Teacher Bios

Kim HollowayKim Holloway

Director

Mrs. Kim started at Eastgate Christian School in 2012. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies and has been teaching since 2000. Mrs. Kim is originally from Portland, Oregon. She enjoys working with children because of how they grow in their academic performance and confidence. Mrs. Kim loves the Eastgate community of families and the overall atmosphere of the school! Her passions are spending time with friends and family, traveling, animals, hiking, camping and enjoying the beach. Mrs. Kim and her family eventually have plans to move to Mexico to work at an orphanage.

 

 

Sarah AdamsSarah Jane Adams

Assistant Director

Mrs. Sarah started at Eastgate Christian School in 2013. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and has been teaching since 2012. Mrs. Sarah is originally from Portland, Oregon and enjoys working with children because she gets to take part in sculpting their futures. Her passions are traveling, water sports, volleyball, skiing, hiking, ballet and coaching Special Olympics. Mrs. Sarah loves working at Eastgate because of the staff's overwhelming passion and community!

 

 

 

Tan BudimanTantiani Budiman

Assistant Director

Mrs. Tan started at Eastgate Christian School in 2013. She has a Master’s Degree in Christian Education and has been a teacher since 2000. Mrs. Tan is originally from Indonesia and speaks both Indonesian and Mandarin. She enjoys working with children because of their passion and excitement for the world around them. Mrs. Tan loves how Eastgate feels like her second family. Her passions are teaching, working with student families, reading, and cooking. She believes that the purpose of a Christian school is to assist parents in fulfilling the Biblical mandate of raising the children in the way of the Lord.

 


 

Anissa Zoelle

Anissa Zoelle

Room 1 Teacher (3 Year Olds)

Ms. Anissa started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and has been teaching since 2016. Ms. Anissa enjoys working with children because she gets to watch them grow and she learns just as much from them as they learn from her! Her passions are going to concerts, visiting the beach and grabbing dinners with friends. Ms. Anissa loves working at Eastgate because of the love and happiness that exudes from the staff and students, making her feel at home.

 

 

 

Victoria MartinezVictoria Martinez

Room 3 Co-Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Ms. Vicky started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Child Development and has been working with children since 2009. Ms. Vicky enjoys being a part of a child's growth and encouraging children to question their surroundings. She loves the connections Eastgate staff have with the students and families. Ms. Vicky's passions are playing tennis, doing charity work in Mexico, or volunteering at Juvenile Hall. Her favorite quote is, "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa

 

 

Claudia

Claudia Ma

Room 3 Co-Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Ms. Claudia started at Eastgate Christian School in 2011 and has a Master's Degree in Special Education. She was born in China, grew up in Taiwan, and speaks fluent Mandarin. Ms. Claudia enjoys working with young children because these are the most formative years in their life.  She loves Eastgate because it's a caring community and she feels blessed to be a part of the staff. Ms. Claudia strives to give herself fully to serve and love the children and their families just as Jesus gave His life selflessly for our salvation.

 

 

 

Julia Cecil

Julia Cecil

Room 4 Co-Teacher (3 Year Olds)

Mrs. Julia started at Eastgate Christian School in 2014. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has homeschooled each of her five children. Mrs. Julia is originally from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and speaks fluent Spanish. She enjoys working with children because she gets to facilitate the development of each child’s particular talents while formulating relationships with the parents of students. Mrs. Julia loves that Eastgate has such a supportive and encouraging staff! Her passions are providing a positive environment for children to thrive in and being a follower of Jesus Christ.

 

 

Angela Alean

Angela Alean

Room 4 Co-Teacher (3 Year Olds)

Ms. Angela started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development & Family Science and has been teaching since 2011. Ms. Angelaenjoys working with children because she gets to watch them grow cognitively and socially while guiding them in their learning process. Her passions are playing tennis, swimming and going on walks. Ms. Angela loves working at Eastgate because it feels like a family. “Eastgate is a community that loves God and I am grateful to be a part of it!”


 

 

Mickayla Martin

Mickayla Martin

Room 5 Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Mrs. Mickayla started at Eastgate Christian School in 2016. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Teaching and has been teaching since 2012. She enjoys working with children because of their curiosity for the world around them and their excitement for learning. Mrs. Mickayla loves Eastgate because Christ is the center of the curriculum and the staff is incredibly supportive of one another. Her passions are yoga, cycling, and cooking. She believes in the power of a big smile and a strong hug to make every day better.

