Mrs. Wachlin

Shaelynne Wachlin

Director | Instructor
Phone: 503/908.4740
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 25 mission trips to Mexico. She brings mission projects to the classroom as well as to the school. ​Mrs. Wachlin pours her heart and soul into each of her students, showing them the love of Jesus each day. Mrs. Wachlin and husband Jed, a Clackamas Fire District lieutenant, have been married 28 years. They have three children: Brinsley, 26; Gabrielle, 24; and Josiah,21. The Wachlin family worships at Athey Creek Church.

Heidi Koch

Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Heidi brings over a decade of instructional experience to Skopos Christian. 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. She was also the educational coordinator at Children’s World Learning Center for 5 years. Mrs. Heidi is a native of Portland, Oregon, graduating from Rex Putnam High School. She and her husband Bruce have been married for 19 years. They have two beautiful daughters. This past year the Koch’s have been working with an amazing group of friends to start a church plant called The Hub NW. Covid has slowed the process, but has not stopped them as they are sending out their messages on Facebook live. In doing so, they have reached people all across the U.S. and even have a few watching from Jamaica. They are truly blessed by all that God is doing in their lives. The Koch family motto is JOY-Jesus, Others, You

Emma Woodard

Preschool Teacher
She has been married 6 years and has two beautiful huskies. She grew up in Oregon City and graduated from Oregon City High School. She has worked with young children for 6 years and is very excited about working with preschool. She loves being outside and camping. She loves going to the beach and being with friends and family.

Marina Gudzenco

Kindergarten teacher
She loves the Lord! As a teacher, her first goal is to instill the love for Jesus in each of her children’s hearts. Her teaching style is to learn while having fun through games, songs, art, poetry and music. She believes every child has a different learning style, and wants to help him/her learn to the best of their potential with the collaboration of the child’s parents. She's worked with children all of her life and enjoys helping to instill good morals, manners and life lessons from a young age. She believes helping children build self-confidence helps them to excel in their learning development. When they know how special they are and how loved they are through Jesus' eyes, they will flourish. Marina was born in Batumi Georgia, and raised in Wasilla, Alaska. She loves the outdoors, adventure, nature and animals. She comes from a large family of eight siblings, so she has learned what it means to be patient and understanding. She speaks fluent Russian, including reading and writing. She enjoys hiking with her two children, who are also attending Skopos Christian School this year. She is very social and enjoys being around people, especially little people who are ready to learn and have fun.

Michelle McKenzie

1st/2nd grade teacher
She received her Bachelor's degree in Southern California and has many years of teaching experience. Her philosophy of learning is to meet each student where they are and determine how to best help them succeed. To do this, she uses manipulatives, visuals, songs, puppets, and poems to communicate the concepts. She believes learning should be fun and engaging for all. On a personal note, she moved to Oregon 4 years ago from Southern California. Her hobbies include: birdwatching, photography, kayaking, watercolor painting and crafts.

Shirley Ferdinand

3rd/4th grade teacher
She was born in Silverton, Oregon and raised in Milwaukie. She graduated from Rex Putnam High School. She is a wife of 32 years, mother of 2 children, and grandmother to 4 amazing kiddos. She has been in the education field, in one form or another, for over 15 years. She enjoys teaching and watching the minds of the kiddos flourish and grow. She loves the Oregon Coast and goes there as often as she can. Depoe Bay is a favorite spot, and she loves to watch the Spouting Horn and eat at Gracie's Sea Hag. She enjoys BBQ's and game time with family and friends.

Philip Pfaltzgraff

Philip Pfaltzgraff, Music Teacher at Skopos Christian School, lives with his wife in Oregon City, and has had an extensive career as a school music teacher, church musician and former pastor. Phil is an Iowa native who graduated from Westmar College (formerly in LeMars, IA). Before retiring, Phil was the staff accompanist at Wayne State College (Wayne, NE) and the pastor of a local Assembly of God Church. Phil also works in the Metro area as a freelance accompanist for school concerts and musicals, as well as a piano soloist and substitute church keyboard musician. For the past 12 summers, Phil has served at the Cedar Falls Bible Conference as one of the Conference musicians. He and his wife Sherry have one married son who lives in Canby with his wife and their two sons.