HORIZON

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Teachers

Elementary Staff
 Shannon Wenz

Shannon Wenz
Pre-Kindergarten Director & Teacher

Shannon Wenz has been working with pre-kindergarten children for 18 years, including three years as owner and director of a pre-school program.

"I believe that God has gifted me to work with children" said Shannon. "I love to get them excited about learning. I love being silly with them, but also passionate about God's love for them. Working with children and teaching them is the best, and the joy that comes from teaching them about God's holy word can't be put into words!"

Shannon and her husband Bill have three children and attend Living Faith Church in Stevenson, Washington. She enjoys camping, dancing, and the beach.

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Angelique Garrett
Pre-K Teacher

 

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Linda Tolbert
AM Kindergarten Teacher

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Stefanie Schneider
PM Kindergarten Teacher

Stefanie grew up in Germany but traveled and lived all over from an early age on. She attended Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England and received her BA in International Business. She also holds a MA in Education from Grand Canyon University. She is married to Jan and they have two daughters. Sienna and Annika will be joining the Hawk family this year as well. Stefanie has taught a variety of grade levels and subjects in Las Vegas, White Salmon and Hood River and is excited about teaching and working with children at Horizon. “The love of God and Jesus Christ, a solid foundation of trust and faith in our Lord and His words are crucial to me and I am very honored to be able to teach our future generation about biblical views as well.”

Out of the classroom you will find Stefanie on her horse farm here in Hood River. She is a passionate horse rider/ instructor and competes in the jumper ring. Three dogs and a cat are also part of the farm and she enjoys skiing in the winter and overall being active with her family.

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Collette Kingrey

Collette Kingrey
Blended 1st/2nd Grade Teacher

Collette considers it an honor and privilege to have served families at Horizon since 2003. Initially, she earned an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and graduated with honors. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and received the prestigious Capstone Excellence Award from Western Governors University. She currently holds licenses in the states of Oregon and Utah.

God’s word says in Psalms 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

It's her heart’s delight to cultivate a positive and supportive classroom community that allows each child to grow in their own unique God-designed way. On a daily basis, Collette aims to encourage and guide students to practice healthy social and emotional strategies essential to establishing a safe and caring school atmosphere that allows all children to be confident in their relationships with others.

Academically, her students will focus on developing their learning stamina in order to progress towards age appropriate mastery in reading and beginning writing. She enjoys preparing and providing deeper learning experiences in the areas of math, science, and God’s word.

For the past 35 years, Collette and Kevin Kingrey, have made the beautiful Columbia River Gorge their home. They have three adult children, Hannah, Tyson, and Emma. When she is not in her classroom, Mrs. Kingrey is often in her kitchen and her garden, enjoying a walk with a good friend or camping and hiking with family.

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Jared Nagreen

Jared Nagreen
Blended 3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Jared is an alumni of Horizon Christian School and a graduate of George Fox University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. He was on the Dean's List and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Before coming to Horizon Christian, Jared spent six months in India where he taught at a small private school.

"My desire is to impact others and promote excellence in the classroom while setting a Godly example for my students to follow," commented Jared. "I believe that we are created in the image of God. Our purpose is to have fellowship with God and to glorify Him with our words, thoughts, and actions. Christian education gives students and teachers countless opportunities to build and strengthen knowledge and the understanding of who we are and why we are here."

Jared and his wife, Alyssa, attend Shepherd of the Valley Bible Church where he is active on the worship team.  Jared has a variety of interests including sports, music, ceramics, art, hunting, fishing, and sport shooting.

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Kirsten Benko
Blended 5th & 6th Grade Teacher

“The Lord you God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save…” (Zephaniah 3:17) is a verse that has continued to guide Kirsten’s role as an educator and mentor for young people. For nearly 22 years, Kirsten has sought to follow the Lord and weave her roles as mother, wife, and educator together. She earned her BA in Leadership and Ministry and MA in Secondary Education (Middle-High School) from Multnomah University, graduating with honors. Her instructional emphasis has been in ELA and ESOL, and she has taught grades 5-9.

Kirsten and her husband, David, have 3 boys: Nicholas (21), Simon (20), and Donovan (18), and have actively been involved with their boys through education, ministry, music, sports, art, and mission work and witnessed God's hand as he continues to weave together His unique purposes for their family.

She is looking forward to permanently living in the Gorge area and being refreshed by God’s great backdrop to their family’s continued ministry and relationships. Past hobbies that she plans to reignite include painting, reading, writing, cooking, swimming, and creating of any kind. Each of these inspire her Love for the Lord and cultivating a passion for leading, guiding, and walking alongside of the next generation of young Christians.

