About

Our Teachers

Enlightium teachers aim to develop independent and motivated students who can display the necessary skills to self-educate and take initiative in their education. To achieve this end, teachers encourage students to make use of every resource provided to them.

Our teachers genuinely care about the success of each student and reach out to them proactively as they progress through the curriculum. Teachers also leverage technology to provide customized video explanations for commonly asked questions so they can focus on addressing gaps in the students’ knowledge individually and in groups. Each teacher uploads supplementary examples, videos, and explanations to an exclusive digital library which coincides with the lessons and units of the curriculum. Enlightium teachers work with each student individually and communicate directly within the curriculum questions. Depending on the tuition support package selected, phone support is provided as well as a step-by-step demonstration during a screen-sharing session.

At Enlightium, a strong emphasis is placed on a student’s ability to write. Our teachers hold students to a high standard, yet provide the tools needed to succeed. Additionally, students have multiple attempts on certain assignments to achieve a mastery learning. Students are provided with opportunities to receive partial credit on quizzes and alternate tests, if applicable. Projects can also be tailored depending on the students’ needs; video demonstrations may be given if materials are not readily available.

Meet Our Teachers

Elementary School Teachers

Kali Chun
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Mrs. Kali Chun

Mrs. Chun graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2018 with a major in Integrated Ministry Studies and a focus on Teaching English to speakers of other languages. She has a passion for teaching elementary students especially, and desires to help students grow in both their educational goals and into a deep knowledge and faith in Christ.

Mrs. Chun became a part of Enlightium Academy in 2019 and is excited to combine her love of teaching and the Word of God. She hopes to build relationships with students and help them discover the importance of loving God with their heart and mind.

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
Colossians 3:12-14

Danielle DePace
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Ms. Danielle DePace

Ms. DePace graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is ACSI certified.

Ms. DePace has been teaching and tutoring since 2016. She completed an internship teaching English to refugees through World Relief in Seattle, Washington in 2018. Danielle discovered a passion and calling for teaching elementary students through her experiences teaching English. She is devoted to helping her students grow in knowledge, understanding, and truth. As a teacher, Ms. DePace’s desire is to help her students love the Lord their God with all their mind.

"Then Jesus said to them all, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.”
Luke 9:23

Svetlana Fenina
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Ms. Svetlana Fenina

Ms. Fenina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She is state and ACSI Certified.

Ms. Fenina has been substitute teaching in public elementary and middle schools since 2012 and has been teaching at Enlightium Academy since 2015. She is the Primary School Counselor. Ms. Fenina believes that education with Christian values will empower a life committed to Christ. Ms. Fenina volunteers in the nursery and in a children's Bible program at her church.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Kristen Kosoff
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Mrs. Kirsten Kosoff

Mrs. Kosoff studied Elementary Education at Whitworth University. She has a Reading Endorsement with minors in French and German. She is state and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Kosoff taught for several years at a local private Christian school prior to joining the Enlightium Academy team in 2017. She has experience teaching students backpacking and wilderness skills. She volunteered as a backpacking guide for Beyond Malibu in Canada for several summers. Mrs. Kosoff desires to help and know each student as an individual. Her vision for each student is for them to know his or her value as a child created in the image of God.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Moriah Nageli
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Mrs. Moriah Nageli

Mrs. Nageli attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. She graduated with an ACSI certification and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Bible. Mrs. Nageli taught at local Christian schools for three years between 2014 and 2017.

Mrs. Nageli joined Enlightium Academy in 2017 as a teacher’s assistant for all Gold Level Elementary students. Mrs. Nageli enjoys encouraging students to strive to do their best work. She loves fostering students’ love for the Lord in their journeys to become lifelong learners.

"I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices…”
Psalm 16:8-9

Secondary Bible Teachers

Catherine Bunker
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Ms. Catherine Bunker

Ms. Bunker has been serving in teaching ministries for several years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute. She is ACSI certified.

