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Staff Bios

Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Lisa Black
Title: Office Assistant
Other Information: Mrs. Black was born and raised in Sonoma County, where she met and married her husband Richard. In 1989, they moved to Lake County. After raising three children and homeschooling for seven years, Lisa went back to work at Middletown Christian School as a "jack-of-all-trades." This included work as office secretary, teacher's aide, and ice pack/Band-Aid administer! Lisa joined KCA in the fall of 2015, and assists in the office. When she is not working, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, making people laugh, reading, painting, and opening up her home to visitors.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Krishelle Bridges
Title: Co-teacher of 3rd and 4th Grades
Other Information: Mrs. Bridges grew up in Washington State and attended Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon, where she majored in Biblical Studies. She began substitute teaching at KCA in 2008 and joined the staff in 2013. She is passionate and enthusiastic about teaching children about the love of Jesus and has been involved in children's ministries such as Awana and Vacation Bible School for over 30 years. Outside of school, Mrs. Bridges loves to play games with her family and bake whenever she gets a chance. She and her husband, Doug, have lived in Lake County for 25 years. They have two grown children, whom she home-schooled for several years when they were young, and two teenage children still at home.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Rachel Buckingham
Title: Kindergarten Aide, PE Teacher, Lunch Recess
Other Information: Mrs. Buckingham grew up in Iowa and attended York College in Nebraska, where she earned her BA in Middle Grades Education with emphasis in Language Arts and Social Sciences. She has been volunteering at KCA since she moved to Lakeport in the spring of 2015, and officially joined KCA in the fall of 2016 after a year of teaching Kindergarten &1st grade in Ukiah at a public elementary school. Her husband Ryan works at Sutter Lakeside Hospital, and they have a son, Aiden, who has been blessed to attend KCA since kindergarten and is now in the 4th grade. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, martial arts, horseback riding, reading with her cats nearby, and spending quality time playing board/card games with her family.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Kerry Call
Title: Teacher of 1st and 2nd Grades
Other Information: Mrs. Call grew up in the central part of the Sierra Nevada Range, east of the city of Clovis. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Liberal Arts, and received her credential from CalState TEACH. Mrs. Call loves learning, teaching, and being able to share the Word of God with her students every day. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at church, reading, playing games, and visiting the Sierras whenever possible. Mrs. Call lives in Kelseyville with her husband, Corey, who works for CalFire. They have three children: Erin and Ryan, both in their early twenties, and Megan, who is in the 5th grade at KCA.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Naomi Coffelt
Title: Co-Teacher of 5th and 6th Grades
Other Information: Mrs. Coffelt grew up in Wisconsin where her father was a pastor in three different towns. She attended Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN, earning her BA in music with a minor in religion. She believes God has called her to teach and has blessed her with the talents needed. Her goal is to draw students closer to Jesus and help them grow in their relationship with Him. She loves learning and wants to encourage those she teaches to love learning. Naomi also teaches piano lessons, Sunday School and enjoys reading and scrapbooking. Mrs. Coffelt lives in Hidden Valley Lake with her husband Jerome and has two grown children whom she home-schooled when they were young. Mrs. Coffelt joined KCA in 2008.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Emily Ferrell
Title: Aide for 3rd and 4th Grades
Other Information: Mrs. Ferrell was born in Sacramento, but has lived in Lake County for most of her life. By the time she was sixteen years old, she knew that she wanted to be an early childhood educator (thanks to the influence of Terrie Sullivan and her program at Precious Moments Preschool). Upon returning from Seattle where she received her certificate in early childhood development, she headed up the afternoon preschool/daycare program at Lakeport Christian Center Preschool. A couple of years later, she became a co-teacher at Precious Moments Preschool, where she taught for several years before having her first child. Mrs. Ferrell and her husband, David, have two children who are blessed to have been part of the KCA family since Kindergarten. When she is not at school working or volunteering, she can be found teaching piano in her home studio where she instructs 18+ students weekly.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Sandy Goss
