Your People

ADMINISTRATION

Sherrie Gibelyou

Sherrie Gibelyou

K-12 Principal

Sheila Larsen

Sheila Larsen

Admissions Director

Cindy Bowers

Cindy Bowers

Director of Operations

Libby Glasser

Libby Glasser

High School Office Manager

Caron Long

Caron Long

Bookkeeper

Ed Shannon

Ed Shannon

Athletic Director

FACULTY

Angie Kamrath

Angie Kamrath

Kindergarten Teacher

Kristine Rush

Kristine Rush

Kindergarten Teacher

Jan Rodenbeck

Jan Rodenbeck

1st Grade Teacher

Glenda Still

2nd Grade Teacher

Ardyce Dressler

3rd + 4th Grade Teacher

Melissa Varvil

Melissa Varvil

5th Grade Teacher

Stephanie Pariseau

Stephanie Pariseau

6th Grade Teacher

Sue Acuna

Sue Acuña

7th + 8th Grade Teacher

Rachael Stenberg

Rachael Stenberg

Learning Edge Director

Stephanie Hagen

Stephanie Hagen

Elementary Music Teacher

Nate Boyt

Nate Boyt

Grades 4-12 Band and Choir Director, Marimbas, Audio/Visual/Lighting Coordinator
Sara Lloyd

Sara Lloyd

Algebra I and II, Geometry, Precalculus, Personal Finance

Kurt Scearce

Kurt Scearce

Photography, Graphic Arts, Studio Art, Environmental Science, Biology
Rick Winterstein

Rick Winterstein

Latin 3, 4, Physics, Chemistry, AP Calculus

Jessica Varvil

Church History, US History, Civics, Latin 1 and 2, Middle School Classics

Nikki Shannon

Language Arts 9, 10, AP English Language and Composition, Journalism

Anna Faker

Middle School Math + High School Basic Language Arts Teacher
Joel Schuldheisz
Joel Schuldheisz

High School P.E. + Health Teacher

SUPPORT STAFF

Tammy Boudreau
Tammy Boudreau

Educational Assistant

Kari Christianson
Käri Christianson

Educational Assistant

Kathy Turner

Educational Assistant

Terri Montgomery

Terri Montgomery

Librarian

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Concordia Christian Academy has the duty and authority to:
  • Ensure that the school’s mission is pursued consistently and effectively
  • Establish sound fiscal policies and controls
  • Develop and maintain a long range strategic plan and monitor progress toward the achievement of the plan
  • Measure and evaluate the performance of the school
Steve Wolf

Steve Wolf

President

Virginia Greenwood

Virginia Greenwood

Vice President

Margene Koch

Margene Koch

Secretary

Julie Hiller

Julie Hiller

Treasurer

Tony Huset

Tony Huset

Board Member

John Wheeler

John Wheeler

Board Member

Brett Nirider

Brett Nirider

Board Member

Brad Varvil

Pastor Brad Varvil

Board Member

Sam Schuldheisz
Pastor Sam Schuldheisz

Board Member

John B. Merz

John B. Merz

Board Member

Jared Eddy

Kindergarten Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

University:

Concordia University, Wisconsin

Degree:

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Angie grew up in Mayville, Wisconsin and has 2 sisters. She has been teaching Kindergarten and coaching volleyball at Concordia since 2004. Angie has a passion for young children and tries to create relevant and exciting learning opportunities for her students. Her goal is to help students grow spiritually, academically and socially. Angie is a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and enjoys traveling, watching movies, playing board games and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Rachael Stenberg

Rachael Stenberg

Learning Edge Director

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

University:

Trinity Lutheran College

Degrees:

Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Christian Education
Professional Development Certificates in Special Education and Diversified Instruction

