Our Teachers and Staff

Serving Infants through 8th grade

Jonathan Schultz, Principal

Email: administrator@zioncorvallis.com

Jon has been at Zion since 2007. He had been a teacher, coach, and administrator since 1982 and served in Indiana, Missouri, and Arizona before arriving at Zion. Jon graduated from Concordia University Nebraska in 1982 with a BS in Education. He received his MS in Education from Indiana University in 1988. He enjoys getting to know the students and families at Zion each year and appreciates the high standards that make Zion an awesome school. Jon enjoys most sports, but his favorites are basketball and football. He also loves to spend time with his family and friends.

Katy Garletts , Pre-School

Email: katy.garletts@zioncorvallis.com

Katy has been working at the childcare and preschool levels since 2006. She began working at Zion in 2011 and is now the lead teacher for Zion’s preschool class. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Animal Science Equine Industry. She intends to complete her Masters in Education. She enjoys working and playing with children. She is married and has a son who also attends Zion. Her hobbies include doing art projects, and she loves almost everything about animals.

Kelsey McElfresh Pre-K Teacher

Email: kelsey.mcelfresh@zioncorvallis.com

Kelsey has been at Hand in Hand at Zion since 2009, working with infants, toddlers, and the after-school program before joining Pre-K in 2014. She has a BS in Human Development and Family Science: Child Development, as well as a BS in History and a minor in Music Education from Oregon State University. Kelsey loves working at Zion because she gets to know her students and their families.  Kelsey’s goal is for her Pre-K students’ first school experience to be positive and exciting! She enjoys hiking with her husband and their rescue dog, playing board games, watching all kinds of sports, and singing as often as possible!

Deborah Kontra, Kindergarten

Email: deborah.kontra@zioncorvallis.com

Deborah has been at Zion since 2017.  She has over 20 years of experience working with children.  She has a Masters of Public Health from Loma Linda University.  She likes working with our fun and inquisitive kindergartners and getting to know all of Zion’s families.  Her goal is for students to enjoy learning, become confident readers, and for them to get to know Jesus as both their friend and their Savior.  Deborah enjoys water activities, swimming, traveling, and watching her sons’ sporting events.

 

Nancy Schaefer, 1st and 2nd Grade

Email: nancy.schaefer@zioncorvallis.com

Nancy has been teaching at Zion since 2011.  She graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Sociology and went on to Concordia University Irvine to earn her teaching credential and master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Nancy has two children who graduated from Zion.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, attending baseball games, and crafting. She loves teaching and being able to share God’s love with her students.

 

 

Robert Walz, 3rd and 4th Grade

Email: robert.walz@zioncorvallis.com

Robert has been teaching since 1992 and has been at Zion since 2002. He has a BS in Education and an MA in Education from Concordia University Nebraska.  Robert loves the family atmosphere at the school and is excited to tell students about Jesus every day.  Highlights from Third and Fourth grade at Zion are the class trip to Salem to study Oregon History, making egg protectors for the Egg Drop, and Magic Scrap.  Robert enjoys spending time with his extended family, going on walks, playing Pinochle, and watching the OSU Beavers compete in sporting events.  You can visit Mr. Walz’s online classroom website by clicking here!

Jonathan Schultz, 5th and 6th Grade Homeroom

Email: administrator@zioncorvallis.com

Jon has been at Zion since 2007. He had been a teacher, coach, and administrator since 1982 and served in Indiana, Missouri, and Arizona before arriving at Zion. Jon graduated from Concordia University Nebraska in 1982 with a BS in Education. He received his MS in Education from Indiana University in 1988. He enjoys getting to know the students and families at Zion each year and appreciates the high standards that make Zion an awesome school. Jon enjoys most sports, but his favorites are basketball and football. He also loves to spend time with his family and friends.

Adam Reed, 7th and 8th  Grade Homeroom

Email: adam.reed@zioncorvallis.com

Adam has been teaching since 1995 and began his ministry at Zion in 1996. He has a BA in History and a BS in Political Science from Arizona State. He has a teaching certificate from Concordia University Portland. His teaching emphasis in the middle school is History and PE. He is also the drama coach. Adam likes being at Zion because he likes to help serve others. His favorite subject is World History. He enjoys learning new things.

 

Kelly Peterson, Middle School Math

Email: kelly.peterson@zioncorvallis.com

Kelly has been teaching part time at Zion since 2015.  She graduated from Concordia University Nebraska with a BS in Secondary Education and Mathematics.  She has previously taught full time in Houston, Texas and at Zion in Corvallis.  Kelly loves math and shares her excitement about math with her students.  Her hobbies include cooking, playing family games, and reading. You can visit Mrs. Peterson’s online website by clicking here.

Robin Rybarczyk, Middle School Science

Email: robin.rybarczyk@zioncorvallis.com

Robin has been teaching in Corvallis for almost 20 years. She has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in private and public schools. She was a Peace Corps volunteer for 4 years. She began teaching at Zion in 2015. She has a BS in Biology and Chemistry from UCSC and an MS in Information Technology from WOU. She enjoys teaching and being part of a Christ-centered community. Her hobbies are reading, walking, playing pickle ball, swimming, and traveling.

Jacque Ruth, Early Learning Center Director

Email: handinhandelc@gmail.com

Jacque has been at Zion since 2016.  She graduated from Portland State University with a double major in Human Resources Management and Business Management. Jacque has a passion to work with children and has been a substitute teacher at the ELC. She enjoys running a company with her husband and traveling. She is also involved in the India Evangelic Mission and has traveled to India to spend time with Bible college students and abandoned children at their children’s home.

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