2020 - 2021 FACULTY

The mission of Valley Christian School in partnership with each parent is to develop 
Christ-centered thinkers with a heart for God, equipped to serve and excel in all aspects of life.

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Mrs. Rebekah Blanda

Preschool Teacher

​Years at VCS:  6

Years teaching:  21

Education 

BA, Early Childhood Education and Spanish, University of Richmond, 1991

MEd, Multicultural Education, Eastern University, 2002

 

Certification 

Reading Specialist, Eastern University

Philosophy of Christian Education 

As Christian educators we have the great privilege of helping build the foundation of Biblical truths upon which children will base their decisions for life. Teachers are a part of the students’ daily lives and routines and are blessed to have the opportunity to teach them through a Biblical worldview; to see God’s hand through history, His miracles in science, His order in math, His beauty in art and music. By studying His Word in the Bible our prayer is that children will come to know God as their Savior and seek to live their lives in a way pleasing to Him. Proverbs 22:6 and 2 Timothy 3:15 speak of the importance of teaching children according to God’s Word.

 

Testimony & Biography

I was blessed to grow up in a strong Christian family where the Lord was a central part of our lives. Understanding my need for the forgiveness of my sins, I accepted Jesus as my Savior at the age of four. In high school and college my faith was strengthened through fellowship with other believers and through various mission trips overseas and with local ministries. Throughout my life God has been teaching me to trust Him in His perfect timing and plans for me. I am thankful for the opportunities He has given me to serve - in my teaching career, at church, and as a wife and mother.

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Mrs. Dawn Mitchell

Kindergarten Teacher

​Years at VCS:  11

Years teaching:  21

Education 

BS, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Temple University, 1992

Certificate of Children’s Ministry Leadership, PBU Institute for Higher Learning, 2008

 

Certification 

PA Instructional I, Elementary/ Early Childhood

ACSI

Philosophy of Christian Education

Christian education is designed to reach the whole child.  All subjects are taught from a Biblical perspective, as the Bible is our unfailing truth.  The focus, while including strong academics, should be geared toward the knowledge that this is not our forever home.  The Christian School is an extension of the home where parents are admonished to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4b)

Testimony & Biography

In the past, I served as Children's Ministry Director for 3 years and Nursery School Director for 3 years at a local church. I was raised in a Christian home where church and worship were very important.  I do not remember a time when I did not know Christ as my Savior.  Through my teen years, our family life was in turmoil, but I was blessed with many people who prayed for me and mentored me as a Christian.  I had the privilege of working at a Christian camp for 3 summers, and participating in a mission trip to Poland, during which my Christian faith was solidified.  I am saved by grace, and though not worthy, call Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior.

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Mrs. Lisa MacIntyre

First Grade Teacher

Years at VCS:  22

Years teaching:  30

Education 

BA, Bible/Elementary Education, Philadelphia College of Bible, 1982

Certification

ACSI, 2010; PA, 1984

Philosophy of Christian Education 

The Christian school should support the parent in the purpose of strengthening the child academically, emotionally, and spiritually to develop a well balanced child to glorify God. The goal is for the child to think Biblically and to see God in all areas of academics.

Testimony & Biography

I was raised in a Christian family and thought I was a pretty good kid. However, at age 6, I realized that all are sinners and in need of a savior. It was then that I believed that Jesus died to take the punishment for my sins, and He was my Savior. The Lord has been teaching me through various circumstances to rely on Him for strength. As it says in Phil. 1:6, He is not finished working in me yet.

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Mrs. Nancy Price

Second Grade Teacher

​Years at VCS:  New to VCS in 2020-21

Years teaching:  39

Education 

BA, Elementary Education, Cedarville University, 1981

MA, Elementary Education, Widener University, 1986

Philosophy of Christian Education 

Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." All creation was made to exalt God and to accomplish His purposes. We were made to work and be good stewards of His creation. God made the laws by which creation operates. A Christian education provides an opportunity for the transformation of a student's life through the Holy Spirit and to equip him/her to be agents of transformation to our world. The most important aspect of Christian education is that we can only know truth about God as revealed in His word. A Christian education needs to be like a three-legged stool that allows the parent, church and school to work together in the education of the child.

