CELEBRATING MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF SERVICE
TO K-12 STUDENTS IN THE GREATER SPOKANE, WA AREA

The Board & Faculty of The Oaks

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"Where there is no guidance, a people falls."
Proverbs 11:14a

Arik Tedrow

Board Chairman

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Arik was raised in the greater Spokane area, and after meeting his wife, Allyson, has been blessed with three wonderful children -- Isabella ('23), Delaney ('25), and Landon ('28).

Arik is a graduate of Washington State University and holds a graduate degree in Business Administration from Gonzaga University. Currently, he manages a sales team of engineers who sell power distribution and control products to the broader electrical industry. During the summer, Arik enjoys time at the lake, and in the winter months, he may be spotted traversing the slopes at one of our many local ski mountains.

Arik and his family are faithful members of Crossover Church in Colbert, WA, and serve in various capacities as needed by the church body. The Tedrows have been immensely blessed by The Oaks and classical Christian education.

Tim Ansett

Board Vice-Chairman

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As a founding father, Tim has served on The Oaks board since the school's inception in 1995 and is a permanent board member. Tim and his wife, Leslie, met at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, OR, and have been married since 1985. They have lived in Spokane since 1989. All four of their children are Oaks alumni -- Margaret Dowers ('06), Joel ('08), Spencer ('11) and Eric ('14).

Tim and Leslie's interest in classical Christian education began when while considering educational options for their toddler, Margaret, a friend of Leslie's gave her what became known as THE BOOK among the founding families. It was Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Doug Wilson. As for their own education, Tim attended public school in Michigan, graduated from Michigan State, and has a graduate degree from Colorado State. Leslie attended public school in Southern California and graduated from the University of Oregon. They are overflowing with thankfulness to God and the staff at The Oaks for the education their children have received at The Oaks.

Tim has been employed as the golf course superintendent at Manito Golf & Country Club since 1989. Leslie takes great joy in being a classroom helper and volunteering at The Oaks and is active in women's ministry at Christ Church, where the Ansetts are members.

Merrill Miller

Board Treasurer

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Merrill and his wife of 32 years, Debbie, began the classical journey in Wenatchee WA where he was one of three men who started The River Academy, a Classical Christian Academy. Desiring to include their youngest daughter in classical education, they moved to Spokane in 2001, enrolling Allegra (‘06), Stacey (‘08), and Natalie (‘10) in the Oaks. He served as Secretary to the Board for several years while the girls were attending classes.

Merrill has recently returned for a second term, serving as Treasurer. He is finishing 33 years working in a variety of positions for a large regional agricultural lender, Northwest Farm Credit Services. He enjoys reading, singing with his family and exploring the wonders of God’s creation through brewing beer. Debbie keeps the home humming and also teaches piano to several Oaks students. They attend Christ The King Church in Spokane.

Richard Damiano

Oaks Board - Secretary

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Richard grew up in Spokane and graduated from Mead High School, before attending Washington State University. He graduated from WSU with a degree in Electrical Engineering and moved to Corvallis, Oregon. It was in Corvallis, while attending church, that he met and later married his wife Lisa.

While in Corvallis, the Damiano's had their first child, Cassie (‘15). In 1998, they moved to Spokane and soon had their second child Ben (‘18). Their third child, Joshua (‘28), continued the Damiano family’s involvement in The Oaks by starting kindergarten the year after Cassie graduated.

The Damiano’s love the body of Christ and how it is represented at The Oaks. They also enjoy stargazing and otherwise marveling at God’s beautiful creation.

Travis Harken

Board Member

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Travis grew up in Spokane and graduated from Valley Christian School where he once walked the same hallways as students of The Oaks. During his time completing his degree at the University of Idaho, he met his wife, Cara, who was completing her degree at Washington State University. They were married in 2000 and have since been blessed with 6 children. Their oldest son Carson ('19) came to The Oaks for his first grade year. Ellyssa ('21), Kaden ('23), and Cole ('25) all started as acorns in the kindergarten classroom. Mason ('27) and Wyatt ('29) are eagerly looking forward to joining them.

The Harkens attend Grace Christian Fellowship where they have been active members for the past 11 years. Travis works in a marketing role for Johnson & Johnson where he has been employed since 2001. During his free time, Travis enjoys romancing Cara, going on family bike rides, playing family football and soccer games in the backyard, engaging in water and snow sports, golfing, coaching, and playing basketball.