Rachael taught Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten for many years in the Lutheran School System. Early Childhood Education was her first love as she believes early learning gives students a stronger start. Working with this age group and advocating for her son who has learning challenges, set her on the path to furthering her education in the areas of Early Intervention and Diversified Learning. Rachael has a passion for helping identify learning obstacles and offering positive solutions that encourage success. When she isn’t here on campus, she loves spending time with her husband and two grown children who both attended CCA.
Sherrie Gibelyou

Sherrie Gibelyou

K-12 Principal

Cell: 253.389.0349

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

University:

Pacific Lutheran University

Degrees:

BA in Education
MA in Education

Sherrie has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience. She has a passion for helping meet the needs of diverse learners and has dedicated most of her teaching career to finding the best strategies for student success. Sherrie has a husband, Tom, and two grown children; both are CCA alumni. Sherrie and Tom are long-time members at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Tacoma.
Cindy Bowers

Cindy Bowers

Director of Operations

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

University:

Pacific Lutheran University

Degree:

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Cindy has worked with various schools and ministries during her career. She has filled many different positions over the years, including art teacher for middle school. She accepted the position as Director of Operations, which allows her to manage the campus and still work in the K-8 office. She is married to Bill who also has a full time ministry in Puyallup. Cindy enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading, working on projects around the house, and painting.

Libby Glasser

Libby Glasser

High School Office Manager

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

University:

Saint Martin’s University

Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts – Marketing

Bachelor of Arts – Business Management

Libby has dedicated 20 years to Concordia. Prior to having children, she worked for Magellan Behavioral Health in downtown Tacoma. She currently serves at CCA as the high school office manager. A Pacific Northwest soul, Libby loves to spend time with her husband, Mark, their dogs, and their three children; two are CCA alumni and one graduates in 2023.
Caron Long

Caron Long

Bookkeeper + HR Manager

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

College:

Clover Park Technical College

Certification:

Credit Specialist
Caron has been working at CCA since 2009. Her experience includes crossing guard, classroom assistant, and librarian. In 2020, she became the bookkeeper and HR manager. Caron has a special connection with Concordia, as she is a Concordia alumna! In her spare time, Caron enjoys spending time with her family and listening to music.
Angie Kamrath

Angie Kamrath

Kindergarten Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

University:

Concordia University, Wisconsin

Degree:

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Angie grew up in Mayville, Wisconsin and has 2 sisters. She has been teaching Kindergarten and coaching volleyball at Concordia since 2004. Angie has a passion for young children and tries to create relevant and exciting learning opportunities for her students. Her goal is to help students grow spiritually, academically and socially. Angie is a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and enjoys traveling, watching movies, playing board games and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Kristine Rush

Kristine Rush

Kindergarten Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

University:

Central Washington University

Degree:

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Kristine loves to teach Kindergarten and finds it rewarding to see the world through children’s eyes. She follows the motto, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” This was the driving force that led her to enter the field of education, so that she could work in a field that she loves, doing what she loves – teaching children about Jesus and the Christian faith. When she isn’t teaching, Kristine spends time with her husband of 27 years and three children. She feels rejuvenated by drawing, painting, or hiking. Kristine is thankful to be a part of teaching the next generation of future innovative leaders and enjoys inspiring creativity in her students.

Jan Rodenbeck

Jan Rodenbeck

1st Grade Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

Universities:

Concordia University, Portland, OR
Pacific Lutheran University

Degree:

Bachelor of Education

Jan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Concordia University in Portland. She later completed her fifth year at Pacific Lutheran University. Jan has taught first and second grades at Concordia and has many heartwarming stories to tell about her experiences with young children. Jan and her husband, Brian, reside in Fircrest with their five children.

Glenda Still

2nd Grade Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

University:

Cornell College

Degree:

Bachelor of Special Studies in Elementary Education with minors in Psychology and Communication

Glenda taught preschool, 2nd grade, and a multi-grade class of 1st-4th grades, before pausing her teaching career to raise a family. She was a substitute in public schools for seven years before joining the CCA staff in September of 2019 at our Early Learning Childcare Center.

