Primary Teachers

Ambyr Henninger
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Classes
Kindergarten

Education
Bachelor of Arts in Education, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT

Experience
I have been working with children for 10 years from birth to middle school age. I have taught in Hawaii and Oregon

Passions/Interests
My passions include reading, spending time with my family, and traveling.

Anne Shearier
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Classes
Kindergarten

Education
Colloque: Concordia Portland; MA Curriculum & Instruction, Early Childhood; BA Early Childhood; BA Deaf Education

Experience
Taught in Missouri, Texas and Colorado before moving to Oregon. Has been at FHLCS for 5 years

Passions/Interests
I like to read, hike and my new interest is quilting. My greatest passion is my family. My husband and I have been married for 30 years. I have three children , two son-in-laws and 5 grandchildren. All of them live in Colorado.

Joy Gehlen
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Classes
1st Grade

Education
BA in Education from Pacific Lutheran University

Experience
I taught first grade in Spanaway, WA for three years before coming to Oregon. I then continued to teach first grade in both the Hillsboro and Tigard-Tualatin school districts. In 2004 I came to FHLCS and co-taught kindergarten half-time for two years before moving into the first grade position I am in currently. My personal educational journey also includes earning an endorsement in Reading instruction from PLU and completing the Colloquy program at Concordia University, Portland.

Passions/Interests
Teaching first grade is my passion. I love the energy and excitement that young learners create. Being part of the early stages of development is rewarding and being able to witness the electricity of so many “light bulb moments” is something very special. I feel so blessed that I teach in a place where I can share God’s love with my students, share my faith with my colleagues, and pray with my class. I love to spend time with my family, travel, write, read, draw, and visit book stores!

Sarah Hoffman
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Classes
2nd Grade

Education
BA Education Concordia Portland MA Curriculum & Instruction Lesley University

Experience
Taught in Alaska before moving to Oregon. I have taught traditional 1st and 2nd grades at FHLCS as well as a Primary Multiage.

Passions/Interests
I like to read, walk, travel and spend time with family and friends. I feel extremely blessed to be able to teach in a Christian school where I can share the love of Jesus with students and families.

Intermediate Teachers

Julie Ryan
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Classes
3rd grade

Education
Master's of Ed in Instructional Design and Technology, American College of Education; B.S. National American University; Oregon teaching license K-12, highly qualified in math K-8.

Experience
I have taught 3rd grade at FHLCS since 2017. Prior to that I taught 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade math for 8 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Beaverton, Oregon.

Passions/Interests
I love being a part of a school community that is a family. My passion is helping kids reach their full potential especially at math! When I am not at school, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and traveling. I have been to 42 out of the 50 states in our country. I am excited to visit the last 8 soon. My husband and I have two grown kids who both live in Oregon as well.

Polly Merten
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Classes
4th Grade

Education
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Minor in French, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN

Experience
Currently, I am in my 6th year of teaching 4th Grade at Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School. I have also taught 3rd Grade (4 years), 2nd Grade (1 year), and Preschool (2 years).

Passions/Interests
I thrive on opportunities to experience and enjoy creation. Camping, gardening, walking, and living in the country are a few of the ways I do this on a regular basis. When I have moments of free time, I like to read, knit, bake, and do puzzles of all kinds.

Shauna Nichols
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Classes
5th Grade

Education
M.S. Ed., 2007 Western Oregon University; B.A. Ed. 2001 Western Oregon University

Experience
I began my teaching career in 2002 in the Hillsboro School District, and I taught a variety of grades including kindergarten, second, fifth, and sixth. After twelve years of teaching in the public schools, I moved to Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School where I taught kindergarten for the first year, and now I currently teach fifth grade.

Passions/Interests
I love teaching, and I feel incredibly blessed to be part of the Forest Hills family. Although I have taught kindergarten, my passion is for teaching at the intermediate level. I find there are many opportunities to discuss and find answers to students’ questions about all subjects, especially Christian studies, science and social studies. I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children as well as extended family. My favorite place to vacation is Shasta Lake, and I love to go camping, fishing, and water skiing. I really love sharing the love of Christ with others and helping people in need.

Kimberly Brennan
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Classes
5th Grade

Education
M.Ed, Seattle Pacific University; BS in Education, Western Oregon University

Experience
I taught Kindergarten and Second Grade in Coos Bay, Oregon for seven years before moving to Hillsboro School District in 2006. I taught Kindergarten at Eastwood Elementary before joining the Forest Hills in 2013. This is my 20th year teaching.

