Head of School
Mr. Torode joined LGCS in 2015 after 13 years at a Bay Area private high school. Mr. Torode was also a High School Counselor/Administrator, in addition to serving as a liaison to the Dean of Discipline and also the Associate Director of Visual and Performing Arts for K-12 for 2 years. He earned a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from San Jose State University and a BS in Bible Theology (with Distinction) from William Jessup University. Mr. Torode and his wife Cindy have 3 wonderful children.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
Mrs. Ginther joined LGCS in 2016 with extensive experience as a math teacher, department chair, and administrator. After completing her M.A. in Church and School Administration at Shasta Bible College, Mrs. Ginther spent 5 years as a Vice Principal at another local private school. Born and raised in Morgan Hill, Mrs. Ginther earned her B.S. in Industrial Technology, while minoring in Business Administration, at San Jose State University. She and her husband have 3 adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
Director of Student Conduct & ESS
Mrs. Garlick has worked in Extended School Services (ESS) at LGCS since 2011. She was born in raised in Santa Barbara and earned her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Mrs. Garlick has been married since 2002. She has a daughter who is a senior at California State University, Sacramento and a son and daughter attending LGCS. In her spare time, Mrs. Garlick loves to go to the beach and hang out with her family. She likes to play golf and run, and is a big sports fan.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." Philippians 2:3-4
Mrs. Gladden joined LGCS in 2017 after 7 years of being a full-time mom to three wonderful children who attend LGCS. Mrs. Gladden graduated with Honors from Texas A&M University with a major in Psychology, and minors in Business and Biology. After graduating, she worked in high tech at Maxim Integrated before taking off to be a full-time mom. Ashley moved to the Bay Area from Austin, Texas in 2015. She loves traveling to the many wonderful places that Northern California offers along with sharing life with friends and family. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, listening to live music, snow skiing, running, and having "Sunday Funday" with best friends.
"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Though Mrs. Hamilton has a teaching background in a Bay Area private school, she joined LGCS as an Administrative Associate in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara in Biological Sciences. She and her husband have two children. She enjoys biking, running and reading.
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12
Miss Manning joined LGCS in the fall of 2014 as an Administrative Associate. As a former student of LGCS, she has brought great enthusiasm, insight and compassion to her role. Miss Manning earned her Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design from West Valley Community College and will complete her Bachelor's degree Multi-Media and Graphic Design from DeVry University in 2017. She is an avid sports fan.
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
Director of Financial Services
Mrs. Teruel serves as the Director of Finance for Los Gatos Christian School. She has three grown children, all of whom attended and graduated from LGCS. She and her husband Frank are very involved in their church where they lead the Financial Peace University class. Mrs. Teruel also manages the LGCS World's Fair, Spelling Bee and Graduation planning every year.
"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3
Preschool & Jr. Kindergarten
Mrs. Dimes has been with Los Gatos Christian School since 2011. She graduated from Bethlehem University in the Middle East with BA in English Language. Later, she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Dimes is married and has two children. When not teaching, Mrs. Dimes enjoys reading, hiking, rock climbing and spending time with her family.
“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:5
Mrs. Forte' has been working with children since 1996. She received her education at West Valley Community College, and always participates in continuing education classes around the bay area. She has a special passion and heart for little children, and is a fourth generation teacher in her family. As a former student of LGCS, and the mother of two children that attended LGCS from JK to 8th grade, she is a huge fan of our school!!
Her hobbies include: art, playing guitar, singing on her church's worship team, and cooking.
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20
Miss Jacobs began working at LGCS in 2013. She was born and raised in San Jose and attended West Valley College, where she studied early childhood education. In addition to teaching, she serves in children's ministry at Venture Christian Church. She is passionate about children and the love of God. She enjoys baking, bicycling, and hiking, and loves the 49ers, Giants, and Warriors.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
Miss Melnychuck has a passion for teaching young children and studied Early Childhood Education at West Valley College. She began teaching in 2013 and joined our teaching staff in 2017. She is an LGCS alum (Class of '06). She also teaches American Sign Language, art, and dance. She is the Director of a summer Cheerleading Camp for down syndrome students at Valley Christian High School. When she is not with her preschool students, Miss Melnychuk loves spending time with family and friends, exploring San Francisco, singing, Giants games, and playing tennis.