Shawn Van Horn

Board Member

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Shawn grew up primarily in North Idaho and graduated from Coeur d’ Alene High School. He completed his training in Radiologic Technology through the Army at the Academy of Health Sciences in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Shawn has also spent two years attending Moody Bible Institute and currently manages the Radiation Therapy team at Spokane Cyberknife and Radiation Oncology Center.

Shawn met his lovely bride, Cheri, at Life Center Church. They were married in 1999 and spent two years serving as missionaries in Africa with Mercy Ships. Shawn and Cheri have been blessed with four children: Katherine (’22), Caleb (’24), Luke (’27) and Josiah (’30) and are members at Grace Christian Fellowship Church. Shawn's all-time favorite books are the epistles of John, and Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray. The Van Horn family loves to hike, camp, canoe, run, Nordic ski, swim and generally be outdoors and active.

Charlie Dowers

Headmaster

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Charlie received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Montana Tech University, where he also played football. After working as an engineer in Iowa, he got a call from Bruce Williams and eagerly accepted a job at The Oaks in 2005.

God has blessed Charlie and his wife Margaret with three little boys. Outside of his work at The Oaks, Charlie also serves as a deacon at Christ Church. If you asked him to pick a favorite G.K. Chesterton quote, it would probably be this: "The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder."

Over the years, he has taught Bible, math, and science classes, been the Athletic Director, and served in administration. In June, 2014, The Oaks Board appointed Mr. Dowers as Headmaster. In September, 2015, his eldest child, Charles, entered kindergarten at The Oaks.

Kim Mewes

Head of Grammar School

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In 1985, Kim earned a B.A. in Education with a Literature Major and a Math Minor from Eastern Washington University. Kim has been with The Oaks since 1997 and spent her first eleven years teaching 5th grade. She is currently serving as the Head of Grammar School. Prior to teaching at The Oaks, Kim held a teaching position at Northwest Christian Schools from 1988 until the spring of 1997.

Working alongside other believers, and serving the parents and children at The Oaks continues to be a tremendous blessing and constant source of delight for Miss Mewes. In addition to her teaching vocation, Kim also enjoys quilting, reading, gardening, and scrapbooking.

Bill Stutzman

Head of Logic & Rhetoric School

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Stratford Caldecott said, “To be alive is to be a learner.” Bill has been wondering and learning his way through life as a follower of Christ since high school and especially enjoys helping students discover the lordship of Jesus Christ in all areas of life and learning. Mr. Stutzman grew up in Idaho and pursued studies in English literature, music, and French on his way to earning a B.A. in English from the University of Idaho in 2000. After marrying his lovely wife--with whom he has since labored in music and education, as well as raising a family--he then continued his studies in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his M.A. in 2002.

Responding to God’s call to serve in classical Christian education, Bill then began a career at The Ambrose School in Boise, Idaho. During his ten years there, he taught multiple subjects in the 6th through 12th grades, including humanities and orchestra. He also served as the school’s grammar school principal and academic dean for six years, followed by a year as the upper school principal. Now, after several years of teaching at The Oaks, Mr. Stutzman has been appointed head of the Logic & Rhetoric School.

Mr. Stutzman loves writing songs, poems, and short stories, but he is most delighted at the opportunity to continue to live and learn with students in the classroom, helping to equip his pupils with their own tools for life and education, partnering with parents in the formation of Christian disciples. He and his wife are thrilled to have come home to Spokane with their children and are enjoying the blessings of living near extended family and serving Christ in this community.

Lynn Gibson

Director of College Counseling

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After 20 years as a freelance journalist, published author, and retreat speaker, Lynn Gibson joined the staff of The Oaks in 2007 to create the school's College Counseling Department. As the Director of College Counseling, Lynn has found this position to be a perfect fit, blending her love of advising students with her passions for writing and teaching. As part of her job, she writes many letters of recommendation, teaches college seminars and workshops, and advises families on the college search and application process.

Lynn received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Business from UC Davis, married her husband Jeff in 1986, and moved to Spokane in 1993. She has three children who have been educated at The Oaks, beginning the year after it was founded. Her goal is to bring a biblical perspective to the college admissions process within the framework of The Oaks mission statement.

Melody Kind

Kindergarten Teacher

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Melody recently moved back to the Spokane area (her husband was stationed at Fairchild AFB from 1987 to 1990) with her husband Peter and daughter Lizzy (class of 2019). Melody has transitioned from living in Topeka, Kansas, where she taught first grade for five years at a classical Christian school by the name of Cair Paravel Latin School. Although it was difficult for her to say farewell to the land of Narnia, she looks forward to joining the staff and faculty at The Oaks.

