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
  • Creative Writing

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.

Mrs. Rachel Handorf

Mrs. Rachel Handorf

Elementary Education

Courses offered:

  • Coming soon.

RACHEL HANDORF grew up in Ferndale where she was homeschooled by her mom until high school when she attended Ferndale High School for two years before
completing WCC’s Running Start program her junior and senior year.

After high school Rachel went on to attend Grand Canyon University where she received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education in 2020. Rachel then taught second grade for two years in Arizona before she returned to Washington with her husband and son.

In her free time Rachel enjoys taking her two children on walks to the park, crocheting and reading.

Mrs. Karin Porret

Mrs. Karin Porret

Elementary Education

Courses offered:

  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Elementary History

KARIN PORRET has been married to her wonderful husband, Sam, for 34 years. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Porret started out in nursing school at North Idaho College in Couer d’ Alene Idaho. At the start of her second year, her husband deployed to a war zone with the Marine Corps so she discontinued her schooling.

She had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom and homeschooling her kids. When their youngest went to college, she started working as a para-educator. She taught 3rd-5th grade at a Christian school for three years.

She loved learning with her own kids in their homeschool journey and she still loves learning with kids! Her favorite things to do are to spend time with her family, go camping, read books and walk on the beach. She is working on having a bigger garden, more chickens and doing more canning.

Mrs. Kim Potter

Mrs. Kim Potter

Mathematics, Reading, Sewing

Courses offered:

  • Coming soon

KIM POTTER is mother to four children and she has seven grandchildren.

Since 2005, she has worked as a special education teacher, helping students find their strengths, gifts and abilities, and to identify dreams for their future. She loves being a teacher!

Mrs. Potter has a B.A. degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and an M.A. in Teaching.

Her hobbies and interests include music (love to sing, play the flute, use conga drums and various percussion), gardening, sewing, walking and biking. I also enjoy playing card games, board games and acting silly when appropriate.

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.

Meeting Location

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

General registration for 2024-2025 is now OPEN!

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