Elementary Staff
 
 
Ms. Megan Kedge: Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Teacher  
 
Years of experience: Third year at CCLS
 
Years at Cross and Crown: Third year
 
Education: BA in Art Education K-12 San Francisco State University, CA
 
Credentials: Preliminary Teaching Credential from North Coast School of Education, CA.
                      In process for receiving Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
 
Certifications: CPR and First Aid Certified - Infant, Child and Adult

Personal Information: I am a mother to two wonderful toddlers, that both attend the preschool here at CCLS. My family and I live in Rohnert Park, and we love to be outdoors exploring whenever we get the chance. I am the daughter of an elementary school teacher and a retired Coast Guardsman and have always seen myself as a teacher, from a young age. I have always felt it was such an honor and a gift to be surrounded by children. I am a lifelong learner and an avid book reader. I am also a diehard San Francisco Giants fan and feel that Baseball is not only “The Great American Pastime”, but truly the best sport on earth! My absolute favorite hobby would have to be anything related to the Arts, especially Arts and Crafts.
 
Reflection: After having spent one year solely teaching Kindergarten here at CCLS, and this last year teaching a Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten combination, I would have to say that my heart and soul belongs to young elementary students. I feel it is both my mission, and my calling, to instill a love for learning in children. I am fascinated by my students ability to live life exploring God’s world with all five senses, and living fully in the moment. I also love the challenge of finding each student’s passion and strength giving them the chance to shine!
 

 
Marisa Hardina: 1st/2nd grade teacher
 
Years of experience: 7 years
 
Years at CCLS: 6 years
 
Education: BA Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University, CA
 
Credentials: California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
 
Certification: CPR and First- Aid Certified - Infant, Child & Adult
 
Experience: Two years subbing in Cotati - Rohnert Park School District
                      Kindergarten classroom aide and after school teacher at
                      Gravenstein Elementary in Sebastopol
                      Six years at Cross and Crown Lutheran School teaching
                      Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
 
Personal Information: I am a Cross and Crown alumni and attended this school in middle school. I am married and live with my husband in Bodega Bay, California. We love spending our weekend racing cars and being outdoors. This is my 6th year being at Cross and Crown, and I have a passion for incorporating music and dance into my curriculum.
 
Reflection: I have spent a lot of time working with students who are on the spectrum and through that have learned so much about different ways to teach and reach students of all learning types. As a teacher, my biggest challenge is with each new year learning the class and finding out how the class works together as a community. It always takes a little bit of time to sort through personalities and gain a real sense of togetherness and behavior management. I truly love teaching the younger students and have a heart for community and working as a team in the classroom.
 

 
Amy Der: 3rd/4th grade teacher
 
Years of experience: 6 years
 
Years at CCLS: 6 years
 
Education: BA Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University, CA
 
Credentials: California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
 
Certification: CPR and First - Aid Certified - Infant, Child & Adult
 
Experience: Substitute teacher for grades Kindergarten - sixth in various districts in Sonoma County
                     1:1 aide for a special needs student at Grant Elementary
                     Six years at Cross and Crown Lutheran School
                     Computer teaching Jr. Kindergarten through the 6th grades 
 
Personal Information: When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband Kevin, and our daughter, Abigail. We love rooting for our beloved San Jose Sharks and taking family adventures. I love anything Disney related and you can often find me planning a future Disney trip. I am an active member of Faith Community Church where I work in the Children's ministry Department. I am also a Co-Director of the Vacation Bible School right here at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church. I absolutely love my job and our wonderful school!
 
Reflection: I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was eight years old, and I love the fact that Cross and Crown Lutheran School is my teaching home. During my years at CCLS, I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. I have been so blessed watching my students learn and grow and being able to learn and grow right along side of them.