Passions/Interests
I absolutely love teaching. It is my mission to instill a love of learning in my students. I attempt to teach with a passion so that my students develop a desire to become lifelong learners. My greatest joy in life is being able to share my faith and love of Jesus to my students. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, running, traveling to anywhere Disney, watching football: especially the Titans, Chiefs, and my Ducks and of course laughing.

Middle School Teachers

Ben Bauer
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Classes
Middle School Science teacher, 6th grade Homeroom, 6th grade Christian Studies, Memory, and Social Studies, Middle School Praise Team, 7th grade Math

Education
Mr. Bauer has a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University in Portland (2012). He also attended Concordia Portland for his undergraduate degree in Christian Education and received his certification as a Director of Christian Education.

Experience
Mr. Bauer is currently in his 3rd year of teaching at Forest Hills. Before he was our Middle School Science teacher, Mr. Bauer taught at Faith Bible in Beaverton for 6 years. Before teaching, Benjamin was the Youth Leader at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aloha, Oregon.

Passions/Interests
Benjamin loves spending time with his family. They keep a family garden, enjoy spending time at the beach together, and have made a tradition of making Apple Cider in the fall.

Bonnie Moeller
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Classes
7th grade homeroom & Christian Studies, Middle School Language Arts and Literature, Drama

Education
BS in Education from Concordia University in Nebraska

Experience
I started teaching in 1991 - 1992 in Seattle at Amazing Grace Lutheran School in 5th & 6th grade. I served at Pilgrim Lutheran School as a 6th and 6th/7th grade teacher from 1992 - 1994. I was given the opportunity to be a founding teacher here at Forest Hills Lutheran School starting as the 3rd & 4th grade teacher moving to the 4th grade from 1994 to 1999. After serving on the school board, teaching private piano lessons, and substituting for a number of years I returned to teaching at St. Paul's Lutheran School in 2014-2015 teaching 3rd - 5th grade. I then taught Middle School History, 7th grade Christian Studies, Drama, and Speech at Emmaus Christian School from 2015-2016. I returned to Forest Hills in 2016 teaching Middle School Language Arts, Literature, and 7th grade Christian Studies.

Passions/Interests
I have always enjoyed teaching. It is so rewarding leading and watching students discover new ideas and grasp new concepts. Watching them use the talents God gave them brings me great joy. Being a part of Forest Hills for so many years has been very rewarding. I feel so blessed having the opportunity to watch Forest Hills grow from its simple beginnings to a community richly blessed by God. My husband and I have three terrific children that keep us very busy. In my down time, I enjoy reading, playing the piano, and cooking. Throughout the year I enjoy gardening and traveling with my family, especially to my childhood home in Minnesota.

Terry Plucknett
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Classes
8th Grade homeroom, 8th Christian Studies, 6th Math, Algebra 1, 7th/8th Social Studies, 6th/7th/8th Digital Literacy, 6th Christian Music Appreciation, Middle School Choir

Education
2018 - MA: Educational Design & Technology, Concordia WI 2008 - BA: Secondary Education - Math, Concordia OR 2006 - AA: Music - Tacoma Community College

Experience
I have been serving at Forest Hills since 2008. It remains my first and only teaching position.

Passions/Interests
Teaching 8th grade at Forest Hills is a true joy as I get to explore many passions of mine. First, I get to help guide teenagers through their middle school years. Guiding these students through their last year before high school I see as a huge responsibility and a huge blessing. A primary focus for me is to make sure these students are ready not just academically, but also spiritually for the next step. Second, I get to share my passions of music and sports with others. In directing the choir, I have been able to share my love of music with many students who discover their appreciation for it in the process. In coaching basketball and track, I help students with concepts like teamwork, sportsmanship, determination, and competitiveness in a setting that I love.

"Specials" Teachers

Carla Beyer
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Classes
PreK-8th PE, 5th-8th Health, Athletic Director

Education
Master's in Public Health (MPH) in epidemiology from Yale University, BS in exercise physiology from University of Connecticut

Experience
I started volunteer teaching at Forest Hills when my daughter Jessi was in first grade in 2005. The following year I joined the staff as a PE teacher an athletic director. Since then, I have expanded the athletics programs and have added teaching health.

Passions/Interests
I love anything that is related to sports and exercise. I spend my active times running (lots of running), kickboxing, and hiking. I also referee youth soccer and track and field. When I am not actively participating in sports and physical activities, i can be found watching sports, reading, or going to trivia night at a local sports bar.

