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Rachel Clifford

Rachel Clifford

Position: Principal / 3rd-8th Teacher
Phone: 865-982-7584
Email: rclifford@gccsda.com

Education

Highest Degree: Masters of Education
Major Field: Physical Education and Health
College Where Earned: Southern Adventist University

Biography

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I loved school as a small child, and I recall the qualities of my favorite teachers. They smiled often and laughed with the students. It was evident that they enjoyed their work. They played with the students outside. They prayed with us throughout the day. They made sacrifices to ensure the students understood new concepts. My mother and father were both teachers and modeled those very qualities. I wanted to be like them. I remember my early days of teacher “training” in my grandfather’s basement. I would set up old chairs and dusty tables and hand out pretend spelling tests to my imaginary students. I was six years old at that time. I held on to my dream of becoming a teacher until I had my very own classroom.
What have you taught?
I started my career teaching Physical Education and Health in Green Bay, WI. I was the homeroom teacher for 2nd and 7th grade while serving as a teaching missionary in Taiwan. I returned to America and taught all the subjects for grades 1st-5th.
How do you connect with your students?
I show them they are valued by listening to them. I help them by encouraging them to learn from their mistakes. We pray together, laugh together, and ultimately learn from one another.
What do you like to do when you’re not in the classroom?
My husband and I enjoy exploring the great outdoors and taking our daughters to playgrounds. In my personal time, I enjoy reading, playing guitar, singing, and writing.

Judy Bartlett

Position: K-2nd Teacher
Email: jbartlett@gccsda.com

Education

Major Field: Elementary Education
College Where Earned: East Carolina University

Biography

Judy Bartlett grew up in an Adventist home in North Carolina. She and her husband have three grown children. Some of her favorite activities include reading great missionary stories, walking in nature, singing of God's great love, and experimenting with plant-based cooking. She graduated with a degree in K-6 Elementary Education from East Carolina University with a concentration in Elementary Science. She holds both denominational and state certification. Her teaching experience includes preschool, homeschool, public school, and private school teaching. Two of her favorite volunteer experiences were teaching and directing Adventurer / Pathfinder clubs and singing at local assisted living facilities. Her favorite subject to teach is Bible because she loves to share God’s love with her students.

Cody Clifford

Cody Clifford

Position: Teacher Practical Arts, Marketing

Education

Highest Degree: Masters of Arts in Teaching
Major Field: Elementary Education
College Where Earned: Walla Walla University

Ed Santana

Ed Santana

Position: School Pastor

Education

Highest Degree: Masters of Divinity
College Where Earned: Andrews University

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