2017-2018 Faculty

Elementary


Principal

Aaron Gentile

agentile@life-christian.org

BA in Education from Pacific Lutheran University, M. Ed from City University, MA in Theological Studies from Faith Seminary

It is my absolute pleasure and privilege to be the elementary principal at Life Christian Academy, where I have served for 11 years in multiple roles, including high school assistant principal, director of spiritual life, and Bible teacher. During much of this time, I have also taught as an adjunct faculty member for Pacific Lutheran University in their continuing education department and Northwest University in their Bible Department. When not teaching, I love spending time with my wife, Kerri; three daughters, Abby, Anna, and Chloe; and friends.


Kindergarten

Kerri Gentile

kgentile@life-christian.org

BA in Elementary Education from Pacific Lutheran University

My family has been part of the Life Christian family since 2007 when my husband Aaron began teaching at LCA and my oldest daughter enrolled in preschool. I began teaching kindergarten at LCA in 2014. Previously, I taught at a local public school and helped oversee the early childhood program at Life Center. Aaron and I have three daughters who attend LCA: Abby, Anna, and Chloe. I enjoy spontaneous adventures with my family and friends, coffee, movies, and the beach.

Heather Lanouette

hlanouette@life-christian.org

BA in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Psychology from Northwest University

2016-17 is my 17th year teaching kindergarten at LCA. I love kindergartners and guiding them through a year filled with new discoveries and achievements! My husband and I have two children. We enjoy the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


First Grade

Wendy Giese

wgiese@life-christian.org

BA in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education from University of Puget Sound

I have been a teacher for over 22 years. I taught first grade for 20+ years in the Tacoma School District and was a Math/Literacy Intervention Specialist for K/1. In 2015, God led me to begin teaching at Life Christian Academy. My daughter, Lauren, attended LCA for 14 years, graduated in 2016, and now attends Seattle Pacific University. I am blessed to be able to teach with such wonderful teachers, families, and students. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Karey Scheuffele

kscheuffele@life-christian.org

BA in Elementary Education (K-8) with a Minor in Literacy (K-12) from Central Washington University

While the 2016-2017 school year is my first year teaching at LCA, God placed this calling on my life at the age of 16 and I have been on the educational path since, working in childcare through children’s ministry at Life Center and as a nanny for 7 years. God is always faithful and I know His favor is upon this school. I feel blessed to come to work every day and I pray I am a vessel for Jesus to bless my students through me. Teaching children is one of the biggest passions in my life and I feel fulfilled every day I am able to do so. I also find immense joy in doing anything crafty or DIY, decorating my home, and shopping for a good bargain. I love to spend time with my family when I am not teaching my first graders.


Second Grade

Haley Rastovski

hrastovski@life-christian.org

BA in Organizational Communication from Northwest University

After receiving my degree and beginning my career, it became clear that what I really wanted to do was work with kids. I moved to Texas, earned my teaching certificate, and worked as a youth pastor. I eventually moved back to Washington and got married in March 2015. This is my first year at LCA teaching 2nd grade, and we are having so much fun!

Kathleen Umphenhour

kumphenhour@life-christian.org

BA from Washington State University, Graduate Certificate from Multnomah University

I began teaching at a university in Chengdu, China. I also have experience as a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators. After returning from Togo, West Africa, I began teaching at LCA. My passion is teaching young minds about God. I have been deeply blessed and enriched by working at such a wonderful school. My husband and I have two children. I enjoy studying the Bible, walking in nature, and drinking tea.


Third Grade

Kevin Schultz

kschultz@life-christian.org 

BA in Psychology from University of Washington.  Teacher Certification K-8 and Masters of Education from University of Washington, Tacoma.  My teaching journey began almost 30 years ago on the slopes of Crystal Mountain.  Little did I know at that time how God was orchestrating my path.  I’ve now spent almost 20 years teaching elementary school students and feel extremely blessed to be here at LCA!  I love the small community and with that the opportunity to build meaningful relationships through the love of Jesus!  I have two fabulous daughters, one of which is an elementary school teacher, and an amazing wife.  I look forward to coming here every day to see how the Lord is going to surprise me.

Phyllis Wyatt

pwyatt@life-christian.org

BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Fort Hays State University

God opened a door and blessed me with becoming a partner to the families here at LCA—first teaching kindergarten, and now teaching 3rd grade. I have worked with children in daycare and preschool for 18+ years. I completed my student teaching here at LCA, where I fell in love with the families and staff. I have been blessed to be a mother and that love and nurture also extends to kids in my class. I love getting to know them, their families, and helping them learn and grow. I am married to my wonderful husband of 13 years and we have 4 beautiful children.


