Mrs. Sue Likkel
- 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.
Mrs. Kristi Andres
- 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. Elizabeth Hanson
- Intro Economics
ELIZABETH HANSON was born and raised in Seattle and moved to Ferndale in 2017, when her very wise husband had the strong feeling to relocate. And indeed the quality of life suits her better up here.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Linguistics and earned a Master’s in Education from Temple University. Outside of her major she took many courses in Geography.
She taught English in Japan for two years, basic skills to troubled teens in Seattle for three years and then taught English to speakers of other languages (ESL) at Shoreline Community College for 29 years. And then she retired from teaching at a college.
She currently has a small business teaching English to children in Okinawa, where she has gone three times.
Her passions include writing, teaching, her husband and children, her dogs, travelling and being in nature.
Dr. Douglas Mangum
- 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
- 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
- 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!
Mr. David Spring
- How to Start Your Own Business
David Spring has a Bachelors Degree in Science Education from Washington State University and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Washington. He started a successful outdoor store in 1985 and created one of the world’s first online stores in 1994. Since then, he has helped more than one hundred business owners build their own online businesses. David has written several books and websites on business computer and website security. You can read these for free at the website: College in the Clouds.
Ms. Sierra Spring
- Middle School Science
- High School Biology
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
- Middle School Math
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.