Kindergarten

Terri Toback

Terri Toback received her credential from Illinois State University.  After teaching for five years, she took time off to raise her three children.  She began working at Baymonte almost twenty years ago!  She helped with After School Care and was a kindergarten aide before finally finding her niche teaching the best people on earth-kindergarteners!  In her free time she can be found taking beach walks with her adorable dog, Kale.  She also loves hanging out with her family and her church “family.”   She feels, “…thankful to have work that is so meaningful and satisfying!”

Shanna Murphy

Shanna Murphy

Shanna Murphy was born in June, 1964, in Long Beach. She played on her high school JV tennis team.  She never made it to Varsity, although she was voted Most Inspirational Player.  She graduated from U. C. Santa Cruz in 1986 with a degree in Economics and promptly got a job at an insurance company.  She returned to school to earn her teaching credential from San Jose State.  She married her high school sweetheart, Todd, in 1990.  She taught first grade for five years before having her daughters, Blake and Ellie.  Once her girls were attending Baymonte she joined the faculty and now is in her fifth year teaching kindergarten.  “In my free time I like to hike, walk on the beach, read, go to yoga classes, and cook.”

First Grade

Maureen Kitch received her B.A. in Psychology at U. C. Santa Barbara and her teaching credential through the San Jose State University Masters program.  She taught kindergarten at Baymonte for four years and was two classes away from receiving her Masters before deciding to focus her time on being a full-time mother. Maureen and her husband Troy are proud parents of three daughters, Kiera, Chloe and Lily, all whom attend Baymonte.  Both Maureen and Troy have lived in Scotts Valley since they were five years old and feel very blessed to be able to raise their daughters here as well.  In her free time Maureen enjoys doing anything crafty: sewing, cooking, knitting, and painting.

Lisa Poston

Lisa Poston

Lisa Poston jokes that she has been at Baymonte since kindergarten and has never really left! She attended Baymonte from kindergarten through her junior year. She returned to teach first grade in 1996 after receiving her B.A. in Psychology at U.C.S.C. and her teaching credential at San Jose State. She loves first grade and plans to teach until she’s old and gray! She lives with her husband, Ed, and her two girls, Maggie and Gracie, in Ben Lomond. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, swimming and going to flea markets.

Second Grade

Debi Wilcox

Debi Wilcox

Debi Wilcox grew up in San Jose, and attended Point Loma Nazarene University before transferring to Northwest Nazarene University where she received her B.A. and M.A. in Education.  She has 35 years of experience in public and private schools, teaching multiple grades, as well as being a reading specialist, Summer School Director, Vice Principal, and Principal.  Her passion is teaching second graders which she considers “the BEST age group!”  She has been teaching at Baymonte since 1998.  In her spare time she loves to read, bake, develop new curricula, and buy complete, matching outfits (including shoes, hair accessories and purses) for her toddler granddaughter, Addison Joy!  She is active in church where her husband, John, is the pastor.  Her daughter, Kaitlin, and her husband also work in the education field. Her son, Grady, is a manager of a retail store and a great drummer.  Both Kaitlin and Grady are graduates of Baymonte.

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.

Third Grade

Cassy Hazen

Cassy Hazen

Cassy Hazen was born in March of 1983, in West Covina, California.  She accepted Christ into her life as a young girl and has experienced God in amazing ways, including mission trips around the western United States, Tijuana, Mexico, and all the way to Malawi, Africa. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Child Education and a California Teacher Credential at Point Loma University.  Her first experience teaching was at Lanakila Baptist Elementary on the island of Oahu.  She feels that God pointed her toward teaching at Baymonte (her husband Jeff attended Baymonte and actually had third grade in the room she now occupies).  She and her husband are blessed with two beautiful boys that keep them on their toes.  She loves family time, the beach, movies, spending time with friends, and date nights.

 

Fourth Grade

Christie Olson

Christie Olson

Christie Olson received her B.A. in music performance from George Fox University. She received her credential and her Master’s in Education from Vanguard University. She has taught at many levels from kindergarten to college, but finds fourth grade to be her “happy place.” She is a history nut and gets a kick out of turning kids on to California History. When she’s not grading papers, she likes to sing, act, or curl up under a blanket with a really good book. She also loves to watch her daughter sing and act and her husband and son play soccer. She joined the Baymonte staff full-time in 2003.

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.

Fifth Grade

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.

