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Sunny Ahrens

Sunny Ahrens

Biography:

Mrs. Sunny Ahrens began her teaching tenure at Campbell Christian School in 2004. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree specializing in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. Mrs. Ahrens is a seasoned veteran with experience teaching vocal and instrumental ensembles for pre-K through eighth grade. We are very excited about the musical background and expertise she brings to CCS.

Cara Bae

Cara Bae

Biography:

Miss Cara Bae graduated from Moody Bible Institution in Chicago with a BA in Bible and Elementary Education. She has previous experience working with Kindergarten at Puitak Christian School in Chicago and did her student teaching at CCS with 5th grade. Miss Bae is passionate about teaching Bible, Social Studies and Language Arts. Her ultimate goal in teaching is to challenge students to make an impact on this world, while equipping them with the right skills and tools to do so. She has a dual citizenship with Canada, where most of her family lives. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, reading and doing arts and crafts projects.

Helen Chang

Helen Chang

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Mrs. Helen Chang graduated from SJSU with a BA in Sociology and Criminology with a minor in speed communication. Previously, Mrs Chang taught at Challenger and has worked with a wide variety of ages at church events such as VBS and various missions trips. She believes that relationships are at the center of everything. Building relationships with the students and seeing them grow is key to helping them make new connections and do things that they couldn't do before. Mrs Chang is a proud mother of two, Ethan and Ellie. Along with her husband David, she enjoys musicals and live music. As a family they love vacation, being outdoors and exploring new things.


Celeste Gaither

Celeste Gaither

Biography:

Mrs. Celeste Gaither teaches P.E. for grades 4-8 and is the Athletic Director. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose University. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and youth exercise specialist. She joined our staff after years of active parent involvement, including PTF president/treasurer, Scrip Coordinator, and Crab Feed co-chair. Her sons began attending CCS preschool in 2005. She is excited to share her love of health and fitness with the students.

Paty Gonda-Sayre

Paty Gonda-Sayre

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Mrs. Paty Gonda-Sayre teaches 7th and 8th grade Spanish. She was born in Mexico City, and was educated in a bilingual school until the age of 16. She is fluent in both Spanish language and culture. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, with over 15 years of experience. Her teaching experience of 16 years encompasses a large age range (K-12), mainly in the forms of individual tutoring and small group courses in a variety of subjects and settings. Mrs. Sayre has two adult children, one a published author, the other a Mechanical Engineer. She and her family have been long time members of the Campbell Church of Christ.

Jason Hansen

Jason Hansen

Biography:

Mr. Jason Hansen is the Junior High Department Head and teaches Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Bible, Yearbook, Journalism, Life Skills, and Modern Calligraphy in the Junior High at CCS. Mr. Hansen has been a member of the Church of Christ his entire life and currently attends Central Church of Christ with his wife Janelle. They actively search for ways to respond to God’s calling of service as they teach and mentor the youth at their church to help them develop a firm foundation in the Bible. Mr. Hansen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. Professionally, he has taught Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th-8th grade in both public and private schools, while teaching Preschool through 12th grade at his church and as a private tutor. He has also served as the Extended Care Director at CCS for two years. Mr. Hansen and his wife enjoy singing, going to the theater, camping, and spending time with their son, Caleb, family and friends. He is excited to share his love for the Lord with students and parents at CCS.

Catherine Hickinbotham

Catherine Hickinbotham

Biography:

Mrs. Catherine Hickinbotham joined the CCS staff as our librarian in 2005. Previously, Mrs. Hickinbotham worked as a teacher's aide in our preschool and as a substitute teacher in the Elementary School. Mrs. Hickinbotham has a degree in Liberal Studies from San Jose State University. She has a love for children as well as the hope that the students of CCS will become independent, life-long readers. Both of her children attended CCS.

Rhonda Jose

Rhonda Jose

Biography:

Mrs. Rhonda Jose began teaching at CCS in 1999 and brings an enthusiasm and sense of humor to our school and art education program. She graduated from California State University in Chico with a degree in Social Sciences. Both of her children are graduates of CCS. She continues to inspire and challenge her students, creating a dynamic and fun art education program for CCS.

Matthew Kost

Matthew Kost

Biography:
Mr. Matthew Kost graduated from California Baptist University in 2015 with a Bachelors in Music Education. Throughout his time at CBU, he was a part of seven different ensembles as a vocalist, saxophonist and sound technician. His emphasis of study includes: elementary music education, band and chorus. After graduating, he worked as a music educator for Rhythm and Moves Inc. As an educator, he hopes for his students to excel in all areas of life. Matthew wants each student to come into the classroom with a wonder and curiosity to learn, no matter the subject. Matthew has been married to his wife, Linda, a fellow teacher, since 2015. When he is not traveling with his wife, you can find him cooking in the kitchen or practicing on the golf course.

Vanessa Long

Vanessa Long

Biography:

Miss Vanessa Long graduated on Honor Roll from Lipscomb University in 2011. She completed her Multiple Subjects in December 2015. She has worked with Embark Labs to teach students from Kindergarten through High School about computer programming and coding. Vanessa's interests include running, graphic design, and all things Star Wars. She is excited to be teaching computers at CCS and hopes the students will share her passion for technology.