Elizabeth Philo – Kindergarten
Mrs. Philo has been teaching children for over 15 years, in classrooms, swimming pools, and church kitchens. She is a Sunday School teacher, Choir Director, and devoted Mother of four children. Previously, she taught at St. Basil’s Academy in Walla Walla, WA. This is her third year at Coram Deo Academy. She believes strongly in Classical Christian Education and sees it as unparalleled by anything else out there! She loves using multi-sensory approaches to introduce phonics and math. Classical children’s literature and music form the backdrop for all things academic and fun in this Kindergarten class. The children learn songs and jingles to help them in Bible, Science, Grammar, Geography, and Math. Our Kinders start slow, and speed up as maturity and readiness develop. Mrs. Philo is passionate about working with our youngest students, and welcomes you to come take a peak inside her classroom.
Alexandria Wright – First Grade
Alexandria was born in Wasilla, Alaska, and lived there until she moved at age 11 to Snoqualmie, Washington. She graduated high school and pursued one year of community college in Washington before attending Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. She graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education in May of 2015. During her time at NNU, she met and married her husband Kyle (Mr. “Wright”). Alexandria has three older brothers named Jordan, Hayden, and Jake. Most of her family now resides back in Alaska while her in-laws live in Lynden, Washington. She has always loved working with children and is excited to teach and share God’s love to her students at Coram Deo.
Lois Grubbs – Second Grade
Janna Coffey – Third Grade
Janna spent most of her life in the Tri-Cities. She graduated from Whitworth with degrees in Elementary Education K-8 and Special Education K-12. She then taught for the Kennewick School District until her oldest child was born. She homeschooled for ten years and currently has children attending Coram Deo. She and her husband have six children ages 3 to 16. Janna is excited to spend her days in 3rd grade at Coram Deo striving to imitate her Father and point young minds and hearts to the glory of God.
Zach Baldwin – Fourth & Fifth Grade
My name is Zach Baldwin. I grew up in Eastern Washington. God directed my path toward missions when I was about 25, and later entered a Teacher training program while living on the base and subsequently taught in the upper elementary. I recently graduated with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies from Ecclesia College in Springdale, AR. My passion is to see the next generation raised with a love for God, the church, and the world.
Carolyn Johnson – Sixth & Seventh Grade
Running, good music, chocolate, coffee, naps, home improvement, finding joy and satisfaction in Christ, investing in my marriage, enjoying my children, serving others, working hard and laughing lots… these are some things that I really love. It’s an honor to be involved in the development of your students’ hearts and minds- and I don’t take the responsibility lightly. My goal is to call your students to a high standard, help equip them to be exemplary individuals who love and honor Christ above all, bring the gospel to bear always, and express joy together daily. When do we start?!
Leatha Hall – Art & Teaching Assistant (all grades)
Mrs. Hall has an immense appreciation and love for art and serving in the classroom. Although her formal education has been in communications, business, and marketing (Bachelor of Science), she has always enjoyed creative expression and design. She spent nearly a decade working with adult students at the University Level as a Senior Enrollment Advisor, and following then decided to pursue her dream of incorporating artistic design with starting a business. As of late, she has spent the last 2 years running an artistic business that has provided an outlet to create, design, and grow, while giving an opportunity to be home with her now-5-year-old. With her daughter beginning Kindergarten at Coram Deo this year, she is thrilled to be on-staff aiding and teaching art for the school. Her spouse is a professional artist, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Pacific Northwest College of Art. With him as an additional resource (and having access to their in-home studio), this gives beneficial areas to pull inspiration and ideas from for teaching art to children. She hopes to give the children some foundational tools to use for their own creative endeavors and overlapping subjects. Also, her aim is to help students appreciate art and creativity in their surroundings, while pointing them to the ultimate and original Artist, their Creator.
Allison Fink – Latin (3rd-7th Grade)
Allison Fink is a classically educated homeschool graduate who is studying Christian psychology online through Colorado Christian University. She has consistently placed on the dean’s list and is a member of National Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. Starting at the age of eight, Allison studied Latin for ten years and taught it for four years. With experience spanning multiple Latin curricula and a variety of ages, Allison has gathered a treasure trove of tips and tricks to make Latin as engaging as possible. Her main goal is to encourage discouraged students to love Latin and to become confident and competent.
Rene Whitehurst – Administrator
Although new this year to Coram Deo Academy as office assistant, René has been helping when and where she can for the last 3 years on a voluntary basis. Her love of classical Christian education has grown while watching her Grandson, Micah, progress through those 3 years from kindergarten until now entering the third grade at Coram Deo Academy. Her greatest hope is to see him graduate from CDA. René retired from working as a retail grocery integrity manager after 31 years. She went back to college studying medical billing and coding but decided her Grandson was more important than a career. Meanwhile, she became the treasurer for King of Kings Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was baptized as an adult in 1992 with her whole family, and also nearly two years as treasurer for the Mid-Columbia Market at the Hub, a local food hub created with local farmers to sell local stuff. She is now happy to see and hear the children learning, singing, and excelling under the wonderful teachers of Coram Deo Academy and you will most likely find her sitting at the front desk waiting to help you when needed. Already she feels this may be the most rewarding employment she has ever had. René has two adult children of whom she is very proud and currently spends most of the spring, summer and fall working in her garden growing wholesome, chemical-free foods. She also loves walking, bike riding, swimming, reading, and camping with her husband Richard and their two Manchester terriers.
Crystal Eberle – Principal
Mrs. Crystal Eberle is a Tri-City native with a deep love for classical and Christian education. After homeschooling her four children for eleven years, she entered college to earn her formal teaching credentials from WSU Tri-Cities in 2008. She spent the years 2011-2015 teaching at Trinity Christian School in Kailua, Hawaii in a classical third grade classroom before moving back to the area. Bible and history are her favorite subjects to teach, and her educational goal is to build a classroom culture where students love to work hard, humbly learn from their mistakes, show mercy and humor in the face of daily challenges, and give all the glory to God. Mrs. Eberle’s free time is spent writing fiction, sewing, singing in choirs, and spoiling her granddaughters.