|Mrs. Amy Kusin||Half-Day Kindergarten Teacher||I studied Elementary Education at Boise State University, and have over ten years experience working with young children. I have been a substitute teacher here at The Ambrose School for the past three years.
Ambrose is a wonderful school that teaches students a love of learning, a Godly world perspective and moral character. It is the place that my husband and I have chosen for our three children and I count it a privilege to teach here. It is a blessing to invest into the lives of these young students and see them grow in their abilities. It is my hope that the students will gain the foundation needed to become life time learners and believers in Christ.
I feel it is important to have a love for learning if you are going to teach. I seek to grow in my understanding of classical Christian education and, more importantly, in my Christian faith. I am married to a wonderful godly man and have three gifted children. I feel blessed to be surrounded by God's creation and take advantage of activities like hiking, biking and camping. I also love being creative through painting, refinishing furniture, and repurposing items.
Church Affiliation: Vineyard Christian Fellowship
|Mrs. Julie Moy||Kindergarten Teacher||B.S. Elementary Education and B.S. Special Education, University of Idaho; Behavior/Learning Disorders Consulting Teacher Certification, University of Oregon; Teacher Mentor Certification, Processing and Cognitive Enhancement License, Northwest Nazarene University.
I have taught in public and Christian schools for more than 25 years. I choose to teach at a Classical Christian School because I love that every academic subject, activity and character trait we foster is based upon the truth - God's truth. I love seeing students reach their God-given potential.
Teaching is a humbling calling where God continually reminds me how important and life-changing our influence as educators can be. To teach in a community of believers with a common vision for the families and children we serve is a blessing.
My husband and I have four children and two grandchildren. Our youngest is a sophomore and has attended Ambrose since Kindergarten.
Church Affiliation: The Vineyard
|Mrs. Oksana Fedorchuk||Kindergarten Teacher||I have been in children's ministry for nearly 20 years. I love working with young children and helping them discover their God given talents and abilities. I choose to teach at the Classical Christian school because every subject here encourages students to honor the Lord and to love His standards.
My husband Paul and I have 4 children, 3 of which attend The Ambrose School.
Church Affiliation: Meridian Assembly of God
|Mrs. Lisa Irving||1st Grade Teacher||B.S., Psychology, minor in Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University. I began substituting for The Ambrose School full-time in February 2005. I taught all-day kindergarten in 2005-2006 and then first grade the following year. I home schooled my children prior to teaching here.
I choose to teach here because I am passionate about the school’s vision. The environment of the school is nurturing yet challenging, and I can see the devotion of the teachers and administration. I was blessed to have an opportunity to substitute and I fell in love with teaching in the process.
I believe that the classroom environment should be predictable, calm and nurturing at this age. I aim to model kindness and compassion to my students, and train them to respect each other and work together as members of the body of Christ. It is my hope that through Christ, I can help lay a foundation where students see God at work around them and are excited to learn and grow in their knowledge of Him throughout their lives.
I have been married to Dave since 1983. We have a son and two daughters, who have all attended The Ambrose School. Our youngest daughter has been here since kindergarten and will be graduating in 2016.
Church Affiliation: Faith Community Bible Church
|Mrs. Debbie Shattuck||1st Grade Teacher||B.S. in Criminal Justice, minor in Psychology from Marshall University in 1986; J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law in 1989.
I began at The Ambrose School in 2007 as a teacher's aide in the all-day kindergarten and first grade. I continued as an aide and as a substitute teacher until I began teaching first grade full time in January of 2011.
I chose to change career paths into teaching because I saw the benefit of classical Christian education first hand for my son. I also deeply believed in the mission of The Ambrose School.
I strive to provide a safe, consistent and loving learning environment where I can help each child, given their individual strengths and learning styles, not only to enjoy learning but also to grow in their love for the Lord.
I have been married to my husband, Dewy, for 23 years. Our son has attended The Ambrose School since kindergarten and is now in the upper school. We have lived in Boise for almost 20 years, and I enjoy the outdoor activities such as trail running and camping as well as doing olympic lifting and crossfit.
Church Affiliation: Eagle United Methodist Church
|Mrs. Terryl Liimakka||2nd Grade Teacher||B.S., Education, University of Idaho, 1988. I taught at Logos School for one year, Seltice Elementary in the Post Falls School District for four years, and homeschooled for five years. I have been teaching at The Ambrose School since 2003.
