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Elementary Faculty

Our teachers are dedicated, intelligent, hard-working, and committed to excellence in elementary education. Every teacher here at WVCS is highly qualified and signs a statement of faith affirming they are committed to holding themselves to the same high standard of Christian Character we aim to cultivate in your children.

Mrs. Kirchman
Instructor - Kindergarten
Hello! My name is Carol Kirchman, and I have been teaching for over 35 years. I was born and raised in Wisconsin but moved to Arizona in the summer of 1994. I earned my degree from Trinity Christian College in elementary teaching. I’ve had a love for teaching since I was little. I love growing and inspiring the minds of these young children not only educationally but also spiritually. I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach at WVCS where Christ is the center of everything we do. I look forward to participating in your child’s educational journey.
Ms. Sun
Instructor - 1st Grade
My name is Amy Sun, and I have been in Christian education my entire life, having attended a small Christian school in my hometown of Prescott, AZ and continuing to receive my Bachelor of Education degree from what is now Arizona Christian University. I taught for two years in Arizona public schools before moving overseas and combining my passion for teaching with my love of the world. Primarily, I taught in S. Korea and Kazakhstan and briefly in India. Since 2014, I have been teaching at WVCS. I enjoy sharing my love of missions with my students and helping them gain a worldwide perspective of God’s love for us.
Mrs. Plyler
Instructor - 1st Grade
Hello! My name is Rita Plyler, and I have been teaching for 18 years. I was born and raised in the Midwest but have been here in the Valley since 2004. I earned my degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University. I have always loved teaching because I love helping children develop and expand their natural curiosity about life and the world around them. I am an adamant supporter of Christian education because I believe a Biblical worldview is vital to children’s understanding of who they are in Christ and what their role is in His plan. As a teacher, it is important to me that my teaching and my life instill and reflect that worldview. I am so blessed that God has chosen to use me here at West Valley Christian School, and I look forward to sharing His Word with your child.
Mrs. Cheatham
Instructor - 2nd Grade
My name is Krista Cheatham. I’m excited about the opportunity to help your child grow academically and spiritually during their time here at West Valley. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I earned a degree in elementary education from Grand Canyon University. Before joining the team here at West Valley, I gained eight years of experience as a second-grade teacher in the City of Phoenix and then another eight years of experience as a stay-at-home Mom! I’m happy to be back in the classroom. I love teaching because I care about your child’s education, I love seeing my students grow and learn.
Ms. Rodriguez
Instructor - 3rd Grade
Hi, my name is Rita Rodriguez, and I have been in Christian Education for over twenty years. I was born and raised in California and came to Arizona in 2004. I earned my bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Shasta Bible College. I hold my Arizona teacher's credentials and my ACSI teacher's credentials. I get excited to do hands-on activities and center activities with my students! I feel very privileged to teach at West Valley Christian School and to teach from a Christ-centered perspective.
Mr. Diaz
Instructor - 4th Grade
Hi, my name is Victor Diaz, and I have been teaching for ten years. I became a teacher because I want to help inspire young minds, and I love teaching at West Valley Christian School because I get to do that with a Christian focus. I earned my degree from Arizona State University in Leadership and Education. In my classroom, I focus on developing critical thinking skills as well as a Biblical worldview. To teach is a privilege, and I am looking forward to participating in your child’s educational journey!
Mrs. Pyer
Instructor -5th Grade
My name is Jennifer Pyer, and I am overjoyed to join the staff at West Valley Christian School. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and had many inspiring teachers all along my educational journey. I earned my degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and then obtained my Elementary Education degree from Arizona State University West. I have been teaching for 15 years. I became a teacher because it brings me joy to inspire children to be all who God created them to be! As a teacher, it is important to me that children become responsible thinkers. I look forward to the upcoming school year and having the privilege of being a part of your child’s spiritual and academic growth!
Mr. Ratliff
Physical Education & Middle School Instructor
Mrs. Spicer
Art Teacher
Hi, my name is Katherine Spicer. I’m an Arizona native and earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design at the University of Arizona. I have over twenty years of teaching experience including private tutoring, children's ministry, and classroom settings. My journey with WVCS began over eight years ago as a parent volunteer. For four years I observed God's Word and His Worldview being taught to the children at WVCS. Then, when I was blessed with the opportunity to take the position of Art Teacher I eagerly agreed and stepped into my new role as an official member of the WVCS staff. Now, God has brought together my love for Art and my passion for teaching His Word in a way I could have never anticipated. In my class, we focus on the beauty of God's creation and creating works of art that honor Him. I love helping the children discover how to create art that is Christ-centered. Every day, I look forward to serving God and my students at WVCS.
Mrs. Francken
Hi! My name is Michele Francken, and I was born and raised in Arizona. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from The University of Arizona, and I have been the librarian at West Valley Christian School since 2014. I have worked in Children's Ministry for over 20 years in a variety of capacities. I have a lifetime love of literature, especially children's books, and I am privileged to be the caretaker of our library here at West Valley. My greatest joy is fitting children and the right books together.
Dr. Gross
Music Teacher
My name is Kelsey Gross, and I grew up in South Dakota where I earned my undergraduate degree in music at South Dakota State University. My husband and I moved to Arizona so that I could earn my Master of Music in Voice Performance at Arizona State University where I am currently working on a doctoral degree. I began teaching at West Valley in 2016 and am grateful to serve in a place that seeks to honor Christ. My favorite thing about teaching is helping my students learn through games and dancing. I love to focus on developing cooperative skills in my students through small and large group activities, and I look forward to sharing my love of music with your child!
Mrs. Ploeser
Technology Instructor
Hi my name is Kim Ploeser and I have been teaching for three years. I became a teacher because I love getting to pour into students, and I love teaching at WVCS because I not only get to teach students the subject matter but also about the Lord. I earned my degree from Arizona State University in Elementary and Special Education. My favorite thing about being a teacher is watching kids “get it” and have an ah-ha! moment. One thing I love to focus on in my classroom is persevering through the things that they don’t understand easily and being okay with being frustrated. I look forward to partnering with you and helping your children see Jesus in our digital age.
Mrs. Legere
Spanish Instructor 3rd-6th Grade
Mr. Perez
Spanish Instructor K-2nd Grade