Our Staff

Hanna Grishkevich


B.S. English and German Language, Teaching program.

M.Ed. Dallas Baptist University

Ph.D. in Higher Education. University of North Texas.



Teaches AP English.

Has been with the school since its first day.

Fun facts: Has a golden doodle Vincent, loves coffee, Mexican food, sushi, Oregon coast, values friendship, enjoys classical music, gardening, reading, and learning.

Irina Tishchenko

VP of Operations, School Registrar & Secretary, Teacher of pre-algebra.  

B.S. Biology, Kyrgyzstan


Has been with the school since its beginning.

Fun facts: spends the most time in traffic out of all teachers. First one to come, last one to leave. Strict and fair. The rock of this school.

Loves dark chocolate and plants (house plants, flowers, shrubs). Dreams to live by the coast.

Evelyna Ravlo

Middle School Art

Fun Facts: I’m married to my best friend Alex and we have 3 beautiful children! I love Holland lop bunnies. I love anything crafty or artsy: I love drawing in my Bible journal, baking, sewing, crocheting, and painting! I work in the teens ministry at my church. My favorite tv show is The Chosen. I love to read and listen to audiobooks. (One year I read over 65 books! If you ever need a book recommendation, just ask.)

Favorite Bible Verse:
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24


Larissa Dorokhov

Russian Language Teacher, Eastridge Campus

B.S. Social Sciences/ Psychology, Warner Pacific College

M.A. Ministry and Leadership, Western Seminary


Has been with the school since its beginning.

Fun facts: all four children are SMCA students, loves Bible and music.

Michelle Thomason

Fitness instructor for Grades 7,8, and 9.

A.C.E. Certified Fitness Instructor

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

MUV Certified Tribe Coach



Hobbies- all things fitness, reading, hiking, building homes, skydiving


Nannette Miller

VP of Instruction (Elementary campus). 1st Grade Teacher.


B.S. Elementary Education, Oregon State University


Serving at SMBC since 2010

Fun Facts: Loves Gospel and Bethel worship music, Children’s Ministries and going on adventures with the family, went ziplining over the summer outside Yellowstone National Park.

Life Verse: Colossians 3:23-24   "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."

Ana Wakefield

3rd Grade Teacher

B.A. Administration & Theology, Multnomah University



5 Years with YMCA 

Mitchell Ford

PE coach and Athletics Director.


Fun facts: loves everything athletic, enjoys teaching PE, serves as a counselor at Eagle Fern Camp.

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Evan Chandler

6th Grade Teacher

B.A. in Elementary Education from Wheaton College


Fun facts: has been through 6th grade 11 times already, married a former SMCA teacher in October 2018, has lived in the Portland area his whole life except for when he was in college, serves as a part-time staff member at The Chapel, a foursquare church in Troutdale.


Ana Zakharov

K4 Teacher

A.A., General Studies, Mt. Hood Community College 


Fun Facts: Loves feeling incredibly tiny in all of God’s creation, skydiving, traveling and exploring, spending time with family, Children’s Ministry and mentoring young teens. 


Stephany Strull

Music Teacher, Elementary Campus

B.A. West Coast Baptist College

Singer, song-writer.


I like to spend my free time playing guitar and writing songs, taking long walks, hiking, making crafts, drawing, reading, baking, exploring different areas and towns, and visiting quaint coffee shops and bookstores.

Fun Fact: I lived in Germany for six years because my parents were missionaries there. I write my own music and perform whenever I get the chance.

I love outdoors and anything music-related. I also love hiking, reading books and having wonderful conversations with good friends. 

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Natasha Green

Kindergarten Teacher

B.S. Education, Concordia University



Fun facts: mother of 4, loves the Bible, friends and family, cross country road trips, the Rockies, fishing, sunshine, snow days, tacos, sweet smelling soaps.

Jamie Snodgrass

Middle school and high school Bible Teacher

B.S. Religion / Christian Education - George Fox University


Pastor / Youth Pastor

Curriculum writer for GROUP, Nazarene Publishing House, Gospel Light


Jamie became a follower of Jesus at age 16.  He has been preaching and teaching since then and considers his walk with God a great adventure.

He lives on a floating home with his wife, Maria.  He enjoys waterspouts, basketball and football, scuba diving, skydiving and riding motorcycle.  He is originally from Colorado.

Soo-Bin Lee

4th Grade Teacher

B.A. in Linguistics from University of Washington (Seattle)

Master of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University


Fun Facts:

Bilingual (in Korean and English) and a little bit of French

Lived in France for 1.5 years as a student missionary

Loves cooking Korean/French/American cuisine, playing flute, traveling (with the Lord) and being an Auntie to nieces who are twins.

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Tyson Quibell

Teaches English, History, and Bible in middle school and high school.


B.A. in Sports Ministry and Bible, Moody Bible Institute (2010)

M.A. in Pastoral Studies, Multnomah University (2013)




Was with the school from 2015-2017 as a High School Teacher.


Fun Facts: I love ice hockey. I scout and write about it regularly for different publications.  I'm also a big history, philosophy, and theology nerd.  My other favorite activities include exploring the coast with my wife and three children, cooking, and reading.

Holly Block, MA, NCC

(Nationally Certified Counselor, adults, Middle school and High school)

AP Psychology Teacher (11-12th Grade)

M.A. Counseling, Child and Youth Emphasis, Wester Seminary

B.S. Human Ecology, Middle Childhood Education, Ohio State University


Loves good coffee, camping, hiking, and all things fall.

5 years in the air force. 2 sons. 11 years married.




Ginger Clausen

2nd Grade

This is my 14th year teaching in a Christian school and my 7th at SMCA. I served as a weekly director for Eagle Fern Camp for five summers, and I’ve taught Sunday school for preschool through sixth grade for many years. I’ve been married for 35 years and we have five kids- four grown and one in elementary school. 


I love exploring God’s creation and have camped all over Oregon, from Fort Stevens on the north coast to Prineville in central Oregon for star gazing, to a fire lookout cabin atop a mountain in southern Oregon. 


Favorite Bible passage: Isaiah 41:9-14.




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Nathan Sutherland

7th Grade Teacher


B.A. in TESOL from Multnomah University

B.A. in Global Studies from Multnomah University




Fun facts: I'm an Eagle Scout, I've climbed Mt. Hood twice and have been to 9 countries, mostly in Central Asia.

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Bradley Baker

Teaches Physics, Physical Science, Earth-Space Science, Algebra II, Precalculus, Health

B.S. Physics, University of South Florida

B.S Secondary Mathematics Education


First year at SMCA, has taught in public school in Oregon and Florida


In a nutshell: Loves to read, write, study and learn, Music lover, dog lover, enjoys chess, building relationships, art, and is getting into hiking. 

Diana Snegur

Eastridge Campus Paraeducator

Enrichment classes, service learning, electives

Fun facts: I love international traveling, exploring PNW, hiking, diving, creating art, and working with kids. I specialize in early childhood development and love being surrounded by people from whom I can learn and with whom I can teach.

Alesia Yukhimets

Russian teacher, Elementary Campus

B.S. Education, Belarus

15 years of teaching in elementary school, Belarus


Fun Facts: Loves house plants and taking care of them, relaxing while doing art, weaving macrame, creating beaded decorations, collecting post cards and souvenirs from places visited in the United States.

Cosette Spafford

5th Grade Teacher


Fun Facts: Love being outdoors, working with horses, hiking, fitness, my truck, playing the piano, woodworking. Have a special place in my heart for kids, especially my seven adorable nieces and nephews. 


Favorite verse: Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."