Middle School Specials Teachers

Mrs. Spicer

Art Teacher

ccAE9G7wHi, my name is Katherine Spicer. I’m an Arizona native and earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design at the University of Arizona. I have over twenty years of teaching experience including private tutoring, children’s ministry, and classroom settings. My journey with WVCS began over eight years ago as a parent volunteer. For four years I observed God’s Word and His Worldview being taught to the children at WVCS. Then, when I was blessed with the opportunity to take the position of Art Teacher I eagerly agreed and stepped into my new role as an official member of the WVCS staff. Now, God has brought together my love for Art and my love for teaching His Word in a way I could have never anticipated. In my class, we focus on the beauty of God’s creation and creating works of art that honor Him. I love helping the children discover how to create art that is Christ-centered. Every day, I look forward to serving God and my students at WVCS.

Mrs. Francken

Librarian

l6WtvbkQHi! My name is Michele Francken, and I was born and raised in Arizona. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from The University of Arizona, and I have been the librarian at West Valley Christian School since 2014. I have worked in Children’s Ministry for over 20+ years in a variety of capacities. I have a lifetime love of literature, especially children’s books, and I am privileged to be the caretaker of our library here at West Valley. My greatest joy is fitting children and the right books together.

Mrs. Gross

Music Teacher

gL4zJyfgMy name is Kelsey Gross, and I was raised in South Dakota where I earned my undergraduate degree in music at South Dakota State University. My husband and I moved to Arizona so that I could earn my Master of Music in Voice Performance at Arizona State University where I am currently working on a doctoral degree. I began teaching at West Valley in 2016 and am grateful to serve in a place that seeks to honor Christ. My favorite thing about teaching is helping my students learn through games and dancing. I love to focus on developing cooperative skills in my students through small and large group activities, and I look forward to sharing my love of music with your child!

Mr. Ratliff

P.E.

MRu-zfkAMy name is Christopher Ratliff. I was born at Luke Air Force Base but grew up mostly in the state of Georgia. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education, both from Grand Canyon University. I have been teaching at West Valley for seven years. I became a teacher because I love knowledge and learning, especially as they relate to the great truths of the Christian tradition. As a teacher, it is vital for me that students recognize the hand of God in history and learn to use math, English, or any other subject to serve God. I love teaching at WVCS because we get to make that emphasis.

Mrs. Legere

Spanish Teacher

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My name is Cari Legere. I was born and raised in Guatemala City where I earned a degree in business. I moved to sunny Arizona over 13 years ago when I got married to my husband Tim. West Valley Christian School opened the door for me to be the new Spanish teacher is 2014. I truly enjoy sharing my culture and introducing our students to a language that is so rich and important, especially living in Arizona, where the opportunities to use it are numerous. Teaching with a Christian Worldview was appealing to me because it showed the desire the school had to impact the students’ souls to reach their God-given potential. It is a privilege to expose the scholars with the fundaments of Spanish and see them grow in their knowledge year after year. I am honored to be part of this journey in the life of the students.

Mrs. Ploeser

Technology

My name is Kim Ploeser and I have been teaching for three years. I became a teacher because I love getting to pour into students, and I love teaching at West Valley because I not only get to teach students the subject matter but also about the Lord. I earned my degree from Arizona State University in Elementary and Special Education. My favorite thing about being a teacher is watching kids “get it” and have an ah-ha! moment. One thing I love to focus on in my classroom is persevering through the things that they don’t understand easily and being okay with being frustrated. I look forward to partnering with you and helping your child see Jesus in our digital age.