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Tri-City Adventist School has an outstanding Christian teaching staff of committed, fully qualified, and certificated teachers. The teachers have made a personal and spiritual commitment to serve our children and assist our families in developing the lives of each child. Our teachers bring many years of experience to enrich our children's educational development. They are focused on providing a safe and nurturing environment where your child can grow educationally, spiritually, socially, and emotionally.
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Gayle Norton


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Rick Blumenschein

7th-10th Math, Science, PE and History.

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Kara Lull


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Joelle Worf

Language Arts

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Melissa Beedle

5th and 6th Grades

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Karen Birney

3rd and 4th Grades

B. Ed. Elementary Education

Our 3rd and 4th grade classroom is under the direction of Karen Birney. She loves the moments in teaching when students are enthused about something they are learning or when they are in the process of conquering their challenges.

Mrs. Birney graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education. She began her teaching experience with four years spent in Canada, followed by 12 years in California. She has been teaching at Tri-City Adventist School since 2004. Her experience includes being a classroom teacher in the elementary grades, and teaching music to grades 1-10.

Karen loves camping, hiking, and sight-seeing with her family (husband and two adult children and their families). In her leisure, she enjoys doing puzzles, cooking, and reading.

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Jessica Davidson

2nd Grade

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Betty Villarreal

1st Grade

MA Elementary Reading

Our 1st and 2nd grade classroom is taught by Betty Villarreal, affectionately known as Teacher Betty. She began her teaching career here at TCAS immediately after graduating from Walla Walla University with a BS degree. She continued her learning with a Masters of Education in Reading from Eastern Washington University and later obtained an Early Childhood Endorsement.

She has been teaching in grades K-4 for over 25 years and has also spent a year substitute teaching in the Pasco School District. When she has some time to call her own she loves reading, music, hiking, experimental cooking, and any activity to do with her family (two adult sons and husband, Rick). She also enjoys sewing, needlepoint, and quilting!

Teacher Betty loves watching children learn and develop their God-given potential. She also enjoys seeing children succeed as they work together and accomplish their goals.

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Jessica Smith


BA Elementary Education

Jessica Smith is our lead Kindergarten teacher.  Jessica holds a BA in Elementary Education from Walla Walla University. Her experience includes teaching in the Touchet and Walla Walla public school systems as well as teaching Kindergarten at Palau SDA Elementary School. We are excited to have Jessica as part of our team of dedicated teachers at TCAS!

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Jennica Showalter

Office Administrator

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Celeste Graves


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