Melody graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1984 majoring in Language Arts and minoring in Elementary Education. She taught first grade on the Quinault Indian Reservation on the coast of Washington before her husband joined the Air Force. They traveled and moved around the world with their three boys (all of whom are now in the Seattle area) and one daughter.

Melody’s favorite spot to have lived besides Spokane was England, where they spent two three-year tours. Besides serving the Lord and her family, reading is Melody’s great love, especially English literature.

Beccy Holland

First Grade Teacher

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After teaching 10 years in the public schools in Orlando, Florida, and raising her own 4 children at home for another 15 years, Beccy Holland had been happily volunteering in the Reading Literacy Program in Spokane. With a Master’s in Reading Education she found this a perfect fit and was interviewing to teach in a nearby public school when The Oaks appeared on her radar screen. Fascinated by the stages of the Trivium and how it aligned with the growth she had seen in her own children, she investigated further and was soon hired as the 1st grade teacher at The Oaks.

Beccy is in her 10th year of teaching at The Oaks, has watched her “baby” graduate from the school, and thanks God everyday for the blessing it is to teach the eager little 1st graders at The Oaks!

Teri Woodroof

2nd Grade Teacher & Secondary Drama Teacher

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Teri is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University. It was there that she met her wonderful husband, Gary, who is the Worship Pastor at Spokane First Church of the Nazarene. Gary and Teri homeschooled their three daughters, Emily, Sarah and Jessica for 8 years and thoroughly enjoyed the experience! For Teri, teaching at The Oaks has been a delightful adventure and a blessing beyond words. The Oaks has become a central part of the Woodroof family and they look forward to what God has for the future of this amazing school!

Allyson Tedrow

Third Grade Teacher

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Ally grew up in western Washington, and after meeting her husband Arik, moved to eastern Washington to pursue teaching and raise a family in the Spokane area. Allyson is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and holds a graduate degree in Administration from the University of Idaho. After thirteen years of teaching, she still delights in her students and their love for learning.

Ally finds great joy in spending time with her three children Isabella ('23), Delaney ('25) and Landon ('28'). She enjoys running, baking, reading, photography, skiing and spending summers with her toes in the sand at her family's lake place.

Colin Williams

Fourth Grade Teacher

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Colin was raised in Gig Harbor, Washington where, in 10th grade, God used a high school Young Life club to lead him to Christ. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1999 and met his wife, Renee, while attending graduate school at Seattle Pacific University in 2001. After teaching for a year in Auburn, Washington, the family moved to Spokane Valley in 2008.

The Williams’ were introduced to The Oaks in 2010, when Colin’s wife Renee coached the varsity volleyball team from 2010-2013. Colin taught publicly for six years in Spokane Valley before joining The Oaks as the 4th grade teacher in 2014. Colin is passionate about both his students and classical Christian education, which makes teaching at The Oaks the perfect place for him to go to work every day! In his free time, Colin loves nothing more than to hang out playing games with his family, running the hills of Liberty Lake with buddies, playing basketball with other Oaks’ dads and staff, and watching football on Sundays. Colin and Renee have two daughters, Davy (class of ‘24) and Ellie (class of ‘26).

Thomas Kolarsky

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Thomas was born and raised in central Minnesota. He graduated from Bethel College in St. Paul Minnesota, where he also met his lovely wife Heidi. In 2001, Thomas and Heidi moved to Spokane; since then they have had 4 children (Anna, Noheami, Kai, and Simeon). Thomas enjoys a variety of activities and interests: walking and talking with his wife, reading with his children, hockey, woodworking, hiking, gardening, drama, snowboarding, strategy games, reading, art, international travel, and history.

Thomas is grateful when he thinks about God’s grace and faithfulness in his life; he is also amazed with God’s brilliance and creativity as seen everywhere. For these reasons he is thrilled about teaching at The Oaks.

Kelly Schlect

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Kelly was born and raised in Spokane. As an Oaks alumnus, she was eager to continue growing in her love of learning and pass that love on, someday, as a teacher. She graduated from Whitworth University with a degree in English Literature, where she also developed a love for coffee and all things Shakespeare. Kelly then moved to the Tri-Cities, devoting three years to teaching fourth and fifth grade students in a growing, classical Christian school.

