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Peggy Hobbs

Peggy Hobbs accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at 22 years old. God opened her heart to start a family and to teach Sunday School.  She and her husband have four wonderful daughters, as well as four wonderful grandchildren.

Mrs. Hobbs has been teaching first & second grade at Hosanna Christian School since 1994.  In addition to teaching, Mrs. Hobbs currently serves as one of our school administrators on the Administrative Leadership Team.

“Having children around makes us better people. This is a calling.”

Beth Kilcup

Beth Kilcup, born and raised in Southern Illinois, has taught in both public and Christian schools.  She values the individuality of each student and the opportunity to nuture them for success in life with God, prayer, and His Word.

Beth and her husband Jon have been married 19 years and are blessed with three children.

She thanks God for His help and the privilege of teaching on the foundation of His Word. “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; God is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Ps. 18:30

Diane Oberst

Diane joined us in 2015 as an answer to prayer.  She is a loving mother and grandmother.  We are blessed to have Diane here on staff as our Preschool Aide.  She brings joy and fun projects to the classroom.

Ellie Atkinson

Mrs. Atkinson has been married to her highschool sweetheart for 4 years. She has been teaching preschool for 5 years, including the 2010/2011 school year at Hosanna. After she was married, she moved to Idaho so her husband can earn his engineering degree at University of Idaho. They are now back in Gig Harbor and so excited that they are able to be closer to their families. Mrs. Atkinson loves teaching and helping kids grow closer to the Lord. She is looking forward to teaching kindergarten and being a part of Hosanna again!

Shakindra Wallitner

Shakindra Wallitner is excited to be our 1st-2nd grade teacher. She joined our staff in 2011/2012 School year from Cedar Park Christian School in Bothell where she taught first grade for the past 12 years.  She is a graduate of Northwest University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in History.

She recently married and relocated to Gig Harbor with her husband, two wonderful step-sons, and their dog Luci.

Kara Banzhaf

Kara is a Hosanna alumni who now has her own children here.  She has been with Hosanna since 2015 and we are blessed to have her as our 1st and 2nd grade Teacher’s Aide.  The children just love her and her undeniable love for the Lord.

Mrs. Urick

I worked for Tustin Unified School District for over 3 years as a Long Term Substitute Teacher.  Being a teacher has always been my passion.  I home-schooled my two children for four years and loved the time I spent with them.  My son, Cameron is now a freshman at the University of Minnesota studying Biomedical Engineering.  My daughter, Taylor is a sophomore at Gig Harbor High School.  My husband, Joel works for General Electric and was promoted to a position in Washington.  Hence our big move from Orange County, California to Washington.

Prior to my teaching jobs, I worked independently as a marketing consultant for multiple physical therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture practices.  I also dabbled as a cooking instructor while working as a Treasure Analyst for Kink’s corporate office in Ventura, CA.  I truly enjoyed the opportunity to teach my culture and tradition.  Perhaps I’ll have the chance to teach a cooking class here.

Evangeline Degraaf

Evangeline DeGraaf is thrilled to join the teaching staff of Hosanna this year in the 5th & 6th grades. She graduated from Covenant College with a BA in history and a minor in education. She then took a break from teaching to raise her five children; the oldest two are now in college and the youngest, Helena, is a full time student at Hosanna. Her journey with teaching has been intertwined with her journey as a parent. She has homeschooled now for the last seven years, and since 2012 she has been teaching homeschool group classes for students in grades 4-8.

As a homeschooler, she had to learn how to evaluate and choose curriculum, assess the needs of her different children, and teach in such a way as to inspire and encourage them to be life-long learners. She believes that in this new endeavor, teaching at Hosanna, those skills will be used and honed even more. Her heart is for the Lord first because if we don’t seek His wisdom and His understanding our journey will be fruitless.

Robin Gordon

Robin Gordon is our wonderful middle school teacher. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2001 earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, receiving a K-8 teaching certificate, with an emphasis on literacy. She has completed one year towards a Masters Degree in education as well. She has been teaching since 2001 in both public and private schools. Now that her daughter, Bella, attends Hosanna Christian School full time, she is looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to see how God uses her to carry out His purpose in these childrens’ lives.

She enjoys music, dancing, traveling, and spending quality time with her family. Robin and her family worship at Calvary Fellowship Gig Harbor, where they are involved in a small group, and her husband, Scott, is an elder.

Heather Hash

I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 3 years old. Early on, I remember wanting to touch others’ lives, both near and far, for Jesus. I began praying for France, and other francophone people, when I was 8 years old. My schooling choices were made with that passion in mind. I have been blessed with the opportunity to trust God with every aspect of my life and thrilled to watch how He has fulfilled my heart’s desires and unfolded His plan for my life. I have been able to teach in both public and private schools, including in France where I lived and finished my French degree.
I have been blissfully married to my husband for nearly 8 years, and we have a sweet daughter who attends kindergarten at Hosanna. We moved to Gig Harbor a year and a half ago to be closer to our church Harborview Fellowship. I started teaching French here at Hosanna this last October and am blessed to be a part of the Hosanna Family. It is my prayer that my students, and all with whom I am blessed to interact, begin to know God more as their roots grow down deep into His love, and as they grow stronger that they begin to understand how wide, how high, and how deep His love truly is (Eph. 3:14-20).

Alicia Grubbs

After growing up in southern CA and living in Utah for 6 years, my family and I moved to WA in 2012. I couldn’t be happier living here in green Washington State. I am married with 2 beautiful children.
Being able to work in such a beautiful christian environment is so uplifting. I am so blessed to be a part of such a loving family named Hosanna. I have always loved children and office work, so this is a perfect fit for me. Please feel free to come talk to me. I am here for you.

Lydia Harlander

Lydia is a Hosanna Alumni who joined us in 2016.  Her heart for the Lord is undeniable.

Linda Long

Linda Long graduated from Central Washington University with a B.A. in Music Education.  She has been a private lesson music teacher in the Gig Harbor area for a number of years and also has experience accompanying and playing on church worship teams.  She believes every person should have the opportunity to learn and experience the joy of making music. The music teacher’s job is to guide them in that process to increased skill in playing with positive motivation and acceptance and to offer opportunities for sharing the music they have learned.  Her favorite part is the relationships developed with her music students and their families.