Mountain Christian School Staff
Mr. Joshua Mann hails from Canada, though he has spent time in South America and Indiana as well. After graduating from Bethel College with an Elementary Education Degree, Mr. Mann taught 3rd and 4th grade for several years at Mountain Christian School and down at Whiteriver. Mr. Mann worked for a couple years as Assistant Principal at Mountain Christian School before stepping into principalship. He is currently working on completing a Master's degree in Educational Leadership.
Our awesome Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Angie Desmond, comes back for her fifth 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 excited for her and proud to have her on our staff!
Mrs. DeConcini is returning for her second year as our first grade teacher. Originally from Michigan, she and her family moved to the beautiful White Mountains a couple years 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.
We are excited to welcome Mrs. Diane Pierce to our team here at MCS! Although she grew up in Michigan, she and her family moved to Arizona where she graduated from Northern Arizona University. Since then, she has had more than 20 year's teaching experience. She will be teaching 4th grade in the afternoon this year.
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 5th year teaching 5th grade at MCS. She previously taught 6 and a half years in Michigan. Ms. Dykstra loves coffee, soccer, reading, and teaching fifth grade! We are so glad to have her on our staff.
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 7 years. This is his fifth year of teaching 6th grade at MCS. He previously taught at schools in Pennsylvania as well as in South Korea.
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. He now works as the school's athletic director and teaches 6th-8th grade math. We are so grateful for his expertise and dedication to the school.
This is Mr. Charles Fiore's fourth 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.