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
Director of Preschool
Mrs. Pennington began teaching in 1996. She came to Los Gatos Christian School in 2006. She was born and raised in Silicon Valley, attended LGCS as a child, and earned her degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Pennington married her husband Dan in 1991 and has a daughter and a son. When not teaching, she loves boating, scrap-booking, walking the dog, gardening, shopping, and vacationing.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Mrs. Porter has been an educator since 1988 and joined the Los Gatos Christian School staff in 2004. She was born in southern California and raised in Washington State near Seattle. She studied Performing Arts and Education at Central Washington University. She traveled as a performer and arts educator with a touring theater company until she married in 1996 and began raising her two sons. Mrs. Porter has a passion for God’s amazing creation as well as the written and spoken word. She enjoys igniting these passions in her students through God’s word in the classroom. She also enjoys hand quilting, reading, playing her flute, hanging out with her family (including their pet chinchilla Nacho), camping, gardening, and collecting good recipes.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8
Mrs. Ramirez first began working at LGCS in 1998. After graduating from Valley Christian High School she studied early childhood education at West Valley College and earned her Preschool Teacher Certification. Mrs. Ramirez enjoys helping young children develop a lifelong love of learning. She has been married since 1998 and has three children ranging from preschool to college age. In her free time, Mrs. Ramirez enjoys caring for her cat and dog, gardening, yoga, hiking, and cooking healthy vegan meals.
"Start children off in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
Mrs. Donna Russell was born in Limerick, Ireland and raised in San Jose, California. She has a daughter who attends LGCS. She attended Santa Teresa High School and De Anza College. Mrs. Russell joins us with over 15 years of teaching experience that began in 2003 and includes different ages: toddlers, preschoolers, Junior Kindergarten, and school age children. Her favorite ages to teach are 3’s & 4’s. When not teaching, she enjoys spending quality time with God and her family. Mrs. Russell enjoys scrap-booking, sewing and cooking.
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7
Mrs. Tung was born in Hong Kong and joined our staff in 2017. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and obtained an Electrical & Computer Engineering degree in 2003. She continued her education at De Anza College for Child Development in 2016. She has a daughter who attends LGCS.
Mrs. Tung also accomplished a Certificate of the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music. She teaches piano and serves as the pianist at her church. She enjoys running, skiing, swimming, and playing the piano.
“Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39
Ms. Veyna was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She attended Presentation High School, West Valley College, and is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelors in Child and Adolescent Development. She has over ten years experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. She has worked with children in preschool and middle school, mentored high school students, and coached parents in a non-profit setting.
Ms. Veyna is an advocate for children's rights and their access to high quality programs. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with family, working out, ice skating, and hiking.
"Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." John 3:18
Preschool & Junior Kindergarten
Mrs. Visneski was born and raised in Campbell. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Athletic Training and a minor in Sports Nutrition. She began working at LGCS in 2016 and has two children who attend the school. Her hobbies include hiking, cycling, and running
"I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14
Mrs. Bergstrom joined LGCS in the fall of 2016, but had taught at other Bay Area private schools since 1997. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education, Bible and Theology from William Jessup University. Mrs. Bergstrom enjoys sewing and playing with her grandchildren when she is not teaching.
"Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1
Mrs. Christie started teaching in 2008. She taught Kindergarten for two years and then took time off to raise her children. She was born and raised in Almaden and is an LGCS and VCHS alumna. Mrs. Christie graduated from San Jose Christian College/William Jessup University and earned her teaching credential at San Jose State University. In 2017, she earned her level 1 certificate in personal nutrition. She married in 2008 and has three young children who attend LGCS. When not teaching, she enjoys running, swimming, camping, coaching her kid's sports team, and hanging out in their backyard pool as a family.
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1
Mrs. Clark has been teaching since 1999 at Los Gatos Christian School. She was born in New York City and came to sunny California in sixth grade. She earned her BA in Speech and Hearing at UC Santa Barbara and her teaching credential from Point Loma College. Mrs. Clark and her husband Chris have four adult children. When not teaching, Mrs. Clark enjoys playing piano, quilting, reading, walking and playing with her grandchildren.