 

Testimony & Biography

As a young child of five at my grandmother's church, I realized that I was a sinner and asked Jesus Christ to be my Savior. I continued to grow spiritually through church attendance and in personal Bible study. As a teenager, my time spent at Word of Life camp was a time of rededication for me.

 

From the time I was a little girl, I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but that summer I dedicated my life to teaching in a Christian school. God has continued to grow and stretch me as I strive to become more like Him.

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Mrs. Katelyn Kreimeyer

Third Grade Teacher

​Years at VCS:  4

Years teaching:  6

Education 

BS Middle Level Science/Math Education, Grove City College 2014

Philosophy of Christian Education

As a Christian educator, I believe that every child was instilled by their Creator with a natural curiosity to discover and understand the world around them. It is the job of a Christian educator to cultivate this desire by integrating a Christian worldview into every aspect of his or her teaching. Teaching our students to think critically about the world through the lens of Christianity will help our students to make decisions rooted in Biblical truth and to form relationships based on the love of Christ. 

 

Testimony & Biography

I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my Savior at an early age. Growing up I regularly attended my church's youth group, was a counselor for a Christian camp and taught Sunday School for several years. These experiences deepened my love for Christ and my desire to know him more. This desire led me to attend Grove City College to pursue a degree in teaching from a Christian perspective. I am now overjoyed and humbled to be able to share the love of Christ with the students in my classroom.

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Ms. Deanna Good

Fourth Grade Teacher

​Years at VCS:  New to VCS in 2020-21

Years teaching:  2

Education 

BA, Elementary Education, Cairn University, 2019

Philosophy of Christian Education 

Christian education serves to teach and care for the whole child, recognizing that every individual is uniquely made in the image of God. I believe that the classroom should be a safe place to discover more about God’s world through hands-on learning experiences. Christian education develops the mind and character of an individual, helping to distinguish between truth and error, right and wrong, with God's Word as the source of absolute truth. We are only able to create and explore because God designed us in His image, with the ability to think and reason. In learning and growing the way He designed us to, we bring Him glory and honor His name. 

 

Testimony & Biography

I was blessed to grow up in a loving and supportive Christian family. I was introduced to Christ at a young age and accepted Him as my Savior at the age of four. Throughout my education, I grew to learn more about God's love for me and how that influenced the way I should live and serve. As a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to spend 10 days working with English students in China. A few years later, I got to spend my summer working with primary school students and orphans in Uganda. Throughout these experiences, I was able to put my faith into action and learn to trust Christ in a whole new way. I am grateful that the Lord has now brought me to VCS to serve in this new season. 

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Mrs. Amanda MacIntyre

Fifth Grade Teacher

​Years at VCS:  1

Years teaching:  6

Education 

BA in Elementary Education, Covenant College, 2015

 

Certification 

ACSI

Philosophy of Christian Education

As a Christian educator, my primary goal is to teach, love, and serve in such a way that

my students experience God’s presence and are given the chance to know Him, experience Him, and develop a personal relationship with Him by placing their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Because students are made in God’s image (Gen. 1:27), I value my students, giving them the chance to be creative, imaginative and gifted human beings. In my classroom, God’s Word is the ultimate source of truth. The Bible leads students to Jesus, guides students as image bearers, and informs their learning. My job is to be committed to Biblical truth and to help students understand and memorize Scriptures that apply to their everyday life. 

Testimony & Biography

I was raised in a fun-loving Christian home. The gospel was preached to us daily by my parents. When I was 8 years old my Sunday school teacher taught a lesson on the bridge and chasm between us and Jesus. I went home that afternoon with a lot of questions. In the course of the conversation my Dad led me to the Lord, and I was baptized later that year. Since then life has been full of joys, sorrows, and much growth. God is continually teaching me that I can trust him with all aspects of my life including my calling as a teacher. 

