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


Middle School 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


Middle School  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.