Elementary Staff: Cross and Crown Lutheran School
Victoria Tomaszewski: Transitional Kindergarten Teacher   
Email: vtomaszewski@cclsrp.org 

Years of experience: 3 years (2 in preschool, 1 in Transitional Kindergarten)
Years at CCLCS: 3 years

Education: B.A. Early Childhood Studies, Sonoma State University, CA.

Credentials:  California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Certifications: CPR and First-Aid Certified - Infant, Child, and Adult

Experience:   Student teacher in 1st grade (one semester) at Marguerite Hahn Elementary
                       Student teacher in 3rd grade (one semester) at Marguerite Hahn Elementary
                       Substitute teacher K-6 for Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District

Personal Information: I recently finished my student teaching in December 2018, and I am so excited to share what I learned with my students. When not teaching, I love spending time with my family outdoors or searching for a new restaurant in Sonoma County. My favorite thing to do on the weekends is adventure and enjoy good weather! I love my job and I can’t wait for all the learning, growing, and fun my students and I will have in the classroom.

Reflection: Working with kids has always been my passion, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to teach young children at an amazing school like CCLS. The best part of teaching at a small school is getting to know each student and their family on a personal level. I am excited to learn and grow with my students as they explore and develop the skills that they need to be successful in life. I am so blessed to be part of this community here at Cross and Crown!

Ms. Megan Kedge: Kindergarten Teacher  
Email: mkedge@cclsrp.org
Years of experience: 4 years at CCLS 
Years at CCLCS: 4 years
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
Email: mhardina@cclsrp.org
Years of experience: 8 years
Years at CCLCS: 7 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 7th 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: 7 years
Years at CCLCS: 7 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
                     Seven 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 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.

Jean Bashi, 5th/6th grade teacher;
Email: jbashi@cclsrp.org
Years of experience: Over 40 years
Years at CCLCS: Over 35 years
Education: AA California Concordia College, Oakland, CA.
                   BA History, San Jose State University, CA.
                   Credential, San Jose State University, CA.
Credentials: California Multiple Subject Lifetime Credential
Certification: Administration certification through the Van Lunen Center,
                       Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
                       CPR and First-Aid Certified - Infant, Child & Adult
Experience: Three years at Redeemer Lutheran School, Redwood City, CA
                     Three years in Kitakyushu, Japan teaching ESL
                     Over 35 years at Cross and Crown Lutheran School
Personal Information: I am the mother of four, having had three of my children attend Cross and Crown, and the grandmother of eight, with three of my grandchildren currently enrolled in the elementary program. When not busy with my west coast family, I enjoy knitting, scrapbooking, beading, and driving cross-country to visit my daughter and grandchildren in Virginia. I am a member of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, serving on the Church Council and singing with the Contemporary Worship Team.
Reflection: Since the age of ten, I have wanted to become a teacher and work in the Lutheran School system. All of my educational decisions were made with that goal in mind. I have always enjoyed the challenge teaching brings, no matter what the age level of the students. Today I am excited with the opportunity to help build a firm foundation for our school, and view my role as administrator as a gift from the Lord, that He put me here to meet the need.