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” Psalm 73:25
Mrs. Felberg started teaching in 1994. She taught 4 years and then took time off to raise her children. She came back to teaching at Los Gatos Christian School in 2006. She was born and raised in the Silicon Valley and is an LGCS alumni. Mrs. Felberg graduated from Westmont College and earned her teaching credential at Bethany College. She married in 1994 and has two children. When not teaching, Mrs. Felberg enjoys watching her children’s sporting events, shopping, scrap-booking, and photography.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Mrs. Hicks has been teaching at Los Gatos Christian School since 1997. She was born and raised in Napa, California and earned a BA degree in Liberal Studies and teaching credential at San Jose State University. Mrs. Hicks has two grown daughters, both alumni of Los Gatos Christian School. In her free time, Mrs. Hicks enjoys reading, gardening, traveling and shopping.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:1
Mrs. Hunt joined the teaching staff at LGCS in 2016 as a long-term substitute and joined as a permanent teacher in the fall. She taught previously at another local Christian school and is a graduate of San Jose State University. She has two children currently attending LGCS. When not in the classroom, Mrs. Hunt enjoys the outdoors, reading and cooking.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
Mrs. O'Gorman joined LGCS in the fall of 2017, but has taught in public schools since 2010. Mrs. O'Gorman graduated from Pacific Union College with a Bachelor of Business Administration and earned her teaching credential from San Jose State University. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mrs. O'Gorman had a career as a CPA and finance executive in Silicon Valley. She is married and has three adult children. When not teaching she enjoys running, hiking with her husband, and cooking.
“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." Ephesians 2:22
Mrs. Primeau has been teaching since 1980 and joined Los Gatos Christian School in 1997. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; majored in Music and English, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Teaching. The Primeau's were married in 1977 and have 4 sons, 4 daughters-in-law, and 11 precious grandchildren. When not teaching, Mrs. Primeau loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing piano and singing.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Mrs. Sarkis has been teaching since 1984 and has been with Los Gatos Christian School since 2001. She was born and raised in Iran and can speak 4 languages. Mrs. Sarkis has a Masters in English Literature and a BA in Theology. She is married and has two grown children; both of whom attended LGCS. When not teaching, Mrs. Sarkis enjoys reading, nature, crocheting, music, and spending time with her family.
“I’ve been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20
Since 1980, Mrs. Soli has been involved in Christian school education in many capacities including: teacher's aide, classroom teacher, NILD educational therapist, special education program coordinator, an Acting Vice Principal and Accreditation Program Lead. Currently, she teaches Language Arts and Spanish. She was born and raised in San Jose, California, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science as well as her credential at Notre Dame De Namur University. She has been elected twice to the “Who’s Who Amongst American’s Teachers.” Mrs. Soli is married and enjoys gardening and reading in her spare time.
"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction." Psalm 1:1-6
Mrs. Von Raesfeld began teaching at Los Gatos Christian School in 2000. She was born and raised in Los Gatos. She graduated with a California Teaching Credential from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Child Development. She married at Los Gatos Christian Church in 1986 and has two daughters. In her spare time, Mrs. Von Raesfeld loves to study the Bible, serve others and swim at the beach.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20
Mr. Healy earned his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and Special Education Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. He is currently working on his graduate degree. Prior to joining LGCS in 2015, he served as an Outdoor Education Science Teacher and an Interim Youth Pastor. He enjoys snowboarding, surfing, spearfishing and DIY projects.
" Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Mrs. Lazar was born in Tehran, Iran. She received her B.S. in Business from Loyola University and her B.S. in Engineering from University of Illinois. She was a former website and graphic designer and has been working as a middle school mathematics teacher at LGCS since 2008. Mrs. Lazar is married and has two children; a daughter in college and a son at LGCS.
"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3
Mr. Mueller began teaching at LGCS in 2014, after being introduced to LGCS through his work with Soccer Shots, an after-school program. He earned his degree at Concordia University in St. Paul Minnesota, and has been able to use his passion for working with youth throughout his career, including his work as Director of Christian Education at a local church in Los Gatos. Mr. Mueller is an avid athlete and spends much of his free time playing soccer, hockey, softball, kickball, and inner tube water polo.
"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me." 1 Corinthians 13:11
Language Arts Teacher
Mrs. Ninan has been teaching since 2000, and joined LGCS in 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Nebraska. Additionally, she earned her Multiple Subject Credential/CLAD from San Jose State University. She is married and has two amazing daughters that attend LGCS. She likes to collect old antique books and cheer for the Cornhuskers!