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Pastor Dan Morrison

Middle School Chaplin and Middle School Boys' Bible Study Teacher

​Years at VCS:  2

Years teaching:  25

Education 

BA in Philosophy from Marlboro College, 1984

MPhil in Philosophy from New School University, 1989

MDiv in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, 2005

Currently pursuing DMin at Reformed Theological Seminary

Certification 

Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Philosophy of Christian Education 

Christians should be the smartest, most creative, most productive people on the planet!  For centuries, the church was the leader in education at all levels.  I think the church needs to reclaim that powerful legacy.  Jesus said the greatest commandment is: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)  Christian education is heart, soul and mind education.  Students who receive a Christian education have a huge advantage because their understanding is deeper and their worldview is more integrated.

Testimony & Biography

I am a sinner saved by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.  My parents were missionaries, so I grew up hearing the Gospel constantly.  But it wasn’t until the fourth grade that it dawned on me that the call of the gospel required a response for me.  I remember going to my father and asking him, “How can I be saved?”  Since 2005, I have worked as the pastor of Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church.  In that role, I am constantly challenged by the Word of God – challenged to a deeper love of God, to a more robust understanding of God, and to a more faithful walk with him.  My hope is in Christ alone.  My own merits count for nothing.

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Mrs. Stacey Shon

Middle School Math and Drama Teacher

​Years at VCS:  3

Years teaching:  21

Education 

BA, Education and Bible, Philadelphia Biblical University

Certification

ACSI

Philosophy of Christian Education 

I believe all that we learn about everything in this world is ultimately about God. There is no secular knowledge and spiritual knowledge. God is the Creator of all things; music, art, science, math, language, etc. The more knowledge we gain, the more we end up learning about who God is. It is such a privilege for me to be able to help students grow in knowledge and learn more about God and prepare to be used by Him. 

Testimony & Biography

I was born in South Korea and moved to the United States when I was 11 years old. Although I am not from a Christian home, I have always felt that there was a Creator of this world. I was saved at age 13 at a retreat, and God has been working in me and through me since then. I graduated from Central High School and Philadelphia Biblical University with Bible and Education degrees. I also studied music and piano. For the past 20 years, I tutored math and am currently teaching middle school math and drama here at Valley Christian School. 

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Mrs. Esther Carter

Middle School English and History Teacher

​Years at VCS:  New to VCS in 2020-21

Years teaching:  8

Education 

BS, Biblical Studies, Cairn University

BS, Music Performance, Cairn University

Currently pursuing MS, Education, Cairn University

 

Certification 

Google Educator (Level 1)

ACSI

Philosophy of Christian Education 

Christian education allows teachers to integrate God's Truth into every academic discipline. Educators are expected to demonstrate Christ's love to every student and treat them with dignity and respect. This, in turn, establishes and develops meaningful relationships between the students and teacher which brings about a holistic approach to education. The student is nurtured emotionally, socially, and academically as they are taught to understand the created world through a Biblical perspective. 

 

Testimony & Biography

I have been fortunate to be surrounded by believers all my life and accepted Christ at an early age. The pursuit of my undergraduate degrees at a Christian university helped me realize that faith and life are not compartmentalized. All areas of life are intricately connected, and God is constantly faithful through everything. I have always been drawn to working with children of all ages and am blessed to have been part of numerous ministries that focuses on nurturing God's precious children in Truth and Love. 

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Mrs. Jill Maxwell

Middle School Science Teacher

​Years at VCS:  New to VCS in 2020-21

Years teaching:  22

Education 

BChE, Chemical Engineering, Villanova University, 1997

MS, Science and Exercise/Sport Science, University of South Carolina, 2003

 

Certification 

Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor, American Council on Exercise

Philosophy of Christian Education 

I believe that a Christian education will prepare students to live meaningful and influential lives in the present and beyond. Equipped with an awareness of truth and a solid Biblical worldview, students develop the confidence and humility to lead. By cultivating empathy, service, cooperation and forgiveness, they become effective team members and citizens. Because they learn to trust in God's promises and obey His commands, they become bold in the face of challenge and resilient in time of disappointment. A Christian education goes beyond just the books, the brains, the activities and the achievements. A Christian education nurtures the heart and puts Jesus Christ right at the center.

