education with a minor in Recreational Sports and Development, 2007
Kendrick is a former college athlete who played for Northwest University in Kirkland. During his tenure there, he helped his basketball team make a run at the Final Four for NAIA College Athletics. After receiving his degree, Kendrick had the opportunity to be an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Northwest University for four years while he began teaching at Concordia Lutheran School as a Physical Education teacher. Kendrick has worked with children of all ages. Having taught at different levels, he relates to children very well and understands that every child is unique in his or her own way.
As well as teaching P.E. to the kids, Kendrick is the Athletic Director for the school. He oversees all the athletics at the school with scheduling games, practices, transportation, etc. Kendrick 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.