Elizabeth has been the principal at Sandpoint Christian School since 2012 and before that, she spent a year teaching preschool here.
Elizabeth started teaching in 1995, mostly in 4th-6th grades and always in Christian Schools. She was the principal at Loving Savior Lutheran School in Chino Hills, CA from 2007-2010 and then moved up to North Idaho. Elizabeth and her husband Fred now live in Fred's childhood home 15 miles from Sandpoint in a little lake town called Hope. They have two beautiful daughters, Emily and Katie.
Office Manager & Orchestra Teacher
Tiffany Simeral was born and raised in a small town in Wyoming (Thermopolis) and went on to Colorado Christian University for two years. She then felt God leading her to Anchorage, Alaska where she would continue her education through extension courses and teach elementary music, orchestra, and running a study hall at Anchorage Christian Schools.
After returning to Thermopolis, WY she taught math, music, and orchestra at the local Christian School.
Teacher - 3-year-old room
Teacher - 4-year-old room
Lauri has been teaching Pre-K at SCS since 2014. Before that, Lauri taught Pre-K for over 25 years in Huntington Beach, CA. She loves working with children and she knows God put her in the perfect spot to continue doing so!
Laurie's favorite part of teaching is seeing your child's growth spiritually, socially, academically and mentally during this very important year of their development. Getting them all ready for Kindergarten is her goal!
Hi my name is Kelly Osborn and I am the kindergarten teacher here at Sandpoint Christian School. I am originally from Canada and have lived in the United States since 2014. I am a mom of 4 and married to one of Bonner County’s finest deputies, Darren Osborn (my personal opinion of course).
Before moving to the U.S. I worked as a missionary with The Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination for 8 years, serving in the province of Quebec. Main areas of ministry involved, children ministry, young adults, one on one discipleship and director of a crisis pregnancy center.
Going into teaching has been one of the most rewarding career choices I have made. I can’t emphasize enough how much I love being able to teach about God’s love to His little lambs. It is truly a privilege to journey with them academically, socially and spiritually.
“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.”
1st & 2nd Grade
Jenny Pierce and her husband have been teaching at SCS since 2010. Since graduating from Pensacola Christian College with a master's degree in education, in 2016 Jenny has completed her twenty-first year of teaching.
Her favorite aspect of teaching young children is their natural love for learning about God and His creation. Also, she loves to see the "light bulb" moment when students learn to read and fall in love with a good book.
3rd & 4th Grade
Math Teacher Grades 3-6
Amy Larsen received her Elementary Education Degree in Portland Oregon with an English to Speakers of Other Languages endorsement. She has served on the mission field in Asia and Sandpoint, Idaho. She has twp children, Eli (7) and Evie (5). Currently finishing up an M.ED. in Literacy, she hopes to model her passion for life-long learning, for reading and writing, for creativity, for other cultures, and, most importantly, for Jesus to her students.
In her free time, she loves to be out in nature with her husband, Nick, her two children (mentioned above), and her two dogs, Turbo and Daisy.
My name is Kara Craemer. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2003 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. My wonderful husband, Jack, and I moved from WI to the Portland, Oregon area in 2004.We are blessed with three children- TJ (11), Ellie (9), and Ryder (6)- who were all born in Portland where we lived for 9 years. We moved to beautiful Hope, Idaho in 2013. I have taught off and on, part time, most recently at Hope Elementary. Our family is excited to attend school at SCS and I look forward to being the full time 3rd-6th grade math teacher this year!
5th & 6th Grade
Doug was born in the Ozarks, but spent most of his life in Texas and Oklahoma. He earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Pensacola Christian College, where he met his wife Jenny. They have been happily married for nearly twenty years, and that happiness continues to increase with the passing of time. Doug has four outstanding children: Claire, 17 years old; Garrett, 15; Chloe, 13; and Mallory, 8.
Doug is a veteran teacher of fourteen years, and has been at SCS since 2010. He is passionate about the art/science of teaching and the spiritual growth of his students.
7th & 8th Grade
Karen was born and raised in Southern California, the youngest of six children. She received my Bachelor of Science in Social Work, with a minor in Music, from Whittier College in Whittier, California. She has found that she has a true affinity for teaching and went on to obtain her California teaching credential. Karen taught at a small high school in Susanville for nine years before the Lord led her family to move to Sandpoint.