 

 

Jennifer Killion

Jennifer Killion

Room 6 Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Ms. Jennifer started at Eastgate Christian School in 2010. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and has been teaching since 2003. Ms. Jennifer is originally from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. She enjoys working with children because of their enthusiasm for exploring new concepts and the blossoming of child awareness. Ms. Jennifer loves Eastgate’s supportive staff, its open Christian environment, and the genuine kindness of Eastgate’s community of parents! Her passions are singing songs for God, playing with creative ideas, reading, experiencing new places and spending time with her grandsons.

 

 

 

Bryanne Thompson

Bryanne Thompson

Room 7 Co-Teacher (2 Year Olds)

Mrs. Bryanne started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a background in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching since 2011. Mrs. Bryanne enjoys working with children because of their curiosity, creativity and their constant desire for exploration. Her passions are movies and going to Disneyland! Mrs. Bryanne loves working at Eastgate because of how welcoming, encouraging and loving the staff is. "The moment I found Eastgate, I was immediately hooked!" Her favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:14.

 

 

 

Caroline

Caroline Best

Room 7 Co-Teacher (2 Year Olds)

Ms. Caroline started at Eastgate Christian School in 2016. She has an Associate's Degree and is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development. She has been working with children since 2011 and enjoys teaching because she gets to see students reach new heights in their learning. She loves Eastgate's faith community and says her teaching colleagues are, "Funny, gracious, and loving." Ms. Caroline is passionate about painting, traveling, trying new foods and ministering to people's hearts. She believes that God is love and she strives to portray His love, kindness, friendship and grace in everything she does. 

 

 

 

Jessica SellersJessica Sellers

Room 8 Co-Teacher (2 Year Olds)

Mrs. Jessica started at Eastgate Christian School in 2014. She has a certification in Preschool Education and has been teaching since 2005. Mrs. Jessica enjoys working with children because she gets to show them love, watch them grow over time and accomplish goals they have set their mind to. She loves that Eastgate is a preschool but it is also a working ministry that reaches out to families and the community! Her passions are God, traveling, sports, baking, working out, sky diving and bungee jumping.

 

 

 

Genesis Ramos

Genesis Ramos

Room 8 Co-Teacher (2 Year Olds)

Mrs. Genesis started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a certification in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching since 2011. Mrs. Genesis feels privileged to work with children because she gets to make a difference in their lives while serving God! Her passions are reading, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. Mrs. Genesis loves working at Eastgate because she gets the opportunity to do what she loves: teaching children in a Christian environment!

 

 

 

Yolanda WoolrichYolanda Woolrich

Room 9 Co-Teacher (2 Year Olds)

Ms. Yolanda started at Eastgate Christian School in 1990. She has a Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching for over 25 years. Ms. Yolanda is originally from Mexico and speaks fluent Spanish. She enjoys working with children because they are such a gift from God and loves the Eastgate community of believers! Her passions are working with youth, spending time with her granddaughter and volunteering at The Rock Church. “I believe God has a divine and perfect plan for each of us. I have a strong faith in Jesus Christ that has only grown with the trials and joys of my adult life.”

 

 

Dana Porter

Dana Porter

Room 10 Co-Teacher (3 year olds)

Ms. Dana started at Eastgate Christian School in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching and has been teaching since 1995. Ms. Dana adores working with children and loves working at Eastgate because of the Christian atmosphere! Her passions are scuba diving, boating, traveling and writing. Ms. Dana feels she is a teacher at Eastgate because of the grace and guidance of the Lord.

 

 

 

Chaoqiong (Candy) Wang

Chaoqiong (Candy) Wang

Room 10 Co-Teacher (3 Year Olds)

Ms. Candy started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and speaks fluent Mandarin. Ms. Candy enjoys working with young children and by interacting with them everyday, she feels she makes a difference in their lives. She loves working at Eastgate because of its community and fellowship with other Christian teachers. Ms. Candy strives to give herself fully to nurturing, loving and serving the children and their families just as Jesus gave His life selflessly for our salvation.

 

 

 

Joanna Seibert

Joanna Seibert

Substitute Teacher

Ms. Joanna started at Eastgate Christian School in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and has been teaching since 2006. Ms. Joanna enjoys working with children because she gets to watch them grow in their development and laugh with them every day. She loves that Eastgate is a Christ-centered school filled with supportive, appreciative and compassionate staff! Her passions are working with children, music, spending time with family and friends, dog-sitting and traveling.

 

 

 

Ali Tonnesen

Ali Tonnesen

Substitute Teacher

Ms. Ali started at Eastgate Christian School in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science and has been teaching since 2006. Ms. Ali enjoys working with children because of their infectious joy, fresh perspectives, fascinations with the world and their rich imagination! She appreciates the supportive, caring and inspiring community at Eastgate. Her passions are reading, learning, drawing, singing, playing piano, running, hiking, being outdoors and growing in her relationship with Christ!