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
Bible & History Teacher
Mrs. Patterson has been a teacher since 1991. She was born and raised in San Jose, California, and attended Los Gatos Christian School as a student. Mrs. Patterson earned her BA in Elementary Education as well as her teaching credential from Wheaton College. She is married and has a daughter who is a former LGCS student. When not teaching, Mrs. Patterson loves cooking, crafting, and walking on the beach.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Bible & History Teacher
Mr. Wilson joined the LGCS staff in 2017. He was born and raised in Minnesota. He moved to California when he was 15 years old and developed a passion for teaching during his senior year of high school, when he student taught fourth grade. Since then, he has worked as a preschool and after-school teacher, as well as a hockey instructor on the east coast. He graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development. He also played hockey for SJSU. During his free time, he enjoys spending time at the ice rink, drinking coffee, and hanging out with friends and family.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, The Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - He who watches over you will not slumber.” Psalm 121:1-3
Director of Technology, ADE
Mrs. Brown has worked in Education for over 20 years in both public and private schools in the Bay Area. She has a BA in Dance from San Jose State University and a Single Subject Credential in Physical Education. Her passion is to reclaim all the Arts for Christ including Dance, Theater, Digital Media, Art, Music, Radio, and Film. Mrs. Brown is married to a wonderful man and she has three fabulous sons. When not at school, Mrs. Brown can be found spending time with family, dancing, biking, hiking or relaxing on their boat.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark 12:30
Mrs. Evans began teaching in 1991 and joined Los Gatos Christian School in 1993. Born and raised in San Jose, Mrs. Evans earned her BA in Art from San Jose State University along with a life-time California State Teaching Credential. Mrs. Evans is married with two adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys producing and selling original artwork, and interior designing. She is also passionate about ministry for single mothers.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Mrs. Holden was born and raised in San Francisco. She married her husband in 1983 and they have 4 adult children. Mrs. Holden graduated from San Jose State University with her BS in Human Performance and a minor in Psychology, as well as her single subject clear teaching credential. She began her career at LGCS in 2000, working as a teachers aide for grades K-6 and assisting with coaching. In 2014 she began teaching Middle School math. Her interests include volleyball, Snoopy, bears, and sports.
Miss Holmes has been teaching elementary school since 1977 and has been an NILD (National Institute of Learning Development) certified therapist since 2000. She has taught at several Christian schools, including a missionary school in Brazil, and has been teaching at LGCS since 1983. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in General Science along with a minor in music and a K–12 teaching credential from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA. Miss Holmes completed a graduate program in Bible at Multnomah University in Portland, OR, and earned a Master’s Degree in Education with a reading specialist credential from Santa Clara University. Miss Holmes loves to read, travel, camp, and backpack. She loves sports, music, and cats; plays piano, guitar, saxophone and accordion.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Mrs. Klarke began working at LGCS in 2016. She is originally from Ontario, Canada. Mrs. Klarke studied early childhood education at DeAnza College. She is the devoted mom of four children, and feels blessed to work with the students here at LGCS. She's dedicated to local and international missions. Her compassionate heart holds a place for special needs children and third world countries. When she has time to herself, she loves to go to her craft cabin and "create." Her home is full of music and arts with her children, and she enjoys hanging out at the pool, bicycling, hiking, and watching the SJ Sharks.
“The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7
Mrs. Krejci has been an Occupational Therapist since 2002 supporting individuals throughout their lifespan, including extensive experience working with preschool and school-aged children in both educational and private settings. She earned her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri - Columbia. She is passionate about promoting whole-child development, empowering parents/teachers to support their children, creating safe learning environments, and helping students thrive. She was born in California and has lived all around the country. Mrs. Krejci is excited to have returned to California with her husband and two sons. As a family, they love to get outside and explore God's beautiful creation. In her free time, she loves reading, crafting, and lattes.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Mrs. Martino joined the LGCS staff in 2014 as an Administrative Associate, but is now serving as the school Librarian. She has four children; two of which currently attend LGCS. Mrs. Martino holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Advertising from Indiana University. When not in the library, she enjoys hiking, gardening and painting.
"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Director of Music Arts
Mrs. Pimentel grew up in the Bay Area and first fell in love with music through the church. Music ministry has always been a part of her life; a gift she uses to testify. She graduated with honors from La Sierra University in Riverside, CA, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. After two years of teaching she continued her studies, graduating with honors from Teachers College Columbia University in New York, NY, where she completed a Master of Fine Arts in Music Education. She has been teaching since 2010. Mrs. Pimentel's goal is to build academic bridges through music using cross curricular activities.
"...be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord..." Ephesians 5:18-19
Athletic Director & PE Teacher
Miss Ruhe started teaching in 1978 and has been at Los Gatos Christian School since 1983. She has a B.A. in Recreation from Whittier College and a California teaching credential from Bethany College. In her spare time, Miss Ruhe enjoys traveling, working in the garden, and watching sports. Miss Ruhe is also responsible for our school sports programs and has served as the President of the Bay Area Christian School Athletic League.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
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