Since moving back to Spokane, it has been a joy for Kelly to enjoy her favorite things in her favorite city: reading, cooking, coffee, piano, volleyball, and time spent with friends and family. Kelly is thankful for God's perfect plan in bringing her back to The Oaks and is looking forward to sharing the joy of learning about God's creation with her students.

Gary Woodroof

Sixth Grade Teacher

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In 1980, Gary received his B.A. in Music Education from Northwest Nazarene University. He received a Masters in Choral Conducting from Portland State University in 1989. Gary has been an Ordained Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene since 2006. He has also served as Worship Pastor for the First Church of the Nazarene since 2003.

Gary and his wife, Teri, moved to Spokane in 2003 along with their three daughters, all of whom are Oaks graduates -- Emily ('09), Sarah ('11), and Jessica ('13). When Gary is not teaching 6th grade or serving as Athletic Director he enjoys watching the Mariners, the Seahawks, NFL, and college sports (football and basketball particularly) while sipping on a tall Americano coffee.

Stacey Miller

Sixth Grade Teacher

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Stacey grew up in the Wenatchee River valley and it still captivates her imagination and dreams. She attended The Oaks from middle school through graduation in 2008. Stacey's desire for the Classics was not quenched, so she attended New Saint Andrews College where she worked as a librarian and volunteered in the community.

After serving as a part-time Latin teacher and Junior High Volleyball Coach, Stacey embarks in 2015-16 on a new assignment as full-time sixth-grade teacher. She still prioritizes clean feet and a good cup of tea above most things in life and loves to ponder books, words, and the magic that is this world - marveling at the perfect plan of God that led her back to The Oaks.

Courtney Cimijotti

Elementary Art Teacher

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Courtney and her husband Jerry have three children attending The Oaks, Clara ('19), Paul ('23), and John ('26). Courtney grew up in Spokane and studied at Whitworth University where she earned a degree in art with an emphasis in glass, and a minor in art history. After spending some time in the South working as a nanny, she attended seminary at Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania, where she and Jerry met. While there, she studied church history. She is excited to be part of the art program here at The Oaks.

Eric Indgjerd

Elementary & Secondary Latin Teacher

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Eric Indgjerd first fell in love with the languages while training and racing for an amateur cycling team in France, in his late teens. Some years later, while attending lectures on The Song of Roland and Sanctus Thomas Aquinas, under the unforgettable and life-changing tutelage of a former Benedictine monk, he was inspired to Latin studies.

Since 2007, Eric's aim has been to teach Latin to his beloved Oaks students. just as Eddy Merckx once plunged down mountain passes after the yellow jersey in Tours de France of old according to these words: ‘’As long as I can breathe, I attack.”

Allegra Miller

Elementary & Secondary Latin Teacher

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Allegra was first introduced to Classical Christian Education when she was a 5th grader, enrolled in a new Classical Christian school which her parents helped found in Wenatchee, WA, and she's been traveling on that road ever since. When Allegra was in 8th grade, her family moved to Spokane and she completed her Classical Christian education at The Oaks, graduating in 2006.

Allegra attended New Saint Andrews College, where God provided numerous opportunities to pursue teaching: studying the Kodály method of music education, assisting in a music school for children, tutoring junior high students in math, and teaching at a Christian school. She graduated from NSA in 2010 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture, and is thoroughly delighted to return to The Oaks as a teacher! In addition to music and Latin, she loves sunsets, cooking, volleyball, and reading old books.

Matt Dykstra

Elementary & Secondary Science Teacher

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Through travels and biological research, Matt Dykstra has developed a passion for science and history. Seeing God’s glory in creation is a central part to Matt’s life and teaching. He delights in seeking what it means that God’s “eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen” in God’s spoken world. It is with great enthusiasm that he has been seeking to share this joy with his students since 1998.

Matt commutes to the school from the home he built on 14 acres south of downtown Spokane. He has a beautiful wife and four delightful children. He enjoys activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, star gazing, bird watching, reading, and playing his harmonica.

Joel Dowers

Secondary Science Teacher

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Joel graduated from The Oaks as a member of the second graduating class (’04). He went on to receive an A.A. from New Saint Andrew’s College, a B.S. in Sports Science from the University of Idaho and his M.S. in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

While at Cal Poly, Joel worked as a program manager for the research company STRIDE and taught a variety of college courses. Joel returns to The Oaks after working as an Exercise Physiologist in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and is excited to return to teaching. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Mary, since ‘07 and they have been blessed with three children, Louella (’28), Hugh (’30) and Scarlette (’33).

