1st Grade Teacher
EducationBA in Education from Pacific Lutheran University
ExperienceI 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/InterestsTeaching 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!
2nd Grade Teacher
EducationBA in Education from Concordia Portland, and an MA in Curriculum & Instruction Lesley University.
ExperienceTaught in Alaska before moving to Oregon. I have taught traditional 1st and 2nd grades at FHLCS as well as a Primary Multiage.
Passions/InterestsI 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.
3rd Grade Teacher
EducationBA Concordia University, Chicago;
ExperienceI taught at Calvary Lutheran School in San Leandro, CA right out of college. The past 5 years I have substitute taught for Forest Hills and area public schools.
Passions/InterestsI enjoy spending time watching my 3 daughters enjoy all of their activities. Additionally, we enjoy our yearly adventure to Iowa to visit my family. We try to find new sights to stop at along the way. I also love to spend time at the Oregon coast. I always feel at peace and restored after spending time talking with God there.
4th Grade Teacher
EducationMasters of Arts in Teaching, specialized in Elementary Education from Pacific University, Master of Science in Post Secondary Adult Continuing Education, Bachelor of Science in Social Studies.
ExperienceI have been a preschool associate teacher at Harvest Preschool, Student Leadership Electives teacher for 6, 7 and 8th grade for 3 years, Instructional Aide for Kindergarten, first and second grades at City View Charter School for two years and Substitute teacher for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
Passions/InterestsI am happily married to my best friend Johan. We have three children, two boys and one girl, they are 9th grade, 4th grade and 2nd grade. We love animals. We have six pets, two dogs, three cats, and a bunny. We also love to go out to our family cabin, hike, fish and have camp fires. We also love visiting the ocean and sledding at Mount Hood.
5th Grade Teacher
EducationMaster'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.
ExperienceI taught 3rd grade at Forest Hills for 5 years. Prior to that I taught 3rd, 5th, and 7th Grade math for 8 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Beaverton, Oregon.
Passions/InterestsI 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 eight soon. My husband and I have two grown kids who both live in Oregon as well.
Middle School Teachers
6th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Science, Christian Studies, Worship Team
ClassesMiddle School Science teacher, 6th Grade Homeroom, 6th Grade Christian Studies, Memory, and Social Studies, Middle School Praise Team
EducationMr. 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.
ExperienceBefore teaching at Forest Hills, Mr. Bauer taught at Faith Bible in Beaverton for six years. Before teaching, Benjamin was the Youth Leader at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aloha, Oregon.
Passions/InterestsBenjamin 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.
7th Grade Homeroom Teacher, Middle School Language Arts and Literature
Classes7th Grade Homeroom & Christian Studies, Middle School Language Arts and Literature, Drama
EducationBS in Education from Concordia University in Nebraska
ExperienceI 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/InterestsI 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.
8th Grade Homeroom Teacher, Middle school Math, Middle School Social Studies, Choir
Classes8th Grade Homeroom, 8th Christian Studies, Middle School Social Studies, 6th Math, Algebra 1, 7th/8th Social Studies, 6th/7th/8th Digital Literacy, 6th Christian Music Appreciation, Middle School Choir
Education2018 - MA: Educational Design & Technology, Concordia WI 2008 - BA: Secondary Education - Math, Concordia OR 2006 - AA: Music - Tacoma Community College
ExperienceI have been serving at Forest Hills since 2008. It remains my first and only teaching position.
Passions/InterestsTeaching 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.
Physical Education, Health (Grades 5-8), Athletic Director
ClassesPreK-8th PE, 5th-8th Health, Athletic Director
EducationMaster's in Public Health (MPH) in epidemiology from Yale University, BS in exercise physiology from University of Connecticut
ExperienceI 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 and athletic director. Since then, I have expanded the athletics programs and have added teaching health.
Passions/InterestsI 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.
Librarian, Digital Literacy, Handbells
Classes4th-8th Grade Handbell classes, 3rd Grade Recorders
EducationBA in English and Music, Concordia University, Portland
ExperienceI 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/InterestsI love to read and write, I nurture a healthy obsession of all types of music, and I also teach private guitar and vocal lessons.
EducationM. Ed, Seattle Pacific University; BS in Education, Western Oregon University
ExperienceOver 20 years of teaching experience beginning with teaching Kindergarten and Second Grade in Coos Bay, Oregon for seven years. After moving to Hillsboro School District in 2006, I taught Kindergarten at Eastwood Elementary before joining the Forest Hills staff in 2013. Prior to serving as Principal, I taught Kindergarten, Multiage 3,4,5 and the fifth grade during my time here at Forest Hills.
Passions/InterestsI absolutely love serving at Forest Hills. It is my mission to instill a love of learning in all of our students. 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.