Meet Our New Teachers

Please join us in welcoming 18 new teachers to our King’s community! We have 8 starting at the preschool, 6 at elementary and 4 at our high school. Here is a brief introduction to each of them.

New Preschool Teachers

Mr. Danny Hagen – Hello, my name is Danny Hagen and I’ll be an assistant teacher in several different classrooms this year. I’ve been working with children for about 5 years now. I got my start working with kids in my church; I was helping with the pre-K children during Sunday school. In this past year I’ve worked at my church, Aurora Church of the Nazarene, but as a youth pastor. My favorite part about working at King’s schools is fostering a relationship between our heavenly Father and our youngest believers.

Mrs. Marcia Isola-Estes – I was born and raised in Brazil, and lived most of my life in Santos City, which is the location of the largest seaport in Latin America. I earned a BA in International Trade and had my carrier totally built around the shipping industry. My goal now is to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education and humbly serve, love and help children to grow into the fullness of who God created them to be. My husband Marc and I love to travel and learn about other cultures. After we married, I embarked on his journey of serving overseas. We first moved to Vietnam, then Mozambique, Thailand, and now the US. We have been married for 10 years and we have two beautiful children that are also attending King’s this year in 4th and 2nd grades.

Mrs. Stephanie DeClercq – My name is Stephanie DeClercq and I will be the lead teacher in the Blue Room this year. I was born and raised in the Seattle area. I moved to Southern California to attend college at Biola University, where I majored in Biblical Studies. After that, I worked at a Real Estate Company for a couple of years before I began teaching. I taught kindergarten and first grade co-op classes as well as junior high and high school math. I began working at King’s preschool last May and am very thankful for this opportunity to serve your students. I am also the head cheer coach for King’s High school.  I met my husband, Joey, while we were students at Biola University. We celebrated our third anniversary in August. Last May, we made a big move back to Washington and I am thrilled to be back in my home state with him! We have a large extended family and are a proud auntie and uncle to 10 kids, ranging in age from 1 to 7 years old.

Miss Samantha Baek – My name is Samantha Baek and this my first year teaching as part of the King’s family. This past summer, I was working as the Assistant teacher in Yellow Room and learned so much.  Previously, I taught Preschool at my church for 2 years and continue to help serve in the 2-year old classroom. I attended the University of Washington where I got my degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies. This is an incredible opportunity to work with your children and to see how God uses them in so many ways. They make such an impact on the people they meet and I’m honored to be a part of their early stages. I can’t wait to meet all of you and work with you this school year!

Miss Barbara Gopen – This is my first year teaching at King’s Preschool. Previously I have taught in Preschool and Elementary levels for many years at other Christian schools as well as the public schools. Here at King’s, I am very excited to be the Specialty Class Bible teacher every afternoon. I have lived in many different states including Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington. For the past 30 years my home has been in the Seattle area, where I raised my daughter and son. I have one grandson who is 2 years old.

Mr. Jarred Hill – My name is Jarred Hill and I am the oldest of three kids. This is my first year at King’s and I am really excited for the opportunity to teach and minister God’s word to the kids. I have been living in Mukilteo my whole life and have been attending Seattle Community Church where I interned for the Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry for 1 year. This year I am excited to lead Chapel for the school and get to work in the Yellow Room. I look forward to teaching and getting to know your kids this year.

Mrs. Eevy Johnson – I am excited for the new school year, as this will be my first year working at King’s Preschool as an assistant teacher. I have a background in Psychological Counseling, from St. Francis College in India, and I enjoy working with kids. It is my desire to let every child know that they are made in the image of God and are loved by Him. I am passionate about helping children identify and work through their emotions well.  I enjoy spending quiet moments in nature with my wonderful husband, Kevin. My favorite weekend activities are reading books, cooking, and going on long walks with friends.

Mrs. Jill McManigal – Since 2005,  I  have worked on and off in public  schools as an Educational Assistant, Speech Language Pathology Assistant, Assistive Technology Specialist and a Special Education Paraprofessional.  I am very excited to be at King’s Preschool this year!  My heart’s desire is to nurture and teach your children, share the love of Christ with them and rejoice in His work in their lives.  My own children inspired me to learn more about child development, language development and to continue my education in this particular area.  I am currently working on completing Child Development Associate (CDA) certification this year.  I also have a BS in Management, AS in Speech Pathology Assisting and a provisional ACSI Early Education Certificate. I live in Edmonds with my husband, two children (ages 9 and 11) and a very big energetic puppy.   In my spare time you can find me in the pool, at the beach, or working in my garden.    I love art, making up silly songs and rhymes and creating ways to make learning fun.  I am really looking forward to meeting all my new friends and serving King’s families.  I consider it a tremendous blessing to teach your children this year and equip and inspire them for God’s greater glory and purpose.

