Kathy Rea received her bachelor’s degree in education from Bethany College in Scotts Valley and her Teaching Credential from National University in Fresno. She has taught for more than 30 years at all elementary levels. She loves to integrate a Christian worldview and personal faith into academic studies.
Kathy’s interest outside the classroom include listening to music, researching current events and spending time with her family. Her three grandsons play basketball and water polo, so a lot of family time is spent cheering from the court or deck.
Her family is the light of her life. She has been married to her husband, Casey, for 37 years. They have two daughters and 3 grandsons.
Amy Bootz earned her BA in Speech Communication and her CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Since her college days, Amy has worked in a number or positions that align with her deep passion: teaching kids while helping them grow in their relationship with Jesus.
After hitting the trails as a Naturalist at Mount Hermon, she taught for 6 years at San Jose Christian Middle School. From there, Amy was led to work in a local church, where she directed the children’s ministry for the past 8 years. This year Amy is thrilled to jump back into the classroom to teach Middle School Spanish, Drama and 6th grade Science Lab.
Amy and her college sweetheart, Josh, have two energetic, adventurous boys, Eli and Brenden and a Golden Retriever named Belle. Amy loves long chats over coffee, running in Henry Cowell with Belle and exploring the incredible outdoors in all kinds of crazy ways with her family.
Jeremae Reyes received her BA from Long Beach State University and her teacher education coursework at Biola University. She will be joining our staff as the new middle school Science teacher. She was born and raised in Long Beach and although an only child she has a God given passion for teaching children. She has experience as YMCA youth leader, a substitute teacher in the Long Beach Unified School district, and has taught robotics in Compton Public Schools.
She loves going to Disneyland and drinking coffee but top of her list is her love for God. She loves to sing and was on her home church worship team. Moving to Scotts Valley will be a big change for this Southern California native but she is excited to meet our students and start a new adventure here at Baymonte Christian School.
Kendra Morrison is joyfully passionate about teaching, learning and creating. She earned her Master’s in teaching from Bethany College and has taught at elementary schools for seven years. Mrs. Morrison is also a professional artist having earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at Indiana University, Bloomington. When she’s not in the classroom she can be found in her art studio creating original works of art. Her favorite part of teaching is encouraging students to become life-long learners and explorers, and to walk with Christ daily. Mrs. Morrison has two boys, a wonderful husband, and a very kind dog named Doogle.
Kathryn McClure was born and raised in Scotts Valley. After graduating from Scotts Valley High School, Kathryn attended Vanguard University of Southern California in Costa Mesa where she pursued her degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in history and a minor in Biblical Studies. Kathryn received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and her MA in Education at San Jose State University. During her time in college, Kathryn served with Young Life, an outreach ministry for high school students. Kathryn has been on part time Young Life Staff for the last four years both in Newport Beach and Scotts Valley. She has also helped coach the girl’s soccer team at Scotts Valley High School for the past two seasons.
Kathryn has a heart for the youth in her community and feels called to instill confidence, value, and a sense of wonder about our intricate world to each of her students. Kathryn is looking forward to meeting her students and hopes to challenge and affirm each child everyday! In her free time, Kathryn enjoys hiking, camping, reading, being at the beach, and spending time with her husband.
Hi, my name is Jason Braun. I am very privileged to be the new music teacher here at Baymonte. What can I say about my life? Simply this—each season of my life has been met by the grace of Jesus Christ, and my failures have been met by His faithfulness. My calling in music and teaching started in my early 20’s, just playing guitar on a park bench at U.C. Irvine. Some Christian students came over to talk and said that I could make music for God—sadly my response at the time was “no thanks”. However God was faithful, and He had a plan for me. I later attended Chico State, where I met my ultra-talented and lovely wife Ling, and I received a B.A. degree in classical guitar with courses in Music Education. After finishing my M.M. degree at San Diego State, Ling and I moved to Boston. There I completed my teaching credential and began teaching violin and guitar classes in the Boston Public Schools. At the time, we lived in an old apartment directly across from a church. One day I crossed the street to ask for a Bible to read, and I was given one, along with the encouragement “the grace of God is calling you”. In 2005 our amazing daughter Jocylin was born, and I received full time work back in California, as a band and orchestra director with the Redwood City School District. Through a wonderful young student named Jonathan and his loving parents, I was invited for home meals and fellowship, and as the Gospel was shared with me, I gave my life to Christ. Shortly after, I began singing and playing guitar and cello at Shoreline Community Church in Mountain View, and began a 9 year stay with the Portola Valley School District, where I taught band, string orchestra, and guitar classes. Then, in 2009, along came Lydia the fearless one, our second daughter. In 2013, while still with Portola Valley, I also began teaching on an hourly basis at Sunnyvale Christian School, offering lessons in what would become K-5 classes in recorder and guitar. This was especially rewarding because SCS is a ministry partner of our family’s home church—Crosswalk Community Church. Finally, after this past year with the Hollister School District (and a 600 mile per week commute) I am thrilled to be at Baymonte, and to give my best to Christ, to students, and their families.
So, in closing, I love sharing music with kids, and to be allowed to do this while also serving the Lord is such a good, good gift.
“He gave you love now, so love your brother
He gave you a bell, so let it ring
He gave you a song; better keep on singing
For you’ll be known by the songs that you sing
He gave you a fire; keep on burning
He gave you a light; better let it shine
He gave you a prayer wheel; just keep on turning
And I believe we’ll be together, hallelujah,
When we reach the other side”.
Johnny Cash, “Over There”.
Architecture elective had a great day by the bay, looking “fly”, sketching and learning about net-zero and green building from Greg Mantz, architect with DPR construction. The kids were able to see a net zero building in action, learn more about garden living walls, solar applications, and use of high-end technology in design. – Mrs. McNeill
What could be a better combo of beach, sun, fun and Plein Air watercolor painting! Art elective in action learning to “draw what you see” with watercolor techniques using our beautiful landscape backdrop of Santa Cruz lighthouse and the surf. A trip to a local glass artist studio rounded off the day, with a glass blowing demonstration and a few fun facts about chemistry of glass and its use in creating sculptural pieces. – Mrs. McNeill