Terra Bliss

Terra Bliss

Terra Bliss grew up in Scotts Valley and with the exception of two years in college, has lived her whole life in the Santa Cruz mountains. She went to local schools and played on many sports teams growing up. After graduating from Harbor High School, she went to California State Hayward and then to Bethany University to earn her undergrad degree, teaching credential, and Master’s degree. She competed in college soccer and softball. She helped coach both of these sports at Bethany University. She has also been a coach for Scotts Valley High School and Baymonte. Terra worked as a recreation leader for the Parks and Recreation Department and as the co-director for the Baymonte Summer Quest program. She joined the staff at Baymonte in 2006 teaching third grade. After two years, she began teaching fifth grade where she has been enjoying teaching ever since. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, having game nights, being outdoors, and playing sports.

Specialists

Music

Jason Braun attended Chico State where he received a Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar, but more importantly met and married his wife Ling. After earning a Master’s of Music from San Diego State Jason and Ling moved to Boston where he completed his teaching credential at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and taught violin and guitar in Boston Public Schools. After the birth of their first daughter, Jocylin “the amazing”, they returned to California where Jason became the band and orchestra director for Redwood City School District. It was at this time that Jason gave his life to Christ through the love and fellowship shown to him by the family of one of his young students. Jason’s family, which now included their second daughter Lydia “the fearless” , began attending Shoreline Community Church where he joined the worship team both singing and playing guitar and cello. Jason says “each season of my life has been met by the grace of Jesus Christ and my failures have been met by His faithfulness”.

Jason has also taught at Portola Valley and most recently in the Hollister Public School District. He is thrilled to be joining the staff at Baymonte where he says getting to share his love of music with students and their families while also serving the Lord is a good, good gift.

Media Center Director

Catherine Upton

Catherine Upton

Catherine Upton earned her B.A. in Art History in 1991 from San Jose State. She received her Master’s degree in Library Science from San Jose State in 1993. Before joining the Baymonte staff in 2003, Catherine worked for the Santa Cruz Public Library system in several different positions including Children’s Librarian, Reference Librarian, and the Read to Me Project Coordinator. She has lived in Santa Cruz County for 22 years and has two children, Zachary and Rebecca, who have graduated from Baymonte and now attend Scotts Valley High School. In her free time Catherine enjoys reading, hiking, cycling, geo-caching, walking along West Cliff, going to the beach, and she is an avid skier.

Physical Education

Patrice Fernald is no stranger to Baymonte Christian School. She taught Arts and Crafts to our Middle School students twelve years before rejoining our staff in as our Elementary P.E. instructor. Before her Arts and Crafts days at Baymonte, she taught Physical Education at both Boulder Creek Elementary and Brook Knoll Elementary.  Her joy and enthusiasm for P.E. is apparent to all as she loves introducing new games and teaching life lessons of good sportsmanship, respect and teamwork!

Her education background includes a BS in Recreation Administration, Program Planning Management from Sacramento State University and a degree from American River College in Recreation and Leisure Studies.  

Her family lives in Mount Hermon and on the weekends she is busy coordinating weddings for Mount Hermon Conference Center. Her son Landon is a student at Baymonte and she and her family enjoy mountain biking, running, playing UNO and spending quality time together!

Independent Program of Instruction (IPI)

Kim Thompson

Kim Thompson

Kim Thompson has enjoyed working at Baymonte for the past 28 years.  She began teaching at the preschool level.  When her own children were enrolled at Baymonte she started teaching kindergarten.  After ten years in the kindergarten classroom, she trained to become the reading specialist at Baymonte.   She headed the Independent Program of Instruction for five years where she developed a passion for teaching reading.  She returned to the classroom to teach first grade for a few years, and is now back with the IPI department.  She truly feels teaching is her calling.  She thanks the Lord every day for the children He has placed in her class.  When she is not at school she enjoys being with her family.  She loves to read, spend time with her grandkids, plant flowers in her yard, go antiquing and go on long walks.  Her greatest blessing is looking forward to coming to school every day!

Ellen Arzouni

Ellen Arzouni

Ellen Arzouni is an Academic Support Specialist. She is trained in the Barton System of Instruction for children with learning disabilities. Her passion is keeping current and updated on student learning issues, attending workshops and clinics. She has worked in a variety of capacities at Baymonte since 1994. Her two daughters, Jenny and Mandy graduated from Baymonte. In addition to helping students learn to love learning, she enjoys reading , studying the Bible, and going for walks with her friends.

Administration

Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson

Principal Steve Patterson graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and received a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from United States International University. He has a California Multiple Subject Life Credential and has been at Baymonte since 1980. Mr. Patterson has served as principal since 1991. In his free time he enjoys home building projects, spending time with his family, including his four grandchildren, and listening to great blues and jazz music.