Title: Teacher of Kindergarten
Other Information: Mrs. Goss has been an early childhood development educator for 30 years. She taught ECE classes at Mendocino College for many years. She was head elementary teacher at the Montessori School of Sonoma for 10 years. She believes strongly that learning is a creative process and that children are natural learners. Her goal is to instill a love for learning by building the childís self esteem, self-motivation and a love and respect for others. Sandy has raised her family in Lake County and now enjoys watching her four grandchildren grow. Mrs. Goss joined KCA in 2008.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Dawn Jones
Title: Aide for 1st and 2nd Grades
Other Information: Mrs. Jones was born in Fullerton, CA, and moved to Lakeport at the age of three. She attended (and played basketball for) Mendocino Jr. College, taking Child Development classes. Her love for children grew even stronger while working at Lakeport Christian Center Preschool, where she was Assistant Director her third year. After starting a family, she ran a preschool and daycare in her home for six years. When her two boys joined the KCA family, she knew she wanted to be involved beyond volunteering in the classrooms. Mrs. Jones feels blessed to be a teacher's aide, and knows that working with children and sharing Jesus with them is God's direction for her life, outside her family and friends.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Becky Madison
Title: Principal and Co-Teacher of 3rd and 4th Grades
Other Information: Mrs. Madison was born in Petaluma and grew up in the small town of Penngrove. She graduated from Bethany University, where she received a BA and her California Credential in Multiple Subjects. She earned a supplementary credential for Secondary Spanish a few years later while teaching in Scotland. She loves her time at KCA because she can share the joy and knowledge of Godís love with the students/families. Outside of school, she enjoys knitting and other needlecrafts, trying new recipes for her husband, and participating in Bible studies and womenís ministries. Mrs. Madison joined KCA in 2007 and has over 30 years of teaching experience.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Sue Peterson
Title: ASTEP Coordinator
Other Information: Mrs. Peterson has lived all over the state of California, from Van Nuys (where she was born) up to Chico, and in several cities in between. She attended Bethany Bible College where she earned a B.A. in English. Her family moved to Lakeport 11 years ago from Rohnert Park. There she opened two after-school programs, but took a break when their three children were born. They are now grown, and she feels blessed to be able to work at KCA. Mrs. Peterson believes her job is to be an encouragement to the children placed under her care.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Debbie Rein
Title: Office Manager
Other Information: Mrs. Rein was born and raised in beautiful Lakeport. She attended Heald College in Sacramento, and worked in office administration for a lobbying firm and agricultural association. She met her husband, Jeff, while attending church at Capital Christian Center. They returned to Lakeport where Debbie worked as the school secretary for a Christian school. She spent 17 years as a stay-at-home mom and volunteer. Debbie and her husband are founding members of KCA's Board of Directors, and have been blessed to watch God's hand at work in growing His school. Mrs. Rein's boys, Alex and Nick, both graduated from KCA. When she is not working, Debbie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and playing games. Mrs. Rein has been a volunteer at KCA since 2005, and became the full-time office manager in 2012.


Staff Photo Name: Mrs. Deborah Sombs
Title: Co-Teacher of 5th and 6th Grades
Other Information: Mrs. Sombs received her BA in History and has extensive experience as a tutor for many specialized programs. Fluent in French and German (and English of course!), she is a self-acknowledged history and geography buff and she enjoys sharing this love with her class! Mrs. Sombs joined KCA in 2005.


Staff Photo Name: Mr. Ben Sombs
Title: Teacher of 7th and 8th Grades
Other Information: Mr. Sombs was born in Visalia/Pine Flat, CA in the Sequoia National Forest. He graduated from Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS and earned a degree in History as well as his teaching credential. He likes to teach because he feels a sense of accomplishment, that he can make a difference, enjoys helping kids discover new things and overcome difficulties. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, fencing, sailing, shooting and playing games. Mr. Sombs joined KCA in 2005.

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