God has given Ms. Bunker a deep love for scripture and a desire to help others grow in their understanding and love of God’s Word. Her prayer for herself and her students is for the Holy Spirit to cultivate the fruits of the spirit in their lives, continually transforming them into the image of Christ.

Ms. Bunker joined Enlightium Academy in 2018. She is excited to build relationships with her students by teaching Bible and the Health elective.

"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water."
Hebrews 10:19-22

Turner Perkins
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Mr. Turner Perkins

Mr. Perkins has been studying and teaching the Word of God since his freshman year at Moody Bible Institute, an interest that has become a passion and deep love. Jesus has grown and transformed this passion to be used for the love of His church. He is transforming Mr. Perkins every day to become not only a scholar, but a more loving child of God.

Mr. Perkins holds his Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies degree with an interdisciplinary in Biblical Languages. He is ACSI certified. Mr. Perkins loves helping students of all ages better understand God’s word in order to love their creator more deeply.

"Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Christ Jesus is revealed at His coming."
1 Peter 1:13

Branden Preedy
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Mr. Branden Preedy

Mr. Preedy has been in Christian education and ministry since 2014, serving as a youth pastor and facilitator for adult education. He joined the Enlightium Academy faculty in 2016. Mr. Preedy loves connecting students with an education that transforms not only their minds, but also their hearts through a thoroughly Christian worldview.

Mr. Preedy is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 3:18

Heath Robertson
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Mr. Heath Robertson

Mr. Robertson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute where he also completed the Honors Program for Semitic Languages. He completed his Master’s Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies with an emphasis in Exegetical studies at Western Seminary. As a Master’s Candidate, he received the Honors Award for Old Testament Exegesis. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Robertson has been a part of Enlightium Academy since 2015. He enjoys teaching Bible and engaging students in thoughtful theological study and application. He also acts as the academy’s Spiritual Support Director.

"Let all that pertains to you be done with love."
1 Corinthians 16:14

Secondary English Teachers

David Bradley
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Mr. David Bradley

Mr. Bradley is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Bible from Great Northern University.

Mr. Bradley began serving as a 9-12th grade English Teacher’s Assistant in 2018. He loves having the opportunity to work with students on the writing process and to personally see students grow in their ability to effectively express themselves through writing in a God-honoring and creative way.

"For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that One has died for all, therefore all have died; and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised."
2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Jordanne Burke
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Mrs. Jordanne Burke

Mrs. Burke received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education for English through Grand Canyon University. She is state and ACSI certified.

Prior to joining Enlightium Academy in 2018, Mrs. Burke completed her student teaching at a local private Christian school and was a substitute teacher at public schools. She enjoys finding new ways to help students learn and encouraging them to always do their best.

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
Matthew 7:7-8

Julleah Fink
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Mrs. Julleah Fink

Mrs. Fink received her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with a minor in Biblical Exposition from Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Fink has been tutoring at the college level since 2012 and currently teaches History and English at Enlightium Academy. Mrs. Fink believes in the importance of incorporating Christian values into every individual’s education to better them both academically and spiritually.

"I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord."
Psalm 27:13-14

Hanna Griffing
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Ms. Hanna Griffing

Ms. Griffing holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Writing from Whitworth University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University. She is state and ACSI certified.

Ms. Griffing started teaching English abroad in 2011, before returning to the United States to start her master’s program, which she completed in 2015. While completing her coursework, she worked as a teaching assistant, teaching Freshman Composition at Northern Arizona University. She started teaching for Enlightium Academy in 2015, before returning to teach abroad for the 2016-2017 school year. Since returning to Enlightium Academy in 2017, Ms. Griffing has taught a variety of courses and written articles for the Enlightium blog. She particularly loves to teach writing because this is a chance for students to express themselves and learn a skill they will use for the rest of their lives.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7

Serenity Henderson
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Ms. Serenity Henderson

Ms. Henderson received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Washington State University and is Washington State certified and ACSI certified.

Ms. Henderson started teaching 9-12th grade English at Enlightium Academy in April 2015. She enjoys helping students understand difficult concepts in English and challenging them to give and to be their best.

