Elizabeth Guier – Preschool
Elizabeth Rollins has over 20 years experience in Early Childhood Education. She considers it a blessing to partner with parents and students to nurture lifelong learners who will bless & inspire the world. Elizabeth’s background with Early Intervention programs has increased her belief that every child is uniquely made and has a place in this world that only that child can fill.
As the director and a teacher of Stafford Academy Elizabeth looks forward to leading the school with her vivacious love for children and desire for enriching children’s education. She feels blessed to be a part of a Christ centered school that helps each child reach their greatest potential. Elizabeth and her staff’s activities are planned around activities that grow children cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually through play and hands on learning.
Elizabeth’s hope is that when you and your child walk through the school doors that you are instantly filled with the knowledge that not only would your child be loved and cared for you but that you and your entire family would be as well.
On a personal note, she enjoys arts and crafts, hiking, camping, horse back ridding and just about any outdoor activity with her two children.
Linda Lockamy – Preschool
Linda Lockamy has been working with Preschool age children for over 24 years, Linda wanted to work in a profession that was compatible with her life of being a single mom. She went to work for Head Start and found a new passion, she wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. Retired for only a year, Linda realized that retirement was not for her. Drawn to Stafford Academy’s beliefs and atmosphere she couldn’t wait to be a part of the team, and to be given the opportunity to help make a difference and watch these children grow and believe in Jesus.
Linda has a passion for working with children with special needs. Certified in infant/toddler development, family and school relationships, and multiple classes for early childhood development. Linda hopes to be a part of Stafford Academy and continue to teach the children, and watch them grow for many years to come.
Tammy Swanson – Pre-Kindergarten
Tammy Swanson’s teaching ministry began 35 years ago. She has experience developing and directing Preschool, Pre-K, Before and After school programs, summer camps, leading Chapel, and teaching P.E. for 4th-12th grade.
It is her hearts desire to inspire children to see their God given potential, teaching them Biblical life lessons and seeing each child grow more in love with Jesus.
Tammy teaches through a thematic approach with a variety of hands-on experiences. School should be fun and full of messy and exciting activities that will draw each child in to the learning experience.
She encourages learning in the classroom through music, movement, dramatic play, cooking, sensory play, blocks, games, and so much more as the children grow and develop into lifelong learners.
Chris White – Kindergarten
Chris White graduated with a teaching degree from Western Oregon State College. She has over 20 years teaching experience. Mrs. White has taught school in North Clackamas, Oregon City, and Gladstone School Districts. She has also taught pre-school, pre-k, and was the Assistant Director at Horizon Christian School for several years.
Mrs. White believes that each child of God has unique talents and strengths, varied learning experiences, and variety of learning styles. Her philosophy is to provide an environment that provides differentiated teaching styles to challenge and support each child. Her goal is to not only provide an excellent academic environment but to develop a positive self image and to encourage a profound love for our Lord and for school.
Her love for teaching combined with her love for God’s Word makes her a perfect fit for Stafford Academy. Mrs. White’s goad is to instill in each child the self confidence that will create a deep love for school and an even deeper love for the Lord.
Liz Blair – Elementary Teacher
Elizabeth Blair has been an elementary school teacher for 20 years, graduating from Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1995. She also received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of the Cumberlands and achieved Rank I status in Kentucky by earning an additional Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.
Mrs. Blair taught in a private Christian school early in her career, as well as spent 15 years in her Public School System in Kentucky. She resigned that position in the Spring of 2014 when she and her husband made the decision to move to Oregon.
Elizabeth has been a Christian since the age of 17. Her relationship with Christ is a priority and she seeks to always be in His will and to do whatever God asks of her. She believes that it was God who called her to teach and has built lasting relationships with many of the students and families who have come into her life.