Elementary Staff: Cross and Crown Lutheran School

Marlene Bullard: Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten teacher
Email: mbullard@cclsrp.org
Years of experience:  Over 30 years
Years at CCLCS:    Over 15 years
Education:  Santa Rosa Junior College Child Development
Credentials:  Santa Rosa Junior College Child Development Certificate
                       California Associate Teacher Permit
Certifications:    First Aid and CPR Training
                          Talk Trained
                          Licensed and certified Music Together director

Personal Information:  I grew up in Sebastopol, graduating from Analy High School in 1973.  I have been married to my husband, Roy, and a Rohnert Park resident for 44 years.  We have three adult children, Sara, Ryan and Kacie, and a grandson, Katako.  Kacie attended Cross and Crown School from first through eighth grade, and my grandson, Katako, attended TK.  I spend most of my free time caring for my grandson, gardening and reading.
Reflection: I began working with young children by opening a licensed childcare program at my home when I could not find consistently good care for my own children.  I soon discovered that working with children was much more fulfilling than sitting behind a desk all day.  When my youngest was to enter first grade, my good friend and administrator for Cross and Crown at that time asked me to join her staff.  I accepted and my daughter became a Cross and Crown student.  When the elementary school temporarily closed, I taught and directed at other programs, but never experiencing the fellowship and gratitude I feel here at Cross and Crown. 

Marisa Hardina: 5th/6th grade teacher
Email: mhardina@cclsrp.org
Years of experience: 9 years
Years at CCLCS: 8 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
                      Seven years at Cross and Crown Lutheran School teaching Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
Personal Information: I am a Cross and Crown alumni myself and so blessed to be back in this community as a teacher. I am married and live with my husband in Penngrove with our daughter Reagan, who was born Thanksgiving of 2019. We love spending our weekends at the race track where my husband races sprint cars. This is my 9th year being at Cross and Crown, and  I have a passion for teaching through art and music.
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
Email: ader@cclsrp.org
Years of experience: 12 years
Years at CCLCS: 10 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
                     Ten years at Cross and Crown Lutheran School
                     Computer teaching, 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 attend Calvary Chapel in Rohnert where I volunteer in the Children's Ministry Program. I am Director of VBS there and 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 alongside them.