New Elementary School Teachers

Mrs. Bertsch – Fifth Grade – I am thrilled to be here at King’s and I am looking forward to teaching and meeting my students. I received my BA and M.ED from the University of Sioux Falls. South Dakota is where I call home, but I love Seattle. This will be my 8th year teaching, six previous years in 5th and one in 4th. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Nate, hiking, working out, boating and reading. I am looking forward to serving, teaching, and being a part of the King’s community and culture.

Mrs. Cordova – Third Grade – I am so excited to be teaching this year at King’s! I have a BA from Northwest University and an MA in Reading and Literacy from Walden University. I have taught many different grade levels and have substituted extensively at King’s. I am excited to explore, learn and have fun with my students. My husband, Brian and I have two children, both of whom attend King’s. We enjoy hiking, the outdoors and playing games together. I consider it a great privilege and responsibility to teach at King’s, and I am looking forward to a fun year.

Mrs. Elliott – Fourth Grade – I am a native Seattleite, now living in Lynnwood with my husband and three children. We are big Seahawks fans and love watching the games together. In my free time, I like to cook, read and go for walks. I graduated with a BA and a BS from Central Washington University, and my Master’s degree is from Walden University. I have 6 years of previous teaching experience, plus substituting! I am so excited to be joining the King’s community and am looking forward to a great year of learning and loving the students in my class.

Mrs. Ingrid Farris – Fifth Grade – I am excited to teach this year here at King’s Elementary. I am a King’s Alum, class of 2008! I attended Seattle Pacific University graduating with my teaching credentials. I am an experienced teacher and thoroughly enjoy the intermediate grades. I am excited to grow and continue learning with my students this year. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time exploring the beauty of the PNW with my husband. I feel very blessed to work in the community here at King’s and cannot wait to see how God will work with the staff and students this year.

Miss Erica Parks – Fourth Grade – I grew up in Nampa, Idaho, and attended Boise State University on a soccer scholarship where I received my Bachelors in Psychology and my minor in family studies. I am currently in my MIT program at City University in Seattle. I have coached many intermediate grade students and I enjoy playing sports, watching movies and getting together with friends. I am blessed to be a part of the King’s community and excited for a fun and successful school year.

Señora Ericka Hernandez – First Grade Spanish Immersion – This is my first year teaching at King’s Elementary. I am very excited to meet and get to know all of my first graders as they continue their journey in Spanish Immersion. I have two places I call home, Tri-Cities, WA and El Salvador. I have spent most of my life between these two places. I grew up in El Salvador until my early teenage years and then moved to Kennewick, WA, where I completed all of my schooling (from high school to a Master in Teaching) and most of my eleven years of teaching. My passion is to travel and I have been fortunate to have travel extensively. I enjoy being around many cultures. My husband is a fusion of Turkish and Iraqi culture: Imagine Latino-Turkish-Iraqi and friends from all over the world!  I know my twelfth year of teaching here at King’s will be full of adventures, new friends, new cultures and most importantly, praising our Lord with our wonderful students.

New High School Teachers

Mr. Josh Jablon grew up in Federal Way and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, as well as a Master’s in Teaching degree from Seattle University. Before becoming a teacher, he considered a career in baseball scouting, having been a student manager with the Huskies. Growing up, Mr. Jablon spent his summers in a law office with his father, learning the importance of rhetoric, logic, and effective communication–skills he hopes to pass onto his students. In his spare time, he is an avid fan of sports and visual narrative, and has been known to write and plan murder mystery parties. Mr. Jablon is thrilled to be teaching Language Arts to freshmen and seniors this year in a way that is engaging, challenging, and impactful beyond his classroom.

Mr. Dominic Lewis is our new Technology Teacher teaching Introduction to Programming, Computer Aided Design (CAD) & Web Development. Mr. Lewis joins King’s after a 20+ year career in Information Systems and Technology. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. His most recent position was with the University of Washington. He and his wife Michelle have two children: Ian, an incoming freshman at King’s and Aria, going into the 6th grade. Dominic describes his arrival at King’s as an “evolving journey” in which he “is pleased to dedicate himself to the development of young people, their skills and their faith.”

Mr. Ryan Marsh teaches two sections of 10th grade Bible.  Mr. Marsh has served as a church planter and pastor for 14 years. He has also served as chaplain at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Ryan has a Master’s of Divinity from Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Ryan and his wife have three children, Moses (8), Juniper (6) and Simon (3). He was a student at King’s during his high school years and survived Mr. Ruhlman’s first World History class! He went on to become the King’s High School Student Body President and campus leader, graduating in 1997.

Mrs. Kjrsten Parnell is our new Learning Commons Teacher, which is the position based in the former King’s Library. Mrs. Parnell’s first experience in education was teaching Junior High students in Japan. Since then she has worked at Microsoft and, up until this week, Boeing as a corporate librarian. Kjrsten has a Master’s of Library & Information Science from the University of Washington. Kjrsten and her husband Schoen have 5 children including King’s High junior Greta, sophomore Noah and freshman Lucy. She says, “God has been preparing me for this position where I can combine my love of technology, data, connecting people to information and all in a faith full community!”