Director | Instructor
Skopos Christian School is under the leadership of multi-talented, energetic “born teacher” Mrs. Shaelynne Wachlin. She taught middle and upper grades for 13 years at a small Christian school. Mrs. Wachlin was a nominee for the 2017 OnPoint Excellence in Education Award. Administrators, teachers and parents praised Mrs. Wachlin. “No teacher, I am confident, is as creative and resourceful and successful on a very, very modest budget as Shaelynne Wachlin in Gladstone, Oregon,” observed a university education professor. “Her successful teaching is jubilant and frankly sacrificial.” A colleague said, “I have had the pleasure of working with Shaelynne for six years. Throughout that time, Shaelynne has exemplified professionalism, excellence in education, and love for her students…. No matter how much a student may struggle behaviorally or academically, Shaelynne finds a positive aspect of that child and nurtures it. Her attention to detail and unwavering commitment to belief in her students have led to consistently high test scores and leaps forward in academic growth.” Over the years, defiant, argumentative, uncooperative, disrespectful students were occasionally transferred from public schools into Mrs. Wachlin’s class, mid-year. Within four months, one such student was a new person, noticed his parents, friends, and coaches. At year’s end, he was a model student. Mrs. Wachlin, who was teaching a split fifth-sixth grade class, had this “model student” for a second year. He continued his amazing progress, finishing the school year with A's. His parents called Mrs. Wachlin a "miracle worker." At Portland Community College, Mrs. Wachlin earned three Associates Degrees, in Science, Arts and General Studies. At Western Oregon University, she majored in Elementary Education and minored in American Sign Language. She has coached volleyball at Rex Putnam High School, played the clarinet in high school and in church instrumental groups. Her passion includes the mission field, participating in eight mission trips to Guatemala and in 19 mission trips to Mexico. She brings mission projects to the classroom as well as to the school. Mrs. Wachlin and husband Jed, a Clackamas Fire District lieutenant, have been married 25 years. They have three children: Brinsley, 22; Gabrielle, 20; and Josiah,17. The Wachlin family worships at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. There Mrs. Wachlin has taught Sunday school for 13 years, as well as been active in women’s ministries.
As a lifelong lover of the Word, education, and all things fun, Mrs. Emily Hunt is delighted to be a charter instructor for Skopos Christian School. Mrs. Hunt has been an educator for six years, teaching all age levels from preschool to 12th grade. For one year she was a principal. However, her first love is the classroom. Mrs. Hunt’s passion is to see children grow in Christ, in confidence, and in competence. A perpetual scholar, Mrs. Hunt graduated as valedictorian from Hidden Valley High School in southern Oregon. At the US Newsweek-celebrated Corban University, in Salem, she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Ministry and a minor in Communications. She holds a master’s degree in Religion (Biblical Studies) from Liberty University. Mrs. Hunt lives in Tigard with husband, Andrew, a computer programmer. They worship at Athey Creek Christian Fellowship. “We are thankful for the sound teaching and fellowship of believers there,” explained Mrs. Hunt. They have two pets: Abby the dog and Jake the cat. Mrs. Hunt’s interests include cooking, painting, running, and reading “anything from young adult stories to classic literature.” “I am thrilled to be a part of the community at Skopos, and I can’t wait to see the great things the Lord will do here!” enthused Mrs. Hunt.
Mrs. Heidi Koch brings a decade of instructional experience to Skopos Christian School. She has been a Youth Leader for ten years. She worked at a local Christian school for nine years in a variety of capacities: preschool assistant, teacher assistant, recess monitor, and lunch program coordinator. Mrs. Koch is a native of Portland, Oregon, graduating from Rex Putnam High School. She and husband Bruce, a heavy equipment mechanic at Modern Machinery, have been married 16 years. They have two daughters: Eleanor,13, and Abigail,10. The family worships at Tri-City Baptist Church, where Mrs. Koch has been a member for 36 years. A musician, Mrs. Koch sings in her church choir. This active educator is also a certified instructor for Re-Fit, a Christian dance fitness class. The Koch family motto is JOY—Jesus, Others, You. “And she lives that” observed Skopos Christian School Director Shaelynne Wachlin.