"Lord, when you said to me, "Seek my face," my inner being responded: I'm seeking your face with all my heart."
Psalm 27:8 (The Passion Translation)

Brianne Johnson
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Mrs. Brianne Johnson

Mrs. Johnson graduated from Moody Bible Institute Spokane in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with an Interdisciplinary in Intercultural Studies. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Johnson has been a member of the Enlightium team since 2017, teaching in the high school English department. Her favorite teaching experiences are “light bulb” moments when a student grasps a challenging concept. She has a passion for mentoring and seeing students grow to reach their full potential in Christ.

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
Matthew 6:34

Turner Perkins
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Mr. Turner Perkins

Mr. Perkins has been studying and teaching the Word of God since his freshman year at Moody Bible Institute, an interest that has become a passion and deep love. Jesus has grown and transformed this passion to be used for the love of His church. He is transforming Mr. Perkins every day to become not only a scholar, but a more loving child of God.

Mr. Perkins holds his Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies degree with an interdisciplinary in Biblical Languages. He is ACSI certified. Mr. Perkins loves helping students of all ages better understand God’s word in order to love their creator more deeply.

“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Christ Jesus is revealed at His coming.”
1 Peter 1:13

Secondary Math Teachers

Leanna Cushman
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Mrs. Leanna Cushman

Mrs. Cushman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Middle Level Math Endorsement from Eastern Washington University in 2014. She started teaching Secondary Mathematics in a public school, as well as tutoring in the after-school program and teaching math during summer school to junior high students. In 2017, she acquired her Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education (5-12) through Western Governors University. She is state and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Cushman grew up in Spokane, WA and currently lives with her husband in Central Washington. She enjoys music, photography, staying active, helping others, and spending time with friends and family.

“Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.”
Romans 13:10

Megan Hopper
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Mrs. Megan Hopper

Mrs. Hopper graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. Before teaching at Enlightium Academy, she tutored high school and entry level college students in mathematics.

Mrs. Hopper grew up near Seattle, Washington and now lives in Spokane, WA, with her husband and children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as playing softball.

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
Matthew 17:20

Thomas Lambert
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Mr. Thomas Lambert

Mr. Lambert received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, with a minor in Spanish, from William Carey University. He is state and ACSI Certified.

Mr. Lambert has been teaching Mathematics and Spanish in public schools since 2011 and joined Enlightium Academy in 2015.

Mr. Lambert teaches high school Math at Enlightium Academy. He enjoys seeing students find success in their math classes, regardless of skill level, and develop a love for mathematics.

"All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant."
Psalm 25:10

Colten Lindberg
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Mr. Colten Lindberg

Mr. Lindberg received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies with an Interdisciplinary in Education from Moody Bible Institute in 2016. Mr. Lindberg is ACSI certified.

Before teaching at Enlightium Academy, Mr. Lindberg student-taught at North West Christian Academy in Spokane, WA where he taught Romans, Apologetics, and Old Testament Survey. Mr. Lindberg joined Enlightium Academy in 2015 and continued teaching Bible. His natural ability and tutoring experience in math led Mr. Lindberg to assume the role of teaching Algebra I and Algebra II.

Mr. Lindberg seeks to inspire his students to always be taking their next step, whatever that might be. By taking that next step, students will be pushed to take risks that will ultimately stretch them so that they may become independent, driven and courage-filled stewards of their own education and faith journey.

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
John 6:35

Mandee Mittler
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Mrs. Mandee J. Mittler

Mrs. Mittler received her Bachelor’s Degree in K-8 education from Eastern Washington University with a major in Science and a minor in Mathematics. She is state and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Mittler has been teaching since 2006. She taught Math in Carrington College’s radiology program, coached public school Math competitions for 3 years, and taught in various private schools. She has been at Enlightium Academy since 2015. Mrs. Mittler works with all age groups in Math and other elementary courses. She believes that even if a mistake has occurred, a student can learn from it, make better choices, and understand the concept better once the mistake has been fixed. Since not all students learn the same way, she is willing to try new ways to teach a lesson for any student that needs it.