Kent Young

Elementary & Secondary Music Teacher

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Kent grew up singing hill-billy songs in three-part harmony in the family vehicle (car, truck, van, boat, whatever they were driving that week). Kent attended Bethany College where he pursued a B.A. in vocal performance, and found his true love (his wife that is). After failing miserably as a business owner, Kent taught at Longmont Christian School where he finally found success as a music teacher (his other true love). He then attended Colorado State University and recieved an M.M. in Choral Conducting before moving to Spokane to teach at The Oaks.

Kent has a son who attends The Oaks, a daughter who attends The Oaks, and a cat who probably scorns The Oaks, as she scorns everything else.

Jennifer O'Bannan

Elementary & Secondary Music Teacher - Strings

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Jennifer O’Bannan began singing church solos at the age of three, took up the violin in fourth grade and switched to the viola during her senior year of high school. Awarded the Spokane Music and Allied Arts 1975 Congress of Strings Award, Jennifer studied music that summer with world-class musicians. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola performance.

Jennifer has been on staff with the Spokane Youth Symphony for the past nine years and is now the Spokane Youth Symphony’s Head of Operations. She has been teaching private students for 15 years, including two other private schools before joining The Oaks. Her family is really the delight of her life after her relationship with the Lord. Jennifer and her husband have nine children and 11 grandchildren, all living currently in the Spokane area.

Amy Kim

Secondary English Teacher

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After meeting her husband, Michael, while they were both students, Amy received her bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in 1992 from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, with a double major in English and Music. Amy then completed her Master's in Teaching at Whitworth University and taught at Lewis and Clark High School before having her three children, Noah, Naomi, and Jacob.

Amy returned to teaching in 2006 when she began assisting Mr. Palpant with grammar instruction and essay evaluation. In 2008 she assumed her own classes of 7th and 8th grade Language Arts. Amy loves the opportunity to encourage students to appreciate literature and to love language--and use it well, as it is one of God's great gifts to us. "In the beginning was the Word."

Jason Farley

Secondary Teacher

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Jason is husband to Erin and father of four Oaks students as well as a graduate of Whitefield College and Greyfriars Pastor’s Hall. After his ministerial ordination in 2008, he spent eight years not shoveling snow while pastoring and church planting in Santa Cruz, CA.

Jason taught at Veritas Academy, a Classical Christian High School in the Bay Area, before taking on the role as founding headmaster of St. Abraham’s Classical Christian Academy. He transitioned into Board Chairman and secondary teacher when a new headmaster was hired. He loves to write and edit as well as watch and play basketball.

Scott Welch

Secondary English Teacher, Athletic Director

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After graduating from high school in Florida, Scott spent five years in the military as a Naval Aircrewman. During his time in the Navy, he gave his life to Christ and met his wife, Jen. After his time in the Navy, Scott attended New St. Andrews College and Washington State University. The River Academy, a classical and Christian school in Wenatchee, WA, hired him after graduation. Scott is now working on his Master’s degree in Christian and Classical Studies from Knox Theological Seminary.

During his sixteen years at The River Academy, Scott taught various classes, including Latin, Logic, Rhetoric, Apologetics, Geometry, Ancient History and Literature, Hermeneutics, and Rugby. Scott also served as a teacher-coach and a member of the school’s leadership team. Along with teaching, Scott coached mock trial for 10 years and has coached football for 9 years and lacrosse for the past 4 seasons. Scott loves working with students and athletes to build relationships and help them seek God’s glory in all that they do.

Scott and his wife Jen just celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. They have six children, with five attending The Oaks. He loves playing sports with his kids, reading, and roasting coffee.

Andy Mattson

Secondary Math Teacher

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After teaching in Washington public schools for fifteen years, God gave Andy the desire to find a more spiritual way to educate students and led him to The Oaks. Most recently, he spent nine rewarding years in Tekoa as the math teacher and leader of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but he knows that The Oaks is where God wants him to be for the next chapter of his life.

Andy has a wonderful wife named Kristi and together they lead the youth group at Post Falls Baptist Church. He has a very energetic son named Noah who is starting kindergarten this year, and Andy loves that God has both of them starting their journeys at The Oaks together. Andy’s passion is motivating math students to do their very best and disciplining students to make a difference in this world for Christ. His hobbies include all sports (he played college basketball) as well as the outdoors (he commercially fishes for salmon in Alaska each summer). He strives to live his life by Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord.”