 

When she’s not teaching or reading children’s literature, she enjoys camping and spending time with her husband and two children, who are currently students in high school at CCA.

Ardyce Dressler

3rd + 4th Grade Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

Universities:

Concordia University, Portland, OR
Christ College, Irvine, CA
Lesley University, Boston, MA

Degree:

Master of Arts in Education
Ardyce has experience teaching preschool through fourth grade. Ardyce has four grown children. She enjoys time with family and loves to camp, garden, and cook. In her spare time, she is an avid reader and likes to create cards with rubber stamps. Ardyce attends Immanuel Lutheran Church in Puyallup.
Melissa Varvil

Melissa Varvil

5th Grade Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

Universities:

Mount Holyoke College
Concordia Portland

Degrees:

Degree: Bachelor of Arts – English/Drama
Masters of Education emphasis Social Studies

Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1995. After taking several years off to raise her family, she returned to the classroom after enrolling her family at Concordia. Since then she has taught in a variety of classrooms from 3rd to 7th grade. She proudly received her Master’s degree in Education, emphasis in Social Studies, from Concordia University-Portland in 2017. She enjoys coaching soccer and track, attending the theatre, learning history, and reading any and all books. She has been married 23+ years to her husband Brad, and they have two grown daughters, Jessica and Hannah, both graduates of CCA.
Stephanie Pariseau

Stephanie Pariseau

6th Grade Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

Universities:

Concordia University, Portland, OR
City University, Seattle, WA

Degree:

Master of Arts in Education
Stephanie has spent her whole career here at Concordia. She has taught second grade, third grade, seventh, and currently teaches sixth grade. Along with being a teacher, she is the yearbook advisor and the cross country coach. When not at school, she loves spending time with her family. (They run, bike, hike and enjoy getting out as their schedules allow. Stephanie and her husband, Doug, have two grown children who both attended CCA. Their family attends St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Federal Way.)
Sue Acuna
Sue Acuña

7th + 8th Grade Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

University:

Concordia University, Portland

Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Master of Arts in Education

Sue loves teaching grades 5-8; in fact, she is our resident middle school expert since coauthoring her book with Cynthia Tobias, Middle School, The Inside Story: What Kids Tell Us But Don’t Tell You. Sue and her husband Paul have raised four grown children, half of whom live in California. This gives her the opportunity to pursue her love for travel as she uses visiting them as an excuse to follow the sunshine. Her other interests include directing the choir at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Federal Way, reading several books at once, and speaking to parents and teachers across the country about middle schoolers.
Stephanie Hagen

Stephanie Hagen

Elementary Music Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

Universities:

Concordia University

City University

Degree:

Master of Arts in Education
Stephanie has taught Kindergarten through 6th grade in three states during her teaching career. For 15 years, she was an Early Childhood Administrator for preschools and daycares in Washington and Oregon. She now teaches K-3 music at Concordia. Stephanie is a woman of many talents, using her expertise in music, sewing, and stage design to make many of CCA’s musicals come to life! She attends St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Federal Way, where she sings in the choir and enjoys time with her grandchildren whenever she can.
Angie Kamrath

Angie Kamrath

Kindergarten Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

University:

Concordia University, Wisconsin

Degree:

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Angie grew up in Mayville, Wisconsin and has 2 sisters. She has been teaching Kindergarten and coaching volleyball at Concordia since 2004. Angie has a passion for young children and tries to create relevant and exciting learning opportunities for her students. Her goal is to help students grow spiritually, academically and socially. Angie is a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and enjoys traveling, watching movies, playing board games and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Nate Boyt

Nate Boyt

Grades 4-12 Band and Choir Director, Marimbas, Audio/Visual/Lighting Coordinator

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

Nate’s musical background is vast. A part of performance groups and an accomplished soloist from age 5, music has always been one of his greatest passions. Playing the trombone and singing in concert and jazz choir paved the way for state-level performances both vocally and instrumentally. In addition to his musical talents, Nate is also a master craftsman and professional AVL production technician. He and his wife, Cori, love to play music together while their toddler interpretive dances along!
Sara Lloyd

