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 loves 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 husband Paul have been married 17 years, adopted two children from China, and 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. Miss Sarah is originally from Portland, Oregon and also lived in Denver, Colorado. She loves working with children because she gets to take part in sculpting their futures and their transparent love is a daily admiration for Mrs. Sarah. She loves Eastgate’s overwhelming passion and community! Her passions are traveling, water sports, volleyball, skiing, hiking, ballet and coaching Special Olympics. 

 

 

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 East Java Islands of Indonesia and is fluent in both Indonesian and Mandarin. She loves working with children because of their passion and excitement for the world around them. Mrs. Tan loves how Eastgate feels like her second family; getting to know each other personally, professionally and lift each other in prayer! Her passions are teaching young children, 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.

  

Mickayla MartinMickayla Martin

Room 1 Teacher (3 year olds)

Mrs. Mickayla started at Eastgate Christian School in 2016. She has Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Teaching and has been teaching since 2012. She loves Eastgate because Christ is the center of the curriculum and the staff is incredibly supportive of one another. She loves working with children because of their curiosity for the world around them and their excitement for learning. Experiencing the world through their eyes is wondrous. In her free time, Mrs. Mickayla enjoys taking classes, practicing yoga, cycling, and cooking. She believes in the power of a big smile and a strong hug to make everyday better.

 

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 loves being a part of a child's growth and encouraging children to question their surroundings and to step outside their comfort zone. She loves the connections Eastgate staff have with the students and families. In her free time she loves playing tennis, doing charity work in Mexico, or volunteering at Juvenile Hall. Her favorite words to live by are: "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 loves working with young children because these are the most formative years in their life. By interacting with them everyday, she feels she can make a difference in their lives. 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.


 

Amy PidancetAmy Pidancet

Room 5 Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Mrs. Amy started at Eastgate Christian School in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and has been teaching since 2009. She enjoys working with children because of the opportunity to be a part of their growth and development. Mrs. Amy loves the Eastgate community and how it feels like a big family! “You can tell everybody cares about their job and each other. I love that we are encouraged to grow in our faith and seek God in all situations.” Her passions are teaching children, creating relationships, animals, Jesus and making the most out of every moment.

 

 

 

Hillary RiveraHillary Sauers

Room 4 Co-Teacher (3 Year Olds)

Mrs. Hillary started at Eastgate Christian School in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development and has been teaching since 2012. Mrs. Hillary loves working with children because she strongly believes in the future generation. "I like having a career where I am able to impact the lives of my students and show them the love of Christ." She loves Eastgate because the Lord is at the center of all that is done at the school! Her passions are surfing, running and volunteering as a mentor for high school girls at her church.

 

 

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 loves working with children because she gets to facilitate the development of each child’s particular talents and gifts as well as getting to partner with the parents of students to provide a nurturing environment. 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.

 

 

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 and has lived in California for over 30 years. She loves working with children because of their enthusiasm for exploring new concepts and the blossoming of child awareness. She 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.

 

 

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 loves 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 loves 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.

 

 

 

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 loves 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. Miss 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 loves working with young children and by interacting with them everyday, she feels she makes a difference in their lives. She loves working at ECS 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 loves 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 loves 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!