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
Proverbs 27:17

Pearl Sanchez
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Mrs. Pearl Sanchez

Mrs. Sanchez earned her Bachelor's Degree in English, with a minor in Mathematics, from Simpson University in Redding, CA. As a California State certified teacher, she has taught and tutored students of all grade levels, ranging from elementary to college. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Sanchez joined Enlightium Academy in the 2017 and teaches Elementary Math and Science. She loves to help guide students as they unlock and discover their full potential.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28

Secondary History Teachers

Mike Kuldayev
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Mr. Mike Kuldayev

Mr. Kuldayev received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Biblical Studies from the University of Fresno Pacific and an Master’s Degree from University of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Kuldayev has been teaching Bible and History in private schools since 2011. He began teaching at Enlightium Academy in 2014 and currently teaches AP History, AP Government and Politics, Dual Credit courses, and enjoys seeing students achieve their highest potential.

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."
Psalm 32:8

Emily Miller
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Ms. Emily Miller

Ms. Miller received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Whitworth University in 2018. Ms. Miller has experience peer tutoring across a variety of academic subjects with a primary concentration in history. She is ACSI certified.

Ms. Miller is extremely passionate about history and how God utilizes each individual person in the larger historical picture. Ms. Miller wants to transfer her love and passion for history to the students she instructs, showing them how God has used history to work toward His ultimate plan.

Ms. Miller was born and raised in the beautiful city of Spokane, WA. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, and creative writing. She is also an avid sports fan, and loves to spend her weekends following various sports teams native to the Pacific Northwest area.

"He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, because he was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to do. Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness."
Romans 4:20-22

Secondary Science Teachers

Will Mead
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Mr. Will Mead

Mr. Mead earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Eastern Washington University and a Master’s in Teaching Math and Science from Seattle Pacific University. He is state and ACSI certified.

Mr. Mead joined Enlightium as a science teacher in 2017. He enjoys helping students reveal God’s creative power through the study of the natural order.

"My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth."
Psalm 121:2

Nick Suk
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Mr. Nick Suk

Mr. Nick Suk earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Ambrose University in Calgary Alberta, Canada. He also holds a minor in Psychology. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science from DeVry University. Mr. Suk has been a Paraeducator for the past year and a half and is joining the Enlightium Academy team in 2019.

In his spare time, Mr. Suk enjoys spending time with his wife and going to the movies. They spend time at home together with their three cats.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

Kathleen Thurman
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Mrs. Kathleen Thurman

Mrs. Thurman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Washington State University and is state and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Thurman has been teaching Science in private schools since 2013. She currently teaches junior and senior high Science classes at Enlightium Academy. Mrs. Thurman's favorite part of teaching is working one-on-one with students and helping them discover the wonders of God's creation.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!"
Psalm 139:23-24

Secondary Electives Teachers

David Bradley
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Mr. David Bradley

Mr. Bradley is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Bible from Great Northern University.

Mr. Bradley began serving as a 9-12th grade English Teacher’s Assistant in 2018. He loves having the opportunity to work with students on the writing process and to personally see students grow in their ability to effectively express themselves through writing in a God-honoring and creative way.

"For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that One has died for all, therefore all have died; and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised."
2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Catherine Bunker
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Ms. Catherine Bunker

Ms. Bunker has been serving in teaching ministries for several years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute. She is ACSI certified.

God has given Ms. Bunker a deep love for scripture and a desire to help others grow in their understanding and love of God’s Word. Her prayer for herself and her students is for the Holy Spirit to cultivate the fruits of the spirit in their lives, continually transforming them into the image of Christ.

Ms. Bunker joined Enlightium Academy in 2018. She is excited to build relationships with her students by teaching Bible and the Health elective.