Sara Lloyd

Algebra I and II, Geometry, Precalculus, Personal Finance

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

Universities:

University of Missouri, St. Louis
Concordia University, Portland

Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

Sara spent several years in the corporate environment, which included doing client presentations and training employees. While living in Hawaii, she held various positions at three different schools including a high school math teacher position. In her free time, Sara enjoys movies, musical theater, hiking and road trips. She loves exploring the Pacific Northwest!

 

Sara attends St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Federal Way and is a member of their choir.

Kurt Scearce

Kurt Scearce

Photography, Graphic Arts, Studio Art, Environmental Science, Biology

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

Universities:

Western Washington University
Hunter College, C.U.N.Y

Degrees:

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Masters in Fine Arts

Kurt Scearce is a native of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Kurt moved from Washington to New York for his Master’s program and lived in many states before settling back in the Northwest where he lives with his wife, Tricia and two sons. His oldest son graduated from CCA in 2020 and the other graduates from our high school in 2022.
Rick Winterstein

Rick Winterstein

Latin 3, 4, Physics, Chemistry, AP Calculus

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

University:

University of CA, Davis

Degree:

Master of Science

Born in Tacoma, Rick returned to the Northwest in 2001 after many years living in California. He has been a teacher at Concordia Christian Academy since its opening in 2003 (then MRLHS.) With a diverse formal education ranging from aeronautical science to medieval studies, he teaches a variety of subjects and serves as the faculty sponsor for CCA’s chapter of the Junior Classical League in addition to his leadership position with the WA/BC Junior Classical League.


Rick is an avid biker and enjoys singing. He worships at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Lakewood.

Jessica Varvil

Church History, US History, Civics, Latin 1 and 2, Middle School Classics

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

University:

Saint Martin’s University

Degree:

Bachelor of Arts in English
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English magna cum laude from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington in 2017. While attending the university, Jessica taught choir at Faith Lutheran School in Lacey to grades K-8 for two years. She is a CCA alumna and is ecstatic to be back in the community that was so formative during her early years. In addition to her teaching assignment, Jessica coaches middle school girls volleyball and basketball.

Nikki Shannon

Language Arts 9, 10, AP English Language and Composition, Journalism

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

Universities:

University of Washington
Pacific Lutheran University

Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts
Master of Education

Nikki Shannon teaches all things English, including Language Arts 9 and 10, AP English, English Language Learners, and College, Career and Beyond. She comes to CCA after teaching English, Journalism and AVID in the Puyallup School District for 10 years.

 

Teaching is her second career; she served as an Assistant–Vice President for a local bank before resigning to raise children. Mrs. Shannon and her husband have four children and are grateful for acting as guardians for many international students who call them “Mom” and “Dad” as well.

Ed Shannon

Ed Shannon

Athletics Director

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

University:

Southern Illinois University

Degree:

BA in Workforce Education and Development
Ed Shannon joined the CCA staff in 2022 as the Athletic Director. After serving the Puyallup community for the past 38 years, he retired in 2021 from the City of Puyallup Police Department as the Corrections Lieutenant and a member of the command staff. As a public servant, Ed attended several courses in leadership, emergency management, and officer training. A lifelong learner, he is currently attending Gonzaga University pursuing a Masters of Theology degree.
Joel Schuldheisz

Joel Schuldheisz

High School P.E. & Health Teacher

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

Universities:

Concordia University – St. Paul, MN (CSP)
University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN
Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR

Degrees:

BA Elementary Education, K-12 Physical Education, Minor – Biology
M.Ed. – Curriculum & Instruction, Physical Education
Ph.D. – Sports Pedagogy and Adult Education

Joel has had the opportunity to serve at elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels. He has served as a teacher, coach, and university Athletics Director for more than 35 years. One of his cherished memories was assisting with the Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (LEST) at Concordia University in Portland, OR. During the last 12 years, Joel developed and directed the Exercise & Sport Science program at CU-Portland before relocating to the Tacoma area. Joel is a Vicar (pastor in training) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (right across the street from CCA). He enjoys bicycling, swimming, and gardening.

