Administrator

Mrs. Sue Likkel

Mrs. Sue Likkel

English

Courses offered:

  • Writer’s L.A.B. 6th-7th grade
  • Beyond the Basics 8th-9th grade
  • Freshman English 9th grade
  • Sophomore English 10th grade

Sue Likkel has taught English/Language Arts at Lynden Christian, Lynden Academy and her own private teaching to homeschool students. Additionally, she has taken numerous continuing education courses in writing and reading as well as leading workshops to parents and teachers helping them get their kids excited about writing. Parents say, “Sue’s teaching style helped [our child] achieve confidence in her work and improve her performance in her writing,” and, “Mrs. Likkel elicits creativity and growth” in a subject that some students approach with trepidation.

Former students tell us she’s fun and relaxed yet she’s also very serious about her subject. Her main goal is to see kids succeed and she uses a variety of methods to achieve that. Getting to know her students, she soon learns who needs a little push, more of a challenge, a different approach or maybe some modifications. If a student needs more time or an extra layer to reinforce a skill, she’s more than happy to provide that. ALC’s small class sizes enable her to get to know the kids’ academic strengths and weaknesses and teach to those.

If you’re interested in an evaluation of your child, Mrs. Likkel is more than happy to do a complimentary one-on-one assessment of your student. Contact Mrs. Likkel with any questions about any of her classes.

Teachers

Mrs. Kristi Andres

Mrs. Kristi Andres

Spanish

Courses offered:

  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Spanish III

Kristi Andres graduated from the University of Washington in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, covering linguistics, literature and culture. She goes on to include, “In the winter of 1996 I volunteered at a children’s home in Mexico and in the spring I studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador with the C.I.M.A.S. program.”

Mrs. Andres also has an extensive bilingual background in her professional work in both administrative and managerial positions. She has worked as an interpreter for families in the Ferndale School District to help teachers and parents facilitate their children’s education. Kristi has several years’ experience teaching to homeschool students, and has worked with middle school and high school students off and on in her church’s youth group since 1999.

Dr. Douglas Mangum

Dr. Douglas Mangum

History

Courses offered:

  • American History
  • World History

Doug Mangum’s favorite subjects since middle school have been social studies and history. Initially, he had planned to become a writer until the passion and compelling storytelling of a history teacher in his first quarter of college inspired him to immediately change his major to history. He went on to finish his BA in history and Bible at the University of Northwestern-Saint Paul, where his professors encouraged him to pursue graduate school in ancient history or Bible. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies (a program focused on the languages and literatures of ancient Canaan and Syria, including the Old Testament).

While in Madison, Doug worked as a graduate teaching assistant and lecturer for several years, guiding college students through classes on Judaism, Jewish cultural history, biblical poetry, and religion. During those same years, he worked as the Christian Education director for Monona Oaks Community Church in Monona, Wisconsin. At the church, he taught classes for adults and young people on various topics related to the Bible and Christian theology.

Since 2011, he has worked at Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software, producing resources designed to help people improve their Bible study. In 2018, Doug finished his PhD in Hebrew with the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is interested in the history of the ancient world and especially its connections with the world of the Bible. He also enjoys reading about the history of the church and the broader subject of religion’s role in world history. Dr. Mangum joined ALC in 2018.

Mrs. Bethany Pellerin

Mrs. Bethany Pellerin

English, History

Courses offered:

  • Language Arts
  • History & Geography

Bethany Pellerin was inspired to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher by her high school history teacher Mrs. Macri. Mrs. Macri was a teacher that not only taught, but cared deeply for her students. She made the classroom a place of learning, fun and community.

Mrs. Pellerin graduated from the University of Maine with B.A. in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career in 1998 at Penobscot Christian school teaching as a classroom teacher for 3rd and 4th grade.

She homeschooled all three of her children, Isaiah, Elijah and Hannah. She taught classes to many homeschool students in her home. She has also taught Sunday school classes, and served as the Director of Children’s Ministry.

Mrs. Pellerin has been involved with ALC for several years as her children attended classes, as a member of the PTO, the ALC board and along with her husband Peter, as bookkeeper.

Mrs. Jill Roderick

Mrs. Jill Roderick

Art

Courses offered:

  • Art 1: Let’s Make Art!
  • Art 2: Art Appreciation
  • Art 3: History & the Arts

Jill Roderick has had the joy of teaching art and encouraging her students to get creative since 1990. She taught Kindergarten-12th grade students in several Christian schools, parent partnership programs, and private homeschool groups. She believes that every child is an artist and she seeks to help them discover their unique God-given abilities and styles of art-making.

Mrs. Roderick graduated from Calvin University with a B.A. in K-12 Art Education. She began her teaching career in 1990 at Timothy Christian School and taught K-6th Art there until April 2000.

She homeschooled both of her boys and taught art classes to various groups of homeschool students over the past 20 years. She most recently taught two high school Art classes at Lynden Christian High School, and K-4th Art classes and after school Art Club at Evergreen Christian School Spanish Immersion Campus.

Mrs. Roderick has been involved with ALC for several years while her sons took classes at ALC, and she chaired the Parent Teacher Organization. She is excited to be a part of the ALC teaching team in the fall of 2020, and hopes to see you in her art classes!

Ms. Sierra Spring

Ms. Sierra Spring

Science

Courses offered:

  • Middle School Science
  • High School Biology
Sierra Spring was born and raised in North Bend, Washington, and grew up at a home in the Cascade mountains. Growing up surrounded by nature gave her a heart for the sciences and a desire to learn more about how the world around us works. She attended Bellevue College where she earned her Associates in Arts and Sciences with honors. After graduating, she moved to Ferndale to attend Western Washington University where she graduated with a Bachelors in Biology/Anthropology and a minor in Psychology. During her time at Western Washington University, she was chosen to be an Anatomy and Physiology Assistant Teacher to help the undergraduate students succeed.

Since 2018, Sierra has been active in the Christian communities Ekklesia and the INN/The Garden, where she works with other young adults to build and strengthen their faith. Sierra loves to continuously learn more about God and His creation through the various sciences including biology, chemistry, and environmental science. She seeks to better understand how God made the world we live in and to impart to others how science shows us His glory.

In her free time, Sierra enjoys painting, hiking, reading, and caring for her three guinea pigs.

Mrs. Kimberlee Terry

Mrs. Kimberlee Terry

Math

Courses offered:

  • Middle School Math
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry

Kimberlee Terry was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in a family full of educators. After graduating from Chattanooga Christian School, she attended Bryan College in Dayton, TN earning a bachelor’s degree in secondary math education. Kimberlee first taught at her high school for three years before moving to Kenya, Africa to work at Rift Valley Academy, a missionary boarding school. After marrying her husband, Dan, she moved to Whatcom County and accepted a math teaching position at Blaine High School. She has been involved with middle and high school students in a variety of settings from tutoring, substitute teaching, youth mission trips, coaching or teaching Sunday school.

Working with students who struggle in mathematics is her main strength. She also enjoys guiding those who excel in mathematics. Discovering how God has wired each individual student’s thought processes and connecting with them at their current level will help them reach the next level in their study of mathematics.

She has been married to her husband for 20 years, has three children. Currently, she is homeschooling the kids, spoiling two Persian cats and several chickens.

Meeting Location

Laurel Community
Baptist Church
162 W. Laurel Rd.
Bellingham, WA 98226