I chose to teach at a classical Christian school for our children's sake, as well as for the enjoyment of being able to actually TEACH and speak freely of the Lord. First and most importantly, I am grateful to be able to share the Lord and His Word with my students every day. Secondly, I appreciate the classical model as it fits with the frame of the child. We are raising up individuals made in the image of God--not robots. I love teaching and I love the children I teach! We can openly show our love for the Lord, our love for His Word, our love for learning and our love for one another! What an amazing gift to be able to do what I love every day!
What I want my students to learn in my classroom is that Jesus is our Lord and Savior! Without Him, life means nothing. As believers, we are privileged to be His children! There is nothing too big or too small for Him! He cares about it all. He didn't make a "black and white world". He made so much for us to enjoy and we should dwell in thankfulness to Him. We are to be in constant communion with Him through prayer, worship and the reading of His Word. We are to love God and love people. We must listen to Him more. We must trust Him more. It is all for His glory and our good.
My husband and I have been married for 27 years. We have four children. Three have graduated from The Ambrose School, and our youngest is a senior. Our oldest daughter is recently married and lives in northern Idaho, our oldest son is in Phoenix, Arizona at GCU in his last year of pre-Med, and our youngest son is at U of I in the Army ROTC program for his second year. The education here has been outstanding for our children. We are so thankful they had the opportunity to be educated and discipled by such a wonderful staff of teachers.
Church Affiliation: Calvary Chapel, Boise
|Mrs. Jennie Wilford||2nd Grade Teacher||B.A., English, San Jose State University, 1987; M.Ed., Literacy, Boise State University, 2010
I began teaching at The Ambrose School in 2011, after receiving a Master's in Education (Literacy) from Boise State, and after tutoring students at home in both cognitive skills and reading. I also previously substituted at Ambrose.
As a teacher, I believe in encouraging a life-long love of reading and learning and that a classical Christian school affords that opportunity. What a joy and a blessing to teach at a school that serves the Lord! My prayer is to forge a deep relationship with my students, to be able to better help them learn and help them discover their own strengths and talents, as well as to help them form a lasting relationship with Jesus, all while giving the honor and glory to Him.
I have been a parent at The Ambrose School for 19 years and have had three daughters graduate from Ambrose. They have benefited greatly from a classical Christian education and we are seeing the rewards as they are thriving and excelling in a collegiate setting.
My husband John and I have been married for 28 years; and have lived in the Treasure Valley for 25 years. We love Boise’s family atmosphere, our church, and attending our children’s activities such as lacrosse, mock trial and theatre performances!
Church Affiliation: All Saints Presbyterian Church
|Mrs. Christina Bly||3rd Grade Teacher||B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Teaching Certificate from Point Loma Nazarene University
I have been teaching for 15 years, both in the public school and private school environment. Before coming to The Ambrose School, I was Director of a Preschool and Early Learning Center in Star, Idaho. The biggest reason I chose to work at a classical Christian school is because of the commitment to teach absolute truth. Truth comes from God alone and is God alone. My goal as a teacher is to awaken the desire in my students to pursue God, the author of truth, to know God and be known by him. It is a wonderful privilege to work in an environment where this ideal is nurtured as a community and personally.
My husband and I have two children, Susanna and Sullivan. We enjoy the Treasure Valley and feel it is a wonderful place to raise a family!
Church Affiliation: Calvary Chapel, Eagle
|Mrs. Janine Warmouth||3rd Grade Teacher||B.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville; M.Ed. in Special Education, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
My first introduction to classical Christian education came in 1999 as my husband and I were investigating education options for our children. We found a wonderful school in our hometown. My immediate reaction was, “I wish I would have gotten this kind of education.” That same year I attended my first ACCS conference and also started teaching kindergarten at the same school. For the next 12 years I taught kindergarten, and then moved to 2nd grade for two years. During three of those years I also taught grammar school P.E. My love and conviction for classical Christian education has only deepened over these years and I am so pleased to be counted among those making a difference at The Ambrose School.
My previous work experience also includes 10 years of teaching elementary school at a residential treatment program for emotionally disturbed children. We are thankful to have a son in the Upper School at Ambrose and a daughter continuing her classical Christian education at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow.