Lucy Nolan

Secondary Math Teacher

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After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and 'enjoying' a brief stint in the engineering world, God directed Lucy, providentially and marvelously, to The Oaks. She has been teaching math ever since and can still be heard to say, 17 years later, "I love my job!"

What could be more fun than getting paid to help students solve equations, write proofs, explain linear pairs, graph quadratic functions and, throughout, rejoice in God's evident love for mathematics? Heading back east to enjoy family summers on 'the Cape' has become a much-welcomed annual highlight and comes closest. Lucy has also participated in four mission trips over the years to Czechoslovakia.

Ben Palpant

Elementary & Secondary Art Teacher and Secondary English Teacher

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Ben Palpant and his wife, Kristen, have four wild and wonderful children who thankfully take after their mother most of the time. He has taught Literature and Writing for the past 11 years to secondary students at The Oaks and holds a B.A. from Whitworth College.

Ben's goal is to express the relationship of Christians and Christianity to the world of stories and he can imagine no better place to work; after all, he works with wonderful people and has the rare privilege of investing himself in many generations. He spends most of his time as a human Mt. Everest, and enjoys reading and writing after the children are too exhausted to climb anymore.

Ben Tate

Secondary Math and Bible Teacher

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Ben was raised in the NW, converted to Christ in middle school, and met his wife, Kendra, in high school (though didn't marry her till his senior year of college). As an undergraduate Ben learned to think, and then through God's gifts to his church (Eph. 4:11-12) he began learning how to love.

After a stint in Christian education, Ben moved his family to Jacksonville, FL where he taught high school mathematics. During this time, he began seminary and his family was warmly embraced by a lot of people they didn't know, but who belonged to Jesus; it was a 9-year hug that still warms them. Kendra (whom he is sorely tempted to worship) and his now seven children (whose patience feels unending) are the greatest gifts under heaven he has ever received, and he gives praise to God for their faithful loyalty and affection.

Ben reads too much, but not as much as he'd like; he savors music but cannot sing; he enjoys coffee, cold mornings, the English Puritans, licorice, Dean Martin, and a really good laugh. And he is a sucker for Tillamook ice cream.

Emily Woodroof

Secondary Rhetoric and Philosophy Teacher

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Emily enrolled at The Oaks as a sophomore and graduated in 2009. She then attended Biola University where she studied English, History, and Philosophy. While at Biola, she completed four years of classes in the Torrey Honors Institute, a discussion-based Great Books program. After graduating in 2013, Emily started her first teaching job at The Oaks. She now teaches 8th grade logic, 9th grade logic and debate, 10th grade classical literature, and 11th grade rhetoric. She considers it a joy and privilege to teach alongside her former teachers, as well as her parents, Gary and Teri Woodroof.

Carter Stepper

Secondary Teacher

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Carter Stepper was born and raised in Spokane, WA. He completed his bachelor's degree at Moody Bible Institute and is currently working on a MA in theology at Whitworth University. He and his wife Hollie have two children, Monroe (5) and William (3).

Carter has taught for a classical Christian school for the last 3 years in history, literature, and theology, covering ancient, medieval, and modern time periods. His interests in history, philosophy and theology are inspired by the dictum of “faith seeking understanding,” paired with a desire to connect Christian truth with the contemporary world. Carter has no greater passion than learning deeply and engaging students with the excitement of discovering the truth about the complex, beautiful world of God, so that they might live more thoughtful and faithful lives. He is delighted to be joining the Oaks and sharing his passion with his students.

Jerry Cimijotti

Secondary Teacher - Old Testament

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Jerry Cimijotti is taking a deserved sabbatical from The Oaks Board, having served faithfully from 2009-2015, to teach an Old Testament class.

Jerry is the full time parish priest for Christ the King church, Spokane. A graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul Minnesota, he later attended seminary at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Jerry and his wife Courtney stay very busy sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and raising their three young children.

Theresa Huff

Grammar, Latin Teacher

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Theresa grew up on a cattle ranch in western Kansas and met her husband, Dwayne, in high school while competing in local piano competitions. In their 23 years of marriage, they and their four children have had many adventures together, including a backpack-only month in Europe, vacationing off-the-grid in a game preserve, and branding calves.

Theresa studied voice at Oklahoma Baptist University and international business at College of the Ozarks. She enjoys gardening, wandering new cities with her husband, watching old movies, anything with her kids, singing, and discovery. Theresa and her husband have three children in college and one child attending the Oaks: Clara (’17).