The staff at Oak Harbor Christian School is a dedicated group of hard working servants for the Lord Jesus Christ. Their commitment to love, nurture, and educate children fosters a Christ-like atmosphere at the school. Professionally all K-8 teachers are certificated teachers and continue to improve in their practice through ongoing professional development.
- Dave Zylstra Principal
Principal | Email Dave
Dave was born and raised in NW Washington and graduated from Lynden Christian High School in 1985. After graduating from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and getting married to his wife Marianne (Eisses), they moved to Whidbey Island in 1991 and began teaching at OHCS together. He has taught for 5 years at 3rd grade and 8 more at 5th grade. Currently he is serving as principal at Oak Harbor Christian having earned his Masters Degree in Education Administration and Supervision. Dave will continue to rely on God’s strength and guidance for the task of leading this wonderful school. Being a part of Christian education here in Oak Harbor has truly been a blessing.
Dave and his wife have 3 wonderful children, Morgan, Kurtis, and Lacey. He enjoys watching and playing sports, being a high school basketball official, and spending time with his family and friends. They are active members of the Oak Harbor Christian Reformed Church.
- Lynnette Wright Office Manager
Office Manager | Email Lynnette
As an adopted “import” Lynnette is a second generation Oak Harborite. Her mother was born “at the end of the runway” and her father moved here as a child. Her husband, Mike, moved here as a small child, too. They have two grown-up children who attended OHCS from preschool through eighth grade. Lynnette loves to cross-stitch in her spare time. God has been so good to Lynnette and she wants all children to be raised learning to know Him.
While growing up in Oak Harbor, Lynnette felt a strong pull toward mission work because of Nancy Nienhuis (Garden). Although God did not call her to a foreign country, she believes that OHCS is her life’s mission work, having been at OHCS for nearly 20 years. She attended all eight grades at OHCS and then on to OHJH and OHHS. Her college education was at Seattle Pacific College. She worked first as a dental assistant for a year, then at the U.S. Dept. of Health, Education & Welfare in Seattle for 7 years at various positions, and at the Dept. of Social & Health Services in Oak Harbor for almost 3 years. Lynnette assisted her husband in his Real Estate career and was a rental agent, a Tupperware dealer, and payroll clerk on a construction job site. She would like to do some more traveling some day. She has fond memories of a Mediterranean cruise she took in her early 20′s.
- Carolyn Krider Tuition / Treasurer
Tuition Treasurer | Email Carolyn
Carolyn was born and raised in the Everett-Marysville area here in Washington. She graduated from Cascade High School in 1977 and worked for the Everett K-Mart for 18 yrs. In 1995 she married Darren and the military moved them to Fallon, NV where their daughter Rebecca was born. Their family attends Family Bible Church and Carolyn was involved with the AWANA program for 7 yrs. Their family has been very blessed that God has provided a way for Rebecca to attend OHCS and all the friends they have made there. Carolyn enjoys helping others and being the tuition treasurer is the icing on the cake. She loves that she can be involved at such a wonderful school and thanks God for this exceptional opportunity. In Carolyn’s down time she enjoys camping with her family, spending time with her cat and visiting with friends.
- Michelle McVey Pre-School Director
Pre-School Director | Email Michelle
Michelle is our preschool director and also teaches both MWF and TTH classes as needed. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and has been teaching preschool since 2001. She and her family moved to Oak Harbor in 2003 when her husband, Doug was stationed at Whidbey Island NAS. Doug retired from the Navy in 2007 and instead of moving back closer to family they felt the Lord was leading them to stay in Oak Harbor. They have two wonderful children, Joshua and Natalie. In her spare time Michelle enjoys going to football games, volleyball games and track meets for the kids. She also loves tending to the family hobby farm, gardening and reading. She developed a love and desire to work with preschoolers through teaching her own children when they were younger. She loves it here at OHCS and feels very blessed to be a part of the Little Eagles team.
