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Mountain Christian School Staff

Mr. Michael Granillo is a long time resident of the White Mountains.  After teaching high school math at Blue Ridge for 14 years, Mr. Granillo made the switch to administration in 2008 becoming the principal of Mountain Christian School.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Math Education from the University of Arizona in 1994 and a Masters in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2007.

Our awesome Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Angie Desmond, comes back for her fourth year at Mountain Christian School.   Mrs. Desmond has completed her bachelors of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education degree from Northern Arizona University.  We are so proud of her and excited to have her on our staff!  

We are excited to welcome our new first grade teacher, Mrs. DeConcini! Originally from Michigan, she and her family moved to the beautiful white mountains a year ago.  She obtained a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and is currently working on a second degree in Special Education at Grand Canyon University.  

It hardly seems Mrs. Rie Caswell is in her 32nd year of teaching!  She has been with MCS for eight of them, and we have been blessed.  Mrs. Caswell earned her Baholor of Fine Arts and Art Education from Alfred University in New York. She then earned Masters Degrees in K-6 Elementary Education, Science in Christian School Education, and Curriculum Development.  Mrs. Caswell also received a Lifetime Elementary Teacher Certification from ACSI.  Needless to say, Mrs. Caswell's experience and knowlege is a huge benefit to our school community!
MCS is proud to have Ms. Shayna da Cruz, teaching 3rd grade for her third year.  She comes all the way from Presque Isle, Maine!  This is her first teaching assignment since graduating from Kingswood College  with a degree in Christian Education.  She also loves dance and is excited to be in the White Mountains teaching our children.
Mrs. Heather McGrew begins her eighth year teaching at Mountain Christian School, but her first year in our fourth grade classroom!  While she is originally from Indianapolis, she graduated from Greenville College in Illinois and has taught in many different regions of the country and even overseas in Taiwan!  She is now in her 14th year of teaching.  She has 3 children - and 1 husband :) All of her children attended and graduated from MCS. 

Ms. Lindsey Dystra comes to us all the way from Grand Haven, Michigan.  She graduated from Maranatha Baptist Bible College with a degree in Elementary Education.  This is her 4th year teaching 5th grade at MCS.  She previously taught 6 and a half years in Michigan.

Mr. Brad Fitch originally hails from Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in History along with 2 Minors in International Studies and Political Science. In 2011, he graduated from Liberty University with his Master of Arts in Teaching. Mr. Fitch has been married to his lovely wife, Ashley, for 5 years.  This is his fourth year of teaching 6th grade at MCS. He previously taught at schools in Pennsylvania as well as in South Korea.

Mrs. Tami Walters graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Biblical Studies from the Master's College.  She then proceeded to earn her Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University.  This is her sixth year teaching at Mountain Christian School.  Previously, she spent 4 years teaching 6th grade down in Phoenix.  We are blessed to have her!

This is Mr. Charles Fiore's s third year as the Bible teacher for the seventh and eighth grade classes at MCS. Mr. Fiore is also the Pastor of Student Ministries at White Mountain Bible Church. He and his family have come to the White Mountains from Maryland.

Trish Lawler begins her fourth school year as secretary in the front office.  Trish is a huge asset not only to the office staff and teachers, but to each student in the school.   Two of those students are her children!  
This is Mrs. Stephanie Miller's third year on our office staff and we are very excited to have her again. She has one student enrolled in our school.
MCS is very excited to welcome back Mrs. Laura Blomstrand as our music teacher!  Laura earned her Music Education degree from Northern Arizona University.  She taught at MCS for the first 5 years, took some time off, and now returns.   Her passion and knowledge of music has been a huge blessing to our students!
Mrs. Kerr has stepped up this year as out fantastic new P.E. teacher!  She is especially passionate about lifestyle health and fitness.  We are so excited to have her join our staff! 

Mr. Joshua Mann hails from Canada, though he has spent time in South America and Indiana as well. He is currently serving as Assistant Principal and part time 4th grade teacher. After graduating from Bethel College, Indiana with a Elementary Education Degree, Mr. Mann taught 3rd grade at MCS for two years.  He then spent a couple years teaching down at Whiteriver before returning to the MCS community. He is currently working on completing a Master's degree in Educational Leadership