 

Testimony & Biography

I grew up knowing who Jesus was and with an awareness of the "rules" of God. Looking back, beginning in my teen years, I developed a thirst for God and His truth. The seeds that were planted in childhood grew with me into adulthood. Yet it wasn't until I was in my thirties that I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior. Having a relationship with Jesus has changed my life in ways I never thought possible. Knowing Him doesn't mean life is without problems, but walking alongside Him makes the challenges more bearable and the joys sweeter. When I remember that I am living and acting to glorify God, my perspective changes, and I find the peace and truth for which I had always searched. 

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Mrs. Heather Craven

Middle School Bible & Middle School Girls' Bible Study Teacher

​Years at VCS:  6

Years teaching:  8

Education 

BS, Biblical Studies, and BS, Elementary Education- Cairn University

Bible Certification- Philadelphia Biblical University: Wisconsin Wilderness

 

Certification 

ACSI

Philosophy of Christian Education

I believe each student is created in the image of God as both special and unique. However, we are born into a fallen world, and completely depraved. God has provided the means of restoration through the death and resurrection of Jesus. As a Christian educator it is my role to model God’s grace through my instruction and create avenues for students to develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I believe that understanding who we are in Christ impacts how we view education and learning.  As unique beings, each student has varying strengths and weaknesses which should be reflected in classroom instruction through discovery learning, modeled practice, and evaluation; not rote memorization or continued lecture.  The overarching theme of education should be rooted in the truth that God is the beginning of all knowledge and wisdom is understanding.  Through biblical integration, students can connect with the world around them in light of God’s redemptive history, and active work in our hearts and lives.

Testimony & Biography

I grew up in a Christian home, went to Christian school, and knew the Bible at a young age. It wasn’t until my freshmen year of college that I truly began to take ownership of my faith. From then on I have tried to grow in my knowledge and understanding of who God is, surround myself with wise biblical role models, devote myself to prayer, and love others well. Becoming a mother has significantly impacted my understanding of grace and all that Christ has done for me. It is my desire to live out grace through failure, authenticity, and forgiveness.

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Mrs. Charlotte Gleason

Middle School Composition Teacher

​Years at VCS:  1

Years teaching:  20

Education                                          

BS, Biblical Studies, and BS, Secondary English Education, Cairn University, 2000

MLS, English Literature, Fort Hays State University, 2006 

Certification 

ACSI

Philosophy of Christian Education 

My philosophy of education stems from my view of humans. I believe that humans are image bearers. They are beautifully made but tragically fallen. And I am just as fallen as my students. This realization requires me to show grace, but it also requires me to show wisdom. Sometimes students learn best through struggle.

 

I also believe our culture expects too little of our youth. In my classroom, I want my students to know that I expect much of them. My hope is that they will rise to the occasion instead of sinking to low standards. 

As an English teacher, I feel a special calling to promote thought and creativity in my classroom. If we claim humans are made in God's image, we must claim them to be thinking, creative beings. Reading and writing are an incredible way to demonstrate both. 

Testimony & Biography

I knew I wanted to be an English teacher by the time I was a junior in high school. My lifelong love of reading and the ability to clarify my thoughts with words motivated me to pursue a degree in secondary English education and later, a master’s in liberal studies with an emphasis in English literature. After teaching high school English for five years, I decided to stay home after the birth of my first son. For 6 years, I homeschooled my three children and taught as a part-time faculty member at Cairn University. I continued working at Cairn University, and I am entering my 11th year, teaching composition, literature, and education courses. Currently, I also oversee all of the English composition courses, providing training and feedback for the instructors. When I am not wrangling thesis statements from students, I am running, gardening, eating, or writing. My husband of almost 20-years and my three children can attest to my desire to do a little bit of everything (all at once). Of late, James 3:17 has been at the forefront of my mind. I hope to have this wisdom inside and outside of my classrooms: "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere." 