"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water."
Hebrews 10:19-22

BJ Condrey
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Mr. BJ Condrey

Mr. Condrey received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He then received his Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Condrey teaches History and Psychology courses at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He served as a youth pastor, young adult pastor, and small group pastor for over ten years in Texas and Mississippi and has taught philosophy at various colleges and universities since 2014. He has authored five books, all of which are available on Amazon. Mr. Condrey currently lives in Scotland with his wife and son where he is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. His passion is to challenge young people in the way they think and in the assumptions they hold, in order to help them construct a more responsible worldview.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:105

BJ Condrey
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Mrs. Olga Dunn

Mrs. Dunn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and her Music minor from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Dunn began her teaching career in 2009 by teaching Music Theory at Unison Music School. She has been teaching middle school English, Music, and high school electives at Enlightium Academy since 2014. Mrs. Dunn enjoys helping students enrich their lives through writing and music.

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Hebrews 4:14⁠-16

Julleah Fink
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Mrs. Julleah Fink

Mrs. Fink received her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with a minor in Biblical Exposition from Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Fink has been tutoring at the college level since 2012 and currently teaches History and English at Enlightium Academy. Mrs. Fink believes in the importance of incorporating Christian values into every individual’s education to better them both academically and spiritually.

"I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord."
Psalm 27:13-14

Tanya Kudlaieva
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Ms. Tanya Kudlaieva

Ms. Kudlaieva has been with Enlightium Academy since 2011 and works remotely while serving in Thailand. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in teaching English, Spanish and world literature in Ukraine, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in educational leadership through Bob Jones University. She is state, TESOL, and ACSI certified.

Ms. Kudlaieva finds joy in spending time outdoors with her family and friends. She is passionate about sharing the love of God through ESL lessons and activities she organizes as a part of her ministry. She firmly believes that “fully loving and fully living are not only synonymous, but the kind of life that Jesus invited us to be part of.”

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21

Danielle Lopez
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Mrs. Danielle Lopez

Mrs. Lopez earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive, Educational, and Developmental Psychology from the University of Hawaii. Additionally, she studied the Hawaiian language. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Gifted Education. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Lopez is the Gifted and Higher-Level Learner Program (GHLL) Coordinator and Primary Mentor/Teacher at Enlightium Academy. She has experience teaching at learning centers, online, and in students’ homes since 2011. Her students ranged from elementary school children to adults. She mentored gifted students and students with disabilities. To meet the needs of these children, she designed specialized learning programs and intervention methods.

Mrs. Lopez focuses on creating educational opportunities for every unique learner so that all students can succeed. She strives to encourage student enthusiasm for learning, and eagerness to pursue and achieve individual goals. Mrs. Lopez is motivated to help students become independent so that they can learn beyond her instruction. Her teaching philosophy is based on the principle: "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."
Luke 9:23

William Olson
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Mr. William Olson

Mr. Olson received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Geography, with a minor in Economics from Central Washington University. He then completed the Teaching Certification Program at Central Washington, and later received an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at ITT Technical Institute. He is state certified as a Residency Teacher, with endorsements in Elementary and in Secondary History, Geography, Economics, and Political Science.

Mr. Olson has been teaching in private and public schools and colleges since 1987. Presently, he teaches classes dealing with business, engineering, and technology at Enlightium Academy. He finds that helping students achieve success very rewarding! He possesses both industry and classroom experience in the fields of technology, software development, and robotics. His experience, combined with Enlightium Academy’s curriculum, creates an exciting and engaging experience for students. The challenging pace of innovation keeps courseware relevant and timely. Mr. Olson’s students become comfortable and knowledgeable of these trends and skills with hands-on experiences via a variety of exercises and projects that build a level of mastery and competence - all of which is enjoyable and fun!

"This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you."
John 15:12

William Olson
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Ms. Angela Payne

Ms. Payne received a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and Spanish from Western Washington University. She is state, TESOL, and ACSI certified.

Ms. Payne has been teaching English in language schools and companies in Mexico since 2015. She began working at Enlightium Academy as an English Teacher’s Assistant since 2016. Ms. Payne's favorite part of teaching is sparking student interest in languages and encouraging students’ desire to continue learning.

