Of course, you’d like to meet the teachers who will be building into the life of your child. Take a moment to look over the bios below. You’ll find that these men and women are intelligent, hard-working, and dedicated to excellence in your child’s education. Every teacher here at WVCS 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 child. Or better yet, schedule a tour by clicking the link below and you can come by and meet them in person!
6th Grade Math
My name is Trayce De Leon, and I grew up in the South. For the past three years, I have claimed Arizona as my home. This is my 25th year of teaching and my 5th year at West Valley Christian. I earned my degree in elementary education from the College of Charleston. My sister was my inspiration or becoming a teacher. She poured countless hours into playing school and mentoring me when I was a child. Middle school is my passion. Sharing the love of Christ and His desire for their lives is a daily opportunity. Applying what we have learned about God to daily living is our goal. I love my middle school WARRIORS!!
Assistant Principal & 7th Gr. Literature, Writing/Grammar
Growing 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 17 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.
8th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Science, 7th & 8th Grade Bible
Hello, my name is Jamie Molkentin, I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. I graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree from Long Beach State with an emphasis in child and human development. I moved to Arizona in 2012 and started working at WVCS. I have been a teaching since 2003. I teach Science and Bible to middle school classes. I have always wanted to be a teacher and work with this age level. I enjoy watching my students dive into a deeper relationship with Christ and being a part of their growth process. I love how Scripture is so easily brought up through science lessons as we see and study the marvelous works of God through His creation. My students bring me great joy, and I love having the privilege to partner alongside their parents as we lead them closer to Christ. What a blessing!
6th Grade Homeroom, 6th & 8th Writing/Grammar, 8th Literature, P.E.
My 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 since 2011. 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.
7th Grade Homeroom, Middle School History, 6th Grade Bible
Hi, my name is K.C. Ellson. I was born in California and have lived in Nevada, Colorado, and here in Arizona (where I have been for the past 13 years). I began teaching at West Valley Christian School in 2019. I earned my Bachelor of Christian Studies with an emphasis in Youth Ministry from Grand Canyon University and am currently pursuing my Masters of Divinity at Phoenix Seminary. As a teacher, I strive to have every lesson present Christ as more glorious in the eyes of my students and pushing them towards academic excellence. I look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education and discipleship!
6th Grade Literature, 7th & 8th Grade Math
Hello! I’m Ruth Arriaga. I was born and raised here in Arizona after my family came from Guatemala many years ago to start a church. I have a huge love for traveling, a fascination with languages, and a deep passion for Jesus and ministry. I graduated from ASU with a BA in English, 2 minors – applied computing; public relations and strategic communications, and a writing certificate in publishing and editing. God has carved a path for me to be at WVCS. From aftercare, to preschool aide/substitute teacher, and now teaching middle school math and literature and kinder Spanish. I know this is where God wants me to be! My wide range of students and subjects keeps me on my toes. Learning from my colleagues and the students themselves has been life changing. I can’t wait to see what more God has planned for this school, my students, and me!