Fourth Grade

Lacey Holaday

lholaday@life-christian.org

BS in Elementary Education from Corban University

This is my second year teaching 4th grade at Life Christian Academy. As an LCA alumnus [2011], I love having the opportunity daily to invest in the next generation of LCA students. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy reading, playing the piano, and spending time with my family and two dogs.

 

Denise Milles

dmilles@life-christian.org

BA in Psychology with a French Minor, MA in Elementary Education (Gr. 1-6) with an Endorsement in K-9 French, English, and Social Studies from Truman State University

Fifteen years ago, I taught 5th grade for three years at Knox County Elementary School in Edina, Missouri. For two years, I was a substitute teacher at Whittier Elementary in Fircrest. I love having fun! Laughing and learning are my favorites. And I’ve lately rediscovered how much I enjoy running. I am so thankful to be here at LCA! God brought me here and I’m excited to see what He has in store!


Fifth Grade

Halle Warmbier

hwarmbier@life-christian.org

BA in Social Work from Concordia University, MA in Teaching (6-12 English Language Arts) from University of Southern California

This is my second year teaching at LCA, and it is great to be back as an alumnus [2005] . I have a toddler who keeps me on my toes and my husband is a pastor in Graham, WA. I love traveling, reading classic books, and singing.

Sydney Metcalf

smetcalf@life-christian.org

BA in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Psychology K-12 from Northwest University, MS in General Psychology from Grand Canyon University

This is my eighth year teaching at Life Christian Academy. What I love most about LCA’s community is our love for others and strong pursuit of learning about the world God created. Apart from school, I am a happy mom to three children ages 17, 14, and 11. In my spare time, you’d probably find me at a sports  game watching my kids, playing cello, or at home working in my yard.


Elementary Specialists

Debbie Anderson

Learning Is For Everyone [LIFE] Program, Gr. 1-5

danderson@life-christian.org

BA in Education with a Minor in Reading and Kindergarten, M. Ed in Education from Abilene Christian University

Teaching children at Life Christian Academy has been one of my greatest joys professionally. I have three children who all graduated from LCA and I appreciate this community in which my children grew up. Family is important to me. Two of my hobbies are reading and spending time with friends.

Stan Seely

Science Lab

sseely@life-christian.org

BS in Zoology and BA in Education from University of Washington, MS in Biology from University of Oregon

I taught 32 years in the biological sciences at Auburn High and Green River Community College. Subsequently, I taught 20 years in the biological sciences at LCA and was science department chairman before scaling back to supervising the elementary science lab. I launched and have coached the school Knowledge Bowl team for 19 years. My wife Gloria and I have been married for 50 years. We have four children and nine grandchildren. I enjoy most sports and continue to play tennis and table tennis. My interests include travel, hiking, photography, and chess. I enjoy watching and supporting the area sports teams, including LCA.

Jenny Yang

Chinese Language

jyang@life-christian.org

BA degree in History from Fu Dan University, and MA in Integrated Marketing Communication from Hong Kong University

My early career included roles as a history professor at Suzhou Technology College and as a marketing expert consultant in Shanghai. Immigrating to America in 2005, I joined the Chinese research team conducted by Belinda Louie in University of Washington, Tacoma. It has been a blessing to teach Chinese language and culture to Life Christian Academy’s elementary students since 2012. I love to spend my time with my husband and daughter, read books, and fold origami crafts of all kinds.

Denise Geesey

Music, Sole Purpose Worship Team

dgeesey@life-christian.org

BA in Social Science and K-12 Education, Minor in Elementary Skills from Seattle Pacific University

My career began at Life Christian Academy teaching grades 3-6. Then God called me to serve Him as a children’s pastor and missionary. In 2003, I returned to LCA to continue leading kids to become wholehearted followers of God using their unique gifts to accomplish His mission in their lives. One of my greatest joys as an Elementary Music teacher and director of Sole Purpose is seeing students bless others by using the gifts God has given them. God has blessed me with a great family. I enjoy my dog Rex, playing games with friends, hiking, journaling, and collecting Scripture pictures.

Tatiana Bigler

P.E.

tbigler@life-christian.org

BA in Psychology from University of Washington

Over the past few years I have enjoyed becoming increasingly invested in the Life Christian Academy community—first as an assistant coach for cross country and track and field, and then as a substitute teacher. This year, it has been an absolute delight to step into the roles of elementary physical education specialist and head coach for the cross country and track & field programs. I am passionate about running and fitness and enjoy spending time outdoors.