“All the believers were together and had everything in common.”
Acts 2:44

Liz Stover
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Mr. Max Volkov

Mr. Volkov received a Master’s Degree in Linguistics, Translation and Interpretation from the Astrakhan State University in Astrakhan, Russia. He then received his TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) Certificate with distinction from Ashford TEFL Academy in Great Britain. He also finished Business English course with distinction at the English Bay College in Vancouver, Canada.

Mr. Volkov teaches World Languages at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in August 2019. He served as a youth pastor for four years, and a junior pastor for two years in Russia and in England. He has taught foreign languages at the Astrakhan State University and language schools in Russia, and various Middle and High Schools in England since 2009. He loves spending time with his family (taking walks, hiking, going to restaurants, playing, doing sports together, reading the Bible, singing hymns and praying), reading, and traveling. He also likes to take part in missionary trips.

Mr. Volkov currently lives in Spokane, Washington. His passion is to challenge people in the way they think and in the assumptions they hold, especially on such topics as creationism, purity and private issues that the modern world and Christians in particular are struggling with, the issues that may become a result of where they will spend their eternity.

“If you love Me, keep My commandments[... if] anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
John 14:15,23

Advanced Placement (AP) Teachers

BJ Condrey
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Mr. BJ Condrey

Teaches AP Psychology

Mr. Condrey received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He then received his Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Condrey teaches History and Psychology courses at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He served as a youth pastor, young adult pastor, and small group pastor for over ten years in Texas and Mississippi and has taught philosophy at various colleges and universities since 2014. He has authored five books, all of which are available on Amazon. Mr. Condrey currently lives in Scotland with his wife and son where he is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. His passion is to challenge young people in the way they think and in the assumptions they hold, in order to help them construct a more responsible worldview.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:105

Hanna Griffing
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Ms. Hanna Griffing

Teaches AP English Language and Composition

Ms. Griffing holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Writing from Whitworth University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University. She is state and ACSI certified.

Ms. Griffing started teaching English abroad in 2011, before returning to the United States to start her master’s program, which she completed in 2015. While completing her coursework, she worked as a teaching assistant, teaching Freshman Composition at Northern Arizona University. She started teaching for Enlightium Academy in 2015, before returning to teach abroad for the 2016-2017 school year. Since returning to Enlightium Academy in 2017, Ms. Griffing has taught a variety of courses and written articles for the Enlightium blog. She particularly loves to teach writing because this is a chance for students to express themselves and learn a skill they will use for the rest of their lives.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7

Mike Kuldayev
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Mr. Mike Kuldayev

Teaches AP U.S. History, AP World History and AP U.S. Government & Politics

Mr. Kuldayev received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Biblical Studies from the University of Fresno Pacific and an Master’s Degree from University of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Kuldayev has been teaching Bible and History in private schools since 2011. He began teaching at Enlightium Academy in 2014 and currently teaches AP History, AP Government and Politics, Dual Credit courses, and enjoys seeing students achieve their highest potential.

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."
Psalm 32:8

Pearl Sanchez
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Mrs. Pearl Sanchez

Teaches AP Calculus

Mrs. Sanchez earned her Bachelor's Degree in English, with a minor in Mathematics, from Simpson University in Redding, CA. As a California State certified teacher, she has taught and tutored students of all grade levels, ranging from elementary to college. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Sanchez joined Enlightium Academy in the 2017 and teaches Elementary Math and Science. She loves to help guide students as they unlock and discover their full potential.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28

Kathleen Thurman
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Mrs. Kathleen Thurman

Teaches AP Biology and AP Chemistry

Mrs. Thurman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Washington State University. She is state and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Thurman has been teaching Science in private schools since 2013. She currently teaches junior and senior high Science classes at Enlightium Academy. Mrs. Thurman's favorite part of teaching is working one-on-one with students and helping them discover the wonders of God's creation.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!"
Psalm 139:23-24