Cheryl Souligny
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Education
Bachelor of Science Degree in Music with K-8 certification; Concordia University; Seward, Nebraska; Certification in Children's Literature Studies; Northwest Nazarene University; Nampa, ID; Spanish Language Certification; Instituto Linguistico; Antigua, Guatemala

Experience
I have taught in schools in California, Wisconsin, Idaho and Caracas, Venezuela. I am truly grateful for a variety of teaching assignments in diverse educational environments. Each and every one of these experiences have challenged me to grow as a professional educator.

Passions/Interests
My present work at FHLCS has brought me the greatest joy as I have the opportunity to teach my "choice subjects"; Music/Spanish and Children's Literature. When I am not teaching I love to read, travel, retreat to the beach and go on "art walks"!

Denise Loncar
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Classes
Art

Education
BA Art History - Portland State University - Graduated 2013 Teacher Certification (in the SDA School System) in Art and Art History up to the High School level

Experience
This is my sixth year teaching art at FHLCS and Tualatin Valley Academy. Each week, I teach Kindergarten through tenth grade "artists" in everything from drawing, painting, and printmaking to collage and ceramics. I'm especially passionate about interjecting hands on art projects with art vocabulary, art history, and a general understanding of the artistic process. Last summer I also had the privilege of facilitating art projects with adult brain injury patients for several weeks. Prior to teaching, I was an "at home mom/student" to my two grown children, Anton and Anica and spent over a decade leading the art literacy program at Tualatin Valley Academy.

Passions/Interests
I LOVE to be with my family as much as I can; traveling, cooking, hiking, playing table games and just "hanging out." I also enjoy going to yoga class several times a week, and try to bring a touch of that into the classroom where we start every art session with "three yoga breaths." There are always books on my nightstand, and at the moment I'm reading "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," by Carol S. Dweck and "Change Your Brain, Change your Life," by Daniel G. Amen. And of course I love making art whenever I have the opportunity (hint, drawing and painting are my favorites)!

Cassie Plucknett
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Classes
4th-8th Grade Handbell classes, 3rd Grade Recorders

Education
BA in English and Music, Concordia University, Portland

Experience
I have been directing handbells at FHLCS since 2011 and teaching recorders since 2016. I have been involved in handbell and other musical performance for more than 20 years.

Passions/Interests
I love to read and write, I nurture a healthy obsession of all types of music, and I also teach private guitar and vocal lessons.

Clara Keith
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Classes
Fourth, Fifth and Middle School Band

Education
Bachelor of Music Education, Saint Olaf College ‘08

Experience
I started at FHLCS in the fall of 2016. Previously I taught private lessons for wind, string, and piano students in a studio in Salem. I also taught Elementary Music for a K-8 charter school in Tualatin as well as a ukulele/guitar in an after school program in Woodburn. After my student teaching position as a band teacher for a rural Minnesota Middle and High school programs, I served for AmeriCorps in conjunction with Ethos Music in Portland to teach K-12 music during and after school in rural Oregon (Condon, Fossil, and Elkton). When it comes to music, I’ve probably done it and taught it in one way or another!

Passions/Interests
When not teaching, I am in rehearsal or at a performance. I’ve had to cut back in the last couple years to take care of my new family but am still actively performing with the Salem Symphonic Winds which I have done for years now. I love performing in pit orchestras for musicals and in church settings. Other than music and family, I enjoy long scenic drives which I am fortunate to do both to and from FHLCS twice a week from my home in Dallas.

Velva Myers
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Classes
Pre-8th Resource

Education
MA in Administration-Gonzaga University; Recipient of the Ignatius Loyala Magis Award 5th year, Oregon College of Education BA in Fine arts, Minor in speech and special ed. -Seattle Pacific University

Experience
I began teaching at Forest Hills in 2016 as a Pre-8th Resource teacher. I am certified by the state of Oregon PK-12 with endorsements in Elementary, Special Education and Reading Intervention. I have a lifetime Professional Educator’s Certificate through Association of Christian Schools. I have NILD training (National Institute of Learning Development) as a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist working with students with dyslexia and learning disabilities. I have training in SEARCH and TEACH, an early intervention program Pre-K. I am experienced in testing using the WJIII tests of Achievement, DTKRII Kindergarten Readiness Test, SEARCH and TEACH Score Test. Wide Range Achievement Test, and Spaulding. I have almost 40 years of educational experience in a resource room, and also as a bible teacher, elementary and junior high principal, 1st grade and kindergarten teacher.