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Angela Rouse 
Art Teacher

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Betsy Robertson

Betsy Robertson
Elementary Music

Betsy Robertson joined Horizon Christian School with 23 years of teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and holds a Oregon Teaching Licence as well as a Reading endorsement from the University of Portland. Betsy has been active in Children's Ministries within their church, and leading music. Betsy and her husband Bryan have two children, Kai and Miyana.

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Cheri Rogers
3rd & 4th Support Teacher

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Secondary Staff
 

Megan Anderson
9th Gr. Homeroom, High School Math & Science Teacher

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Brown Jim

Jim Brown
7th - 12th Grade Science Teacher

Jim Brown attended Cypress Junior College and San Diego State University and received a B.S. degree in Zoology pre-dental from Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, California. Jim played college baseball for two years. He and his wife, Cathy, have four children and six grandchildren. They attend Faith Bible Church in Hood River.  In his spare time, Jim enjoys the art of hunting. Mr. Brown has been with Horizon Christian School for many years and has taught a wide variety of courses including Biology, PE, Algebra and Algebra 1, Government/Economics, SAT Prep, and 7th grade World Studies.

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Melissa Hardin

Melissa Hardin
High School Spanish Teacher, Homeschool Spanish Teacher, Yearbook Adviser

Melissa Hardin began teaching Spanish at Horizon Christian in January 2011. She has a BA degree from Vanguard University in Religion: Educational Ministries. Growing up in a bilingual Hispanic family as well as spending a year in Colombia with her husband, Tim, as missionary assistants helped further her Spanish language acquisition. They have three children who attend Horizon Christian School: Luke, Adam and Emily. Melissa is in a continual discovery of her passion not only to teach young people but also facilitating growth among her colleagues. They attend Hood River Alliance Church.

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Ron Haynes 
9th-12th Electives, Athletic Director

Ron Haynes attended Lane Community College, Portland State and received his undergraduate degree from Seattle University in Business Administration. From 2000-08, he was the varsity boys basketball coach at Horizon. Prior to returning to Horizon, Ron was the athletic director, cross country and basketball coach at Rogue River High School in Southern Oregon. Ron is married to Alice Ellen and they attend Shepherd of the Valley Bible Church. They have two children (Aaron and Angie) and four grandchildren.

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Ray Kempf

Ray Kempf

7th Gr. Homeroom, High School Bible classes, Dual Credit PHL 202/204 w/ CGCC, Geometry, Pre-Algebra, Speech & Logic (7-8)

Ray Kempf has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Washington State University, a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Ordination to the Ministry after a training/selection process through his local church and association.

Outside Horizon, Ray is involved in leadership and preaching in his local church, teaches Philosophy at Columbia Gorge Community College, and has driven the Hood River Pink Trolley for the last two Summers.

Ray lives in Husum, Washington with his wife Faith (Horizon’s Secondary Program Principal) in a house that they built. They have three grown children, (all Horizon graduates) and have unofficially adopted kids from Norway, China, Africa and the U.S. that they love dearly.

In his free time Ray likes to lift weights, work around his place, hike, play around on the ukulele, piano or electronic noisemakers, hang out with friends and watch movies. He has personal interests in church planting, evangelism, culture, theology, worldview and other religions.

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Christopher Layton

Christopher Layton
12th Gr. Homeroom, 11th/12th Grade AP English, 9/10th Grade English & Bible Teacher 

Christopher Layton has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Portland State University in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in English and his MA from George Fox University. He taught writing and literature, Bible, and church history for four years at the college level and has a variety of other work experiences including curriculum assistant, director of education, and youth pastor. Christopher is married to Rochelle and they have a son. Mr. Layton's interests include woodworking, cooking, bicycling, snow boarding, and reading.

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Joe Petshow
10th Gr. Homeroom, 7th-8th History, 7-12 PE

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M. Tip Phaovibul
Pre-Calculus, Calculus

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Angela Rouse 
8th Gr. Homeroom, Art

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Susan Wade

Susan Wade
11th Gr. Homeroom, ADV US Government (CGCC Dual Enrollment), 9-10 Geography, Band

Susan Wade earned a BA in language arts education from Seattle Pacific University, graduating summa cum laude, and received her Washington State teaching certificate through the University of Washington. She also holds a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University and an Oregon State teacher's license. She has taught at every level from kindergarten through 12th grade and has public and private Christian school experience, including a two-year term in a one-room school for grades K-8 in Taiwan. (Ten students in seven different grades -- what an experience!) Prior to coming to Horizon, she lived in Hong Kong with her husband and two boys for 12 years, working in lay leadership development in the local churches as well as teaching English, history and drama and developing the community service program at International Christian School. 

She loves that teaching at Horizon allows her to combine all of the things she most enjoys in this life: serving God, sharing the love of Christ, and working with young people to expand their hearts and minds, to see them launched into a complex world with solid biblical values and a biblical worldview that compels them to continue learning, to think deeply, and to consider the teachings of Jesus first in all of their decisions.

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