Anna Faker

Middle School Math + High School Basic Language Arts Teacher

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

Universities:

Pacific Lutheran University

Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in English and History
Anna teaches and assists in a variety of classes from grades 7-12. She has taught at Concordia since 2011. She has five children—two are still in high school at CCA and three are Concordia graduates. Anna also serves as President of the Volunteer Leadership Team and Assistant Coach for the High School and Middle School Soccer Teams. When she’s not at Concordia, she loves to read, ski, and spend time with her family.
Tammy Boudreau

Tammy Boudreau

Educational Assistant

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

College:

Highline Community College

Tammy has always had a love for children and studied childhood development as far back as when she was in 4H. Tammy previously worked as a teacher’s assistant at Little Lambs Preschool on the campus of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where she holds a position on the preschool’s board. Additionally, she volunteers as Chair for the Board of Education at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. After a few years of volunteering at Concordia Christian Academy, Tammy joined the team as Educational Assistant. She loves spending time with her husband and two kids who both attend CCA. She enjoys scrapbooking, crafts of all kinds, camping, archery, and many other outdoor activities.
Kari Christianson
Käri Christianson

Educational Assistant

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

College:

Pierce College – Puyallup

Käri enjoys assisting our youngest learners at CCA. She worked in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at CCA for many years and now assists through 2nd grade. Before stepping into education, Käri was the Assistant Service Manager at a local Toyota dealership before she became a fulltime mom. In her free time, she enjoys camping, bike riding and spending time with her husband and boys. They are all members of Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Kathy Turner

Educational Assistant

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

University:

Concordia University

Degree:

BA in Social Work
In addition to serving as an Educational Assistant, Kathy is part of the executive council for CCA’s Volunteer Leadership Team. Previously, she served as a Social Worker in multiple nursing homes following her graduation from Concordia University. Kathy and her husband, Mike, are parents to their son, Logan, who currently attends CCA. When Kathy is not at school, she and her husband help with Sunday School at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Kathy loves music, singing in choirs or ensembles, and playing handbells. She enjoys helping and sharing her Lord and Savior, Jesus, with others.
Terri Montgomery

Terri Montgomery

Librarian

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

College:

Pierce College
Terri has served as Concordia’s librarian since 2002. She loves to volunteer! Before hiring into her current position, she volunteered her time on many different committees at CCA. She was also previously a leader of two Girl Scout Troops and one Cub Scout Troop all at the same time! Terri spent ten years of her childhood in Panama, and her interests are photography, scrapbooking, and any kind of travel (mostly cruising). She is a member of St. Luke’s Church in Federal Way and is blessed with a wonderful husband, three children, and two grandchildren.
Sheila Larsen

Sheila Larsen

Admissions Director

Cell: 253.606.5506

K-8 Office: 253.475.9513

9-12 Office: 253.284.4433

Universities:

Trinity Lutheran College

City University of Seattle

Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts – Christian Education

Master of Teaching

Sheila Larsen has been serving as Admissions Director for CCA since 2011. Prior to her administrative role, she taught in the classroom for 14 years with children ranging from preschool through 8th grade. She is passionate about Christian education, and though she is no longer in the classroom, she finds herself interacting with students in other roles. She loves working with the schools, promoting an education that encompasses both a child’s heart, as well as, their mind. In her spare time, Sheila’s largest joy is spending time with her family, including her husband, four children and their spouses, and five grandchildren. Travel, tinkering in the garden and working with creative projects also help fill her time.