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Mrs. Carolina Gilchrist

Elementary & Middle School Spanish Teacher

​Years at VCS:  6

Years teaching:  14

Education

Business degree, JFK Technical School, Santiago, Chile, 1983

 

Certification

Fluent in Spanish

Philosophy of Christian Education

I believe that Christian education is important because it helps the children grow more in their faith and love of Christ. It helps them have a good foundation in who they are as a child of God. I also believe that every child should have a good education because it helps develop their life and people skills. It also helps them build relationships and have good moral character. We are all created in God's image, and we should reflect that through our actions in our daily life.

Testimony & Biography

I grew up in San Antonia, Chile. I was born and raised in a non-Christian home, but I came to know the Lord when I finished high school. I met my now husband who led med to Christ, which is one of the best moments in my life. I moved to the United States when I was in my early twenties and started a family. I have three beautiful children, two girls and a boy. My children are all grown, currently in college, and I have been married for 35 years. God has blessed me and is still blessing me with my wonderful family. I truly enjoy the Lord's presence in my life every day!

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Mrs. Sally Bethmann

Elementary Music, Elementary & Middle School Physical Education, & Middle School Technology Teacher, Middle School Worship Leader and VCS Online Program Director

​Years at VCS:  1

Years teaching:  3

Education 

BS, Music Education with Vocal Concentration, Messiah College

 

Certification 

PA Music PK-12

Google Level 1&2 Teacher Certification

Philosophy of Christian Education

As an educator, I strive to teach children to be upstanding members of society through my content areas. As Christians, we can do this by emulating Christ in all aspects of the classroom. Whether it be playing ukulele, dancing, singing, or anything, it can all be used to glorify God. This mentality is at the center of my teaching. The arts are such a gift to our fallen world that we need to encourage children to express themselves and inspire others through these platforms. 

Testimony & Biography

I have always had the teacher gene inside of me, passed down by my mother and grandmother. In addition, I have always been singing, and I do not think I will ever stop. So when it came time to choose a career path, music education seemed to be the perfect choice for me. Currently I sing and perform locally, in addition to giving private voice and piano lessons.  I grew up in a Christian home but attended public schools for all my years of schooling. This can prove difficult to continue to choose Christ over and over when the world so desperately tries to pull you away from Him. This experience deepened my desire to keep following hard after Him while growing up. I also regularly attended church and youth group. A few summers ago, I spent time on the music staff at Camp-of-the-Woods in New York. This opportunity really ignited my love of worship leading. 

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Mrs. Elissa Marino

Elementary Technology Teacher

​Years at VCS:  8

Years teaching:  14

Education 

BA in Bible/Theology, Elementary Education, Appalachian Bible College, 2001

Certification 

ACSI

Philosophy of Christian Education

Christian education is a partnership with families in pointing children to Christ through education.  This education is based on the Bible as absolute truth and centered on Christ as children are taught to see His hand in all areas of learning and life.

 

Testimony & Biography

I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home where my parents daily showed me the love of Christ and placed my siblings and I in a Christian school.  During a chapel service in kindergarten, the eyes of my heart were opened and I trusted Jesus Christ to rescue me from my sin.  Through the years, I have come to love the doctrine of grace, realizing that this rescue from my sin had nothing to do with me and everything to do with Christ.  I praise Him that He is daily working to complete the good work He began in me. 

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Ms. Brittany Galiano

Elementary & Middle School Art Teacher

Years at VCS:  New to VCS in 2020-21

Years teaching:  4.5

Education 

BA, Art, Penn State University, 2015

MEd, Early Childhood Education, Grand Canyon University, 2019

 

Certification 

Instructional 1, PA Dept. of Ed.​

Philosophy of Christian Education

To be a Christian educator is a very special calling. We have the opportunity to truly teach and care for the whole child by nurturing their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. Education is not complete without God and the opportunities to learn about Him and His Word. Including God is what makes Christian education superior. Teaching through the Biblical perspective gives us a better understanding of the world around us. To quote C.S. Lewis, " I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."

