Of all the many reasons why your child should be at Our Savior’s, eighteen of them are at the head of our classrooms. Our faculty are among the most dedicated, caring and enthusiastic teachers of any educational facility, and an integral part of why we are a fully accredited U.S. Department of Education “No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School.”
Mrs. Peggy Griffin
Peggy graduated from Loyola Marymount University. She holds a California Life Credential for grades K-12. Prior to coming to OSLS Mrs. Griffin taught first grade for four years. Mrs. Griffin enjoys teaching reading and math.
Mrs. Trace Wilcox
Mrs. Wilcox has taught for 9 years, but took a few years off to raise her three adorable children. She joined us in 2010 in our preschool and now has moved up to one of our Kindergarten classes. She has a Bachelor in Psychology from the University of California in San Diego, and a Masters in Educational Administration from National University. Mrs. Wilcox's love for children, and her active role in Our Saviors Lutheran Church have made her an ideal fit for Our Savior's Lutheran School.
Mrs. Erin Crowe
Erin returned to school after a career in business and obtained her CLAD Teaching Credential at Cal State University San Marcos. She is a dedicated teacher and mother of two daughters who also attended Our Savior’s. Erin enjoys traveling and reading in her spare time.
Mrs. Jill Moore
Jill graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Education. She received her California Teacher's Credential from the University of California, Irvine. She enjoys literature, travel, art, music, playing the piano and basketball. In addition to teaching at OSLS, Jill writes our articles for the Sun Post Newspaper.
Mrs. Jane Moore
Mrs. Jane Moore graduated from California State University Fullerton. Jane has a CLAD emphasis on her California Credential. She has completed the Reading Instruction Certificate program requiring 45 hours of specific instruction in the area of literacy.
Mrs. Katrina Vredevelt
Mrs. V has 5 years teaching experience with children grades 1-10. A mother of three, she is returning to the classroom after a two-year hiatus with her two young daughters. A graduate of San Clemente High School, Katrina received her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Religious Studies, and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Masters in Education from Vanguard University of Southern California. Katrina loves the outdoors, surfing, playing guitar, and photography, and is looking forward to life here with her new family at Our Savior’s.
Mrs. Rachel Pyle
Rachel graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a B.S. in General Studies, focusing on Elementary Education. She also received her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from USC. In addition to her college classes, she volunteered in schools in LAUSD and was teaching and working at preschools. Rachel started her first year at Our Savior’s as a teaching assistant. Her second year she taught our afternoon preschool class at. For the 2010-2011 school year Rachel taught one of our third grade classes.
Mrs. Barbara Thomas
Barbara graduated with a B.A. from San Diego State University, and earned her Cleared California Teaching Credential after completing classes at Concordia University. She has received training from the following: Project Wild, Project Wet, Jr. Great Books, and the National Writing Project. She has been at Our Savior's for all but one of the many years she has been teaching. Barbara also leads our Character Council.
Mrs. Terrie Ayers
Terrie graduated from Concordia University with a Liberal Arts Degree in 2004. She was a substitute teacher for us while she completed her credentialing program at Concordia. Terrie taught one of our second grade classes her first two years at Our Savior’s, then moved to third grade, and then to her current position teaching fourth grade. Terrie came to us because she wanted to work in a school “where God, Jesus and prayer” were a part of the everyday program.
Mrs. Karen Brown
Mrs. Brown received her B.A in Business Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara, and a teaching credential from Cal State Fullerton. She believes in the importance of life-long learning and promotes this concept in her classroom. Karen teaches that every child can succeed, and works to actively engage each and every child at his/her level. Mrs. Brown also hosts our after school study hall.
Mr. Patrick Wallace
Patrick majored in Communication Arts at Saddleback College and Fine Arts at U.C. Irvine, with minors in Anthropology and Oceanography. Since 1983 he has been a cinematographer for various networks including ESPN, Discovery and National Geographic. Patrick helped build our school's telephone and computer network, and has maintained our computer systems since 1997. He has also taught for Saddleback College, The American Heart Association, and The L.A. County Underwater Unit.
Mrs. Stephanie Assisi
Stephanie is a classically trained pianist and vocalist, music director and educator, who has joyously come to join Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and School. She is particularly excited about working in such a family friendly environment where her family can come with her to church every Sunday while she plays and sings for the church services. It is this wonderful love of God and family that she adores about Our Savior’s. Stephanie has her BA in Piano and Vocal Performance from UC Santa Cruz, and has been a professional piano accompanist for such prestigious organizations/institutions as The Boston Conservatory, CSUN, Occidental College, Univ of TX at Arlington and the L.A. Operetta Project. She has also sung with the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. As an educator and musician, she has worked with and directed children and youth in Musical Theater and Choral programs throughout California and taught private piano lessons and vocal coaching for all ages. Teaching children music and worshipping God through music are close to her heart and she is very happy and proud to join the Our Savior’s family.
Mrs. Roxanne Hammond
Mrs. Hammond graduated from Humbolt State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Aquatics and Adapted P.E. Over the past 20 years she has worked as a lifeguard, a swimming and water safety instructor, as well as a swim coach for the Special Olympics. She also taught English Conversation in Taiwan.
Ms. Lynn Hopper
Lynn went into teaching because she “wanted to make a difference in the lives of children.” Lynn completed her requirements for the California Credentialing Program at Concordia University. She recently received a Founder's Grant from ELEA, and also her Masters in Education. For the 2010-2011 school year, Lynn will be in charge of our Spanish program.