Passions/Interests
I knew I wanted to teach children with special needs at the age of 6 years old. It’s a joy to teach children to read. My hope is that all my students will be successful in school and love reading. I enjoy reading and participating in bible studies. I love spending time with my husband, 3 grown children, 2 grandsons and 2 exchange students from China that live with us. In my spare time, I love to read, make greeting cards with stamps, and spending time with friends.

Administration

Mike Schiemann Principal
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Classes
8th Grade math

Education
Master of Science in Education (Educational Administration) from Concordia, Wisconsin, 2015 Bachelor of Education (After Degree) from Concordia, Edmonton, May, 2005 Bachelor of Arts (Music Major) from Concordia, Edmonton, May, 1998

Experience
I had the privilege to teach at St. Mark's Lutheran School in Cleveland, OH from 2001-2002. After that, I taught a 6/7 split class at Faith Lutheran School in Edmonton, AB from 2005-2008. In 2008, I accepted the call to serve as Principal at Hope Lutheran Christian School in Port Coquitlam, BC. I have been the Principal at Forest Hills since 2014.

Passions/Interests
I have a real passion in watching students learn about God and the world around them. I live for the 'light bulb moments' when students understand a new idea or concept and are able to apply it. I believe that all students have the ability to learn, and that as a teacher, it's our job to guide them on the journey. My passion for Forest Hills is in the fact that God has brought us together as a team for this time in this place. He is guiding and directing, and we are His servants in this place. Personally, I enjoy reading new things, spending time swimming laps, and enjoying family time with my wife and three kids.

Danielle Brown Administrative Assistant
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Education
BS Business/Economics, Linfield College

Experience
I spent 11 years being a stay at home mom and volunteer after working in the private sector for 10 years. My work experience was in construction project management and homeowner warranty customer service. I started at FHLCS in 2012 in a volunteer capacity including serving on the auction committee from 2013-2016. I officially joined the FHLCS Staff in the Spring of 2018.

Passions/Interests
I am blessed to be able to work in the same caring community family that my children attend school. I'm excited about coming to work each day and helping students and parents navigate the daily routine of elementary education. From student records and forms, to Band-Aids and sad faces, I hope to make our office a welcoming environment. I enjoy crafting, knitting, food and meal prep, and organizing. I love spending time at home gardening and hosting both family and friends.

Angie Reese Business Manager
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Education
BS in Business Administration - Finance from California State University, Long Beach

Experience
I worked for NIKE in Accounts Payable and Morton Salt as Staff Accountant/Office Manager before having my four children. After taking a number of years off to raise my children, I joined Van Dyke Grain Elevators as Inventory Accountant/Quality Control Manager. I joined the team at Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School as Business Manager in 2016.

Passions/Interests
All four of my children attended or are still attending Forest Hills and it is a blessing to be able to serve this close and caring community. In my spare time, I love being with my family, gardening, crafting, and learning about natural health.

Kerry Bauer Director of Advancement

Support Staff

Jackie Smith Lunch Director & Head Chef
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Experience
I began working at Forest Hills in 2011 as dishwasher and then assistant to the previous Director. I took over the Director position in 2012.

Passions/Interests
I have a passion for baking, cooking and preparing healthy homemade meals for our students and staff. Organization is also a passion of mine, and along with the lunch staff have a well run lunch program. In my spare time I have many interests that include crafting, reading, camping and spending time with my family.

Angela Hodge Extended Care Provider
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Classes
Before & After School Care

Education
Graduated Dean’s List King’s College, Charlotte NC Accounting Program Studied Sign Language and Deaf Studies Portland Community College, Portland, OR

Experience
I have 15+ years of experience in the Accounting/Finance/Business field for both Corporate and 501(c)(3) businesses. In addition to Accounting experience, I have over 5 years of experience working with preschool and school age children. I have had the privilege of working with children in the following areas Vacation Bible School Coordinator, Kindergarten Teacher’s Aide, Child Care and caring for foster children. My position as Before and After School Program Director utilizes both my Business experience and the my years of experience with children.

Passions/Interests
I love working with the students from different grade levels at Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School. I am blessed to have the opportunity to spend time with students before and after school. When I am at home I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and pets. One of my favorite things to do is to go hiking/walking which gives me time to enjoy nature, one of God’s beautiful creations. I also enjoy going to Christian concerts and spending time in God’s word.