Testimony & Biography

I came to know Jesus in my senior year of high school. It was March 2011, right around my birthday, and I wasn't really happy. I was somewhat depressed. I had a friend throughout high school who was very involved in church who gave me a personal account on God's grace and goodness. Hearing someone's personal testimonies of how great God is are always better than just reading about how great He is in a textbook. So one day (my 18th birthday if I remember right), I reached out to God. All I said was, "Hi, Jesus." And that was all I needed to say because in that moment I felt this cleansing, and I felt God's presence in my room that night. Since then, God has taken me on an incredible journey of growing more joyful, growing in boldness and overcoming anxiety through student leadership. He has helped me find fellowship after a dry spell, find my calling and involved me in church plant activities where I can see a new church growing before my eyes. This is just the beginning; the best is yet to come!

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Mr. Kevin Stewart

Elementary & Middle School Band & Middle School Music Elective Teacher

​Years at VCS:  New to VCS in 2020-21

Years teaching:  31

Education 

BS, Bible and Minor in Church Music, Cairn University, 1984

BS, Music Education, Cairn University, 1989

MS, Education, Cairn University, 2003

 

Certification 

ACSI Professional and Bible Lifetime Certificates

Philosophy of Christian Education

I believe that human beings are created in God’s image, and ultimately created to bring praise to their creator. Therefore, my philosophy of Christian Education states that students should be equipped to handle truth about the world and everything in it. The hard questions in life can be answered through the Bible, God’s Word. This will ultimately shape how we teach the whole child, mind, body, soul, and spirit. A Biblical World Life view will not only influence the student but the world around them.  God is not interested in giving us knowledge only but wants to change us into the likeness of His Son, Jesus. Teaching in a Christian school will be distinctly different because of the opportunity to share from a Biblical perspective; the subject, created by God, the content, so that God can be known by us and then interact with this new information. The result of all life is to bring glory and praise to Him.

Testimony & Biography

The testimony of how I came to Christ is a simple one, with roots in a farming community in upstate New York.  God met with me in a small country church when Pastor Lockerbie gave an alter call, and I came forward. I knew that I was a sinner and deserved punishment for my sin. God’s son, Jesus, took my place and died on a cross for my sin. At age 10, I received the greatest gift of all. Jesus Christ entered my life and my heart, forgave my sin, and showered His love, mercy and grace on me.

 

Since that day, my life has been a journey of ups and downs, like most people, but I have never been alone. God’s word and His Spirit have always been my guide and help and comfort. My marriage to my wife, Pamela, my best friend, has been a huge blessing, and our love has grown ever steadily through the years. The births of my four children, watching them grow up, believe, and receive God’s greatest gift and graduate from college, has been a blessing from God. God has been with me through it all. I have attempted to follow and grow as a believer in Jesus. I believe, that in the hardest of times, God has carried me through the thick and the thin and continues to do this to this day. God is the greatest influence in my life, and I can’t imagine going through life without Him. My life verse is Joshua 1:8, “Keep this book of the law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” I believe that if I have done anything of worth, it is because of Jesus Christ, and His work in me.

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Ms. Myanna Harvey

Elementary & Middle School Strings Teacher

​Years at VCS:  1

Years teaching:  coming soon

Education 

Coming soon

 

Certification 

Coming soon

Philosophy of Christian Education

Coming soon

Testimony & Biography

Coming soon

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Mrs. Chryss Mench & Mrs. Lynn Wenger

Elementary Chapel Worship & Teaching Team

​Retired VCS teachers who have a heart for the Lord and leading student chapel time.

Valley Christian School

2364 Huntingdon Pike

Huntingdon Valley, PA

19006

info@vcskids.com
Tel: 215.947.4581

 

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