Church Affiliation: The King's Congregation, Meridian
|Mrs. Bessie Davis||4th Grade Teacher||B.A., Idaho State University. I started working at The Ambrose School in 1996.
I love teaching at a classical Christian school because there is an order and purpose to everything we teach. It is a blessing to be able to teach at a school where prayer and the Bible are taught and practiced. I believe, as an educator, that it is important to know one's students in order to teach in the best possible way. It is also important to know how to have fun while helping your students learn how to be the best that they can be, not only academically, but in all of life.
My husband Loyd and I have been married for 36 years. Our daughter Monique and her husband Shaun have a son named Carsen who is now seven years old and entering the second grade and a little girl named Ally who is three years old. Our son Loyd is now employed at The Ambrose School doing janitorial and IT work. We joyfully welcomed a new member into our family this summer when Loyd married the former Larissa Beck. It will be fun having two Mrs. Davis' around the school. My husband Loyd and I enjoy spending time with our family, where we especially love spoiling our grandkids, and traveling when we get the chance.
Church Affiliation: Grace Bible Church, Meridian
|Mr. Brian Tromburg||4th Grade Teacher||B.A., Biblical and Theological Studies, Biola University, 2012. I have been at The Ambrose School since 2014, teaching Greek I & II in the Upper School last year.
I chose to teach at The Ambrose School because here, Christ can be rightly exalted as the preeminent One over all creation as students learn about everything from literature to the sciences to languages. Until I had been introduced to Ambrose, I wasn't aware of K-12 classical Christian education. But as I have seen it in action, I am astounded by how God uses it to grow a student in character, discipleship, wisdom and mastery of skills and knowledge. I love seeing students grow--whether in character, discipleship, wisdom, or knowledge-- this growth is God's redemption in progress, what a blessing!
My hope is that my students learn the knowledge and skills taught in 4th grade, but more importantly I hope through the subjects, the rigor, and the homework, my students learn to love Christ more and more. I hope they grow in understanding of our Creator and this world He has made. I hope they learn to love the things God loves.
I am married to Natalie. We met at Biola University in California. I am from Boise and Natalie is from Auburn, CA, but we both lived in Southern California for about seven years. In my spare time I like to ride my road bike, run, camp, and whitewater raft. In the summers I work for North Star River Expeditions guiding trips down the Salmon River and the Snake through Hells Canyon. I love simply hanging out with my wife, and my family.
Church Affiliation: Faith Community Bible Church
|Ms. Rebecca Hobbs||5th Grade Teacher||B.A. in Classical Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in History and Education from Patrick Henry College. I completed a semester of student teaching with 1st and 4th graders and taught English for a year and a half in South Korea. I taught Pre-K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
I chose to teach at The Ambrose School because of its emphasis on loving and glorifying Christ, classical education, and instilling virtue in students. I enjoy teaching at a classical Christian school because classical Christian education teaches students how to think instead of simply teaching subjects. It also emphasizes the unity of knowledge, which culminates in Jesus Christ.
One of my favorite aspects of teaching is the opportunity to help students develop a life-long love of learning. Teaching is also an incredible and humbling opportunity to help students love Christ and others by shaping their affections and being an example to them of someone who loves Christ.
I want my students to learn to love Christ more through learning to love what is true, good, and beautiful. As my students read stories of great heroes, love, courage, and self-sacrifice, I long for their souls to be so stirred by these things that they forever seek the One who is the ultimate Truth, Goodness, and Beauty- the Lord God. I also hope to encourage my students to apply their love for truth, goodness, and beauty in the circumstances and choices they will face in life.
I am originally from Baker City, OR, where most of my family still lives (including an absolutely adorable niece and nephew). I returned from South Korea in March, where I spent a wonderful year and a half teaching. I love Korean drama, food, and speaking the little Korean I know. One still-ingrained habit that I picked up from friends in Korea is waving with both hands. In my spare time I enjoy horseback riding, reading, traveling, discussing movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Church Affiliation: I am new to the area and am currently searching for a church.
|Mrs. Kathy Troyer||5th Grade Teacher||B.S. in Elementary Education; Minors in English and Social Sciences, University of Idaho
My association at The Ambrose School began at the beginning. My husband and I were involved in the starting of Foundations Academy and my oldest son was one of the first three students who attended. However, shortly after the start of the school we moved to Moscow, Idaho. In December of 2010, I returned to The Ambrose School as a part-time aide and have been teaching full-time since 2011.
