Glendale Staff

Laura Garris


Laura Garris has been with Glendale since 2016. As our Co-Director, She will be handling all the financial, fundraising, Partners In Education, volunteers and administrative issues for the school.  She will be the face in the front of the school if you have any questions.

Joan Sandberg

Co-Director, PreSchool Teacher

Joan Sandberg has been with Glendale since 2006.  She is also returning in a new role as one of three Co-Directors of our school and she is really looking forward to her new responsibilities and getting to know Glendale families across all grade levels.

Jackie Kissler

Co-Direcor/Board Member  

A longtime advocate and school board member, will be involved in teacher development, church- school relations, and overall training for the staff.  Her wisdom from being a certified teacher with the Kent school district for over 20 years will be a treasure for the staff. Jackie will be at the school a minimum of once per week and available via phone, text and email for parents and staff 24/7.

Zach Vaswig

Upper Grade Teacher

Leading the Middle School since 2012, this dedicated teacher is returning to Glendale.  He has a true calling for working with students in this age group.  He is a well-loved teacher and mentor providing exceptional curriculum to his students in a creative and innovative learning environment.  Mr. V. also finds time to provide and support extracurricular activities; cross country, basketball, performing arts.

Jessica Hostetter

Upper Grade Teacher

We are excited that Jessica will be returning for another great year at Glendale.  Her enriched courses of study in Math, Science and Performing Arts have been enjoyed by our upper grades students for three years now.

In addition to class instruction, Jessica has been instrumental in delivering high quality performances by all students in our Christmas Program and Spring Show. 

Barb Woodward

PreKindergarten Teacher

New to pre-k, but a seasoned teacher in her second year at Glendale.  We welcome Barb back and look forward to a great year in store for pre-k families.  Barb is looking forward to teaching this age group and providing them with an enriched learning environment of literacy, math, science, creative movement and much more! 

Rossana Marez

Spanish/PE/Pre-K Teacher/Before Care

This staff member and teacher needs no introduction. Her love for children, our families and staff bring her back to Glendale for a seventh year.  This year Rossana returns as the lead of our Before Care program and is the teaching assistant in Pre-K.  She also teaches primary PE and upper grades Spanish.

JoEllen Yadwinski

Kindergarten/1stGrade Teacher

This veteran teacher, known for her amazing reading program, is returning for her sixth year at Glendale.  We are excited to have the Kindergarten/First Grade in her capable hands.  Her years of classroom experience, her love for these children, her familiarity with Glendale families and her high standard for enriched primary education makes her the perfect fit for this class.

Michelle Morrison

2nd/3rd Grade Teacher 

We are proud to welcome back Michelle Morrison to Glendale.  We have missed her experience in enriched programs and classroom management.  Her ability to organize and teach enriched curriculum and her dedication to our programs and families make her an obvious choice for this grade split and for Glendale

Annie Debnam

Christian Education Teacher 

We are excited to have Annie return to us with her incredible gift of bringing God's word into the lives of students, parents and staff.  She will provide an excellent Christian Education Program for primary and upper grades.  Her skill at providing customized lessons to all age groups and providing encouragement and support to staff and families is well remembered and appreciated.  We look forward to having her on our team again.

Laura Marks

Art Techer

Incredible artist and seasoned art instructor; we welcome Laura back for her third year at Glendale.  Mrs. Marks has provided our students with valuable knowledge and experience in art appreciation, art mediums and art techniques.  She wonderfully works with students and staff, is generous with her time and support and she often brings life and inspiration to the walls of Glendale through her displays of student art work.

Coco Salazar

Assistant/After Care

Alex Mulanax

Administrative Trainer 

Kathy Dillinger

After Care/Recess Assistant