- Sarah Smith Pre-School
Pre-School Teacher | Email Sarah
Sarah Smith grew up in the Northwest and even lived in Oak Harbor for a year as a kindergartener. She graduated from high school in Poulsbo, where she lived until the Lord led her family to beautiful Whidbey Island when her husband received a job as the Superintendent at the Gallery Golf Course in 2003. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has been working with children for close to 15 years. She is extremely blessed with a wonderful husband Jimmy and three sons; Keaton, Mason & Evan. When she isn’t at the preschool, you can find her on the sidelines of almost every sport possible…between the lot of kiddos she has, they do everything under the sun– football, soccer, baseball, swim team, band and basketball. When she does get some time to relax, she loves to read, scrapbook, go to the beach, hone her skills as a part-time photographer and travel. She originally started out as a substitute in the preschool in 2003, she now teaches the MWF AM Golden Eagles, MWF PM Soaring Eagles and T/TH Golden Eagles preschool classes. She absolutely loves being on the staff at OHCS where she can share her love of children and the Lord all in the same place.
- Gail Vogel Pre-School
Pre-School Teacher | Email Gail
Gail has been teaching at OHCS for six years now in the Preschool program. It has been a joyful experience and she feels so fortunate to be here at this school. She has a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Early Childhood and Special Education. Gail has worked in Early Childhood for almost twenty years now and each year she learns so much more. Gail moved to Oak Harbor when she was in second grade and graduated from Oak Harbor High School. She has lived in a variety of other places as an adult with the most interesting being Japan. She loved the Japanese people for their friendliness and helpfulness qualities but she hated driving in Japan. Gail was there only for 2 1/2 years but had two major automobile accidents. Gail’s hobbies are gardening, quilting, hiking, and camping. She also enjoys reading novels, mainly sci-fi, and scientific books. One of the most interesting things that she has ever done was delivering a baby for a neighbor.
- Kathy Miller Kindergarten & 1st Grade
1st Grade & Kindergarten Teacher | Email Kathy
Kathy Miller grew up on the Hood Canal in Belfair, Washington. She went to the same school from kindergarten through high school and considers it a real blessing. She graduated from Western Washington University where she met her wonderful husband Johnny. Johnny grew up in Oak Harbor and followed the family tradition of joining the Navy. They have moved all over the United Stated and Canada. They have two wonderful children, Jed and Camden, who attended OHCS. Kathy has a love for teaching reading and recently went back to school and completed her Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis on reading. Their family enjoys going boating, skiing and riding horses and anything that moves.
- Mary Beth Eelkema 2nd & 3rd grade
2nd Grade & Kindergarten Teacher | Email Mary Beth
Mary Beth grew up in Holland Michigan and attended Christian schools culminating in her graduation from Calvin College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Since then she has enjoyed many years of teaching a variety of elementary grades in four different schools including four years in Papua New Guinea. OHCS has been her home since returning to the Northwest. In the summer of 1998 she began some training with the National Institute of Learning Disabilities and during the last six years she has been privileged to divide her time between being a classroom teacher and an educational therapist. In educational therapy she works individually with students who have learning disabilities. Mary Beth is using the gifts God has given her to be a wife, mother, and teacher, and she feels blessed to be at OHCS.
- Lynne Evans Art & Instructional Assistant
2nd Grade & Art Teacher | Email Lynne
Lynne Evans grew up in Kennewick, Washington and came over to this beautiful, green side of the state to attend Western Washington University. After graduating with a BA of Ed, she taught for seven years in Ferndale, Washington. While teaching she completed her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2004, her family moved to Oak Harbor. Lynne and her husband Shane have two amazing children, Ryan and Emily. Mrs. Evans enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, making lists, and exploring at the beach. This year she looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for learning and her joy in God’s goodness with students.
- Ann Jaques 4th & 5th Grade
3rd Grade Teacher | Email Ann
Ann grew up in Southern California and attended The University of California at Santa Barbara. After graduation she moved to the northwest and soon married her husband, Don. They lived in Oregon for 10 years before moving to Oak Harbor where Don now works as a pastor and administrator of Christ the King Community Church. Ann spent many years combining teaching and her love for music by giving private piano lessons in her home and teaching music classes to all ages. Both her children have attended OHCS and she taught the middle school choir here for 8 years! Recently, she completed her master’s studies in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and she is excited to be working again with the students and staff at OHCS. Along with music, Ann enjoys spending time with her family hiking, beachcombing and watching sunsets on our beautiful island.