I taught in classical Christian schools for 11 years before joining the staff at The Ambrose School.
All of my teaching experience has been in classical Christian schools, starting with teaching at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho. I was first introduced to classical education while a college student at the University of Idaho, when I was afforded the opportunity to intern at Logos and do some substitute teaching. I have been privileged to teach through all three stages of the Trivium and have seen first-hand the results of a classical Christian education. The earmark of this education is not to cram a child’s head with useless facts and figures from scripted curriculum, but to use the content of our subjects to teach the students Master Skills and Great Ideas, and to foster a love for learning and a love for the Creator and His creation.
I have four children, two of whom have graduated from Logos School. I am grateful that I have returned to Boise to join my family and to live in the town where I grew up.
|Mrs. Carla Tracy||6th Grade Teacher||Attended the University of Idaho, and supplemented my education with graduate level history seminars in the summers. I began teaching at The Ambrose School in 2005.
I desire to teach to promote enthusiasm and a love of learning in my students. I appreciate the small class sizes, the development of memorization skills, and the high emphasis on literature and history.
Ecclesiastes says “…of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh…Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” In the classroom, we work hard, we play some, but the hope is that we remember whom we serve and why we’re here.
My husband, Darel, and I helped found the school. We have four children who have graduated from The Ambrose School who are a blessing to my husband and me. I don't get to see enough of my three very cute grandchildren but I enjoy many activities; quilting, biking, running, and crossfit…it’s ridiculous.
Church Affiliation: Grace Bible Church
|Ms. Hilary Dotters||6th Grade Teacher||Master of Studies from the University of Oxford, M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, B.A. in Philosophy from Biola University.
I have chosen to work at The Ambrose School because of its vision to see students become whole persons, and because of its emphasis on sound thinking, rightly ordered loves and the humanities. Christian classical education appeals to me because of its aim to teach students to think critically about their world and to become self-reflective, understanding people.
I love the magic that comes from sharing great ideas and stories with my students. There is perhaps nothing better than reading a good story together, and then watching their delight, or grief, or amazement over tales of courage and self-sacrifice. I love teaching them to enjoy well-crafted words, the names of great men and women, and the movements of history. For in all of this I want them to recognize good, true, and beautiful things; and, in the recognizing and remembering of these things, I hope each student will be moved to conform their life to them also.
I desire that my students know the goodness, love, and faithfulness of God, which comes from engaging history and joining the Great Conversation. Within this desire, I hope to enlarge the world of my students and increase their understanding of themselves in the story of the world and its Creator, to train their conversation and discussion skills, and to expand their vocabulary and use of language. I believe the words of Scripture, with the stories from history and literature, to be some of the most powerful ways to transform and cultivate our loves, and in essence, to make us fully human.
Having studied Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Arabic, I am passionate about words, language, and persuasion, especially in their uses for the defense of the Gospel and the bolstering of the Church.
When I am not reading and writing, I love humorous and deep conversations, being outdoors with friends, playing games with my family, and running with my Weimaraner in the foothills.
Church Affiliation: Holy Trinity Anglican Church
|Mrs. Larissa Davis||K-2 Music||B.A. Music, College of Idaho. I have taught violin for almost ten years. I began teaching at The Ambrose School in 2013.
I love teaching at Ambrose because of the wonderful community here. It is a beautiful thing to know that we can speak the truth about the Gospel to our students with full support from other teachers, administrators, and parents.
The students are definitely the best part of teaching. They are so happy to learn and eager to please their teachers. Most of all, I love seeing the students' expressions of excitement when they discover something new, and the beauty in their unified expressions of joy through music. My hope is that the children that enter my classroom will leave each day with a greater appreciation for music and a deeper love for what is true, good, and beautiful.
Just married in July, I am just growing used to being the second Mrs. Davis on campus! My husband, Loyd, also works at Ambrose, helping to manage and maintain the school building. In our spare time, we enjoy cooking, creative projects, taking walks together, and playing with our new kittens!
Church Affiliation: Grace Bible Church, Meridian