Elementary Teachers

Take a moment to meet the men and women who have dedicated themselves to helping you provide your child with a firm foundation that will ensure their future success. They are intelligent, hard-working, and dedicated to excellence in your child’s elementary education. Every Teacher your child interacts with is a highly qualified professional and signs a statement of faith affirming they are personally committed to the same high standard of Christian Character we aim to cultivate in your children. If you’d like, schedule a tour by clicking the link below and you can come by and meet them in person!

Mrs. Kirchman

Kindergarten

Mrs. Kirchman 01Hello! My name is Carol Kirchman, and I have been teaching for over 35 years. I was born and raised in Wisconsin but moved to Arizona in the summer of 1994. I earned my degree from Trinity Christian College in elementary teaching. I’ve had a love for teaching since I was little. I love growing and inspiring the minds of these young children not only educationally but also spiritually. I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach at WVCS where Christ is the center of everything we do. I look forward to participating in your child’s educational journey.

Ms. Sun

1st Grade

UZodYsjAMy name is Amy Sun, and I have been in Christian education my entire life, having attended a small Christian school in my hometown of Prescott, AZ and continuing to receive my Bachelor of Education degree from what is now Arizona Christian University. I taught for two years in Arizona public schools before moving overseas and combining my passion for teaching with my love of the world. Primarily, I taught in S. Korea and Kazakhstan and briefly in India. Since 2014, I have been teaching at WVCS. I enjoy sharing my love of missions with my students and helping them gain a worldwide perspective of God’s love for us.

Ms. Plyler

1st Grade

OZoHdzIgHello! My name is Rita Plyler, and I have been teaching for 18 years. I was born and raised in the Midwest but have been here in the Valley since 2004. I earned my degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University. I have always loved teaching because I love helping children develop and expand their natural curiosity about life and the world around them. I am an adamant supporter of Christian education because I believe a Biblical worldview is vital to children’s understanding of who they are in Christ and what their role is in His plan. As a teacher, it is important to me that my teaching and my life instill and reflect that worldview. I am so blessed that God has chosen to use me here at West Valley Christian School, and I look forward to sharing His Word with your child.

Mrs. Cheatham

2nd Grade

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My name is Krista Cheatham. I’m excited about the opportunity to help your child grow academically and spiritually during their time here at West Valley. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I earned a degree in elementary education from Grand Canyon University. Before joining the team here at West Valley, I gained eight years of experience as a second-grade teacher in the City of Phoenix and then another eight years of experience as a stay-at-home Mom! I’m happy to be back in the classroom. I love teaching because I care about your child’s education, I love seeing my students grow and learn.

Ms. Rodriguez

3rd Grade

ZFK00UNgHi, my name is Rita Rodriguez, and I have been in Christian Education for over twenty years. I was born and raised in California and came to Arizona in 2004. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from Shasta Bible College. I hold my Arizona teacher’s credentials and my ACSI teacher’s credentials. I get excited to do hands-on activities and center activities with my students! I feel very privileged to teach at West Valley Christian School and to teach from a Christ-centered perspective.

Mr. Diaz

4th Grade

0eYSgYegHi, my name is Victor Diaz, and I have been teaching for ten years. I became a teacher because I want to help inspire young minds, and I love teaching at West Valley Christian School because I get to do that with a Christian focus. I earned my degree from Arizona State University in Leadership and Education. In my classroom, I focus on developing critical thinking skills as well as a Biblical worldview. To teach is a privilege, and I am looking forward to participating in your child’s educational journey!

Mrs. Pyer

5th Grade 

My name is Jennifer Pyer, and I am overjoyed to join the staff at West Valley Christian School. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and had many inspiring teachers all along my educational journey. I earned my degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and then obtained my Elementary Education degree from Arizona State University West. I have been teaching for 15 years. I became a teacher because it brings me joy to inspire children to be all who God created them to be! As a teacher, it is important to me that children become responsible thinkers. I look forward to the upcoming school year and having the privilege of being a part of your child’s spiritual and academic growth!

Mrs. Wahlstrom

Assistant Principal & 6th Gr. Teacher

HLxyS6YgGrowing up in a Christian School in the Phoenix area, I admired my mom who devoted her life to Christian education. In high school, I was inspired by the way my teachers encouraged me and invested their lives working with students. After earning my Bachelor of Elementary Education degree at Friends University, I had the privilege to go back and teach in the Christian school where I grew up. Always striving to improve my teaching practice and find better ways to help students learn, I pursued and completed a Master of Education degree from Walden University. In 2011, I was given the opportunity to work at West Valley Christian School.  Throughout my 16 years of teaching, the Lord has allowed me to teach grades K-5, serve teachers, and support principals in a variety of ways. My name is Jeanette Wahlstrom, and I am honored to serve the families and staff at West Valley Christian School.