- Bill Rodeheffer 6 & 7th Grade Homeroom
7th Grade Homeroom | Email Bill
While working as a program director for a cardiac rehabilitation program in the 1980s, Bill felt called to share God’s love with children. Since he was already coaching high school cross country and track at Mercer Island High School and was on staff with the youth program at his church, he decided to go back to school to become a teacher. Now in his eighteenth year of teaching eight years at OHCS he serves the Lord by teaching kindergarten through grade eight computers, middle school math and band as well as by maintaining the school’s computers and network. Born in North Carolina and raised in Ohio, Bill attended Oregon State University (B.S. Foods and Nutrition), University of Wisconsin LaCrosse (M.S. Adult Fitness & Cardiac Rehabilitation), and City University in Washington (K-8 teaching certificate with secondary mathematics endorsement). His travels didn’t stop there as he has taught in Taiwan (Morrison Academy), South Dakota (Dakota Christian High School) as well as here in Washington. He particularly likes and tries to apply with his students the Bible verse from Proverbs 19:22, “What is desirable in a man is his kindness…”
- Anna Melnick 8th Grade Homeroom
8th Grade | Email Anna
Anna was born a poor farm child in the dust bowls of Oklahoma…..Well, actually she was born a military child right here in Oak Harbor. Her parents, after being stationed here, decided this was truly God’s country and so they settled by West Beach. Anna grew up picking strawberries at Bells’ and potatoes at Darsts’. She watched double features at the drive-in, had chocolate dipped cones at Artic Circle and ate Beefy Burgers at Kow-Korner. Anna graduated at the heart of her class at OHHS… (GO WILDCATS!) But most importantly, she gave her life to the Lord at VBS in 4th grade. Anna has been truly blessed to be able to come back and settle here with her husband Todd to raise their boys. She received her BA in Secondary Education from Concordia University in Portland, and was fortunate enough to do student teaching at Boys Town in Omaha, NE. Anna’s endorsements are in History and Home Economics, and she has a strong background in Biblical history and the Christian Church. Anna has been teaching Middle School history and science for several years now. She enjoys sharing her sense of humor with the kids. Anna’s love for Christ is her foundation for teaching, and her reward is being able to be a part of the students’ lives. Anna believes that all truth lies in Christ, and it is her goal to instill in the students a firm foundation in Truth and to come “face to face” with the Living God.
- Cheryl Johnston P.E.
P.E. Teacher | Email Cheryl
Cheryl grew up all over the Southeast, while not originally military she has never lived anywhere more than 3 years. In 1984 she graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Art Education. After illustrating for NCSU for a year she was fortunate enough to teach Art and PE in middle school. In 1987 she married the love of her life, Jay Johnston. And so began an amazing life that includes 4 wonderful children, many cross country trips and countless adventures. This is the second time she has been fortunate enough to work at OHCS. She loves the Lord, loves teaching, and is looking forward to a fantastic year!
- Marian Smith Choir
Choir Teacher | Email Marian
Marian is originally from Chicago, Illinois, married there and had 3 children, Wendy, David and Andrew. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Marian worked for over 30 years as an Automotive Accountant/Office Manager. She attended Bethel College, in Indiana, DePaul University in Chicago, and graduated from Boise State University. Music has always been important of her life. She sang in the top high school and college choirs with her three sisters. She’s produced and directed over 20 children’s musicals,
led teen and adult choirs, and during a 2 year volunteer contract in Tirana Albania, she taught music to K-8th in the Christian School where the missionaries children went. I also volunteer at the Pregnancy Care Clinic as treasurer, and am treasurer for the Church of the Nazarene where I attend.
I’ve lived in Oak Harbor 23 years and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. My kids are scattered across the country with my 5 grandkids. I love making music and sharing God’s special gift with kids. They have the most beautiful voices for singing praises.